2021 NFL Draft | D2, D3, and NAIA Scouting Reports: North Carolina Central
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2021 NFL Draft | North Central
Andrew Kamienski NFL Draft Scouting Report | Wide Receiver
Positives: Highly productive small-school receiver with average size and speed. Displays outstanding awareness, knows where he is on the football field, and is always on the same page as his quarterback. Reliable, easily adjusts to the errant throw, and makes the reception in stride. Extends his hands to offer the quarterback a target, uses his frame to shield away opponents, and looks the ball in.
Possesses soft as well as strong hands and takes a big hit, yet holds onto the throw. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage and quickly gets in and out of routes.
Negatives: Tends to gather into breaks and must polish his footwork and route running. Plays to one speed. More quick than fast.
Analysis: Kamienski was a dominant receiver at the small-school level but comes with average size, speed, and upside potential. His reliability and football intellect could help him make a roster as a fifth receiver.
2021 NFL Draft | Notre Dame College
Zaire Mitchell NFL Draft Scouting Report | Tight End
Positives: Offensive lineman-sized tight end who catches the ball well. Tracks the pass in the air, adjusts to the errant throw, and extends to make the reception away from his frame. Gets vertical and competes to come away with the reception. Sells routes, displays good short-area quickness, and possesses eye/hand coordination. Makes the catch in a crowd and takes a pounding yet holds on to the throw. Displays himself to be a devastating blocker in motion, annihilating opponents at the point.
Negatives: Displays limited play speed and quickness. Gets tall running routes and displays limited sharpness in as well as out of breaks. Not a tight end who can stretch the seam.
Analysis: Mitchell received some ridiculously high grades from scouts entering the season, but he never projected as a true No. 1 tight end at the next level. He’s an effective short-range pass catcher who can be a terrific in-line blocker and a third tight end in the NFL.
Tabyus Taylor NFL Draft Scouting Report | Running Back
Positives: Nice-sized ball carrier who is effective as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Displays excellent vision, breaks tackles, and is tough to bring down at the point. Squirms his way through small openings, displays good short-area quickness, and works runs. Solid pass catcher who adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception in stride. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes.
Negatives: Lacks any burst and plays to one speed. Cannot beat defenders to daylight or turn the corner.
Analysis: Taylor is a solid downhill ball carrier and power runner who can be used in short-yardage situations at the next level.
2021 NFL Draft | Penn
Prince Emili NFL Draft Scouting Report | Defensive Line
Positives: Small, but explosive interior defensive lineman who projects as a 3-technique tackle. Fires off the snap, plays with proper pad level, and possesses good change-of-direction skills. Gets leverage on opponents, works his hands throughout the action, and plays through the whistle.
Negatives: Struggles getting off blocks and gets driven off the ball. Possesses a very short burst of speed and is heavy-footed moving around the field. Comes with average size and limited growth potential.
Analysis: Emili is an undersized defensive tackle with limited athleticism and upside potential.
2021 NFL Draft | Princeton
Jeremiah Tyler NFL Draft Scouting Report | Linebacker
Positives: Small school linebacker with safety size. Quick, explosive, and displays a burst of speed. Gets depth on pass drops, throws his body around the field, and quickly gets in the action. Easily changes direction and shows the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack and redirect to ball handlers. Breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself.
Negatives: Does not always take proper angles and removes himself from the action. Stiff pedaling in reverse. Barely plays to his 40 time and does not show pursuit speed.
Analysis: Tyler possesses the measurables and approach to line up at strong safety in the NFL. Despite this, he must elevate every area of his game to make the initial round of cuts next fall.
2021 NFL Draft | Saginaw Valley State
Nate McCrary NFL Draft Scouting Report | Running Back
Positives: Well-built interior runner with sneaky quickness. Displays good vision, follows blocks everywhere on the field, and displays terrific short-area quickness as well as footwork. Patient, quickly finds the running lanes, and consistently runs north and south. Displays power carrying the ball, runs with authority, and falls forward when tackled. Will pick and choose his spots, runs with a decisive style, and possesses enough agility, speed, and quickness to turn the corner. Cuts back against the grain and gets through small openings. Gives effort blocking and gets results.
Negatives: Runs with an upright style, lacks balance, and takes a while to get back to running form off the initial hit. Plays to one speed, has a limited burst, and cannot beat defenders into the open field.
Analysis: McCrary is an underrated ball carrier who does the little things well and shows terrific football intellect. He’s best running downhill but has enough skill and instinct to make a roster as a fourth back.
2021 NFL Draft | South Dakota Mines
Jack Batho NFL Draft Scouting Report | Offensive Line
Positives: Massive small-school blocker who lined up at left tackle but is best on the strong side. Bends his knees and sinks his butt at the line of scrimmage, stays square, and gets his hands into defenders. Keeps his feet moving, blocks with lean, and easily controls opponents at the point of attack. Gets movement run blocking and buries opponents into the ground.
Negatives: Not quick off the snap into blocks. Ineffective at the second level and lacks balance in motion. Marginally athletic.
Analysis: Batho is a size prospect who has terrific power yet is only effective in a small area. He’s a developmental right tackle and may even get looks at guard.
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