NCAA Division III
2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s (Minnesota)
Career Snapshot: Two-year starter at left tackle who began his college career as a tight end. Earned the Mike Stam Award as the top offensive lineman in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as a senior in 2019. Earned Second Team All-MIAC honors as a junior.
Positives: Talented small-school offensive lineman with the size and skill to start in the NFL. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees and stays square. Blocks with a nasty attitude and works to finish off opponents. Strong, turns opposing defensive linemen from the play and works to bury them. Quickly gets his hands into opponents, displays exceptional hand technique and keeps his feet moving. Patient and does not overextend into blocks. Played well during Senior Bowl week.
Negatives: Lacks range and footwork. Not very fluid. Must improve his balance.
Analysis: Bartch was a consistent force on the St. John’s offensive line and possesses the skills necessary to eventually develop into a starter on Sundays. He’s likely better at right tackle and may even get consideration at guard, but Bartch will have a long career at the next level with proper coaching.
Jackson Erdmann, QB, St. John’s (Minnesota)
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned First Team All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors in each of those seasons. Completed 64 percent of his passes for 5,040 yards and 47 touchdowns with 10 interceptions as a senior in 2019. Earned MIAC Player of the Year honors and completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 3,450 yards and 47 touchdowns with eight INTs as a junior.
Positives: Nice-sized pocket passer who effectively commands and controls the offense. Patient, buys time for receivers and looks off the primary target. Goes through progressions, hits the checkdown receiver when nothing else is available and consistently locates the open wideout. Knows where receivers are on the field and puts touch on throws when necessary. Gets outside the pocket and keeps his eyes downfield to look for the open wideout.
Negatives: Must put passes in front of receivers better and constantly makes targets adjust backwards to make the catch. Really cannot drive deep passes. Makes receivers wait on the ball.
Analysis: Erdmann was a terrific game manager at the small-school level, but he lacks the deep arm and accuracy to make a roster in the NFL. He’s a developmental prospect whose understanding of the game could help him find a spot somewhere in the league.
Mason Kinsey, WR, Berry College
Positives: Productive small-school wideout who projects as a slot receiver and punt returner at the next level. Fires off the snap, quickly gets to top speed and runs sharp, crisp routes. Fires into breaks, stays low on exit and consistently positions himself to make the reception. Extends his hands to offer the quarterback a target, looks the ball into his hands and snatches the pass away from his frame. Nicely makes the reception on crossing patterns, easily adjusts to the errant throw and displays outstanding focus and concentration. Competes and works hard to come away with the catch.
Negatives: Short and has limited size. More of a one-speed wideout who lacks the deep burst.
Analysis: Kinsey was very productive for Berry College and went on to have a sensational week of practice at the Shrine Bowl. Opposing cornerbacks were unable to cover him, as his quickness and route-running ability made it easy for him to separate from defenders. He possesses size and speed limitations, but Kinsey will have every opportunity to make a roster as a fifth receiver and return specialist.
Jacob Maher, TE, Framingham State
Career Snapshot: Transfer from Worcester State who caught 56 passes for 819 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Two-year starter at Worcester State who made 56 catches for 986 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Positives: Natural pass-catching tight end who looks more like a possession receiver on the field. Shows excellent awareness, sells routes and possesses hand-eye coordination. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception in stride. Extends his hands to catch the pass away from his frame and uses the sidelines effectively. Gets vertical and competes to make the reception. Consistently comes away with the tough grab with defenders draped on him.
Negatives: Lacks a quick release off the line of scrimmage. Does not play as athletically as his computer numbers would lend one to believe.
Analysis: Maher was a terrific small-school tight end, but he’s a bit of tweener with receiver size and average tight end speed.
2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Craig Evans, DT, Langston
Career Snapshot: Junior-college transfer who was named Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and made 29 tackles (11 for loss) with 7.5 sacks as a senior in 2019. Started his college career at Michigan State and left the Spartans program in 2016 due to personal reasons. Later revealed to have failed a drug test for marijuana and received a six-game suspension. Transferred to Arizona Western and made 58 tackles with 5.5 sacks as a sophomore in 2016. Signed with Oregon State in December 2016 but never played for the Beavers.
Positives: Wide-bodied defensive lineman who shows the ability to make plays on the ball. Starts with terrific knee bend and leverage, fires off the snap with an outstanding first step and fights with his hands. Holds his ground against blocks and is impossible to move off the point. Keeps his feet moving, looks like a runaway locomotive at times and gives effort.
Negatives: More of a straight-line, small-area lineman. Struggles to change direction or redirect to the play. Must develop more moves to get off blocks.
Analysis: Evans possesses the size and quickness to line up as a zero-technique or nose tackle, but he must really develop a complete game. His size and explosion make him worth a practice-squad stash for future development.
Jordan Suell, WR, Southern Oregon
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned First Team All-Frontier Conference honors and made 42 catches for 834 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Made 41 receptions for 863 yards and nine TDs as a sophomore in 2017. Missed the first six games of the 2018 season due to injury.
Positives: Tall, game-controlling receiver with a nose for the end zone. Possesses outstanding length, sells routes and comes back to the ball out of breaks. Extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame and shows good hand-eye coordination. Snatches the ball out of the air with his hands. Adjusts to the errant throw, makes the reception on crossing patterns and nicely comes away with the catch in stride.
Negatives: Shows limited quickness and speed. Must pick up the intensity as a blocker. Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him at times.
Analysis: Suell was a dominant small-school receiver and a great red-zone target at Southern Oregon. He possesses the dimensions and underlying ability to make a practice squad, but Suell must improve the fundamentals of his game to ever have a chance to make an NFL roster.