Division II 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Reports | J-Z
Let’s take a look at the remaining Division II NFL Draft scouting reports for 2022.
Jamar Thompkins, RB | Valdosta State
Positives: Nice-sized back with solid speed who flashes next-level ability. Runs with good lean, has a burst through the hole, and quickly gets to top speed. Keeps his feet moving, breaks tackles, and falls forward when tackled. Runs with authority, sells pass routes, and blocks effectively when called upon.
Negatives: Shows a lot of hesitation in his game. Not a quick cutback runner and gathers himself to change direction. Average vision and does not always follow blocks properly.
Analysis: Graded as a priority free agent coming into the season, Thompkins possesses the measurables to be a situational runner but needs a lot of work on his overall game.
Jared Gossen, OT | Minnesota State
Positives: Wide-bodied college right tackle who projects to guard in the NFL. Fires off the snap into blocks, bends his knees, and gets leverage on opponents. Patient in pass protection, makes excellent use of angles, and consistently stays square. Keeps his head on a swivel and looks to hit as many defenders as possible on a single play. Plays tough, smart football.
Negatives: Lacks footwork off the edge. Gets tall in pass protection and when he slides in space. Does not play or move like a top athlete. Slow to the second level and overextends when blocking in motion.
Analysis: Gossen was a solid small-school lineman but lacks the athleticism for a zone-blocking scheme and the pure strength to be a power gap blocker.
Jeremiah Baltrip, CB | Southeastern Oklahoma
Positives: Tall, lanky corner who opposing quarterbacks purposely avoided. Fluid flipping his hips, breaks down well, and mixes it up with receivers throughout the route. Stays with assignments, shows discipline in zone, and quickly picks up coverage responsibilities. Uses his hands to get off blocks, fires up the field, and supports the run. Plays heads-up football and works well with teammates in the secondary.
Negatives: Prefers to side shuffle down the field. Lacks cornerback speed. Not a stout tackler.
Analysis: Baltrip has flashed ability and comes with nice size but poor speed. He displays a lot of skill facing the action and could fit a zone system.
Jermaine Wynn Jr., WR | Slippery Rock
Positives: Big-play receiver that’s been productive as a return specialist. Plays to his 40 time (if not faster), tracks the pass in the air, and displays outstanding eye/hand coordination. Displays a great sense of timing on pass receptions, adjusts to the errant throw, and effective running after the catch. Comes back to the football, uses the sidelines well, and plays with balance as well as body control.
Effective when he extends his hands to catch the ball away from his frame. Stays with the action, works his hands to separate from opponents, and does not back down from a challenge. Outstanding return specialist and does not go down without a fight.
Negatives: All too often unnecessarily let’s the ball get inside him. Short, which poses mismatch issues.
Analysis: Wynn was a very productive receiver for Slippery Rock the past three seasons and showed a nose for the end zone. Height and size limitations are an issue, but Wynn could be a surprise in camp this summer as a slot receiver and returner.
Joshua Pryor, DT | Bowie State
Positives: Undersized one-gap defensive tackle who displays terrific quickness. Fires off the snap, gets leverage on opponents, and explodes through the gaps to penetrate the line of scrimmage. Agile and quickly changes direction.
Immediately alters his angle of attack and flattens down the line of scrimmage to pursue plays. Quickly locates the ball handler, gives effort as a pass rusher and run stopper, and gets the most from his ability.
Negatives: Lacks size as well as bulk and gets knocked around in the middle of the field. Lacks a great closing burst.
Analysis: Pryor was a fun defensive lineman to scout on film, as he had opponents constantly playing back on their heels. He must get bigger and improve his playing strength, though Pryor comes with an upside and has enough skill to stash on a practice squad.
Joshua Williams, CB | Fayetteville State
Positives: Nice-sized corner with tremendous upside. Effective facing the action, possesses outstanding length, and tracks the pass in the air. Jams opponents at the line of scrimmage, quickly backpedals in reverse, and fluidly flips his hips in transition.
Battles receivers throughout the route, nicely times pass defenses, and possesses good hands for the interception. Plays with balance as well as body control and contorts to defend throws. Made a number of impressive plays on coverage units in college.
Negatives: Struggles staying with receivers out of breaks. Must improve his playing balance. Was overmatched at times during Senior Bowl practices.
Analysis: Williams is a hard-working cornerback from the small-school level who possesses the size and athleticism to play on Sundays. He must improve his game, especially his ability to stay with receivers laterally. Yet, Williams should be able to line up in dime packages as a rookie as well as play on special teams.
Julius Faulk Jr., CB | Delta State
Positives: Nice-sized college cornerback who may be best inside at safety. Physical, mixes it up with opponents at the line of scrimmage, and flips his hips in transition. Strong, tracks the ball in the air, and physically beats down opponents to defend passes. Works to get his head back around and properly position himself to make plays on the ball. Displays a nice move to the action. Aggressive, works hard to get off blocks, and fights to get upfield to defend the run. Strong open-field tackler.
Negatives: Prefers to side shuffle downfield, which hurts his ability to explode to the ball out of his plant. Struggles to stay on the receiver’s hip out of breaks. Deep speed is an issue, and he cannot stay downfield with opponents.
Analysis: Faulk possesses the size, physicality, and wherewithal to play at the next level. Speed is a major issue, and he may have to play in a zone system or eventually move inside to safety.
Lio’Undre Gallimore, WR | Valdosta State
Positives: Explosive, game-breaking skill player who is effective as a receiver and return specialist. Displays a burst of speed, tracks the pass in the air, and makes difficult downfield receptions at full speed and in contorted positions. Consistently runs past opponents, possesses excellent focus, and gets vertical to high point the ball over defenders. Fights to come away with the catch. Big-play kick returner who alters the momentum of games.
Negatives: Struggles in battles against bigger cornerbacks, possesses size limitations, and has small hands.
Analysis: Gallimore is a legitimate deep-ball receiver who can double as a dangerous return specialist. He plays to his 40 time and could be a surprise roster choice out of camp this summer.
L’liott Curry, WR | Henderson State
Positives: Well-built receiver who tracks the pass in the air, gets vertical, and comes away with the difficult catch. Works his hands to separate from defenders, uses his frame to shield away opponents, and consistently grabs the ball away from his frame. Keeps the play in bounds and gives effort after the catch. Possesses good eye/hand coordination and makes the difficult over-the-shoulder reception with defenders draped on him.
Negatives: Inconsistent. Plays to one speed and lacks any burst in his game. Slow releasing off the line of scrimmage and doesn’t run sharp routes. Must pick up the blocking intensity.
Analysis: Curry was a super-productive receiver at Henderson State and possesses enough ability to make a roster as a fifth receiver if he takes his game to the next level.
Marquis McCoy, WR | Charleston
Positives: Nice-sized receiver with consistent hands. Big, strong, and physical. Smooth releasing off the line of scrimmage, extends his hands, and snatches the ball from the air. Displays strong, quick hands. Uses his large frame to protect the pass or box out defenders. Works after the reception.
Negatives: Lacks a quick release off the line of scrimmage, does not show a burst, and plays to one speed. Spotty and haphazard running routes.
Analysis: McCoy is a tall receiver with consistent hands, yet he lacks the quickness and speed necessary to separate at the next level. He’s a possession wideout who must prove himself worthy on third downs and in the red zone.
Preston Haire, QB | Oklahoma Baptist
Positives: Super-productive, small-school quarterback who is patient in the pocket, looks away from covered targets, and goes to checkdown receivers if nothing else is available. Displays terrific timing on passes and does not make receivers wait on the ball as they leave their breaks. On the mark with most of his throws, delivers outstanding corner and fade patterns, and does not make receivers work hard to come away with the reception.
Knows where his receivers are on the field, spreads the ball around to all his targets, and displays a sense of timing. Elusive, natural looking off the safety, and buys as much time as possible. Sells ball fakes and possesses a quick release and live arm. Challenges the vertical game. Takes off upfield only if necessary.
Negatives: Not a true RPO quarterback who can be counted on to pick up yardage with his legs on designed quarterback runs. Lack of height leads to passes being knocked away. Lacks stature and cannot withstand the rush. Lacks a next-level arm and cannot power the ball into the tight spots.
Analysis: Haire was a terrific small-school quarterback who put up big numbers but lacks the size and arm strength for the NFL.
Sam Roberts, DL | Northwest Missouri State
Positives: Game-impacting small-school defensive lineman who plays with terrific pad level, gets leverage on opponents, and rarely gets knocked off his feet. Works his hands throughout the action, keeps his feet moving, and is tough to handle. Displays a strong base and bull rushes opponents up the field.
Easily holds his ground against double-team blocks, knocks opponents back with violent hand punch, and gives effort defending the run and rushing the passer. Easily changes direction and chases down the line to make plays.
Negatives: Lacks the strength for defensive tackle and the athleticism to play end. Lacks great first-step quickness. Displays an average closing burst.
Analysis: Roberts is a small-school defensive line prospect I’ve watched since 2019, and he shows the ability to control the line of scrimmage. He’s a long athlete with growth potential, which must be met to have a spot at the next level.
Sam Webb, CB | Missouri Western
Positives: Highly regarded small-school cornerback with outstanding size and speed. Fluid transitioning off the line, battles opponents throughout the route, and stays with assignments. Agile, tracks the pass in the air, and nicely times pass defenses.
Plays heads-up football, has a burst to the ball, and closes quickly. Effective facing the action and does a nice job recognizing routes. Fires up the field, works hard to get off blocks, and gives effort against the run.
Negatives: Must clean up his footwork and his backpedal. Slow getting his head back around to locate the pass in the air and does a lot of face guarding. Struggles to stay on the receiver’s hip out of routes.
Analysis: Webb possesses the size, speed, and athleticism to play on Sundays. But he needs to improve his overall fundamentals and learn to make plays with his back to the ball.
Seth McGill, RB | Valdosta State
Positives: Instinctive running back who plays bigger than his size and faster than his 40 time. Patient, effectively follows blocks, and has a burst. Quickly finds running lanes, strings several moves together over the course of a single run, and consistently turns it upfield. Runs with authority, displays good short-area quickness, and has a burst that he turns on in a single step. Quickly gets out into pass routes, adjusts to errant throws, and makes receptions in stride.
Negatives: Unnecessarily lets passes get inside him rather than snatching the ball away from his frame. Doesn’t break many tackles or pick up a lot of yardage off initial contact.
Analysis: McGill was part of a rotational running back system at Valdosta State and was consistently productive whenever handling the ball. He has size and speed limitations, yet he could line up as a situational back on Sundays.
Shemar Bridges, WR | Fort Valley State
Positives: Tall, sure-handed possession receiver who comes away with the contested grab. Sells routes, tracks the pass in the air, and adjusts to errant throws. Displays strong hands as well as terrific eye/hand coordination, and he grabs the ball out of the air. Fluid, plays with outstanding balance and body control. Battles with his hands to separate from defenders, exposes himself to the big hit, and comes away with the tough catch in a crowd.
Negatives: Plays to one speed and lacks any sort of burst or quickness. Doesn’t work all that hard if the play is away from him.
Analysis: Bridges was a solid small-school receiver who possesses the size and pass-catching ability to play at the next level, yet his lack of speed and quickness will hurt his ability to get any sort of separation. He’s a big-bodied, contested-catch wideout with minimal upside.
Tanner Owen, OT | Northwest Missouri State
Positives: Well-built college left tackle who projects to guard in the NFL. Sets with a wide base, works to bend his knees, and keeps his feet moving. Makes terrific use of angles, works his hands throughout the action, and stays square. Keeps his head on a swivel, blocks with outstanding awareness, and stays with assignments. Explosive at the point and does enough to turn defenders from the action.
Negatives: Lacks footwork off the edge at left tackle. Not quick to the second level and marginally effective blocking motion. Gets upright in his stance as a run blocker.
Analysis: Owen possesses solid size, comes with growth potential, and plays with a nasty attitude. He offers positional versatility, and I could see Owen landing on a practice squad this fall.
Tabyus Taylor, RB | Notre Dame College
Positives: Nice-sized running back with deceptive speed and terrific short-area quickness. Runs with authority, runs behind his pads, and picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Finds running lanes, keeps his feet moving, and displays a burst through the hole. Patiently waits for blocks to develop and squirms through the small openings of the offensive line. Slides off defenders and avoids piles to pick up yardage. Returned kicks in college. Smooth, fluid pass catcher when the ball is thrown in his direction.
Negatives: Not a quick cutback ball carrier. Lacks the speed to beat defenders into the open field or run to daylight.
Analysis: Taylor possesses scheme limitations but has the size and ability to be a short-yardage runner. If he shows the ability to catch the ball this summer, he could very well make an active roster.
Trevor Philio, LB | Colorado State University Pueblo
Positives: Nice-sized linebacker who is best making plays up the field. Patient, breaks down well, and stays with assignments. Forceful, explosive, and runs over blocks getting to the action. Displays good change-of-direction skills, quickly locates the ball handler, and gives effort defending the run. Wraps up tackling.
Negatives: Average quickness and pursuit speed. Not fluid pedaling in reverse. Displays average playing speed.
Analysis: Philio was able to dominate the lower level of competition he played against and has enough ability to get consideration as a situational pass rusher or backup middle linebacker.
Tyreik McAllister, WR | Charleston
Positives: Undersized pass catcher who is quick, fluidly releases off the line of scrimmage, and sells routes. Displays the ability to create with the ball in his hands. Strings together multiple moves and makes defenders miss. Occasionally lines up in the backfield.
Negatives: Average speed. Unnecessarily lets passes get inside him. Not established at any one position.
Analysis: McAllister was a do-it-all skill player at Charleston who produced as a receiver, ball carrier, and punt returner. He comes with limited upside, and play on special teams will dictate his next-level future.
Zein Obeid, OT | Ferris State
Positives: Strong, nasty small-school left tackle who projects to guard in the NFL. Incredibly explosive, knocks defenders back, and plays with an aggressive attitude. Keeps his head on a swivel and shows great awareness and solid footwork in pass protection. Works to bend his knees, fires off the snap into blocks, and quickly pulls across the line of scrimmage. Buries defenders into the ground and blocks down on opponents.
Negatives: Struggles to redirect when blocking on the move, lacks balance, and struggles to hit a moving target. Lacks great range in pass protection.
Analysis: Obeid possesses solid size and growth potential and has an upside. He possesses better-than-average mobility for a 300-plus pound lineman and is worth stashing on a practice squad next fall.
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