The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scouting reports for the 2023 NFL Draft include some big-time players like pass rusher Keion White. Let’s break down each of the team’s prospects that are looking for a shot to make it in the NFL.
Georgia Tech 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
Ayinde Eley, LB
Strengths: Smart, run-defending linebacker who began his college career at Maryland. Breaks down well, remains disciplined with assignments, and fires upfield to fill gaps in run defense. Displays solid range and the ability to cut off the corners from ball handlers. Breaks down well, uses his hands to slide off blocks, and gets solid depth in pass coverage.
Weaknesses: Average athlete who lacks pursuit speed. Not forceful on the blitz.
Overall: Eley is a hard-charging linebacker with possibilities in the middle of a 4-3 alignment, but he has limited upside.
Charlie Thomas, LB
Strengths: Undersized college linebacker who plays athletic football. Breaks down well, fires upfield on the blitz, and moves well laterally. Quickly diagnoses the action, has a quick burst to the ball, and easily changes direction. Sells out defending the run and displays himself as a solid pass rusher. Effective making plays in space.
Weaknesses: Not a stout tackler. Built more like a safety than a linebacker.
Overall: Thomas is an intriguing prospect, as he plays tough, physical football while being a good athlete. He’s built more like a strong safety than a linebacker, though he could be used in third-down passing situations for a one-gap system and play on coverage units.
Hassan Hall, RB
Strengths: Underrated ball carrier who began his college career at Louisville. Runs with an aggressive style, drives his shoulders into defenders, and keeps his feet moving. Breaks arm tackles and works runs.
Runs behind his pads with excellent lean and falls forward when tackled. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield who adjusts to the errant throw and makes the catch with his hands. Displays terrific vision as a ball carrier and blocker.
Weaknesses: Lacks the speed and quickness necessary to turn the corner. Turned in average production at both Georgia Tech and Louisville.
Overall: Hall is a hard-charging RB who does what’s asked of him in all areas of the position. He lacks upside, yet the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield will help him in camp next summer.
Keion White, EDGE
Strengths: Athletic, explosive DE who began his college career at tight end. Explodes off the snap, effectively uses his hands, and plays with outstanding pad level. Agile, keeps his feet moving, and possesses an explosive closing burst.
Can flatten off the edge, moves well laterally, and gets out into space to make plays. Has the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack, redirects to the action, and goes very hard. Covers a lot of area on the field. Quickly reads and diagnoses the action and immediately locates the ball handler.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t show great playing strength. Easily turned from the action by a single blocker. Played just four games the two seasons prior to 2022.
Overall: White began his college career as a tight end at Old Dominion, then moved to the defensive side of the ball and turned in a great campaign in 2019. He rebounded well last season after two years of inactivity and had three outstanding days of practice at the Senior Bowl.
White is athletic as well as explosive and comes with a great amount of upside, but he must improve his playing strength and stay healthy. If he’s able to build on his play from last season and the Senior Bowl, White offers starting potential for a variety of defensive schemes.
Want more information on White? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Keion White, EDGE, Georgia Tech | NFL Draft Scouting Report
Malachi Carter, WR
Strengths: Athletic receiver with solid measurables who quickly gets to top speed, tracks the pass in the air, and reaches back to grab the errant pass. Shows good route discipline, nicely makes the deep reception in stride, and possesses soft and strong hands. Uses his hands to stay away from defenders, stays low exiting breaks, and consistently makes the reception away from his frame. Gives effort blocking downfield.
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Weaknesses: Possesses a limited route tree. Seems to struggle in press coverage. Marginally productive at Georgia Tech and comes off a disappointing campaign.
Overall: Carter possesses the size, speed, and arm length to play on Sundays and has flashed next-level, pass-catching abilities on occasion. Much was expected from him after a solid junior campaign in 2021, but Carter did not produce last season. He’ll fall out of the draft, but he possesses a large upside and is definitely worth a spot on a practice squad.
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