After finishing with the worst record in the Big 12, the Kansas Jayhawks are likely looking to put 2021 far in the rearview mirror. However, there are some Kansas prospects that are looking ahead to the 2022 NFL Draft. Here are the scouting reports for a thin Kansas class that includes a wide receiver and defensive end who could see their names called on Day 3.
Kansas 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
Although there are not a whole lot of prospects coming out of Kansas this year, there are still a few names to keep your eye on in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Kwamie Lassiter II, WR
Positives: Dependable receiver with average size and speed. Sells routes, extends his hands to offer the quarterback a target, and snatches the ball away from his frame. Uses his frame to shield away defenders, displays focus as well as concentration, and comes away with the difficult catch in a crowd. Nicely adjusts to errant throws and works to keep the play in bounds and pick up positive yardage.
Negatives: Possesses marginal quickness and speed in his game. Was never much of a red-zone threat. Has a low yards-per-catch average.
Analysis: Lassiter showed consistent improvement the past three seasons and was productive for Kansas. But he lacks any outstanding physical element in his game. He could make a roster as a fifth receiver if he shows ability returning punts this summer.
Kyron Johnson, DE
Positives: Somewhat-athletic defensive front-seven player who was primarily used out of a three-point stance for Kansas. Fires off the snap, plays with outstanding pad level, and gives a lot of effort. Bends off the edge, shows an explosive burst of closing speed, and gets out laterally to make plays in space. Occasionally stands over tackle. Flexible, agile, and slices through blocks to penetrate the line of scrimmage.
Negatives: Lacks bulk and strength. Possesses size limitations. Taken from the action by fullbacks.
Analysis: Johnson is a try-hard defender who comes with physical limitations. However, he could be a nickel linebacker on Sundays.
Malik Clark, G
Positives: Large, nasty blocker with nice size and long arms. Bends his knees, fires off the snap, and always looks for someone to hit. Quick with his hands, gets leverage on opponents, and stays square. Jolts defenders with explosive punch and keeps his feet moving. Fires out to the second level and flashes ability blocking in motion.
Negatives: Tends to fall off blocks rather than finish off opponents. Lacks blocking balance. Lacks lateral range.
Analysis: Clark possesses the size and strength to be used in a power-gap scheme. However, he must improve his balance and footwork.