2020 NFL Draft: Mid-American Conference (MAC) Scouting Reports

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting reports for 2020 NFL Draft prospects in the MAC, including Ball State's Danny Pinter.

Ball State Cardinals
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Walter Fletcher, RB

Career Snapshot: Graduate transfer from Division II Edinboro who started two games in his lone season at Ball State. Rushed 132 times for 726 yards and five touchdowns and caught 26 passes for 306 yards and two TDs as a senior in 2019.

Positives: Productive running back who comes off a solid season. Patient, effectively uses blocks, and runs north and south. Grinds it out on the inside, runs hard and works through the whistle. Strong for his size, fights hard for extra yardage and falls forward when tackled. Solid pass catcher who extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame.

Negatives: Not smooth when he cuts back against the grain. Loses both momentum and balance when changing direction. Possesses marginal quickness, plays to one speed and cannot beat defenders into the open field. More of a straight-line ball carrier who cannot turn the perimeter.

Analysis: Fletcher was productive at the college level and had a solid season at Ball State after his transfer from Edinboro. However, he lacks the pure athleticism and computer numbers for the next level and will have an uphill climb to make an active roster.

Danny Pinter, G

Career Snapshot: Two-year starter at right tackle who earned First Team All-MAC honors as a senior in 2019. Made 11 starts at tight end during his first two seasons with the Cardinals and caught nine passes for 56 yards and one touchdown. Suffered a season-ending ligament injury in his left foot after seven games in 2017.

Positives: Relatively athletic college tackle who projects to guard at the next level. Keeps his feet moving, stays square and makes outstanding use of body positioning and angles in pass protection.

Shows the ability to adjust, keeps his head on a swivel, and quickly recognizes blitzes and stunts thrown by the opposition. Quick, very effective in pass protection, and shows above-average skill in motion. Bends his knees and generally blocks with proper pad level.

Negatives: Must improve his strength, specifically the strength of his base. Does not get much movement as a run blocker.

Analysis: Pinter lined up at right tackle for Ball State, but he’s a developmental guard with big upside. Once he improves his strength, Pinter could surprise at the next level.

Ray Wilborn, OLB

Career Snapshot: Junior-college transfer who started both of his seasons at Ball State. Moved from linebacker to safety before his senior season and made 83 tackles (two for loss) with two interceptions and four pass breakups in 2019. Made 83 tackles (10.5 for loss) with three sacks, two interceptions and four PBUs as a junior.

Positives: Nice-sized linebacker who plays smart, tough football. Breaks down well and fires up the field against the run. Wraps up tackling and brings ball carriers down at the point of attack. Hard-hitting, displays solid range and gets depth on pass drops. Plays faster than his 40 time. Moves well in every direction of the field. Sells out up the field on the blitz.

Negatives: Slow to shed blocks despite his size and gets washed up in the trash. Often slow to locate the action or ball carrier.

Analysis: Wilborn possesses solid size and speed and has shown some versatility. He must brush off his instincts if possible, but he could make an active roster as an eighth linebacker and special-teams player.

Tony Pauline is the Chief Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Tony’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter @TonyPauline.


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