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

2020 NFL Draft: Mid-American Conference (MAC) Scouting Reports
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Eastern Michigan Eagles
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Vince Calhoun, S

Career Snapshot:  Four-year starter who earned First Team All-MAC honors and made 108 tackles (six for loss) with one interception, two sacks and three force fumbles as a senior in 2019.

Positives: Tough, hard-hitting safety who is quick up the field, gives effort against the run and wraps up ball carriers. Instinctive, quick to read and diagnose and shows a physical nature. Hard-hitting, has a strong build, and breaks down well. Keeps the action in front of him and plays disciplined football.

Negatives: Average speed. Doesn’t show a feel for coverage and possesses average ball skills. Lacks closing and recovery speed.

Analysis: Calhoun is a feisty strong-safety type who plays with a special-teams mentality and should be given a chance in camp this summer as a fourth safety and coverage-units specialist.

Brody Hoying, S

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who was named First Team All-MAC and made 78 tackles (four for loss) with two interceptions and four forced fumbles as a sophomore in 2017. Earned Second Team All-MAC honors in 2019 and Third Team All-MAC honors in 2018, when he combined for 150 tackles (15 for loss), four interceptions, three sacks and nine pass breakups.

Positives: Underrated safety prospect who is a tough football player. Effectively reads and diagnoses the action, keeps the play in front of him and stays with assignments. Fierce, aggressive and quick to locate the ball. Fires up the field to defend the run and gives effort. Efficient and takes proper angles to the action.

Negatives: Average athlete with an average burst of speed. Cannot recover and displays average ball skills.

Analysis: Hoying is a solid football player but he’s an average athlete. He could make a roster as a ninth defensive back and special-teams player.

Steve Nielsen, OT

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter at tackle who moved from right tackle to left tackle before the start of his senior season. Earned Third Team All-MAC honors in 2018. Made one start at left guard as a true freshman.

Positives: Tall, powerful lineman who gets movement against the run and possesses outstanding length. Gets his hands into opponents, easily knocks them from their angles of attack in pass protection and engulfs them as a run blocker. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees and drives opponents off the line.

Negatives: Shows stiffness that hurts his ability to finish blocks. Lacks lateral range, cannot adjust and gets exploited by speed rushers.

Analysis: Though he lacks athleticism for the next level, Nielsen is a size prospect who should be brought into camp this summer. If he shows ability as a run blocker, Nielsen could end up on a practice squad.

Miami (OH) RedHawks
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Doug Costin, DT

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who was named First Team All-MAC and made 59 tackles (12 for loss) with four sacks and three pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Earned Second Team All-MAC honors and made 52 tackles (10.5 for loss) with six sacks and three PBUs as a junior.

Positives: Quick, explosive three-technique tackle who flashes the ability to make plays on the ball. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, bends his knees and mostly plays with proper pad level. Agile, effective with his hands and fluid when asked to twist and stunt. Nicely redirects to the action, wraps up tackling and flashes power in his lower body.

Negatives: Very inconsistent. Not a very sudden defender. Easily sealed from the action and taken from the play by blocks.

Analysis: Costin came into the season graded as a priority free agent, but he had an inconsistent campaign and really didn’t develop much. He possesses the size and substance to be a three-technique prospect at the next level, but he must consistently play at a high level.

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