The Nebraska Cornhuskers are still awaiting that proverbial leap back into stardom from the college football stage, but their scouting reports for the 2022 NFL Draft certainly indicate they have the prospects to do so. Longtime lineman Cam Jurgens and cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt highlight their future NFL players ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Nebraska 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
Taylor-Britt wowed at the Senior Bowl, while the remainder of the Cornhuskers for the 2022 NFL Draft are highlighted below.
Austin Allen, TE
Positives: Tall, relatively athletic tight end with a complete game. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage, and stays square. Works across the middle of the field as a receiver, extends his hands, and comes away with the difficult reception in a crowd. Tough, hard-nosed tight end who takes a pounding but holds onto the throw. Adjusts to errant passes, displays good eye/hand coordination, and snatches the ball out of the air. Lays out and extends for the difficult reception. Plays faster than his 40 time.
Negatives: Lacks a quick release off the line of scrimmage into pass routes. Must improve his blocking strength.
Analysis: Allen was graded by scouts as a street free agent entering the season, but he showed terrific improvement in his game and is now poised to move into the late part of the draft. He possesses a next-level frame that can add bulk to improve his blocking. Furthermore, Allen has always been a consistent pass catcher. Allen has enough skill and ability to make a roster as a third tight end.
Ben Stille, DL
Positives: Tough, high-revving defensive lineman with an upside. Fundamentally sound, gets off the snap with a tremendous first step, and consistently gets leverage on opponents. Feisty, works his hands throughout the action, and gives great effort. Immediately locates the ball, shows agility, and nicely redirects to the action.
Negatives: Lacks bulk and strength and gets consistently controlled by a single blocker. Played uninspired football the past two seasons and did not show much progress in his game.
Analysis: Stille possesses the size, growth potential, and tenacity to line up on the inside of a four-man front or at defensive end in a one-gap scheme. He possesses an upside but must start to consistently play at a high level and improve his strength at the point of attack.
Cam Jurgens, C
Positives: Incredibly athletic center prospect who flashed dominance throughout college. Explosive at the point, fires off the snap into blocks, and moves well about the field. Athletic and quickly gets out to the second level. Easily redirects to defenders and shows the ability to hit a moving target.
Nasty, always looking for someone to hit, and out-positions opponents from the action. Blocks with terrific pad level and consistently gets leverage on opponents. Quick when asked to kick out or pull across the line of scrimmage. Works his hands throughout the action. Outstanding with the shotgun snap.
Negatives: Lacks a dominant base and gets pushed back off the line. Showed a lot of inconsistency after a tremendous freshman season.
Analysis: I graded Jurgens as a potential top-60 choice after his outstanding redshirt freshman campaign in 2019, but his game leveled off after that. He’s one of the more athletic interior blockers in this year’s draft and is quite possibly the best fit for a zone-blocking system. He possesses growth potential and should only get better as he physically matures and adds strength to his game. Jurgens comes with a tremendous amount of upside and will be a steal outside the draft’s initial 75 picks.
For more information on Cam Jurgens, visit his full scouting report
Cameron Jurgens, Nebraska C | NFL Draft Scouting Report
Cam Taylor-Britt, CB
Positives: Underrated corner who plays tough, physical football. Mixes it up with opponents throughout the route and has an explosive burst to the ball out of his plant. Drives to the throw and works to separate the ball from receivers. Possesses outstanding quickness, does a great job locating the pass in the air and makes plays with his back to the ball. Remains disciplined with assignments. Fires up the field, gives effort defending run plays and screen passes and sells out on the blitz.
Negatives: Very quick out of his backpedal. Lacks a second gear despite his 40 time from the Combine. Struggled during Senior Bowl practices.
Analysis: At times last season, Taylor-Britt displayed the ball skills and wherewithal to start at the next level. He was also very inconsistent and did not stand out as I had hoped during Senior Bowl practices. He possesses an upside, and at the very least, Taylor-Britt has the ability to develop into a productive nickel back at the next level.
For more information on Cam Taylor-Britt, visit his full scouting report
Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska CB | NFL Draft Scouting Report
Damion Daniels, DT
Positives: Explosive one-gap tackle who plays big, strong football. Fires off the snap with a tremendous first step, plays with terrific pad level, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Attracts a lot of double-team blocks in the middle of the line, stays with the action, and moves well laterally in pursuit of plays. Displays a variety of moves to get off blocks, including a nice swim move. Gives effort defending the run. Shows a lot of agility.
Negatives: Easily controlled at the point by a single blocker and must get the first step on opponents. Lacks a dominant base and gets pushed off the point.
Analysis: Daniels is a fiery defensive lineman who gets the most from his ability, but he lacks size, growth potential, and athleticism for the next level. He’s a one-gap defensive tackle with possibilities as a 3-technique lineman.
Deontai Williams, DB
Positives: Well-built safety who is best making plays up the field. Does a good job diagnosing the action, displays a burst of speed, and quickly gets to the action. Easily changes direction bearing down on the ball handler, aggressively lays his shoulders into opponents, and flies around the field. Sells out on the blitz. Quick flipping his hips in transition and works to get his head back around to locate the pass in the air.
Negatives: Does not play to his 40 time, lets receivers get behind him, and does a lot of clutching and grabbing in coverage.
Analysis: Williams is a punishing hitter with enough ability to line up in a zone system and play special teams.
JoJo Domann, OLB
Positives: Undersized, athletic linebacker who plays smart, tough football. Breaks down well and effectively uses his hands. Shows great range on the field and covers a terrific amount of area. Stays with assignments, shows great recognition, and plays with a nasty attitude.
Flows to the action, quickly locates the ball handler, and makes a lot of plays in space. Effective in coverage and shows the ability to run downfield with receivers. Tracks the pass in the air and has a nice break to the throw. Sells out on the blitz. Possesses a closing burst of speed to get to the action.
Negatives: Not a strong or stout linebacker. Has tackles broken. Gets caught up in blocks.
Analysis: Domann was a productive linebacker at Nebraska and is a terrific combination of instincts and athleticism. Size is an issue, though Domann could be very effective in a one-gap system.
For more information on JoJo Domann, visit his full scouting report
JoJo Domann, Nebraska OLB | NFL Draft Scouting Report
Marquel Dismuke, DB
Positives: Hard-working safety who is best playing downhill. Fires up the field to make plays in the box, displays a burst of speed, and works to defend screen passes and running plays. Breaks down well, works his hands to get off blocks, and is very quick.
Negatives: Doesn’t show great range and takes a while getting to the sidelines. Lacks long speed. Has just 1 interception in five years of college football.
Analysis: Dismuke possesses the size and tenacity to line up in a zone system or as a strong safety. He was a solid special-teams player at Nebraska, which will be his ticket to the next level.
Samori Toure, WR
Positives: Underrated receiver who has shown next-level ability throughout his college career. Plays with great awareness, comes back to the ball, and follows the quarterback across the field to make himself an available target. Tracks the pass in the air, uses his frame to shield away defenders, and comes away with some very difficult receptions.
Fires off the snap into pass routes, immediately gets to top speed, and stays low exiting breaks. Tracks deep passes, possesses outstanding eye/hand coordination, and nicely times receptions. Consistently extends to snatch the ball away from his frame. Keeps the play in bounds and works to pick up yardage after the catch.
Negatives: Lacks a second gear and cannot run to deep throws. Possesses a thin frame.
Analysis: Toure is one of the most underrated receivers in this year’s draft, in my opinion, and is flying under the scouting radar. He was productive for both Montana as well as Nebraska and had three outstanding days of Shrine Bowl practices. While he’s not a vertical receiver, Toure possesses the skills necessary to be a productive fourth or fifth wideout at the next level.