2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Trey Adams, OT
Positives: Polished left tackle whose college career was beset by injury. Bends his knees, effectively blocks with leverage for a taller lineman and keeps his feet moving. Patient in pass protection, stays square and keeps his head on a swivel. Strong at the point, displays outstanding vision and works well with teammates. Easily controls opponents once engaged and fights throughout the action. Moves relatively well for a bigger lineman.
Negatives: Missed significant time in two of the past three seasons with significant injuries. Stiff and lacks fluid footwork off the edge. Tested horribly at the combine.
Analysis: Entering the 2018 season, Adams was graded by scouts as a top senior prospect in the nation, regardless of position. Injuries have sapped him of quickness and athleticism, and he enters the draft as a medical risk with limited upside. Adams is still a terrific football player who would be effective outside of a zone-blocking scheme.
Salvon Ahmed, RB
Positives: Versatile running back who is effective as both a runner and a receiver. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and hits the hole with authority. Builds a lot of momentum and falls forward when tackled. Possesses outstanding vision, shows the ability to throw multiple cuts over the course of a single run and works to pick up positive yardage. Possesses solid hands out of the backfield.
Negatives: Tends to gather into pass routes and receptions. Lacks the lateral speed and agility necessary to turn the perimeter. Gets in trouble when he tries to run east and west. Tested poorly at the combine.
Analysis: Ahmed was a productive ball carrier for Washington and has enough versatility to line up as a third-down or situational back.
Andre Baccellia, WR
Positives: Swift, undersized receiver who can also double as a return specialist. Smoothly releases off the line of scrimmage, immediately gets to top speed and consistently makes the reception in stride. Reliable hands catcher who extends to snatch the ball away from his frame. Flexible, easily adjusts to the errant throw and plays heads-up football. Shows the ability to create yardage with the ball in his hands.
Negatives: Needs room to work and struggles in battles. Possesses short arms and small hands. Easily brought down at the point by a single defender.
Analysis: Baccellia was moderately productive at Washington, but he comes with terrific speed and quickness. He would be best in the slot and also offers potential as a return specialist.
Hunter Bryant, TE
Positives: Athletic pass-catching tight end with the ability to get down the seam and create mismatches. Smooth, fluid and agile. Plays with a fearless style, adjusts to the errant throw in a crowd and extends to snatch the pass out of the air with his hands. Displays sharpness in his routes, gets separation from opponents and effectively makes the reception on crossing patterns. Displays speed to every area of the field. Gives effort as a blocker and blocks with solid fundamentals.
Negatives: Must improve his strength as a blocker. Not a sturdy tight end and loses out in battles. Drops catchable throws on too many occasions.
Analysis: Bryant plays the position like a receiver, and he’s what the league wants at the position these days. Bryant comes with upside, but he needs to refine and improve every area of his game before he’ll be NFL-ready.
Myles Bryant, S
Positives: Small, marginally athletic college safety who overachieves and gets the most from his ability. Aggressive, constantly around the action and races around the field to make positive plays. Instinctive, quick to read and diagnose and goes sideline to sideline. Sudden, explosive and flashes on the scene out of nowhere. Fires up the field on the blitz and sacrifices his body to make the tackle. Shows the ability to stay on the receiver’s hip out of breaks and has a nice burst to the throw. Easily changes direction with the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack and loses no momentum.
Negatives: Inefficient, takes too many steps and runs around a lot. Small, loses out in battles and gets easily blocked from the action.
Analysis: Bryant has been an enjoyable player to watch the past three years, as he’s omnipresent on the field against both the run and the pass. He possesses physical limitations, but a smart defensive coordinator will find a place for Bryant, who comes with a special-teams mentality.
Jacob Eason, QB
Positives: Large pocket passer with a big arm and the ability to make all the throws. Patient, buys time for receivers and throws the ball with an over-the-top delivery. Possesses great pocket stature and size, drives deep throws with speed and quickly gets rid of the ball with a flick of his wrist. Puts passes out front of receivers, possesses a live arm and easily gets the ball through tight windows. Easily withstands the rush, takes a hit and gets the ball away. Puts air under deep throws.
Negatives: Makes questionable decisions under pressure. Does not always find players in the defensive back seven. Can be all over the place with throws and makes receivers work hard to come away with the reception. Often relies too much on his strong arm and forces the ball to covered targets.
Analysis: Physically, Eason possesses the top arm of all the quarterbacks in this year’s draft and comes with huge upside. He also offers a lot of downside, as he lacks a large body of work and has played limited football the past three seasons. While he showed flashes of brilliance at times this year for Washington, there were also moments when he looked very pedestrian. Eason will need a lot of work on his game and should not be rushed onto the field. If coached correctly, he can be a productive starting passer at the next level; otherwise Eason will consistently struggle.
Aaron Fuller, WR
Positives: Reliable receiver with solid route-running skills. Quickly releases off the line, fires into pass routes and get separation from defenders. Comes back to the ball to make himself an available target, extends his hands and displays solid hand-eye coordination. Pulls the fastball from the air and turns it upfield after the catch. Comes across the middle of the field to make the reception in stride on crossing patterns and lays out to come away with the difficult catch. Tracks the pass in the air, displays good timing and makes the difficult over-the-shoulder reception at full speed.
Negatives: Not a big receiver and struggles in battles. Needs space to work. Easily brought down in the open field by a single defender. Tested poorly at the combine and comes with short arms and small hands.
Analysis: Fuller was a consistent receiver at the college level, but he lacks great upside for the NFL. He’s a potential fifth receiver who can also double as a punt returner, but Fuller will have to make it as an undrafted free agent.
Nick Harris, C
Positives: Hard-working center with a great feel for blocking. Explosive, fires off the snap into blocks and stays square. Keeps his head on a swivel, keeps his feet moving and does enough to seal defenders from the action. Fights hard throughout the play, blocks with leverage and works well with linemates. Patient and stays with responsibilities. Plays with a nasty attitude and looks to hit multiple defenders on a single snap. Outstanding with the shotgun snaps.
Negatives: Short and gets overrun by large defensive tackles. Must use better hand placement. Struggles to finish blocks.
Analysis: Harris is a hard-working center who gets the most from his ability and has a great feel for the position and the game. He lacks upside, but he has enough ability to back up at the next level.
Jared Hilbers, OT
Positives: Tough, resilient offensive tackle with nice size. Stays square, works to get a pad on opponents and controls defenders once engaged at the point. Effective with his hands, steers defenders from the action and seals them from the play altogether. Works to bend his knees and blocks with proper fundamentals. Keeps his head on a swivel and picks up stunts and blitzes well.
Negatives: Possesses short arms for a tackle. Lacks footwork off the edge and has very limited range. Stiff and struggles to adjust.
Analysis: Hilbers is a nice-sized position blocker who comes with limited upside. He’s a practice-squad player whose football intelligence and approach to the game could help him catch on as an inexpensive backup.
Ben Potoa’e, OLB
Positives: Intense, hard-working defender used out of a three-point stance or standing over tackle. Quick and fires off the snap with an explosive first step. Works his hands throughout the play and gets leverage on opponents. Instinctive and quickly locates the ball. Shows great hustle.
Negatives: Possesses poor measurables. Just an average athlete. Disappears for long stretches. May not have a true spot at the next level.
Analysis: Potoa’e is an intense, hard-working college defender who comes with limited upside. His approach to the game and special-teams mentality will give him a chance at the next level.
Brandon Wellington, ILB
Positives: Underrated run-and-chase linebacker who stands out in pursuit. Remains disciplined with assignments, does not bite on ball fakes and quickly collapses outside-in to defend the run. Instinctive, displays a good head for the ball and sidesteps blockers to get to the action. Chases the action hard and effectively makes plays in space.
Negatives: Possesses average size and struggles to get off blocks. Engulfed by opponents. More of a drag-down tackler.
Analysis: Wellington is dismissed in some scouting circles, but he has all the skills necessary to line up in today’s NFL. He’s an explosive linebacker who comes with a special-teams mentality.
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