Washington State Cougars
2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Brandon Arconado, WR
Positives: Reliable receiver who is most effective on underneath and intermediate patterns. Consistent hands catcher who stays low out of breaks and positions himself to make the reception. Tracks the pass in the air, adjusts to the errant throw and snatches the ball away from his frame. Always on the same page as his quarterback and settles into the open spot to make himself an available target. Reliable and efficient.
Negatives: Possesses average size and speed. Has a limited body of work. Marginally productive until last season.
Analysis: Arconado is a possession wideout who was not on the scouting radar before the season, but he performed so well as a senior that he now grades as an undrafted free agent.
Anthony Gordon, QB
Positives: Strong-armed passer who put himself on the scouting radar with a tremendous senior season. Patient in the pocket, goes through progressions and dumps the ball off to his second or third target. Effectively reads defenses most of the time and quickly locates the open wideout. Throws with an over-the-top delivery and possesses a quick release and next-level arm strength. Spreads the ball around to all his targets. Easily gets outside the pocket to avoid the rush. Keeps his eyes downfield and loses nothing on the move. Effectively sets up screens and takes the safe underneath outlet when nothing else is available.
Negatives: Needs to improve his overall accuracy and pass placement. Overshoots targets and can be wild of the mark. Struggles under pressure and makes some questionable throws. Doesn’t pick up yardage with his legs.
Analysis: Gordon was not on anyone’s radar prior to the season, but his terrific senior campaign put him on the map. He performed reasonably well at the combine and Senior Bowl and presently grades as a late-round prospect with upside.
Fred Mauigoa, C
Positives: Hard-working center with decent size and intangibles. Patient, displays terrific vision and quickly picks up blitzes. Explosive at the point, fires off the snap into blocks and stays square. Sets with a wide base, keeps his feet moving and displays strength in his lower body with the ability to anchor in pass protection. Does an outstanding job with the shotgun snap.
Negatives: Average athlete who lacks agility and struggles to adjust. Lacks footwork in space. Not effective on the move.
Analysis: Mauigoa is a tough, intelligent blocker, but he’s an average athlete with limited upside. His intensity and intangibles are his greatest asset.
Dezmon Patmon, WR
Positives: Large, athletic receiver with huge upside. Works his hands to separate from defenders, displays good timing and extends to snatch the ball away from his frame. Sturdy, takes a big hit and holds onto the throw. Tough to bring down after the catch. Tracks the pass in the air, gets vertical and adjusts to come away with the errant throw. Physically outmatches defenders.
Negatives: Lacks a quick release off the line of scrimmage, does not play to his 40 time and only shows average skill after the catch. Poor route runner who rounds off breaks and shows limited quickness in and out of routes.
Analysis: Patmon is a physical specimen and a large-bodied receiver who consistently won out for contested throws at the college level. He performed brilliantly at the combine and comes with an upside, but he must learn to play to his 40 time and improve the details of his game.
Marcus Strong, CB
Positives: Slightly underrated cornerback with solid ball skills. Stays on the receiver’s hip out of breaks, displays a terrific closing burst of speed and plays faster than his 40 time. Keeps the action in front of him, remains disciplined with assignments and quickly diagnoses the action. Gives effort against the run.
Negatives: Small and physically outmatched by opponents. Deep speed is a concern. Possesses short arms and small hands.
Analysis: Strong was a consistent defensive back for Washington State and has enough ability to get consideration as a dime back and special-teams player at the next level.
Easop Winston Jr., WR
Positives: Sure-handed receiver who displayed terrific development the past two years. Reliable, displays good route discipline and possesses terrific hand-eye coordination. Nicely makes the reception in stride on crossing patterns and settles into the open spot of the defense to make himself an available target. Extends his hands to snatch the pass away from his frame and displays strong hands. Quickly turns upfield after the catch.
Negatives: Not a big-bodied receiver and easily gets brought down at the point of attack. Lacks a second gear and is more of a one-speed wideout.
Analysis: Winston is been a productive receiver at Washington State the past two years and projects as a fifth wideout, although he must add punt-return duties to his arsenal.
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