2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Colby Parkinson, TE
Positives: Long, hard-working tight end who is solid in all aspects of the position. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes and settles into the open spot of the field to make himself an available target. Takes a pounding and holds onto the throw. Extends his hands, lays out for the difficult catch and nicely makes the reception away from his frame. Works his hands to separate from defenders, uses his frame to box out opponents and tracks the pass in the air. Gets vertical and fights to come away with the reception. Follows the quarterback across the field to make himself an available target. Bends his knees, stays square and gives effort as a blocker.
Negatives: Tested poorly at the combine and plays to one speed. Stiff. Was more of a pass catcher than a true three-down tight end at Stanford.
Analysis: Parkinson lacks great athleticism, but he showed enough ability as a pass catcher and blocker at Stanford to get consideration in the top half of Day 3. He may never develop into a starter at the next level, but at the very least Parkinson has the tools and football ability necessary to be a productive second tight end on the depth chart.
Cameron Scarlett, RB
Positives: Underrated running back who is a really good football player. Runs with authority, keeps his feet moving and breaks tackles to pick up yardage off initial contact. Has a stout, strong build, rarely gets taken down by the first defender and falls forward when tackled. Uses an effective straight arm to keep plays alive. Displays vision, effectively follows blocks everywhere on the field and runs low to the ground. Outstanding pass catcher in the intermediate and deep field. Picks up assignments and gets results as a blocker.
Negatives: Lacks great physical skills and the speed to beat defenders into the open field. Must gather himself to change direction. Slow to get through cutback lanes. Gets in trouble when he tries to run east and west.
Analysis: Scarlett possesses poor speed, but he’s solid in every other aspect of the running back position. He’s unlikely to be drafted, but Scarlett could definitely impress people in camp this summer and make a roster as a fourth running back.
Casey Toohill, OLB
Positives: Fierce linebacker with solid athleticism and upside. Plays smart, disciplined football, shows good recognition and stays with assignments. Forceful up the field, works his hands throughout the action and gives a lot of effort. Quickly locates the ball, easily changes direction and hustles to make plays. Occasionally comes out of a three-point stance and plays with outstanding pad level. Chases the action hard and shows the ability to pursue laterally.
Negatives: Stiff in reverse and struggles in coverage. Lacks the size and first-step quickness to consistently come out of a three-point stance. Outpositioned from the action by blocks.
Analysis: Toohill was a smart, productive player who remained disciplined with assignments and did what was asked of him. He went on to perform much better than expected at the combine, and he’s now a last-day pick who should be effective at outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.
2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Devin Asiasi, TE
Positives: Athletic tight end who comes off a terrific season. Quickly and fluidly releases off the line of scrimmage, immediately gets to top speed and adjusts to the errant throw. Consistent hands catcher who makes the reception away from his frame. Comes away with the difficult catch, plucks the ball from the air and displays focus and concentration. Plays to his 40 time, gets into the secondary and creates mismatches. Stays square and displays good vision and wherewithal as a blocker. Strong at the point of attack and blocks with proper fundamentals. Runs solid routes, quickly gets into breaks and stays low on exit. Works his hands to separate from defenders.
Negatives: Doesn’t finish blocks and falls off defenders. Lacks any semblance of suddenness. Overall testing numbers outside of the 40 were subpar compared to the rest of the tight ends at the combine.
Analysis: After a nondescript start to his college career, Asiasi watched his game take off last season and showed ability in all facets of the tight end position. He’s a potential three-down player at the position, and while there may be bumps in the road, Asiasi could eventually develop into a starter at the next level.
Krys Barnes, ILB
Positives: Slightly undersized linebacker who shows a great head for the ball. Quick to read and diagnose the action, works hard in all aspects of the game and displays a closing burst of speed. Immediately locates the ball, sells out to make plays and wraps up tackling. Remains disciplined with assignments in coverage and shows ability facing the action. Solid open-field tackler who is fluid in lateral pursuit.
Negatives: Possesses average size and speed. Lacks long pursuit speed.
Analysis: Barnes was a hard-working linebacker who possesses a good head for the ball, but he comes with poor measurables. He offers possibilities as a sixth linebacker who can line up on coverage units at the next level.
Darnay Holmes, CB
Positives: Physical cornerback who displays next-level ball skills. Quick-footed in his backpedal, smoothly flips his hips and sticks with receivers everywhere on the field. Stays step for step with opponents, positions himself to break up throws and works to defend passes. Has a nice burst to the ball out of his plant and quickly closes to the action. Flies around the field and gives effort against the run.
Negatives: Hesitant and sometimes late to react. Easily blocked from the action. Loses out to bigger receivers.
Analysis: Holmes played well in 2019 and went on to have a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He possesses the size and speed and enough ball skills to line up in nickel packages at the next level.
Joshua Kelley, RB
Positives: Explosive running back with an underrated game. Possesses tremendous vision, effectively sets up blocks and consistently runs north and south. Quick in a short area, makes defenders miss and has a burst through the hole. Keeps his feet moving, works runs and falls forward when tackled. Instinctive in all aspects. Terrific pass catcher who quickly gets out into the flat, nicely extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame and easily adjusts to the errant throw.
Negatives: Isn’t naturally creative and can’t improvise when things break down. Lacks the speed and quickness to turn the perimeter.
Analysis: Kelley was a productive ball carrier at UCLA the past two years and turned in a sensational week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He’s one of the more underrated players at his position, and Kelly offers possibilities as a situational running back at the next level and could develop into a starter.
Keisean Lucier-South, OLB
Positives: Undersized run-and-chase linebacker with solid instincts. Play smart football, quickly reads and diagnoses the action and works hard to make plays. Breaks down well, effectively uses his hands and plays with a relentless style. Strong, shows the ability to slide off blocks and plays forceful football. Stays with assignments and remains disciplined.
Negatives: Not much of a pass rusher and gets handled by opponents. Struggled with injuries as a senior.
Analysis: Lucier-South displayed flashes of next-level ability the past three seasons, but his development was stunted by injury last year. He possesses the size and enough speed to make a roster as a sixth linebacker.
J.J. Molson, PK
Positives: Consistent college kicker who is best on kickoffs. Possesses an explosive leg, gets terrific hang time on kickoffs and easily puts them through the opponent’s end zone. Has shown the ability to onside kick when necessary.
Negatives: Inaccurate long-range kicker. Missed field goals in big spots.
Analysis: Molson was a consistent kickoff man for UCLA, but he was very inaccurate on field goals, which will make it an uphill battle for him at the next level.
Boss Tagaloa, C
Positives: Tough, small-area center who gets the most from his ability. Fires into blocks, stays square and battles his hands throughout the action. Strong and controls opponents once engaged at the point. Keeps his head on a swivel, shows the ability to get movement as a run blocker and works to finish off opponents.
Negatives: Gets tall and doesn’t consistently play with leverage. Minimally athletic and struggles against quick defensive tackles.
Analysis: Tagaloa possesses next-level size and intensity, but he’s a marginal athlete with minimal upside.
Josh Woods, OLB
Positives: Underrated defender who is effective both as a pass rusher and against the run. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself and holds his ground against blocks. Fluid mover who is forceful off the edge and makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Strong for his size, stays on his feet and defeats blocks. Remains disciplined with assignments and does more than just mindlessly rush up the field.
Negatives: Struggles to make plays in reverse. Average ball skills. Possesses a thin body of work.
Analysis: After a nondescript college career in which he primarily came off the bench, Woods displayed a lot of next-level potential last season. He lacks classic measurable, but Woods projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker and should receive practice-squad consideration in the fall.
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