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2020 NFL Draft: Southeastern Conference (SEC) Scouting Reports

2020 NFL Draft: Southeastern Conference (SEC) Scouting Reports
Aug 31, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive tackle Derrick Brown (5) raises his arms during the game against the Oregon Ducks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Volunteers
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Daniel Bituli, LB

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned Second Team All-SEC honors and made 88 tackles (five for loss) with three sacks as a senior in 2019. Made 79 tackles (6.5 for loss) with one sack as a junior. Posted 90 tackles (three for loss) with one interception as a sophomore. Missed the first two games of the 2019 season due to a knee injury.

Positives: Nice-sized linebacker who shows a lot of resiliency against the run. Instinctive, remains disciplined with assignments and quickly locates the ball. Forceful and sells out up the field on the blitz. Tough, nasty and works hard. Wraps up tackling.

Negatives: Average lateral pursuit speed. Late to arrive on the scene in coverage and shows poor ball skills. Tested poorly at the combine.

Analysis: Bituli is a tough, two-down defender with nice size, but he has a limited game. He could fit in as a backup middle linebacker, but he must stand out on special teams.

Marquez Callaway, WR

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned Second Team All-SEC honors as a returner, returned 11 punts for 154 yards and one touchdown and caught 30 passes for 635 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Made 37 receptions for 592 yards and two TDs and returned 14 punts for 166 yards and one score as a junior. Missed one game in 2017 due to an ankle injury.

Positives: Reliable receiver who flashes ability. Sells routes, comes back to the ball and works to make himself an available target. Displays a short burst of speed, makes the difficult over-the-shoulder reception and looks the ball into his hands. Displays strong hands and the ability to pull the fastball from the air, keeps the play in bounds and works to pick up positive yardage. Terrific punt returner.

Negatives: More of a one-speed receiver who lacks a second gear. Very streaky. Does little more than get in the way of opponents as a blocker.

Analysis: Callaway has flashed ability as a receiver, but at the same time he displayed himself as a game-breaking punt returner. He’s a special-teams prospect with an outside shot to make a roster as a fifth receiver.

Jauan Jennings, WR

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who caught 59 passes for 969 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Started five games as a junior and made 30 catches for 438 yards and three touchdowns. Made 40 receptions for 580 yards and seven TDs as a sophomore in 2016. Started six games as a true freshman. Missed most of the 2017 season due to a wrist injury.

Positives: Big-bodied wideout who makes himself an available target, uses his frame to shield away defenders and extends his hands to offer the quarterback a target. Works to make the reception away from his frame. Tough, competes and gets up in a crowd for the ball. Adjusts backwards to grab the errant throw in stride, makes the reception at full speed and gives effort after the catch. Effectively makes the reception on crossing patterns and looks the ball into his hands.

Negatives: Does not display soft hands and drops a lot of catchable throws. Lacks speed and quickness and struggles to separate.

Analysis: Jennings is a big-bodied possession wideout who must improve his overall pass-catching skills. He’s a third-down and red-zone target who must elevate his game to make an NFL roster.

Darrell Taylor, OLB

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who made 46 tackles (10 for loss) with 8.5 sacks and four pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Made 36 tackles (11 for loss) with eight sacks as a junior. Played through a stress fracture in his shin during the 2019 season. Suspended for two games in 2017 after a fight with a teammate.

Positives: Athletically gifted pass rusher with big upside. Fluid, smooth and agile. Used standing over tackle and out of a three-point stance and shows the ability to rush the passer from both positions. Easily bends the edge and possesses a closing burst of speed. Rarely off his feet, fast in pursuit of the action from the backside and quickly changes direction. Plays with proper pad level, works his hands and holds his ground against blocks.

Negatives: Showed little progress last season, although he played with a hairline stress fracture in his leg all year. Was very spotty and streaky with his production. Struggles to get off blocks and gets handled at the point.

Analysis: Scouts graded Taylor as a potential first-round choice before the season, but he struggled with an injury throughout the campaign and never met expectations. He’s a terrific athlete with good versatility, but he must pull the pieces of his game together and start to produce on a consistent basis.

Nigel Warrior, S

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned Second Team All-SEC honors and made 70 tackles (two for loss) with four interceptions and nine pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Made 83 tackles (three for loss) with one interception and three PBUs as a sophomore in 2017.

Positives: Hard-hitting safety with solid instincts against the run. Fires up the field, squares into opponents and brings ball carriers down at the point of attack. Efficient, takes proper angles to the action and plays with an aggressive mentality. Stays with coverage assignments and tracks the pass in the air.

Negatives: Hesitant on occasion and gets beaten down the field against the pass. Best downhill and struggles in reverse. Off-field issues will raise red flags with teams.

Analysis: Warrior was a productive college safety who comes with solid size and a lot of upside. He offers ability as a traditional strong safety or in a zone system and can add value on special teams.

Dominick Wood-Anderson, TE

Career Snapshot: Junior-college transfer who started both his seasons at Tennessee. Made 21 catches for 268 yards and one touchdown as a senior in 2019. Caught 17 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. Missed one game in 2018 due to a hamstring injury.

Positives: Large, wide-bodied tight end who is best as a blocker. Bends his knees, blocks with terrific pad level and stays square. Strong, controls defenders at the point of attack and turns them from the action. Adjusts to the errant throw as a pass catcher and extends his hands to grab the ball away from his frame.

Negatives: Possesses poor speed and quickness and isn’t very explosive. Lumbers about the field. Ineffective in motion.

Analysis: Wood-Anderson has limited upside and athleticism, but he comes with enough skill to line up as a third tight end in short-yardage situations.

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