2020 NFL Draft: Southeastern Conference (SEC) Scouting Reports

PFN Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting reports for 2020 NFL Draft prospects in the Southeastern Conference, including Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.

Auburn Tigers
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Derrick Brown, DT

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned First Team All-America honors and made 55 tackles (12.5 for loss) with four sacks, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Earned Second Team All-SEC honors and made 48 tackles (10.5 for loss) with 4.5 sacks as a junior. Set a career high with 56 tackles and added nine tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a sophomore.

Positives: Large, athletic, game-impacting defender who can play all three downs. Displays himself as a terrific athlete, makes plays in every direction of the field and can drop off the line into coverage on zone blitzes and make plays in space. Plays with proper pad level and leverage, fights hard and defeats double-team blocks.

Bull rushes opponents up the field to collapse the pocket. Shows excellent movement skills and power in his lower body and displays solid change-of-direction ability. Fights with his hands, displays terrific hand quickness and consistently impacts games in a variety of ways.

Negatives: Stiff and lacks quick-twitch athleticism.

Analysis: Brown is a big-bodied lineman and a terrific athlete who plays with a nonstop motor. He offers scheme versatility and the ability to line up at several positions upfront, and he should make an immediate impact for whichever team selects him in the draft.

Sal Cannella, TE

Career Snapshot: Junior-college transfer who moved from tight end to wide receiver before the 2019 season. Caught 22 passes for 299 yards and five touchdowns in his two seasons at Auburn.

Positives: Big-bodied college receiver who projects to tight end at the next level. Finds the open space in the defense, extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame. Plays smart football, displays focus and concentration and gets vertical to come away with the difficult catch. Sacrifices his body to make the reception.

Negatives: Must be more consistent as a downfield blocker. Average quickness and speed.

Analysis: Cannella is a solid pass catcher who offers possibilities as a move tight end at the next level if he improves his blocking.

Nick Coe, DE

Career Snapshot: One-year starter who made 27 tackles (13.5 for loss) with seven sacks and two forced fumbles as a sophomore in 2018. Started one game and made 15 tackles (three for loss) as a junior.

Positives: Athletic defensive lineman who flashes ability and playmaking skill. Quick, keeps his feet moving and displays solid movement skills. Breaks down well, plays with proper pad level and holds his ground against blocks. Resilient and fights to make plays. Nicely redirects to the ball carrier and shows fluid lateral movement skills. Shows the ability to get outside the box and make plays in space.

Negatives: Easily sealed from the action or taken from the play by a single blocker. Really doesn’t play to his size. Very inconsistent in 2019.

Analysis: Coe looks the part and occasionally plays to it, but he must elevate every area every aspect of his game to make a roster at the next level. In my opinion, he would’ve been better offif he returned to Auburn for another season on the college field.

Marlon Davidson, DE

Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who earned First Team All-SEC honors and made 48 tackles (12.5 for loss) with 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior in 2019. Combined to make 127 tackles (17 for loss) with 9.5 sacks during his first three seasons at Auburn. Missed one game in 2019 due to a lower-back injury and missed one game in 2017 due to a knee injury.

Positives: Nice-sized defensive lineman with scheme versatility who flashes bigtime ability. Athletic and displays good change-of-direction skills and the ability to get out into space and make plays. Holds his ground against blocks, gives effort in pursuit of the action and fluidly moves to every area of the field. Plays with proper lean, gets leverage on opponents and keeps his feet moving. Flashes pass-rushing skill.

Negatives: Struggles to get off blocks and gets manhandled on running downs. Needs to improve his overall strength.

Analysis: Davidson was a solid defensive lineman on a team that was stacked at the position, but he was still able to make his mark. He offers possibilities in a variety of schemes and could eventually grow into a two-gap end as he physically matures and improves his strength.

Javaris Davis, CB

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who made 43 tackles with two interceptions and six pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Made 41 tackles (three for loss) with two INTs and eight PBUs as a junior. Missed one game in 2018 due to an ankle injury and missed three games in 2017 due to a lingering hamstring injury.

Positives: Feisty cornerback with solid ball skills. Instinctive, quick to read and diagnose and rarely challenged by opponents. Fluid footwork in reverse.Plays tough, hard-nosed football, mixes it up with opponents throughout the route and gives effort against the run.

Stays downfield with opponents, displays a burst of closing speed both in a straight line and laterally and shows the ability to explode to the ball out of his plant. Flies around the action and sacrifices himself to knock away passes. Gets vertical and adjusts to defend the throw and wraps up tackling.

Negatives: Struggles to make plays with his back to the ball and is very slow to get his head around to locate the pass in the air. Lack of height is an issue, as he gets outpositioned by larger receivers.

Analysis: Davis is a feisty cornerback with solid ball skills and instincts. He performed well during Senior Bowl practices then turned in a terrific Combine workout. Although he’ll be selected much later in the draft than he should be, I expect Davis to be a productive nickel back at the next level.

Jeremiah Dinson, S

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who made 88 tackles (4.5 for loss) with two interceptions and two sacks as a senior in 2019. Made 64 tackles (four for loss) with two interceptions, one sack and three pass breakups as a junior. Missed the end of the 2015 season after he tore three ligaments in his knee and dislocated his shoulder, an injury that also sidelined him for the 2016 season.

Positives: Tough, hard-working safety who is best playing downhill and in a straight line. Instinctive, quick to read and diagnose and works hard to get involved in the action. Takes proper angles to the play, displays a solid closing burst and sells out to make the tackle. Keeps the action in front of him.

Negatives: Slow out of his transition to follow receivers out of breaks and struggles to make plays with his back to the ball. Lacks deep speed and really cannot recover.

Analysis: Dinson is a smart, tough safety who comes with size and speed limitations, but he could make a roster as a ninth defensive back if he plays well on special teams.

Jack Driscoll, G

Career Snapshot: Graduate transfer from Massachusetts who started at right tackle during both of his seasons at Auburn. Two-year starter for the Minutemen who started 12 games at right tackle in 2017. Started eight games at left guard and one at left tackle in 2016.

Positives: Large, tough college tackle who projects to guard at the next level. Quickly sets up off the snap, shows strength at the point and plays with a nasty attitude. Sets with a wide base, works to bend his knees and keeps his feet moving.

Stays square, turns defenders from the action and gets movement as a run blocker. Makes proper use of angles and seals opponents from the play. Intelligent, keeps his head on a swivel and picks up stunts and blitzes thrown by opponents.

Negatives: Lacks fluid footwork and struggles to slide off the edge. Gets narrow-based at times and can be beaten by inside moves. Not light on his feet or quick out to the second level.

Analysis: Driscoll is a tough, efficient blocker who gets the most from his abilityand comes with an upside. He’s a serviceable guard who could develop into a starter at the next level and turn into a real find on the draft’s final day.

Marquel Harrell, G

Career Snapshot: Two-year starter at left guard. Made six starts as a sophomore in 2017.

Positive: Underrated guard with next-level size and strength. Fundamentally sound, firesinto blocks and displays excellent vision. Keeps his head on a swivel, works well with linemates and gives effort. Strong, moves opponents off the line in the run game and anchors in pass protection.

Negatives: Limited athlete who is only effective in a small area. Occasionally overextends into blocks and falls off opponents. Heavy-footed, ineffective at the second level and cannot slide in space.

Analysis: Harrell possesses next-level size, but he has limited athleticism and upside. His intelligence and approach to the game could help him find a place as a backup at the next level.

Michael Horton, G

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter at guard. Started at right guard during his final two seasons at Auburn. Started seven games at left guard and missed two games due to an ankle injury as a sophomore in 2017.

Positives: Large, intelligent blocker who is best in a small area. Displays outstanding strength at the point. Bends his knees, sinks his butt at the line of scrimmage and plays with a nasty attitude. Fires off the snap into blocks, stays square and easily outpositions opponents from the action. Remains disciplined with assignments, keeps his head on a swivel and works well with teammates.

Negatives: Only effective in a small area and struggles in motion. Slow to adjust or redirect against the blitz.

Analysis: Horton is a smart, tough lineman with next-level size, but he comes with limited athleticism and agility. He offers potential as a backup in a system that does not ask him to cover any amount of area.

Noah Igbinoghene, CB

Career Snapshot: Two-year starter who made 42 tackles and broke up seven passes as a junior in 2019. Made 50 tackles with one interception and 11 pass breakups as a sophomore. Switched from wide receiver to cornerback before the 2018 season. Competed in the triple jump and the long jump for Auburn track and field in 2018.

Positives: Physical cover cornerback who also doubles as a return specialist. Quickly flips his hips to transition with opponents and loses nothing from the line of scrimmage. Effectively reads and diagnoses plays, stays with the action and competes to break up throws.

Shows the ability to stay downfield with opponents, works to get his head around to locate the pass in the air and has an explosive closing burst of speed to the play. Effective in zone coverage, quick up the field and gives effort against the run. Wraps up tackling and brings ball carriers down at the point of attack. Game-impacting kick returner.

Negatives: Needs to polish his overall technique. Inconsistent with his back to the ball.

Analysis: Igbinoghene was a solid cornerback for Auburn who displayed consistent progress the past two seasons. He possesses the size and speed to be a nickel corner and return kicks.

Arryn Siposs, P

Career Snapshot: Two-year starter who punted 61 times for 2,674 yards as a senior in 2019. Punted 56 times for 2,476 yards as a junior.

Positives: Large, overaged punter who’s an outstanding directional kicker. Athletic, agile and easily handles poor snaps. Displays the ability to consistently place punts inside the 10-yard line or out to the sidelines. Gets solid hang time on punts.

Negatives: Lacks a huge leg and doesn’t consistently flip the field. Still very rough around the edges. Will be 28 years old this November.

Analysis: Siposs was a former Aussie Rules Football player before he arrived at Auburn in 2018, and he made an immediate impact on special teams. He’s very rough around the edges and is more of a control kicker than a punter who will boom it out of the stadium. Siposs lacks great upside, but he should get looks in camp this summer as a directional punter.

Daniel Thomas, S

Positives: Athletic safety with next-level size and speed. Effectively reads and diagnoses the action, takes proper angles to the play and plays heads-up football. Fires up the field against the run and squares into ball carriers. Solid open-field tackler.Effective facing the action on passing downs, displays a closing burst of speed and possesses good hands for the interception. Chases hard to get involved in the action.

Negatives: Lacks great range. Average man-coverage skills.

Analysis: Thomas possesses next-level physical skills and has enough football ability to be used as a traditional strong safety or in a zone system. He plays with a special-teams mentality, which is added value.

Prince Tega Wanogho, OT

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter at left tackle who earned Second Team All-SEC honors as a senior in 2019. Missed one game in 2019 due to an undisclosed lower-body injury.

Positives: Large, somewhat athletic left-tackle prospect who stands out in pass protection. Leverage blocker who plays with proper pad level and stays square. Quickly sets up off the snap, effectively uses his hands and jolts defenders with an explosive punch. Effectively uses body positioning to seal defenders from the action.

Keeps his feet moving, displays the ability to slide off the edge and possesses good range. Makes proper use of angles in pass protection and anchors at the point. Displays the ability to adjust to oncoming pass rushers and redirect while in motion.

Negatives: Gets minimal movement as a run blocker. All over the place at times and must learn to block with balance. Has a tendency to fall off opponents rather than finish them off on running downs.

Analysis: Wanogho possesses next-level size and enough footwork to develop into a starting left tackle at the next level. He may struggle to handle a complex offense, but he should only improve as he physically matures and receives next-level experience.

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