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.

Georgia Bulldogs
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Rodrigo Blankenship, PK

Positives: Highly regarded kicker who began his career as a soccer player. Very accurate on field goals, possesses a strong leg and has the ball explode off his foot. Consistent long-range kicker. Gets hang time on kickoffs and consistently puts them into the opponent’s end zone. Shows the ability to places kickoffs inside the 10-yard line when necessary.

Negatives: Comes off a disappointing senior season. Does not always get immediate lift on field goals. Has had several kicks blocked in his career.

Analysis: Blankenship is a solid field-goal kicker and kickoff man with decent upside, but he must improve the details of his position.

Lawrence Cager, WR

Career Snapshot: Graduate transfer from Miami who started his lone season at Georgia. Caught 33 passes for 476 yards and four touchdowns as a senior in 2019 before he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in November. One-year starter for the Hurricanes who made 21 receptions for 374 yards and six TDs as a junior. Missed the 2016 season after he suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Positives: Tall, strong possession wideout who watched his game take off last season. Tracks the pass in the air, nicely adjusts to the errant throw and uses his large frame to shield away defenders. Sells routes extremely well, comes back to the ball and extends his hands to offer the quarterback a target.

Snatches the ball away from his frame and effortlessly makes the deep reception at full speed. Gets vertical over defenders, displays solid hand-eye coordination and makes the difficult reception in battles. Works his hands to separate from opponents. Displays soft hands.

Negatives: Displays average quickness and speed. Struggles to separate through routes. Lacks a second gear and vertical speed. Suffered a significant ankle injury late in the season, which set him back several months.

Analysis: Cager made a brilliant choice to transfer from Miami to Georgia and really watched his game take off last season. He’s a tall possession wideout who be effective on third down or in the red zone, and Cager will be a steal in the late rounds.

Tyler Clark, DT

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned Second Team All-SEC honors and made 26 tackles (eight for loss) with 2.5 sacks as a senior in 2019. Posted a career-high 41 tackles (six for loss) and added 2.5 sacks as a sophomore in 2017.

Positives: Explosive first-step lineman who plays with proper fundamentals. Fires off the snap, gets leverage on opponents and plays with consistent knee bend. Displays good change-of-direction skills, gets out in space laterally and effectively makes plays in space. Possesses a good head for the ball. Makes exceptional use of his hands to protect himself and gives a lot of effort.

Negatives: Not particularly big or strong. More of a first-step defender. Easily controlled at the point by a single blocker. Knocked off balance by the initial hit.

Analysis: Clark is a serviceable defensive lineman who can be used as a three-technique tackle or potentially a one-gap end in a three-man line. He lacks great upside, but he could be effective in a rotational role.

Tae Crowder, ILB

Career Snapshot: First-year starter who made 62 tackles (four for loss) with four pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Started five games and made 53 tackles (six for loss) with 1.5 sacks and two interceptions as a junior. Moved from running back to linebacker midway through his redshirt freshman season.

Positives: Hard-working linebacker who makes plays to every area of the field. Efficient, breaks down well and takes proper angles to the action. Resilient, uses his hands to protect himself and flows well laterally to the action. Remains disciplined with assignments, displays ability in coverage and explodes up the field to fill gaps in run defense.

Negatives: Not a strong tackler and tends to drag down opponents. Lacks great pursuit speed. Slow to react in coverage.

Analysis: Crowder is a hard-working run defender who is best up the field or in the box, but he comes with poor speed. He’s a two-down player who must make his mark on special teams.

Jake Fromm, QB

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 2,860 yards and 24 touchdowns with five interceptions as a junior in 2019. Completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,749 yards and 30 touchdowns with six interceptions as a sophomore.

Positives: Solid college quarterback with limited upside for the next level. Displays terrific poise and patience in the pocket and senses the rush. Sidesteps defenders to buy time and takes off upfield when nothing else is available. Challenges in the vertical game and isn’t afraid to deliver the ball downfield.

Goes through progressions, displays timing and flashes the ability to beautifully place throws where only his receiver can come away with the catch. Knows where his receivers are on the field, naturallylooks off the safety and controls the offense well.Shows the ability to deliver outstanding corner and fade patterns, puts air under the pass and gives receivers a chance. Distributes the ball to all his targets.

Negatives: Doesn’t pick up yardage with his legs. Sprays throws and can be all over the place with passes. Inability to hit his receivers in stride leads to a loss of opportunity after the catch. Lacks a bigtime arm and cannot drive deep passes. Makes receivers slow up in routes and wait for the ball. Forces the ball to covered targets.

Analysis: Fromm was a solid game manager at Georgia, but he lacks the size, accuracy and top arm talent to start at the next level. Overrated by many in my opinion, I believe Fromm is a last-day pick and will be nothing more than a No. 2 quarterback at the next level.

Brian Herrien, RB

Career Snapshot: Backup running back who carried 103 times for 490 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Rushed 50 times for 295 yards and three TDs as a junior. Missed one game in 2019 due to back spasms.

Positives: Patient ball carrier who also does an outstanding job as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Displays terrific short-area quickness, keeps his feet moving and bounces off defenders to pick up yardage. Possesses outstanding vision, effectively uses blocks everywhere on the field and falls forward when tackled.

Outstanding pass catcher who adjusts to the errant throw and displays soft, natural hands. Comes back to the ball to help out the quarterback and make himself a target. Solid blocker who squares into defenders and shows the ability to pick up stunts or blitzes.

Negatives: Can’t improvise when plays break down. More of a one-speed back who cannot beat defenders into the open field.

Analysis: Herrien is an underrated ball carrier who did well as a backup for Georgia. He’s accomplished in all three facets of the position and should be a very good situational player at the next level.

Solomon Kindley, G

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

Positives: Powerful, wide-bodied blocker who is best in a small area. Explosive and blocks with tremendous pad level. Plays with power, shows the ability to handle big, bulky defenders and gets movement as a run blocker. Stays square, keeps his feet moving and plays through the whistle. Keeps his head on a swivel and works well with linemates.

Negatives: Minimally effective at the second level or in motion. Struggles to slide in space.

Analysis: Kindley is a dominant run blockerwho is best in a small area. He’s a solid prospect for a non-zone-blocking scheme at the next level, and if Kindley could eventually break into a starting lineup on Sundays if properly coached.

Tyrique McGhee, S

Career Snapshot: One-year starter who made 23 tackles with one interception and two pass breakups as a junior in 2018. Started two games as a sophomore and made 25 tackles with one INT and six PBUs. Missed four games in 2019 due to a fractured foot and made two tackles in nine games.

Positives: Hard-working safety who is effective against the runand the pass. Strong open-field tackler who explodes up the field in run defense and squares into ball carriers. Aggressive but remains disciplined with assignments. Works to get his head back around to locate the pass in the air and displays good hands for the interception.

Negatives: Possesses poor size and speed. Liability in deep coverage. Struggled with injuries as a senior, was marginally productive and really never developed his game.

Analysis: As a sophomore at Georgia, McGhee showed signs as a potentialnext-level prospect before his game leveled off. He lacks the size and speed for the NFL, but he comes with solid instincts and a special-teams mentality.

J.R. Reed, S

Career Snapshot: Transfer from Tulsa who started his final three seasons at Georgia. Earned First Team All-America honors and made 54 tackles (two for loss) with one interception and seven pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Made 66 tackles (two for loss) with two interceptions and one sack as a junior. Posted career highs with 79 tackles, five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks and added two INTs and five PBUs as a sophomore.

Positives: Tough, between-the-numbers safety who comes with great work ethic. Instinctive, diagnoses the action and effectively plays the runand the pass. Tracks the ball in the air facing the action and displays solid range. Constantly around the ball and makes positive plays. Fires up the field and gives effort against the run. Displays a solid burst to the ball.

Negatives: Inefficient, does not always take proper angles to the action and overruns plays. Deep speed is a concern.

Analysis: Reed has been a productive safety for Georgia the past three years and while he has speed limitations, his instincts and approach the game will help him make it at the next level. I view Reed as a potential strong or zone safety, and he should add value on special teams.

Tyler Simmons, WR

Career Snapshot: First-year starter who caught 21 passes for 255 yards and one touchdown as a senior in 2019. Started six games and made nine receptions for 138 yards and two TDs as a junior. Missed one game in 2018 due to a shoulder injury.

Positives: Relatively athletic receiver who shows a burst of speed. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, runs sharp routes and extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame. Possesses soft hands and shows the ability to come away with the difficult reception. Immediately gets to top speed, has a burst and nicely makes the reception in stride.

Negatives: Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him at times. Lacks a second gear. Marginally productive at the college level.

Analysis: Simmons possesses the size and speed to line up as a fifth receiver and return specialist at the next level, but he must immediately turn heads in camp this summer to even end up on a practice squad.

D’Andre Swift, RB

Career Snapshot: First-year starter who earned First Team All-SEC honors, rushed 196 times for 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns and caught 24 passes for 216 yards and one score as a junior in 2019. Started five games and earned Second Team All-SEC honors, carried 163 times for 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns and made 32 receptions for 297 yards and three TDs as a sophomore.

Positives: Creative ball carrier with the ability to run to daylight and pick up big yardage from the line of scrimmage. Displays outstanding vision, instincts and wherewithal. Runs with good lean, effectively follows blocks and finds the open lanes. Consistently run north and south, builds up a lot of momentum and loses no speed when he cuts back against the grain and changes direction.

Beats defenders into the open field, works runs and does not go down without a fight. Runs with balance, body control and a great combination of speed and quickness. Possesses the speed and agility necessary to turn the perimeter. Explosive, makes defenders miss and a multi-cut ball carrier who finds ways to pick up yardage Runs terrific routes as a pass catcher, displays naturally soft hands and shows himself to be a lethal downfield threat. Stays square and gives effort as a blocker.

Negatives: Doesn’t move the pile. Not effective as a short-yardage back. Lacks next-level breakaway speed. Combine testing numbers were nothing special for a potential first-round back.

Analysis: Swift possesses the football skills and athletic ability to be a feature runner at the next level and should be the first ball carrier selected in the draft. He’s well-rounded in all facets of the position and should make an impact as a rookie in the NFL.

Andrew Thomas, OT

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned First Team All-America honors as a junior in 2019. Started at left tackle his final two seasons at Georgia. Started all 15 games at right tackle as a true freshman in 2017.

Positives: Natural left-tackle prospect with big upside. Patient, keeps his head on a swivel and works well with linemates. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage and keeps his feet moving. Displays terrific lateral range to slide off the edge, nicely redirects to defenders and takes opponents from the action.

Quick to recognize stunts and blitzes by opponents and agile enough to pick them up. Fires off the snap into run blocks and has the strength to turn defenders from the action. Fires out to the second level, easily moves on his feet and effectively takes linebackers from the play on the move. Effective with his hands, correctly places them into defenders and rides opponents from their angles of attack.

Negatives: Tends to gather into blocks. Does not always look confident in his base. Must make better use of angles. Stands to improve his balance.

Analysis: Thomas possesses rare ability and upside and is a terrific left-tackle prospect who shows skill both as a run blocker and in pass protection. He comes with great upside and should be an immediate starter at the next level, and he will only get better as he improves and polishes his game.

Isaiah Wilson, OT

Career Snapshot: Two-year starter at right tackle. Missed two games in 2019 due to an ankle injury.

Positives: Large, powerful right-tackle prospect with starting potential at the next level. Blocks with leverage, quickly sets up off the snap and keeps his head on a swivel. Displays outstanding vision, consistently gets leverage on opponents and easily turns defenders from the line. Keeps his feet moving, stays square and plays powerful football. Effective with his hands, flexible and adjusts to pick up speedy edge rushers and blitzes.

Negatives: Not light on his feet and struggles in motion. Really cannot slide off the edge and displays limited range in pass protection.

Analysis: Wilson is a traditional right tackle who can be an overwhelming force at the point of attack. He’s a dominant run blocker who holds his own in pass protection, but he’s not suited for a zone-blocking system.

Charlie Woerner, TE

Career Snapshot: First-year starter who made nine catches for 78 yards and one touchdown as a senior in 2019. Made two starts and caught 11 passes for 148 yards as a junior. Started one game and made nine receptions for 100 yards as a sophomore.

Positives: Tough, hard-nosed tight end who is best as a blocker. Breaks down well, plays with terrific leverage and shows explosiveness at the point of attack. Strong, knocks linebackers from the action and plays through the whistle. Comes back into the clearing as a pass catcher to make himself an available target and catches the ball with his hands.Tracks the pass in the air and competes to come away with the difficult catch.

Negatives: One-speed tight end who lacks a deep burst. Does not display soft or strong hands. Haphazard and must improve his balance.

Analysis: Woerner possesses solid size and has enough skill to make an NFL roster as a third tight end who plays primarily inshort-yardage situations.

Eli Wolf, TE

Career Snapshot: Graduate transfer from Tennessee who started two games and made 13 catches for 194 yards and one touchdown during his lone season at Georgia. One-year starter with the Volunteers who caught five passes for 30 yards and one TD as a junior in 2018.

Positives: Pass-catching tight end who will receive consideration at fullback or H-back. Quick, runs effective routes and finds the soft spot in the defense. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw, displays consistent hands and extends to snatch the ball away from his frame. Goes over the middle of the field and tracks the pass in the air. Exposes himself to the big hit, takes a pounding and holds onto the ball. Stays square as a blocker, gets his hands into opponents and flashes the ability to turn defenders from the action.

Negatives: More of a one-speed tight end whodoesn’t split the seam. Struggles to finish blocks.

Analysis: Wolf was not graded by scouts entering the season, but he did enough throughout his senior campaign to get an invitation to the Shrine Bowl, where he looked good during the week of practice. He’s a potential third tight end, fullback or H-back who can be used as a utility pass catcher.

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