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SEC Scouting Reports for 2021 NFL Draft

2021 NFL Draft Southeastern Conference (SEC) scouting reports from Pro Football Network’s Chief Draft Analyst and NFL Insider Tony Pauline.

SEC Scouting Reports for 2021 NFL Draft
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 26: Ja'Marr Chase #1 of the LSU Tigers runs with the ball after a reception against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Tiger Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Scouting reports for 2021 NFL Draft prospects from the SEC Conference from Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network’s Chief Draft Analyst and NFL Insider. To view overall and positional rankings, visit and bookmark Pauline’s Draft Board. Please note that the links below will open in a new tab.

Teams covered in this 2021 SEC Scouting Report:

Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, & Auburn Tigers – Page 1
Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, & Kentucky Wildcats – Page 2
LSU Tigers, Mississippi, & Mississippi State Bulldogs – Page 3
Missouri Tigers,  South Carolina Gamecocks, & Tennessee Volunteers – Page 4
Texas A&M Aggies, & Vanderbilt Commodores – Page 5

2021 NFL Draft | SEC Scouting Reports: Alabama Crimson Tide

For information on Alabama offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Alabama defensive tackle Christian Barmore, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Alabama offensive lineman Deonte Brown, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Alabama offensive lineman Landon Dickerson, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Miller Forristall NFL Draft Scouting Report | Tight End

Positives: Large blocking tight end who is also effective when the pass is thrown in his direction. Explosive at the point, remains disciplined with blocking assignments, and squares into defenders. Bends his knees and blocks with leverage. Displays good route discipline, finds the soft spot on the field, and adjusts to the errant throw. Gets vertical, makes the reception with his hands away from his frame, and displays solid eye/hand coordination.

Negatives: Plays to one speed and does not possess a burst. Does not show naturally soft hands. Not big for a blocking tight end.

Analysis: Forristall is a well-rounded tight end with average size and poor play speed. He comes with growth potential and offers possibilities as a third tight end at the next level.

For information on Alabama running back Najee Harris, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

2021 NFL Draft | SEC Scouting Reports: Arkansas Razorbacks

For information on Arkansas quarterback Feleipe Franks, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Jerry Jacobs NFL Draft Scouting Report | Cornerback

Positives: Nice-sized corner who has flashed ability the past three years. Fluid flipping his hips in transition, effectively reads and diagnoses the action, and works to keep receivers in front of him. Plays within the system, stays with assignments, and gives effort against the run.

Negatives: Must clean up his backpedal and be more consistent moving in reverse. Possesses an average burst to the ball and lacks closing speed. Looks as though he’s going half-speed at times.

Analysis: Jacobs offers solid size, but his speed and intensity are suspect. He’s best facing the action in a zone system, and Jacobs must make it on special teams.

For information on Arkansas defensive tackle Jonathan Marshall, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Rakeem Boyd NFL Draft Scouting Report | Running Back

Positives: Instinctive college ball carrier who is best in a straight line. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and displays a burst of speed. Follows blocks everywhere on the field, and displays strength carrying the ball and the ability to break tackles. Keeps his feet moving and works to pick up positive yardage any time the ball is in his hands. Possesses outstanding vision as well as instincts. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes. Adjusts to the errant throw as a pass catcher and makes the reception in stride.

Negatives: Lacks balance moving in any direction other than north and south. Not a quick cutback runner or an elusive ball carrier who makes defenders miss. Loses a lot of momentum-changing direction. Runs with an upright style.

Analysis: Boyd entered the season with high grades from NFL scouts yet turned in an average campaign, and in my opinion, he’s a straight-line ball carrier with limited upside.

Xavier Kelly NFL Draft Scouting Report | Defensive Line

Positives: Rotational defensive lineman with the size and athleticism to play at the next level. Quick off the snap, works his hands throughout the action, and displays a variety of moves getting off blocks. Agile, easily moves about the field and fluidly gets down the line and out into space to chase the action.

Negatives: Struggles getting off blocks and gets easily handled at the point despite his size. Turned in pedestrian production and did not have much of an impact at Arkansas.

Analysis: Kelly is a size prospect who nicely moves about the field, but he must elevate his game and do so quickly to have an opportunity to stick on a practice squad this fall.

2021 NFL Draft | SEC Scouting Reports: Auburn Tigers

For information on Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Christian Tutt NFL Draft Scouting Report | Defensive Back

Positives: Aggressive, instinctive defender with no real position at the next level. Quick to read and diagnose, physical, and fires up the field. Breaks down well, works to get off blocks, and nicely redirects to the action. Displays good change-of-direction skills and makes the tackle in space. Stays on the pass catcher’s hip out of breaks. Remains disciplined with assignments.

Negatives: Lacks any sort of quickness or explosion. Plays to one speed.

Analysis: Tutt plays tough, instinctive football but has cornerback size and linebacker speed. He projects as a backup strong safety but must make his mark on special teams this summer.

Elijah Stove NFL Draft Scouting Report | Wide Receiver

Positives: Athletic skill player whose greatest contribution for Auburn was returning kicks. Versatile, quick, and fast. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw, extends his hands to offer the quarterback a target, and snatches the ball away from his frame. Nicely makes the reception in stride and out of route breaks. Shows a lot of creativity handling the ball after the catch or as a return specialist. Works hard to make himself an available target.

Negatives: Not a big or sturdy receiver. Needs to improve his route running. Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him at times.

Analysis: Stove is a good athlete and a dynamic return specialist with unpolished skills at receiver. He possesses upside, and his special teams ability may make him worth keeping around next season.

For information on Auburn safety Jamien Sherwood, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Jordyn Peters NFL Draft Scouting Report | Safety 

Positives: Nice-sized safety who made an impact on special teams. Physical, works hard, and drives his shoulders through ball handlers. Effectively diagnoses the action, keeps plays in front of him, and shows a lot of ability between the numbers. Breaks down well, flows to the action laterally, and stays with assignments. Effective on coverage units and has blocked punts.

Negatives: Stiff and struggles to immediately redirect to the ball handler. Lacks an explosive burst to the ball out of his plant. Inefficient and does not take proper angles.

Analysis: Peters comes with next-level size and speed yet never elevated his game, and to date he’s more an athlete-than-football player. The production he showed on special teams is attractive and could help him find his way onto a roster as a ninth defensive back.

For information on Auburn linebacker K.J. Britt, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Auburn wide receiver Seth Williams, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

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