2020 NFL Draft: Sun Belt Conference Scouting Reports

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting reports for 2020 NFL Draft prospects in the Sun Belt, including Akeem Davis-Gaither of Appalachian State.

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Ja’Marcus Bradley, WR

Positives: Nice-sized receiver who shows a nose for the end zone. Displays strong hands and extends to pluck the throw from the air. Tracks the pass in the air, displays focus and concentration and makes the difficult catch in the deep field. Keeps the play in bounds, works to pick up positive yardage and possesses a burst of speed. Uses his frame to shield away defenders and protect the pass and effectively comes away with the catch on crossing patterns.

Negatives: Really doesn’t play to his 40 time. Not a sharp route runner and floats out of breaks. Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him at times and secures the ball against his frame.

Analysis: Bradley didn’t receive a grade from scouts entering the season, but he will now get consideration in the late rounds of the draft. He possesses solid size and above-average athleticism and has shown development the past three seasons. Bradley projects well as a fifth receiver at the next level.

Raymond Calais, RB

Positives: Undersized, explosive ball carrier who picks up big yardage from the line of scrimmage. Patiently waits for blocks to develop, displays a burst of speed and can run to daylight. Multi-cut ball carrier who shows the agility necessary to turn the perimeter, quickly cuts back against the grain and creates yardage. Runs with a tough style, falls forward when tackled and tries to get as much yardage as possible from each carry.

Negatives: Consistently used in a rotational system at Louisiana. Average pass catcher out of the backfield. Gets a little tall as a runner. Doesn’t pick up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Possesses average vision and at times misses open lanes.

Analysis: Calais possesses the physical skills to be a situational ball carrier at the next level and has the ability to create his own yardage. He’s very rough around the edges and really needs to improve as a receiver, but Calais comes with big upside.

Kevin Dotson, G

Positives: Consistent, durable offensive lineman who is best in a small area. Strong, stout at the point and controls opponents once engaged in the block. Works to bend his knees, fires off the snap and plays through the whistle. Stays square and seals defenders from the action.

Negatives: Lacks footwork in space and struggles to adjust. Ineffective in motion.

Analysis: Dotson was a solid blocker at Louisiana, but he comes with average athleticism and upside. He’s a small-area lineman whose durability is his greatest attribute.

Robert Hunt, OT

Positives: Large, nimble offensive lineman who can play tackle or guard. Plays heads-up football, keeps his feet moving and works his hands. Explosive at the point, stays square and attacks assignments. Blocks down on defenders and seals them from the play. Keeps his head on a swivel, effectively picks up stunts and blitzes and fluidly pulls across the line of scrimmage to block in motion. Gets movement as a run blocker and turns defenders from the line.

Negatives: Doesn’t block with consistent leverage or pad level. Doesn’t effectively redirect to linebackers at the second level.

Analysis: Hunt was a terrific right tackle at Louisiana, and he’s a strong lineman with a next-level build. He has space restrictions, and a move into guard may be in the offing as a result. At the very least, Hunt should be an inexpensive utility blocker on a depth chart.

Michael Jacquet, CB

Positives: Nice-sized cornerback who flashes ball skills. Physical, mixes it up throughout the route and shows good awareness. Keeps the action in front of him, breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself. Quick up the field and gives effort against the run. Strong open-field tackler.

Negatives: One-speed cornerback with limited burst. Must improve his footwork in reverse.

Analysis: Jacquet was rarely challenged by opponents and comes with next-level size. He comes with scheme limitations, but Jacquet should be able to line up in a zone system.

South Alabama Jaguars
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Tra Minter, RB

Positives: Junior-college transfer who displayed consistent development the past three years. Tough, displays good vision and works runs. Keeps his feet moving, grinds it out on the inside and picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Effectively uses downfield blocks and falls forward when tackled.

Negatives: Not a quick cutback runner who creates yardage or avoids piles. Possesses average quickness and a limited burst.

Analysis: Minter was a hard-charging college ball carrier, but he’s undersized, not very fast and likes to grind it out on the inside, which does not project well to the next level.

Texas State Bobcats
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Frankie Griffin, S

Positives: Athletic safety who was used in more of a linebacker role last season. Easily changes direction, displays good speed to the flanks and shows excellent range on the field. Rarely off his feet, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and holds his ground against blocks. Possesses a closing burst to the play.

Negatives: Not forceful on the blitz. Deep speed is a concern. Really better up the field than in reverse.

Analysis: Griffin is a hard-hitting strong safety with decent size. He comes with speed and scheme limitations, but he could make a roster as a ninth defensive back and special-teams player.

Bryan London, ILB

Positives: Hard-working linebacker who plays with an aggressive attitude. Breaks down well, crashes up the field and gives effort against the run. Quickly diagnoses the action, squares into ball carriers and wraps up tackling. Flows well laterally to the action.

Negatives: Plays to one speed, cannot cut off the corners from running backs and shows minimal skills in pursuit.

Analysis: London is a tough, intelligent player who lacks the physical skills for the next level. He’s a scheme-specific prospect who must stand out on special teams to make it out of camp this summer.

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