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.

Troy Trojans
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

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Kaleb Barker, QB

Positives: Poised, patient quarterback who leads his offense very well. Disciplined in the pocket, senses the rush and shows enough elusiveness to escape defenders. Scans the field, makes proper choices and stays away from errant passes. Sells ball fakes, locates the open wideout and throws with an over-the-top delivery. Accurate, flashes the ability to precisely place passes and does not make receivers work hard to come away with the catch. Naturally looks off the safety and shows terrific field awareness.

Negatives: Lacks a bigtime arm, cannot drive deep passes and underthrows even slow receivers. Lacks great size and pocket stature.

Analysis: Barker was a terrific quarterback at Troy, but he lacks the physical skills for the next level. He’s a cerebral signal caller who could be kept on a depth chart for his ability to diagnose what’s happening on the field.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Sterling Johnson, DT

Career Snapshot: Transfer from Clemson who started both his seasons at Coastal Carolina. Earned Third Team All-Sun Belt honors and made 41 tackles (10 for loss) with 3.5 sacks as a senior in 2019. Started seven games and made 24 tackles (5.5 for loss) with three sacks as a junior.

Positives: Nice-sized, athletic defensive lineman who flashes brilliance. Strong, tough to move off the point and fights with his hands. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, plays with solid pad level and displays good movement skills. Agile and easily changes direction.

Negatives: Doesn’t play with a nasty or aggressive attitude. Controlled at the point by lesser opponents or ragdolled in the middle of the line too often.

Analysis: Johnson possesses the size, athleticism and explosion to play at the next level, but he never lived up to expectations. He possesses great upside, but he must pull the pieces together sooner rather than later or he’ll be on the outside looking in.

Tony Pauline is the Chief Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Tony’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter @TonyPauline.

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