The Toledo Rockets stand to be well represented in the 2022 NFL Draft. As our scouting reports continue to roll out, we take a look at the numerous prospects that you should know ahead of April’s draft. This list includes those draft-eligible players, but it’s also important to note that Matt Landers, Desjuan Johnson, and Dyontae Johnson are among other players to monitor for the 2023 NFL Draft, as each had the potential to be drafted this year.
Toledo 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
The Rockets will be paced by their talented safety Tycen Anderson in the 2022 NFL Draft. A favorite among scouts, Anderson was a missile to the football at the Senior Bowl. He flew around the football all the same during his final year at Toledo. Anderson recorded 2 interceptions and a total of 44 tackles this past season. He was a terrific contributor to the Rockets’ eventual 7-6 record.
Aside from Anderson, there’s the talented Samuel Womack, who recorded a whopping 15 pass breakups in 2021. Womack also had 2 interceptions and finished his illustrious Toledo career with 39 career PBUs.
Speaking of illustrious careers, RB Bryant Koback was as impressive as any running back in the conference this past season. He recorded 1,400 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, chipping in with 30 receptions for 334 receiving yards. Koback is a true dual-threat out of the backfield, adding more value with his size at 6’0″, 210 pounds.
Those are not the only players to watch from Toledo as the draft approaches. Here are the full scouting reports from the Toledo Rockets with eyes on the 2022 NFL Draft.
S Tycen Anderson
Positives: Nice-sized safety who is highly thought of in the scouting community. Moves well laterally and smoothly in every direction and does an outstanding job keeping the action in front of him. Occasionally lines up over the slot receiver, quickly flips his hips in transition, and immediately recognizes coverage assignments. Works well with cornerbacks to bracket receivers inside the numbers. Fires up the field defending the run and squares into opponents. Gives great effort against the run.
Negatives: Possesses average coverage and ball skills. Doesn’t show a burst or play to his 40 time. Lacks top lateral speed. Looked very stiff and out of place moving in reverse or laterally during Senior Bowl practice.
Analysis: Anderson looks the part and occasionally plays to it, and he’s a prospect with a large upside. He’s shown flashes of a complete game but needs a lot of work and must take the next step to compete for a roster spot. If properly coached, Anderson could make an NFL team as a third safety used primarily in zone coverage.
OL Vitaliy Gurman
Positives: College tackle who projects to center or guard at the next level. Quickly sets up off the snap, keeps his feet moving, and plays with strength. Turns defenders from the line and opens up running lanes. Sets with a wide base, makes outstanding use of angles, and plays through the whistle. Fires off the snap and controls opponents once engaged at the point.
Negatives: Stiff, gets beaten around the edge by speed rushers, and must improve his pass-protection skills. Possesses short arms. Really doesn’t sink his butt at the line of scrimmage.
Analysis: Gurman was a solid starter at left tackle for Toledo the past two seasons after transferring from Edinboro. He possesses the size and style of an interior offensive lineman and is best-suited for a power gap blocking scheme.
DL Bryce Harris
Positives: Versatile interior lineman who can play any of three positions. Sets with a wide base, blocks with good lean, and stays square. Tough, slug-it-out lineman who keeps his feet moving, gets his hands into defenders, and works hard throughout the action. Keeps his head on a swivel, easily disrupts defenders from their angles of attack with a jolt of his hands, and displays outstanding blocking vision.
Negatives: Stiff and ineffective blocking in motion. Cannot slide in space and is only good in a small area.
Analysis: Harris was productive at Toledo but is a smaller interior lineman with limited athleticism and agility.
RB Bryant Koback
Positives: Underrated ball carrier with a complete game. Displays outstanding vision, finds the lanes, and uses blocks everywhere on the field. Outstanding open-field runner who shows great instincts and awareness and possesses the agility necessary to turn the corner. Keeps his feet moving, runs with a tough style, and works to pick up extra yardage.
Deceptively quick, which helps him elude defenders and make them miss. Finds ways to pick up big chunks of yardage from the line of scrimmage. Outstanding blocker who picks up assignments and squares into defenders then seals them from the action. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield.
Negatives: Not a truly creative ball carrier. Plays to one speed.
Analysis: Koback is one of the more underrated ball carriers in this draft and was productive as a runner and receiver. He combines the football intellect and intensity necessary to compete at the next level. His blocking skills will also be very attractive to NFL teams. I would not be surprised if Koback makes an active roster next fall.
WR Bryce Mitchell
Positives: Nice-sized wideout who battles with his hands to separate from defenders, adjusts to errant throws, and displays outstanding hand/eye coordination. Tracks the pass in the air, uses his frame to shield away defenders, and comes away with incredible receptions on occasion. Makes tough catches with defenders draped on him and possesses outstanding focus.
Negatives: Plays to one speed and lacks a burst. Struggles separating from opponents through routes.
Analysis: Mitchell looked like a next-level prospect in 2019 but failed to elevate his game and watched his production drop significantly. He’s a tall sure-handed receiver with speed and should be a good red-zone target for the next level.
CB Samuel Womack
Positives: Slightly undersized cornerback with outstanding ball skills. Battles opponents throughout the route, effectively times pass defenses, and possesses solid ball skills. Displays a burst to the ball, effectively covers receivers on crossing patterns, and stays on opponents’ hips out of breaks. Feisty, mixes it up with receivers, and quickly moves upfield to defend the run. Does a good job reading and diagnosing plays.
Negatives: Not a stout cornerback or sure-handed tackler. Gets outmatched by taller receivers.
Analysis: Womack is an underrated cornerback with the speed and ball skills to line up in dime packages at the next level. He possesses the ability to play over the slot receiver and also be used in a zone system facing the action.
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