Misc. Prospect Notes

QB Davis Mills, Stanford* (6’4”, 217)

Five-star recruit who started eleven games at Stanford. Team captain. Light on his feet in the pocket. Able to work his way through progressions and find open receivers; wasn’t limited to just one side of the field. Makes quick, sound decisions with the ball to work the short passing game. From a three-quarters delivery, generally throws a nice spiral with adequate velocity and appropriate touch. Gets enough air under his sideline throws downfield. Pretty accurate passer within fifteen yards or so and across the middle of the field; can stick it on receivers and facilitate yards after the catch. Willing to stand tall and take a hit to complete a pass. Able to throw on the move while rolling out in either direction, or to escape from rushers and pick up first downs when a lane opens up. Made a limited number of starts for a losing team before entering the draft. Played out of the shotgun, so will need to get used to taking snaps from under center. Was mostly making throws within ten yards of the line of scrimmage, without many passes into tight windows. Accuracy falls off on intermediate throws. Inconsistent platform and weight transfer. Attempts some passes which he’s not able to step into, causing some dangerous throws downfield. Doesn’t take many shots deep down the field. Has sustained multiple serious left knee injuries. Looks like he might be overdrafted but has some potential to develop into a game manager type.

WR Dyami Brown, North Carolina* (6’1”, 189, 4.44)

Started six games as a freshman but really stepped into a major role the following year, finishing his career with two similar seasons of 50+ catches for 1,000+ yards and an average of ten touchdowns. Adequate size, with a slightly thin build. A true deep threat who averaged over 20 YPC in 2019 and 2020. Shows the ability to release, although he was usually working against off coverage. Good inside release to set up deep patterns. Eats up cushions quickly. Tracks well over his shoulder. Good attention to detail at the route stem even when he has plenty of room to work with. Willing to come over the middle of the field; doesn’t shy away from contact. Competitive after the catch and can do some real damage with room to work. Pretty physical blocker who works to stick with his man downfield/through the whistle. Not the most reliable set of hands. Mostly lined up on the left side of the offense. Lack of ideal size/bulk is a slight concern, but overall combination of speed, route-running, competitiveness, and physicality should allow him to come off the board on the second day, even in a crowded wide receiver class.

TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn St.* (6’5”, 251, N/A)

Also played basketball in high school. Comes from a family of coaches. Started twenty-six games over the past three years, but missed the last five of 2020 due to injury. Two-time captain. Big tight end who typically lined up split out wide or, more commonly, in the slot. Has some nuance as a route runner to create separation, making up for what looks like closer to adequate explosiveness. Does a good job of sinking and changing up speeds. Runs deeper routes but can also take advantage of opportunities to find openings underneath. Uses his frame effectively to shield defenders. Easy target with reliable hands. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder. Didn’t see him inline much. Not the most physical or successful blocker, although he gives decent effort. Some awkward movements in the blocking game at times. Contact balance is disappointing for his size. A bit more finesse than you’d think given his size, but polish, reliability, and savvy in the passing game and leadership value look like they’ll make him a second-day pick as a receiving tight end.

TE Brevin Jordan, Miami (FL)* (6’3”, 247, 4.67)

Father Darrell was a pro linebacker. Four-star recruit who has strated for each of the past three seasons, missing a total of seven games to injury. On the smaller side for a pro tight end, coming in at under 6’3”. Pretty well-integrated into the passing game. Gets moved around the formation, taking snaps in the backfield, the slot, split out wide, and as an H-Back. Often in motion pre-snap. Smooth mover with enough speed to challenge down the seams. Has some snap to his route stems. Runs screens and banana routes, but also patterns taking him downfield; over 15 YPC last year. Good swim to slip by ‘backers in zone. Soft, reliable hands. Can even accelerate away from opponents a little bit after the catch. Pretty good effort to engage opponents when stalking, but can struggle to line them up; mostly creating lanes for receivers catching screens from bunches. Wasn’t retained much in pass pro. Limited value in the run game although he is athletic enough to climb or come across the formation and crack. Not really a true tight end, more of an interesting chess piece.

TE Hunter Long, Boston College* (6’5”, 254, 4.68)

Started three games as a sophomore but led the team in receiving, then more than doubled his catches last year as a full-time starter before declaring. Has a solid combination of size, bulk, and length. Despite being a bigger guy, often lines up split out. Provides his quarterback with a big target over the middle of the field; can snatch the ball away from his frame. Not the snappiest or most explosive route runner; glides through patterns and would like to see him sink his hips more. However, has some build-up speed and is a pretty smooth mover. Was sent down the seams pretty often from tight alignments and is able to challenge down the seams with a clean release. Shows good lateral quickness, extension, and knee bend in pass protection, but would like to see more aggression/physicality. Capable of executing different blocking assignments in the run game. Athleticism and physical profile of an inline Y and should be able to develop into a pretty good blocker with time.

TE Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame** (6’3”, 241, 4.63)

Father Greg played in the NFL as a defensive back. Started seventeen games over the past two years, with modest production. On the smaller side for a pro tight end and will be limited to an H-Back/flex role, which is basically what he did in college as well. Smooth mover who runs a lot of routes into the flats to set up wheel routes and patterns further downfield. Has the speed to challenge linebackers in coverage. However, primary contributions came in the blocking game, where he was used extensively, being asked to execute a variety of move concepts. Gives good effort but doesn’t have great functional strength or contact balance. However, is adept at lining up moving targets from motion or in space. Even goes into the backfield at times and is used like a lead-blocking fullback. Not the biggest, strongest, or most explosive player, but his versatility, motor, and ability to line up opponents in space in the run game will make him an attractive piece for a team which wants to establish more of a smashmouth offensive identity.

OT Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa (6’8”, 311, 4.92)

Originally played tight end and defensive end in high school and was recruited as a tight end. Also played basketball and baseball in high school. Converted to offensive line as a redshirt, then started five games at right tackle the following year before sustaining a season-ending injury. Started the next two seasons; the 2020 year was canceled. Has an insane combination of size and length. Form and consistency are good. Has pretty good bend and plays within his frame. Good athlete with the lateral quickness to mirror from an appropriate base. Places hands effectively and gets good extension with his arms. Understands positioning in the run game. More susceptible to inside moves on passing downs. Workmanlike, not as nasty. Flashes but generally doesn’t have too much violence in his hands. Not too much leg drive in the run game to maul. Didn’t play any left tackle and is too tall to play guard. One of the more polished and athletic of this year’s potential second-day tackle prospects.

DT Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech* (6’3”, 284, 4.63)

Has been starting for the past two years, leading the team in sacks in each. On the smaller side for an interior defensive lineman but carries his weight well, although he’s got shorter arms than usual. High-motor player who was lined up at various different techniques on the defense. Comes off the line low and with suddenness to disrupt. Active with his hands, go-to move being a swim. Works in counters when his initial move is not successful. Was asked to two-gap often in college but struggles to defend the run, particularly when he’s toward the interior of the line. Ends up on the ground too much, in part because he doesn’t protect his legs very well. Needs to do a better job of keeping his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage, causing him to get driven off of his spot. Can struggle to locate when engaged. Turned in a freakish workout at the team’s pro day and might have solidified a place on the draft’s second day despite his struggles defending the run.

DE Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt (6’5”, 285, N/A)

Brother Dare also played for the Bengals. Three-year starter who finished his career with his best season, one in which he was also named a team captain. Massive defensive lineman with arms which measured over 35” at the team’s pro day. Played different techniques out of three- and four-point stances. Varies his rush approach. Sets up inside moves well and can skinny through gaps/knife his way between double teams. Knows how to use his length. Some speed to power conversion. Solid closing burst. Contests passing lanes. Pretty disciplined edge-setter with a solid anchor when square. However, can get turned out of the hole. Needs to do a better job of staying low and keeping his shoulders square. Smoother than he is explosive, and rarely wins with speed/his first step. Sack production was just adequate (twelve in 29 starts). Injured Achilles recently. A likable prospect who may never be a premier pass-rusher but should be able to work into the rotation sooner rather than later as a pretty polished, well-rounded athlete.

DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame (6’5”, 260, 4.78)

Takes snaps on both ends of the defensive line, playing multiple techniques. Offers an impressive combination of size, length, and bulk. Succeeds in large part because of his hand usage and technique; does a good job of using swipes, slaps, and other moves to slip past opposing tackles. However, also has the ability to convert speed to power, using his bull-rush to drive back opposing tackles into the pocket. Also a pretty good two-gap defender on the edge. Maintains gap discipline to funnel runners back inside. Overall arm extension is good, and is capable of digging in at the line. Flashes the ability to locate, discard blockers, and make tackles. Wasn’t really asked to work in coverage very often but looks surprisingly light on his feet when carrying backs out into the flats. Often plays with a high pad level which limits his explosiveness. Not the smoothest or most explosive mover. Struggles with balance when attempting to bend around the edge. Some awkward movements to his game. Only 10.5 sacks in three years. Already pretty polished but may lack the raw athletic tools to become more than a rotational option.

DE Payton Turner, Houston (6’5”, 270, N/A)

Also played basketball in high school. Team captain with 27 starts under his belt. Outstanding physical specimen with 35” arms and an 84” wingspan. Covers a lot of ground with his first step. Very quick/sudden for his size. Able to dip his shoulder and work around the edge; tends to win with speed. Can convert speed to power. Active hands to shed. Impressive range/motor in pursuit. Wingspan gives him a massive tackling radius. Favors outside moves too much; more of a speed-based approach despite his size. Plays with a high pad level and some balance issues, particularly when trying to make inside moves. Gets too deep, leaving open holes in run fits. Production was just adequate. Durability is a concern – tore ACL in high school and missed time due to foot/knee injuries in college. Has all of the tools you look for but needs to get his pad level and balance under control and play with more discipline and variety to reach his potential. Still a likely second-day pick.

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