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RB Jalin Moore, Appalachian St.

5’10” – 212 lbs. – N/A
Redshirted, then finished second on the team in rushing with a line of 99-731-5. Ended up starting seven games as an injury replacement the following year, enjoying his most productive season: 237-1,402-10. Had a similar if somewhat less voluminous junior year (183-1,037-12), then was limited to just 63-400-6 over five games this past year, breaking and dislocating his ankle in early October. Looks a little bit thinner than his Combine weight on tape, although he was able to handle a heavy load in 2016 and 2017. Most of his carries come out of the shotgun on a combination of dives and off-tackle runs; demonstrates good burst through the hole, as well as the ability to squeeze through tight holes for yardage. Some ability to escape and bounce runs outside when there’s too much congestion on the line; not a battering ram who’s going to bulldoze opposing defenders between the tackles. More likely to try and bounce runs outside, demonstrating an effective stiff-arm when moving laterally but struggling with balance and ending up being tripped up by too many arm-tackles. Has some elusiveness when he gets into the open field, using stutter-steps to freeze opponents and create opportunities for himself. Good but not great speed in the open field. Has solid ball security, with just three fumbles on over six hundred career touches. Tended to stay on the field on passing downs, but wasn’t used heavily as a receiving option (twenty-three career catches). Shows good competitiveness and lateral quickness in blitz pickup, as well as a willingness to stick his nose in and engage opposing pass-rushers from his feet; however, would be well-served by using his arms more consistently, exhibiting a tendency to throw his torso at opponents, sometimes with a lowered head. Made some delayed releases or ran swing patterns out of the backfield; dropped one pass against Penn St. this past season during the games reviewed, although he has the type of short-area quickness to potentially try and get the ball in space. Season-ending ankle injury will likely affect his draft stock, especially given that he was unable to work out at the Combine. Might be more of a late-round pick at this point, but has enough quickness, athleticism, and competitiveness as a blocker that he might eventually be able to work his way into a running-back rotation.

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RB Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska

6’0” – 230 lbs. – N/A
Carried the ball 38-209-1 as a freshman, then dealt with an ankle injury as a sophomore en route to 97-412-5. Had a junior year of 129-493-3 and then finished as the team’s leading rusher in 2018, with a line of 155-1,082-12, his yards-per-carry nearly doubling. Very big, thickly-built running back on the borderline between a running back and fullback size-wise. Has the type of running style his size would suggest; the type of back who can rumble up for a few yards, with the leg drive to push the pile and pick up yards after contact, finishing his runs by falling forwards. Knows when to put his head down, get behind his pads, and barrel ahead for a few sure yards instead of trying to hit home-runs. Also demonstrates the vision and footwork to shuffle and locate holes to run through, working in a powerful stiff-arm when he runs off-tackle. Not the fastest or most explosive runner, but can be a handful to bring down, especially when he reaches the edge and can get one-on-one matchups with linebackers and defensive backs. Needs to gather to cut in the open field and sometimes struggles to maintain his balance through ankle tackles, but also flashes the ability to use effective back-jukes to make defenders miss near the line of scrimmage. Has pretty solid ball security, with only four fumbles on nearly 460 career touches. Often stayed on the field on passing downs, but wasn’t integrated too heavily into the game as a receiving back; did play some wide receiver in high school, but usage at the college level was limited to your typical swing passes and releases into the flats as a relatively little-used safety valve. Looks like he offers more as a blocker, where his size, strength, and competitiveness allow him to mix it up with defenders, delivering effective chip blocks to buy time. Could use his arms more consistently but already looked like a pretty valuable asset in blitz pickup even without the most technically-sound approach. Struggled to produce prior to this past season, but finally managed to put it together and enjoyed a successful season which should put him on the radar of pro teams seeking a power back for a rotation. The fact that he wasn’t invited to the Combine suggests that he may be more of a late-round option.

2019 NFL Draft Scouting Reports

QUARTERBACK:

  1. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
  2. Daniel Jones, Duke*
  3. Drew Lock, Missouri
  4. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St.**
  5. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn*
  6. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma*
  7. Ryan Finley, North Carolina St.
  8. Trace McSorley, Penn St.
  9. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo*
  10. Will Grier, West Virginia

RUNNING BACK:

  1. Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky*
  2. Bryce Love, Stanford
  3. Damien Harris, Alabama
  4. Darrell Henderson, Memphis*
  5. David Montgomery, Iowa St.*
  6. Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic*
  7. Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska
  8. Dexter Williams, Notre Dame
  9. Elijah Holyfield, Georgia*
  10. Jalin Moore, Appalachian St.
  11. Jordan Scarlett, Florida*
  12. Joshua Jacobs, Alabama*
  13. Justice Hill, Oklahoma St.*
  14. Karan Higdon, Michigan
  15. L.J. Scott, Michigan St.
  16. Mike Weber, Ohio St.*
  17. Miles Sanders, Penn St.*
  18. Myles Gaskin, Washington
  19. Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma*
  20. Ryquell Armstead, Temple
  21. Tony Pollard, Memphis*
  22. Travis Homer, Miami (FL)*
  23. Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M*

WIDE RECEIVER:

  1. A.J. Brown, Mississippi*
  2. Andy  Isabella, Massachusetts
  3. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo
  4. DaMarkus Lodge, Mississippi
  5. Darius Slayton, Auburn
  6. David Sills V, West Virginia
  7. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
  8. Dillon Mitchell, Oregon*
  9. D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi*
  10. Emanuel Hall, Missouri
  11. Gary Jennings, West Virginia
  12. Hakeem Butler, Iowa St.*
  13. Hunter Renfrow, Clemson
  14. Jakobi Meyers, North Carolina St.
  15. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
  16. KeeSean Johnson, Fresno St.
  17. Kelvin Harmon, North Carolina St.*
  18. Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas*
  19. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma*
  20. Mecole Hardman, Georgia*
  21. Miles Boykin, Notre Dame
  22. N’Keal Harry, Arizona St.*
  23. Parris Campbell Jr., Ohio St.
  24. Penny Hart, Georgia St.*
  25. Preston Williams, Colorado St.*
  26. Riley Ridley, Georgia*
  27. Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska
  28. Terry McLaurin, Ohio St.
  29. Tyre Brady, Marshall

TIGHT END:

  1. Alize Mack, Notre Dame
  2. C.J. Conrad, Kentucky
  3. Dawson Knox, Mississippi
  4. Dax Raymond, Utah St.*
  5. Drew Sample, Washington
  6. Foster Moreau, Louisiana St.
  7. Irv Smith Jr., Alabama*
  8. Isaac Nauta, Georgia*
  9. Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M*
  10. Kaden Smith, Stanford*
  11. Kendall Blanton, Missouri
  12. Noah Fant, Iowa*
  13. T.J. Hockenson, Iowa**
  14. Tommy Sweeney, Boston College
  15. Zach Gentry, Michigan

OFFENSIVE LINE:

  1. Andre Dillard, Washington St.
  2. Andre James, UCLA*
  3. Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin
  4. Ben Powers, Oklahoma
  5. Bobby Evans, Oklahoma*
  6. Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
  7. Chuma Edoga, Southern California
  8. Cody Ford, Oklahoma
  9. Connor McGovern, Penn St.*
  10. Dalton Risner, Kansas St.
  11. David Edwards, Wisconsin*
  12. Dennis Daley, South Carolina
  13. Dru Samia, Oklahoma
  14. Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi St.
  15. Erik McCoy, Texas A&M*
  16. Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina St.
  17. Greg Little, Mississippi*
  18. Isaiah Prince, Ohio St.
  19. Jawaan Taylor, Florida*
  20. Jonah Williams, Alabama*
  21. Kaleb McGary, Washington
  22. Lamont Gaillard, Georgia
  23. Martez Ivey, Florida
  24. Max Scharping, Northern Illinois
  25. Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
  26. Michael Jordan, Ohio St.*
  27. Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
  28. Nate Herbig, Stanford
  29. Paul Adams, Missouri
  30. Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
  31. Ryan Bates, Penn St*
  32. Tyree St. Louis, Miami (FL)
  33. Tytus Howard, Alabama St.
  34. Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia

DEFENSIVE TACKLE:

  1. Armon Watts, Arkansas
  2. Christian Wilkins, Clemson
  3. Daylon Mack, Texas A&M
  4. DeMarcus Christmas, Florida St.
  5. Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
  6. Dontavius Russell, Auburn
  7. Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio St.*
  8. Ed Oliver, Houston*
  9. Gerald Willis III, Miami (FL)
  10. Greg Gaines, Washington
  11. Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
  12. Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi St.*
  13. Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
  14. Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
  15. Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M
  16. Quinnen Williams, Alabama*
  17. Renell Wren, Arizona St.
  18. Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri
  19. Trysten Hill, Central Florida*

DEFENSIVE END:

  1. Anthony Nelson, Iowa
  2. Austin Bryant, Clemson
  3. Ben Banogu, Texas Christian
  4. Brian Burns, Florida St.*
  5. Carl Granderson, Wyoming
  6. Charles Omenihu, Texas
  7. Chase Winovich, Michigan
  8. Christian Miller, Alabama
  9. Clelin Ferrell, Clemson*
  10. Jachai Polite, Florida*
  11. Jalen Jelks, Oregon
  12. Jamal Davis, Akron
  13. Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
  14. Joe Jackson, Miami (FL)*
  15. Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma St.*
  16. Josh Allen, Kentucky
  17. L.J. Collier, Texas Christian
  18. Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan*
  19. Montez Sweat, Mississippi St.
  20. Nick Bosa, Ohio St.*
  21. Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
  22. Porter Gustin, Southern California
  23. Rashaan Gary, Michigan*
  24. Shareef Miller, Penn St.*
  25. Zach Allen, Boston College

LINEBACKER:

  1. Andrew Van Ginkel, Wisconsin
  2. Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
  3. Blake Cashman, Minnesota
  4. Bobby Okereke, Stanford
  5. Cameron Smith, Southern California
  6. Chase Hansen, Utah
  7. Dakota Allen, Texas Tech
  8. D’Andre Walker, Georgia
  9. David Long Jr., West Virginia*
  10. Devin Bush Jr., Michigan*
  11. Devin White, Louisiana St.*
  12. Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
  13. Germaine Pratt, North Carolina St.
  14. Jahlani Tavai, Hawai’i
  15. Khalil Hodge, Buffalo
  16. Mack Wilson, Alabama*
  17. Otara Alaka, Texas A&M
  18. Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin
  19. Terrill Hanks, New Mexico St.
  20. Te’von Coney, Notre Dame
  21. T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin
  22. Tre Lamar, Clemson*
  23. Vosean Joseph, Florida*

CORNERBACK:

  1. Amani Oruwariye, Penn St.
  2. Blace Brown, Troy
  3. Byron Murphy, Washington**
  4. David Long, Michigan*
  5. Deandre Baker, Georgia
  6. Greedy Williams, Louisiana St.**
  7. Hamp Cheevers, Boston College*
  8. Iman Marshall, Southern California
  9. Isaiah Johnson, Houston
  10. Jamel Dean, Auburn*
  11. Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt*
  12. Jordan Brown, South Dakota St.
  13. Julian Love, Notre Dame*
  14. Justin Layne, Michigan St.*
  15. Kendall Sheffield, Ohio St.*
  16. Kris Boyd, Texas
  17. Lonnie Johnson Jr., Kentucky
  18. Michael Jackson Sr., Miami (FL)
  19. Montre Hartage, Northwestern
  20. Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
  21. Saivion Smith, Alabama*
  22. Sean Bunting, Central Michigan*
  23. Trayvon Mullen, Clemson*

DEFENSIVE BACK:

  1. Amani Hooker, Iowa*
  2. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida*
  3. Darius West, Kentucky
  4. Darnell Savage Jr., Maryland
  5. Deionte Thompson, Alabama*
  6. Jaquan Johnson, Miami (FL)
  7. Johnathan Abram, Mississippi St.
  8. Juan Thornhill, Virginia
  9. Khari Willis, Michigan St.
  10. Lukas Denis, Boston College
  11. Marquise Blair, Utah
  12. Marvell Tell III, Southern California
  13. Mike Bell, Fresno St.*
  14. Mike Edwards, Kentucky
  15. Nasir Adderley, Delaware
  16. Sheldrick Redwine, Miami (FL)
  17. Taylor Rapp, Washington*
  18. Will Harris, Boston College

QB Will Grier, West Virginia

6’3” – 217 lbs. – 4.84
Originally attended Florida, redshirting in his first season, then split time with Treon Harris the following year, finishing with 1,204 yards, ten touchdowns, and three interceptions (65.8%, 7.5 YPA); won the starting job, but ended up being suspended for performance-enhancing drugs. Transferred to West Virginia and sat out the 2016 season, then stepped into the starting lineup for the Mountaineers, posting 3,490-34-12 (64.4%, 9.0 YPA), then went 3,864-37-8 (67.0%, 9.7) in his senior season. Smaller quarterback who lined up in the shotgun and ran an offense predicated upon quick, predetermined throws out of spread formations. Throws from a wide base, although he doesn’t always transfer weight effectively to the front foot before getting the ball out, leading to underthrown passes. Going to be making a big adjustment at the pro level in terms of working from under center; even taking snaps from the shotgun, rarely made more than a three-step drop, primarily just setting up his base and getting the ball out. What he puts on tape with regard to footwork on drops looks good. Light on his feet. Has good pocket presence, climbing the pocket against outside pressure instead of rolling out. Able to slip through some would-be tacklers and extend the play, keeping his eyes downfield. Gets the ball out quickly, both because of his quick delivery and because he was playing in an offense which emphasized getting the ball out quickly to a specific target. Has a high release point but can modify his release and drop down if needed. Most of his throws come within ten yards of the line of scrimmage. Rhythm-based passer with pretty good ball placement to all levels of the field when operating with a clean pocket; accuracy suffers if he’s asked to make throws on the run or doesn’t step into his throws. Keeps the ball in a spiral with an appropriate amount of touch; very catchable balls. However, arm strength is just adequate. Might struggle to thread the needle into tight coverage, and his deep balls tend to be anticipatory throws downfield. Wasn’t really asked to rifle many passes outside the hashes. Reportedly struggled to throw in windy conditions at the Senior Bowl. A pretty accurate passer with a quick release; was asked to execute a brilliantly-designed offense predicated on short rhythm throws over the middle and shots lobbed down the sidelines, but who lacks ideal size and arm strength and will have a big adjustment to make at the pro level. Second-day candidate.

QB Tyree Jackson, Buffalo*

6’7” – 249 lbs. – 4.59
Redshirted, then started nine games the following season, throwing for 1,772 yards, nine touchdowns, ad nine interceptions (53.1%, 5.7 YPA), adding 399 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Went 2,096-12-3 (60.3%, 8.8) the following year with another 197-4 rushing, then 3,131-28-12 (55.3%, 7.7) with 161-7 rushing as a junior before declaring for the draft. At 6’7”, 245, will be one of the biggest pro quarterbacks in recent memory. Took snaps out of the shotgun in an offense predicted on run-pass options, with a lot of his throws being quick releases on slants and other patterns of that nature; however, was also asked to make plenty of pro-style throws to the outside and further downfield. Although he didn’t play from under center, did take some drops out of the shotgun and appears to have solid footwork. Usually able to step into a clean pocket with effective weight transfer and drive his throws. Prefers to throw from the pocket but is capable of rolling out to his right in order to extend the play and completing passes on the run; solid ability to improvise and keep his eyes downfield against pressure. Has plenty of raw arm strength. Able to fit the ball into tight windows or complete passes downfield and toward the boundaries; offense involves a high ratio of pro-style throws beyond ten yards from the line of scrimmage. Very good velocity on his balls. Demonstrates the ability to look off safeties before making his throws, although the majority of his passes are predetermined reads. Has a tendency to stare down targets, a flaw which is compounded by an elongated delivery which could allow pro defensive backs to get the jump on his throws. Doesn’t always recognize coverages and ends up attempting some risky throws. Needs to learn when to throw the ball away instead of trying to fit throws into tight windows. Ball placement is a little bit inconsistent; tends to miss high/long, putting too much on his passes. Only completed over 60% of his passes in one season, although some of that has to do with being asked to throw downfield regularly. An intriguing prospect who combines excellent size, a cannon of an arm, and the athleticism to escape the pocket and pick up yardage with his feet, but who struggled with accuracy and decision-making in college. Might be more of a mid-round developmental prospect.

QB Trace McSorley, Penn St.

6’0” – 202 lbs. – 4.57
Threw forty passes as a freshman and has been starting ever since. Threw for 3,614 yards, 29 touchdowns, and eight interceptions as a sophomore (57.9%, 9.3 YPA), then totaled 3,570-28-10 (66.5%, 8.4) as a junior. Production really suffered this past season and was only able to manage 2,530-18-7 (53.2%, 7.0). Undersized quarterback on the fringe of what’s acceptable at the pro level. Played in an offense which had him working out of the shotgun, doing a lot of work in the quick passing game, often off of play-action or out of package plays. Didn’t drop more than three steps often but fundamentals on short drops look sound. Has a quick release and is capable of dropping his arm angle to complete passes. Good athlete who’s light on his feet and has some escapability. Received quite a few carries on designed runs and can scramble for first downs when he finds an open lane, although he takes some big hits especially given his small frame; tough player but needs to do a better job of protecting his body. Mostly a dink-and-dunk passer in college who completed a lot of screens and short throws (especially slants); would attempt some passes toward the sidelines, but didn’t test defenses downfield very often and may not have the velocity to fit the ball into tight windows. Decision-making can be questionable, but some of his interceptions are just bad throws rather than bad decisions. Struggled with accuracy this past year, with his completion percentage dropping by 13.3%; appears to be a problem with weight transfer, which may in turn have been affected by a foot injury he played through. Doesn’t step into throws consistently and a lot of his passes consequently end up short of his receiver; tends to rely on torque in the upper body to generate power. Sprays the ball high/wide as he tries to test defenses downfield. Lacks composure in the pocket against pressure and eats a lot of sacks; tends to drop his eyes too early and will sometimes run himself into trouble when there was still a chance of climbing the pocket and buying time. An undersized quarterback who can get the ball out quickly on short, rhythm throws and who can pick up yardage with his feet, but who struggles with accuracy and lacks the arm strength to throw downfield. Has a chance to come off the board in the late rounds.

QB Ryan Finley, North Carolina St.

6’4” – 212 lbs.
Threw almost a hundred combined passes between 2014-2015 and has been starting for the past three seasons, during which his production has escalated: threw for 3,055 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions in 2016 (60.4% completion, 7.6 YPA); 3,518-17-6 (65.1%, 7.3) in 2017; and 3,928-25-11 (67.4%, 8.1) in 2018. Tall, well-built quarterback who looks the part. Played in an offense which had him working from the shotgun often, but would also go under center and pass out of play-action. Pretty light on his feet in the pocket, but doesn’t always throw from a good platform and transfer weight; lots of throws off the back foot which come in low. Has sound throwing mechanics from the waist up, with a high release point and reasonable delivery; able to get the ball out quickly on short, timing-based throws. The ball looks good coming out of his hand, with a tight spiral and good velocity; arm strength is definitely in line with pro requirements. Can get the ball out to the sidelines and throw downfield. Throws with anticipation to the back-shoulder. Capable of rolling out to his right and completing passes on the run. However, ball placement is iffy. Tends to miss high, forcing incompletions or limiting his receivers’ ability to gain yards after the catch. Could use more touch on anticipatory throws; doesn’t always know when to take something off, sailing passes on short three-step drops. A lot of his production came on trusting his receivers to come down with 50-50 balls. Has a tendency to stare down targets; wasn’t really asked to go through a lot of progressions, executing predetermined throws instead. Something of a gunslinger who takes risks with the ball into tight windows even with a clean pocket, and decision-making tends to crumble under pressure; needs to know when to take a sack or throw the ball away. Would like to see him climb the pocket instead of rolling out to the right. Not the most mobile quarterback, but is capable of buying time with his feet by fleeing the pocket or picking up the occasional first down on scrambles, package plays, or designed runs; has some impressive snaps where he extends the play and finds receivers for first-downs. Essentially teams would be drafting him for his size, arm talent, and positive trajectory over the past three seasons, and hoping he will be able to clean up his footwork/lower-body mechanics and learn to work from under center and go through progressions.

QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma*

5’10” – 195 lbs.
Father was also a college quarterback. Five-star recruit who originally attended Texas A&M (his father’s alma mater), passing for 686 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions (59.5%, 5.7), eventually winning the starting job from Kyle Allen. Transferred and sat out the 2016 season, then backed up Baker Mayfield before taking over the starting job this past season and throwing for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns, and seven interceptions (69.0%, 11.6 YPA) while rushing for 140-1,001-12 en route to the Heisman Trophy. Was recently drafted ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s. Played this past season in Lincoln Riley’s brilliant, modified Air Raid offense; quarterbacks operate out of the shotgun and get complementary high-to-low route patterns to read such as smash, sail, mesh, verticals, etc., allowing them to go through two or three progressions on the same side of the field. Well below the typical size of a pro quarterback, although Baker Mayfield’s success this past season after coming from the same program will likely incline many teams to overlook his small stature. Good decision-maker who’s able to scan the field and identify targets; will have an advantage over other rookie quarterbacks because of his extensive experience going through progressions prior to being drafted. Able to manipulate safeties with his eyes. Has a quick release and good ball placement to all three levels, facilitating yards after the catch by allowing his targets to catch passes in stride. Throws a tight spiral with pretty solid velocity, demonstrating the ability to push throws downfield or complete passes toward the sidelines. However, arm strength and accuracy can be sapped by poor mechanics below the waist. Attempts too many throws off of his back foot and/or from a narrow base, causing passes to fall short of their target or hang in the air too long. Dynamic athlete who was schemed a lot of run-pass options in order to take advantage of his ability to run, averaging roughly ten attempts per game; punishes defenses when he’s able to suck in the read man and get outside the containment. Able to escape from pressure and flee the pocket to buy time or pick up first-downs. Capable of making throws on the run without resetting his feet. Flags the ball when he scrambles, although he only fumbled three times last season. Having made a pre-draft commitment to football after initially cultivating an air of mystery, looks like he might go as high as number one overall.

QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn*

6’2” – 218 lbs. – 4.81
Five-star recruit who originally attended Baylor, where he threw for 1,265 yards, twelve touchdowns, and two interceptions (68.8%, 11.6 YPA), starting three games before spending a semester at McLennan Community College. Transferred to Auburn and threw for 3,158-18-6 (66.5%, 8.5) in 2017 and 2,794-18-5 (60.7%, 7.6) in 2018, then declared for the draft. Has adequate size for a pro quarterback. Played out of the shotgun in a pretty simple offense which included a lot of package plays, screens, and timing-based throws; didn’t have to go through too many reads, and most passes came within ten yards of the line of scrimmage. Very talented quarterback whose game could benefit from more discipline. Good athlete who is light on his feet and has pretty good footwork when dropping back, although he didn’t take snaps from under center. Able to extend the play while keeping his eyes downfield to find targets, with enough athleticism to break containment and pick up the occasional first-down; good feel for pressure from the outside, climbing the pocket. Demonstrates effective weight transfer when given a clean pocket and plenty of time to throw. However, takes too many snaps in which he relies on torque from his upper body to generate velocity instead of stepping into throws; too many back-foot passes while on the move, something which wasn’t as big a problem in his offense but will make things difficult at the next level. Impressive ability to escape from congestion and create. As a quarterback with borderline height, you’d like to see him throw with a higher-release point; around three-quarters or maybe even a little lower. Arm talent itself is impressive. Gets good velocity on his passes and throws a tight spiral which allows him to throw into some pretty tight windows; didn’t throw to the outside too often but flashed the ability to work the sidelines with well-placed curls, etc. Overall accuracy is good; facilitates yards after the catch in the screen game and can put throws on the numbers within ten yards pretty consistently. Uses appropriate touch on his passes. A quarterback who played pretty well in the SEC over the past two seasons and who offers an interesting combination of athleticism, accuracy, and touch, but who you’d like to see operate more consistently from the pocket and from a stable platform; too prone to scrambling and attempting off-base throws. One of the more interesting developmental candidates in the class.

QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St.**

6’3” – 231 lbs. – 5.04
Redshirted in 2016, played in eight games as a redshirt freshman, then took over the starting role in 2018, going 13-1 and throwing for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns, and eight interceptions (70.0%, 9.1 YPA). Decided to capitalize on his sophomore success and declare for the draft. Thickly-built if not especially tall quarterback coming from Urban Meyer’s power-spread offense, which featured a lot of run-pass options from shotgun formations; often had the choice of handing it off, running it himself, or throwing off of play action. Decent athlete who made good decisions with the ball inside the aforementioned framework, with the ability to rumble through gaps for handfuls of yardage on options. Tends to operate from the pocket but is also capable of rolling out to either side, reset his feet, and complete passes. Does a good job of selling the play-action to freeze second-level defenders. Makes his way through progressions to find open receivers, a rarity in the class. Demonstrates the ability to look off defenders and come back to the other side to complete throws. Utilizes checkdowns, dropping his eyes from a primary target downfield and dumping passes off to receivers running shallow crosses or backs releasing into the flats, throws which constituted a high percentage of his completions. Gets the ball out quickly and demonstrates good ball placement on rhythm throws to facilitate yards after the catch, which Buckeye targets racked up a ton of this year. Typically uses a three-quarters delivery, but is also able to lower his arm angle and swing in some short passes that otherwise couldn’t be delivered over the top. Arm talent is impressive. Able to effortlessly power the ball down the sidelines, even when he doesn’t have a clean pocket to step up into, throwing tight spirals with good velocity. Unfortunately, overall ball placement downfield is iffy at best. Completed seventy percent of his total passes this past year, but that figure is inflated by the high percentage of throws within a few yards of the line of scrimmage; deep balls often sail on him. Often had the opportunity to operate from a clean pocket but his production fell off a cliff when he was facing pressure; tendency is to scramble for yardage, struggling to stand in and complete passes. A one-year starter who combines an impressive arm, a quick release, and an impressive combination of physical/athletic tools, but who struggled with ball placement on downfield throws and with pressure. Could be the first quarterback selected.
Projection: Round 1