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WR D.J. Moore, Maryland*

6’0” – 210 lbs. – 4.42

Profile:

  • Started ten of twelve games played as a freshman, and was the team’s leading receiver in his sophomore and junior campaigns, the latter much more productive, before declaring for the draft. Ran all of his routes from the left side of the formation; is that because he has trouble running routes from the other side, or because his offense called for it? Did take some snaps over the middle. Also took some snaps out of the slot and showed some willingness to work the middle of the field.

Positives:

  • Has a clear speed advantage which should translate to the next level. Projects as a deep threat who can stretch opposing defenses. Able to use his speed to create opportunities to come back to the ball and pick up first downs. Works some head fakes into his routes and can be difficult to cover when running double moves; does a lot of post-corner stuff. Flashes the ability to make inside releases against cushions and create over the middle of the field on intermediate routes. Lines up on the line of scrimmage and is comfortable getting physical with opponents when facing press/bump-and-run. Doesn’t have the longest arms or softest hands but flashes the ability to make catches away from his frame. Willing to get pretty physical with opposing defensive backs as a blocker; some experience lining up tight to the formation and cracking opponents. Some ability to run through arm tackles and pick up yards after the catch.

Negatives:

  • Upright into his breaks, doesn’t do a good job of sinking his hips. Some of the separation he generates comes as a result of pushing off; needs to do a better job of creating with his actual patterns to avoid penalties. Doesn’t make a lot of contested catches, and can have trouble locating the ball when dealing with physical opponents. Could be more aggressive in terms of working back to the ball and using his frame to work back to defenders. Tends to double-catch a lot of passes and may not be the most reliable receiver out there. Got fed the ball on some shorter routes and plays designed to get the ball into his hands, but wasn’t particularly creative or elusive. Struggles to adjust to some passes; doesn’t always put himself in the best position to make a play on the ball, leading to missed opportunities.

 Summary:

  • A physically gifted receiver with the speed to threaten defenses downfield, a trait which opens things up on shorter routes; does a lot of his work at the intermediate level. Not the most natural receiver, either in terms of his route-running or his ball skills, but could still stick in a starting lineup even if he doesn’t make many strides because the threat of his deep speed is good for offensive spacing. Not quite as explosive as previous Maryland receivers such as Darrius Heyward-Bey and Torrey Smith.
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WR Dante Pettis, Washington*

6’1” – 186 lbs. – 4.50e

 Profile: 

  • Cousin is former pro receiver Austin Pettis. Started five of thirteen games as a true freshman, also returning punts. Retained his return job and started eight games the followin year, then became more of a full-time starter before declaring for the draft. Wiry wide receiver who’s tall enough to potentially stay on the outside, although many teams may view him as more of a slot option because his frame lacks bulk; at Washington, played extensively both inside and outside.

 Positives:

  • Game is predicated on using his speed to run routes down the field. Bread and butter is essentially a deep out, sometimes from a slot release, which lets him create separation against opponents playing in off-coverage. Teams respected his speed and generally played off of him in college, although he didn’t run at either the Combine or his pro day. Quick feet to release at the line versus press. Appears to have enough juice to beat defenders over the top, especially because he does a pretty good job of working in head fakes and adding some nuance to his routes. Off the line of scrimmage, is a long-strider who gets up to full speed relatively quickly. Able to track the ball over his shoulder when going deep. Flashes the ability to pluck the ball away from his frame. Dynamic punt returner who has the vision and elusiveness to recognize cutback opportunities and make opponents miss in order to create big gains with the ball in his hands.

 Negatives: 

  • Production was inconsistent on a game-to-game basis, and fell off as a senior. Wasn’t asked to do much work which took him over the middle of the field. Route tree is a little bit simple at this point and didn’t run many shorter patterns, so how he’d transition to a full-time slot job in some offenses is a question mark. Because his speed is good but not great, will need to polish his game. Could sink his hips more consistently at the route stem. Struggles to make contested catches; doesn’t really have the frame to shield defenders from the ball, and isn’t particularly aggressive in working back. Does he have the strength to release at the line against bump and run coverage in the pros? Has some struggles with positioning as a blocker, although he generally gives good effort and has a chippy on-field temperament.

 Summary:

  • The type of competitive – if slightly undersized – inside/outside target who would fit well with a team like the Lions or Seahawks. At the least, should be able to serve as a primary punt returner who can threaten defenses downfield from the slot, and could conceivably end up playing some flanker as well.

WR Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame*

6’5” – 214 lbs. – 4.48

Profile:

  • Played very sparingly over seven games as a freshman, working on offense and special teams, then led the team in receiving the following season, catching 58-961-9. Production plummeted to 33-515-4 this past season, but nonetheless decided to forego his senior season in order to declare for the draft.

Positives:

  • Physical specimen who has above-average athleticism for his size. Very big, tall split end with arms which measured 33” in Indianapolis. Also has a little bit of experience playing in the slot. Long-strider who accelerates smoothly. Does a lot of his work on screens and shallow crosses over the middle of the field, and has enough shake in space to make defenders miss and pick up yards after the catch; able to create a lot more on short targets than most other big receivers. Has a little bit of snap to his routes and does a good job of finding spots in zone coverage when targeted on intermediate throws. Offers a wide catching radius and soft hands. Physical frame is well-suited to the red zone. Generally gives good effort as a blocker, especially when the play is coming his way.

Negatives:

  • Has a little bit of a finesse game for a big guy and plays a little bit smaller than he is. Does better against off or zone coverage and could be more consistent about working back to the ball. Physical attributes could eventually make him a good stalk blocker, but as it stands, struggles with positioning and has some trouble staying engaged; ended up being ragdolled by smaller cornerbacks during the games reviewed. At this point, a lot of his routes too him over the middle of the field and didn’t have as much tape working the sidelines during the games reviewed. Smoother than he is fast and may have some trouble uncovering downfield against pro cornerbacks. Route tree is a little bit simple, predominantly drags, curls, and screens, with some intermediate work. Really only put together one impressive season in college, and that was back in 2016.

Summary:

  • Looks like a pretty good bet to come off the board on the second day or early third day despite a forgettable junior campaign. Has the size and length teams look for in split ends, and demonstrates the ability to turn short throws into big gains with his ability to run after the catch.

 

WR D.J. Chark, Louisiana St.*

6’3” – 199 lbs. – 4.34

Profile:

  • Was used sparingly in his first two seasons, then finished second in receiving yards as a junior before enjoying a productive senior campaign. Tall, slightly thin wide receiver who typically lines up on the line of scrimmage as a split end, but will also take snaps in the slot or from tight to the formation in order to block.

Positives: 

  • Able to work under the defense and create opportunities for himself because of the threat of his speed. Was dangerous running wheel routes out of the slot. Has the long strides necessary to eat up cushions and threaten defenses over the top. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder and can come down with imperfect passes. Plus body control/footwork when working near the sidelines. Able to contort his body and come down with back shoulder throws. Gives good effort as a blocker; could do a better job of extending his arms, but is physical at the point of attack and can make crackback blocks or stalk a little bit down the field. Served as his team’s punt returner and flashed the ability to break big gains. With the ball in his hands, has some ability to run through or spin off of weak tackle attempts in order to pick up yards after the catch.

 Negatives: 

  • Route tree at this point is a little bit simple. A lot of his production was manufactured on curls and digs. May not have an ideal frame for working over the middle of the field; wasn’t really asked to venture much into areas occupied by opposing linebackers. Flashes the ability to uncover deep with double moves but wasn’t the type of consistent threat that his speed would indicate; more of an intermediate option. Could be more aggressive at the catch point; struggles to use his body to shield defenders from the ball because of his lack of strength/bulk. Prone to being undercut by defensive backs because he lets the ball come to him instead of working back. Seems to have reliable hands but lets a lot of throws into his body, especially on curls/digs/comebacks.

Summary: 

  • A very physically and athletically gifted receiver with good body control and pretty reliable hands. While he will need to diversify his route tree and add additional bulk, he has the ability to develop into a future starter at split end for a team, using his speed to create opportunities underneath the defense.

LB Roquan Smith, Georgia

6’1” – 236 lbs. – 4.51

Profile:

  • Rotated into the defense as a reserve during his true freshman season, then started ten of thirteen games as a sophomore in a productive campaign before enjoying an outstanding junior campaign (137-14.0-6.5) and declaring early for the draft. Played in the middle for the Bulldogs but could project to the weakside as well.

Positives:

  • Team captain who comes with two years of high-end SEC production. Fast and instinctive player who is always around the ball; patient when making his reads and doesn’t take himself out of many snaps. Capable of playing sideline to sideline. Angles in pursuit are very efficient. Does a good job of avoiding blocks and weaving through traffic to get to the ball. Makes a lot of stops in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage. Generates a lot of pop on contact and demonstrates hit-and-wrap technique. A true three-down player. Has experience making drops into zone coverage and is fast enough to carry opposing running backs out of the backfield on passing routes. Sniffs out crossing routes over the middle of the field and can plant and drive on a spot to stick opponents. Can shade over bunches, diagnose screens, and get to the sidelines to make tackles. Excellent closing burst as a pass-rusher; deadly when he finds a lane as a quarterback spy.

Negatives:

  • Size is on the low end, which may necessitate a transition to the weakside or limit the range of schemes that he’s considered a fit for. Doesn’t have much of an anchor when it comes to taking on blocks in the run game and might need to be protected by blockers up front so he can roam to the ball; length is just average, so he relies on his athleticism to make plays. Probably too small to match up against opposing tight ends in man coverage. Reportedly has some medical flags which may impact his draft stock.

Summary:

  • One of the best players in this year’s draft class; doesn’t have the size of some of the other top linebacker prospects, but offers an outstanding combination of instincts, range, and explosiveness which should make him a defensive cornerstone on a team which protects him with big bodies on the defensive line and allows him to run to the ball. Should be a top-ten pick if he checks out medically.

DL Kentavius Street, North Carolina St.

6’2” – 280 lbs. – 4.87

Profile:

  • Rotated into the defense as a reserve during his freshman season, then started ten of thirteen games as a sophomore. Started every game over the past two seasons to conclude his collegiate career.

Positives:

  • Has experience playing both inside and outside, so may have the most value for a team that’s looking for a jumbo defensive end who can slide inside on passing downs. Lines up in different techniques, sometimes even in a two-point stance. Workout warrior who has a thick frame and a lot of power. Physical player who is able to dig in at the line of scrimmage in the run game, or fire out low and with some explosiveness, using his bull-rush to reset the line of scrimmage. Has heavy hands to ragdoll opponents, shedding blocks effectively. Thudding hitter who can help set the tone defensively. Has some discipline when working as the read man. Gives good effort as a pass rusher, with some ability to convert speed to power; mixes up his rushes. Good hips to turn the corner, with some ability to dip his shoulder and make a smooth arc. Above-average closing burst for his size and was able to record some wins on the outside.

Negatives:

  • Arms are shorter than average, preventing him from keeping opponents out of his frame. Instincts are lagging behind his athletic ability; seems a little bit late to diagnose what’s going on and doesn’t end up around as many plays as his physical and athletic attributes would indicate. Has trouble dealing with cut blocks. Better at handling power directly and can be put on skates when trying to scrape down the line. Recorded just eight sacks over three seasons as a starter (3.5 last season). Sort of a ‘tweener who may need a specialized role/the right defensive fit in order to succeed. Tore his ACL during the pre-draft process, which should drop him a round or two below where he would have otherwise gone.

Summary:

  • An interesting prospect who has some rare tools and the versatility to potentially contribute in a variety of different ways. Diagnostic skills are raw for someone who has as much starting experience as he does and arm length can be an issue, but could still come off the board in the mid-rounds as a surprisingly explosive and flexible pass-rusher for his size, and as a player who could eventually be a solid run defender.

DT Harrison Phillips, Stanford

6’4” – 308 lbs. – 5.21

Profile:

  • Played sparingly as a reserve in 2014, then injured his knee in the season opener and missed the subsequent season. Took over as a full-time starter the following year, and put together two highly productive seasons to conclude his career, declaring early for the draft after picking up over one hundred tackles as a junior. Played nose tackle in both three and four-man defensive fronts and projects there at the next level as well.

Positives:

  • Has a big, thick build with long arms (just under 34”) and massive hands (nearly 10.5”). Calling card is his run defense; recorded a lot of stops at the college level. Able to extend his arms and play a two-gap, read-and-react game, and also has enough quickness off the line to skinny through gaps and create disruption. Able to dig in and anchor at the line of scrimmage. Excellent combination of strength and technique; was often able to do what he wanted against single blockers. Put up forty-two reps on the bench in Indianapolis, and has an amateur wrestling background. Can jolt opponents on contact and make himself a handful when he’s doubled. Length gives him a good tackling radius; flashes the ability to make tackles while engaged. Gets his hands up to contest passing lanes, and had impressive sack production for his size. High-character, high-motor player.

Negatives:

  • Get-off at the snap is a little bit inconsistent. Can lapse into letting defenders into his pads at times; also somewhat taller than teams like their nose tackles to be. Makes questionable reads more often than you’d think given his tackle output. Not as dynamic a pass-rusher as his production would indicate; more powerful than explosive, and primary value may be in occupying blockers to create opportunities for teammates. Effort rusher instead of a freakish athlete; doesn’t really have special burst.

Summary:

  • Outstanding production, size, and strength should make him a highly sought-after commodity, although he’s not quite as explosive or dynamic as his numbers would suggest. Has the ability to one-gap or two-gap, but would be best-suited to the latter capacity. Could play in either sort of defensive front and may not always have to come off the field on passing downs. Consequently, looks like a second or third-round pick.

 

 

DT Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays St.

6’5” – 315 lbs. – 5.09

Profile:

  • Originally attended Simon Fraser University as an undersized linebacker. Redshirted, then rotated into the defense over nine games. Transferred to Division II Fort Hays St. and spent the past three seasons there, enjoying three productive seasons to conclude his collegiate career.

Positives:

  • Plays the one-technique and sometimes even the zero-technique; may project as more of a three-technique or one-gap one-technique in the pros. Has an impressive combination of height and bulk for a defensive tackle, with more athleticism than is usual for his size. An explosive player off the snap who drew a lot of attention from opposing blocking schemes; was frequently chipped or double-teamed by opponents. Has an excellent work rate on a snap-to-snap basis and served as an every-down lineman at the college level. Able to flow down the line toward the ballcarrier on stretch runs and other outside attempts. Flashes the ability to make tackles while engaged. Tenacious bull-rusher who can walk back opposing linemen into the pocket. Varies his approach as a pass-rusher and flashes the ability to shed blockers with hand use. Has short-area quickness to find open lanes to the quarterback, and an impressive burst to finish his rushes with sacks. Blocked a couple of kicks in his first season at Fort Hays St. Walked on after working at a factory and ended up paying his way through college.

Negatives:

  • Will need to make a massive leap up in the level of competition he’ll be facing at the next level. Lets his pad level rise and is already taller than your typical defensive lineman. Can look like he’s playing on skates at times, being washed down the line of scrimmage when opponents get into his pads. Instincts are still a work in progress. Takes himself out of some plays by getting too aggressive; needs to play within the defense more consistently. Consequently, may not appeal to teams that prefer discipline in their run fits over disruptive athletes. Struggled to deal with double-team blockers. Got consistently blown off the line of scrimmage by cut blocks during the games reviewed. Doesn’t always look like he has a plan as a pass-rusher.

Summary:

  • Has been a hot name during the pre-draft process, and could interest teams who are willing to let him sit to begin his career in order to potentially reap the rewards which further development and discipline could bring. Probably won’t appeal to teams looking for discipline on the defensive line, but could be a disruptive force down the road and may go as high as the second day.

OT Joseph Noteboom, Texas Christian

6’5” – 319 lbs. – 4.96

 Profile: 

  • Redshirted, then served as a reserve the following season. Started all of the team’s games over the following three seasons, spending the 2015 season at right tackle and the last two at left tackle, succeeding 2016 fifth-round pick Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Eagles).

 Positives:

  • Physical specimen who has an excellent combination of height, bulk, and length; arms measured nearly 34.5” at the Combine. Comes with three seasons of quality starting experience for a program known for producing solid offensive tackle prospects, having played on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Athleticism is above-average for a player with his build. Has the short-area quickness to get out in space and reach defenders in the run game. Gives good effort to get upfield and engage second-level defenders. Can crash down on the line and seal opposing linemen inside. Pass sets generally look good; can bend at the knees, get good depth with his kickslide, play with a wide base, and protect the edge against speed, steering opponents wide of the pocket. Generlaly anchors well against power, and is capable of recovering even on those snaps in which he’s put on the defensive.

Negatives:

  • Hand placement issues crop up; will bear-hug opponents and can even be ragdolled to the ground at times by letting pass-rushers into his pads. Tends to catch and absorb power instead of punching to knock defenders off-balance. Doesn’t always see what he’s supposed to be blocking. Will lower his head into contact at times and could do a better job of keeping his back straight in pass sets. Has some trouble squaring up defenders on the move, landing glancing blows at times. Can generate push and drive opponents out of the hole in the run game when he gets his feet going, but will let his legs go dead on contact and function as more of a wall-off blocker.

Summary: 

  • Not quite as freakish as some of the other left tackle prospects who have come through the Horned Frogs’ program, but plays with a little bit more physicality than some of them and, like those players, is a potential future starter who has some technical issues to clean up but flashes the ability to play with technique and work on an island against opposing edge rushers. A worthy project for an offensive line coach and could come off the board late on the second day or early on the third day.

OT Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T

6’7” – 314 lbs. – 5.40

Profile:

  • Small-school prospect who has been manning his team’s left tackle position since arriving on campus as a true freshman, earning first-team all-conference honors in each of his past three campaigns.

Positives:

  • Offers an excellent combination of height, bulk, and length for a pro tackle; really looks the part from a physical standpoint. Highly athletic for a player his size and looks very comfortable covering ground to reach/shove defenders in space. When he locks on, is able to get his arms extended and drive his feet to generate push. Seals opponents inside when he blocks down on interior linemen. Has very good-looking pass sets, bending at the knees, keeping his back straight, and extending his arms to lock out opponents. A little bit more athletic in a straight line than he is laterally quick, but is able to leverage his length in order to protect the edge against opposing speed rushers. Doesn’t let opponents into his pads. Works hard to cover ground and lead the way on screens. Could potentially play in either a man or zone-blocking scheme.

Negatives:

  • Balance is an issue; falls off of more blocks than he should given his incredible frame, and will end up on the ground from time to time. Has a tendency to drop a late anchor against power and can be walked back into the pocket against relentless bull-rushers. Will lapse into using his body instead of his arms at times. Overall hand placement is generally good but will catch opponents or miss with his punch from time to time; punch also tends to fail to jolt opponents. Needs to make a big leap up in terms of the level of competition he’ll be playing against. Probably too tall for guard and has no prior experience on the right side of the line.

Summary:

  • Very intriguing because of his excellent build, his impressive athleticism relative to his size, and his good-looking pass sets. It would be nice to see him clean up his balance and do a better job of using his arms, both in terms of increasing the violence of his punch and of extending his arms more consistently, but those are the types of things that can be cleaned up by a quality offensive line coach. In a year somewhat lacking in high-end offensive tackle talent, some teams may prefer to try and iron out the kinks in his game rather than reaching early. Could sneak into the second day; mid-rounder at the latest.