#91 Dillon Faamatau (rSr.) DT 6-3 290. Has appeared in 14 games with 0 starts. JC transfer. Redshirted at Arizona State in 2015 before moving on to a JuCo in 2016. Versatile. Plays at NT as well as DE in a 3-4 alignment. Has a solid frame. Wide bodied with long arms. Good athlete. Moves well for a player his size. Has good straight line speed. Has a good motor. Will chase a ball carrier down field.
Isn’t a very stout run defender. Gives ground when facing a single blocker. Gets pushed back a lot when faced with a double team. Doesn’t have any pass rush ability at all. Doesn’t have any pass rush moves and can’t penetrate the pocket when he bull rushes. Isn’t quick off of the snap. Doesn’t show consistency in his technique. Tends to rise up out of his stance. Allows OL into his chest a lot. Gets steered away from the ball and pushed around. On the ground far too much.
He’s a strong player who provides valuable depth but doesn’t have much next level upside. He doesn’t excel at what he primarily is supposed to do which is take up multiple blocks and plug the run. There’s always room on a roster for that type of player but he isn’t stout as a run defender. He has lost 29 pounds since last season as well. Add in the fact that he offers next to nothing as a pass rusher and there isn’t any realistic chance he is even considered a draftable player. May get a camp invite post draft but not much else. UDFA.
#90 Neville Gallimore (rSr.) NT/DT/DE 6-2 301. Has appeared in 25 games with 11 starts. Versatile. Spent his first two years of game action at DE in their 3-4 defense and made the transition to NT in the spring of 2018. A very good athlete. Reportedly to run a 4.76 40 in July of 2018. Has an extremely strong lower body. Also squatted 500 pounds 24 times! Can squat upwards of 800 pounds. Speed, quickness and strength translate well from the weight room to the field. Oftentimes is the first defender to move off of the snap. Excellent agility. Has loose hips. Changes direction smoothly. A space eater. Takes up multiple blockers on most plays. Very stout. Rarely budges or gets moved backwards when double teamed. Keeps his feet churning after contact with an OL. Uses good technique for the most part. Fires out of his stance low. Has very strong and active hands. Constantly uses his hands against OL. Very good push pull rip technique. Can lock out his arms when engaged and make a play on the ball. Uses brute force at times to push back linemen and get them off balance. Reacts to the cut block very well.
Has missed a few games due to injury. Missed the game against Kansas on November 17, 2018 with an undisclosed injury after being shaken up the week prior against Oklahoma State. Missed consecutive games against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State on October 28, 2017 and November 4, 2017 due to an undisclosed injury. Seems to tire out quickly. Needs to be substituted for on a regular basis. Plays slower and rises up out of his stance. Hand usage and technique tend to go to the wayside in such instances.
He’s a disruptive force when he uses proper technique. His game has come a long way in that regard and he played with much more consistency in 2018 than he had in previous seasons. His game has and continues to evolve. His upside is limitless with his level of size, strength and athleticism. He’s an extremely quick, strong and fast player and has just began to tap into his pass rushing capabilities. He has positional flexibility but if he remains in the NT role he could be the new standard for that position. He’s a playmaker even though he may not make the play. He creates for others like a NT should but he can create for himself as well. Will certainly be one of those players who is the talk of the Combine after a stellar performance. 1st-mid 2nd round.
1. Jalen Hurts (Sr.) QB 6-2 219. Has appeared in 42 games with 28 starts. Graduate transfer from Alabama. Transferred into Oklahoma in March of 2019. Very mature. A team leader and a team player. An excellent athlete. A dual threat QB. Has exceptional running ability. Possesses really good straight line speed (appears to run in the 4.55-4.60 40 range). Can pick up big chunks of yardage with his legs (vs. LSU 2017, 2nd quarter, 1st & 10 at the 4:09 mark and vs. Auburn 2017, 1st quarter, 1st & 10 at the 3:58 mark). Has really good mobility and agility out of the pocket as a runner. Has make you miss capabilities as well. Has an innate sense of when to make a cut to avoid a would be tackler. Executes the RPO very well. Has solid mechanics as a passer. Remains centered and balanced from top to bottom when he drops back to pass. Has a quick over hand throwing motion. Has a good arm. Puts good velocity on his passes to the short and intermediate levels. Can get some of his passes 50+ yards downfield (vs. Auburn 2017, 2nd quarter, 1st & 10 at the 8:41 mark). Goes thru his progressions when he has a clean pocket. Has good poise in the pocket as a passer (vs. Georgia 2018, 4th quarter, 3rd & 12 at the 10:35 mark). Has good accuracy to the flats, the short and intermediate levels of the field. Leads his receivers well. Puts his receivers in a position to succeed after catch on crossing and slant routes. Has good accuracy when flushed from the pocket to his right (vs. LSU 2017, 3rd quarter, 3rd & 9 at the 3:43 mark, vs. Georgia 2018 SECCG, 4th quarter, 3rd & 5 at the 9:18 mark and vs. Georgia 2018 SECCG, 4th quarter, 3rd & Goal at the 5:29 mark). Has good escapability out of the pocket as a passer (vs. LSU2017, 1st quarter, 2nd & 6 at the 8:15 mark).
Didn’t develop much as an on the field passer last season. Only attempted 70 passes in 2018. Plays almost exclusively out of the shotgun. Doesn’t do much in the 5,7 step drop variety. Tends to take a very relaxed approach to his steps when he drops back to pass. Very deliberate and on the slow side. Tends to take himself out of plays as a passer when he scrambles. Will scramble back and/or towards the sideline (vs. LSU 2017, 2nd quarter, 3rd & 10 at the 8:01 mark, vs. Auburn 2017, 2nd quarter, 3rd & 5 at the 14:07 mark, vs. Auburn 2017, 3rd quarter, 3rd & 9 at the 1:12 mark, vs. Clemson 2018, 4th quarter, 2nd & 10 at the 7:31 mark, vs. Clemson 2018, 4th quarter, 3rd & 10 at the 7:22 mark, vs. Georgia 2018 NCG, 1st quarter, 1st & 10 at the 12:11 mark and vs. Georgia 2018 NCG, 2nd quarter, 3rd & 4 at the 1:34 mark). Doesn’t have an internal clock or a feel for backside pressure (vs. Georgia 2018 NCG, 2nd quarter, 2nd & 9 at the 6:52 mark). Will take a sack instead of throwing the ball away (vs. LSU 2017, 1st quarter, 2nd & 5 at the 14:37 mark, vs. Auburn 2017, 4th quarter, 2nd & 15 at the 3:03 mark and vs. Clemson 2018, 2nd quarter, 2nd & 9 at the 1:04 mark). Doesn’t have a really strong arm. Doesn’t consistently throw strong passes with velocity downfield. Will under throw some of his passes to the deep level of the field (vs. Clemson 2018, 2nd quarter, 1st & 10 at the 9:03 mark).
He’s s really good athlete for the position. His running abilities are really good as a designed runner, in the RPO and as a passer who’s flushed from the pocket. He can pick up a lot of yardage with his speed once he takes off. He has good accuracy as a passer. His most impressive trait as a passer is his accuracy across the middle of the field. He hits his receivers in stride. He has a good but not great arm as a deep passer but that isn’t a requirement. His arm strength is beyond good enough. He doesn’t always make the quickest decision though as a passer which leads to him taking unnecessary sacks. He also scrambles too far back and wide which is a really bad habit. He has to be coached to escape the pocket straight ahead if he can where he can still see his options across the field instead of taking them away as he does. He’s a backup QB prospect at this stage as a next level prospect but he does have upside and could develop into something more. He should test well at the Combine after performing well at the Senior Bowl. He has a winning personality to go along with a winners pedigree so having him on a team would be a big positive. 5th-7th round.
Coaching/System: HC Lincoln Riley runs a prolific Air Raid offense. It’s an offense that’s fairly simple because it’s run out of a few basic concepts but is based on illusion and deception. It uses motion to spread the defense out and to gain advantages in coverage. It uses smash mouth football in its running game but is also based off of RPO’s. It uses three wide receivers and a TE in its base formation.
#55 Kenneth Mann (rSr.) DE/OLB 6-3 269. Has appeared in 21 games with 0 starts. Named team captain for the 2018 season. Versatile. Has lined up all across the line in both the 3-4 and 4-3 defenses. Decent athlete. Has a solid frame. Appears to great weight distribution throughout. Has very good awareness. Seems to excel at keeping the QB at bay against the RPO. Uses his hands well. Will use a rip and swim move to get past the OL to put pressure on the QB.
Missed the September 29, 2018 contest against Baylor with an undisclosed injury. Doesn’t have great athleticism. Isn’t a top level pass rusher. Doesn’t have a good burst off of the line. Lacks any pass rush moves. Isn’t creative when in pursuit of the QB. Gets stuck to OL as a pass rusher and run defender a lot. Can diagnose a play but not have the speed and agility to get out to the perimeter and make a play on the ball. Isn’t stout. Lacks the size and strength to play anywhere from the 0 to 5 techniques in a 3-4. Gets pushed back and away from the play by OL consistently. Doesn’t make many plays behind the LOS.
Appears to play the game with a lot of awareness but lacks the physical characteristics to carry out that intellect in a way that would get him great results. He is a team guy who sacrifices by playing a variety of roles along the DL but he isn’t suited for any of the roles. He isn’t that guy who can anchor against OL on the inside and he isn’t that guy who can speed past an OT’s outside shoulder to get a sack. He’s more an OLB but even there he lacks the speed to get to spots in space where the ball is going to. He’s a decent collegiate athlete with not much to offer as a next level prospect. UDFA.
#73 RJ Proctor (rSr.) OG 6-4 337. Has appeared in 32 games with 12 starts (8 at LG and 4 at RG). Graduate transfer from Virginia. A massive human being!!! Has good height, a wide frame and good weight distribution all throughout. Has extremely long arms. Plays with good technique. Stays low out of his stance. Has active hands. Uses his long arms to slow defenders in pursuit of the ball. Has good awareness as a pass blocker. Keeps his head on a swivel.
Isn’t a good athlete. Doesn’t have good lateral agility. Lacks the quickness to pull and make it to the other side of the formation in time. Doesn’t get to the second level quickly. Doesn’t latch onto LB’s at a high rate. Lacks foot speed in a straight line and in space (appears to run in the 5.35-5.45 40 range). Doesn’t have a high level of functional football strength. Isn’t a man mover or a mauler. Doesn’t get much push. Lacks a strong hand punch. Doesn’t jolt or jostle defenders on initial contact. Doesn’t move defenders off of the ball as a pass blocker (vs. South Carolina 2018, 2nd quarter, 3rd & 2 at the 3:02 mark). Isn’t tremendously stout. Tends to get knocked back into the pocket as a pass protector. Stops his feet on contact a lot.
He’s a very impressive physical specimen. He has really imposing size and his size alone gives defenders issues. His mass and weight is hard to move and get around respectively. His arm length is also a big deterrent. Despite the size advantage he doesn’t provide the strength expected from such a big player. He never dominates his opponents on sheer size. His strength is underwhelming. He never moves defenders or open up holes in the running game. He isn’t as stout as a pass blocker as his size would indicate either. He’s limited as a mover as well. He’s more of a stationary blocker who’s only effective in a phone booth. Even in a phone booth he doesn’t outmuscle or overpower defenders. They can still shed him and make a play on the ball. He’s a player who provides good experience at the very least if he isn’t a starter. At best he’s a starter but he lacks the athleticism and strength to be a viable next level prospect. He will perform poorly in agility tests at his Pro Day workout and not show that he can lift a great deal of weight either due to his long arms. UDFA.
#42 Mark Jackson Jr. (Sr.) OLB 6-1 238. Has appeared in 18 games with 0 starts. Versatile. Has experience lined up at OLB and in a three point stance at DE. Really good athlete. Moves really quick and fast. Shows great discipline against the RPO. Doesn’t over pursue. Really stout. Rarely gives ground as a run defender. Uses his hands and arms well. Locks out OL and TE’s with a stiff arm to keep them off of his frame. Quick off of the snap as a pass rusher. Uses those strong hands and arms to get a push upfield against an OL. Will then disengage and push past the OL inside. Has a nice spin move as a pass rusher as well. Drops back into space quickly.
Missed the final four games of the 2018 season due to an undisclosed injury. Undersized for the DE role that he tends to play. Gets glued to OL a lot. Doesn’t have a move or counter move once engaged with a blocker. Doesn’t have great athleticism. Moves a bit stiff when changing direction in coverage. Very straight lineish. Gets slow when covering a back out of the backfield when he has to flip his hips. Misses a few too many tackles.
He’s a very useful player being as though he’s used in a multitude of ways. He can rush the passer as a 4-3 DE, play at OLB in a 3-4 and rush the passer, drop back into coverage and defend the run. His versatility is a plus but he’s a jack of all trades, master of none type. He isn’t a 4-3 DE. Although he can get upfield with speed as a pass rusher he doesn’t have any moves or the bend to support the speed. The same can be said when he stands up at OLB as a pass rusher. His lack of fluidity hurts him when dropping into coverage. His main draw is that he’s a solid run defender. He also has some pass rushing tools but he is still going to always be limited in every capacity he’s in on the field. A very likable college player who lacks a true defensive position but could latch on on ST while finding his niche on defense somewhere. 6th-UDFA.
#19 Caleb Kelly (Sr.) OLB/ILB 6-3 229. Has appeared in 25 games with 19 starts. Versatile. Has experience at both OLB and ILB. Excellent athlete. Has great length for the position and lots of growth potential. Appears to be able to put on about 15-20 pounds without sacrificing any athleticism. Has sideline to sideline speed. Can drop back into coverage very fast. Diagnoses a screen pass immediately. Closes hard and fast on the ball.
Had offseason shoulder surgery for a torn labrum suffered against Tulane on September 16, 2017. Played the teams remaining 11 games with the injury. Missed spring practice for 2018 as a result. Lost out on the starting ILB role to start the season. Sat out the September 15, 2018 and September 22, 2018 games against Iowa State and Army respectively as a healthy scratch. Team considered redshirting him. Is on the small side for the type of LB he’s tasked with playing on the inside. Generally butts heads with a TE or OT on every play at strong side LB. At WILL as an ILB he generally goes against OG’s. Isn’t a physical player. Doesn’t stack and shed well. Doesn’t use his hands or extend to keep an OL off of his frame. Tries to avoid contact with OL for the most part. Hesitant in his avoidance as a blitzer. Plays in space against air a lot. Gets a good amount of his tackles closing in on the ball without a blocker to obstruct his path as an OLB. Blockers are TE’s and WR’s out in space at times. Does a lot of over pursuing as a run defender. Doesn’t break down when attempting to make a tackle. Gets really upright in his backpedal when dropping into zone coverage.
Has had a pretty nondescript collegiate career so far and it has a lot to do with what is asked of him. His game isn’t taking on blocks because he isn’t big or strong enough to handle that role. He’s more of a finesse, off the ball type of player. At this point in his collegiate career he can’t be described as an OLB though. When he lines up on the outside it’s almost as if he’s at NCB depth. He’s not playing OLB in a traditional sense. He may be best suited at S. He has the speed and athleticism to cover in space and wouldn’t be asked to use the physicality that he lacks at LB. He may on the flip side be better served dropping a few pounds and converting to an interchangeable SS/FS type. He will put on a performance in a Combine and Pro Day setting but above all his game play has to speak loud enough to justify him getting drafted high if at all. 6th-UDFA.
#11 Parnell Motley (Sr.) CB 6-0 178. Has appeared in 25 games with 13 starts. Really good athlete. Has excellent speed. Has quick twitch ability. All of his movements are really smooth with little to zero stiffness. Very balanced, fast and smooth in his backpedal. Very light on his feet. Springs out of his backpedal. Keeps all the action in front of him. Has solid technique in both zone and man coverage. Triangulates between the QB and WR really well in off coverage. Uses the sideline as an ally against receivers. Runs with them and cuts off their upfield running along the sideline. Has long arms. Contests almost every pass thrown to his side of the field.
Doesn’t have a lot of room for much more physical growth. Has a narrow frame with skinny arms and is thin in the thighs and calves. Isn’t a strong player. Lack of size translates to lack of strength on the field. Can’t contend with receivers with size. Loses the hand jousting battles because he lacks the strength to back it up. Easily boxed out for jump balls in one on one situations. A drag down tackler. Doesn’t have good tackling technique. Always goes low. Doesn’t wrap up. Doesn’t disengage well. Can’t fight thru blocks to make a play on the ball. Gets caught flat footed at times at the LOS and get turned around. Doesn’t possess top flight ball skills. Doesn’t turn and locate the ball downfield. Loses speed when he does attempt to turn his head and locate the ball. Will get spun around at times as a WR makes his break. Is susceptible to the slant route. Gets stuck on his heels and gives up the inside route easily (gave up two TD’s against Alabama in 2018 with this route).
Has a skill that sets him apart from most in that he’s an aggressive and sound cover CB. He stays with his man on a consistent basis. His lack of size and lack of strength are major drawbacks though. His lack of muscle almost restricted him to the NCB role as well as makes him a liability as a run defender. It’s essentially an 11 on 10 type of situation for the defense. Has at times make what appeared to be the "business decision" of not getting involved in contact with a RB. He shies away from contact on a regular basis and always seems to get bullied by WR’s who block him on the outside. He has some good athletic traits but his lack of size and muscle is a major hindrance in his development because he’s basically maxed out in the size and strength departments and his cover skills don’t compensate for them. If he can clean up his technique he may stand a chance but he’s more than likely not a draft able player. UDFA.
#6 Tre Brown (Jr.) CB/KR 5-10 185. Has appeared in 14 games with 1 start. A good athlete. Has really good speed. Appears fluid in all of his movements. Has really quick feet. Plays bigger than his size. Attempts to play with a high level of fearlessness. Plays with a lot physicality and aggressiveness. Is a very willing tackler. Doesn’t shy away from contact.
Has less than ideal size. Doesn’t meet many requirements in the size, weight or strength departments. Has very small bone structure with little room for much added size to his frame. Size and stature limits him to the NCB position. Isn’t very strong. A drag down tackler. Gets pushed around and run over at times as a run defender. Doesn’t transition smoothly out of his backpedal. Slightly off balance when changing direction. Stays within arms reach of the receiver but loses most of his contested battles. An easy tackle as a KR.
He’s a good athlete but he’s extremely limited. He’s has the fluidity of a solid CB and isn’t stiff but somehow loses balance a lot when transitioning to move his hips and change direction. His size does him no favors because he can’t cover most WR’s. He can’t defend against size or strength and with his technique issues he can’t really defend against quickness all that well. He could really stand to add a little mass to his frame, as much as his frame will allow because he needs all the strength he can muster. He’s a NCB only because of his size. He hasn’t displayed much in the ball skills department yet so he needs to exhaust his eligibility to become a better and refined technician. He has some upside but will have a difficult time getting drafted at any point if there isn’t a major uptick in strength and technique. Doesn’t declare.
#80 Grant Calcaterra (Jr.) TE 6-4 233. Has appeared in 14 games with 0 starts. Versatile. Has experience lined up in the slot at WR as well as outside. A really good athlete. Has really good straight line speed. Appears to run in the 4.60-4.70 40 range. Has excellent hands. A good red zone threat. Tall with a big catch radius. Knows how to use his frame to box out defenders for a contested pass. Becomes very physical after the catch. Has a passion for blocking. Displays good technique. Connects and latches on well in space against smaller defenders.
Rarely ever lines up inline at TE. Spends the majority of his time in the slot. Doesn’t run clean, crisp routes. Rounds off his routes and doesn’t break down or sell them. Isn’t really fast off of the line. A tick slow out of the shoot. Has built up speed. Isn’t an elusive open field receiver. Doesn’t get many yards after the catch. Doesn’t win the jump ball or 50/50 ball on a consistent basis. Never seems to face any resistance off of the LOS and into his routes on any of his catches. Does all of his blocking in space basically. Isn’t going up against DL or LB’s as much as he is DB’s. Doesn’t latch on at a high rate in space. Plays almost exclusively out of the slot and sometimes out wide so he can’t really be classified as a TE in its traditional form.
He’s a big bodied slot WR who although athletic will have issues getting a clean release off of the line against press coverage. He often runs freely thru defenses for his receptions so there will be an adjustment with him for route running as well as knowing how to read a defense. He does have good speed for a big bodied player but he doesn’t have slot receiver good speed and certainly lacks short area quickness. He needs to add size and strength to his frame because his body can support it. He isn’t really a next level receiving prospect but he could develop into a solid and viable one as a TE. He has added some mass so if it equates strength to go along with his capability as a blocker he could be a really good and well rounded TE prospect. Doesn’t declare.
#2 CeeDee Lamb (Jr.) WR/PR 6-2 191. Has appeared in 14 games with 13 starts. Versatile. Has experience out wide and well as in the slot. Tremendous athleticism. Has excellent speed. Appears to run in the 4.35-4.45 40 range effortlessly. Has excellent body control. Can make a play on the ball in mid air. Has excellent jumping ability. Wins in jump ball situations. High points the ball really well. Has very good hands. A natural hands catcher. Has a flair for the spectacular. Will make some amazing one handed catches (some out of bounds). Hard to jam at the LOS. Has a really quick stutter step. Amazing short area quickness. Has a natural feel for punt returns. Secured the ball very well at all times. Knows when to return a punt, wave for a fair catch or when to let it go. Doesn’t take unnecessary hits. Uses the sideline and the ground effectively to end a play.
Suffered an injured left shoulder on October 7th, 2017 while diving for the pylon for a TD against Iowa State. Isn’t very physically strong. Gets tackled easily. Doesn’t have great strength as a blocker. Needs more route running refinement. Doesn’t create much separation with sharp route running. Has small hands as a pass catcher. Gets little resistance off of the LOS and into his routes.
He added nearly 30 pounds between the end of the 2017 season and the start of the 2018 season to better withstand the rigors of the game. The size and strength gains went a long way in helping him stay healthy while also not hindering his speed or athleticism in the process. He’s a natural at everything he does on the football field. He makes sound decisions and most if not all of his choices seem to work out well both as a pass catcher and as a punt returner. He’s more of a finesse type receiver who will never be physical but he’s slick and savvy enough to not have to deal with a lot of physicality. He has premier type WR traits because he can do it all in almost a dominant fashion. He doesn’t overwhelm his opponent with strength or power but with speed, quickness and savvy. He may never be that guy who’s a force of nature but he’s going to get open in the short, intermediate and long passing game and will catch the ball because he’s so dependable. Late 1st-late 2nd round.
#9 Kenneth Murray Jr. (Jr.) MLB/ILB/OLB 6-2 243. Has appeared in 28 games with 28 starts. Named team captain for the 2018 season. Versatile. Has experience lined up at MLB, ILB as well as at OLB. Has excellent size for the position. Has a really athletic frame. Has good weight distribution with long arms. Has room to add more size without losing any athleticism. An excellent athlete. Has excellent straight line speed (appears to run in the 4.50-4.60 40 range). A sideline to sideline athlete. A very active defender. Moves like a gazelle. Covers a lot of ground quickly. A heat seeking missile when closing in on the ball carrier (vs. UCLA 2018, 1st quarter, 2nd & 10 at the 11:13 mark). Takes good angles to the ball carrier almost every time. Has excellent blitzing capabilities. Gets downhill really fast when in pursuit of the QB (vs. UCLA 2018, 1st quarter, 2nd & 15 at the 6:45 mark). Generally shows himself to be fluid in all of his movements. Physically stout. Doesn’t give much ground when engaged with an OL. A sure tackler. Uses good tackling technique. Wraps up the ball carrier every time. Gets out to the flats and shuts down that valve when in coverage. Never gives up on a play (vs. Texas 2018, 1st quarter, 2nd & 8 at the 11:51 mark).
Lacks top level instincts. Doesn’t recognize the RPO at all. Often is the last to react to these plays. Gets fooled. First move is always in the wrong direction (vs. UCLA 2018, 1st quarter, 1st & 10 at the 10:12 mark, vs. UCLA 2018, 3rd quarter, 1st & 10 at the 13:10 mark and vs. Texas 2018, 3rd quarter, 3rd & 1 at the 14:17 mark). Moves in the wrong direction away from the ball. Gets fooled on most trick plays or misdirection (vs. UCLA 2018, 1st quarter, 1st & Goal at the 9:38 mark, vs. Texas 2018, 1st quarter, 1st & 15 at the 12:19 mark, vs. Texas 2018, 1st quarter, 1st & Goal at the 10:17 mark and vs. Texas 2018, 2nd quarter, 1st & 10 at the 12:32 mark). Creates big running lanes as a run defender due to his lack of discipline (vs. UCLA 2018, 2nd quarter, 2nd & 4 at the 13:48 mark and vs. Texas 2018, 3rd quarter, 2nd & 10 at the 4:05 mark). Isn’t a downhill thumper. Isn’t much of a goal line defender. Doesn’t stack and shed OL well. Isn’t very stout in a phone booth. Will get knocked back off of the line by OL and TE’s at times (vs. UCLA 2018, 3rd quarter, 2nd & 8 at the 2:24 mark, vs. Texas 2018, 3rd quarter, 2nd & Goal at the 6:24 mark and vs. Alabama 2018, 2nd quarter, 3rd & 1 at the 4:47 mark). Gets washed out of plays where OL move to the second level and get a block on him (vs. West Virginia 2018, 1st quarter, 2nd & 7 at the 5:53 mark and vs. West Virginia 2018, 4th quarter, 2nd & 6 at the 4:25 mark). Has a narrow waist which makes him a bit stiff in the hips. Misses his fair share of tackles. Will give up the cut back lane because he isn’t fluid in space (vs. Baylor 2018, 2nd quarter, 2nd & 10 at the 15:00 mark and vs. West Virginia 2018, 1st quarter, 1st & 10 at the 11:53 mark). Doesn’t flip his hips fluidly when he turns and runs dropping back into coverage (vs. UCLA 2018, 1st quarter, 3rd & 16 at the 10:38 mark). Isn’t smooth in his backpedal (vs. UCLA 2018, 2nd quarter, 1st & 10 at the 12:49 mark). Will overreact to the play action as well (vs. West Virginia 2018, 1st quarter, 1st & 10 at the 5:32 mark). Doesn’t break down in the open field. Doesn’t have a feel for zone coverage. Loses track of receivers crossing into his zone. Appears lost and will get turned around even when there are limited routes being run (vs. FAU 2018, 3rd quarter, 1st & 10 at the 11:38 mark). Gets stuck staring into the backfield when in coverage (vs. Texas 2018, 4th quarter, 1st & 10 at the 2:02 mark). Tends to drift and not stay home in coverage (vs. West Virginia 2018, 2nd quarter, 4th & 2 at the 15:00 mark). Doesn’t avoid or evade traffic in space well when covering the flats (vs. Alabama 2018, 2nd quarter, 3rd & 6 at the 13:10 mark).
He’s an excellent athlete who has shown himself to be very versatile and to be a very active player. He has lined up at WLB and that position appears to be a more natural fit. He’s able to use his athleticism without being burdened with taking on OL on every play. He picks up tackles in bunches when he gets the opportunity to move about freely. His ability to move in the flats and take those passing lanes away is impressive. He’s a really good blitzer up the middle as well. Despite his athleticism and ability to move he still has a lot of raw areas to his game. He appears to be two different players pre and post snap. He’s in total control presnap. He can get his defense lined up properly but as soon as the ball is snapped he doesn’t appear to know what his responsibilities are all the time. He can’t stay disciplined and stay home in his pursuit of the ball. He will drift with the flow of traffic and allow cutback lanes on a consistent basis. Most of his production came in open areas or as a byproduct of his DL occupying multiple blocks. When he isn’t safeguarded he’s only capable of making a play downfield. If he’s allowed to roam free his skill set shines some but he needs a great deal of refinement. No defensive scheme is set up where the OLB has to come across the formation and the MLB goes towards the OT on a run up the middle. This happens far too often where he’s out of position because he has such poor eye discipline. He has a drift to him directly after the snap that must stop. He has to realize that he will be a much better next level prospect in time with better discipline. He really shouldn’t think about the next level just yet although he’s capable from an athletic standpoint. He too often plays like an UDFA in the mental aspects and he could really stand to exhaust his eligibility to ensure that he gets the maximum amount of experience in preparation for such a big move. He may again have good numbers and decide he will declare and with his athleticism he will test extremely well. His tape will ultimately decide how high or low he goes and if he continues on the path he’s on he won’t be the player a team drafted him to be because he’ll be more disappointment than production. 4th-6th round.
#13 Tre Norwood (Jr.) CB 6-0 184. Has appeared in 14 games with 5 starts. Versatile. Has experience mainly as an outside CB but has some in the NCB role also. A really good athlete. Has good movement skills and agility. Has a very natural and smooth backpedal and is fluid in his hips in his bail technique as well. Disguises his blitz from the slot very well.
Lacks mass and strength. Very skinny throughout his frame. Lack of strength is obvious on every physical encounter with a receiver. Loses his one on one matchups with receivers with contested passes. Isn’t a physical defender. Easily blocked as a run defender. Gets pushed back and at times even nearly pancaked by bigger more physical receivers. Isn’t a good form tackler. A drag down tackler. Has to go low to make his tackles for the most part. Misses his fair share as well. Receivers tend to slide out of his clutches. Gets a bit too hands on as a defender in coverage. Gets called for pass interferences downfield as a result. Doesn’t have much in the ball skills department. Doesn’t get his head around downfield to make a play on the ball in the air.
More of a slot CB because of his limited mass and strength. He simply cannot contend with bigger and more physical receivers. He is at an extreme strength deficit at this stage in his development. Was sent flying from a stiff arm (at the sideline by Iowa State’s RB David Montgomery, 2018, at the 13:50 mark of the 4th quarter) which is a huge indication of where he stands as a player with next level aspirations. He needs to exhaust his eligibility to build up his body thru a rigorous strength and conditioning routine. His biggest issue is lack of strength to function on the field and if he can’t make some great strides he will never be a viable next level prospect. Doesn’t declare.
#4 Trey Sermon (Jr.) RB 6-0 221. Has appeared in 14 games with 3 starts. Has excellent size for the position. Good athlete. Has really good straight line speed (appears to run in the 4.45-4.55 40 range). A very patient runner. Allows for his blocks to set up. Has good vision thru the hole. Runs with a good pad level. Has a forward lean to him. Always falls forward after contact. Not an easy tackle. Runs with power. Maintains his very great balance thru contact. Displays good hands as a pass catcher. Plucks the ball out of the air effortlessly. Has good vision in the open field after a reception. Keeps his head on a swivel in pass protection. Picks up the blitz really well. Protects the ball really well also. Doesn’t fumble the football.
Isn’t the most fluid of athletes. Is a straight lineish type runner. Hips are on the stiff side. Will put moves on defenders but not be shifty. Isn’t a refined route runner out of the backfield. Doesn’t always use good blocking technique. Gets in the way of the defender as opposed to blocking them and sustaining.
He is a very dependable back who will get you that tough yard or two in short yardage situations. He’ll break a lot of tackles along the way. Has definite bell cow capabilities and his pass catching abilities can’t be overlooked. Still has a great deal of tread on his tires with only 285 career carries to this point. He can handle a heavier workload but won’t need to with the talented depth he has behind him. His ability to create yards on his own, his pass blocking recognition and technique and his ability to run better routes out of the backfield are his main issues to be work out before he declares. He’s solid and sometimes spectacular and should be ready for a next level jump after another solid season. Late 3rd-5th round.
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#7 Ronnie Perkins (So.) OLB 6-3 248. Has appeared in 14 games with 6 starts. A good athlete. A very natural and fluid pass rusher. Shows pass rush capabilities beyond his years. Goes equally to the inside as a pass rusher as he does to the outside shoulder of an OT. Has excellent awareness as a run defender.