RER Sports: 25 Players from Texas Participate in NFL Combine

RER Sports: 25 Players from Texas Participate in NFL Combine

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25 players from the state of Texas participated in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last weekend. Almost every Texas FBS-school was represented, except one, Texas Tech. The Red Raiders sent zero players to Indy for the combine. Listed below are the participants and what the NFL thinks of them, post-combine. The analysis of these players will effect their draft status overall. The NFL Draft is scheduled to begin April 30th.

 

  • Malcolm Brown – RB – Texas
    • Overall Grade: 5.24
    • Strong finisher who gathers and delivers a blow at point of initial impact. Will run through arm tackles. Has no turbo in his tank. No real dynamic potential as a runner. Only gains yards that he is supposed to gain. Lacks creativity to put moves together in open field.
  • Malcolm Brown – RB – Texas
    • Overall Grade: 6.12
    • Showed great improvement during 2014 season and is considered a “riser” on draft boards by league scouts. Brown has hand quickness and uses hands like an NFL starter. Has average power in his lower body and struggles to hold his ground against double teams. His instincts and feel off the snap help him to get into the backfield quickly.
  • Christian Covington – DT – Rice
    • Overall Grade: 5.37
    • Shoots out of stance and into blocker with good pad level and forward lean. Effective two-gapper who plays with proper arm extension. Doesn’t gather feet under him after initial engagement, causing body control and balance problems. Ends up on ground far too often.
  • BJ Catalon – RB – TCU
    • Overall Grade: 5.08
    • Uses small, choppy steps as a runner, allowing for maximum balance, body control and change of direction. Comfortable in outside-zone game with one-cut burst to hit it downhill or acceleration to ride track to the corner. Diminutive frame. Stutter-stepper in short yardage and unable to punch ball in for touchdowns at the goal line. Quality football player without a true home on a depth chart.
  • Cameron Clear – TE – Texas A&M
    • Overall Grade: 4.8
    • Looks the part. Massive frame with an ability to carry almost 300 pounds, according to area scouts. Despite talent, inconsistent as a blocker. Had good, sustained run-blocking reps against Arkansas’ Trey Flowers early in the season, and then looked passive and lost after that point. Rumor has it some teams are considering Clear for a conversion to tackle.
  • Paul Dawson – LB – TCU
    • Overall Grade: 6.04
    • Flexible, agile athlete with good lower-body build. Outstanding instincts. Not a wrap-up tackler and needs work in finishing blocks. Freelances and sometimes lacks discipline to maintain assignments. Outrageously productive linebacker with a nose for the ball.
  • Quandre Diggs – CB – Texas
    • Overall Grade: 5.25
    • Intelligent player with plus instincts. Anticipates routes well and attacks the throw. Has feet to mirror and chase crossing routes. Short cornerback whose lack of height means he’ll likely have to move inside. He’s battle-tested against some of the most explosive wide receivers in the country and has developed into a mentally tough player.
  • Tayo Fabuluje – OL – TCU
    • Overall Grade: 5.31
    • Possesses a very strong core and is a difficult draw for heads-up defenders in run game. Natural, raw strength to generate push at the point and is very difficult to bull rush. A little stiff in his lower body. Played just two years of college football and has had to overcome difficult circumstances in his life.
  • Antawn Goodley – WR – Baylor
    • Overall Grade: 5.48
    • Big-time vertical speed and explosiveness. Can open up his hips and stride past corners on vertical routes. Desired body control. Inconsistent hands. Lets ball beat him up too often. Must prove he can catch the ball in traffic. Limited route exposure while at Baylor. The biggest concern in scouting circles is how quickly he can adapt to NFL routes and how his hands will hold up if he’s asked to make his living over the middle of the field in traffic.
  • Bryce Hager – LB – Baylor
    • Overall Grade: 5.07
    • Once he diagnoses, can explode to the ball. Great pursuit on the perimeter against run. Moves with ease laterally and chases with good angles. Not a downhill linebacker. Won’t beat offensive linemen to the spot against run. Hager might end up a late-round pick, but teams like his production and chase traits.
  • Chris Hackett – S – TCU
    • Overall Grade: 5.1
    • Steps downhill to support run, breaking down in space and playing under control. Smart and instinctive. Found the ball and made plays with 12 interceptions in three years. Doesn’t run well. Struggles to provide range over the top from sideline to sideline as deep safety. There are some personnel that think highly of him as a potential playmaker at the next level.
  • Jordan Hicks – LB – Texas
    • Overall Grade: 5.45
    • Looks good on the hoof. Has desired height, weight and speed. Scouts say the staff at Texas raves about the way Hicks lifts, prepares for games and takes care of his body. Has football character in spades. considered only average with instincts and anticipation. Considered by evaluators as robotic and assignment-rigid. Hicks is an improving player who will live in the film room and might end up overdrafted on the upside potential.
  • Jarvis Harrison – OL – Texas A&M
    • Overall Grade: 5.68
    • Burly lower body made for the guard position. High school basketball player who displays rare foot quickness for a man his size. Glides to second level using proper angles. Will finesse it too often. Shows signs of being a content blocker who won’t always finish. Possesses the talent, technique and physical traits to be a high-end NFL starter.
  • Gus Johnson – RB – Stephen F. Austin
    • Overall Grade: 4.9
    • Well-built with thick bubble and powerful legs. Shows necessary power to rip through arm tackles and churn out additional yardage after contact. Unable to take wide track on outside zone and then one-cut sharply without noticeable gear grind. Lacks foot quickness for sudden, lateral cuts to make defenders miss. Compact running back with power in his lower body to break tackles and extend runs, but he’s not a chain-moving power runner with a desire to punish tacklers.
  • Will Johnson – P – Texas State
    • Overall Grade: N/A
  • Jerry Lovelocke – QB – Prairie View A&M
    • Overall Grade: N/A
  • Josh Lambo – P – Texas A&M
    • Overall Grade: N/A
  • Joey Mbu – DT – Houston
    • Overall Grade: 5.16
    • Mindful of getting hands on opponent quickly and with good arm extension. Gritty and plays to the whistle every snap. Despite head movement and busy hands, he doesn’t gain much ground as a pass rusher. Mbu’s football character and size give him a shot to make an NFL team.
  • Craig Mager – CB – Texas State
    • Overall Grade: 5.4
    • Plays with excellent fire and motor throughout the game. Loves to hit. Quick-twitch athlete, with plus play strength and sudden change of direction. Instincts are average. Allows too much separation in space. Teams question his ability to carry deep speed, which could impact his draft standing, but his talent and makeup give him a shot at becoming an NFL starter.
  • Cedric Ogbuehi – OL – Texas A&M
    • Overall Grade: 5.9
    • Gifted athlete with foot quickness and ability to move easily in space. Has feet to slide and meet speed rushers. Easy weight shift to recover against counter moves. Functional power and anchor are legitimate concerns. Technique flaws make pass protection harder than it has to be. NFL evaluators are very worried about Ogbuehi’s core strength and ability to anchor in pass protection, but some of his anchor issues could be improved with technique work.
  • Bryce Petty – QB – Baylor
    • Overall Grade: 5.32
    • Possesses NFL size. Not a burner, but has enough functional movement outside of the pocket. Scouts label him ultra-competitive, tough and smart. Strong leader. Engineered 21-point fourth-quarter comeback win over TCU in 2014. Scouts concerned he could be product of Baylor’s one-read system. Has tendency to spray the ball against zone coverage on intermediate routes. NFL evaluators felt like Petty’s senior season was disappointing, but those same evaluators love his size, leadership and intangibles.
  • Spencer Roth – P – Baylor
    • Overall Grade: 5.1
    • Planted 40.4 percent of his punts inside the 20-yard line. Punted to his coverage and punt cover team swarmed almost all return attempts. Had just two touchbacks in 47 punts. verage snap-to-punt time. Must improve his ratio of punt yardage (43.4) to hang time (3.9). Showed loss of focus when heat closed in on him causing much shorter punts. Despite having just one punt blocked during time at Baylor, he might need to speed things up when he hits the next level.
  • Cedric Reed – DE – Texas
    • Overall Grade: 5.2
    • Will crash down the line of scrimmage to attack running plays when left unblocked on the open side. Can be disruptive with inside pass-rush moves. Stiff, unenthusiastic player. Has some athletic traits, but they don’t show up consistently enough on the field. Passive off the snap and lacks physicality. His improvement during his senior season could give teams enough hope to take a shot.
  • Eric Tomlinson – Tight End – UTEP
    • Overall Grade: 4.85
    • Big-bodied blocker. Has room for more weight on his frame. Takes good initial step to secure leverage as a run blocker. Slow, plodding release off the line of scrimmage and into his routes. Doesn’t have athleticism to shake defender in man coverage. Tomlinson will have to prove to teams that he has premium ability to develop as an in-line blocker because it is unlikely that most teams will view him as a combo tight end once they study the tape.
  • Kevin White – CB – TCU
    • Overall Grade: 5.26
    • Cover corner who was usually matched up with the opponent’s best receiver. Able to stay on top of receivers with size. Blanketed possession receivers. Plus ball skills. Stiff hips stall and slow him when opening to run. Struggles to stay with quick, darting wide receivers, giving away substantial separation underneath. Beaten all game long by Tyler Lockett from Kansas State. Cornerback with mismatched parts. Has temperament and play of an outside corner, but lacks size and deep speed. Has size of a slot corner but lacks foot quickness and twitch to consistently cover speed in space.
  • Trey Williams – RB – Texas A&M
    • Overall Grade: 5.24
    • Features a devastating jump-cut that torments defenders in space. One of the best “make-you-miss” types in this draft. Improvisation-oriented athlete in space. Very slightly built runner. More of an “offensive weapon” than a true running back. Ran as an off-set back from shotgun. Some teams might view Williams as a luxury talent with minimal value due to his lack of size and natural position fit, while other teams will see him as a chess piece that they can deploy to create mismatches and use to stress defenses.

 

Brett O’Connor 

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