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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Florida OT Jawaan Taylor

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Jawaan Taylor

Height: 6’5

Weight: 328 lbs

2018 Second-Team All-SEC by Athlon Sports. Started 12 of 13 games at Right Tackle in 2018. With Taylor at Right Tackle, Florida only allowed 18 sacks, which ranked 20th in FBS.

    

What I Like:

Anchor on the Outside

Jawaan Taylor displays an excellent ability to protect the quarterback on this play. Shows excellent footwork and balance to maintain leverage on the defender. Additionally, displays excellent ability to block an additional defender to give the quarterback more time to deliver the throw.

    

What I Dislike:

Speed

It should be noted that Jawaan Taylor looked like a completely different prospect under new head coach Dan Mullen in 2018. In the clip below, which was from 2017, Taylor is beat by a speed rusher on the edge, which results in a fumble and touchdown for Florida State. Mullen moved Jawaan Taylor to right tackle, which likely contributed to much improved play.

    

Second-Level Blocks

On this play, Taylor moves to the second-level to block the inside linebacker, opening up a huge hole for the running back. Displays excellent athleticism to engage the linebacker, anchor his body, and drive through the defender.

     

Overall Breakdown

Displays excellent ability as an offensive tackle. Shows excellent footwork to remain in front of the defender and maintain a balanced frame. Has a terrific ability to drive through his defenders and finish his blocks. Showed tremendous improvement in 2018 under new head coach, but poor performances must be taken into account when scouting.

     

Draft Round Prediction

Top-Fifteen Pick

Jawaan Taylor is an NFL-ready prospect that can step in and start from day one. Look for him to come off the board as early as six to the Giants, although they’re likely to select a quarterback instead. I don’t envision a scenario in which Taylor slips past fifteen.

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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama RB Josh Jacobs

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Josh Jacobs

Height: 5’10

Weight: 216 lbs

2018 SEC Championship MVP. Fifteen total touchdowns in 2018 as a Junior, including one on special teams. Four-Star Prospect.

     

What I Like:

Quick Mental Processing

On this play, Josh Jacobs displays tremendous ability to process the play and find the open hole for a first down. Jacobs shows excellent ability to manipulate coverage through shoulders, hips, and footwork.

    

What I Dislike:

Pass Protection

Josh Jacobs shows average ability in pass protection. On this play, Jacobs is off-balance and whiffs on the block entirely. Must show more patience and improved mechanics to initiate block and give the quarterback a clean pocket to throw from.

    

Receiving Ability

This particular play is more of a rarity from Josh Jacobs as he’s usually in the flats or on a quick curl route in front of the quarterback. Jacobs displays excellent ability on this play to track the ball and make the catch. Shows excellent balance after the catch as he breaks the tackle for the touchdown.

    

Overall Breakdown

Displays tremendous ability to make quick reads and cut up the field. Powerful runner that shows excellent ability to get north and south. Shows excellent ability as a receiver. Displays excellent balance to recover after a missed tackle. Jacobs has average ability in pass protection situations. Must play with more balance and engage the pass rush.

    

Draft Round Prediction

First Round

Josh Jacobs is an excellent one-cut style running back that looks for contact. Coupled with his receiving ability, Jacobs is a prospect that can have an immediate impact on an NFL roster.

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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

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Kyler Murray

Height: 5’10

Weight: 195 lbs

2018 Heisman Trophy. 2018 Davey O’Brien Award. 2018 Walter Camp Player Of The Year Award Finalist. 2018 First-Team All-American by AP and FWAA. 2018 Big-12 Offensive Player Of The Year. Consensus Five-Star Recruit.

     

What I Like:

Arm Accuracy

Kyler Murray shows an excellent ability to place this ball where only the receiver can make a play on it. Displays an above average ability to throw with anticipation and throw the receiver open.

     

What I Dislike:

Pocket Poise

Kyler Murray displays average pocket poise, especially on this 3rd and long play. Must show more awareness in the pocket to succeed at the next level, especially for someone with his pocket escapability.

     

Acceleration

Kyler Murray displays a stellar ability to escape the pocket and run for extra yardage. Shows above average ability to read the field and pick the right running lanes. On this play, Murray makes several great reads and shows excellent acceleration to run up the field for the touchdown.

     

Overall Breakdown

Kyler Murray displays excellent arm accuracy to place the football where only his receiver can make a play on it. Also shows excellent ability to throw a receiver open and anticipate the route. Has a stellar ability to escape the pocket and run for additional yards. Shows above average ability to read the field and find running lanes. Murray shows average pocket poise ability. Must improve his awareness inside the pocket and trust his instincts at the next level. May struggle to pickup complex defenses at the next level.

    

Draft Round Prediction

First-to-Second Round

Kyler Murray has an offer to play professional baseball for Oakland Athletics, which could influence his decision. I don’t believe that Murray will slip past the 15th pick, but he hasn’t announced that he will commit to the NFL. A team could use Kyler Murray much like the Baltimore Ravens have used Lamar Jackson.

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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Michigan DE Rashan Gary

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Rashan Gary

Height: 6’5

Weight: 283 lbs

Two-Time First-Team All-Big Ten Honoree by Coaches. Two-Time Second-Team All-Big Ten Honoree by Media. Two-Time Second-Team All-Big Ten by AP. 2017 Richard Katcher Award. Two-Time All-Big Ten Academic Honoree. Consensus Five-Star Prospect.

      

What I Like:

Tenacity

I love the effort by Rashan Gary here. He displays excellent ability to sniff out the play and identify the ball carrier. From there, he keys on him and attacks over an offensive lineman.

    

What I Dislike:

Mental Processing

On this play, I just wish Rashan Gary could have processed and keyed the ball quicker than he did. As a result, the quarterback is able to pickup 5 yards to make it a manageable 2nd and 5.

       

Instincts

Rashan Gary displays above average instincts on this play. Gary is able to get leverage on the tackle with nice hand placement, while keeping one hand free. Once the window is open, Gary breaks off to attack the quarterback. Rashan Gary doesn’t get the sack on this play, but he certainly contributed to it.

    

Overall Breakdown

Rashan Gary is a tremendous edge player that is pro-ready. Displays excellent tenacity and effort to attack the ball carrier and complete the tackle. Shows above average instincts to manipulate defenders and find a way into the pocket. Needs to process plays quicker and trust his instincts more often.

     

Draft Round Prediction

Top-Ten Selection

I have Rashan Gary listed as my best overall 4-3 true defensive end. From what I’ve seen on film, I don’t see his skillset translating to a 3-4 defense, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few teams try him out in private workouts.

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