Mid-Round Spotlight

Mid-Round Spotlight – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

The 2020 NFL Draft is full of elite talent on the offensive line, which necessarily pushes some players down the board. TCU right tackle Lucas Niang is one of those prospects, even before injury concerns reportedly pushed him to Day 3. Regardless of stock, Niang is a solid player who should improve considerably with NFL coaching. Background Niang played in 12 of 13 games during his freshman season in 2016, and started the final eight games in 2017. He began as a full-time starter in 2018, earned an 83.5 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. Since 2017, Niang was on the field...

Mid-round Spotlight: Willie Gay Jr.

Aside from Clemson's Isaiah Simmons, the 2020 NFL Draft class lacks elite talent at linebacker. However, Mississippi State linebacker Willie Gay Jr. will be a Day 2 pick, but has first-round talent. Background Gay spent three years at Mississippi State, playing in 28 games. He played in only five games in 2019 due to a foot injury and suspension. He was involved in a cheating scandal involving a tutor completing homework assignments for players, reportedly got into a fight during practice with quarterback Garrett Shrader, breaking Shrader's orbital bone. Gay was also ejected from the Egg Bowl in 2018 after registering...

Mid-Round Spotlight – Jack Driscoll, OT, Auburn

The 2020 NFL Draft is filled with great prospects at offensive tackle, to the point where teams could very well be finding starting-caliber players into the third round and beyond. One of those players is Auburn senior Jack Driscoll, who has moved onto many radars after a good Combine performance. Be sure to follow NFL Draft Lounge for more coverage on the 2020 NFL Draft. As always, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Background Driscoll graduated from Massachusets with a bachelor's in hospitality and tourism, and transferred to Auburn to pursue his master's. He started nine games as freshman...

Mid-Round Spotlight – Matt Peart, OT, UConn

This NFL Draft class is loaded with offensive tackles. As many as six could go in the first 20 picks, but there is also a good amount of depth. UConn's Matt Peart is an intriguing developmental prospect who was creeping up draft boards even before he caught people's eyes at the NFL Combine. Born in Jamaica, Peart didn't play football until his junior year of high school, opting instead for basketball, lacrosse, and track. Connecticut was the only major school to offer him a scholarship, and Peart ended up starting every game of his career for the Huskies. He has...

Mid-Round Spotlight – Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota

The 2020 NFL Draft boasts one of the best wide receiver classes in recent memory. And while players like Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs III are getting all the hype, there will be starting-caliber prospects available much later on. One of the prospects with a spotlight on him is Minnesota's Tyler Johnson, a productive senior who may end up being better in the NFL than he was in college. Johnson played quarterback and defensive back at North Community High School, but switched to WR after enrolling at Minnesota. Despite his inexperience at the position, Johnson was able to...

Mid-Round Spotlight: Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU

The son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, Thaddeus Moss is fresh off a National Championship victory as he prepares for the 2020 NFL Draft. The 21-year-old is not his father, but he's a solid prospect in his own right. Despite his heritage, Moss was not considered a top draft prospect during his junior year. In fact, he wasn't talked about much at all. That is, until he caught five passes for 36 yards and two touchdowns against Clemson in the National Championship Game. Shortly after that performance, Moss declared for the Draft, despite having one season of...

Mid-Round Spotlight: Antoine Winfield Jr.

If the last name Winfield sounds familiar, it's because Antoine Winfield Sr. was one of the better defensive backs in the NFL during the 2000's. Now, his son, Antoine Winfield Jr., is entering the NFL Draft, and despite not receiving as much attention as other DB prospects in this year's class, is a fantastic prospect in his own right. Before being drafted 23rd overall in 1999, Antoine Sr. won the Jim Thorpe Award at Ohio State University. His son, however, played at Minnesota, OSU's Big Ten rival. Antoine Jr. played in 10 games as a freshman in 2016, recording 52 tackles,...

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