NFLPA Collegiate Bowl observations: Akron LB Jatavis Brown shines as Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett is surprise star

In a game that featured many of college football’s top players from last season, Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett ended up being the star of the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.NFLPABowlLogo

Baggett booted six field goals, including a 22-yarder early in the fourth quarter that turned out to be the game-winner in Team National’s 18-17 win over Team American on Jan. 23.

Baggett also connected from 36, 50, 42, 39 and 24 yards out, but did miss a 54-yard attempt.

“Games like this don’t usually happen,” Baggett said after the game. “It’s cool to get a shot at field goals like that. How I did is not for me to decide. Hopefully, some people (in the NFL) thought I did enough.”

Former Rams coach Mike Martz coached the winning team while former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren was in charge of Team American.

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Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett

“A lot of these players will have opportunities in camp whether they’re drafted or as free agents,” Martz said. “What we tried to afford them is the opportunity to see how a week of NFL practice is run. We tried to teach them the skills they’ll need if they go to a team. How to handle everything. How to go to a meeting. Where to sit in a meeting.”

Baggett wasn’t the only one to put on an impressive showing last month in Southern California. Another special teams ace was Sam Houston State punter Lachlan Edwards, a 6-foot-4, 209-pound former Australian rules football player with a big leg. Others shined as well, but there were a few players who were not very impressive in front of NFL scouts and coaches.

The NFLPA game was a chance for quarterbacks like TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Utah’s Travis Wilson to show what they can do in a game situation one last time. There were several standout defensive players like Akron linebacker Jatavis Brown and Western Kentucky cornerback Prince Charles Iworah.


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TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin

Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU – 6-0, 205 – Boykin is an undeniable talent, but does have some off-the-field concerns following arrest that prevented him from playing in TCU’s Alamo Bowl win over Oregon. He didn’t play particularly well in the game after throwing for 10,728 yards with 86 touchdowns and 37 interceptions while rushing for another 27 scores during his four years as a starter. Boykin was considered a Heisman candidate entering the 2015 season after leading the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record in 2014. He’s a bit undersized for quarterback at the next level, but has the ability to keep plays with his legs and throw on the run. He has some experience at receiver and may be facing a move there in the NFL. Boykin’s biggest adjustment playing quarterback will be dropping back and throwing from the pocket. He’s an elusive runner, but needs to see the field better and understand passing lanes if he wants to play quarterback in the NFL.

Kyle Friend, OG, Temple – 6-2, 304 – Friend was a four-year starter and is one of the stronger players in the draft class. He’s tenacious, plays through the whistle and is an intelligent lineman who pulls well. That said, he lacks ideal athleticism for the position and his aggressiveness sometimes leads to Friend being out of position or losing his balance.

Jacobi Green, RB, Richmond – 5-9, 192 – Green has a size center of gravity and runs with power. He had a good week of practice and flashed well during the game. He broke a tackle on a 3-yard touchdown run, but he doesn’t catch the ball particularly well out of the backfield. He got increasingly better in each of his four seasons for the Spiders and has some upside if he can continue to improve.

Darrell Greene, OL, San Diego State – 6-4, 315 – Greene is a powerful run blocker and big space mover. He’s also solid in pass protection and the transition to the NFL should be pretty smooth after starting 33 games in a pro-style system in college. He can play either tackle position, but is probably best-suited at guard in the NFL. He was suspended for six games last season for violating team rules, so there are some off-field concerns.

Travis Greene, RB, Bowling Green – 5-10, 210 – Greene is a hard runner who can stick his foot in the ground and make a clean cut. He knows how the find the hole and can see the cutback lane because of his good vision. He’s got excellent change of direction and runs with strength – and an effective stiff-arm – after adding 20 pounds after the season. He’s also got good hands out of the backfield. He ran for 1,299 yards with 15 touchdowns and a 5.8 yards per carry average, and finished his Bowling Green career as the school’s all-time leading rusher.

Davante Harris, OT, Appalachian State – 6-5, 306 – Despite his size, Harris doesn’t play with strength. The former defensive end struggles with bull rushes and has to be more aggressive. This isn’t to say he doesn’t have NFL potential because of his versatility, but he’s definitely a project that will have to spend a year or two on a practice squad.

J.P. Holtz, TE, Pittsburgh – 6-3, 247 – Holtz is a solid blocker who gets his legs behind him and knows how to turn defenders. If he makes it in the NFL, it will be as a blocking tight end and as a special teams player. He was a four-year starter at Pitt, but caught just 81 passes for 931 yards and 11 scores in his career.

Darius Jackson, RB, Eastern Michigan – 6-0, 221 – Jackson did well in his lone season as a starter, rushing for 1,078 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Eagles. He does a lot of things well in terms of catching the ball and blocking. But he’s not as fast as he thinks and does too much lateral running instead of running north and south.

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Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson, QB, Bowling Green – 6-0, 218 – Another undersized quarterback, Johnson does slide well to find passing lanes between the big bodies in front of him. He had an incredible senior season with 4,946 passing yards with 46 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He had an inconsistent week of practice, but got better each day. He needs to have a better pocket presence and that timer in his head telling him it’s time to get rid of the ball. He struggled with accuracy during the game after completing more than 67 percent of his passes last season. Johnson does take care of the ball, throwing for 8,845 yards with 73 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions over his career.

Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn – 6-2, 216 – Best known for his “Prayer at Jordan-Hare” touchdown to beat Georgia in 2013, Louis has great size and balance. He’s got big play ability with the height/weight/speed combination NFL teams covet. He had just 10 career touchdowns, but did not have great quarterback play at Auburn. He can also help himself by improving as a route runner.

Ryan Mack, OL, Memphis – 6-4, 308 – Mack probably watched his NFL future go by as he was put on skates by pass rushers during the week in Carson. He struggled with both speed and power rushes and needed to be more aggressive in the run game.

Mike Matthews, C, Texas A&M – 6-2, 294 – Matthews has the football pedigree. He’s the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, brother of Falcons tackle Jake Matthews and cousin of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. He had a solid week of practice and then an excellent game. Because of his familial ties, high football IQ and sound fundamentals, Matthews should hear his name called on the final day of the draft.

Garrick Mayweather, OG, Fordham – 6-3, 331 – Mayweather has the size and strength to be an earth mover. But he needs to work on angles and leverage to get to the second level. A three-year starter, Mayweather is a natural leader and smart player who can play either guard position. He should be a late-round pick and has the NFL starter potential.


Duke receiver Max McCaffrey

Max McCaffery, WR, Duke – 6-2, 194 – The older brother of Stanford running back Christian and son of former NFL receiver Ed, the Duke receiver is technically sound. He runs great routes, has good hands with excellent concentration and even better field awareness. He caught two passes for 29 yards in the NFLPA Bowl after catching 117 balls for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns during his career. He also returned punts as a freshman and that experience could help him land a roster spot in August.

Mekale McKay, WR, Cincinnati – 6-4, 205 – An impressive combination of size and speed, McKay is an explosive receiver with big-play ability. He had 108 receptions for 2,034 yards – an 18.8-yard average – with 19 touchdowns over his career. While he a superb athlete, McKay struggled with drops and will have to become a more crisp route runner.

Jaydon Mickens, WR, Washington – 5-10, 174 – Mickens had a nice week of practice and a great game. He’s on the smaller side for receivers, but has good hands, decent speed – which he uses to create separation – and understands route concepts. He led the Huskies with 58 catches for 692 yards last season and finished his Washington career with 203 career receptions for 2,187 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also loves to play, is unselfish and takes coaching well. He can also be a return guy and helped his stock during his week in Carson.

Ammon Olsen, QB, Southern Utah – 6-3, 219 – Olsen threw the ball well with a good zip on it. He’s got a strong arm and drives the ball with good placement. He works the play-action well and has good pocket awareness, knowing when to step up. Olsen threw for 6,393 yards with 47 touchdowns and 19 interceptions the last two seasons. While he’s got the strong arm, he’s not a great athlete and did not receive an invite to the NFL combine.

Joshua Perkins, TE, Washington – 6-4, 226 – Perkins is undersized, but catches the ball well and had a nice week of practice. While he’s not big enough or, frankly strong enough, to be a solid blocker in the NFL, he does have the height and length to be an effective receiver. He can provide a vertical threat from the slot, but is definitely a developmental player.

Jhurell Pressley, RB, New Mexico – 5-10, 206 – Pressley has excellent speed and averaged over 9 yards per carry for the Lobos in 2014 while rushing for 1,083 yards. He ran for 2,725 yards while averaging nearly 7 yards per carry over his career with 35 touchdowns. But he relies on his speed too much and won’t get away with that in the NFL. He also has questionable hands with just 18 career receptions and was not invited to the combine.

Devon Price, WR, Ohio Northern – 5-10, 188 – Price may have played at a D-III school, but he’s got a ton of speed with good concentration and awareness. He’s definitely a raw, developmental project as an NFL player, but could find a spot on a practice squad.

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Northwestern State quarterback Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers, QB, Northwestern State – 6-7, 228 – The younger brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had a nice game to cap off a solid week, but missed some open reads late. The former LSU quarterback who transferred to Northwestern State for his senior season went 11 of 14 for 97 yards and a touchdown. He has great height, but is kind of lanky, doesn’t move well in the pocket and needs to improve his arm strength. He threw for 1,394 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions in nine games for the Demons last season. He played sparingly at LSU before transferring to Vanderbilt for one season. While he probably lacks the physical ability to play in the NFL, he does have a high football IQ and has a great play-action fake.

Dominique Robertson, OT, West Georgia – 6-5, 330 – Robertson has nice size and the D-II product proved he could compete well against players from larger programs with a great week of practice. He’s also used to winning, coming from a winning program that won 12 games each of the last two seasons. If he can show well at the combine, he could push himself into Day 2 of the draft.

Alonzo Russell, WR, Toledo – 6-4, 198 – He’s a big target for quarterbacks, but also an unreliable one. Russell struggled with drops in Carson, which is surprising after he caught 202 passes for 3,076 yards and 24 touchdowns for the Rockets over the last four seasons. But his productivity dropped off significantly last season and he’ll need to impress at the combine to get drafted. He’s got a long stride and good speed, but his route tree is limited to stretch plays like a fly or seam.

Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State – 6-6, 256 – Big and athletic, the former Miami Hurricanes tight end looks like an NFL player. He has to understand route concepts better and how to adjust to coverage to get separation. He’s a solid run blocker and has pretty good speed for a guy his size. He was an FCS All-American selection for the Bobcats with 37 catches for 632 yards and nine scores.

Patrick Skov, FB, Georgia Tech – 6-1, 234 – The former Stanford player has good hands out of the backfield and Runs well in the open field. He’s a strong runner and good in short yardage. He had just 107 career carries for 402 yards, but scored 10 touchdowns. He could have a future as an H-back in the NFL.

Bryce Treggs, WR, California – 5-10, 185 – Treggs isn’t that big, but he’s got excellent speed and should run well at his pro day. Treggs has good run-after-the-catch ability and reliable hands. He averaged better than 21 yards per reception last season for Cal and was an All-Pac 12 honorable mention pick with 45 catches for 956 yards and seven scores. In addition to his speed, he’s runs good routes and has played outside and in the slot. He’s probably best-suited to play in the slot in the NFL, with the same size as Patriots receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.

Torian White, OL, Hampton – 6-5, 310 – White played tackle at Hampton, but is more suited as a guard in the NFL. He doesn’t slide well and would be better inside. He needs to be more aggressive and use his hands to keep pass rushers at bay. The former UCLA player doesn’t use his size and strength very well and will have to try to sign with a team as an undrafted free agent.

Brandon Wilds, RB, South Carolina – 6-0, 215 – Wilds had an inconsistent week, has questionable hands and durability is a concern because of his injury history. He is strong and can make plays because of his top-end speed. But he only averaged 3.5 yards per carry in college with seven career 100-yard games. He’s a flash player who will bust out a long run every once in awhile. He’ll probably wow at the NFL combine, but it’s tough to see him having much success in the NFL.

Dom Williams, WR, Washington State – 6-2, 200 – Williams will go up in traffic to make a catch. He’s athletic and has the agility and strength to beat press coverage. He’s a fluid runner, but his route tree at Wazzu was extremely simple compared to the NFL. While he caught 192 passes for 2,889 yards and 30 touchdowns, he also struggled with drops at times.

Jordan Williams-Lambert, WR, Ball State – 6-3, 226– Williams catches the ball well and had 200 receptions for 2,723 yards and 24 touchdowns over his career. He’s a strong runner who led all receivers in the NFLPA Bowl with five catches for 54 yards. He likes to be physical and use his size to attack the ball. He might not quite have the athleticism to be successful using that style in the NFL.

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Utah quarterback Travis Wilson

Travis Wilson, QB, Utah – 6-7, 233 – Wilson has good athleticism, moves well, and can throw on the run. But he needs to improve his accuracy, especially from the pocket. He threw for 7,403 yards and 54 touchdowns, but also 37 interceptions. He’s got great size and sees the field well, but doesn’t have very good pocket presence. The lack of awareness led to two fumbles in the NFLPA Bowl. He tends to bail out of the pocket and use his litheness and deceptive speed to make plays, but he probably won’t be able to do much of that in the NFL.

Josh Woodrum, QB, Liberty – 6-3, 234 – Woodrum has prototypical size and the leadership qualities you want in a quarterback. He was a three-year captain at Liberty, where he threw for 10,266 yards with 61 touchdowns and 30 interceptions over his career. He had a great week of practice Carson, showing a smoothness in the pocket and playing in a pro-style system in college. He understands the game well and is quick getting through his progressions. While he doesn’t have a big-time arm, he’s smart and decisive in his throws. He’s probably a late-round pick, but can improve on that at the combine.

Remound Wright, RB, Stanford – 5-8, 206 – Wright is a strong runner in the mold of his running backs coach in Carson, Ray Rice. He needs to have better vision to know when to bounce something outside. He wasn’t very productive at Stanford, but does have 28 career touchdowns.


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Akron linebacker Jatavis Brown

Jatavis Brown, LB, Akron – 5-11, 221 – Brown stole the show in Carson with an excellent week of practice and a dominant showing in the game. He was all over the field, showing great range and explosiveness. He’s a sure tackler who wraps up and is strong despite being a bit undersized. He’d be an ideal fit as weakside backer in a 4-3 defense. Brown had 116 tackles with 12 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles last season. He’s a natural leader who plays sideline to sideline and can even make plays on special teams. He broke Jason Taylor’s single-season sack record last season and had 41.5 career TFLs. After his superb week, Brown made a big impression to boost stock.

Donte Deayon, CB, Boise State – 5-9, 155 – Deayon is extremely small and durability is a concern, but he has good ball skills and isn’t afraid to tackle. He’s smart with good instincts and tracks the football well. He’s got play-making ability, and recorded 155 tackles to go with his 17 interceptions – third in Mountain West history – and 26 passes defensed during his career. There are some off-field concerns with maturity issues.

Vontarrius Dora, DE, Louisiana Tech – 6-3, 263 – Dora has good quickness off the edge and knows how to get to the ball. He had six sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss with two forced fumbles last season. He doesn’t have good long speed, but is swift off the ball.

Quentin Gause, LB, Rutgers – 6-0, 243 – It’d be nice if Gause was a bit taller, but he plays with a confidence you like to see. He’s quick and instinctive and fills the hole well. He can play inside or outside, though he doesn’t have great speed. He had 96 tackles – 60 solo – with 12 tackles for loss last season for the Knights to earn All-Big Ten honorable mention honors. He was a team captain at Rutgers and plays well on special teams.

Reggie Gilbert, DE, Arizona – 6-3, 274 – Gilbert had an excellent week of practice and played well in the game with a sack. He tracks the quarterback well, even when engaged and can change direction effortlessly. He was a three-year starter who is also stout against the run. He might not have the strength to play as a 4-3 end and lacks the athleticism to be a 3-4 outside linebacker, so he’s looking at the undrafted free-agent route.

Jesse Hayes, OLB, Wisconsin – 6-2, 238 – He’s fundamentally sound, gets off blocks and tackles well. He wasn’t very productive in college because of injuries, but he is a solid special teams player and that’s where he’ll have to make his mark to land on an NFL roster as an undrafted rookie.

Mike Hilton, CB, Mississippi – 5-8, 179 – Hilton was an All-SEC selection last season and breaks well on the ball. He’s not very big, but has played every position in the secondary and was a Thorpe Award semifinalist.

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Kentucky defensive end Farrington Huguenin

Farrington Huguenin, DE, Kentucky – 6-3, 275 – Relentless with nice speed off the edge, Huguenin has a pretty sweet dip move to get under linemen. But he can get off the ball better and tends to dance with linemen before making his move. Huguenin probably didn’t do enough in Carson to get drafted, and wasn’t invited to the NFL combine.

Prince Charles Iworah, CB, Western Kentucky – 5-10, 194 – Iworah had one of the better weeks in Carson and then played great in the game. He’s a physical specimen, although undersized, with top speed, good coverage skills and can tackle well in the open field. He sees the ball well and plays with good instincts. He definitely has NFL ability, but was a surprising combine snub.

Lenny Jones, DE, Nevada – 6-2, 258 – With a good burst off the ball, Jones has wonderful edge-rush ability. Not only can he get to the quarterback, he goes for the ball when it’s held high. A Wolf Pack captain, Jones was an All-Mountain West selection last season after collecting seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss.

Ufomba Kamalu, DL, Miami, Fla. – 6-5, 293 – Kamalu showed well in the game, drawing a holding penalty and playing pretty stout against the run. He had a good week of practice, but underachieved at Miami. He had 47 tackles, four for loss and a forced fumble, but just one sack after logging 3.5 in each of the previous two years. He’s a gifted athlete, but doesn’t play to his potential and will likely go undrafted.

Jeremiah Kose, LB, Montana – 6-1, 229 – Kose is an instinctual player who tracks the ball carrier well and is a solid tackler. He knows how to stretch a play out until help arrives. There are some off-field concerns following an arrest last summer.

Kyle Kragen, DE, California – 6-2, 255 – Kragen played well during the game, recording a sack of Rivers with an inside bull rush. He’s an ideal fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker and pass rusher in the NFL. He’s a high-motor player with good athleticism and technique. He understands how to use his leverage to beat bigger offensive linemen. Kragen consistently provided pressure during the game and was all over the field and recovered a fumble. After missing the entire 2014 season because of an illness, Kragen is kind of a one-year wonder since transferring to Cal from a junior college in 2013.

Tyler Kuder, DT, Idaho State – 6-3, 312 – Kuder is a massive run stuffer and high-motor player. He’s pretty athletic for his size, but isn’t that quick. What he did at the FCS level was dominate with 92 tackles, including 11 for a loss, and 3.5 sacks.

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FIU cornerback Richard Leonard

Richard Leonard, CB, Florida International – 5-8, 176 – Leonard is small, but has good ball instincts. He can be a dangerous return man, but there are some off-field concerns pertaining to his intelligence and work ethic. When he’s on, however, he’s on. Leonard had five interceptions, seven pass breakups, four fumble recoveries, a 25.7-yard kick-return average and 23.8-yard punt-return average with one touchdown to earn first-team All-CUSA honors as a junior. He earned first-team, all-conference honors again as a senior after recording 62 tackles. He’s got incredible foot quickness, closing ability and competitive fire. His elusiveness as a return man will get teams’ attention, though he did not receive an invitation to the NFL combine.

Greg Milhouse, DT, Campbell – 6-1, 309 – Cambell had a solid week of practice and then showed well in the game. He had an excellent career for the Camels, dominating FCS opponents to be a first-team all-conference selection. A four-year starter who began his career at Appalachian State, Milhouse recorded 48 tackles with 11.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.

Reggie Northrup, LB, Florida State – 6-0, 231 – Injuries are a concern for Northrup after tearing his ACL late in the 2014 season after leading the Seminoles with 122 tackles. He came back to lead the ’Noles in tackles with 94 last season. He had an excellent week, dropping back into coverage and showing nice ball skills. He’s an athletic, active player who plays sideline to sideline and is a solid tackler who plays well on special teams.

Will Parks, DB, Arizona – 6-0, 203 – Parks is a natural leader who impressed coaches all week. He was used as a spur safety, or nickel linebacker, at Arizona and could play a Deone Bucannon-type role in the NFL. Parks tackles well who will come up against the run and is a big hitter. He was an All-Pac 12 selection last year after leading the Wildcats with 76 tackles. He’s got size and ball skills and loves to get in the opposition’s backfield. Parks may not have great speed, but his instincts allow him to find the ball carrier and play all over the field.

Dalyou Pierson, DE, Iowa State – 6-2, 241 – He goes by Dale and is a good edge rusher whose ideal fit in the NFL is as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He dropped Boykin for a sack in the NFLPA Bowl thanks to his excellent quick burst off the ball. He had 12.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks last season and also added an interception and forced fumble.

San Jose State defensive back Jimmy Pruitt

Jimmy Pruitt, DB, San Jose State – 6-0, 203 – Pruitt has a great size for a corner and good ball skills, but lacks top-end speed. After recording three interceptions last season, Pruitt got a pick off a deflection in the NFLPA Bowl. Despite his size and strength, he’s not a good tackler, especially when it comes to making stops in the open field. He has the ability to play safety and could be a mid-round pick with a good showing at the combine.

Luke Rhodes, LB, William & Mary – 6-2, 239 – Rhodes had a solid week of practice, but missed tackles during the game. He needs to focus on the fundamentals of tackling instead of just trying to lay a bit hit. That problem is not unique to Rhodes, but has become an epidemic across all levels of football. He still made a ton of tackles for the Tribe and was a three-time, first-team All-CAA selection.

Elandon Roberts, LB, Houston – 5-11, 233 – Roberts is undersized, but has decent coverage skills and great instincts. He deflected a Boykin pass that was picked by Pruitt. He moves well laterally and was a tackling machine in college with 132 stops last season to earn be a first-team All-American Conference selection. Because of his size, he can get overpowered by lineman and isn’t particularly fast.

Winston Rose, CB, New Mexico State – 5-11, 169 – Rose is a solid tackler who isn’t afraid to come up and make a play against the run despite his lack of girth. He had 97 tackles and five interceptions over the last two seasons. He’s probably run in the 4.5 range at his pro day, but he’ll have to be heavier to get  real shot in the NFL, but added weight may slow him down.

James Ross, LB, Michigan – 5-11, 239 – You would have liked to have seen more production out of Ross in college, but he showed in Carson that he can play sideline to sideline and usually makes the tackle on the initial hit. He had 187 career tackles, 16.5 for loss, and three sacks. His best season was in 2013, when he had 84 stops with 5.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks along with two forced fumbles. He doesn’t have good instincts in pass coverage and often bites on double moves. He’s small for a linebacker and is an NFL longshot with no invite to the combine.

Greg Townsend, Jr., DE, USC – 6-2, 269 – The son of former Raiders defensive end Greg Townsend, Junior was able to consistently put pressure on the quarterbacks in Carson. He had a hard time staying healthy in college, but was able to play in all 14 games last season. He had 44 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and two sacks. Because of his injury history and lack of ideal length, it’s doubtful Townsend will get drafted, but he has shown flashes of NFL ability.


Washington defensive tackle Taniela Tupou

Taniela Tupou, DT, Washington – 6-2, 284 – Tupou is a hard worker who knows how to plug the middle as a run stuffer despite being a bit small for a defensive tackle. He finds success because he’s strong and has a good burst of the ball to allow him to get great penetration into the backfield. He was a second-team All-Pac 12 selection after tallying 35 tackles with 6.5 for loss last season and two sacks. He was a voted a team captain in his only season as a full-time starter.

Destiny Vaeao, DL, Washington State – 6-3, 299 – Vaeao has enough athleticism to play anywhere on the line. He could be a tackle in a 4-3 or even an end in a 3-4. He’s got nice pass-rush ability and had a pair of strip-sacks in the NFLPA Bowl. He was a three-year starter at Wazzu, collecting 19 tackles for loss and seven sacks with a forced fumble. He even had two interceptions as a sophomore. He’s coming off his best season with 12 TFLs and 4.5 sacks. He’s got a good burst off the ball, but doesn’t have the arm length or strength to easily shed blockers and can sometimes miss ball carriers as they run by him. If he can learn how to use his hands to keep blockers from getting inside on him, he’s got big NFL potential.

Frankie Williams, DB, Purdue – 5-9, 190 – Williams would rather hit than tackle and is not fundamentally sound when trying to make a stop. He also lacks great ball skills and size. He is fast and a fluid athlete who can swivel his hips to adjust to routes. Those abilities did help him record seven career interceptions and 17 pass break-ups. Because of his poor tackling and lack of size and strength, it won’t be easy for him to match up against physical receivers in the NFL and it’s tough to see him get drafted.

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USC defensive tackle Antwaun Woods

Antwaun Woods, DT, USC – 6-0, 329 – Woods impressed coaches all week with his ability to shed blocks and get a strong push inside. He was unblockable at times dring the week with an explosiveness off the ball. Woods had 41 tackles with seven TFLs and three sacks for Trojans last season to earn a first-team All-Pac 12 selection. While he has excellent quickness, stamina and consistency are issues. He’s got a great low center of gravity and can be a solid run stuffer.

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