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2021 NFL Draft Guide: 636 prospects ranked, 415 scouting reports from Dane Brugler — ‘The Beast’ is here
After reading these write ups, I’m left wondering why is this OT class considered so deep? Lol
Bummer. Bulger listed Snowden as an edge, not a LB. Nevertheless, because a SAM edge piece might come off the field too much in today’s pass happy offenses to justify drafting Z at #17, I’m still all in on Snowden.
15. CHARLES SNOWDEN | Virginia 6063 | 243 lbs. | SR. Silver Spring, Md. (St. Albans) 3/27/1998 (age 23.09) #11
BACKGROUND: Charles Snowden III was raised in Silver Springs and played youth football on and off throughout his childhood, but basketball was his true love and top priority. He attended James Hubert Blake High School for two seasons before transferring to St. Albans School, a private all-male boarding school in Washington D.C, and re-classified as a sophomore to continue his basketball career. However, he got the football itch while sitting in the stands of the season opener of his junior year. Despite not playing football since sixth grade (and briefly for Blake’s junior varsity squad), he went to the coaches, joined the team and contributed on defense over the second half of the 2015 season. As a senior, Snowden started at linebacker and wide receiver and earned 2016 First Team All-Conference honors, finishing with 35 tackles, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on defense and 31 receptions and five touchdowns on offense.
A three-star linebacker recruit out of high school, Snowden was the No. 100 outside linebacker in the 2017 class and the No. 11 recruit from Washington D.C. Up until his senior year, he was focused on earning a basketball scholarship and was recruited by mid-majors like Towson, Dartmouth, James Madison and St. Francis (Pa.). However, Snowden’s emergence on the football field drew interest from ACC programs, including a scholarship offer from Virginia midway through his senior season. Despite always dreaming of playing college basketball, he jumped at the chance to attend a prominent program like Virginia. Snowden accepted his invitation to the 2021 Senior Bowl, but was unable to participate due to an ankle injury.
2017: (10/0) 2018: (13/13) 2019: (14/14) 2020: (8/8) Total: (45/35)
TKLS TFL SACK FF
13 2.0 1.5 1 61 7.5 2.5 1 72 11.0 5.0 0 44 10.0 6.0 1 190 30.5 15.0 3
0 0 11 2 4 0 3 0 18 2
Led all FBS LBs in PDs; Blocked FG
Honorable Mention All-ACC
Second Team All-ACC; Team captain; Led team in TFL; Missed the final two games due to an ankle injury
40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP
- - - - - - - 21 (noworkout–rightankle)
HT WT ARM HAND WING COMBINE N/A (Combine canceled)
PRO DAY 6063 243 35 9 5/8 81
STRENGTHS: Fluid athlete with a basketball background...long-limbed with proper knee-bend to take on edge blocks, track the football and disengage...uses lateral twitch to string runs outside and play the contain game...rangy pursuit player who gives chase on plays away from him...uses his length to corral ball carriers as a tackler...nimble bender to squeeze through gaps via loops/stunts...comfortable dropping and flipping his hips...has a nose for passing lanes and logged 18 passes defended over the last three seasons...named a senior captain and known around the Virginia program for his thoughtful, positive energy...responsible for two blocks on special teams in college...posted diverse production over his career, making plays in the backfield and downfield.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal mass on his frame and needs to continue and add bulk on his upper/lower halves...not a banger and his play strength taps out...too easily moved on down blocks, lacking the anchor to hold his ground vs. side-angled contact...prefers to lasso ball carriers, relying on length instead of form tackling...will get grabby and panic at times down the seam in coverage...his true love is basketball...his unique skill set leads to scheme fit questions...suffered a broken right ankle (November 2020), requiring season-ending surgery that also sidelined him for most of the draft process.
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Virginia, Snowden was the WILL linebacker in defensive coordinator Nick Howell’s 3-4 base scheme, standing up on the edge. A basketball-focused athlete most of his life, he made a late switch in high school and was a versatile performer for the Cavaliers, posting double-digit tackles for loss as a junior and senior. Snowden is a lanky, flexible athlete with the read/react skills and range to impact the game in different ways. He plays physical at the point of attack and works hard to stay detached, but he must continue to add mass and bolster his play strength. Overall, Snowden comes with position and scheme fit questions, but his fluid athleticism, long-limbed frame and reaction skills are an intriguing combination. He projects best as a hybrid edge player in a 3-4 scheme.
GRADE: 3rd-4th Round
If we draft USC’s OG in the 1st, would not hate this developmental Brown if pad level is something you can teach and fix.
13. SPENCER BROWN | Northern Iowa 6082 | 311 lbs. | rSR. Lenox, Iowa (Lenox) 2/28/1998 (age 23.16) #75
BACKGROUND: Spencer Brown grew up in Lenox (southwest Iowa) on his family’s 100-acre farm where his father runs cattle. He was a five-sport standout at Lenox High School, lettering in baseball, basketball, football, golf and track. Playing in an eight-man league, Brown lined up at tight end and defensive end, although he missed some time as a junior due to a fractured femur. As a senior, Brown recorded 24 catches for 388 yards and seven touchdowns, leading the team to a 10-1 record and district title. On defense, he led the state with 17.0 sacks, earning All-State honors. Brown finished his prep career with 64 receptions for 1,024 yards and 18 touchdowns, adding 226 tackles on defense. He also earned All-State honors in basketball, averaging 20.4 points and 18.1 rebounds per game, and was dominant off the mound for the baseball team (2.48 ERA as a sophomore).
A no-star recruit out of high school, Brown didn’t play high school ball in fertile recruiting ground and he missed the recruiting camps as a junior due to an injury. FCS- level Northern Iowa was one of the few schools who offered him, signing the 225-pounder as a tight end. Iowa State entered the picture late with a preferred walk-on offer, but Brown was set on Northern Iowa at that point. During his redshirt season, he started to add weight and made the move to the offensive line for his redshirt freshman season in 2017. Brown was a three-year starter and decided to opt out after the 2020 fall season was canceled, balking at the opportunity to transfer (Brown: “I am not going to let someone else reap the benefits of what UNI did for me”). Brown accepted his invitation to the 2021 Senior Bowl.
YEAR (GP/GS) POSITION
2017: (5/5) RT
2018: (13/12) RT
2019: (15/15) RT
2020: Opted out of the spring season (August 10, 2020) Total: (33/32) RT
HT WT ARM HAND WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP COMBINE N/A (Combine canceled)
PRO DAY 6082 311 34 3/4 10 1/4 82 5/8 4.92 2.83 1.69 31 1/2 9’9” 4.40 6.96 29
STRENGTHS: Boasts the framework of a massive oak door...has added almost 90 pounds since high school, moving from tight end to offensive tackle...moves with the foot quickness to mirror rushers, using bend to sit in his stance...works hard to sustain and has the recovery agility to make up ground after a misstep...unleashes violent swat/chop moves...plays with the torque strength through his core and embraces the physicality at the position...hooks and drives his legs through contact in the run game...collapses on down blocks...mean, physical finisher and blocks with a touch of insanity to him...NFL coaches will love his blue-collar attitude and disciplined work ethic...started 32 games at right tackle in college.
WEAKNESSES: Still developing and growing into his body...can bend, but his elevated pad level needs to be a priority for him on every snap...his technique quickly turns chaotic and breaks down vs. speed...too reactionary in his pass-sets, allowing rushers to set things up...needs to be more consistent with his landmarks and punch timing...perpetual leaner due to his overeager appetite...medicals will be important: suffered a torn MCL in his right knee (October 2017), requiring season- ending surgery; required surgery on his left knee (May 2015) as a junior in high school to repair a “defect” under his kneecap...has only three years of offensive line experience and hasn’t faced top competition.
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Northern Iowa, Brown was the right tackle in former offensive coordinator Ryan Mahaffey’s scheme. A tight end and defensive end in eight-man high school football, he added almost 90 pounds the last five years and put himself on the NFL map, starting 32 games at right tackle. Brown’s tight
Season-ending knee injury Second Team All-MVFC end and basketball background are clear with his smooth movements and natural body flexibility, which allow him to mirror and handle space. His tall pad level and immature processing skills lead to balance/anchor issues and his overall consistency from snap to snap isn’t currently on an NFL level. Overall, Brown still is learning how to properly use technique and the biomechanics of his frame, but he is a smooth athlete with the length and competitive toughness that make him an ideal developmental project for an NFL coaching staff.
GRADE: 3rd-4th Round (No. 100 overall)
No 1st round graded safeties.
1. RICHIE GRANT | UCF 5115 | 197 lbs. | rSR.
Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (Choctawhatchee)
11/9/1997 (age 23.47) #27
BACKGROUND: Richard “Richie” Grant grew up on the Florida panhandle in Fort Walton Beach, which is just east of Pensacola on the Gulf of Mexico. He was a three- year starter at wide receiver and cornerback at Choctawhatchee High School and also returned kicks and punts. As a senior, he earned Class 6A Second Team All-State honors on defense, posting 37 tackles and four interceptions. He led Choctawhatchee to the state semifinals and added 55 catches for 720 yards and five touchdowns on offense. Grant also ran track and set personal bests in the 100 meters (11.61), 200 meters (24.24) and 400 meters (54.80).
A two-star wide receiver recruit out of high school, Grant was the No. 357 receiver in the 2016 class and the 352nd-ranked recruit in the state of Florida. He received offers from FCS programs like Chattanooga, the Citadel and Kennesaw State, but UCF (under head coach George O’Leary) was the only FBS-level program to offer him a scholarship. When Scott Frost was hired at UCF in 2016, he honored the scholarship offer and Grant signed with the Golden Knights. His uncle (Terry Grant) was a running back at Alabama (2006-09) under Nick Saban and later played in the CFL. Grant accepted his invitation to the 2021 Senior Bowl, earning the top safety award on the American team.
YEAR (GP/GS) TKLS
TFL SACK FF
2 0 9 6 9 1 9 3 29 10
First Team All-AAC; Led team in tackles, INTs and FFs First Team All-AAC
First Team All-AAC; Led team in tackles and INTs
40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP
4.54 2.53 1.54 34 1/2 10’9” 4.27 6.78 12 
2017: (13/0) 2018: (13/13) 2019: (12/12) 2020: (9/8) Total: (47/33)
32 1.0 0.0 1 109 3.0 0.0 3 78 4.0 0.0 1 72 3.5 1.0 2 291 11.5 1.0 7
HT WT ARM HAND WING COMBINE N/A (Combine canceled)
PRO DAY 5115 197 32 5/8 9 3/8 77
STRENGTHS: Terrific field speed and covers a lot of ground versus both the run and the pass...looks like a wideout at the catch point with the adjustment skills and timing to win air space...sharply redirects his angles from deep alignment...flashes a closing burst at contact...always ball-searching as a tackler with a knack for creating fumble opportunities...runs the alley with a head of steam...improved open-field tackling skills, widening his feet to break down and wrap (20 missed tackles in 2018-19, only two in 2020)...uses his physical hands to thump and detach from blockers...plays with urgency on tape, and his coaches say that matches his effort level in practice and the meeting room...experienced on special-teams coverage (533 ST snaps in college)...soft-spoken, but high energy and team-first; his teammates call him an extra coach on the field...outstanding production as a starter with double-digit interceptions at UCF, where he averaged 7.6 tackles per game the last three seasons.
WEAKNESSES: Upright pedal and will lose his balance when asked to suddenly transition...can be a step late recognizing and attacking routes, struggling versus sophisticated combinations...wasn’t given many man-cover responsibilities in college...doesn’t always trust his reads...his aggressive downfield angles will be less forgiving versus shifty NFL runners...there’s room to shore up his wrap skills to finish, not giving the ball carrier a chance to step out...has grown into his body, but still leaner than ideal for a pro safety...older prospect who will be a 24-year old NFL rookie.
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at UCF, Grant played field safety in defensive coordinator Randy Shannon’s scheme, starting 33 games the last three seasons. During that time, he earned First Team All-AAC honors each year, led the team in tackles twice and accounted for 17 career turnover-worthy plays (10 interceptions, seven forced fumbles). With the play speed and production that popped on tape, Grant does receiver-like things at the catch point and flies downhill looking for the kill shot. He was credited with only three touchdown passes allowed the last two seasons, but he must continue to improve his route anticipation and run/pass reads. Overall, Grant needs to iron out some consistency issues, but he has NFL starting-level range, eyes and ball-hawking tendencies. He projects as a single-high or split safety who will compete for starting reps as a rookie.
GRADE: 2nd Round (No. 40 overall)
2. TREVON MOEHRIG | TCU 6005 | 202 lbs. | JR. Spring Branch, Texas (Smithson Valley) 6/16/1999 (age 21.87) #7
BACKGROUND: Trevon (Trey-Vonn) “Tre” Moehrig (MAIR-ig) grew up in Spring Branch, Texas, a suburb 30 miles north of San Antonio. He attended Smithson Valley High School where he was a two-way player at cornerback and wide receiver. He put himself on the recruiting radar as a sophomore with 38 tackles and seven interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Moehrig earned All-District honors as a junior with double-digit touchdowns, including one passing touchdown and six scores on special teams (four punt returns, two kickoff returns). As a senior, he was named a U.S. Army All-American and produced on offense with eight touchdowns, adding two interceptions on defense despite offenses largely staying away from his side of the field. He finished his prep career as the school’s all-time leader in punt and kick-return yardage. Moehrig also lettered in basketball and track, clocking personal bests in the 100 meters (11.05), 200 meters (22.49), high jump (6’2”) and long jump (21’9.5”).
A three-star recruit out of high school, Moehrig was the 47th-ranked cornerback in the 2018 class and the No. 67 recruit in the state of Texas. He started receiving offers after his sophomore season and put together an impressive offer list that included Georgia, Stanford, Texas A&M and others. But he committed to TCU early in the process and stayed loyal despite a late push from several SEC programs. He went by the last name “Moehrig-Woodard” before dropping the “Woodard” after his freshman season at TCU. His younger sister (Tanyse) plays volleyball at Texas Lutheran. Moehrig elected to skip his senior season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
YEAR (GP/GS) TKLS TFL SACK FF PD INT NOTES
2018: (12/2) 2019: (12/12) 2020: (10/10) Total: (34/24)
16 1.0 0.0 62 1.5 0.0 47 2.0 0.0 125 4.5 0.0
0 2 1 2 15 4 0 11 2 2 28 7
Voted TCU special-teams MVP
First Team All-Big 12; Led team in PDs and FFs
Jim Thorpe Award; Second Team All-American; First Team All-Big 12; Team captain
HT WT ARM HAND WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP
COMBINE N/A (Combine canceled)
PRO DAY 6005 202 30 5/8 9 3/4 73 3/8 4.50 2.57 1.59 33 - 4.19 - 14 (no broad jump or 3-cone – tight back)
STRENGTHS: Balanced athlete able to smoothly transition and mirror vertical routes...outstanding range from the deep half of the field...quick to interpret route concepts and put himself in position to make plays...patient in off-coverage, efficiently collecting his feet to plant and drive...always ball-searching...strong judgment skills and timing to high point when the ball is in the air...uses his length to wrap around receivers and knock down passes...steady wrap tackler, using his length to lasso the ball carrier...aims for the hip of the ball carrier and strikes through his target...experienced all over the secondary, playing deep, in the box and versus the slot...voted special-teams MVP as a freshman (led team with six tackles)...voted a 2020 team captain and his high school and college coaches both speak highly of his football character and work ethic...excellent ball production, finishing his career with 28 passes defended and seven interceptions.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks an ideal safety build with long, lean limbs...average play strength and needs to be more urgent in his stack-and-shed...doesn’t have top-tier speed to recover if he gets a late start on crossers or go routes...shows a hint of hip stiffness when asked to suddenly redirect mid-route...his angles will occasionally create conflict for him as a tackler...would like to see him make more tackles from backside pursuit.
SUMMARY: A two-year starter at TCU, Moehrig was the free safety in head coach Gary Patterson’s 4-2-5 base scheme, lining up versus the slot or to the field side. He was one of the most productive defensive backs in college football the last two seasons with 26 passes defended and six interceptions in 22 games (and only two touchdowns allowed), taking home the Jim Thorpe Award in 2020. Moehrig was a high school cornerback and wide receiver, which is reflected on his TCU tape, where he displayed natural instincts and feel when the ball is in the air. While he is quick to trigger against both the pass and the run, he is missing an explosive finishing gear and lacks an ideal build, leading to durability concerns. Overall, Moehrig is a versatile, athletic ballhawk with the play range and anticipation to pattern-match in coverage in the mold of Jessie Bates. He projects as an immediate NFL starter (single-high or split-safety) and special-teams contributor.
GRADE: 2nd Round (No. 43 overall)
If we don’t trade Richie or Moehrig, I’m in on Cisco in the 3rd:
5. ANDRE CISCO | Syracuse 6005 | 216 lbs. | JR. Valley Stream, N.Y. (IMG Academy) 3/23/2000 (age 21.10) #7
BACKGROUND: Andre Cisco was born in Queens, N.Y., and started playing football in fifth grade, lining up at quarterback and running back throughout middle school. He enrolled at St. Anthony’s High School (Melville, N.Y.) where he moved to cornerback and spent his first two years on the junior varsity. Despite no varsity experience, Cisco transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his final two seasons of high school. After a year of learning, he put his name on the recruiting radar as a senior with 15 tackles and one interception in 2017, helping IMG Academy to an undefeated record.
A three-star recruit out of high school, Cisco was the No. 73-ranked safety nationally and the 137th-ranked recruit in the state of Florida. Not becoming a varsity starter until his senior year, his recruitment was slow but eventually picked up shortly before signing day. Cisco received offers from several FBS programs like Nebraska, Northwestern, Syracuse and Vanderbilt, and he committed to the Orangemen. He suffered a knee injury early in his junior season at Syracuse and elected to opt out of his remaining eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
YEAR (GP/GS) TKLS TFL
SACK FF PD
2018: (13/11) 60 2019: (9/9) 65 2020: (2/2) 11 Total: (24/22) 136
1.0 0.0 1 18 0.5 0.0 1 10 0.5 0.0 0 1 2.0 0.0 2 29
7 5 1 13
Second Team All-American; First Team All-ACC; ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year; Led FBS in INTs Second Team All-ACC; Led ACC in INTs; Missed three games due to injury
Missed the final eight games due to a knee injury
40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP
WT ARM HAND PRO DAY 6005 216 32 1/2 10 5/8
COMBINE N/A (Combine canceled)
STRENGTHS: Plus athlete with big-play range...transfers weight smoothly to easily transition in any direction and react to routes...shows the speed to play both sidelines...looks like a wide receiver when making plays on the ball in the air...quick to identify route combinations...takes aggressive angles to the play...mirrors pre- snap motion and then turns on the jets to close...assignment sound with outside leverage, funneling runs back inside...physical player and won’t avoid contact...shows the hand strength to finish tackles when he latches on...transformed his body soon after arriving at Syracuse...goal-oriented, and every decision he makes is with the NFL in mind...outstanding college production, leading the ACC in interceptions his first two seasons in college...his 13 interceptions rank fourth in school history, and he averaged 11.0 yards per return with one touchdown (13/143/1).
WEAKNESSES: Can be reckless as a downhill run defender...not shy throwing his body around, but doesn’t consistently wrap to finish, allowing runners off the hook...needs to better find his balance on the move to make open-field stops...needs to do a better job avoiding blocks en route to the ball carrier...will react quickly to bait routes, taking himself out of position (seven touchdowns allowed in 2019)...will occasionally arrive too early on throws in front of him, and improved timing is needed...medical feedback will be vital after suffering a torn ACL in a pregame collision with a teammate, requiring season-ending surgery (October 2020); also missed three games as a sophomore due to a lower-body injury (September 2019).
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Syracuse, Cisco played free safety his first two seasons before moving to Rover as a junior in defensive coordinator Tony White’s 3- 3-5 scheme, lining up everywhere from single-high to middle linebacker. A late bloomer, he started only one year of high school varsity but hit the ground running at Syracuse, becoming the first freshman to lead the country in interceptions since 1998 and finishing fourth in school history with 13 career picks. Cisco is a well- rounded safety with the ball-hawking mentality and route recognition to put himself in position to make plays. He leverages well versus the run and competes with an edge, but he must be more controlled and consistent as a downhill defender. Overall, Cisco will give up his share of plays due to his aggressiveness, but he plays with excellent range, ball skills and play-making instincts. He projects as an NFL starter if he cuts down on the negative plays.
GRADE: 3rd Round (No. 98 overall)
Still a favorite.
3. ZAVEN COLLINS | Tulsa 6047 | 259 lbs. | rJR. Hominy, Okla. (Hominy) 5/19/1999 (age 21.94) #23
BACKGROUND: Zaven Collins was born in Tulsa and grew up in the small town of Hominy (population 3,500; about 45 miles south of the northern Oklahoma border) with his single mother (his father wasn’t in the picture). He was involved in gymnastics as a kid and started playing football in second grade. Collins enrolled at Hominy High School, where he was a four-year starter on both sides of the ball, starring at safety and quarterback, despite never playing the position before. Collins earned All-District honors as a junior with 1,594 rushing yards, 826 passing yards and 34 total touchdowns (25 rushing, nine passing), adding 69 tackles and four interceptions as a safety. He led Hominy to a 14-0 record and the 2016 Class A state championship as a senior, accounting for 1,520 rushing yards and 1,600 passing yards with 50 total touchdowns (27 rushing, 23 passing) to earn First Team All-State honors. He also earned All-State honors on defense with 91 tackles and three interceptions as a senior. Collins finished his prep career with 4,084 rushing yards, 3,056 passing yards and 86 total touchdowns. He also lettered in basketball and track (sprints, long jump and shot put) and was the school’s valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA.
A three-star recruit out of high school, Collins was the No. 148-ranked athlete in the 2017 class and the No. 29-ranked recruit in Oklahoma. Playing quarterback in a small town, he had trouble getting noticed and his only scholarship was a partial offer from Division II Central Oklahoma. Collins attended a Tulsa camp the summer prior to his senior season and the coaches decided to take a chance on his size and athleticism, offering him a scholarship, which was his only Division I offer. He is on pace to graduate in May with a degree in exercise science. Collins elected to opt out of playing in the bowl game and skip his senior season to enter the draft.
YEAR (GP/GS) TKLS TFL
1.5 1 2.0 0 4.0 1 7.5 2
4 1 3 0 6 4 13 5
Worked out as a TE and LB
Freshman All-American; led team in TFL; blocked FG
Second Team All-AAC; Blocked PAT
AAC Defensive POY; First Team All-AAC; Bronko Nagurski Trophy; Led team in TFL, sacks, INTs; 2 INT TDs
2018: (12/10) 2019: (13/13) 2020: (8/8) Total: (33/31)
85 9.5 106 9.0 53 11.5 244 30.0
HT WT ARM COMBINE N/A (Combine canceled)
PRO DAY 6047 259 33 5/8
HAND WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP
9 3/8 80 3/8 4.65 2.78 1.63 35 10’2” 4.36 - 19 (no 3-cone – choice)
STRENGTHS: Exciting height/weight/speed athlete...plus lateral range and closes the gap on the perimeter...impressive closing burst to hijack the ball carrier before he can set up his move...quick to key downhill and shoot gaps...long arms and a strong, physical punch to work off climbing blockers and finish tackles...balanced, loose movements to pattern match tight ends in coverage...reads the eyes of the quarterback and has a knack for finding passing lanes...soft hands to intercept passes and become an athlete (he had two pick-sixes last season, including a 96-yard winning touchdown in overtime versus Tulane)...more of a rusher than blitzer off the edge...humble kid and an “unbelievable teammate and leader,” according to Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery...two blocked kicks in his career...rarely left the field and filled the stat sheet, averaging 7.4 tackles per game the last three seasons.
WEAKNESSES: More smooth and active than explosive or sudden...inconsistent run fits, flowing with the blockers instead of tracking the run path...will get sucked up inside and lured by play fakes...room to improve his urgency and quickness when taking on blockers...needs to better settle his feet to break down on the move and eliminate fly-by tackle attempts...will allow ball carriers to shake him in small spaces.
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Tulsa, Collins lined up at weakside linebacker in defensive coordinator Joseph Gillespie’s 3-3-5 base scheme, playing to the boundary side of the formation. A quarterback and safety in high school, he flourished at linebacker the last three seasons with 244 tackles and 30 tackles for loss, including numerous impact plays last season (four interceptions, two touchdowns, one safety, one forced fumble). A large-framed, long defender, Collins is an ultra- smooth mover in coverage with the awareness that leads him to the football. He needs to improve his run fits and take-on technique, but he has the power in his hands to dispose of blockers in the hole and find the ball carrier, also flashing untapped pass rush skills. Overall, Collins isn’t overly explosive, but he has a unique blend of size, range and instincts for the position with the scheme-versatility to be a starting strongside linebacker in a 3-4 or inside/outside backer in a 4-3.
GRADE: 1st-2nd Round (No. 27 overall)
Wonder if the SAM role in Bradley’s 4-3 under scheme is simple enough for Browning to thrive.
7. BARON BROWNING | Ohio State 6026 | 245 lbs. | SR. Fort Worth, Texas (Kennedale) 2/19/1999 (age 22.19) #5
BACKGROUND: Baron Browning was born and raised in Fort Worth and played running back in middle school. He enrolled at Kennedale High School, where he saw immediate playing time on the varsity team as a freshman linebacker. After missing most of his sophomore year with an injury, Browning posted 74 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and two interceptions in 2015, earning First Team All-State honors. As a senior, he again earned First Team All-State honors and was the 4A defensive player of the year, leading Kennedale to the state semifinals for the first time in school history. Browning finished the 2016 season with 81 tackles and 10 tackles for loss. An accomplished bowler and power lifter (he dead-lifted 630 pounds in high school), he also played baseball and ran track at Kennedale, setting a personal-best 10.97 seconds in the 100 meters.
A five-star recruit out of high school, Browning was the No. 1 outside linebacker in the class and the No. 4 recruit in Texas, behind DT Marvin Wilson (Florida State), CB Jeff Okudah (Ohio State) and OT Walker Little (Stanford). He received his first college offer from Baylor after his freshman season and initially committed to head coach Art Briles before changing his mind. Browning reopened his recruitment and considered offers from Alabama, Florida State and Michigan before committing to Ohio State. His older brother Barry Jr. played defensive back at Stanford (2010-13). His father, Barry Sr., played defensive back at Oklahoma State and TCU (1995-98). Browning graduated with his degree in communications (August 2020). He accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.
2017: (12/0) 2018: (12/3) 2019: (12/1) 2020: (7/5) Total: (43/9)
TKLS TFL SACK FF
14 1.5 0.0 0 23 3.5 1.0 0 43 10.0 5.0 0 30 3.0 1.0 2 110 18.0 7.0 2
PD INT NOTES
2 0 Third-Team All-Big Ten 3 0
HT WT ARM HAND WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP COMBINE N/A (Combine canceled)
PRO DAY 6026 245 33 1/2 9 7/8 79 4.55 2.69 1.56 40 10’10” 4.22 6.78 23
STRENGTHS: Great-looking athlete on the hoof...quick reactive movements and functional mirror skills...smooth acceleration to open his hips and go...shows the athletic traits to hold up in one-on-one coverage versus backs or tight ends, staying on top of routes and winning body position...uses his length to punch and detach from second-level blockers...creates stopping power as a tackler with his core power and striking skills...flashes promising pass-rush skills waiting to be cultivated...improved eye use to track the quarterback’s intentions...played inside and outside in Ohio State’s scheme and the Buckeyes’ coaches speak highly of his attitude as he filled in wherever was needed.
WEAKNESSES: Late to recognize play design and identify developing run lanes...needs to be quicker sorting through backfield movements, reading then reacting...bad habit of abandoning his gap...has tunnel vision versus the run and needs to widen his vision to locate side-angled blockers...needs to better balance playing urgent but also patient...his overpursuit opens easy cutback lanes for ball carriers...needs to eliminate the wasted steps in pursuit and coverage...below-average starting experience and production, especially in coverage (two passes defended, zero interceptions)...numerous nagging injuries plagued him over his OSU tenure, including a groin issue (October 2019).
SUMMARY: A part-time starter at Ohio State, Browning split his time between strongside and middle linebacker in defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs’ scheme. A five-star recruit, he didn’t light up the stat sheet in Columbus, but his career was a slow burn as he steadily improved each year, especially when he played primarily on the outside as a senior. Browning’s next level role will be different from team to team because of his athletic versatility to play physical or hold up in space. The mental side of the position is still a work in progress as he shows inconsistent vision and block/fit recognition as an inside backer. Overall, Browning doesn’t consistently play with anticipation, but he is physically impressive with the size, length and athleticism to rush the passer or drop in coverage. He projects best as a SAM linebacker or designated pass rusher with down-the-road starting potential.
GRADE: 3rd Round (No. 91 overall)
TOP 100 DRAFT BOARD
1. TREVOR LAWRENCE QB1
2. KYLE PITTS TE1
3. ZACH WILSON QB2
4. JA’MARR CHASE WR1
5. PENEI SEWELL OT1
6. JAYLEN WADDLE WR2
7. TREY LANCE QB3
8. JUSTIN FIELDS QB4
9. DEVONTA SMITH WR3
10. PATRICK SURTAIN II CB1
11. RASHAWN SLATER OT2
12. MICAH PARSONS LB1
13. ALIJAH VERA-TUCKER OG1
14. JAYCEE HORN CB2
15. JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH LB2
16. AZEEZ OJULARI EDGE1
17. CHRISTIAN DARRISAW OT3
18. GREG NEWSOME II CB3
19. KWITY PAYE EDGE2
20. CHRISTIAN BARMORE DT1
21. LANDON DICKERSON OG2
22. JAELAN PHILLIPS EDGE3
23. NAJEE HARRIS RB1
24. TEVEN JENKINS OT4
25. MAC JONES QB5
26. JAYSON OWEH EDGE4
27. ZAVEN COLLINS LB3
28. KADARIUS TONEY WR4
29. LEVI ONWUZURIKE DT2
30. CALEB FARLEY CB4
31. RASHOD BATEMAN WR5
32. JOE TRYON EDGE5
33. TRAVIS ETIENNE RB2
34. ALEX LEATHERWOOD OG3
35. ELIJAH MOORE WR6
36. JAMIN DAVIS LB4
37. GREGORY ROUSSEAU EDGE6
38. SAMUEL COSMI OT5
39. NICK BOLTON LB5
40. RICHIE GRANT DS1
41. JAVONTE WILLIAMS RB3
42. ASANTE SAMUEL JR. CB5
43. TREVON MOEHRIG DS2
44. CARLOS BASHAM JR. EDGE7
45. ELIJAH MOLDEN CB6
46. CREED HUMPHREY OC1
47. JOSEPH OSSAI EDGE8
48. TERRACE MARSHALL JR. WR7
49. LIAM EICHENBERG OT6
50. RONDALE MOORE WR8
51. ERIC STOKES
52. KELVIN JOSEPH
53. JALEN MAYFIELD
54. QUINN MEINERZ
55. TYSON CAMPBELL
56. PAT FREIERMUTH
57. IFEATU MELIFONWU
58. DYAMI BROWN
59. WALKER LITTLE
60. PAYTON TURNER
61. AARON ROBINSON
62. BRADY CHRISTENSEN
63. WYATT DAVIS
64. AMARI RODGERS
65. JEVON HOLLAND
66. JOSH MYERS
67. AMON-RA ST. BROWN
68. KENNETH GAINWELL
69. MARLON TUIPULOTU
70. MILTON WILLIAMS
71. DEONTE BROWN
72. BREVIN JORDAN
73. RONNIE PERKINS
74. DILLON RADUNZ
75. TOMMY TREMBLE
76. PAULSON ADEBO
77. JABRIL COX
78. JAY TUFELE
79. TYLAN WALLACE
80. AARON BANKS
81. DAVIYON NIXON
82. NICO COLLINS
83. JAMES HUDSON
84. KENDRICK GREEN
85. ALIM MCNEILL
86. DAYO ODEYINGBO
87. DAVIS MILLS
88. D’WAYNE ESKRIDGE
89. D’ANTE SMITH
90. STONE FORSYTHE
91. BARON BROWNING
92. JACKSON CARMAN
93. HAMSAH NASIRILDEEN
94. RASHAD WEAVER
95. TUTU ATWELL
96. ROBERT ROCHELL
97. CHAZZ SURRATT
98. ANDRE CISCO
99. TREY SMITH
100. SPENCER BROWN
Per the The Huddle Report, Bulger finished with a 81 score last year, which ranked #31. The high score was 86.
Nolan Nawrocki works for the Raiders? I remember his Draft guides. And Raiders still suck at drafting. Thanks Gruden.
Be sure to check this out—with Nolan Nawrocki working for the Raiders now, this really has become the one. And props to Dane for being on Zach Wilson way ahead of most people. (I thought he was crazy in the fall to have Wilson ahead of Fields, but here we are.)
Seems like the Raiders don’t feel that way about Barmore, who originally looked like an inevitable pick at #17 heading into FA.
Sanjit T. @Sanjit__T 5m
Christian Barmore is 100% a top 15 talent. #NFLDraft
Jim Nagy @JimNagy_SB
Alabama DT Christian Barmore has been invited by the NFL to the draft in Cleveland. Another player the league is higher on than the media. Some teams we’ve spoken to feel Barmore has top 15 talent. AND it’s a scary thin IDL class.
The idea of waiting to the 3rd round for an OT no longer offends me. I like all four of the prospects below. Now I get why they say this is a deep OT class. All of them would have gone higher in prior years. We’d be smart to take advantage of this value. Too bad we likely have too big of a need to wait for an OT. These four could develop into better players in the right schemes.
Having dispatched Hudson, Humphrey in the 2nd round would have been a great pick. But with James and Martin, I’m guessing somebody else will draft this plug-n-play C.
But I completely agree. Flip some picks and move up. Need studs.
I had no clue. Used to read those draft guides all the time.
Has anyone introduced him to Jon yet.
Jon is so obvious about his intentions: he resigns Jones, then adds Snead; he signs Drake and Reddick and keeps Richard; he signs 20 IDL, including 15 street FA who’d have been around after the draft; he signs no DBs or OT after trading Brown, not resigning Harris and having advanced notice of Lawson’s PED suspension. Come on, man!
Could be an interesting option in the mid rounds. Big, strong, athletic, and plays his ass off.
Well...when you put it that way.