Most Underrated Prospect at Each Position in the 2019 NFL Draft

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Quarterback: Brett Rypien

Height: 6’2

Weight: 205

School: Boise State

Overview: Rypien is a mechanically sound, deceptively mobile pocket passer who has the ability to place the ball accurately anywhere on the field. His arm talent is multifaceted, as he can laser the ball into tight windows, while also possessing the ability to throw with touch on deep and intermediate routes. He comes from a good system at Boise State, with pro ready traits and intangibles. While he may not be the trendiest Quarterback name on boards right now, he possesses the arm talent and intangibles that could make him an above average starter in the National Football League in due time.

Biggest Strength: Anticipation

Biggest Limitation: Decision Making

2018: 301/447 3705 yards

67.3 completion percentage

8.3 Yards per Attempt

30 Touchdowns

7 interceptions

Player Comp: Kirk Cousins

Running Back: Ryquell Armstead

Height: 5’11

Weight: 216

School: Temple

Overview: Ryquell Armstead is a tough, elusive running back that fits favorably into a zone scheme. His contact balance is exceptional, as he consistently drives his legs through contact to gain extra yards. At the line of scrimmage he shows the capability to stick his foot in the ground, and make cuts around defenders into the open field. There are limitations with Armstead though, as his receiving production is lacking, and his ability as a blocker is modest. However,  Armstead’s toughness mixed with his ability to be elusive in the open field make him a talented option as a rotational back in the right scheme.

Biggest Strength: Toughness, and Contact Balance

Biggest Limitation: Pass Blocking

2018: 210 Carries for 1098 Yards

5.2 Yards per Carry

13 Touchdowns

Player Comp: Lamar Miller

Wide Receiver: Travis Fulgham

Height: 6’3

Weight: 215

School: Old Dominion

Overview: Fulgham is a fluid, athletic paymaker with the versatility to be utilized in a multitude of alignments. His nuanced releases, burst, and ability to disguise his route contribute to his ability to gain consistent separation. What separates him from the rest is his ability to block effectively on the perimeter. He is relentless, technically proficient, and will sustain and drive his feet through the whistle. Also, he got an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl in which he performed considerably well. That showed scouts and analysts his ability to perform against top competition, which alleviated any prior concerns. Travis Fulgham is an incredible athlete that offers intriguing physical tools, an impressive ability to gain separation, and a relentlessness in blocking on the perimeter. His versatility, and balanced skill set should put him in a position to contribute early in his NFL career.

Biggest Strength: Separation Ability, and Perimeter Blocking

Biggest Limitation: Consistency

2018: 63 Receptions for 1083 Yards

17.2 Yards per Catch

9 Touchdowns

Player Comp: Tyler Boyd

Tight End: Josh Oliver

Height: 6’4

Weight: 246

School: San Jose State

Overview: Oliver can easily be considered a prototypical NFL TE when examining the direction of the league and what teams are now looking for in the position. He’s long, and possesses top tier ball skills with a wide catch radius. His 6’4 250 pound frame mixed with his gifted athleticism  presents mismatches for opposing defenses, yet there are still a few areas in which he needs to develop. Oliver is an athletically gifted, physically imposing offensive weapon that can be used in a variety of ways and alignments. If he can improve his consistency as an in-line and perimeter blocker, while honing in on the nuances of route running, he projects favorably as a TE2, and a mid round steal.

Biggest Strength: Ball Skills

Biggest Limitation: Route Running Consistency

2018: 56 Receptions for 709 Yards

12.7 Yards per Catch

4 Touchdowns

Player Comp: Eric Ebron

Offensive Tackle: Chuma Edoga (RT)

Height: 6’3

Weight: 303

School: USC

Overview: Chuma Edoga is an impressively athletic tackle, with functional length and an exceptional ability to redirect. Right now, he is more of a finesse player, as he lacks the necessary functional strength to be considered otherwise. However his above average athleticism and his ability to roll hips into the defender helps maximize the power of his strike and punch. To make up for his deficit in power, he also drives his feet through the whistle, as that leg drive helps maximize any lower body strength he possesses currently. Chuma is also an exceptionally proficient blocker at the second level, as he is precise in his angles and powerful enough upon initial contact to create space. Edoga is a developmental tackle prospect with all of the athletic and physical traits needed to be a starter in the NFL. However, his success will hinder upon his ability to gain functional strength and mass in an NFL weight program.

Biggest Strength: Fluidity, and Athleticism

Biggest Limitation: Consistent Functional Strength

Player Comp: Charles Leno Jr.

IOL: Erik Mccoy (C)

Height: 6’3

Weight: 310

School: Texas A&M

Overview: Erik McCoy just recently competed in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, and he looked stellar throughout the whole week. His ability to anchor against power, while creating knockback and displacement at the POA is one thing that became even more apparent as the season went on. He’s agile, and possesses deceptive short area quickness. McCoy has a thick, chiseled build with the capability of using upper body torque to clear space for the RB’s entry. He’s reliable on the move and is capable of executing a variety of blocking schemes. As of right now, McCoy is a Late Day 2 pick with the ability to rise on boards if he continues performing at a high level in the pre draft process.

Biggest Strength: Torque

Biggest Limitation: Sustaining

Player Comp: David Andrews

Edge: Anthony Nelson

Height: 6’6

Weight: 272

School: Iowa

Overview: Nelson is a long, stout defensive end who won’t overly impress you with athletic traits. However, he possesses the ability to set a physical edge while showing polish in his hand usage and refinement in his technique when rushing the passer. He can anchor against the run and use his length to bench press the Offensive Tackle to create maneuverable space and separation. Nelson isn’t being talked about as an early round selection, however he will be a steal on Day 2 with an ability to contribute early in his NFL career.

Biggest Strength: Length, and Pass Rushing ability

Biggest Limitation: Lack of Burst

2018: 23 Solo Tackles. 22 Assisted.

13.5 Tackles for a Loss

9.5 Sacks

Player Comp: Carl Nassib

Defensive Tackle; Khalen Saunders

Height: 6’0

Weight: 320

School: Western Illinois

Overview: Daniels is an athletic, twitched up interior pass rusher who has a functional ability to  anchor against the run and condense the pocket on passing downs. He performed impressively at the senior bowl and consistently exhibited penetration skills and the ability to make plays in the opposing backfield. His stout frame and movement skills make him an intriguing fit as a 0 in a 3/4 or a 3 technique in a 4/3.

Biggest Strength: Hand Usage, and Athleticism

Biggest Limitation: Consistency

2018: 29 Solo Tackles. 27 Assisted.

4.5 Sacks

Player Comp: Mike Daniels

Linebacker: Germaine Pratt

Height: 6’2

Weight: 240

School: North Carolina State

Overview: Pratt is a productive, smart linebacker with an impressive ability to find the football and finish at the tackle point violently. He epitomizes the definition of a downhill football player, and his eye discipline and gap integrity is sound. His frame is thick, and he shows flashes of quick twitch movements that allow him to cover the necessary ground to make plays on ball carriers. Pratt shows a vast amount of potential as a blitzer, as he shoots the open gap violently and puts himself in position to make plays. His production as a blitzer is prevalent, as he had 6.0 sacks last fall. He offers limitations in flexibility and that shows up throughout his tape. However, his instincts, short area burst, and motor make him an ideal 4/3 inside linebacker in the NFL.

Biggest Strength: Instincts, and finish at the tackle point

Biggest Limitation: Tightness, and Flexibility

2018: 54 Solo Tackles. 50 Assisted

10 Tackles for a Loss

6 Sacks

Player Comp: Christian Kirksey

CB: Montre Hartage

Height: 6’0

Weight: 195

School: Northwestern

Overview: Hartage is an ideal press corner in today’s league. He is long and he often successfully challenges receivers at the catch point. His ball skills are terrific, as he has exceptional eye discipline and instincts that put him in an advantageous position to make plays often. Scouts question his deep speed, however he possesses enough burst to stay in phase with the receiver consistently. A recent Shrine Game participant, Hartage performed exceptionally well as he impressed most in attendance. Montre Hartage is a tough, disciplined press corner who has the ball skills, and length to enhance a teams CB depth chart in his rookie year.

Biggest Strength: Ball Skills

Biggest Limitation: Long Speed

2018: 40 Solo Tackles. 11 Assisted

2 Interceptions.

11 Pass Breakups

Player Comp:  Brandon Carr

Safety: Ugo Amadi

Height: 5’10

Weight: 201

School: Oregon

Overview: This year's Lombardi Trophy Winner, Ugo Amadi is an astoundingly fluid playmaker in the backend with sound instincts and impressive ability to diagnose plays. He’s polished in his footwork, and he has impressive recovery speed. Thickly built, Ugo has exhibited the ability to challenge mightily at the tackle point, and shows upside as a blitzer. Amadi is a smart, polished, yet vastly underrated safety prospect who can consistently make plays in the back end while providing a spark in the return game. He’s a Day 1 contributor on special teams, and he has the ceiling to be a starter in the NFL at the Safety position.

Biggest Strength: Fluidity, and Instincts

Biggest Limitation: Consistent Ball skills

2018: 43 Solo Tackles. 12 Assisted.

4 Tackles for a Loss

1.5 Sacks

3 Interceptions

8 Pass Breakups

223 Punt Return Yards, a Touchdown

Player Comp: Damontae Kazee

Scout: Nathan Papandrea