Possesses a unique frame for an interior offensive lineman with a well-built musculature with little to no flab. Long arms with very good upper body strength, showing a vice-like grip to latch on and control opponents as well as the core power to create torque and generate movement at the point of attack. Teller shows good initial quickness at the point of attack, coordinating a powerful initial punch with light, staggered feet to remain balanced while sliding easily to his left and right. Hasn't forgotten some of the techniques taught to him on the defensive side of the ball and is a physical, aggressive player who initiates contact. Adds to the deception of screen plays with an explosive over-arm swim move to quickly release from defensive linemen after initially selling the block. Remains in a good football stance when not actively engaged keeping his knees bent, hands cocked and ready, stalking opponents and exploding into them to create some impressive collisions and intimidating blocks. -- Rob Rang 1/15/2018
Teller's slow, heavy feet may be why Virginia Tech coaches switched him to the offensive line. Though he shows good initial quickness off the snap and to get out to pull, Teller looks like he is running through sand when circling around the line or climbing to the second level. He is generally effective when meeting the defender, but too often fails to get to his target on time, raising some concern about his fit in a zone scheme. - Rob Rang 1/15/2018
COMPARES TO: J.R. Sweezy, Buccaneers - Sweezy was a defensive lineman at North Carolina State until then-Seahawks (and current Raiders) offensive line coach Tom Cable thought he could mold his agility, strength and competitive nature into a right guard. It worked well for Sweezy, helping Seattle win a Super Bowl and earning a five-year 32.5 million dollar contract from Tampa Bay.
IN OUR VIEW: Some offensive line coaches (like Cable) prefer former defenders as these players and not just because they are often more aggressive. Teller wins as a blocker with some of the tricks he learned as defensive end including stalking targets downfield and quickly swimming through defenders to add to the deception on screens. Teller warrants Day Two consideration and projects as a future starting guard early in his NFL career.
Rare size for the position with a lean, athletic frame and good overall weight distribution. Technically sound kicker with a measured, consistent approach, keeping his head down and showing good follow-through. Good quickness to and through the ball, generating excellent velocity with longs of 58 yards recorded at the Senior Bowl and 56 yards while at Auburn. Finished second in the country in touchback percentage in 2016 at 79.2% (57-72)... Converted 13-21 in 50+ yard field goals for career, the second-best percentage on 50+ yard kicks in NCAA history... Showed resiliency in becoming an All-American after missing the final kick of his redshirt freshman season, a 49-yard attempt in overtime (against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl) which bounced off the goal post to give the Badgers the win... Good athleticism for the position with a 20-yard fake touchdown run to his credit, as well as two tackles... Experienced kicking in cold weather conditions dating back to his prep days in Colorado... -- Rob Rang 2/8/2018
Simple physics, long legs take more time to carry through the ball... At times is so committed to maximizing the length on his kicks that they have a low trajectory with multiple blocked over his career, including five over his final two seasons and three of his final 12 attempts... Finished 1/2 during the Senior Bowl, itself, with a miss from 33 yards... - Rob Rang 2/8/2018
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Carlson was named one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award after each of his final three seasons at Auburn but never won it. Perhaps that slight will fuel him in the NFL, where Carlson projects as a longtime starter worthy of mid round consideration.
Athletic feet in pass pro to reset and react to movement. Wide base with efficient pace to his slide. Rarely beaten by edge speed alone. Quick to answer counter moves. Looks comfortable at the second level and sustains in space. Drops his hips and runs his feet to create movement in the run game. Praised by his coaches for his dedication to improving on and off the field (“He spends more time preparing each day and is one of the most intelligent guys I have been around.” – Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa). Graduated with a degree in family resource management (Dec. 2017). Plays through minor injuries and started every game at left tackle the past two seasons. – Dane Brugler 1/10/2018
Ties up defenders, but doesn’t overwhelm anyone. Core strength issues at the point of attack. Doesn’t have pop in his punch to shock or redirect rushers. Long legs, high cut and locked hips. Rushers take advantage of his leaning and overeager pass-sets. Hard outside shuffle and late to protect vs. inside moves. Struggles to retrace his steps. Late cutting off the linebacker at the second level. Inconsistent angles on reach blocks. Hand placement is improved, but he is more novice than expert in this area. Defaults to grabbing once rushers gain an inch. – Dane Brugler 1/10/2018
COMPARES TO: Shon Coleman, Cleveland Browns – From a size and ability standpoint, Jones has NFL-starting skills, but the technical savvy and play strength are areas that NFL rushers will be able to exploit, similar to Coleman in Cleveland.
IN OUR VIEW: Jones isn’t a dominating blocker, but he gets in the way and finds ways to keep his man occupied. If he continues to make strides with this technique and functional strength, Jones projects as a down-the-road starter at the NFL level.
STRENGTHS: Good-looking athlete…bursts off his plant foot without gearing down mid-cut…strong-strider and understands run angles in space…balanced ballcarrier to bounce off defenders and keep his feet underneath him…attacks the hole with a head of steam when he finds it…cuts off blocks to squirt through holes before they expand…soft hands and steady focus through the catch to scoop throws off his shoelaces…efficiently turns from pass-catcher to ballcarrier to create (57.7% of his 2017 catches went 10+ yards)…fumbled only twice in his Ole Miss career…named a senior captain…averaged 5.0+ yards per carry in all eight SEC games in 2017 – finished strong with four 100-yard games in his final five contests.
WEAKNESSES: Tunnel vision and late to feel openings…runs up the back of his blockers…gets caught in the backfield making extra lateral movements…doesn’t run as big as he looks, bracing for contact before it happens…tends to run tilted, not square…runs erect, exposing his body to violent hits…below average awareness and technique in pass protection and not ready to take on NFL blitzers…struggled to stay on the field in college, missing 2016 due to academic suspension…injuries have been an issue, dating back to high school when he broke his right fibula in two place and tore ligaments (Oct. 2012) – played through nagging ankle and knee injuries over his career…will be a 24-year old rookie, but wasn’t overused in college.
SUMMARY: A one-year starter at Ole Miss, Wilkins stepped up as a senior after an underwhelming first three seasons in Oxford, becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher for the Rebels since 2009 (Dexter McCluster). He was a three-down player in 2017 and averaged 6.52 yards per rush. Wilkins is an athletic cut-and-go runner, but is more of a rhythm runner than explosive slasher. While he looks the part with NFL athleticism, his spotty vision stands out and he doesn’t consistently use his power to physically finish through contact. Overall, Wilkins compares to a poor man’s Ryan Mathews with his body type, cutting ability and issues staying on the field.
Electrifying with the ball in his hands. Set a FBS record with 12 career returns for touchdowns (five kick returns, five interception returns, one punt return and one fumble return) also scored a pair of touchdowns on offense. Plays the football like a wide receiver and offensive background is obvious. Light feet with the easy acceleration to stay attached to receivers vertically. Click-and-close speed. Recognizes routes and works hard to gain body position. Outstanding ball awareness to locate and react accordingly (47 career passes defended in 37 starts at cornerback). Instinctive playmaker and baits throws. Plays confident. Elite ball skills with 12 career interceptions, averaging 31.3 yards per return with five scores (12/376/5). Uses his speed off the edge as an edge blitzer. Consummate teammate and unbelievably hard working, according to head coach Tim Lester. Developed a passion for football and wants to be the best. Extensive career return experience, averaging 24.4 yards on kick returns with five scores (129/3,145/5) and 10.2 yards on punt returns with one touchdown (32/327/1). Dane Brugler 1/20/2018
Narrow, undersized frame with minimal bulk. Out-physicaled by receivers. Looks to press, but lacks the play strength or foundation to get receivers off-schedule. Panics vs. sophisticated route-runners. Not-so-subtle with his downfield contact, attracting flags. Stays attached to blocks once engaged on the perimeter. Unreliable tackler, lacking the finishing strength to ground ballcarriers unless squared and working downhill. Ball security as a returner has been an issue with eight career fumbles, including seven the past two seasons. Lack of body bulk leads to durability concerns, playing through an ankle injury as a senior. Dane Brugler 1/20/2018
COMPARES TO: Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions A fifth round pick out of San Diego last year, Agnew, an undersized corner, saw minimal snaps on defense as a rookie, but he shined on special teams, averaging 17.8 yards on kickoff returns and 15.4 yards on punt returns. Phillips might need to follow the same path and prove his worth as a returner while fighting for defensive snaps.
IN OUR VIEW: Phillips lack of ideal size or functional strength pop up often on tape, especially as a run defender, but so does his God-given athleticism, ball skills and sixth sense as a playmaker, both on defense and special teams.