It seems like the 2020 NFL Draft just happened, but we move fast here at The Draft Network.
Currently going through summer evaluations for the 2021 NFL Draft class, our scouting team of Kyle Crabbs, Joe Marino, Jordan Reid, and Drae Harris are meeting up every day to discuss prospects, traits, and concepts. New to TDN is a daily scouting roundtable where we go through and identify the most important points of conversation from that day’s meeting.
On Thursday, we highlighted a star cornerback, a lanky edge rusher, and an uber-talented wideout.
Charles Snowden, EDGE, Virginia
Virginia’s top edge rusher, Snowden stands at a monstrous 6-foot-7, 235 pounds and is able to use every bit of that length on a consistent basis.
“I watched him a bit last year, and I’m happy to say he's grown a lot from 2018 to 2019,” Marino stated in his evaluation of the defender. “He’s got such an interesting frame, and he does a good job using his length to play with good separation from blocks. He wins a lot with finesse, but (Snowden) has the right make-up to do that.”
Garnering five sacks a season ago, the Cavalier is an emerging prospect ready for a breakout senior season. Able to wreak havoc by splitting gaps and dropping back in coverage, Snowden has all the makings of a top-100 pick. He’ll need to improve in several areas, though, and Marino wasn’t shy to point out that fact.
“He’s lean and high-hipped, so everything he does feels elongated,” Marino discussed. “(Snowden) would benefit a lot from adding more play strength and bulk.”
Ultimately, however, Marino still put a relatively high grade on the rusher, saying that if you “put this guy as a stand-up 3-4 backer in a multiple defense, he can have a meaningful role.”
Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU
Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase got all the media attention a year ago, but Marshall—LSU’s No. 3 wideout a season ago—isn’t that far off both of them.
A big-time, 5-star recruit, Marshall performed admirably in limited snaps a season ago and is ready to take on a much bigger role in 2020.
“Big, fast, and strong” were the first three words that came out of Marino’s mouth when describing his game.
“He’s a super assertive guy with an alpha mentality when the ball is in the air,” Marino said. “(Marshall) is able to attack and get his frame in position, routinely catching the football away from his frame.”
With only two drops a season ago, the LSU wideout is also relatively dependable despite his youth, posting both solid production and putting forth quality film in 2019. Despite missing five games due to a foot injury, he still recorded roughly 700 yards and 13 touchdowns, demonstrating plucky hands and a relative amount of nuance. Still, Marino had a few concerns he wasn’t afraid to share.
“He’s a solid route-runner but not overly dynamic,” Marino mentioned. He’s not going to be Jerry Jeudy, but I do think that he has enough juice and separation to get open (at the next level).”
A new quarterback might also spell some issues for the entire LSU offense, as the team doesn’t have Joe Burrow’s golden arm to rely on anymore.
“Myles Brennan isn’t Joe Burrow, so it’ll be interesting to see how he performs in a different offense.”
Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
If there was one big takeaway from the entire scouting meeting, it was that Georgia CB Tyson Campbell is LEGIT.
“If you were creating a player on Madden and you wanted him to play corner, this is what you would want,” Harris gushed in his initial evaluation of the 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back.
“You don’t see guys who are 6-2 that can move that well in the short areas. He just looks so pretty as a player,” Harris said. “He truly has exceptional closing quickness for a guy of his size and length.”
Despite all the praise, Harris did note that the Georgia defender does have some things to work on, mentioning things like technique, health (missed five games last season with a foot injury), and consistency.
“He teases you with exceptional athleticism, but always leaves you wanting more. (Campbell) ultimately has immense potential, but will need to remain healthy and put it all together for a full season.”
Still, Harris and the rest of the staff were more than impressed by the Bulldog and his skill set, even mentioning names like Jeff Okudah (as a best-case scenario) in the discussion.
After all, he’s legit.