Run Defense - Excellent power at the point of attack. Plays with good bend and leverage to anchor against drive blocks. Holds his own against doubles and does well to occupy space/blocks and allow the second level to stay clean. Hand technique is lacking to shed and finish.
Pass Rush - Gradual release out of his stance makes him easy to frame up for blockers. Lacks a plan of attack when rushing. Hands have some pop to them but he doesn’t consistently work to the edges of blocks and soften angles.
Effort - Plays with consistent effort. Used more as a rotational player throughout his career so long stretches don’t really exist to evaluate from. Pursuit effort is adequate. More urgency is needed as a pass rusher deploying his rush moves.
Hand Technique - Lacks refinement. Doesn’t get his hands fit well at the point of attack on run downs and he plays most reps very close to his chest. Pass rush plan deployment is shaky and execution of counters is tardy.
Flexibility - Plays with good bend at the point of attack but he’s fairly tight when it comes to changing directions and turning sharp corners. More of a linear athlete that is most effective in tight quarters.
Play Strength - Good power throughout his frame and he maximizes it by playing with consistent leverage. Easily absorbs drive blocks and anchors. Modest ability to convert speed to power and push the pocket.
Play Speed - Lacks desired explosiveness out of his stance to truly penetrate the line of scrimmage. Processes and IDs blocking schemes quickly. Closing speed and lateral mobility do not impress.
Lateral Movement - More of a phone booth guy with limited range. Better in a straight line in terms of mobility. Not the most free mover down the line of scrimmage in backside pursuit or flowing to the sideline.
Versatility - His appeal comes as a one technique in an even front. If he could develop his hands and play with better extension then two-gapping would be an option. Pass rushing upside and range is minimal.
BEST TRAIT - Power
WORST TRAIT - Hands
RED FLAGS - None
Playing behind top prospects Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins, Huggins was used in a rotational capacity but made a name for himself with strong performances starting for the suspended Lawrence in the 2018 College Football Playoffs. Huggins is an appealing prospect because of his power at the point of attack and how he eats space, consumes blocks and keeps the linebacker free. With that said, his hand usage to disengage and pass rushing profile are both underdeveloped which decreases his value. Huggins is likely to be an early down rotational player at the next level.
Round Grade - Late Day Three