Johnathan Abram

S, Mississippi State

  • Conf SEC - West
  • Jersey #3
  • Class Senior
  • HT 5'11⅜"
  • DOB 10/25/1996
  • WT 205 lbs




    Coverage - Functions best in short zones. Illustrates hesitancy with route awareness and will get twisted up in deeper zones. Has the physicality and play strength needed to challenge tight ends at the top of routes and the catch point. Limited reps in man coverage but tight hips and modest route anticipation skills must be overcome.

    Tackling - Highly aggressive to a fault. Comes in hot and out of control with inconsistent angles that make it difficult for him to consistently square up the ball carrier. Way too many misses. Often leaves his feet and dives into the legs of the runner. Does well to grab something on the runner as he closes in. Must learn to control his aggression to not whiff so much.

    Processing - Plays fast but bites hard on play fakes and runs himself out of plays. Coverage spacing and awareness is underwhelming. Often fails to get enough depth in his drops. Angles to the football are highly inconsistent. Slow to find the football in the air. Best moments are when he is able to come forward and play downhill.

    Ball Skills - Needs to be a better anticipator to make more plays on the ball. Often late to find the football in the air and takes poor angles when breaking on it. Over the shoulder tracking skills are particularly lacking. Most of his ball production came because he was in the right place at the right time.

    Range - Wouldn't call him overly rangy or a candidate to serve as a centerfielder in single-high coverage. Range is limited some by poor angles but there are some good examples on tape of him chasing down plays from distance on account of effort and urgency.

    Physicality - Tenacious, physical and aggressive player with violent intentions as a hitter. Modest ability to work through contact and shed blocks to finish. Willing to crowd tight ends at the top of routes. Hitting power is good and his frame meshes well with his style.

    Play Speed - Has ordinary play speed and is not a burner that rapidly covers ground. Has some limitations in man coverage. Is a good enough athlete but not enough to recover from misreads.

    Flexibility - Battles through tightness in the lower half when transitioning. Doesn't always play with great leverage or bend. Tight hips are worrisome when projecting him to turn and run in man coverage.

    Versatility - Best role likely comes as a Cover 2 safety or playing down in the box. Ability as a single-high safety is underwhelming and there are limitations in man coverage. Has the makeup of a special teams standout but playing under control will be necessary for him to produce.

    BEST TRAIT - Physicality

    WORST TRAIT - Playing Under Control

    RED FLAGS - None

    Abram's ability to attack downhill and provide a physical, tone-setting presence makes him appealing player. He has some coverage upside in short zones and lining up in man against tight ends. With that said, there is much to clean up in his game in terms of processing, playing through contact, angles and playing with better control to be a more consistent finisher. While his frame and play strength are appealing, his fluidity and overall athletic profile is ordinary. With more controlled aggression, Abram should be a special teams star and sub-package contributor early in his career. His path to becoming a starter is contingent on developing and easing his limitations.