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POST DRAFT ANALYSIS

Yahoo! Sports (Eric Edholm) *
The Dolphins dip back into the Tuscaloosa well for talent. Davis had a big 2017 season but never really looked the same since then. He’s likely to be a dirty-work grunt inside next to Christian Wilkins, especially if the Dolphins run more odd fronts. Davis is a solid run defender, but doesn’t have a whole lot of upside despite a massive, long frame.
Draft Grade: C

Walter Football *
Raekwon Davis' stock has slipped since an explosive 2017 season. The Dolphins might be getting a great bargain if Davis can play that well again. The Dolphins needed to add players who can pressure the quarterback, so this is a solid choice.
Draft Grade: B

Pro Football Focus *
Raekwon Davis comes in at just 115th on the PFF Big Board, the lowest player taken to this point. Davis has all the length that you could want inside, and he has put up run-defense grades of 87.0 or higher in each of the past three seasons. The reason he comes in so low for us is that there isn’t much at all in the way of pass-rushing moves or quickness that leads you to believe he’ll ever be an impact player in that phase of the game.

ESPN (Mel Kiper Jr.) *
He can be a force but he wasn’t after a great start to his college career. Getting sacks, getting production behind the line of scrimmage. He was handled up front. He was good against the run, but you want to see a little more pass rush. You would like to see a little more disruption getting after that quarterback late in his career. It never really came together for Raekwon Davis. But he does suit defenses like Miami. He will be a good run stuffer, but pass rush is something he needs to improve and develop.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) *
Davis is scary big and long on the defensive line and is a stellar run stopper. But has very minimal pass-rushing prowess. No legit burst. Doesn't play with pass-rush plans. Strange pick.
Grade: D+

Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer) *
Miami needed defensive tackle pop at some point on Day 2, and it gets some with an ideal player for Brian Flores’ front. Davis (6-6, 311 pounds) is a massive, versatile player who can line up at either tackle or end to eat space against the run.
Draft Grade: A

NFL.com (Chad Reuter) *
Davis did not offer much production for the Tide last year, but he's a powerful player between the tackles. He was a bit lower on my board than Miami's, apparently.

Pro Football Network (Tony Pauline) *
In Raekwon Davis, the Dolphins get a potential steal on the defensive line. As a sophomore in 2017, Davis looked like a legitimate first-round pick yet his game leveled off and even regressed in some spots. He’s a massive athlete who beats opponents with power or quickness but must get back to his former level of play.

Pro Football Network (Andrew DiCecco) *
The Dolphins continue to build the trenches under Brian Flores, adding Raekwon Davis to play alongside Christian Wilkins. Davis has an innate burst off the line of scrimmage, and despite his length, plays with solid leverage. His play tailed off last season, but if he can return to form, the Dolphins will have two blue-chip talents along the interior.

Kirk Herbstreit (ABC/ESPN Analyst) *
He gets the award for the most intimidating player in college football. [But] he didn’t produce the way he looks. He’s got to be more of a playmaker when he goes into the NFL and live up to the ability he has.

 

 

 

 

 

The past three seasons (2017-19), Davis has been a full-time starter and has played in 41 of 43 games, combining for 171 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. A tall, powerfully-built defensive end who carries his weight extremely well, Davis has heavy and quick hands. He flashes the ability to jar offensive lineman with initial contact and frequently gets pressure when turned loose. But he lacks some body control and can be slow to redirect, which leads to some sacks being left on the field. Davis is a highly-gifted and scheme-versatile defensive lineman with a strong combination of size, length, quickness and power. He had a breakout season in 2017, took a step back in 2018 and then rebounded in 2019. He will never be an elite pass-rusher but has the tools to continue to improve. He's also a highly-effective and versatile run defender. The biggest challenge in the NFL will be making sure he has a strong support system and leadership around him. -- March 2020

Pre-Draft Analysis
Davis is a highly gifted and scheme-versatile defensive lineman with a strong combination of size, length, quickness and power. He's an effective run stopper with the upper-body strength to stack and control blockers when he keeps his pads down. Davis will never be an elite pass-rusher, but he has violent hands and frequently gets pressure when turned loose. -- Steve Muench

 

Player Bio

One of the top 100 recruits of the class of 2016, Davis had to wait until after the first week of his freshman season to find out whether he would be academically eligible to play for the Tide. He got the go-ahead, then contributed in seven games as a reserve (four tackles, one sack) that season. Davis became a playmaker as a sophomore, garnering first-team All-SEC honors by posting 69 tackles, 10 for loss, and a team-high 8.5 sacks in 14 games (six starts). He became a star nationwide during Alabama's title run in 2017, making 10 tackles, two sacks, and an interception in the team's two playoff wins. Davis' production went down a bit during his junior season (55 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks in 15 games, 14 starts) so he decided to return to the Tide for the 2019 season. His production dropped again as a senior, though he still earned second-team all-conference notice from league coaches (47 tackles, three for loss, 0.5 sack in 12 starts).

Analysis

  • Draft Projection - Rounds 2-3
  • NFL Comparison - DeForest Buckner

Overview

Rugged and powerful with elite physical traits, Davis has the ability to impose his will on opponents and dominate at the point of attack. He plays long and strong with rare leverage for a taller player and holds positioning against double teams for linebackers to flow freely. He was all over the backfield in 2017, but hasn't made nearly as many plays -- against the run or pass -- since then. Despite possessing unique traits and the potential to dominate, his upside could be a moving target based upon maturity level and continued growth as a rusher. He should be a first-round pick who can come in and start right away for an odd or even front defense.

Strengths

  • Elite combination of height, weight and length
  • Elite two-gapper who sets a strong edge
  • Bends well and plays from positions of leverage
  • Initial hands are quick and fierce
  • Shows ability to bludgeon blockers and impose will
  • Corkscrews into the turf to ward off double teams
  • Rarely loses ground to power
  • Adequate range to chase plays
  • Highly effective punch-and-shed timing to tackle
  • Heavy behind his pads when tackling
  • Freight train rush tactics overwhelm lesser guards
  • Greases blocker's edge with heavy hands
  • Pulls himself around blocks with smooth arm-over looks

Weaknesses

  • Scouts say maturity has been a concern in the past
  • Movement can be leggy and inefficient
  • Loses track of the football
  • More two-gap plugger than playmaker
  • Worn down and non-factor in second half against LSU
  • More pocket-denter than QB-getter as rusher
  • Long strider with below-average foot quickness as rusher
  • Rush plan and go-to moves haven't really developed
  • Pocket pursuit lacks control, leading to missed sacks

 

RAEKWON DAVIS | Alabama | DT | #99 | SR | 6061 | 311
| 1100 | 3378 | 8528 | 5.12 | Meridian, MS | Meridian HS | 06.10.97 | NIC |
7.7/8.9 |Rd2

Overview:
The frustrating case of Davis is sure to be debated in war rooms around the league. He exploded onto the scene as a sophomore sensation, tallying 10.5 tackles for loss (eight
sacks) and coming up big in the playoffs during the Crimson Tide National Championship run. Unfortunately, we have seen little of those flashes of dominance since. The Mississippi native
admitted after the season that he bought into his own media hype and didn’t play with enough focus in 2019, while also battling through an ankle injury. The previous season, he was seen
on the back of a milk cartons for all of 2018, only to be found when he was being disciplined for throwing punches at a Missouri player. In 2017, Davis was struck in the leg by a stray bullet but played in the season opener just a few days after. He was said to be uncooperative with the police and unconfirmed whispers are that Davis may have accidentally shot himself. There were also concerns surrounding his academic eligibility as a freshman in 2016. While it has been a long, winding road of ups and downs, there is still some love within the scouting
community for all of his talents on the field. The tallest defensive lineman at the combine, Davis possesses big paws and massive arms (seven-foot wingspan). Earlier in his career, he showed extraordinary athleticism, able to create havoc from the interior or on the edge but make no mistake, his bread and butter will be as a strong, powerful run-stuffer up front. The coaching staff swears by his work ethic, competitive drive and superb conditioning. When he’s on, he can be a one-man wrecking machine and for that, teams will be tempted by his great potential.

Background:
Raekwon is from Meridian, Mississippi where he played for Coach Larry Weems at Meridian High School. As a senior, he recorded 55 tackles, 12.5 TFL and 8.5 sacks, which
resulted in him participating in the Army All-American game. He was unanimously rated a 4-star recruit by every major recruiting outlet and got rated as high as the No. 7 DT in his class.
Career: Raekwon was the clear leader of the Alabama defensive front in his junior (won the CFP Championship) and senior season. In 48 games, he recorded 175 tackles, 19.5 TFL, and 11.5
sacks with most of them (8.5) coming in his sophomore season when he earned First Team All-SEC accolades from the conference coaches. He is also a 2x Second Team All-SEC player.

Career:
In 44 career games, made 175 tackles (67 solo), 19.5 tackles for loss (11.5 sacks), one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Q&A:
How did you get shot in the leg? At the wrong place at the wrong time, honestly. Wasn't nothing like a big situation, just at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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Q&A:
Why do you think there was a drop off in your game this past season? I honestly couldn't answer that but there were a lot of things I wasn't doing to improve my game. I wasn't really
focused enough sometimes and a lot of stuff I wasn't doing.

Q&A:
Is it true that you let the media hype get into your head at Alabama? Yeah, definitely media, they got in my head, just got into the hype.

 

PROS

CONS

COMPARIBLES

SNAPS BY ALIGNMENT

 

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama

Career Snapshot
Two-year starter who made 43 tackles (2.5 for loss) with one interception and seven pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Made 44 tackles (3.5 for loss) with two interceptions and 10 pass breakups as a junior.

Positives
Large, explosive defensive tackle who plays with good athleticism. Quick off the snap, resilient and shows the ability to get off blocks to make the tackle. Consistently doubled by opponents, stout at the point of attack and impossible to move from the line. Bends his knees, plays with leverage and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Stout run defender who flashes the ability to get outside the pocket to make plays.

Negatives
Marginal pass rusher who has limitations in anything other than a small area. Never really capitalized on a tremendous sophomore season.

Analysis
Davis is a large, strong defensive lineman who occupies blocks and makes plays against the run. He’s more of a two-down defender, but he offers scheme versatility with the ability to line up in either three or four-man fronts.

 

#99
HT: 6’7″
WT: 312 lbs
DOB: N/A
Year: Senior
High School: Meridian (Meridian, MS)
Accolades: Senior Bowl. 2019 2nd Team All-American. 2018 2nd Team All-SEC.

Athleticism:
Raekwon Davis is not of this world. Extremely quick for a man his size, has excellent quick feet and gets around blockers with ease.

Strength/Power:
Dominates 1v1 matchups. Davis usually got out of these blocks with a bull rush. Moves blockers consistently and at will. Davis does struggle to deal with double team blocks. He seems to get caught up in a lock-down and tries to escape it with power. He’s not that powerful.

Pass Rush Ability:
Davis is an ample pass rusher. Despite his size, Davis has a great arsenal of moves that he uses after attempting to win with power. He’s a difficult man to block, because of his blend of athleticism, strength and versatility.

Run Defending Ability:
Davis is an excellent run defender. Positions himself often to make plays on the running back, most of the time behind the line of scrimmage.

Instincts/Football IQ:
Davis shows excellent instincts. Always seems to know when the ball is coming his way and adjusts adequately to position himself to make the play. Alabama lined him up across the formation as a 1, 3 and 5 tech. He was dominant all across the line.

Overall:
Raekwon Davis is an incredible talent. It’s insane to think that he might be the third-best interior defender in this class, behind Auburn’s Derrick Brown and South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw. Davis has a massive size, eats double teams, and is an impact player in the backfield. I like Davis as a mid-to-late first round selection, although he is probably a top fifteen talent.

 

 

Raekwon Davis Scouting Report
By Charlie Campbell

Strengths:

  • Special run-stuffing nose tackle
  • Superb lateral anchor
  • Impossible to move at the point of attack
  • Holds his gap
  • Absorbs double teams
  • Very tough, plays violent
  • Disruptive run defender
  • Strong hands
  • Uses hands and feet at same time
  • Ability to shed blocks
  • Can get a push working upfield

Weaknesses:

  • Not an interior pass-rusher
  • Lacks quickness
  • Lacks athleticism
  • Doesn't have a role in the sub package
  • Two-down defender at most
  • Could Davis have similar injury issues to other Alabama players?

Summary:
Alabama has been a factory for defensive line talent under Nick Saban. Marcell Dareus, Jonathan Allen, Da'Ron Payne, Quinnen Williams and Jarran Reed were all early-round picks this decade, and Davis will keep that tradition going in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Davis had only four tackles and a sack as a freshman in backup duty. Thus, many didn't see Davis' breakout 2017 campaign as the replacement for Allen. Davis formed a lethal interior with Payne and was Alabama's most consistent pass rusher. The sophomore totaled 8.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss, 69 tackles and one interception. He came up with some big performances in the playoff games to help Alabama win another National Championship.

In 2018, Davis totaled 55 tackles with 5.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks. Williams became the Crimson Tide's feature pass-rusher up front, and they did not let Davis pin his ears back to go after the quarterback as much as they did in 2017.

As a senior, Davis had 47 tackles with .5 sacks in 2019 and missed some time with a sprained ankle. He was a tremendous run defender for Alabama, but did not contribute much in the pass rush. Davis was also limited in the offseason, and that yields questions about his health. The Crimson Tide are known in the scouting community for working their players extremely hard, so a number of them entered the NFL banged up.

Davis is a tough defender in the ground game. He is very stout at the point of attack. When runs come downhill at him, he is able to anchor and hold his ground. He also shows the strength to shed and tackle. Davis bulls his way into the backfield to blow up runs and resets the line of scrimmage. His lateral anchor is truly excellent for a college player, making him seemingly immovable at the point of attack. Davis is exceptionally strong to take on double-team bump blocks and hold his ground when getting hit from the side. His put-together body combined with his speed and athleticism make him almost impossible to move out of his gap or keep quiet in run defense. Davis is an excellent run defender for the NFL.

Davis showed serious pass-rushing skills in 2017, but that was abnormal considering what he did over the next two seasons. He has some ability to get a push into the backfield with his power, but after gaining some ground upfield, he struggles to finish the play by getting to the quarterback. Davis is limited from speed and athleticism perspectives to be a dangerous pass-rusher in the NFL. As a pro, he probably will be rotated out of the game in the majority of sub-package plays. If Davis had more pass-rush ability, he would have been a first-round pick.

For the NFL, Davis fits any defense. He would be a great fit as a nose tackle or five-technique in a 3-4. In a 4-3, he could play nose tackle. In the 2020 NFL Draft, Davis could be a second- or third-round pick.

Player Comparison:
Leonard Williams. Davis and Williams (6-5, 302) are similarly sizeed while being tough defenders at the point of attack. They are tough against the run but don't produce a lot in the pass rush. Williams is quicker and more athletic than Davis, while Davis is stronger and tougher than Williams. I could see Davis being similar to Williams in the NFL, where he will be solid at the point of attack and might have one or two decent seasons for sack production.

 

DL Raekwon Davis, Alabama

STRENGTHS
—Ideal size for the NFL at 6'6" and 311 lbs.
—Three-year starter at Alabama; played in many different roles and fronts.
—Settles well just beyond the line of scrimmage and reacts to running backs' movements; enough quickness to chase down running backs at the line of scrimmage.
—Able to play low and use his leverage to manhandle and disengage blockers; maintains his spot and isn't easily moved.
—Combination of power and finesse moves to keep linemen guessing how he will beat them.

WEAKNESSES
—Feet stop driving too often.
—Absorbs a lot of blocks.
—Limited production as a pass-rusher; had only two combined sacks as a junior and senior after 8.5 as a sophomore.
—Needs to develop more of a pass-rushing toolbox; has a good swim move, but that's about it.

OVERALL
An ideal 3-4 defensive end, Davis has the size and enough athleticism to be a better pass-rusher in the NFL than he was allowed to be in the Alabama scheme. He doesn't have the highest ceiling of this year's defensive line prospects, but he's game-ready right now and should see major rookie snaps.

GRADE: 84

PRO COMPARISON: Arik Armstead/Da'Ron Payne

 

CONTENT

Post Draft Analysis
Youtube Highlights
ESPN Insider Draft Analysis (paid subscription)
NFL.COM Draft Analysis
Pro Football Focus Draft Analysis (paid subscription)
Pro Football Network (Tony Pauline) Analysis
Walter Football Analysis
Bleacher Report Analysis

 

POST DRAFT ANALYSIS

Yahoo! Sports (Eric Edholm) *
Hunt is an ornery blocker who seeks to bury people, yet he likely will need just a little technical work before he’s a finished product. Still, this is exactly the kind of hard-nosed, position-versatile player whom Brian Flores wants on his team. Hunt can lead a power run game and help block for Tua in time.
Draft Grade: C+

Walter Football *
I wonder where the Dolphins plan on playing Robert Hunt. Will it be at tackle or guard, and does it even matter, given how many needs they have on their offensive line? Robert Hunt is a solid option at this juncture, but I think I would've preferred the Dolphins to take Ezra Cleveland or Josh Jones.
Draft Grade: B

Pro Football Focus *
PFF Lead Draft Analyst Mike Renner has said that Hunt has the size and power to be a future Pro Bowl guard. He obliterated defensive linemen as a run-blocker and was just nasty — at right tackle in 2019, Hunt posted a great 86.0 run-blocking grade. Hunt spent time at both guard and tackle for the Ragin’ Cajuns, but considering his subpar agility, kicking him inside to guard might be the best bet for the Dolphins.

NFL Network (Daniel Jeremiah) *
I’ll be fascinated to see what Dolphins will do with him because some teams think he will kick inside to guard. But at right tackle you want to see somebody unload on defenders at the line of scrimmage. Just roll his hips, explode and bodies go flying all over the place, collecting knockdown after knockdown. You see him get out in space. He’s got some nimble feet when he gets out there. I thought this is somebody that is going to be a plug and play guard. But the the Miami Dolphins may given him a shot to play outside before kicking him inside. They’ve done a nice job with two offensive linemen to put in front of Tua Tagovailoa.

ESPN (Mel Kiper Jr.) *
With a kid like this, you can put him in three different spots and see what happens - guard, right tackle, he’s played a little left tackle. He wasn’t pitted against those big time defensive linemen playing at Louisiana Lafeyette. So there may be a little bit of a transition because of that. It’s all about making Tua great. [Miami’s pick at No. 18] Austin Jackson, developmental left tackle. Robert Hunt is another guy who will have to adjust to the level of competition coming out of Louisana Lafayette. Both those linemen need coaching, maybe a year away. But Robert Hunt’s versatility is a big plus to that Miami Dolphins’ offensive line.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) *
Hunt gives Miami guard/tackle versatility. Road-grader with brute strength and solid movement skills. Susceptible to counters at times but can recovery. Smart for Dolphins to build the offensive line.
Grade: B-

Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer) *
The Dolphins reach for interior offensive line help, following up their questionable splurge on Ereck Flowers at left guard. Hunt (6-5, 323 pounds) is a mighty run-blocker with good athleticism who probably would have been available later. He will start for either Ted Karras or Shaq Calhoun, but the opportunity cost for Miami was not getting a much-needed safety or running back.
Draft Grade: B-

NFL.com (Chad Reuter) *
Hunt is a solid right tackle who was picked much earlier than many expected. However, he certainly has the nasty attitude and power to be a long-time starter.

Pro Football Network (Tony Pauline) *
With D’Andre Swift off the board the Dolphins went for another blocker, adding Robert Hunt. A right tackle at Louisiana, most team project Hunt to guard in the NFL. He’s a stout blocker with a powerful build and position versatility.

Pro Football Network (Andrew DiCecco) *
The Dolphins add Ragin Cajuns tackle Robert Hunt to a retooled offensive line that includes USC’s, Austin Jackson. Hunt, 6-foot-5, 323 pounds, is a powerful mauler, but will likely kick insider to guard at the pro level.

 

 

 

 

 

Hunt, a four-year starter, started 21 games at right tackle, 22 games at left guard and two games at left tackle. He's smooth getting set and flashes violent hands in pass pro. He anchors well. He has good body control and balance for his size. He has shorter arms for an offensive tackle and he projects better at guard. He plays with an edge and flashes the ability to overwhelm defenders in the run game. He missed five games with a groin injury in 2019 and did not work out at the combine. He played basketball in high school and averaged 18.9 points and 11 rebounds per game as a junior. -- April 2020

Pre-Draft Analysis
Hunt is a four-year starter who started 22 games at left guard, 21 games at right tackle and two games at left tackle. He's smooth getting set, and he flashes powerful hands in pass pro. He plays with an edge and shows the ability to overwhelm defenders in the run game. He has shorter arms for an offensive tackle, and he projects better at guard than tackle. -- Steve Muench

 

Player Bio

Hunt was a four-year starter for the Ragin' Cajuns after a strong high school career at Burkeville, Texas. He started all 13 games at left guard as a redshirt freshman, and then split time between left guard (nine starts) and left tackle (two starts) the following season. Hunt moved to right tackle for all 14 games in 2018, and Sun Belt coaches considered his play good enough to vote him second-team all-conference. He only started the first seven games of his senior season due to a groin injury but still was named first-team All-SBC for his play at right tackle.

Analysis

  • Draft Projection - Round 2
  • NFL Comparison - Cody Ford

Overview

Like Cody Ford in last year's draft, Hunt is a plus athlete with a big man's frame who could be considered at guard or tackle. Inconsistent footwork and pad level are the primary culprits when he fails to win the rep, but there aren't any physical limitations that should prevent him from improving in both areas. Pass protection traits are present but getting the skill level up to par is going to take time. He's a little raw but has the necessary talent to become a solid future starter at right tackle.

Strengths

  • Rare combination of bulk and athleticism
  • Carries weight on well-proportioned frame easily
  • Offers two-position experience at both guard and tackle
  • Ease of movement out of his stance and into it
  • Plus lateral scoot to make blocks a gap away
  • Looks to make a point with aggressive first contact
  • Works to sustain blocks on the second level and even beyond
  • Physical tools to become plus run blocker in all schemes
  • Possesses slide quickness to square half-man rushers
  • Able to recover and redirect rush past the edge
  • Hands are like clamps once they take root into defender's frame

Weaknesses

  • Loses hand technique and placement when trying to mash down-blocks
  • Footwork is a little raw and undisciplined
  • Pass sets can turn into gallops with heels close together
  • Will need to incorporate more flat-footed punch for anchor
  • Gets caught leaning with nose over toes at times
  • Hands land high and ride up and off the frame
  • Can bend but allows pad level to creep up tall during the rep
  • Instinctive reactions to unexpected moves is below average

 

PROS

CONS

SNAPS by ALLIGNMENT

Robert Hunt, OT

Positives:
Large, nimble offensive lineman who can play tackle or guard. Plays heads-up football, keeps his feet moving and works his hands. Explosive at the point, stays square and attacks assignments. Blocks down on defenders and seals them from the play. Keeps his head on a swivel, effectively picks up stunts and blitzes and fluidly pulls across the line of scrimmage to block in motion. Gets movement as a run blocker and turns defenders from the line.

Negatives:
Doesn’t block with consistent leverage or pad level. Doesn’t effectively redirect to linebackers at the second level.

Analysis:
Hunt was a terrific right tackle at Louisiana, and he’s a strong lineman with a next-level build. He has space restrictions, and a move into guard may be in the offing as a result. At the very least, Hunt should be an inexpensive utility blocker on a depth chart.

 

Robert Hunt Scouting Report

Strengths:

  • Really good feet for a big guy
  • Dependable in pass protection
  • Asset to neutralize interior pass-rushers
  • Really good feet for a big guy
  • Quality athlete
  • Good build
  • Quick to the second level, open field
  • Effective as a puller
  • Good in space
  • Can hit blocks in space
  • Quick out of his stance
  • Great fit in a zone-blocking scheme
  • Good fit as a left guard
  • Upside to improve

Weaknesses:

  • Short arms to play tackle - 33.5 inches
  • Needs to develop more power and strength
  • Improve ability to bend

Summary:
La.-Lafayette was known to have a three-headed monster at running back entering the 2019 season, but one of the big reasons for the team's ground success was the blocking up front led by Hunt. Hunt played tackle, but NFL teams are projecting him to move inside to guard as a pro. Hunt could be a sleeper pick on the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft who turns into a really good value.

In pass protection, Hunt projects to be an asset in the NFL. He has very good feet for a big guy, and that is why he played tackle in college. Hunt has a guard body for the pro game, but with his feet and athleticism ,he should be a tough interior blocker in pass protection. Hunt can glide with speed rushers and has the size to hold his ground against powerful defensive tackles. Improving his ability to bend will help him to pass protect at the pro level, but before long, he could be a really dependable and steady pass protector capable of neutralizing interior pass-rushers.

In the ground game, Hunt does a nice job of latching on tying up defenders. He is quick to the second level, and his good feet allow him to project extremely well to a zone-blocking scheme. With his footwork and athleticism, Hunt should be a good guard to pull and fire to the second level. He needs to develop more power and strength for the NFL, thus he would be a better fit as a left guard than a right guard. Hunt has a good build, but in order to get movement as a run blocker in the NFL, he will have to develop in the weight room.

Hunt's experience at tackle also offers some game-day versatility to chip in an emergency role there. While Hunt should play guard, a team could get away with him at tackle if injuries force their hand. Having that added flexibility is a nice added value for having Hunt as a starter at guard.

The 2020 NFL Draft should have at least nine offensive tackles get selected in the first rounds. Unless some of those tackles are being taken to move inside to guard, Hunt could be the first pure guard drafted. Some sources believe Hunt will get drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and he won't last long if he slips to the third round.

Player Comparison:
James Carpenter.
From a skill-set perspective, Hunt is similar to James Carpenter coming out of Alabama in 2011. Carpenter (6-5, 321) was a first-round pick, but he has not played up to his potential in the NFL because of intangibles. Hunt and Carpenter are almost identical in size with good feet and athleticism. Hunt could be a better version of Carpenter as a pro.

 

Dolphins Draft OL Robert Hunt

• No. 39 overall pick (ULL)
• Limited by groin injury in ’19
• Still made 1st-Team All-Sun Belt

STRENGTHS

—Four-year starter for the Ragin' Cajuns who played both guard and tackle; offers tremendous positional flexibility and could slide into an established offensive line with ease.

—Looks for a finish on every play and relishes the opportunity to put a man in the dirt; dominates in the fourth quarter after physically beating up his opponent.

—Thick-bodied prospect who carries the weight exceptionally well and has no trouble in space; can fit into any scheme immediately.

—Has a junkyard-dog mentality and concrete blocks for hands; a fighter in pass protection who will land body blows routinely.

—Has a better snatch-and-trap move in pass protection than a majority of NFL linemen; able to remain balanced with efficient hands while manipulating defenders.

—Undeniable power throughout his entire frame; comfortable relying on it to uproot defenders at the line of scrimmage or sit back in his hips and anchor in the run game.

—Quick-sets with ease and has the lateral agility to mirror at the line of scrimmage with defenders; moving inside to guard could accentuate the best parts of his game in pass protection.

 

WEAKNESSES

—Turns 24 in late August and may be seen as maxed out with regard to physical and technical maturation.

—Groin injury ended his season with seven games remaining and required offseason surgery.

—Had a tendency to start clicking his heels late in games versus weak competition as a pass protector; nasty habits like that will get exposed versus better talent in the NFL.

—Often throws his hands like he's unrolling a carpet and has a tendency to start low and roll them upward, landing wide and outside the ideal strike point; slows his punch down and telegraphs it early.

—Doesn't have ideal vertical sets as a tackle; could play there in a pinch, but would struggle versus every-down speed-rushers that threaten his edge.

—Pad level in pass protection became inconsistent late in games; paired with average length at best (33½" arms), long-armed defenders will get inside his frame and play with his balance.

—Drops his eyes into opponents too often and will be susceptible to some arm-over moves and quick swipes in the NFL.

 

OVERALL

Hunt's biggest weakness might be that his opponents were weaker than he was. He's been able to dominate the majority of his opponents, which allowed him to get away with some lazy habits that look more like a player who is bored and less like true deficiencies. If any prospect can fix his flaws the fastest, Hunt might be the guy. He offers top-tier power in every phase, but he pairs that power with plenty of athleticism. He'll kick inside to guard in the NFL, where his vertical sets won't be quite as challenged and he can continue to be a road-grader in the run game.

 

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POST DRAFT ANALYSIS

Yahoo! Sports (Eric Edholm)
We had Jackson as the No. 68 overall prospect. Others had him far higher, and had he not donated bone marrow to his sister right before the season, perhaps he would have played better. We just weren't in love with him, and believe he needs lot of development.
Draft Grade: C-

NFL Network (Daniel Jeremiah) *
They’re getting a true left tackle with outstanding foot quickness and athleticism. He struggled a little bit early on in the year and got more comfortable as the year progressed. He’s only 20 years old. I don’t know that he can step on the field right now and be an impact tackle. But the upside with this kid is off the charts because of his ability to bend his knees and move. He’s an outstanding athlete.

ESPN (Louis Riddick) *
He’s unmatched in this draft at the offensive tackle position. You could say at least he’s on par with all the other top tackles in this draft. Tremendous set quickness, long arms, good punch. Tremendous recoverability. In the run game, he can play in the power scheme, can play zone schemes, can climb to the second level. He just needs to stay more consistent when he goes up against technically proficient pass rushers because he had trouble with [Iowa’s] AJ Epenesa, had a little bit of trouble with [Utah’s] Bradley Anae. This is a guy who’s best football is ahead of him, without a doubt.

RotoWorld *
This was the pick the Dolphins got from the Steelers in the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade. A two-year starter at left tackle in OC Graham Harrell's up-tempo Air Raid scheme, 20-year-old Jackson (6’5/322) earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors in his final year at USC. His 2019 tape showcases lackluster footwork and traits of a mid-round prospect, but note that Jackson donated bone marrow to his sister only two months prior to the Trojans' season opener, losing 25 pounds while recovering his hip flexibility. That could also explain why he was dominated by Iowa EDGE A.J. Epenesa in the 2019 Holiday Bowl. Fortunately, Jackson's 89th-percentile Adjusted SPARQ athleticism, as well as his formidable length and quickness, are reasons to be optimistic that he can develop into a quality starter in due time. Jackson may struggle in his first year out the gates but has the ceiling of a multi-year Pro-Bowler with proper development backing him. In Miami, he will have to play immediately, likely sliding in at left tackle ahead of cellar-dweller option Julie'n Davenport and next to free-agent pickup LG Ereck Flowers.

Pro Football Focus *
The excitement surrounding Miami after selecting Tua Tagovailoa is dampened a little bit here with the biggest reach of the draft so far in our eyes. Jackson comes in at 94th on the PFF Big Board, and it all comes down to his on-field production. The length and physical profile is that of a Day 1 offensive tackle, but Jackson was carved up last season by the three NFL-caliber edge defenders that he faced (Julian Okwara, Bradlee Anae and A.J. Epenesa) and managed just a 74.1 grade overall for the season. With Josh Jones still on the board, it’s hard to justify this selection.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) *
Grade: C-. I would have gone with Ezra Cleveland. Austin Jackson is a project. It might take a year or two for him to become the player people think he can become. I'm concerned about this pick for Miami.

Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer) *
The Dolphins got Tagovailoa to be their quarterback, so they were bound to turn their attention to protecting him soon afterward. However, this is a pick they might have been able to make in a later round, making it a bit of a reach given they passed on more bona fide elite players they need at other positions (like safety Xavier McKinney). Jackson is an impressive athlete for his size (6-5, 322 pounds), but he needs some refinement in his technique to match his quick feet.
Grade : C

Pro Football Network (Tony Pauline) *
I received a lot of grief for having Austin Jackson rated so highly, but the Dolphins agreed with me. Jackson was one of the best left tackle pass protectors in this draft and he comes with a huge upside. He needs to improve his consistency as well as his run blocking, but the Dolphins got a great prospect in Jackson.

Pro Football Network (Andrew DiCecco) *
Following the Tua selection, I mentioned it was imperative the Dolphins capitalize on a strong offensive tackle class and come away with one in the first round to protect Tagovailoa. Jackson is an immensely talented, albeit raw prospect, that is one of the more athletic tackle prospects in this class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson, a true junior in 2019, was a two-year starter at left tackle. He gets off the ball and flashes the ability to move defenders in the run game. He flashes a violent punch. He has the potential to develop into an above-average pass-blocker. He's quick and long enough to handle speed off the edge. He does an above-average job of resetting his hands and recovering. He gives ground when he doesn't win with his hands initially. He oversets and gets beaten to the inside at times. The 2019 Notre Dame tape shows the good and the bad in pass pro. -- March 2020

Pre-Draft Analysis
Jackson gets off the ball and flashes the ability to move defenders in the run game. He has a violent punch and has the potential to develop into a good pass-blocker. He's quick and long enough to handle speed off the edge. He does an above-average job of resetting his hands and recovering. Jackson is inconsistent, however, and the 2019 Notre Dame tape shows the good and the bad in pass protection. -- Steve Muench

 

Player Bio
Many USA Today High School All-Americans face the most important choice of their young lives when picking a school. Jackson's selection of USC was not nearly as important, however, as his decision to donate bone marrow to his younger sister in the summer of 2019. The procedure went well, and Jackson returned to the Trojans for his junior season. He started all 13 games at left tackle in 2019, garnering first-team All-Pac-12 notice for his efforts. As a freshman, Jackson played in all 14 games as a reserve and on special teams. The next season, the Phoenix, Arizona, native started all 12 games at left tackle. Jackson's grandfather, Melvin, played on the offensive line for the Trojans' 1974 national championship team and for the Green Bay Packers for five years.

Analysis

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Overview
Early-entry tackle prospect who is raw but gifted and is likely to be coveted by a variety of teams, thanks to his true left tackle traits. Jackson has loads of athletic ability and play talent that is waiting to be developed and harvested. Inconsistent hand placement and footwork could be exploited early on if teams try and rush him into the starting lineup, but issues are correctable. He's scheme-diverse with potential guard flexibility if he improves his strength. He could become an early starter but may offer a wider split between floor and ceiling than some teams might like.

Strengths

  • Outstanding athleticism on athletic frame
  • Room for additional mass and development
  • Nimble feet and quick twitch headline his athletic gifts
  • Flashes bend and initial pop as drive-blocker
  • Initial lateral steps gain ground quickly
  • Quick to second level on cutoff blocks
  • Rangy -- capable in long pulls and wide receiver screens
  • Rapid kick slide offers mirroring mechanism against speed
  • Slick splash technique to create imbalance from rushers
  • Ability to redirect against counters
  • Athleticism for above-average recovery talent
  • Can run the rusher up and around the pocket
  • Has blocked two kicks at USC and five in high school

Weaknesses

  • Technique issues show up on tape
  • Footwork can be jumpy and undisciplined
  • Needs to improve upper body and core strength
  • Infrequent use of inside hands diminishes power
  • Lacks hand placement to sustain and steer the defender
  • Low hands can be tardy to land first
  • Too much hunching forward into punch
  • Overextends causing fluctuation in base width
  • Average body composure to handle counters

 

AUSTIN JACKSON | USC | OT | #73 | JR | 6047 |
322 | 1028 | 3418 | 8200 | 5.07 | Phoenix, AX | North Canyon HS |
08.11.99 | NIC | 8.0/9.2 | Rd2

Overview:
Possesses long, wide, athletic frame; prototypical size—has gained over 50 pounds since arriving to USC and still has room to grow. Shows strong hands, excellent placement and
great bend. However, he can overextend himself at times and be caught out of place. A two-year starter who played special teams as a freshman. Has NFL bloodlines. Underwent an altruistic
surgical procedure during the summer of 2019, to donate bone marrow to his sister Autumn, who suffers from Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Overall, his combination of size, athleticism and
upside could make him a top 50 overall selection.

Background:
Grew up in a single-parent household with his mother Lavonna Buckhanan. Played offensive tackle and defensive end at North Canyon High in Phoenix, Arizona. He also was on
North Canyon’s track and basketball teams. Majored in political science at USC. His grandfather, Melvin Jackson, was a 1974 and 1975 letterman offensive tackle at USC. He then went on to
play 5 years (1976-80) in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers after being their 12th round pick in the 1976 Draft. Jackson returned healthy to the Trojans for his junior season after donating bone marrow to his sister in the summer of 2019.

Career:
Started all 13 games at left tackle in 2019 and 2018, garnering first-team All-Pac-12 honors. As a freshman, Jackson played in all 14 games and contributed on special teams.

Q&A:
How did you wind up being a bone marrow donor for your sister? My sister has a rare blood disorder which causes your body not to produce red blood cells. She's had it since she was
born. The procedure I did, the bone marrow transplant, allows her body to accept my blood cells. Thank god we were a perfect match through blood testing. That allowed her to fully restart
her system and her body is now producing red blood cells.

Q&A:
What did you learn from your grandfather, Melvin, who played for the Packers? It's a business. You have to show up every day, work to get better. There's some technique stuff he's
showed me, but football in the '70s is a lot different than football now. But the biggest thing he's taught me is show up every day, work hard, and make the most for yourself.

Q&A:
Have you stayed connected with any of the great Trojans tackles from years past? Yes. I talk to guys like Anthony Munoz who come back. He's a legend, Hall of Famer. Guys like Tyron
Smith, talked to him a couple times. Look forward to training with him this offseason. Sam Baker, another great, comes back a lot. There's a handful of them.

 

PROS & CONS

 

COMPARABLES

 

Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Positives
Athletic tackle who is one of the best pass protectors in this year’s draft. Quickly sets up off the snap, keeps his head on a swivel and displays good vision. Picks up stunts and blitzes, adjusts to speed rushers and effectively knocks them from their angles of attack with a strong hand punch.

Bends his knees, sets with a wide base and keeps his feet moving. Stays square and seals defenders from the action. Easily slides off the edge, makes outstanding use of angles and displays terrific lateral range. Flexible, resilient and stays with plays. Has a nasty mentality and attacks blocks.

Negatives
Must improve as a run blocker. Does not get much movement and gets held up at the point by defenders. Has a tendency to fall off blocks rather than finish them.

Analysis
Jackson was a terrific left tackle for the Trojans the past two seasons and displayed good athleticism during combine testing. He comes with big upside and starting potential and should only improve as he physically matures.

 

Austin Jackson*, OT, USC
Height: 6-5. Weight: 322. Arm: 34.13. Hand: 10.25.
40 Time: 5.07.
Projected Round (2020): 1-2.

4/21/20: In speaking to some team sources, they believe Jackson will be a first-round pick, but if offensive linemen get pushed down because of the amount of prospects, he might be an early second-round pick. Jackson had a solid combine with a fast 40 and a good workout.

Evaluators say Jackson is a great athlete with quick feet and excellent agility. He is an easy mover with the ability to bend at the knee and play with good leverage. There were times where Jackson got away with some mistakes because of his athleticism, and he will need to work on technique for the NFL. Jackson is raw from a fundamentals standpoint, and that was exposed by A.J. Epenesa in Iowa's bowl win, but Jackson's skill set is that of a franchise left tackle.

Earlier in 2019, Jackson took a leave from the Trojans in order to donate bone marrow to his younger sister, and he played extremely well after returning to the team.

 

Austin Jackson, Tackle, USC

Strengths: Size, effort-hustle

Weaknesses: Fluidity

Jackson is one of the feel-good stories of this year's draft: He took time off from football in the 2019 offseason to give his sister a bone-marrow transplant to correct a rare, dangerous blood disorder. Here's an ESPN video that tells the story better than we can in the space provided. Jackson told reporters at the combine that his sister was making a full recovery. "I was happy. I was excited. But most importantly I just thanked God. It was a miracle, and I was glad I could do that for my family," he said.

On the field, Jackson is a get-the-job-done type. He's big, strong and alert when reading blitzes or mirroring his defender's moves, but he's very mechanically stiff. Agile pass-rushers will be able to beat him to the inside at the NFL level, and he'll whiff at the last second on some open-field blocks.

Jackson's lack of agility could make him a liability at left tackle, but he's physical and determined enough to hold his own on the right side or serve as a quality multi-position backup. Jackson's technique is not pretty, but he's enough of a brawler to help the Dolphins.

The Dolphins allowed a league-high (tied with the Panthers) 58 sacks last season. They traded left tackle Laremy Tunsil just before the start of last season, of course, because a) they wanted to straddle the rebuilding/tanking line as tightly as possible; and b) Bill O’Brien was leaking foolishness and draft picks. But that left them with J’Marcus Webb, whom I thought retired in 2014, starting at left tackle for a while. They fielded one of the worst offensive lines I have ever seen at the start of the season, and it only got a little better as the season progressed. So Jackson fills a need. But the Dolphins have dipped into the second tier of tackle prospects. They should have tried to move up for a Tristan Wirfs or move down for more assets.

Grade: C+

 

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