FCS Draft Prospects 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Possible Fits
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FCS Draft Prospects 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
As of NFL opening week in 2019, there were 157 players from 76 different FCS schools on 53-man rosters for the 2019 NFL season, including 11 of the 13 picks from the 2019 NFL draft. Here we take a look at some of the draft prospects expecting to hear their name in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Jeremy Chinn, SS, Southern Illinois University: Chinn, a 6’3” senior for the Salukis, totalled 71 tackles, 4 interceptions and 3 pass breakups in 2019, and if that weren’t enough to help rise Chinn’s stock, he interviewed well with teams that decided to chat with him and his size leads many scouts to believe he could be a hybrid safety that could also be flexed in at linebacker depending on the coverage. Chinn has appeared as a late first round pick in a couple of drafts, but many boards see Chinn going in the late second to early third round.
Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton: Trautman, a 6’5”, 251 pound senior for the Flyers had 70 catches for 916 yards and 14 touchdowns in the 2019 season. The drawback for Trautman’s stock was a slow 40-yard dash time at the combine, but that hasn’t stopped scouts from viewing Trautman as a potential steal in the 2020 draft. A combination of size, athleticism and solid hands, he’s got all of the tools to be a weapon at the next level as he high points the ball really well as a receiver and has the perfect frame for a blocking tight end. Trautman is drawing comparisons to Cleveland Browns’ tight end Austin Hooper as both have solid receiving ability as well as effectiveness in the run blocking department.
Alex Taylor, T, South Carolina State: Taylor, a 6’8”, 308 pound senior, is a former basketball player who took time before developing into a football player at SC State. His massive frame allows him to excel in blocking the edge, but we’ve yet to see if Taylor can use and bend that frame to gain leverage against smaller and quicker defenders at the next level. Taylor is a good project for a team to take on as there’s a lot to like with Taylor, but I see him going around the 5th round.
Derrek Tuszka, DE, North Dakota State: Tuszka, a 6’5” senior for the Bison, had the best years of his collegiate career over the last two seasons, helping lead the Bison to their 7th and 8th FCS championships. Tuszka had 15 sacks and 13 QB hits. Tuszka has a high motor that doesn’t stop and he always looks to be the guy that’s broken the play up from the back side. The drawback on Tuszka is that if it’s not done with speed, it’s not done at all as he doesn’t use power exclusively, but Tuszka is still worth a 4th or 5th round pick for whichever team decides to scoop him up.
James Robinson, RB, Illinois State: Robinson, a 5’10” senior, was basically the workhorse for the Redbirds in terms of a ground attack this season, rushing for 1,899 yards and 18 touchdowns while also averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Robinson exemplified a strong combination of patience and field vision, and once he picks a course, he drives through it. Also has very good body control, but the problem is that after his first burst he’s normally shot until the next play, there’s no real second gear. Also the six fumbles last season are a bit of a concern, but nothing that can’t be fixed. Definitely worth a 4th-6th round pick in the are that most mocks have him going in.
Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island: Coulter, a 6’2” junior, is most likely going to be the receiver that gets a scout fired for letting his team pass on him in the draft. Coulter had his best two years in 2018 and 2019, especially in the latter, where Coulter logged 71 grabs for 1,032 yards and 8 touchdowns, including a 9 reception, 152 yard game against Virginia Tech. Coulter is a speed threat, able to blow past defenders on a regular basis, make plays in the open field while also gaining valuable yards after the catch. Coulter does have his flaws though, he will need to put on some size to deal with defensive backs at the next level and needs to work on route running to get his separation and extra yardage. If this year’s receiver class wasn’t so deep, I’d think a guy like Coulter could go in the middle rounds but I think he slips to the 5th-7th rounds, making him a superb value for the team that’s willing to put the time in.
Charlie Taumoepeau, TE/FB, Portland State: Taumoepeau, a 6’2 senior, was one of the key cogs for Portland State in the last couple of years, including being named consensus All-American Second-Team. Taumoepeau had 36 receptions for 474 yards in 2019, but his strength lies in his flexibility as Taumoepeau can play tight end or can be switched to an H back role in the backfield depending on the offensive scheme being run. Taumoepeau does a lot of damage with underneath routes, but is also a threat down the seams which is why he led the country in terms of tight ends in regards to yards per catch in 2018. The problem is that while Taumoepeau has shown a willingness to block, he sometimes doesn’t know the technique that’s required to succeed in that scheme, and that’s something that will have to be taught, but I can still see Taumoepeau being selected on day 3 of the draft.
Aaron Parker, WR, Rhode Island: Parker, a 6’3” senior, is the second Ram on this list for good reason. You watch the highlight tapes and one thing becomes abundantly clear when it comes to Parker and that’s the fact that he can use his height and size to high point the ball and that he’s a talented receiver. However, Parker also needs to improve his route running to get separation at the next level as he wouldn’t have to compete for jump balls with better route running skills to get him space down the field. I see Parker going in the same are that I see Isaiah Coulter going in, another Rhode Island receiver going in the 5th-7th rounds.