This week, the league started handing out invites to the 2021 NFL Draft. Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore and Ohio State interior offensive lineman Wyatt Davis have reportedly been invited. But if it were up to us, we aren’t high enough on either player to have invited them.
So on the Friday edition of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory podcast, we looked at three other players the league seems to regard more highly than we do. Here they are.
WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
While more highly valued by others — he is often placed in Day 1 — we value Toney closer to the late-second round range. Toney is a problem in space — possessing fluid hips, good change of direction and balance through contact for a wide receiver.
But we think he hasn’t shown enough consistency beating press coverage — or with catching the football when he does get uncovered. His early path to success seems to be from manufactured touches — rather than operation within passing structure.
IOL Trey Smith, Tennessee
In the way-too-early mock drafts that came out right after last year’s draft, Smith was a popular choice — which usually indicates that NFL sources are big fans. Smith’s highlights are indeed impressive, showing devastating finishes on blocks in the running game.
But in between those plays, we don’t like his consistency. As part of their evaluation process, some NFL teams scout a player’s top 20 plays. Coaches then take the responsibility to help that player achieve the same success more consistently. Perhaps this is why Smith received (and is receiving) so much buzz.
CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
Some of the more respected and well-connected media evaluators are projecting Joseph to go early. While lauded for his athleticism, Joseph is a linear player who needs to operate on a vertical plane to find the most success at the next level. There are also questions to be answered off the field. The NFL, however, tends to value the type of physical profile Joseph possesses — and again, his high-level plays are tantalizing.
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