Time to get NASTY (Our Summary): Most NFL teams will find it surprising in their research of Warren that he was a good kickoff returner in the AAC as a freshman. This lays credence to his level of hand-eye coordination and athleticism. It is a big reason the team has put so many different responsibilities on his plate during school. He was once described as having a “high football IQ” by Bearcats offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock. Jordan Howard (Bears, Eagles) is the player Warren most resembles currently playing in the NFL. Howard was also a big back with underrated athleticism when he came out of Indiana. Warren won’t blow up the workout circuit leading up to the draft, but he could surprise once he gets into an NFL training camp with his balance, lower body strength, vision and instincts. He needs to make sure he is in top-notch physical condition to ensure that possibility.
Editor’s note: For the full scouting report on Cincinnati RB Michael Warren or any other of your favorite 2020 NFL Draft prospects (including Strengths, Weaknesses and Other Notes), please check out Corey Chavous’ 2020 NFL Draft Guide (available later this year).
First-year Louisville Cardinals (8-5) head coach Scott Satterfield led the team to a 38-28 victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the 2019 Franklin American Music City Bowl. Despite moving on prior to last year’s New Orleans Bowl as head coach of the Appalachian State Mountaineers, Satterfield has now led teams to four consecutive bowl victories. Led by redshirt sophomore signal-caller Micale Cunningham’s Music City Bowl MVP performance (350 total yards, 2 TDs), the Cardinals amassed over 500 yards (510) of total offense.
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The Tennessee Air National Guard flyover over the 2019 Music City Bowl featured the C-17 Globemaster, from the Memphis based 164th Airlift Wing.
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Louisville's Hassan Hall (No. 19 pictured) finished fourth in the nation in kickoff returns in 2019 (30.5 yd/avg, TD) but he had problems getting away from Mississippi State WR JaVonta Payton (No. 4 pictured), S Landon Guidry (No. 35 pictured) and No. 34 Sherman Timbs.
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Mississippi State linebacker Willie Gay, Jr. (No. 6 pictured) saved his best for last. With the team missing starting linebacker Erroll Thompson, Gay, Jr. contributed a career-high 11 tackles, one forced fumble and one tackle for loss.
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Mississippi State LT Tyre Phillips (No. 78 pictured), 6'5 345, often used his size to envelop Louisville OLB Yasir Abdullah (No. 22 pictured).
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Louisville's Micale Cunningham rushed for 81 yards on 16 carries as he consistently kept linebackers like Mississippi State's Tim Washington (No. 41 pictured) in constant pursuit. In addition, Cunningham threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore phenom finished 2019 with 22 touchdown passes and five interceptions.
Scott Satterfield holding up the 2019 Music City Bowl trophy
Scott Satterfield continues to win bowl games at a frenetic pace. The Music City Bowl victory marked his fourth bowl game in the last four games he's coached in (didn't coach in the 2018 New Orleans Bowl for Appalachian State). His continued rise has coincided with a Louisville program that could be headed on the way back up the ladder in the ACC.
Clemson sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence accounted for 366 total yards and three touchdowns in leading the Tigers back from a 16-point deficit to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes 29-23 in the 2019 Playstation Fiesta Bowl. The game MVP got a lot of assistance from ACC Offensive Player of the Year Travis Etienne, who chipped in with 150 all-purpose yards and three scores in the comeback effort.
Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz won his sixth consecutive bowl game for the Bulldogs and did so in dominating fashion. His Bulldogs shutout the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes 14-0 in what turned out to be a dominating defensive performance. The Hurricanes managed just 74 yards on the ground and accounted for 227 yards overall. Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Defensive MVP Connor Taylor had nine tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
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2019 Walk-On's Independence Bowl Defensive MVP Connor Taylor (No. 2 pictured) not only contributed nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one pass break-up, but he also showed up on this kickoff cover vs. Miami's K.J. Osborn (No. 2 pictured).
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Miami (Fla.) LB Shaquille Quarterman (No. 55 pictured) may be the Hurricanes' most consistent leader. While many of his teammates sat out the game to prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft, Quarterman -who led the team in tackles (107) and ranked second in tackles for loss (15.5) - tallied 11 tackles in his final career game. Despite his efforts, Louisiana Tech junior running back Justin Henderson (No. 33 pictured) finished with 95 yards on 22 carries. Henderson (1,062 rushing yards, 16 total TDs in 2019) earned 2019 Independence Bowl Offensive MVP honors.
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With Louisiana Tech All-American CB Amik Robertson sitting out the bowl game to prepare for the draft, senior corner Michael Sam (No. 5 pictured) was out to send a message early in the game. This physical tackle on Miami (Fla.) senior wide receiver K.J. Osborn (No. 2 pictured) set a tone. Sam had 46 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass break-ups in 2019.
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Miami (Fla.) freshman defensive end Gregory Rousseau (No. 15 pictured) had a size challenge versus Louisiana Tech senior OT Gewhite Stallworth (6'8, 320). Rousseau's slippery nature proved to be tough for Stallworth at times. Rousseau is draft-eligible for the 2021 NFL Draft and this season proved to be a breakout. He finished with 54 tackles, 15.5 quarterback sacks (second nationally), 19.5 tackles for losses (seventh nationally), two forced fumbles and one pass break-up.
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Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz quietly won his sixth consecutive bowl game for the Bulldogs. During his time in Ruston, Holtz has three nine-win seasons and one 10-win campaign.
Washington head coach Chris Petersen ended his career with a resounding 38-7 victory over his former team, the Boise State Broncos, in the 2019 Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl. Junior quarterback Jacob Eason passed for 210 yards and one touchdown while fellow junior running back Salvon Ahmed added two rushing scores. Junior defensive back Elijah Molden took home game MVP honors with nine tackles, one forced fumble and a 31-yard interception return.
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The Las Vegas Bowl captures the spirit of the city in mid-December every year.
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Our United States military provides a constant presence every year at the Las Vegas Bowl.
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Despite rushing for just 20 yards, Washington running back Salvon Ahmed (No. 26 pictured) scored two touchdowns in the 2019 Las Vegas Bowl. He went over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in 2019 and finished his career with 21 rushing touchdowns. Ahmed -who recently declared for the 2020 NFL Draft- will be one of the fastest running backs available in this year's draft class.
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Washington center Nick Harris (No. 56 pictured) provides mobility as a puller in space for wide receiver Chico McClatcher (No. 6 pictured) on a fly sweep.
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Washington defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake celebrates the Las Vegas Bowl championship with retiring coach Chris Petersen. Petersen finished 55-26 during his tenure with the Huskies and 147-38 overall (Boise State, Washington).
Silver Bluff High School hosted its second annual Gridiron Golf tournament at the Midland Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, South Carolina on June 28, 2019. Here is a look at some of the images from the weekend.
Brazdeikis -the 2019 Big Ten Freshman of the Year- proved his worth during his first season in Ann Arbor. The 2019 AP Newcomer of the Year averaged 14.8 PPG and 5.4 RPG while shooting 46.2-percent from the field. He also shot 39.2-percent from beyond the arc and 77-percent from the foul line. Brazdeikis hopes to hear his name called at some point during the 2019 NBA Draft.
The Miami Marlins selected the 2019 SEC Player of the Year JJ Bleday with the fourth overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft. Bleday currently leads the nation with 26 home runs in 2019 and sports a .327 career batting average through three seasons. The former San Diego Padres 39th round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft was a three-sport athlete at the prep level in golf, swimming and baseball. He projects as a corner outfielder in the Marlins organization.
Texas A&M’s Braden Shewmake has been a model of consistency during his three-year run in the SEC. The conference and National Freshman of the Year in 2017 batted .335 with 11 home runs and 68 RBI during that season alone. The former all-district quarterback at Wylie East High School (Tex.) was a three-sport standout (baseball, basketball, football) at the prep level. The 6’4, 190-pounder was selected 21st overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 2019 MLB Draft and will be expected to develop into the same steady player he proved to be at the SEC level.
Notable picks: First-year GM Eric DeCosta did a very good job of adding layers to the Baltimore offense.Brown’s challenge will be to hold his weight at the 175-pound mark while not losing his decisive speed.Ferguson has more pressure to produce than most third-rounders because of the loss of Terrell Suggs in free agency. Boykin will compete with holdovers Jaleel Scott, Chris Moore, and Jordan Lasley for playing time.Powers helps improve the depth of the interior line.Will Marshall move to safety? The addition of Hill provides the team with a home run threat at the running back position.He will, however, have to fight for playing time.
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Acquired this pick from the Philadelphia Eagles for its 22nd overall pick
Brown has a chance to become dynamic in the Ravens offense in a different type of way than he was at Oklahoma.Expect to see him used on fly sweeps, seam routes, shallow crossers, nine routes and post patterns.Will he be a fit with fellow Florida native Lamar Jackson? Physical cornerbacks have competed well against him in the past.
After a subpar postseason, Ferguson saw his stock slide despite breaking former Ravens’ OLB Terrell Suggs’ all-time NCAA sack record.Ferguson plays even longer than his size would indicate and he may have to bully tackles early on. He has a 10-yard burst.
Boykin is an upside pick after just one year of high-level production, but he did draw as many pass interference calls as any receiver in this year’s draft.Can he build on his breakout final year in school?
If Powers can sustain blocks with more efficiency, then his ability to gain position can be effective in the NFL.He excels with hand placement initially and passes off line games well. His experience gives the team comfort he can translate to the next level.
The former five-star recruit’s big knock didn’t revolve around power or explosion at 330-plus pounds.It basically comes down to endurance.We think he can give the team a solid 20 snaps a game if needed and those snaps can be impactful.
We felt McSorley was one of the better quarterbacks in this year’s draft, but his final year at Penn State included a knee injury that affected his accuracy.While most expect him to play a variety of roles for the team, we think he can be productive under center in at least a backup capacity.
Notable picks: The Bengals were fixated on finding more competition along its offensive line and Williams will be asked to move back to his original spot in college, right tackle.Sample is underrated as a receiver, but his true value comes as a blocker for a team intent on running the ball effectively.Pratt’s foot speed will give him an opportunity to compete for a spot in DC Lou Anarumo’s schemes. Can Finley’s experience and maturity actually challenge Andy Dalton?
Sample amplified his draft stock when he ran in the low 4.7-range at 255 pounds.He is getting better at the little things when it comes to running routes (sinking his weight, using his size, etc..).He can play multiple spots.
If Pratt -a former safety- can improve his stack-and-shed, we think he can compete early for a spot.He has had some shoulder issues in the past, but is a fine blitz threat with good ball skills to finish interception opportunities.
Jordan will get the opportunity to move back to the guard spot and play alongside former Buckeye teammate and Bengals center Billy Price.It could prove to be a winning combination for the Bengals.
It is hard to find players who rush for over 1,700 yards available in the sixth round, but there were questions surrounding Williams’ true change of direction after ordinary postseason workouts.A closer look reveals a back capable of slipping in-and-out of tight quarters with burst and power packed into a 206-pound frame.
Davis is an instinctive linebacker who fits, wraps and seeks to inflict pain on opponents.He got knocked for a bit of stiffness in pass coverage.He finished his career with 266 tackles and 29 tackles for losses.
Anderson’s talent has never been in question, but his injury history is concerning.He is a pick that could reap major rewards if he is able to stay unscathed over the next year and a half.The former Sooner has soft hands and is good in pass protection.
Notable picks: Williams and Takitaki both have question marks surrounding different aspects of their games.Redwine has a load of talent and the former cornerback should be able to operate effectively in man coverage versus tight ends.Mack Wilson’s eye control will determine his ultimate place on the roster, but his kickoff coverage ability will be a bonus while he develops.An uncertain kicking situation led to the pick of Seibert, who hasn’t had a number of pressure-packed kicks on his resume’.Forbes’ selection indicates the team is still looking for competition on the flanks of its offensive line.
Although his space tackling is an issue, he did improve in pass coverage slightly as a senior.The Browns linebacker corps features a ton of speed, hard hitters and undervalued prospects coming out of the college ranks.Takitaki fits the bill, but his discipline in pass coverage will ultimately determine whether he can find a role.
Despite starring in pass coverage in 2017, Wilson’s inconsistent eye control caused a precipitous fall on draft weekend.His pad level needs to improve stacking-and-shedding OL (see SEC Champ ’18).We think he is one of the best kickoff cover guys in the entire 2019 NFL Draft class.
Acquired from New England
Seibert carries a slight right-to-left drift on some of his shorter field goals in the NFL’s extra point range (33-yd GW FG miss, Army ’18).In addition, he has left some returnable kickoff opportunities for opponents (TCU ’18).On the plus side, he connected on 80-percent of his career field goal attempts, has range up to about 60 yards and can even be an effective punter in a pinch.He placed 65 punts inside the 20-yard line during school.
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Forbes ran in the 4.9-range, pumped out 28 reps at 225 pounds, and posted a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump on his Pro Day.His footwork may give him an opportunity to play the tackle spot, the position he played at in school.
Lewis was one of the more active cornerbacks in the AAC over the last two seasons.He routinely challenged WRs in man coverage. Postseason injury issues caused him to fall in the draft. He also has experience covering in the slot.
Notable picks: GM Kevin Colbert and his scouting department apparently came into this draft looking to increase the team’s speed at the linebacker spot and on special teams.Bush, Gilbert and Smith go a long way towards reaching that goal. For the second straight year, the team drafted an Alabama defensive lineman on Day 3 of the draft process.Justin Layne adds a long corner to a group really devoid of size on the edges.If Johnson can duplicate former WR Antonio Brown’s younger years as a punt return specialist, it could amplify his role within the offense.
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Acquired in a trade from the Denver Broncos that sent them the 20th overall pick in the first round
Bush, our top-ranked linebacker, brings 4.43 speed and plenty of explosion to the Steelers defense.The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year’s mentality brings a tone-setting edge to the team’s defense.
Acquired from Oakland
Johnson’s instant nature gives the team the hope that they may have found yet another gem from the MAC.We think he offers major upside in the return game.The 2018 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year averaged 18.5 yards per punt return as a junior and 20.2 yards per punt return in his career (2 TDs).He also returned two kickoffs for scores while in school.
The fourth quarter finisher will compete with James Connor to finish off games. Snell’s attitude and energetic style will be a complement to the team’s running back by committee-approach.He finished his career with 48 touchdowns. Controlling his emotions will be a big key.
Acquired from Oakland
The former New Mexico high school four-star QB recruit didn’t develop into a prized signal-caller, but he did become one of the best tight ends in the Big Ten working from the inside-out on pass patterns. Ordinary workouts likely caused a bit of a slide, but he averaged 16.1 yards per reception for the Wolverines in 2018.
Acquired from Oakland
Smith’s impressive work in terms of flexibility gives the team hope that he can develop into an exchange linebacker.With such a knack for rushing the passer off the edge, the hope for the Steelers is his knack for timing can develop from a number of spots.He finished his career with 30 QB sacks and 58 tackles for losses in just 39 games.
Buggs is an intense two-gap defender who relies on power, but he is actually more efficient with his angles as a pass rusher.He could line up as a three-technique in some of their fronts or the inside shade defensive end in others.He has value at this spot in the draft.
Compensatory pick acquired from Arizona
The Zips playmaker finished with 112 tackles in a breakout junior campaign but took a bit of a step back in 2018.He runs in the high 4.4-to-low 4.5-range and will get plenty of opportunities as a core special teams player.