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Matt Anzio’s Hidden Gems: 2020 NFL Draft Sleeper Prospects – O-Line Edition

Matt Anzio has been reviewing film and found some sleepers. These players are what Matt considers Hidden Gems in the 2020 NFL Draft!

  Hidden Gems – 2020 NFL Draft Sleeper Prospects by Matt Anzio 

O- Line Part 1 

  • OL Erick Browne 
  • Merrimack 
  • Height : 6’ 3 
  • Weight : 298 lbs 

Browne Is a 2 X  All Conference OL Prospect

Wow!!!  Is all I could say after going through both his game film & spring practice film.  Have seen a couple OL prospects from Merrimack before but no doubt in my mind that Brown is the best yet. 

Strong as a Grizzly Bear & mauls like one too. Keeping a wide base good bend ultimate leverage. His technique his power & intensity make him a Right tackle prospect to keep an eye on. 

Locks up rushing ends with his big powerful arms & hands. Quick moving feet keeping defenders in front of himself on pass rush. Holds a deep pocket for his QB & looks very natural as an RT.  Strong violent hands with proper hand placement powerful lean & drive on run blocking assignments. 

Absolutely love his style of mauler play looks like he was born to play the position. Browne is holding it down, putting defenders on the ground. Pound for Pound Browne is one of the top sleepers  OT’s around. 

All seriousness, Browne is a strong looking RT or OL prospect with a ton of upside. Good size technique above average strength with natural body movement.  

If he keeps up at this rate he could catch the eye of some NFL scouts or player personnel guy. Hard to catch attention coming out of that area in Massachusetts but Browne is a special talent.  

Deep OL class but think he could be a plug n play type of RT reserve practice squad guy from the jump. Needs a little exposure but this FCS All-Star could be a true Hidden Gem. 

  • OT Camron Clark 
  • UNC Charlotte 
  • Height : 6’ 5   
  • Weight : 295lbs 

Clark Is One Of The Best Small School Tackles in Next Year’s Draft Class. 

UNC Charlotte producing some talent on both sides of the ball. That program is on the up & coming list. Clark the latest OL prospect coming out he is a vital piece to that OL as the 49ers starting LT. 

According to PFF Clark had an outstanding 826 snaps with a Pass – Block Grade of 85.7, a Run – Block Grade of 74.4. Allowed only 15 pressures all year with an overall grade of 80.4.

Watching him against big name & small school teams alike he held his own well against most the obstacles put in his path.

Keeps his QB clean prevalent well placed strong arms & hands he plants between the shoulder pads & can drive defenders off the ball in the run. Gap control understands his role on stunts good push & lean in motion finds work creates run lanes.  Very hard to move off the ball like moving mountains. 

Looks very good against the pass can keep a wide base very natural hips feet with a smooth quick moving kick. Strongly planted right foot can move extremely well backing up on the pass downs. That makes him an ideal left tackle candidate at the next level. 

Like to see him stay lower & wider a bit longer give himself the ultimate advantage especially on run downs.  Cause he is excellent on pass downs, all these things are easily correctable. 

Has a chance as a Senior to move up from a day 3 projection to a day 2 projection especially if he takes a leap forward. He is already underrated in my opinion but a solid yr & a Shrine or Senior Bowl invite. He could shoot up scouts boards in a heartbeat 

  • OC/ OG Jonathan Tovar 
  • Iowa Wesleyan  
  • Height: 6’ 1  
  • Weight: 310 lbs 

Consistent Mauler Tovar  Has A Punch Like A Heavyweight Boxer. 

Pure unadulterated power strong hands tree trunks for legs stout with the balance girth to not be easily moved out of the way. 

I am always a huge fan of the stout 6’1 or 6’2 guys think they make ideal center prospects. They are normally quick footed but also a good size for the QB to receive the snap & to see over after said snap. 

 All WLIC Conference Center who also plays guard 10/ 6/ 2018. He had some of his better outings last year vs Martin Luther King & Glendale Community College. 

Perfect for interior work at center or guard can shine with his ability to get the outlook for work in run blocking. Manhandle defenders with his strong hand’s technique & leverage skill set. Can move players like a bouncer removes rowdy drunks with beer muscles. 

Still raw but has a lot of good film under his belt can hold the line in pass blocking gap control keeping low wide always a step ahead or locked on like a straight jacket.

 Just keep working on the fundamentals & Tovar can be a pleasant surprise out the Midwest area.  Like his scrappiness toughness fundamental strength excited to watch his development this next year. 

  • OT Landon Young 
  • Kentucky 
  • Height: 6‘7   
  • Weight: 305 lbs

Now 100 % Healthy  Young Could Have a Monster Year at Left Tackle For KU.

What impresses me most about Young’s game is his athletic ability for a big man. For a man of his size, 6 foot 7 his 315 lb frame is actually quite lean. Muscular with natural movement smooth hips & quick moving feet.  Keeps a good pad level leaning in shifting his weight at the right time. Stability power athleticism with a good knowledge of the playbook. Recognition of blitz packages can keep a wide pocket & is physical athletic to get out on run plays create openings. 

Young has everything many scouts desire in a sleeper LT prospect immense size, movement, power intelligence with time playing the left tackle position along with other positions on the line.

Coming off a knee injury that required surgery & heavy rehab but that was last summer. He Should be back to 100 % & looking to turn some heads this season.  Now he is chomping at the bit to get back to action as a Senior. 

Saw action in all 13 games in 2017 with 6 starts at the LT position. Was part of a terrific OL that helped pave the way for Benny Snell Jr’s 1000 yd plus a year.

 In 2016 was part of a KU OL that was a semifinalist for the Joe Moore Award for Most Outstanding O line in the Country. 

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