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2020 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Offensive Weaponry Part 2

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: Offensive Weaponry

2020 Sleeper Draft Prospects by Matt Anzio 

  • Name: Nelson Brown 
  • Position: RB
  • College: Cal University ( P. A.) 
  • Height: 5’ 11        
  • Weight: 225 lbs 
  • @Nellmoney_9 

Report: 

Brown Is Ready To Eat & His Coach Is Happy to Feed him the ball. 

With an insane 258 carries last season Averaging 102.6 yards per game with 4.6 yds per carry. As the main back Brown shows at the goalline he can’t be stopped. Like a runaway train barrelling down the tracks  with no brakes.  

Big physical strong durable  body frame that’s not easy to bring down. Strong stiff arm or drops his weight forward for the extra yards.  Has the drive to flatten LB’s & DB’s with good vision power in the A gap. Also looks pretty good on outside runs or tosses has enough quickiness for both. 

Doesn’t make a ton of moves but good at following his blocks moving the sticks.  Has more acceleration than one would think for a big back he can take it to the house.  If he gets in the open field can turn on the jets like Nasa.  

Even athletic enough to be a factor in the passing game. Showing soft hands with the ability to track the ball and get yards after the catch. Not too many power backs are used to catch the ball but the ones that do normally have good careers. 

Can be an everydown workhorse with a great frame to help in pass blocking situations. Can also be useful on special teams. Well rounded back with an ideal mix of size short-area burst with a motor that seems to get more horsepower, the more he gets the rock. 

Started all 11 games last season as a junior & pulled his weight with the above mentioned 258 carries for 1,201 yds  & 21 TD’s. Also hauled in 23 catches for 230 yds & a receiving TD. Lead the PSAC with his 22 TD’s. While averaging an impressive 109.2  avg rush ypg & 131.36 All Purpose yards. Brown also has 8 multiple TD outings & five 100 plus rush games.

A Don Hansen Gazette All American ( Honorable Mention) & All Region Team. An All PSAC West 2nd Team selection as well in 2018.  PSAC Offensive Player of The Week 2 times last season. 

Coming off a season like that might be hard to score as many TD’s but don’t think his production will slow. If he remains healthy can be looking at a late-round steal or legit Priority Free agent. 

  • Name: Austin Simmons     
  • Position: QB
  • College: South Dakota  (Coyotes) 
  • Height: 6’ 1  
  • Weight: 215 lbs
  • @Asimms14  

Report: 

3,124 yds ( 2nd most in Yotes history) & 18 TD’s last year for the Coyotes. Which was good for fourth in the nation in passing yardage. 314.2 yds per game made him ranked 6th in the Nation. This QB  has been solid for the last 3 seasons. People will not sleep on him for long, you can take that to the bank & deposit it. 

Not the biggest but big enough given  his durability & football IQ. Drops back gets set fast  very natural throwing mechanics. Can put the ball in the right places or squeeze it into tight spaces. 

Maybe undersized in some people’s minds but we are seeing plenty of smaller QB’s killing it year in & yr out.

  Why not a player like Simmons he is consistent with a strong arm. Has nice pocket presence goes thru his progressions quickly has good field vision.   Mobility to evade defenders, and make throws on the move. Gets rid of the ball rapidly so he doesn’t take a lot of hits. 

He has a strong arm can throw some bombers while still maintaining  excellent touch on short or open pass situations.  

Most definitely a player that reads his Playbook religiously always learning working film study improving his game. 

  • TE – Adam Trautman  
  • Dayton 
  • Height: 6′ 6
  • Weight: 253 lbs 
  • @DaytonFootball 

Report:

A  Multi- faceted Tight End That Dayton Utilizes All Over The Field. 

Whether inline in the slot out wide he adds so much to an offense.

Big strong long armed with above average speed ideal strength for the position. 

In the pass game he has loose hips able to turn them like a big wide out. Nice reach with good ball location & hands.  Good understanding of his routes can check defenders with ferocity. Getting off blocks excelling knocking DB’s out the play. 

The run game he can block well on the edge or move out wide go down the field creating run lanes. Looking for work on the 2nd even 3rd level.   Chipping blocking trucking over people anything physical Trautman can handle it.  

He had a nice year last season with  33 catches for 604 yards & 9 TD’s in 2018. His 9 TD’s was good for best on the Flyers as a JR.  Averaging 55.6 yards per game 14.7 yards per catch. Trautman was a team captain played in all 11 games.  He is a vital piece of the Dayton O both in receiving, blocking as well as a red-zone threat. Had 3 TD catches against Butler alone. 

Already named a team captain for 2019 & a Preseason 1st Team All – PFL Conference. 

 On some scouts radar with the lack of Tight end talent not just in this draft but past drafts. Trautman could find himself in an NFL camp next spring. His versatility, toughness athleticism makes him an ideal fit for any team in need of TE depth. 

  • Name: J.J. Koski                 
  • School: CAL Poly 
  • Position: WR
  • Height: 6 ‘ 1     
  • Weight: 195lbs 
  • Twitter: @Jjkoski3 

Report:

3 Words “Watch the Feet”. 

CAL Poly’s leading wide put 2 years & running.  As well as a major factor in the return game. Koski is a high powered weapon to watch

In High School Koski had 161 catches, for 2,589 yds 30 TD’s. He has given opposing D.C.’s heartburn  ever since he picked up a football. 

As a Junior had 666 receiving yards with for TD’s . A total of 865 yards from scrimmage  averaging 20.2 yds per catch. Averaging 16.0 yds per return while adding another long TD on a return to his stat sheet. 

Earning himself All Big Sky Conference 3rd team. While being the team’s Offensive skill Player Of The Year.  The leading WR playing at the X position or number 1 spot most the season. 

Shifty elusive feet stutter step fake out DB’s from the jump. He has elite speed, route running talents change of direction is perfection. Long arms good extenston with dependable hands strong frame. 

Vision to work his way through defenses as well as special teams coverages.  Plays with the intensity of a true slot/ return specialist. Offensive weaponry is exactly what Koski embodies. 

Think he could be a sleeper to watch this season, no one is talking about this young man. He has some special traits that teams definitely look for. He’s got decent size but that doesn’t matter he has bested is numbers each & every year. No reason this year should be any different. A playmaker that they will try to feature anyway possible.

Could be a nice sleeper or diamond in the rough. The more ways to get Koski the ball the better. Can see him finding his way onto a pro squad some way very obvious he has the necessary skills & work ethic. 

  • Name: Trevor Allen 
  • Position: RB
  • University Northern Iowa 
  • Height : 5’ 10  
  • Weight : 210 lbs 
  • @Trevorallen3 

Report:

Had  611 rushing yards while adding  256 yds receiving & 5 TD’s in 2018 as a Jr. 

Highly recruited out of High school local Iowa native Allen looks to take that next step towards his ultimate goal. 

Had 221 yds & 2 TD’s against Indiana State alone. He flashes big game ability has a compact build yet lean.  The type of change of pace back that can be used almost like a slot & will make a living on a special teams unit.  Good in pass protection blocking well rounded back that has improved his game every year thus far. 

Been used as a hybrid player RB/WR type of player. Short area burst elusive as a chicken with its head cut off covered in grease.  Initial step in the run game is fire runs routes super smoothly with nice cuts, swift hips to shake defenders like he owes them money. Not afraid to put his shoulder down at the end of the run.  A very confident runner & mover if that makes sense to anyone but me.  

Goes hard on the top of routes with magical  hands the toughness to take a hit & of course the athleticism to capitalize with the rock in his hands.

A mature, and intelligent play that has been moved all over the O & ST to create mismatches with his size flexibility elusiveness & concentration. 

Should put his name on the map this season  will be following him closely. A true Hidden Gem dangerous offensive weapon. 

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