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Hidden Gems: Red Diamonds Vol. 2 Offensive Weapons

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

2020 NFL Draft Sleepers by Matt Anzio

  • WR Jake Bofshever 
  • Long Island University 
  • Height : 5’11  
  • Weight : 190 lbs 
  • Twitter @jake_bofshever 

Scouting Notes: 800 career yards and 5 TD’s

Bofshever looked outstanding at the FCS Bowl and practices making big plays the entire time in Daytona. There was a ton of good talent at the event but Bofshever definitely stood out with his route running, ability to get open, make tough catches in tight windows and get those much needed YAC yardage. Technically sound alert with jaguar like reflexes the determination to come through in big spots. 

He is an extremely high character player that will make an immediate impression on scouts, coaches and staff. Coachable intelligent humble  lunch pail type of wideout, which is hard to come by these days. Player that should be on every team’s radar that prides themselves on hard work, teamwork and respect. Bofshever is your man. 

He had his Pro Day before all this madness with this health epidemic, Boshever had a head of a performance with  some noteworthy times. 

Forty : 4.57      Short Shuttle : 4.27      Bench Reps: 14 Broad 9’ 8” 

Backing what we have already witnessed with our eyes at the FCS bowl and wherever he strapped a helmet on. Safe bet Bofshever will find a home in  a blue collar type of city N.Y. of course comes to mind, Chicago is another mean a WR that wins one on one battles consistently makes some really Pro type of receptions with the mentality of a professional athlete, can add value in any zip code. 

  • QB Peyton Kendrick
  • Western New Mexico University 
  • Height : 6’0   
  • Weight 220 bs
  • Twitter @kendrick_peyton 

Scouting Notes: Goes through progressions well gets the ball out within 2 seconds most plays. 

Has excellent ball placement on the short intermediate deep even on the sideline passes shows some prediction accuracy.  Comes up big in clutch situations not taking sacks making big plays with games on the line Peyton is the guy you want under center.  Good feet can get out of harm’s way, make nice passes on the move. Intelligent ball players with a good heart believe the right situation could benefit him and any organization that gets Kendrick. 

Could get his feet fully set before launching the deep ball to out throw coverage but that is a minor thing that can be fixed. He has the arm strength to do it, ust technique getting his full body behind the deep bombers. 

Got invited to a couple All star events but financially not able to attend, just trying to work and pay his bills. He has good film with the right attitude and has offers on the table from some European and Australian League but would like to stay stateside. Arena could be a nice start somewhere close enough to family get some film while still working and spending time with family. Plenty of quality Arena outlets whether Quad City, Omaha or Bismark he would be a nice fit. 

  • WR Edwin Velasquez Jr 
  • Height 6’0  
  • Weight : 180 
  • Baldwin Wallace University 
  • Twitter  @EVJszn_

Scouting Notes: 63 receptions 863 yards  6 TD’s a National Bowl invite

Velasquez is a silver bullet that can transition in and out of routes flawlessly.

When you first look at Edwin, you think a player to take the top off a D but  don’t let the fact he is thin fool you. He is every bit as tough as many bigger built guys which I witnessed at the National bowl. Expecting him to go down upon impact Valasquez lowers his shoulder smashes his way onward to move them sticks. 

Of course he adds the fire power needed to go deep with the agility flexibility to make some supremo grabs. 

Talking 4.3 speed that will be on full display  at MFE Elite Pro Days May 2nd in Pitt, I think scouts and anyone on hand will be impressed.  Take the top off a defense and be a dynamic weapon on special teams or return games. Another humble guy that is coachable looking for an opportunity. He should test real well, the film is there , high quality play inside or out. He should get an opportunity, would not surprise me in the least if he is already on CFL and certain NFL scouts notebooks. 

  • RB Christian Caviness 
  • Bethany 
  • Height : 6’0   
  • Weight : 200lbs 
  • Twitter @TrukStick28 

Scouting Notes: Hard working powerful back   that could be a every down back.

Has a classic Running back feel to him body type but also the way he toats the rock. He can hammer through the middle gain the tough yds while still showing the burst cuts and short area speed to bounce outside like a stepdad going for cigarettes.  Can find the hole right, left or center Caviness follows the block’s vision to see the openings can go untouched for many yards. Balanced stance is perfect, looks strong and has the frame to add some more mass/muscle without losing a step. Can catch the ball well out the backfield showing quality hands with the ability to get chunk yardage after the play. Hard worker, with  a great passion for the game, the history of the game and everything football related. Gotta love that he brings a can do attitude to any team and should be looked at by many a Pro organization. 

The Cousin of Bills Legend Hall of Fame is great but has no intentions in riding his coattails but taking some of that determination Fortitude in his DNA onto the ball field. He wants to pave his own way, working hard training night and day. 

  • WR AJ Jelani Greene 
  • New Haven University 
  • Height: 6’1            
  • Weight: 195 lbs 

Scouting Notes: Player that tore it up at the National Bowl looking like the real deal and going to be a steal. 

A team like New England could take a chance on a small school gem like Green in a minute. Putting on a show against all comers catching many a scouts eye in practice and in game action. 

Despite Greene is a 6010 wide out that can be valuable outside because he plays much bigger than then it says he is.  His ability to extend vertically laterally jump leap dive, he gets it done. Wins with pure explosiveness gonna outwork the competition time after time.  He is a big play guy there is no denying that he has another gear coupled with his athleticism is something to behold. Route running diggs curls, flags his execution is perfection cuts stops turns with effortless perfection.  Faking DB’s out with his quick twitch cuts off the line leaves them tripping over their feets. A true explosive take the roof off play maker comes up clutch in big spots.  

  • RB Shannon Warren 
  • Height : 5’ 9   
  • Weight : 216 lb
  • Howard Payne
  • @adwarren13 

Scouting Notes: Warren is smooth on the take loose hips, transitions with ease and has a nose to navigate like a bloodhound through the Alps. While he looks good on sweeps, outside rns quick tosses or passes, his inside run game hits holes quickly. Gets small compact to avoid tacklers finishing the run dropping his weight like a plank of steel. 

In the pass game he has a reliable hands natural catcher gets heads around  turns body thinking ahead planning his route finding the seams and bursting through them for major YAC yardage. 

Blocking seen small portion size but think he could develop into a pro blocker in no time,Has the stout frame good strength to hold his own in pass protect take on an additional blitzing LB or DB. 

Warren is a utility back because he can do everything  like the above mentioned run, catch, block special teams all will come natural. Most of all he is determined and excited for the opportunity to show what he brings to the football table.  Coaches will love his attitude and he is a good locker room presence. 

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