by David Syvertsen
#47 Ezekiel Ansah – DE – 6’6/270
Popular name right now, mainly because of the upside. Started playing football just three years ago. Physically he is very impressive. Long, thick frame that has responded well to the serious weight room training. Can really move, long strider that chases down backs from behind. Does not just get by on athletic ability however. He is a very disciplined player against the run. Wins a lot of leverage battles which is rare for a guy at his height. Plays the run very well, holds ground and gets off blocks. Will need to develop pass rush moves but it appears he is the kind of player that responds well to coaching. I’ve seen three game tapes of his, I want to see more though. He could end up breaking in to my top ten overall once I fully evaluate. The tools and intangibles are there.
*#3 Kyle Van Noy – OLB – 6’3/235
Junior has yet to declare. Has had two very productive seasons in a row. Had a reconstructive shoulder surgery this past offseason that could have potentially ended his career. Came back strong. 33.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks over the past two years. I think he should go back for one more year because the role he plays in the BYU scheme won’t work at his size in the NFL. He is quicker than almost every opponent he matches up against in college, but can be overpowered by the NFL caliber blockers.
#76 Braden Hansen – G – 6’6/307
Has been a mainstay on the BYU offensive line all four years. Had a groin tear this past October that sidelined him for a month. Most of his experience has been at guard, but has moved to center to adhere to the roster around him. I’ve only seen him once, so I am looking forward to this game tape. Long reach that has enough knee bend to anchor the middle of an offensive line. Not the type of guard that can move laterally and lead a back to the outside. May be limited to center at the next level. 5th-7th rounder as of right now.
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#2 Leon McFadden – CB – 5’10/190
Looking forward to watching this kid play. The little I’ve seen, McFadden is an easy mover in space that can explode once the ball is in the air. Very productive defensive back. 1st Team All Conference three years in a row. Can read the quarterback and receiver very well. Has a tough matchup in this game against Cody Hoffman, a big and physical receiver with 90 catches on the year.
*#88 Gavin Escobar – TE – 6’6/255
Two time 1st Team All Mountain West Conference underclassman that has yet to declare. This will be my first look at Escobar from a scouting perspective. Has a long, lean body with some room for the needed bulk. Has the speed to get behind the linebackers up the seam. Huge, soft hands that swallow the football. Very productive. Not sure he can get to the level of Eifert/Ertz if he declares, but he is a top 100 prospect for sure.