2020 NFL Draft Grades For Mountain West Selections

2020 NFL Draft Grades For Mountain West Selections

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2020 NFL Draft Grades For Mountain West Selections

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Round 5, No. 164 Miami Dolphins: Curtis Weaver, LB, Boise State

CBS Sports: A+

Weaver can beat offensive tackles in a variety of ways. Pass-rushing moves. Bend to the quarterback. Some speed to power. Good, not great burst. Bend and flattening ability is outstanding.

Pro Football Focus:

In our eyes, this is the best value pick of the draft so far. Weaver was 26th on our draft board, and the Dolphins get him here all the way at pick No. 164. Yes, he doesn’t have the ideal build for the edge position, but he has good bend and absurd production at Boise State over the past two years.

ESPN:

Weaver doesn’t have elite first-step quickness or closing speed, but he’s an effective hand fighter who flashes an effective inside move rushing the passer. He’s a disruptive run-defender who slips blocks and makes plays in the backfield. Weaver tends to shoot his hands inside and has the ability to control blockers at the point of attack.

Round 5, No. 168 Philadelphia Eagles: John Hightower, WR, Boise State

CBS Sports: A

Hightower is a freaky speedster with nice size but a lanky frame. Awesome value and Eagles loading up with speed at WR for Carson Wentz.

Pro Football Focus:

The Philadelphia Eagles took the whole needing fast wide receivers thing and went crazy with it. They took Reagor in Round 1, they traded for Marquise Goodwin and now they select Hightower in Round 5. As the 101st player on our big board, this is a good value pick for Philadelphia.

Round 6, No. 204 New England Patriots Cassh Maluia, LB, Wyoming

CBS Sports: D

Another player not on the draft radar. Stocky build and old-school, downhill playing style. Has special teams value.

Pro Football Focus:

There are some things to work with Maluia athletically, but the production just hasn’t been there at Wyoming. He is a three-year starter for the Cowboys, earning overall grades of 52.4, 66.6 and 65.3 in those seasons. He’s particularly struggled in coverage, where he maxed out at a 55.7 grade in 2019.

ESPN:

He’s a rangy run defender who closes well in pursuit. He reads the quarterback and flashes above-average ball skills in underneath coverage.

Round 7, No. 224, Tennessee Titans Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii

CBS Sports: C+

McDonald has an NFL arm and is unafraid to push the ball through tight windows, even after an interception. Plenty of high-end throws but also a plethora of bad decisions.

Pro Football Focus:

Tennessee needed a backup quarterback, so this was a great value pick this late. McDonald has a legit rocket launcher for an arm and has a playstyle reminiscent of Jameis Winston — he’ll go from delivering a strike downfield to throwing a wildly inaccurate ball.

ESPN:

McDonald has good height and bulk in addition to a solid hand span. He has a long delivery but good arm strength, and he has solid ball placement on short and intermediate throws.

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