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One of the most prolific players ever in Louisiana high school football history, Williams rushed for 3,118 yards and 37 touchdowns during his final season at Hahnville High School. In 2017, Williams became the first player since Leonard Fournette (2013) to become a recipient of Louisiana’s Mr. Football award. Upon his arrival to Kansas, he rushed for a total of 1,125 yards on 161 carries in 11 games as a freshman (2018). He went on to become a first-team All-Big 12 selection. As a sophomore, he compiled 1,061 yards and three touchdowns on 203 carries. Also made 27 catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. 

Williams is a patient runner that seems to always keep his feet on beat, which allows him to press the gas and accelerate as soon as holes are accessible. Williams has unique side-step quickness plus reactionary measures that have helped him remain free and tough to tackle in the open field. A competitive runner, he fights for every blade of grass. He possesses above-average vision, as he has the wherewithal of understanding blocking concepts as well as timing up when to attack and press the line. When Williams has to fight through the trash at the first level, he’s often unsuccessful because he doesn’t have the strength in order to break free and continue on with the carry. Smart first-level defenders and ones who can stack/shed and make tackles make life difficult for running backs similar to Williams.

Ideal Role: No. 3 RB in a committee.

Scheme Fit: Zone-based blocking scheme.

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TDN:

A three-year starter at Ball State, Antonio Phillips has been the engine of the team’s secondary. A well-built zone scheme corner, Phillips has the ability to keep his back to the sideline and remain effective in certain spots. Collecting eight interceptions during his career, he also has the ball production to match his aggressive mentality as a run defender. A sure tackler on the perimeter, he’s a well-rounded prospect that can have an effect in many facets. Likely spending the early portions of his career as a special teams contributor, he has the potential to round out the depth chart with the potential to add more at cornerback in the right scheme.  

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Pro Wells’ career was originally supposed to start out at Marshall because of the opportunity to play both football and basketball. Only playing basketball up until his senior season of high school, he gave football a try during his senior year. Having a standout season, he caught the eye of many college evaluators. After opting not to attend Marshall, he elected to go the JUCO route and later attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College. Then, he then signed with the Horned Frogs in 2018. Experiencing a breakout season in 2019, he recorded a team-high five touchdowns to go along with 196 yards on 17 receptions. Battling a hamstring injury during the early portions of his final season, Wells managed to collect 13 catches for 195 yards and a team-high three touchdown receptions. Still relatively new to the position, Wells is a big-bodied target that’s at his best when flexed out in the slot. Still needing to learn the aspects of playing in-line, he’s a viable target in the red zone, which is where most of his catch production has come.

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Hodge was named the North Carolina Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Wake Forest High School (136 tackles, nine sacks, eight interceptions, seven blocked punts). He committed to North Carolina State, but academic issues prevented him from enrolling. He redshirted at Marshall in 2017 and then played as a reserve and on special teams in 2018 (13 tackles, three for loss, with two sacks, one blocked kick). Hodge was honorable mention All-Conference USA in 2019, leading the Herd with 8.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks among his 42 total stops in 13 appearances (12 starts). He again topped his squad with nine tackles for loss, including 6.5 sacks (63 tackles), in 10 starts as a junior, garnering first-team all-conference honors. -- by Chad Reuter

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Good haul so far, surprised we haven't seen any wideouts

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31 minutes ago, HoosierCat said:

TDN:

One of the most prolific players ever in Louisiana high school football history, Williams rushed for 3,118 yards and 37 touchdowns during his final season at Hahnville High School. In 2017, Williams became the first player since Leonard Fournette (2013) to become a recipient of Louisiana’s Mr. Football award. Upon his arrival to Kansas, he rushed for a total of 1,125 yards on 161 carries in 11 games as a freshman (2018). He went on to become a first-team All-Big 12 selection. As a sophomore, he compiled 1,061 yards and three touchdowns on 203 carries. Also made 27 catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. 

Williams is a patient runner that seems to always keep his feet on beat, which allows him to press the gas and accelerate as soon as holes are accessible. Williams has unique side-step quickness plus reactionary measures that have helped him remain free and tough to tackle in the open field. A competitive runner, he fights for every blade of grass. He possesses above-average vision, as he has the wherewithal of understanding blocking concepts as well as timing up when to attack and press the line. When Williams has to fight through the trash at the first level, he’s often unsuccessful because he doesn’t have the strength in order to break free and continue on with the carry. Smart first-level defenders and ones who can stack/shed and make tackles make life difficult for running backs similar to Williams.

Ideal Role: No. 3 RB in a committee.

Scheme Fit: Zone-based blocking scheme.

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33 minutes ago, HoosierCat said:

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A three-year starter at Ball State, Antonio Phillips has been the engine of the team’s secondary. A well-built zone scheme corner, Phillips has the ability to keep his back to the sideline and remain effective in certain spots. Collecting eight interceptions during his career, he also has the ball production to match his aggressive mentality as a run defender. A sure tackler on the perimeter, he’s a well-rounded prospect that can have an effect in many facets. Likely spending the early portions of his career as a special teams contributor, he has the potential to round out the depth chart with the potential to add more at cornerback in the right scheme.  

again with the emphasis on zone scheme defenders.

I hope it works, I really and honestly do, but I vastly prefer man-press defenses

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3 minutes ago, TJJackson said:

thats a pretty big commitment for a UDCFA

Check out Cleveland:

The #Browns are signing former Florida State DT Marvin Wilson to a huge rookie free-agent deal that includes a $30,000 signing bonus plus $162,000 in guaranteed base salary, per source,” Pelissero tweeted.

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1 minute ago, HoosierCat said:

Check out Cleveland:

The #Browns are signing former Florida State DT Marvin Wilson to a huge rookie free-agent deal that includes a $30,000 signing bonus plus $162,000 in guaranteed base salary, per source,” Pelissero tweeted.

WOW 

I mean, in terms of overall salary cap, these are small numbers......but far higher than what has been commonly seen in recent years

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Pro football network:

Positives: Colorado State transfer who turned himself into an NFL prospect with a good campaign in 2020. Possesses NFL size and a live arm, and delivers passes with speed. Patient in the pocket, keeps his eyes downfield, and effectively commands the offense. Quickly gets the ball out of his hands, fires the pass into targets, and gets throws through the tight window. Keeps his eyes downfield rolling outside the pocket.

Negatives: Must do a better job setting up and delivering screen throws. Must learn to put touch on passes. Stares down the primary target.

Analysis: Hill possesses the physical skills to play at the next level, but he has an unpolished game and must improve his pass placement and delivery on throws. He comes with an upside and should get practice squad consideration in the fall at the very least.

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Lees was a first-team all-state pick at Libertyville High School in Illinois. The three-star recruit played in all 13 games on offense and special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2017 (18-235-13.1, two TDs receiving; 11-224-20.4 kick returns, 8-78-9.8 punt returns). Lees started twice in 2018 (22-214-9.7, three TDs receiving in 14 games) and also returned punts (20-108-5.4). He started all 12 games as a junior, grabbing 51 passes for 430 yards (8.4 per) and two scores while maintaining his return duties (14-308-22.0 kicks, 16-118-7.4 punts). Lees started eight of nine games in 2020, as well (20-214-10.7, two TDs receiving; 9-74-8.2 punt returns). -- by Chad Reuter

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