STRENGTHS: Fluid athlete with natural muscle twitch…maintains his speed in/out of his breaks…strong hands and hand/eye coordination to track away from his frame…works the sideline well (back-shoulders, etc.) with quick adjustment skills to make difficult catches look routine…understands how to shield defenders with his body…smoothly tucks the ball away, quickly turning from pass-catcher to ballcarrier…doesn’t make it easy on tacklers, lowering his pads, running through contact and often gaining more yards than he should…physically strapped together, adding 6-8 pounds each year since arriving in Lubbock…determined blocker, using placement to control defenders…graduated with a degree in sports management (May 2017)…production improved each season in college.
WEAKNESSES: Non-threatening speed…below average separation skills, struggling to shift between gears to get defenders off balance…vulnerable vs. press and defenders can disrupt his timing…needs to add more branches to his route tree…not a dynamic YAC threat, lacking the afterburners to run away from pursuit…only two career 100-yard receiving games in his career…medicals will be important after missing the 2015 season due to reoccurring back spasms (Sept. 2015) – also missed two games as a junior (Oct. 2016).
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Texas Tech, Cantrell switched between the “X” and “Z” receiver positions in the Red Raiders’ air raid offense, improving his production each season. He worked hard to add weight and develop his strength, adding 45+ pounds since high school. Cantrell turned heads with his impressive numbers at the Combine in the short-area agility drills, posting the best three-cone (6.56) and short shuttle (4.03) times among the wide receivers, but his straight-line speed is below average, which is reflected on film. He has strong ball skills and focus, which is important for a player accustomed to having a defender attached to his hip downfield. Overall, Cantrell has issues separating on the outside, but with his combination of size, quickness and play strength, he projects as a hybrid H-back who can be flexed across the formation and also help on special teams coverages.
Demby is a naturally large man with broad shoulders and a big-boned frame with thick limbs and a stout base. For a man of his size, Demby shows good initial quickness, sliding off the ball in pass protection with coordinated footwork. He possesses above average arm length (34") to remain outside, extending and riding defenders wide. Demby bends at the knees, showing good balance and lateral agility for counter moves. He shows aggression as a run blocker, firing his hands into the chest of opponents and driving his legs to create movement at the point of attack, working to sustain blocks and showing the finishing mentality to block until the echo of the whistle. Demby has shown good durability throughout his career, starting all four seasons and participating in two senior all-star games with no known serious injuries. - Rob Rang 1/27/2018
May lack the initial quickness and flexibility to remain outside at tackle, struggling to handle the upfield speed of edge rushers (Kemoko Turay and Ogbannia Okoronkwo) at the Senior Bowl. Carries a bit of extra weight around his middle and can get a bit over his skis when caught leaning outside, stumbling against counter-moves and relying on shoves to knock defenders back rather than latching on and controlling opponents. He has little experience at guard and may struggle initially with the transition given the closer confines. Questionable competition with just three games against Power Five opponents over his career (Boston College twice and Connecticut). - Rob Rang 1/27/2018
John Jerry, Giants - Like the 6-5, 335 pound Jerry, Demby possesses rare size and a brawling mentality well suited for playing on the inside, despite college experience at tackle. Demby didn't get the experience against top competition Jerry received at Ole Miss but fared well when given the opportunity, projecting as a solid Day Three selection.
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While Demby enjoyed his success at tackle for Maine (and remained there at both all-star games), his best chance at success at the next level may be at guard due to his square-ish frame and nasty playing demeanor (as well as his average foot speed).
STRENGTHS: Combative take-on player, using his reach to extend and work off blockers…lateral agility to read and flow…quality run fits to face up ballcarriers and load up behind his pads…strong hands as a tackler to finish once he makes contact…hungry blitzer and plays with clear passion…continuous motor will clean up the mistakes of his teammates…patrols the middle of the field well, floating into zones with a feel for spacing…finds the ball before it arrives in coverage…unselfishly moved positions based on the coaching staff’s recommendation…productive in his only season as a starter and wasn’t out-shined by the more the Hoosiers’ more accomplished linebacker Tegray Scales.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks elite speed and range for the position and can’t afford a wrong step…overeager tackler downhill and eaten up by blockers, allowing the runner to find an escape route…needs to better leverage inside gaps…laser focused on the ballcarrier and late to recognize climbing blockers, slowing his sideline pursuit…sees plays develop, but needs to better read his keys pre-snap to anticipate…shows some hip tightness in his transition when dropping…coverage will be a work-in-progress for him…only one season of starting experience at linebacker and still relatively new at the position…missed most of his true freshman season with a torn ACL (Oct. 2014).
SUMMARY: A one-year starter at Indiana, Covington lined up inside in the Hoosiers’ dual-linebacker scheme, playing next to Tegray Scales. He moved between several positions his first two seasons in Bloomington and entered 2017 with one career defensive start, but quickly adapted and played like a veteran. While very average from a size/speed perspective, Covington competes with a physical appetite and fills with power. With his lack of experience at the position, he needs to continue and develop his awareness, but he rarely took himself out of plays on tape, including in coverage. Overall, Covington might not have a high ceiling in the NFL, but he flashes the competitive chops and enough speed to see the field on special teams.