Pro Football Focus' underrated draft prospects
Every year leading up to the NFL Draft, various media outlets offer different opinions on certain draft prospects.
With the Pro Day circuit beginning next week, we will likely begin to see a lot of movement in prospect rankings as players are finally given a chance to showcase their athleticism and skills in front of teams.
Pro Football Focus created a list of players the analytic site believes are being undervalued by other analysts, media outlets and even scouts around the country.
Here are a few of the players featured on PFF's underrated prospect list:
Alabama DL Christian Barmore: #14 on PFF Big Board
"Many expected Barmore to follow in Quinnen Williams' footsteps and dominate during his final season at Alabama, lofty expectations to say the least. Barmore ultimately wasn't as destructive as Williams was week after week, but he still had an exceptional year, putting up a pass-rush grade of 91.5 to lead all Power 5 interior defenders by a considerable margin. More importantly, he showed up when it mattered most in the College Football Playoff, generating a 91.3 pass-rush grade, 12 pressures, a 23% win rate and 10 defensive stops against Notre Dame and Ohio State, two of the best offensive lines in the country. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder has the size, burst, length and flexibility you want at the position. Sure, he may have had a couple of dud performances this past season, but the Barmore we saw in the CFP is the player NFL teams should expect at the next level." -- PFF's Anthony Treash
Penn State EDGE Jayson Oweh: #20 on PFF Big Board
"There is a lot of potential at the top of this edge class, but there are still quite a few question marks. With Oweh, it's a matter of tools versus production and technique. Oweh's explosiveness and speed have never been in question; his athletic potential is absolutely off the charts. It's been reported that the 6-foot-5, 252-pound Nittany Lion ran the 40 in just over 4.3 seconds, a staggering number for a player at his position. His get-off is every tackle's worst nightmare. His pass-rush toolbox, however, is not. There were few moves to speak of last year, and he was shut down on contact far too often. His pass-rush production from 2020 backs this up. Oweh destroyed Indiana's tackles in the season opener, racking up 10 total pressures. But he recorded just 10 pressures over the following six games combined. On the bright side, Oweh looked like a completely different player against the run. He was a constant disruptor in the backfield, and that led to an 89.7 run-defense grade for the year, well above the 59.5 mark he posted in 2019. Oweh is only scratching the surface of what he can become. He's not going to have a Chase Young-esque impact right away, but he can get there with time with the right coaching." -- Treash
Purdue WR Rondale Moore: #21 on PFF Big Board
"The discrepancy with Moore is primarily due to his absence over the last few years. He has hardly played since his true freshman season in 2018; he appeared in just four games in 2019 and three games in 2020. Still, what a healthy Moore did in his first year on campus is too good to ignore, as it was one of the three most valuable seasons we have recorded by a true freshman non-quarterback in the seven years of PFF College's existence. Moore is a freak athletically. He clocked a 4.33-second 40 coming out of high school to go with a 42.7-inch vertical and 4.01-second short shuttle. Since his arrival in Lafayette, videos posted to social media show the 5-foot-9, 180-pound receiver benching over 400 pounds and squatting over 600. That elite-level explosiveness and strength will make him one of the most dangerous after-the-catch weapons in the NFL early in his professional career. He broke an astonishing 37 tackles back in 2018 alone, which still stands as the PFF record for most broken tackles after the catch by a Power 5 receiver in a single season. There may be some concerns about his playing time as well as his limited route tree and schemed production at Purdue, but this uber-athlete is worth betting on early." -- Treash
Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr.: #29 on PFF Big Board
"The sole concern with Samuel is his size. At 5-foot-10, 184 pounds, Samuel did get pushed around by the bigger receivers in the collegiate ranks. There are also question marks around his ability to handle press coverage in the NFL. Taking size out of the equation, Samuel has precisely what you want in a cornerback prospect. He has outstanding quicks and was one of the more instinctive corners college football had to offer. He was also one of the nation's most prolific playmakers, with a whopping 30 forced incompletions over the last three seasons, second-most in the Power 5. We feel as though Samuel can handle an outside job at the next level despite his size, but at the very least he should be an effective slot defender. And that is not a bad thing." -- Treash
Oklahoma EDGE Ronnie Perkins: #61 on PFF Big Board
"Perkins checks the flexibility, explosiveness and overall athleticism boxes with flying colors. Those traits were key reasons why he finished 2020 as the only edge defender in the FBS with 90.0-plus grades in run defense and as a pass rusher. The only question is: Will he be able to hold up against NFL tackles at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds? He played bigger than his size suggests in college and, as stated in PFF's 2021 NFL Draft Guide, worked speed to power as well as anyone in the country. But as we all know, it's a different ballgame in the big leagues. In our eyes, Perkins will eventually be an impact player in the NFL." -- Treash
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently updated his ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Does Blake Martinez's talent match his recognition?
Blake Martinez had a dominant first season with the Giants in 2020.
Martinez started all 16 games at middle linebacker for Big Blue and finished with a team-high 151 total tackles, good for the third-most in the league. He also added three sacks, nine tackles for loss, six quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and five passes defensed.
The 6-foot-2 linebacker has been one of the most consistent players in the NFL over the last four years. Since 2017, Martinez has started all 64 games while accumulating at least 144 total tackles in each campaign. In fact, the Arizona native has not finished lower than third in the league in total tackles in any of the past four seasons while his 594 over that span is more than any other defender.
Considering all of this, it is easy to see why we believed Martinez was the perfect nominee for Pro Football Focus' question featured in the tweet below.
After retweeting our tweet, it is safe to say Blake agrees with us.
Giants sign veteran OL Jonotthan Harrison
The New York Giants have signed offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison.
The 29-year-old spent the 2020 season on the Buffalo Bills' practice squad. He originally joined the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie out of the University of Florida in 2014. The veteran spent three seasons in Indianapolis and appeared in 44 games with 23 starts, including 10 starts during his rookie campaign.
Harrison then joined the New York Jets in 2017 and spent the next three seasons with them. He appeared in eight games with one start in 2017 before playing in all 16 games, including eight starts at center, in 2018. The following year he played in all 16 games with 10 starts.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman played in 51 games throughout his four years at Florida, making 39 starts.
View photos of new Giants offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison, who previously played for the Jets and Colts.