2019 NFL Draft: Auburn Pro Day

AUBURN, Alabama – The Auburn Football program opened its doors to the NFL on Friday morning for its annual pro day. Eleven former Tigers took the stage with six potential draft picks ranging from days two to three.


Jarrett Stidham, QB

Today’s Report:

  • Jordan Palmer wrote the script for the workout. “One of the bests I have ever seen.” (Referencing Stidham’s workout)
  • Clean drops (most from under center) with smooth footwork and weight transfer.
  • Tight spiral from 20-25 yards before ball begins to unravel.
  • Only two overthrows, inaccurate passes, on the day (one deep ball and one redzone throw).
  • Threw with excellent anticipation and accuracy at all levels of the field.
  • Pinpoint accuracy on deep ball hitting bucket throws with ease.
  • Positive feedback from scouts on hand.

Scouting Report: Having the ability to spray the ball to all areas of the field with ease, Stidham’s arm talent will never come into question during the draft process. Thrown behind a tight spiral with adequate mechanics, Stidham has the velocity and accuracy to fire passes into tight windows. Despite having the physical attributes to serve as a QB1, the quarterback’s improvisation skills and awareness is lacking. Stidham runs into trouble when the pocket breaks down threatening to make decisions on the fly in which he has fallen short of making consistent positive decisions.


Ryan Davis, WR

Today’s Report:

  • Continued to show off his quickness, referencing his short area quickness and explosiveness.
  • May not have recorded a drop but still struggles with hand-catching technique. Struggles to frame hands in order to make cleaner catches, prevent drops.
  • Smooth route runner with easy bursts out of breaks.
  • Quiet persona and never asked to do anything twice. Coachable attitude with high praise from his position coach Kodi Burns.

Scouting Report: Even though pigeon-holed as a traditional slot receiver, Davis found ways to accentuate his tremendous short area quickness and explosive traits in Auburn’s offense. Davis accumulated 153 receptions in the past two seasons though only averaged 8.8 yards per catch. Davis is a quicker than fast playmaker with elusive traits to expose average athletes in the intermediate areas of the field. Despite the high-catch volume in back to back seasons, the senior struggled to consistently look in the ball questioning his hand technique as a pass catcher. His limited route tree hurts his projection.


Darius Slayton, WR

Today’s Report:

  • Smooth in his route running with subtle quickness out of his breaks.
  • Showed off his long speed and attractive release when working with Stidham on his on-field drills.
  • Consistently reeled in the ball but continues to show some unnaturalness by not habitually bringing in the ball cleanly – one or two double catches.
  • Despite posting okay times, he looked somewhat lackadaisical in his agility drills.

Scouting Report: Despite just 79 catches in his three-year playing career, Slayton’s deep threat ability gave him a career average of 20.3 yards per catch. One of the better downfield targets in the entirety of the draft, Slayton begins his route with an excellent release hitting top-notch acceleration quickly. His production down the field is nothing shy of impressive as he reeled in seven touchdown catches for 40-plus yards in the past three seasons (three in 2018). Slayton’s inconsistent hands and lack of route diversity makes him a borderline draft prospect despite his blazing speed. His lackadaisical skills at the catch point also raises a red flag.


Dontavius Russell, DT

Today’s Report:

  • Russell pumped his first 10 or so reps on the bench press with ease showing off his upper body strength which accentuates his game.
  • Showed average change of direction cuts when working on the bags questioning his overall ability to move laterally.
  • Showed some explosiveness when working on the bags with quick upper body counters.

Scouting Report: A dominant interior presence, Russell is a wide load that is best suited as a nose tackle at the next level. Russell shows the potential to be a two-gapping force with acceptable lower body fluidity to stack and shed, or to sustain and move, at the point of attack. The four-year starter doesn’t feature a diverse pass-rushing skill set which will bump him down the ranks when compared to his contemporaries in the class. Russell is a combative hand fighter carrying plenty of weight and violence throughout his handwork. His power and mass create intrigue as a late round developmental prospect with manageable 0-tech tools.


Deshaun Davis, LB

Today’s Report:

  • Played with smoothness when having to change directions and move side to side but his lateral limitations were still on display.
  • Movement skills looked clean when playing downhill. Burst out of breaks was fine when rolling forward but noticeable hitch when attempting to unlock hips and move side to side.
  • Surprisingly had a fair share of restarts starting with a couple of false starts on his 40-yard dash and during on-field drills.
  • Looked unnatural catching the ball, moreover poor technique than hands.

Scouting Report: The ultra-productive All-SEC linebacker thrives as a run defender. Having the instincts to consistently fill gaps and pursue inside rush lanes, Davis is a thumper in the run game. He struggles to play with appropriate game speed and the sideline to sidelines speed is absent from his portfolio. The three-year starter is only an average pass defender struggling with quickness underneath.


Jamel Dean, CB

Today’s Report:

  • Besides being the only defensive back working out, Dean was a focal point for scouts Friday morning.
  • Showed smooth movements when asked to flip his hips while staying glued to the hash marks.
  • Promising burst out of breaks when having to back pedal and then change direction.
  • Dropped a couple passes.

Scouting Report: Despite working his way through three significant knee injuries in his football tenure, Dean shined in his given opportunities. Known for his physicality, Dean packs a punch with his stocky frame in press coverage and can ride his matchup into the ground. His long speed accompanied with his length provides intrigue as a boundary corner. Dean’s biggest question is short area burst not having the lower body fluidity to consistently flip his hips to turn and run or attack the intermediate areas of the field.


**Official results from Auburn University Athletic Department**

Christian Page is a scout and writer for Cover1.net. His scouting experience dates back to 2015. Christian has a background of radio along with collegiate athletic department experience and corporate marketing.