• Mark Jarvis

Arizona State Notes

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The Arizona State Sun Devils are facing quite a bit of turnover this season as former NFL head coach Herm Edwards takes over the reins from Todd Graham. Although the Sun Devils haven't been a beacon of success in the PAC-12 over the past few seasons they've been able to produce draft picks such as RB Kalen Ballage, LB Christian Sam, and CB/S Damarious Randall. This year's crop might be the most impactful since 2015, as underclassman WR N'Keal Harry could be in for a big payday if he declares.

Harry isn't an explosive playmaker or goal line terror like he has been billed by most draft media, but he's a reliable hands catcher who can make plays at the end of his frame. He'll need to improve his physicality after the catch if he wants to be trusted in the short game, but the tools are there to become an immediate starter at the NFL level. Heading into his junior season in Tempe, he'll need to prove he can separate cleaner both off of press and at the route stem. I have him tagged as a middle 2nd round value at the moment, but he could easily rise upwards.

Manny Wilkins is no doubt the leader of the Arizona State offense. He displays control and accuracy with his passes to all levels of the field. He's not a reliable decision-maker yet due to some inconsistencies with his processing speed, but the toughness and poise are there to be an NFL quarterback. If Wilkins can become more natural to his secondary and tertiary reads there is a good chance he goes late in the second day of the draft. I graded him out as a late 5th round value, but I love the upside.

Defensive lineman Renell Wren was one of the most buzzed about names I've seen when it comes to the Arizona State team. He did not disappoint. Wren flashed a bull rush to die for and a motor that refused to be halted no matter how many obstacles he hit. What he lacks in natural talent he makes up for with being the most active player on the field. Although Wren's lack of length and average anchor ability will draw questions from NFL teams, I am a believer in what he brings to the table. I labeled him as a late 4th round value. He possesses starter upside with some rotational ability at the least.

Koron Crump missed the majority of the 2017 season with a significant lower body injury, but he could push to get drafted assuming he comes back healthy and with some extra pounds packed on. Crump's a bit of a tweener at 6'2" and 225 pounds, but he's an active and somewhat creative rusher off the edge. He'll almost certainly be forced to play as a stand-up guy at the NFL, but he may not have the athleticism to work effectively in coverage. He's a fun study and a guy who never quits on plays, but he might fizzle out if he can't find a home from a positional standpoint.

Jay Jay Wilson was another interesting study, although he ended up grading out lower than Crump on my board. Wilson is a converted tight end who is currently housed at outside linebacker in the Sun Devil pass rush stables. His frame jumps off the screen when you watch him, but he's a raw and undeveloped player at this stage in his career. He lacks a plan when trying to get into the backfield, instead relying on his size to win every encounter. With another year under his belt Wilson should be able to make an argument for a camp roster come next Summer.

Safety DeMonte King was the most underwhelming player I studied out of the Arizona State players, although I do believe there is a path to success for King. He has spent time working all around that defense and seems comfortable at any level of the football field. His athleticism is going to be the biggest question to answer, as he did not seem quick enough to get to the play. He's a bigger guy who might be better off adding more weight and trying to play in the front seven. His tackling must improve if he wants to make that transition. It's worth noting that tape was limited with King, so my evaluation may change with more exposure to his play.

To recap

WR N'Keal Harry: Middle 2nd Round

DL Renell Wren: Late 4th Round

QB Manny Wilkins: Late 5th Round

EDGE Koron Crump: Undrafted

EDGE Jay Jay Wilson: Undrafted

S DeMonte King: Undrafted

If you want to check out my complete notes on the Arizona State players I watched, you can do that by clicking the link below.

Arizona State Notes


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