On Location: 2020 NFLPA Bowl – Day One Recap

Day one recap of the ninth annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl held at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. 

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NATIONAL TEAM

Aaron Fuller, WR, Washington [5110/185/0878/3000/7314]: There are several scouts in Pasadena who have high grades on Fuller, whose route running stood out during a ‘light’ practice, as full pads will begin on Tuesday. Early indications look like opposing corners are in for a long week. Should he continue to show the ability to separate consistently here in Pasadena, look for Fuller to rise up other boards around the league. Fuller is a threat with the ball in his hands and served as one of the best punt returners in the nation this season.

Kendall Hinton, WR, Wake Forest [5103/193/0978/3012/7478]: One of the more intriguing prospects in Pasadena, Hinton converted from quarterback to wide out in 2018 and has made a rather seamless transition based on his footwork and instincts.  Head coach Dave Clawson has praised his maturity and smarts. Plus, his versatility, along with the ability to return both punts and kicks bodes very well for his draft stock. He finished the 2019 season with 1,001 receiving yards.

Kobe Williams, CB, Arizona State [5085/176/0912/2934/7178]: The Sun Devils leaned on Williams to be their shutdown corner as a three-year starter (spent one season at Long Beach City College where he was First Team/All-American selection). Teams in search of a fast, quick nickelback who possesses excellent coverage skills will take a good hard look at Williams once Day 3 of the draft rolls around. His fluid backpedal, quick hips and change of direction skill-set was on full display during day one of the NFLPA Bowl. 

AMERICAN TEAM

Malcolm Roach, DL, Texas [6021/282/0900/3218/7814]: Once considered a highly touted prospect, Roach has been moved around the Longhorns defense after transitioning to a new coaching staff. He has played up and down the defensive line and the staff has also experimented giving him reps at linebacker. He proved to be a backfield disruptor with nine tackles for loss (three sacks) in 2019.  The son of a football coach, the leadership intangibles and high energy play will be very attractive to coaches at the next level. 

Chauncy Haney, DE, North Greenville [6041/250/1048/3448/8328]: The best part about the all-star game circuit is getting to see how some of the small-school talents stack up against top-level FBS players. Look for the D2 stud Haney to make his presence felt all week with an imposing frame and tremendous athleticism. He owns a knack for creating turnovers, in addition to six career blocked kicks. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him emerge as one of the higher drafted players in this showcase. 

Javin White, DB, UNLV [6021/211/0978/3234/7712]: One player making the rounds during interviews has been the Runnin’ Rebels standout defender. A long, athletic, ball hawk, White is practicing this week at safety, despite starting at SAM backer the past two seasons. One scout in attendance mentioned that he would even like to see White line up at cornerback, which speaks to his hybrid skill-set. White has been highly productive during his career and is also an All- Academic Mountain West honoree. In 2019, he finished with 79 tackles, including eight and half tackles for loss, three interceptions and 14 pass deflections.

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