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NFL Draft: Breaking Down the 8 Big Ten Prospects on Offense at the East-West Shrine Game

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NFL Draft: Breaking Down the 8 Big Ten Prospects on Offense at the East-West Shrine Game

2020-01-14 13:36:531 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

 

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Illinois running back Reggie Corbin. (Image Source: Getty Images)

Here’s a snapshot of the eight NFL draft prospects on offense for 2020 from the Big Ten who have accepted an invitation to Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game:

RB Reggie Corbin, Illinois (5’9”/205)

Team: West; Number: 26

The junior tape, when Corbin averaged a whopping 8.5 yards per carry and caught 16 passes (11.0 YPC), was much better than he showed in 2019. Corbin is an explosive back with home-run speed, who is at his best in space.  

2019 Stats: 675 yards, 4.7 YPC, 7 TDs

WR Nick Westbrook, Indiana (6’3”/215)

Team: West; Number: 15

A big-bodied receiver who uses his size well, Westbrook is three years removed from his best season (2016) when he was a big-play (18.4 YPC) guy as a sophomore. An injury robbed him of the 2017 season and he hasn’t been as dynamic since.

2019 Stats: 42 receptions, 572 yards, 13.6 YPC, 5 TDs

WR Binjimen Victor, Ohio State (6’4”/199)

Team: West; Number: 19

Long and lanky, Victor has flashed the ability to stretch the field and he appears to have an impressive wingspan. Inconsistent for much of his career, Victor steadily improved during his four years in Columbus, but never reached his full potential.

2019 Stats: 34 receptions, 545 yards, 16.0 YPC, 6 TDs

OT Branden Bowen, Ohio State (6’7”/315)

Team: West; Number: 76

Tied with three other offensive tackles at the Shrine Game, Bowen is among the tallest prospects in St. Petersburg. That length will serve him well in keeping D-linemen away from his body. He bounced back nicely after missing all of 2018.

OT Jon Runyan, Michigan (6’4”/319)

Team: East; Number: 75

The son of former NFL Pro Bowl offensive lineman of the same name, Runyan has the athletic ability and nimble footwork to mirror edge rushers. The Michigan man needs to get stronger and work on his ability as a run blocker in the NFL.     

2019 Stats: 13 receptions, 155 yards, 11.9 YPC, 3 TDs

OG Steven Gonzalez, Penn State (6’4”/346)

Team: East; Number: 74

The PSU product has tremendous size and only one player tips the scales more than Gonzalez. With his frame, it should come as no surprise that his strengths are his ability to anchor and his power. There are questions regarding his athleticism.

2019 Stats: 28 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, 2 INTs, 7 PDs

OG Tyler Higby, Michigan State (6’4”/303)

Team: West; Number: 60

Mostly a tackle at Michigan State, Higby will probably get reps both inside and out, as many believe he projects as a guard at the next level. While he has solid technique, he will struggle to maintain blocks. He’s versatile but has limited upside.    

OG Michael Onwenu, Michigan (6’3”/350)

Team: West; Number: 50

The Michigan mauler is the heaviest player at the Shine Game, as Onwenu is another powerful interior lineman. He’s at his best as a run blocker, who needs to play nastier but offers surprising athleticism. He brings very intriguing potential.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe, Maxwell, Bednarik, and the Rotary Lombardi Awards, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.                        

 
 

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