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2018 Texas Tech Red Raiders prospect primer

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2018 Texas Tech Red Raiders prospect primer

Below are the notable Texas Tech Red Raiders eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. I wish I could say optimistic things about my school for the upcoming 2017 college football season, but I would simply be lying to you all.

I am not sure if this is university treason or not, but I would not bet on this Texas Tech team to win more than two games in the Big 12 this year, and that is being generous. With senior quarterback Nic Shimonek and play-making wide receivers in Dylan Cantrell and Cameron Batson, they will still put up points, but even with first round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes II, they finished with a 5-7 record and only three wins in the conference last season.

Students attending the university get in free to the games, but I am not sure how competitive some of those games will be considering the players that left the program from a year ago.

Offense

Wide Receiver Dylan Cantrell – 6030, 220 – Senior

Cantrell is a prototypical possession receiver who is reliable at the catch point and on intermediate routes over the middle. He does not have the speed to blow by cornerbacks vertically, but his quickness to beat man coverage laterally is quite impressive. Despite his lack of build-up speed, he is nifty with the ball in his hands after the catch. In addition, he is also a valuable blocker on screen plays and sweeps that Kingsbury loves to call.

Because of his lack of overall athleticism to gain separation on the outside, he may need to make his mark as a special teams player to have a chance at the next level. As a receiver, he is best suited to play in the slot where he can maximize his strengths in the intermediate areas of the game, while minimizing his flaws physically.

Wide Receiver Cameron Batson – 5090, 170 – Senior

Cameron Batson is an undersized, microwave playmaker who can produce highlight-reel catches and runs on any given snap in the Air Raid offense. He will serve as the deep threat as well as the specialist on the many screens and jet sweeps the offense is known for.

The NFL value Batson brings to the table, however, is on special teams. As both a kick and punt returner, Batson is as dangerous as they come in the conference, if not the nation. He is shifty and extremely difficult to bring down as a slippery ball carrier in the open field, but he can also accelerate to the end zone with deep speed. Overall, his lack of size makes him nothing more than a potential gadget player on offense at the next level, but the real value that Batson possesses is on special teams.

Defense

Cornerback DJ Polite-Bray – 6000, 190 – Senior

Jonah Tuls

Tuls is one of the lead NFL Draft analysts for Draftbreakdown.com and has been a key contributor to several other NFL Draft sites in recent years. At Draftbreakdown, Tuls provides macro-oriented NFL Draft coverage, including comprehensive player rankings, mock drafts and big boards for the site. Tuls has worked with some of the NDT Scouting staff previously before; he worked with National Scout Jon Ledyard to form the core of USA Today’s Draft Wire site for the 2016 NFL Draft season. His work there was centered around draft reports, with additional analysis and breaking news efforts as well.

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