Injury History: Played Through Torn Labrum in Hip: Required Surgery (2019)
Games Evaluated: 2018 Vs: Texas, West Virginia 2019 Vs: Purdue, Texas
Report By: Mason LeBeau
Very good athlete for the position. Not remarkable or explosive, but fluid and carries his weight rather well. This is far from a bad thing because of the surface Niang won with power, so to have good movement ability along with that is a great combination. He was so solid in this regard that TCU opted to use him in space rather often, be it on screens, combos, and less often pulls. His lack of elite athleticism actually almost helps here, as he's great at locating defenders and just agile enough to make consistent contact, rarely over or under running the defender.
RUN BLOCKING: 6.96
Movement off L.O.S.: 7.00
Reach Block: 7.00
Pull & Block Outside: 6.50
Adjust In Space: 7.50
Use of Hands: 6.75
A plus run blocker. Likely to be scheme-versatile which should do wonders for his stock. Very solid at winning off of the line, as he has good functional strength to move defenders off of their spots and create lanes with power. Also fluid enough to get into space and be used as a dynamic run blocker. If that means as a puller in a man/gap scheme, or reaching in a zone scheme. Niang was tasked with both and showed he was capable of doing so.
PASS BLOCKING: 6.42
Quick Set: 6.25
Protect Corner: 5.75
Footwork / Redirect & Slide: 5.50
Anchor / Reset Ability: 6.50
Handle Games/Stunts: 8.00
Hands / Punch: 6.50
Is somewhat raw as a pass protector. Highly intelligent player that should benefit him greatly in the long run, but is behind technically in this regard. Used his hands and length pretty well and had a solid punch that could create separation. Footwork is fundamentally flawed to the point of.. just being incorrect. Looked more like he was stepping backward than actually kick stepping. This was exploited and also caused issues protecting the corner against speed rushers.
Consistency / Motor: 7.00
His senior year was cut short by injury, and TCU were not world-beaters, so, unfortunately, it's hard to say how productive Niang really was for a team that didn't accomplish much. I saw no problems on the field, but I didn't hear anything to make me think he's overwhelmingly positive either.
High IQ cerebral player. A smarter tackle with wide eyes that wasn't easily fooled by stunts or twists, and was decisive on blitzes. Still some room to grow, but showed early starting ability mentally.
Very smart player with functional strength and natural athleticism that should bode well for the young lineman. Still some ways to go but at this tier of lineman you'll be looking at a developmental project anyways, but Niang features some traits that should allow you to start him early. Scheme diverse, he should be able to instantly impact in the run game and with help, not be a detriment in pass protection.
Is going to have to clean up footwork rather quickly if teams don't want to spend too many resources giving him chip help. Might have trouble running the arc against speed rushers. Body weight distribution and footwork are likely to cause balance problems early on. Hand usage can be tuned up as well.
Niang is an upside development tackle but a higher ranked one than the rest. He doesn't have the raw athleticism and burst some of the other prospects do but is still a good mover who can locate defenders and take them out at the 2nd level, as well as the ability to create lanes off of the line. Has some pass pro advantages with length and strength and flashes of good hand usage, but is in desperate need of an overhaul with his lower body mechanics. A potential early starter, but should be a plus starter by year two.