Strengths 

6'6"

Height

Weight

315

Bench
40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
Vertical
Broad Jump
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan

Final Grade

6.73

Played Through Torn Labrum in Hip: Required Surgery (2019)

Injury History

Games Evaluated

2018 Vs: Texas, West Virginia 2019 Vs: Purdue, Texas

Team Fit

Evaluators will immediately be blown away by Wills' footwork. He came out of his stance so sudden and smooth and that sets him up for success. He's calm and in control, matching-and-mirroring edge rushers so effectively. His footwork sets him up and his hand usage in terms of placement and control is also very good. His technique is so well tuned that his natural strength shows up functionally in both aspects of offense. While his anchor is solid, his in-line run blocking is great. His hand usage seems to improve while on the attack, and he's able to move lineman off of their spot and destroy contains. He plays with enough of a mean streak where he puts people in the ground. His footwork is so good he also excels in making every other type of run block. Clean and efficient on pulls. Strong yet fluid on combos. Gets straight to the LB at the 2nd level. Can adjust in open space to seal off defenders. Was impressively able to make numerous reach blocks. Able to do all of this against elite competition. Mental processing also was not an issue, as stunts and blitzes rarely got the best of him, and was able to occasionally find the extra late blitzer. Solid, active eyes.

Weaknessess

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.

Big Picture

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.

Player Comp

Athleticism:

6.82

7.25

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.

Quickness
Flexibility
Lateral Agility
Explosion
Balance
Play Strength
7.1
6.5
6
6.5
7.1

6.96

Run Blocking:

In-Line
Movement off L.O.S.
Reach Block
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
7
7
7
6.5
7.5
6.75

Big Play Ability

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

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.

Quick Set
Protect Corner
Mirror Ability
Anchor/Reset Ability
Ability to Combat Inside Move
Hands/Punch
6.25
5.75
5.5
6.5
6.2
6.5

Competitiveness:

7.17

7.25

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.

Toughness
Consistency/Motor
Mauling Ability
7.5
7
7.0

Intelligence:

7.50

7.25

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.

Communication
Handle Games/Stunts
Position Versatility
7.5
6.0
6.7
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Lucas Niang

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TCU

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