The Eastern Michigan Eagles have slowly turned the corner in the MAC and in terms of putting NFL-level talent on the field every Saturday. As Maxx Crosby dominates for the Las Vegas Raiders, we take a look at the potential next guys up from the EMU team. With eyes on the 2022 NFL Draft, here are our scouting reports from Eastern Michigan.
Eastern Michigan 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
While there isn’t quite a Crosby-level player for the Eagles this season, both Terry Myrick and Thomas Odukoya are names to know. They are experienced players with exciting stories and production on the field. Myrick has a great play speed and should be known as a player who outplays his athleticism.
Odukoya is a big man at 6’6″, 263 pounds, who had a productive final season at tight end. Could a potential position change be in order for Odukoya to see the field in the NFL? The Dutch native will be an interesting prospect to follow along with for his entire football career if you’re just now catching up.
LB Terry Myrick
Positives: Super-productive three-year starter who works hard, chases the action, and remains disciplined with assignments. Breaks down well, works his hands to protect himself, and slides off blocks to get to the ball handler. Goes sideline to sideline, covers a lot of area, and shows ability in pursuit. Plays faster than his 40 time and displays a burst of speed as well as good change-of-direction skills.
Negatives: Average size and speed. Not a stout linebacker and has tackles broken. Struggles taking on blocks and gets handled by opponents. Marginally effective in coverage and making plays in reverse.
Analysis: Myrick was a productive college linebacker, but he’s an undersized two-down defender with limited upside.
TE Thomas Odukoya
Positives: Large, lineman-sized tight end coming off a terrific campaign. Intelligent, finds the open spot in the defense, and extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, displays good route discipline, and uses his hands to separate from opponents. Fundamentally sound as a blocker. Easily turns defenders from the action and seals them from plays.
Negatives: Not a natural pass catcher. Plays to one speed and doesn’t stretch the seam.
Analysis: Odukoya has shown consistent improvement in his game and has enough skill to develop into a third tight end at the next level.