Just two weeks out from the 2020 NFL Draft and Beaver Nation has their attention on two players in particular: Isaiah Hodgins and Jake Luton.
Hodgins will be taken some time in the second day or third day of the draft, most likely in the third or fourth rounds.
On the other hand, the man that threw Hodgins the ball last season will be selected in the later rounds of the draft during the final day, but one prominent draft analyst, Gil Brandt, thinks Luton could be a steal.
I would roll the dice on Jake Luton from Oregon St. He has a big arm and threw for 28 touchdowns against only 3 INTs last season on a bad team. Pretty good athlete. High school team ran the Wing-T. Was around college football for six years. https://t.co/t7QzE2svul— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 3, 2020
I would roll the dice on Jake Luton from Oregon St. He has a big arm and threw for 28 touchdowns against only 3 INTs last season on a bad team. Pretty good athlete. High school team ran the Wing-T. Was around college football for six years. - Gil Brandt
The question asked in rounds 3-5, so perhaps Brandt thinks that Luton could do around the midpoint of the draft. Luton had a completion percentage of 62%, good for 2,714 yards for 28 touchdowns and only three interceptions, as a sixth-year senior at Oregon State. He led the Beavers to their best finish ever in the Pac-12 North (tied for second) and finished one win short of the program's first bowl game since 2013.
Brandt's most famous for serving as Vice President of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1988, winning two Super Bowls in the process. He later got inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor in addition to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
His opinion holds credence too.
In Brandt's career, he pioneered many scouting techniques such as using computers for scouting evaluations, looking outside football for prospects, drafting based on potential in the lower rounds which yielded Dallas Herschel Walker, use of psychological tests and helped create the NFL Scouting Combine. Those advancements helped the Cowboys win two titles while he worked for the franchise, and trading Walker to Minnesota in 1989 paved the way for three more Super Bowls in the 1990s.
He now works for NFL.com as a draft analyst and Sirius XM as a radio host.
The NFL Draft will be done virtually from April 23-25.