The AAC features a good number of second day and middle round picks with its top prospect being a junior cornerback from UConn.
|4th||Isaiah Jones||WR||East Carolina||4Sr|
|5th||Kofi Amichia||T||South Florida||3Jr|
|5th||Travon Simmons||S||East Carolina||3Jr|
|6th||Davon Grayson||WR||East Carolina||4Sr|
|6-7||Devin Abraham||S||South Florida||3Jr|
|7th||Derrick Calloway||DT||South Florida?||3Jr|
|7th||Marlon Mack||RB||South Florida||3Jr|
|7th||Shaquill Griffin||CB||Central Florida||4Sr|
|7th-FA||Tre’Quan Smith||WR||Central Florida||3So|
|FA||Jordan Akins||TE||Central Florida||3So|
|FA||Drico Johnson||S||Central Florida||5Sr|
|FA||Brandon Smith||T||East Carolina||3Jr|
|FA||Christian Matau||C||East Carolina||3Jr|
|FA||Rodney Adams||WR||South Florida||4Sr|
|FA||James Summers||S||East Carolina||4Sr|
|FA||Justin Holman||QB||Central Florida||4Sr|
|FA||Dashaun Amos||CB||East Carolina||4Sr|
|FA||Greg Ward Jr.||RB||Houston||4Sr|
|FA||Cal Bloom||TE||Central Florida||5Sr|
|FA||Nathan Godwin||S||South Florida||4Sr|
|FA||D.J. Killings||CB||Central Florida||4Sr|
|FA||Fredrick Presley||DT||East Carolina||4Sr|
It may be a long haul for UCF as the talent on the roster is thin. Scouts grade cornerback Shaquill Griffin as a priority free agent but I feel he has late round potential. Griffin has nice size and solid ball skills but deep speed is a concern.
Scouts are all over the board with the senior Bearcats prospects but I don’t see anything other than last day picks.
Safety Zach Edwards, considered by some scouts as a late second/early third round choice, plays tough, instinctual football but on film comes across as an average athlete with no great physical trait to his game.
Linebacker Eric Wilson is highly rated in scouting circles but lacks size and does not show great cover skills for a prospect likely to project as a conventional weakside linebacker.
I’m not high on Gunner Kiel and though he possesses the size as well as the arm strength for the next level his accuracy, specifically ball placement, leaves a lot to be desired. Besides concussion concerns I’ve been told for the past year that personality issues have raised red flags among scouts.
UConn has a pair of very good prospects in the secondary starting with junior cornerback Jamar Summers, who regularly shuts downs opponents. Summers is a nice athlete with next level ball skills and presently a third round prospect who could climb into the top 50.
I also like safety Obi Melifonwu. Built more like a linebacker, he shows good range on the field going sideline-to-sideline, possesses solid ball skills and is very tough defending the run. Presently I grade Melifonwu as an early third day pick and see him slotted as a traditional strong safety though some teams may eventually grade him as a one-gap linebacker.
Scouts love Isaiah Jones rating him as one of the better receiver prospects from the senior class but I feel he’s more of a 4th round prospect. His quickness leads me to believe he’ll be a good punt returner on Sunday.
Tyus Bowser is highly considered in scouting circles and comes with tremendous size/speed numbers. He plays vicious, physical football but I think Bowser needs to complete his game and do a better job making plays moving in reverse. He is the type of prospect I envision receiving a Senior Bowl invitation then impressing scouts in Mobile with his pass rush ability.
There’s a shallow pool of next level talent at USF with juniors Kofi Amichia (offensive tackle) and Devin Abraham (safety) leading the way.
I was hoping defensive tackle Derrick Calloway, who I graded as a middle round pick off the 2014 film, would be returning to USF this season after sitting on the sidelines due to academics last season. Despite attending junior college in an attempt to get his grades back in order the word is Calloway will not be playing for the Bulls in 2016.
One year ago Dion Dawkins was one of my highest rated players from the AAC and it seems scouts agree as I’m told they’ve stamped him as a potential third rounder. Personally I didn’t think Dawkins made a huge amount of progress between ’14 and ’15 but he’s still a nice sized left tackle with athleticism and decent feet. Dawkins may need to play in a scaled down offense that does require to many responsibilities.
I was shocked when Tulsa wide out Keyarris Garrett was not selected in April’s draft and will feel the same way about Keevan Lucas in a year if he’s not drafted next April. Lucas lacks the size of Garrett but has better speed and can line up in the slot as well as return punts.
Western Michigan and Toledo lead the way with four solid Sunday prospects. Ohio and Northern Illinois come with a few last day prospects while Ball State possesses one of the bigger sleepers at the receiver position.
NFL Prospects from the MAC
|2nd||Corey Davis||WR||Western Michigan||4Sr|
|5th||Taylor Moton||G||Western Michigan||5Sr|
|6th||Levon Myers||T||Northern Illinois||5Sr|
|6th||Kevonn Mabon||WR||Ball State||5Sr|
|7th||Kenneth Golladay||WR||Northern Illinois||5Sr|
|FA||Tony Annese||S||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Cooper Rush||QB||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Keion Adams||OLB||Western Michigan||4Sr|
|FA||Joel Bouagnon||RB||Northern Illinois||4Sr|
|FA||Austin Valdez||ILB||Bowling Green||4Jr|
|FA||Shawun Lurry||CB||Northern Illinois||3Jr|
|FA||Albert Smalls||CB||Northern Illinois||3Jr|
|FA||Martez Hester||S||Ball State||5Sr|
|FA||Sean Wiggins||ILB||Ball State||4Sr|
|FA||Chukwuma Okorafor||T||Western Michigan||3Jr|
|FA||Josh Cox||CB||Central Michigan||3Jr|
|FA||Terence Waugh||DE||Kent State||4Sr|
|FA||Sean Folliard||OLB||Northern Illinois||4Sr|
|FA||Aregeros Turner||WR||Northern Illinois||4Sr|
|FA||Joe Bacci||FB||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Darius Conaway||CB||Ball State||4Sr|
|FA||Tyree Holder||CB||Ball State||5Sr|
|FA||Najee Murray||CB||Kent State||4Sr|
|FA||Jesse Kroll||WR||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Josh Posley||DE||Ball State||5Sr|
|FA||Izaah Lunsford||DT||Bowling Green||5Sr|
|FA||Elcee Refuge||ILB||Kent State||4Sr|
|FA||Drake Miller||T||Ball State||5Sr|
|FA||Patrick O’Connor||DE||Eastern Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Zach Terrell||QB||Western Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Lincoln Howard||G||Northern Illinois||5Sr|
|FA||Anthony Rice||WR||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Kenny Rogers||G||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||James Knapke||QB||Bowling Green||5Sr|
A number of scouts love Se’Von Pitttman and grade him as a potential second day pick but on film he seems like an ordinary defensive lineman with only average size and athleticism, which is why I grade him so low.
I do like the next level potential of receiver Kevvon Mabon and feel he could make a big move up boards with a productive senior campaign. Mabon offers terrific size (6-feet/1-inch, 225lbs) and plays to it. He nicely projects as a fifth receiver on Sunday.
I’m told some scouts grade quarterback Cooper Rush as a second day pick but on my board he’s an undrafted free agent. Rush has next level pocket size but his arm strength and pass placement leave a lot to be desired.
Tony Annese could slide into the late rounds with a big season. He’s a large defensive back who could line up as a conventional strong safety or in a zone system.
Count me as a fan of offensive lineman Levon Myers, who I grade him as a zone blocking guard. Myers has the foot quickness and mobility to line up in a system which requires him to block in motion but needs to improve his strength at the point. I could definitely see Myers as a Shrine Game participant next January.
Scouts have a high opinion of receiver Kenneth Gollady and while I like his size and overall pass catching skills his lack of quickness and speed push him into the late rounds on my board. Gollady has built up speed, which is average at best.
Blair Brown intrigues me. He’s a natural inside/middle linebacker and a terrific run thumper who displays solid range and the ability to make plays outside the flanks. He barely measures 5-feet/11.5-inches which will draw red flags but Brown will be value in the late rounds and produce on Sunday if properly coached.
Most scouts discount and even ignore offensive tackle Troy Watson but I disagree. Watson has nice size, growth potential and blocks with solid fundamentals and I definitely feel he has next level potential.
Running back Kareem Hunt often looks brilliant on film, displaying outstanding quickness for a bigger back with the ability to take over games. Then again he may be a little too big and I’ve been told Toledo coaches questioned his commitment last year and chided Hunt for being overweight entering the season. He’s a skilled ball carrier but scouts would rather see him tip the scales at 220lbs next January/February rather than the almost 240lbs he weighed last spring.
I’ve been on the Treyvon Hester bandwagon for three years now. He’s an immovable force in the middle of the defensive line and attracts multiple blockers on every snap. Hester is more of a gap-occupier rather than a play maker but reminds me an awful lot of 8 year NFL veteran Ahtyba Rubin.
Corey Davis rates as one of the top senior receiver prospects in the scouting community and its easy to see why. He’s a consistent pass catcher with excellent size (6-feet/3-inches and 210lbs) as well as sneaky speed. Baring injury I fully expect Davis to receive a Senior Bowl invite next January and if he plays to expectations he will be a top 45 selection in 2017.
Taylor Moton is one of the most underrated guards I watched this summer. He’s wide bodied powerhouse who looks and plays the part, driving opponents off the line of scrimmage to open up running lanes and easily anchors in pass protection. Moton is a bit stiff and would struggle in a scheme which requires him to cover any amount of distance but he could start in a ground and pound type of offense.
Less than three weeks before the NFL Draft kicks off and there’s plenty of news to catch up on. So lets get at it!
Sources close to the situation tell me the New York Jets made a serious offer to the Tennessee Titans for the initial pick of the draft. Those with knowledge of the situation tell me the team was close to getting the deal done.
I’m told it is believed veteran defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was part of the deal.
And while many in the New York area dismissed my initial report earlier this week over the New York Jets being dark horses for trading to the top of the draft, it was revealed within 24 hours of the report that Jared Goff would be making an official visit to the franchise. Goff won’t make it past the fourth pick of the draft.
Will the Jets continue to attempt to move up into the early reaches of round one? Sources tell me they believe so but much depends on who the Los Angeles Rams ultimately select with the first pick in two weeks time.
Coaches and scouts from the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos were on hand at Florida Atlantic for the workout of German receiver Moritz Boehringer and once again he impressed future employers.
Boehringer ran an unscripted positional workout where teams requested certain routes during the workout and Boehringer obliged. He not only caught the ball well but absorbed the requests and easily ran the route tree asked of him. Just like his initial pro-day on March 31st, Boehringer looked very natural. He had one-on-one interviews with all the teams in attendance beforehand.
Boehringer has five team visits starting this weekend and will be on the road starting tomorrow until April 20th.
Those on hand were also very complimentary of Jacoby Brissett, telling me the North Carolina State quarterback threw the ball well.
Back in February I reported Jalen Ramsey was atop the Dallas Cowboys draft board and can tell you nothing has changed as the Florida State defensive back is still number one with the organization. I’m told the team has Carson Wentz of North Dakota State as their highest rated quarterback and top three on their board.
Dallas has come off of Joey Bosa somewhat as I’m told Leon Lett is down on the Ohio State lineman. They continue to be very high on Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott. I spoke about both of those players being targets of the Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles.com two weeks ago.
The Cowboys are one of four teams that have inquired on moving up to the top spot of the draft. The other three teams are the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and the New York Jets, who are the dark horse. The overall belief around the league is the Jets don’t have the ammunition to move up. The question is would they be willing to move up a half dozen spots is Paxton Lynch falls to the middle of round one?
I’ll have more Jets news next week.
During combine week I mentioned on Walters Football the word around Indianapolis centered on the Baltimore Ravens dropping back into the bottom half of round one then selecting a safety. I was told last week the team loves Su’a Cravens, hence he could be the target if they trade down. I’m was also told Baltimore will consider cornerback Cyrus Jones in round three.
There’s a belief the Tennessee Titans would be best trading down for a variety of reasons. Besides the usual, “collect more draft selections,” some have told me trading down would take the pressure of new general manager Jon Robinson. Its no necessarily an opinion I share with the likes of Laremy Tunsil and Joey Bosa at the top of the draft but its an opinion floating around none the less.
Washington State offensive lineman Joe Dahl is building some momentum for himself and there’s a belief he could land in the second day of the draft. Teams like his athleticism and ability to adjust, something I spoke about during Senior Bowl week, and fee a bit more strength would complete his game. Dahl’s visit and workout schedule is loaded and includes the New York Jets, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts.
During pro-day at Texas A&M earlier this week I posted the visit list for Germain Ifedi at Walters Football. Absent from the teams on the list were the Seattle Seahawks yet most people I speak with feel Ifedi is a great fit for the team at the end of round one. The recurring comment is “Ifedi is a Seattle Seahawks type of lineman.”
German receiver Moritz Boehringer is participating in an open workout for all NFL teams at Florida Atlantic beginning 1PM today. Jacoby Brissett of North Carolina State is slated as the practice quarterback. I should have updates through the afternoon.
Speaking of updates…I apologize to all who have asked about my delinquent position ranking updates but the daily pro-day reports at Walter’s Football took enormous time. I should ranking updates by Monday, the initial posting of 700+ individual reports starting next weekend, the final rankings and updates through draft week.