RudolphIt looks like it will be a lean year for the Big 12 in a variety of ways as the next level talent is sparse.  Here are the top 84 prospects from the conference.

NFL Prospects from the Big 12

RndFull NameSchoolPosYear
3-4Charles WalkerOklahomaDT4Jr
3-4Noble NwachukwuWest VirginiaDE5Sr
4thJoseph NoteboomTCUT4Jr
4thDravon HenryWest VirginiaS3Jr
4thCamrhon Hughesx-TexasT5Sr
4thElijah LeeKansas StateOLB3Jr
4thMason RudolphOklahoma StateQB3Jr
4thJames WashingtonOklahoma StateWR3Jr
5thTyler OrloskyWest VirginiaC5Sr
5thChad WhitenerOklahoma StateILB4Jr
5thAllen LazardIowa StateWR3Jr
5thSeth RussellBaylorQB5Sr
5-6Samaje PerineOklahomaRB3Jr
5-6Marcell AtemanOklahoma StateWR4Sr
5-6Josh CarrawayTCUOLB5Sr
6thBlake JarwinOklahoma StateTE5Sr
6thDante BarnettKansas StateS5Sr
6thTre FlowersOklahoma StateS4Jr
6thJhaustin ThomasIowa StateDE5Sr
6thJordan WillisKansas StateDE4Sr
6-7K.J. SmithBaylorOLB3So
6-7Kyle FullerBaylorC5Sr
7thJordan SternsOklahoma StateS4Sr
7thDede WestbrookOklahomaWR4Sr
FAAhmad ThomasOklahomaS4Sr
FAJordan ThomasOklahomaCB3Jr
FARushel ShellWest VirginiaRB5Sr
FAKD CannonBaylorWR3Jr
FADevin LauderdaleTexas TechWR5Sr
FATyrone SwoopesTexasQB4Sr
FAAdam PankeyWest VirginiaG5Sr
FAFish SmithsonKansasS5Sr
FAGeno LewisOklahomaWR5Sr
FADeante BurtonKansas StateWR5Sr
FAKent PerkinsTexasG4Sr
FABaker MayfieldOklahomaQB5Sr
FADenzel JohnsonTCUS4Sr
FARyan ReidBaylorCB5Sr
FAJhajuan SealesOklahoma StateWR5Sr
FAJordan BurtonOklahoma StateOLB4Sr
FAChris CarsonOklahoma StateRB4Sr
FAShock LinwoodBaylorRB5Sr
FATaylor YoungBaylorILB4Jr
FACharmeachealle MooreKansas StateOLB4Sr
FASteven ParkerOklahomaS3Jr
FAJordan EvansOklahomaILB4Sr
FASkyler HowardWest VirginiaQB5Sr
FAChristian BrownWest VirginiaDE5Sr
FAD’Vario MontgomeryIowa StateWR5Sr
FAKeenon WardTexas TechS4Jr
FAOrion StewartBaylorS5Sr
FAJordan Shelley-SmithKansasG5Sr
FATanner WoodKansas StateDE4Jr
FATravon BlanchardBaylorS4Jr
FATaylor VincentOklahoma StateDT4Jr
FAZachary CrabtreeOklahoma StateT4Jr
FAPaul LewisOklahoma StateC4Jr
FACaleb BluiettTexasTE5Sr
FAKe’Aun KinnerKansasRB4Sr
FAPatrick MahomesTexas TechQB4Sr
FABrian NanceBaylorDE3Jr
FAChance WazBaylorCB3Jr
FAJomal WiltzIowa StateCB4Sr
FADevin ChafinBaylorRB5Sr
FADonovan StarksKansas StateCB5Sr
FADakota AustinOklahomaCB4Sr
FADylan HainesTexasS5Sr
FABaylen BrownTexas TechG4Sr
FAAiavion EdwardsBaylorILB5Sr
FADamani MosbyKansasDE5Sr
FAD’Andre BanksKansasG4Sr
FAPaul Boyette JrTexasDT5Sr
FAOndre PipkinsTexas TechDT5Sr
FAMarnez OgletreeKansasCB4Sr
FAOlakunle SalakoOklahoma StateT5Sr
FADaikiel Shorts JrWest VirginiaWR4Sr
FANigel TribuneIowa StateCB4Sr
FADeante’ GrayTCUWR5Sr
FABarry SandersOklahoma StateRB5Sr
FAAviante CollinsTCUT5Sr
FADerrick MoncriefOklahoma StateS5Sr
FAJames McFarlandTCUOLB5Sr
FABazie BatesKansasS4Sr
FAKenny IlokaTCUS5Sr



Baylor is a program in transition and right now a team in distress.  It will be interesting to see how it all pans out and how the pro-prospects, especially those on offense, perform.

Some scouts grade quarterback Seth Russell as a second day selection but I feel he’s last day talent.  Russell is a smart signal caller who makes proper choices in the pocket and for the most part throws accurate passes.   His arm strength is average and on my board Russell is no better than former Baylor signal caller Bryce Petty, who turned into a fourth round pick.

Sophomore linebacker K.J. Smith plays with a nice degree of speed and explosion, showing great range and ability in pursuit.  He needs to improve his playing strength and become a more secure tackler but I like his next level future.

Iowa State

Jhaustin Thomas is an intriguing prospect.  He has next level size (6-feet/5.5 inches, 280lbs), speed (reportedly under 4.9s) and flashes skill.  Thomas smoothly moves to every direction of the field and shows a lot of athleticism in his game.  He’s also deceptively strong and occupies blockers which allows teammates to make plays on the ball.  Thomas offers a lot of next level potential but must step up his productivity and consistency.

Kansas State

I’m big on the next level possibilities of Elijah Lee and feel he offers potential as a three down linebacker in a variety of schemes.  Lee is quick, explosive and very fast, showing ability in pursuit while holding his own in coverage.  He’s a little undersized but comes with growth potential.  I grade him as a fourth rounder but could easily see Lee making a move into the draft’s second day if he continues to progress.

Keep an eye on Dante Barnett who sat on the sidelines with injury in 2015.  He’s a safety I graded as a mid-rounder off the 2014 film.


The Sooners game film was underwhelming and I really don’t expect them to impact next year’s draft or challenge for this season’s national title as some predict.

Receiver Dede Westbrook could be the only Sooner drafted from the senior class next April.  He’s a solid college receiver with average next level skills.

Oklahoma State

Scouts have stamped several of the OSU seniors as draftable prospects and they are especially fond of tight end Blake Jarwin who they feel is third round talent.  Jarwin has impressive measurables and is a solid pass catching tight end.  Despite reportedly running in the low 4.7s area, he comes across as a one-speed player with a limited burst and I’m not a fan of his blocking.

Receiver James Washington displays the ability to control games and makes some extraordinary catches.  He also has lapses and inconsistencies on the field.  Washington could end up as a late second or early third round prospect if he elevates his game.

I’m just not a believer in quarterback Mason Rudolph at this point.  Yes, he has next level size and physical skills but he needs to improve almost every aspect of his game before I stamp him as a top 75 prospect.


Offensive tackle Joseph Noteboom has excellent size, strength and is a terrific position blocker best as a right tackle in the NFL.  I feel he could move into the second day of the draft with two more productive seasons.

Keep an eye on safety Kenny Iloka, a talented defensive back who sat out 2015 with a knee injury.

West Virginia

Noble Nwachukwu received early second day grades from scouts and while I like his pass rushing skill I just don’t know where a guy who measures under 6-feet/2-inches and lacks long speed fits at the next level.

I do believe safety Dravon Henry is a junior on the rise.  Henry did a terrific job filling in for Karl Joseph last year when the senior went down with a knee injury and he displays a complete game in centerfield.

TankersleyThe ACC offers a nice crop of next level talent headed by the nation’s top quarterback prospect.  The league also possesses a variety of potential Sunday starters I presently grade as top three round prospects.

NFL Prospects from the ACC

RndFull NamePosSchoolYr
1stDeshaun WatsonQBClemson3Jr
1stCordrea TankersleyCBClemson4Sr
1-2Brandon FacysonCBVirginia Tech4Jr
2ndBrad KaayaQBMiami-Fl3Jr
2ndBucky HodgesTEVirginia Tech4Jr
2ndDevonte’ FieldsDELouisville5Sr
2ndDorian JohnsonGPittsburgh4Sr
2ndDerrick NnadiDTFlorida State3Jr
2ndMatt DayesRBNorth Carolina State4Sr
2-3Trumaine WashingtonCBLouisville3Jr
2-3Donnie MilesSNorth Carolina4Jr
2-3B.J. HillDTNorth Carolina State3Jr
2-3Jordan LeggettTEClemson4Sr
3rdNick LinderCMiami-Fl3Jr
3rdJaryd Jones-SmithTPittsburgh4Jr
3rdHarold LandryDEBoston College3Jr
3rdJeremiah ClarkeDTNorth Carolina3So
3rdAlec EberleCFlorida State3So
3rdJohn JohnsonSBoston College4Sr
3rdDalvin CookRBFlorida StateJr
3rdDavid NjokuTEMiami-Fl3So
4thJosh Harvey-ClemonsSLouisville5Sr
4thWayne GallmanRBClemson4Jr
4thAdam BisnowatyTPittsburgh5Sr
4thTony AdamsGNorth Carolina State3Jr
4thMarquez WhiteCBFlorida State4Sr
4-5Marquel LeeOLBWake Forest4Sr
4-5Artavis ScottWRClemson3Jr
5thCharles ClarkCBVirginia Tech4Sr
5thKeith KelseyILBLouisville4Sr
5thTyrone CrowderGClemson4Jr
5thTrevon YoungOLBLouisville4Sr
5thRoderick JohnsonTFlorida State3Jr
5thAlex OfficerGPittsburgh4Jr
5thPatrick TowlesQBBoston College4Sr
5thJamari StaplesWRLouisville4Sr
5thRayshawn JenkinsSMiami-Fl4Sr
5thMike WilliamsWRClemson4Jr
5thTerrell EdmundsSVirginia Tech3So
5-6Carlos WatkinsDTClemson5Sr
5-6Johnathan HowardWRNorth Carolina4Sr
5-6Isaiah FordWRVirginia Tech3Jr
6thBrad WatsonCBWake Forest4Sr
6thDeAngelo BrownDTLouisville5Sr
6thRyan IzzoTEFlorida State3So
6thRyan SwitzerWRNorth Carolina4Sr
6thKenneth EkanemOLBVirginia Tech5Sr
6thTravis RudolphWRFlorida State3Jr
6thQuin BlandingSVirginia3Jr
6thGabe BrandnerTDukerJr
6thJames QuickWRLouisville4Sr
6thJaylen SamuelsFBNorth Carolina State3Jr
6thFreddie StevensonFBFlorida State4Sr
6thNathan AndrewsSFlorida State4Sr
6-7Matt MilanoOLBBoston College4Sr
6-7Josh JonesSNorth Carolina State4Jr
6-7Chad ThomasDEMiami-Fl3Jr
6-7Wilson BellGFlorida State4Jr
6-7Bobby WolfordFBBoston College5Sr
6-7Mike StrizakOLBBoston College5Sr
6-7Desmond LawrenceCBNorth Carolina5Sr
7thAndrew MotuapuakaILBVirginia Tech3Jr
7thKorrin WigginsSClemson4Jr
7thDaniel IsidoraGMiami-Fl5Sr
7thNigel WilliamsDTVirginia Tech5Sr
7thTim HarrisCBVirginia4Sr
7thDemarcus WalkerDEFlorida State4Sr
7thM.J. StewartCBNorth Carolina3Jr
7-FAJamal CarterSMiami-Fl4Sr
7-FAJoshua BanksDTWake Forest5Sr
7-FAMicah KiserILBVirginia4Jr
7-FAStacy ColeyWRMiami-Fl4Sr
7-FABradley ChubbDENorth Carolina State3Jr
FAElijah HoodRBNorth Carolina3Jr
FADajuan DrennonDENorth Carolina5Sr
FAKareem AreGFlorida State5Sr
FAChris GriffinTGeorgia Tech4Jr
FAJeremy SmithRBLouisville3Jr
FAJerod FernandezILBNorth Carolina State4Jr
FAZaire FranklinILBSyracuserSr
FASteve IshmaelWRSyracuse3Jr
FAJack TochoCBNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAJu’Michael RamosWRNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAMack HollinsWRNorth Carolina5Sr
FABen BoulwareILBClemson4Sr
FAJosh ParrisTESyracuse5Sr
FACam SerigneTEWake Forest4Jr
FATrey MarshallSFlorida State3Jr
FABrisly EstimeWRSyracuse4Sr
FAJonathan McLaughlinTVirginia Tech5Sr
FARo’Derrick HoskinsILBFlorida StaterJr
FABryon FieldsCBDuke4Jr
FATaquan MizzellRBVirginia4Sr
FAJoseph YearbyRBMiami-Fl3Jr
FAJacob PughOLBFlorida StateJr
FATruman GutapfelDTBoston College4Sr
FAShaq WigginsCBLouisville3Jr
FAKeith TowbridgeTELouisville4Sr
FAChucky WilliamsSLouisville4Jr
FATrevor DarlingTMiami-Fl3Jr
FACam PhillipsWRVirginia Tech3Jr
FAP.J. DavisOLBGeorgia Tech4Sr
FAAl-Quadin MuhammadDEx-Miami-Fl4Jr
FAJames ConnerFBPittsburgh3Jr
FAMario PenderRBFlorida State5Sr
FABrandon RadcliffRBLouisville5Sr
FACaleb PetersonGNorth Carolina5Sr
FAEric SmithGVirginia4Sr
FAJesus WilsonWRFlorida State4Sr
FAAugie ConteGVirginia Tech5Sr
FADeVon EdwardsCBDuke5Sr
FADontez FordWRPittsburgh5Sr
FATyrique JarrettDTPittsburgh4Sr
FANazir JonesDTNorth Carolina4Jr
FAWyatt TellerGVirginia Tech4Jr
FAMatt GalambosILBPittsburgh4Sr
FABentley SpainTNorth Carolina3Jr
FALucas CrowleyCNorth Carolina4Sr
FACole HikutiniTELouisville4Sr
FAMikey BartDENorth Carolina4Sr
FAT.J. LoganRBNorth Carolina4Sr
FACorneilus ElderCBMiami-Fl4Sr
FAKermit WhitfieldWRFlorida State4Sr
FAM.J. SalahuddinILBNorth Carolina State5Sr
FABra’Lon CherryWRNorth Carolina State4Sr
FASunny OdogwuTMiami-Fl4Jr
FAFreddie BurdenCGeorgia Tech5Sr
FAJay GuillermoCClemson5Sr
FANathan PetermanQBPittsburgh5Sr
FAJon HeckTNorth Carolina5Sr
FACasey BlaserTDuke5Sr
FAPatrick GambleDTGeorgia Tech5Sr
FASamuel RogersFBVirginia Tech4Sr
FAKelvin RaineySVirginia5Sr
FAJadar JohnsonSClemson4Sr
FAJaymar ParrishFBPittsburgh4Sr
FADravious WrightSNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAKevin KavalecDEBoston College4Sr
FAMarqez HodgeILBSyracuse4Sr
FAMonty NelsonDTNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAKiola MahoniGLouisville3Jr
FADeondre SingletonSDuke4Sr
FAThomas BrownOLBWake Forest4Sr


Boston College

I am amazed at how little love quarterback Patrick Towles receives from scouts.  The Kentucky transfer has terrific size, an NFL arm and a lot of really good tape from last season.  While he stumbled in a few games and there have been accusations of immaturity, I believe the physical ability along with the flashes Towles displayed last year deserve a middle round grade.

Safety John Johnson looks every bit as instinctive and intelligent as former teammate Justin Simmons, selected in the third round by the Denver Broncos last April.   I do believe Johnson has better playing speed and like Simmons, is a second day prospect.


Cordrea Tankersley was stamped as one of the best senior cornerback prospects in the nation and its easy to see why.  He combines terrific size, outstanding ball skills and plays with next level instincts.  Assuming he plays well in 2016, I wouldn’t be surprised if Tankersly ends up as a top 18 selection next April.

I may be underrating tight end Jordan Legget a tad but I like tight ends that catch the ball as well as block and Leggett is deficient with the latter.  There is no denying he’s a legitimate downfield pass catching threat but I question whether or not he’s a three down player at the position.

I am a firm believer in the next level potential of DeShaun Watson and feel he’s the cream of the crop at the quarterback position by a wide margin moving towards the 2017 draft.  Though he needs to improve his downfield accuracy Watson’s combination of athleticism, arm strength and the general ability to command the offense are impressive.

Florida State

It was surprising how blasé I felt watching the Florida State film.  Unlike years past there were no players who jumped out at me.

I do like Derrick Nnadi, the big, powerful space eater with excellent short area quickness and a nice change of direction.  I graded him as a second rounder but could see Nnadi making a big move up draft boards.

Keep an eye on redshirt sophomore center Alec Eberle who I feel has star potential.


Grades for Louisville prospects, specifically on defense, are all over the board.

Several scouts grade safety Josh Harvey-Clemons as a second day pick but I feel he’s of the last day variety.   On the other hand most grade defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown as a free agent but I feel he’s worth the investment of a late round pick.

Devonte’ Fields is an interesting case.  When on the field and on his game he flashes first round ability but his size/speed numbers, playing consistency and off the field issues make him a risky top 32 choice.

I’m hoping outside linebacker/pass rusher Trevon Young is able to return to health in 2017 as I believe he’s a legitimate mid-second day prospect.


I stamped Brad Kaaya as a second day pick but feel the potential is there for him to move into the first round if he continues to improve.  I just don’t think his film screams first round to this point.  Kaaya throws with a smooth over-the-top delivery, finds the open wide out and challenges the vertical game. I’d like to see him drive his deep passes more rather than throw floaters but he offers a nice upside.

Junior center Nick Linder could be selected earlier than older brother Brandon, a third round pick of the  Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014.  The younger Linder plays with great awareness, fundamentals and is effective on the line of scrimmage as well as blocking in motion.

North Carolina

Scouts gave some very high grades to the Tar Heels seniors but I rank junior safety Donnie Miles as the best prospect on the team.  He’s a hard hitting safety and a strong open field tackler with solid ball skills while also offering the ability to make plays sideline to sideline.

North Carolina State

The Wolfpack have a pair of second day selections starting with senior running back Matt Dayes.

Compactly built at just over 5-feet/8-inches and 200lbs, Dayes has tremendous quickness, an excellent burst and runs with deceptive power.  He’s also a terrific cutback runner who regularly makes defenders miss.

I’m also high on defensive tackle B.J. Hill.  The explosive defensive lineman offers a potential in a variety of schemes and comes with a nice upside.


The Panthers have three very good offensive line prospects.

Senior guard Dorian Johnson is dominant in all areas.  I gave him a high grade after his sophomore season and he improved off the 2015 film.  Explosive as well as fundamentally sound, he’s a powerful blocker who drives defenders off the line while also displaying skill in motion.

Senior tackle Adam Bisnowaty did not show as much progress as I hoped between his sophomore and junior seasons but he’s definitely a next level prospect.  Bisnowaty is a smart position blocker who gets the most from his skill.  My concern is Bisnowaty possesses neither next level footwork for the left side or the needed power to line up on the right side.

It’s a wait and see situation for Jaryd Jones-Smith who missed last season with a knee injury but if the big tackle can pick up where he left off in 2014 Jones-Smith could be the highest rated NFL prospect on this unit.

Virginia Tech

Eight months ago when Bucky Hodges was considering entering the draft the consensus opinion told the tight end he should return to school for another season.  Yet when I re-watched the tape this summer I saw a prospect that was just as athletic and effective catching the ball downfield as any tight end available last August.  Another good season and Hodges could move into the first round of the 2017 draft.

Brandon Facyson is another Hokie junior with first round potential.  The corner did a terrific job returning from injury last season and looked dominant in spurts.  He offers big time potential and I would expect him to be out the door with a big campaign in 2016.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest has three seniors on defense highly rated by scouts that must be watched.

Linebacker Marquel Lee is a terrific athlete with the size and speed to be a three down player on Sunday.  Defensive tackle Josh Banks is a little undersized but very quick, explosive and could end up as one of the better three technique prospects next April.  Cornerback Brad Watson has next level size and has shown himself to be effective in a variety of systems.

DawkinsThe AAC features a good number of second day and middle round picks with its top prospect being a junior cornerback from UConn.


RndFull NamePosSchoolYr
3rdJamar SummersCBConnecticut3Jr
3-4Dion DawkinsTTemple4Sr
3-4Zach EdwardsSCincinnati5Sr
4thIsaiah JonesWREast Carolina4Sr
4thTyus BowserOLBHouston4Sr
4thAlec BloomTEConnecticut3Jr
4-5Junior JosephILBConnecticut4Jr
5thJahad ThomasRBTemple4Sr
5thObi MelifonwuSConnecticut5Sr
5thKofi AmichiaTSouth Florida3Jr
5thTravon SimmonsSEast Carolina3Jr
5thVentell BryantWRTemple3So
5-6Folorunso FatukasiDTConnecticut4Jr
6thDavon GraysonWREast Carolina4Sr
6thEric WilsonILBCincinnati5Sr
6thKeevan LucasWRTulsa4Sr
6thGunner KielQBCincinnati5Sr
6thTyrell GilbertSCincinnati3Jr
6thDeyshawn BondCCincinnati5Sr
6-7Devin AbrahamSSouth Florida3Jr
6-7Steven TaylorOLBHouston5Sr
6-7Mike TysonSCincinnati4Sr
7thMyers TommyTEConnecticut4Jr
7thDerrick CallowayDTSouth Florida?3Jr
7thMarlon MackRBSouth Florida3Jr
7thShaquill GriffinCBCentral Florida4Sr
7th-FADJ DowdyTECincinnati5Sr
7th-FATre’Quan SmithWRCentral Florida3So
FATion GreenRBCincinnati5Sr
FARichard LevyGConnecticut5Sr
FANoel ThomasWRConnecticut4Sr
FAJordan AkinsTECentral Florida3So
FADarrion MiilinesSSMU4Sr
FADrico JohnsonSCentral Florida5Sr
FABlake BelcherGTulsa5Sr
FABrandon SmithTEast Carolina3Jr
FABrandon WilsonCBHouston5Sr
FAChristian MatauCEast Carolina3Jr
FAB.J. SingletonDTHouston5Sr
FATanzel SmartDTTulane4Sr
FAArkeel NewsomeRBConnecticut3Jr
FAMike BooneRBCincinnati3Jr
FABryant ShirrefsQBConnecticut3Jr
FARodney AdamsWRSouth Florida4Sr
FASean ChandlerCBTemple3Jr
FAHaason ReddickOLBTemple5Sr
FANathan ColeWRCincinnati5Sr
FAChris MorleySMemphis5Sr
FAAndreas KnappeTConnecticut5Sr
FAMikal MyersDTConnecticut5Sr
FAJames SummersSEast Carolina4Sr
FAJustin HolmanQBCentral Florida4Sr
FARyan LeahyGCincinnati5Sr
FADashaun AmosCBEast Carolina4Sr
FAGreg Ward Jr.RBHouston4Sr
FAGabe KuhnGMemphis4Jr
FACal BloomTECentral Florida5Sr
FAJhavon WilliamsCBConnecticut5Sr
FAP.J. WalkerQBTemple4Sr
FANathan GodwinSSouth Florida4Sr
FAD.J. KillingsCBCentral Florida4Sr
FAPraise Martin-OguikeOLBTemple5Sr
FAFredrick PresleyDTEast Carolina4Sr
FAJazzmar ClaxFBConnecticut5Sr
FACameron MalveauxDEHouston4Sr


Central Florida

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.

East Carolina

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.

South Florida

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.

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