Ramsey_FSUFlorida State may rule the ACC when it comes to national rankings but from the perspective of NFL war rooms Virginia Tech is the place to be. I count at least five Hokies as top 90 picks led by a pair of underclassmen corners. Here are the rankings of 129 NFL prospects from the conference.

 

 

Rnd Name School Pos Yr
1-2 Jalen Ramsey Florida State CB 3Jr
1-2 Kendall Fuller Virginia Tech CB 3Jr
2nd Tyler Boyd Pittsburgh WR 3Jr
2nd Brandon Facyson Virginia Tech CB 3So
2nd Dadi Nicholas Virginia Tech DE 5Sr
3rd Bucky Hodges Virginia Tech TE 3So
3rd Adam Bisnowaty Pittsburgh T 4Jr
3rd Ken Ekanem Virginia Tech OLB 4Jr
3-4 Sheldon Rankins Louisville DT 4Sr
4th Mike Williams Clemson WR 3Jr
3-4 James Conner Pittsburgh RB 3Jr
4th Jacoby Brissett North Carolina Ste QB 5Sr
4th Josh Jones North Carolina St S 3So
4th Chuck Clark Virginia Tech CB 3Jr
4th Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh G 3Jr
4th Jaryd Jones-Smith Pittsburgh T 3So
4-5 D.J. White Georgia Tech CB 4Sr
5th Tim Harris Virginia CB 3Jr
5th Deon Bush Miami-Fl S 4Sr
5th Maurice Canady Virginia CB 4Sr
5th DeAngelo Brown Louisville DT 4Jr
5th Adam Gotsis Georgia Tech DT 4Sr
5th Jayron Kearse Clemson S 3Jr
5th Devonte Fields Louisville DE 4Jr
6th Chris Griffin Georgia Tech T 3So
6th Shaq Lawson Clemson DE 3Jr
6th Ryan Switzer North Carolina WR 3Jr
6th Nile Lawrence-Stample Florida State DT 5Sr
6th Terrance Smith Florida State ILB 5Sr
6th Davis P.J. Georgia Tech OLB 3Jr
6th Ufomba Kamalu Miami-Fl DT 5Sr
6th Juston Burris North Carolina St CB 4Sr
6th Greyson Lambert Virginia QB 4Jr
6th Corey Marshall Virginia Tech DT 5Sr
6th Pio Vatuvei Louisville DT 4Sr
6th Connor Wujciak Boston College DT 5Sr
6th Ryan Malleck Virginia Tech TE 5Sr
6th Brice Hunter Florida State S 5Sr
6-7 David Dean Virginia DT 5Sr
6-7 Nate Andrews Florida State S 3Jr
6-7 Josh Parris Syracuse TE 4Jr
6-7 Mike Strizak Boston College OLB 4Jr
7th Demontevious Smith Georgia Tech S 5Sr
7th Bobby Wolford Boston College FB 4Jr
6-7 Desmond Lawrence North Carolina CB 4Jr
7th Rayshawn Jenkins Miami-Fl S 4Sr
7th Korrin Wiggins Clemson S 3Jr
7th Patrick Gamble Georgia Tech DT 4Jr
7th Nigel Williams Virginia Tech DT 4Jr
7th Mario Pender Florida State RB 4Jr
7th Reggie Northrup Florida State ILB 4Sr
7th Mehdi Abdesmad Boston College DT 5Sr
7th Jonathan McLaughlin Virginia Tech T 3So
FA Brandon Chubb Wake Forest ILB 5Sr
FA Dajuan Drennon North Carolina DE 3So
FA Nazir Jones North Carolina DT 3So
FA Landon Turner North Carolina G 5Sr
FA Luther Maddy Virginia Tech DT 5Sr
FA Carlos Watkins Clemson DT 4Jr
FA Tyriq Mccord Miami-Fl OLB 4Sr
FA D.J. Reader Clemson DT 4Sr
FA Brian Walker North Carolina CB 3Jr
FA Raphael Kirby Miami-Fl ILB 4Sr
FA Terrel Hunt Syracuse QB 5Sr?
FA Jabari Hunt-Days Georgia Tech DE 4Sr
FA Charone Peake Clemson WR 5Sr
FA Deon Clarke Virginia Tech OLB 4Sr
FA Ben Boulware Clemson ILB 3Jr
FA David Grinnage North Carolina St TE 4Jr
FA Michael Moore Virginia DE 4Sr
FA Marquel Lee Wake Forest OLB 3Jr
FA Shadrach Thornton North Carolina St RB 4Sr
FA Wyatt Teller Virginia Tech G 3So
FA Demitri Knowles Virginia Tech WR 4Jr
FA Darryl Render Pittsburgh DT 4Sr
FA Giorgio Newberry Florida State TE 5Sr
FA Steven Daniels Boston College ILB 4Sr
FA Donovan Riley Virginia Tech CB 4Sr
FA Jerod Fernandez North Carolina St OLB 3So
FA Marquez White Florida State S 3Jr
FA Derrick Mitchell Jr Florida State DT 5Sr
FA James Burgess Louisville ILB 4Sr
FA Calvin Heurtelou Miami-Fl DT 4Sr
FA Chris Milton Georgia Tech CB 5Sr
FA Javonta Golden Georgia Tech S 5Sr
FA Nicholas Robinson Syracuse G 5Sr
FA Justin Simmons Boston College S 4Sr
FA Sam Rogers Virginia Tech FB 3Jr
FA Tylor Harris Wake Forest DT 4Sr
FA M.J. Salahuddin North Carolina St ILB 4Jr
FA John Holtz Pittsburgh TE 4Sr
FA Tracy Howard Miami-Fl CB 4Sr
FA Lafayette Pitts Pittsburgh CB 5Sr
FA Jaymar Parrish Pittsburgh FB 3Jr
FA Harris Williams Boston College G 5Sr
FA Cam Serigne Wake Forest TE 3So
FA Freddie Burden Georgia Tech C 4Jr
FA Jamal Carter Miami-Fl S 3Jr
FA Ashton Broyld Syracuse WR 4Sr
FA Joseph Thuney North Carolina St G 5Sr
FA Michael Rose North Carolina St DE 5Sr
FA Ron Thompson Syracuse DE 4Jr
FA Marqez Hodge Syracuse ILB 3Jr
FA Marquise Williams North Carolina QB 5Sr
FA Ejuan Price Pittsburgh DE 5Sr
FA Stanton Seckinger Clemson TE 5Sr
FA Stacy Coley Miami-Fl WR 3Jr
FA Quinton Schooley North Carolina St C 4Sr
FA Joe Gore Clemson T 5Sr
FA Justin Thomason North Carolina DT 4Sr
FA Jeffrey Schoettmer North Carolina ILB 4Sr
FA Robert Brewer Virginia Tech QB 5Sr
FA Herbert Waters Miami-Fl WR 4Sr
FA Canaan Severin Virginia WR 4Sr
FA Khaynin Mosley-Smith Pittsburgh DT 5Sr
FA Ross Burbank Virginia C 5Sr
FA Michael Giacone Boston College TE 4Sr
FA Dylan Intemann Wake Forest T 5Sr
FA Aaron Epps Louisville T 5Sr
FA B J Goodson Clemson OLB 4Sr
FA Robert Trudo Syracuse C 5Sr
FA Wayne Morgan Syracuse CB 4Sr
FA Julian Whigham Syracuse CB 4Sr
FA Nicholas Grigsby Pittsburgh OLB 5Sr
FA Quinshad Davis North Carolina WR 4Sr
FA Demetrious Nicholson Virginia CB 4Sr
FA Arthur Rowell Pittsburgh C 5Sr
FA Jay Whitmire Virginia G 5Sr
FA Hakim Jones North Carolina St S 5Sr

Notes

Boston College

Scouts will closely monitor the return of Mehdi Abdesmad whom they’ve stamped as a late round pick. The senior defensive tackle played in just three games last season before being sidelined with a knee injury. He’s big and athletic but must prove he’s fully healthy and start piecing together a full game.

Clemson

Junior wide out Mike Williams is poised for a big season, which will equate to a big move up draft boards. Williams is a smooth possession receiver with game controlling skills.

Safety Jayron Kearse is another big bodied prospect with a tremendous amount of upside. He flashes big time skill but needs to consistently play at a high level.

Duke

Jeremy Cash has a game I like as he’s a tough run defender with better than average ball skills. He’s potentially a second day prospect if he plays well this season then tests well in the run up to the draft.

Florida State

For all the accolades thrown towards corners PJ Williams and Ronald Darby last April, Jalen Ramsey was the most consistent Seminole defensive back on film in 2014. He comes with terrific size, a developed game and offers a huge upside. I could easily see Ramsey jumping into the top 25 picks of next April’s draft after a good junior season.

Georgia Tech

Several scouts grade cornerback D.J. White as a middle round pick but there a number of teams that have stamped him as the top senior at the position. Though I like his upside White struggles making plays with his back to the ball, which is always a red-flag for me.

Keep and eye on Jabari Hunt-Days, who missed last season with injury. I’m told he’s looked terrific as a pass rusher in the early going and is a prospect really flying under the radar screen.

Louisville

Louisville offers three draftable defensive tackles with Sheldon Rankins being the best. The senior is well thought of by scouts as he combines power with playmaking ability.

Miami

Cornerback Tracy Howard draws a variety of opinion. Most scouts feel he’s free agent material, something I agree with, though I’ve been told he’s also received a few middle round grades. Howard offers solid ball skills but poor size/speed numbers which I believe will knock him out of the seven rounds.

Deon Bush justifiably gets a lot of ink but I’m very excited for the return of Rayshawn Jenkins whom I ranked as a middle round pick after his 2013 campaign. Jenkins missed last season with injury but is reportedly back to full health.

North Carolina

The Tar Heels have a pair of junior corners to watch. Desmond Lawrence offers nice size and sold ball skills while Tar Heel coaches rave about Brian Walker. Receiver Ryan Switzer is another junior UNC coaches speak highly of.

North Carolina State

There’s a lot of buzz Jacoby Brissett.

The senior has the arm strength and athleticism for the next level and I also like his patience in the pocket. Brissett is not a run first signal caller as he plays with a lot of passer intangibles. He needs to improve the details of the position as he’s a bit slow going to secondary targets and sprays throws on occasion but the tools are available for a big move up draft boards.

Pittsburgh

I’ll let others fawn over receiver Tyler Boyd and running back James Conner, both terrific pro-prospects. I want to speak of the great talent on the Panthers offensive line.

Adam Bisnowaty is a terrific prospect who can play either tackle spot at the next level. He’s fundamentally sound and makes great use of angles and body positioning to block the edge.

Dorian Johnson is a dominant mauler who annihilates defenders at the point of attack. He drives opponents off the ball and opens up the running lanes. Johnson is not a natural knee bender and shows some stiffness in his game but still offers starting potential on Sunday’s.

Jaryd Jones-Smith could end up the best of the bunch as he’s big, dominant and athletic. He really stood out on a rotational basis in 2014 and comes with great upside. Unfortunately the talented sophomore will miss the ’15 campaign after recently injuring his knee during conditioning activities.

Syracuse

Its been a struggle for Syracuse on the field and in war rooms very recently and there isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel.

Quarterback Terrel Hunt is an interesting case. Hunt possesses next level physical skills and flashed big time ability as a sophomore but makes a lot of questionable decisions and shows immaturity in his game. His potential is enormous but the ability to pull it together and play disciplined football is a big question.

Virginia

Senior cornerback Maurice Canady is highly thought and scouts stamped him as a middle round choice but I feel junior Tim Harris is the better pro-prospect as he’s more explosive and seems more confident. Harris needs to improve his play when his back is to the ball but could develop into second day material.

Junior quarterback Greyson Lambert has terrific physical skills and looks impressive in the pocket. His decision making and accuracy are another matter altogether. For every outstanding throw Lambert makes he follows it up with a pass which makes you shake your head. In many ways he reminds me of another passer from the state of Virginia, Jim Drunkenmiller.

Virginia Tech

The talent in the Hokie secondary is terrific.

Kendall Fuller has long been labeled the most talented of the Fuller brothers and shows the ability to shut down opponents. Make sure to watch Brandon Facyson who returns to the fold after missing last season with assorted leg injuries. He looked brilliant on film during the 2013 campaign and is reported to be back at full health.

The other potentially dominant junior prospect on the Hokies roster is tight end Bucky Hodges. The athletic redshirt sophomore displayed dominant big play abilities last season as well as a large degree of consistency. His upside is enormous and despite the fact I’ve stamped him as a third round prospect, Hodges has first round potential. People close to the program tell me Hodges will bolt for the NFL if he puts together a productive campaign in 2015.

I’m sure the haters will be out in full force when I say I’m not in love with Dadi Nicholas and feel he’s overrated by many, even area scouts. He’s a very effective but undersized college pass rusher. Though reported to have run the forty in the mid 4.5’s, I don’t see that sort of player on film or a defender who shows great speed in lateral pursuit, something he’ll be required to do at the next level.

Wake Forest

After having a player selected in the first round last April its quite possible no one from Wake Forest is selected at any point next year.

I’m a fan of Brandon Chubb, the nose tackle who projects to inside linebacker. He’s tough, smart and very quick but I struggle to see how he’s anything other than a late seventh round prospect.

DeckerIn a Seinfeld episode titled “The Dinner Party”, Jerry sits in a bakery with a black and white cookie in his hands telling everyone, “Look to the cookie!  Look to the cookie!”  This year the cry in the scouting community will be “Look to the Buckeyes!  Look to the Buckeyes!”  as the next level talent on the Ohio State roster is immense,  plentiful and leads the way in Big Ten.

 

Rnd Full Name School Pos Yr
1st Joey Bosa Ohio State DE 3Jr
1st Eli Apple Ohio State CB 3So
1st Taylor Decker Ohio State T 4Sr
1st Jack Conklin Michigan State T 4Jr
1st Darron Lee Ohio State OLB 4Jr
2nd Connor Cook Michigan State QB 5Sr
2nd Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State RB 3Jr
2nd Christian Hackenberg Penn State QB 3Jr
2nd Jordan Lomax Iowa S 5Sr
2nd Vonn Bell Ohio State S 3Jr
2nd Cardale Jones Ohio State QB 4Jr
3rd Shilique Calhoun Michigan State DE 5Sr
3rd Desmond King Iowa CB 3Jr
3rd Adolphus Washington Ohio State DT 4Sr
3rd Eric Murray Minnesota CB 4Sr
3rd Pat Elflein Ohio State G 4Jr
3rd Briean Boddy-Calhoun Minnesota CB 5Sr
3rd RJ Williamson Michigan State S 5Sr
3rd Jason Spriggs Indiana T 4Sr
3rd James Ross Michigan OLB 4Sr
3-4 Michael Thomas Ohio State WR 4Jr
4th Anthony Zettel Penn State DT 5Sr
4th Austin Blythe Iowa C 5Sr
4th De’Vondre Campbell Minnesota OLB 5Sr
4th Nick Vannett Ohio State TE 5Sr
4th T.J. Simmons Indiana ILB 3Jr
4th Joshua Perry Ohio State ILB 4Sr
4th Jack Allen Michigan State C 5Sr
4-5 Greg Mabin Iowa CB 4Jr
4-5 Joel Heath Michigan State DT 5Sr
5th Drew Ott Iowa DE 4Sr
5th Nathan Sudfeld Indiana QB 4Sr
5th Billy Price Ohio State G 3So
5th Desmond Morgan Michigan OLB 5Sr
5th Mario Ojemudia Michigan DE 4Sr
5th Corey Clement Wisconsin RB 3Jr
6th Jalen Brooks Maryland OLB 3So
6th Maliek Collins Nebraska DT 3Jr
6th Ed Davis Michigan State OLB 5Sr
6th Graham Glasgow Michigan G 5Sr
5-6 Yannick Ngakoue Maryland OLB 3Jr
6th Danny Ezechukwu Purdue OLB 3So
6th Jake Butt Michigan TE 3Jr
6th Willie Henry Michigan DT 4Jr
6th Vince Biegel Wisconsin OLB 4Jr
6th KeithLumpkin Rutgers T 5Sr
6th Jordan Lucas Penn State CB 4Sr
6th Ike Boettger Iowa T 3So
6th Kyle Carter Penn State TE 5Sr
6th Michael Dunn Maryland T 4Jr
6th Vincent Valentine Nebraska DT 3Jr
6th Jack Lynn Minnesota OLB 4Jr
6-7 David Santos Nebraska ILB 5Sr
6-7 Dan Vitale Northwestern FB 4Sr
6-7 Austin Johnson Penn State DT 4Jr
6-7 Jordan Walsh Iowa G 5Sr
6-7 Kyle Kalis Michigan G 4Jr
6-7 J.T. Barrett Ohio State QB 3So
6-7 Amara Darboh Michigan WR 4Jr
6-7 Chris Muller Rutgers G 4Jr
7th Leonte Carroo Rutgers WR 4Sr
7th Joshua Ferguson Illinois RB 5Sr
7th Dan Feeney Indiana G 3Jr
7th Matt VandeBerg Iowa WR 3Jr
7th Akeel Lynch Penn State RB 4Jr
7th Sean Davis Maryland S 4Sr
7th Josey Jewell Iowa OLB 3So
7th Tevaun Smith Iowa WR 4Sr
7th Paul James Rutgers RB 5Sr
7th Frankie Williams Purdue CB 5Sr
7th Michael Caputo Wisconsin S 5Sr
7th Darien Harris Michigan State OLB 5Sr
7th Braxton Miller Ohio State WR 5Sr
7th Joe Bolden Michigan ILB 4Sr
7th Lawrence Thomas Michigan State DT 5Sr
7th Tyler Marz Wisconsin T 5Sr
7th Taco Charlton Michigan DE 3Jr
7th Scott Ekpe Minnesota DT 4Jr
7th Quinton Jefferson Maryland DE 4Sr?
7th Robert Kugler Purdue C 5Sr
FA Dean Lowry Northwestern DE 4Sr
FA Anthony Brown Purdue CB 4Sr
FA Theiren Cockran Minnesota DE 5Sr
FA Jalin Marshall Ohio State WR 3So
FA Darian Hicks Michigan State CB 3Jr
FA Bradley Craddock Maryland K 5Sr
FA Marcus Leak Maryland WR 4Sr?
FA Geno Lewis Penn State WR 4Jr
FA A.J. Williams Michigan TE 4Sr
FA Jihad Ward Illinois DE 4Sr
FA Christian Jones Northwestern WR 5Sr
FA Ted Karras Illinois G 5Sr
FA  Alexander Lewis Nebraska T 5Sr
FA Trevon Pendleton Michigan State FB 5Sr
FA Damarius Travis Minnesota S 4Sr
FA William Likely Maryland CB 3Jr
FA Sojourn Shelton  Wisconsin CB 5Sr
FA Aaron Burbridge Michigan State WR 4Sr
FA Erik Magnuson Michigan G 4Jr
FA Traveon Henry Northwestern S 4Sr
FA Darius Hamilton Rutgers DT 4Sr
FA Josiah Price Michigan State TE 4Jr
FA Joshua Campion Minnesota G 5Sr
FA Jacob Duzey Iowa TE 4Sr
FA Anthony Nixon Maryland S 4Sr
FA Blake Countess Michigan CB 5Sr
FA Darius Hillary Wisconsin CB 5Sr
FA Kodi Kieler Michigan State T 4Jr
FA Mike Dudek Illinois WR 3Jr
FA Nathan Gerry Nebraska S 3Jr
FA Jordan Roos Purdue G 4Jr
FA Joel Stave Wisconsin QB 5Sr
FA Miles Thomas Minnesota FB 4Sr
FA Tyvis Powell Ohio State S 3Jr
FA Jamal Turner Nebraska WR 5Sr
FA Alex Erickson Wisconsin WR 5Sr
FA Ralph Green III Indiana DT 4Jr
FA Keith Lumpkin Rutgers T 5Sr
FA Bo Bower Iowa OLB 3So
FA Quentin Gause Rutgers OLB 5Sr
FA Robert Ndondo-Lay Minnesota DE 5Sr
FA Darius Latham Indiana DT 3Jr
FA Jefferson Ashiru Maryland OLB 5Sr
FA Ben Lauer  Minnesota T 4Jr
FA T.J. Neal Illinois OLB 4Jr
FA Trevor Williams Penn State CB 4Sr
FA Taylor Barton Illinois S 4Jr
FA Mason Monheim Illinois ILB 5Sr
FA A.J. Hendy Maryland S 5Sr
FA Tanner Mcevoy Wisconsin QB 5Sr
FA Givens Price Nebraska T 4Sr
FA Nicholas Vanhoose Northwestern CB 5Sr
FA Jarrod Wilson Michigan S 4Sr
FA Brandon Ross Maryland RB 4Sr
FA Donavon Clark Michigan State G 5Sr
FA Carl Nassib Penn State DE 5Sr
FA Antonio Johnson Minnesota S 4Sr
FA Aaron Bailey Illinois QB 3Jr
FA Andrew Zeller Maryland G 5Sr
FA Jake Rudock Michigan QB 5Sr
FA Daniel Anthrop Purdue WR 4Sr
FA Austin Appleby Purdue QB 4Jr
FA Angelo Mangiro Penn State C 5Sr
FA Geoff Mogus Northwestern G 4Sr
FA Jordan Fredrick Wisconsin WR 5Sr
FA Daniel Davie Nebraska CB 5Sr
FA Nicholas Mangieri Indiana DE 4Sr
FA Derek Watt Wisconsin FB 5Sr
FA Greg McMullen Nebraska DE 3Jr
FA Zachary Sterup Nebraska T 5Sr
FA Antonio Allen x-Indiana S 3Jr
FA Benjamin Kline Penn State OLB 5Sr
FA Geronimo Allison Illinois WR 4Sr
FA Joe Bjorklund Minnesota G 5Sr
FA Ryan Doyle Maryland G 5Sr
FA Michael Rouse III Purdue DT 5Sr

Notes

Illinois

Illinois has not had a player selected in the past two draft’s but Josh Ferguson could end the drought. He’s a shifty, third down back very effective catching the ball out of the backfield.

Indiana

Nate Sudfeld will be a quarterback debated in the lead up to next April’s draft. As for my opinion, I believe he projects as a back-up at the next level.

On the other hand I feel Jason Spriggs is a tackle with starting potential, assuming he passes medicals. He’s not a flashy rather efficient and fundamentally sound.

Junior linebacker T.J. Simmons is slightly undersized but explosive and stands out in pursuit. He’s a scheme-specific player but has a good amount of next level potential.

Iowa

From an NFL prospect point of view I love the Hawkeyes secondary.

Though he lacks great measurables junior Desmond King is a shut down corner with complete ball skills,.

Greg Mabin, another junior, has better size than his counterpart at cornerback and also offers next level ball skills.

Senior safety Jordan Lomax is a Bob Sanders type; height deficient but explosive defending the run while also displaying ball skills outside the numbers.

The sleeper on offense could be receiver Tevaun Smith. I grade him as a 7th rounder, which I’m told is a smidge higher than scouts but the senior has a next level build plus deceptive speed.

Reggie Spearman
must be mentioned here despite transferring from Iowa to Illinois State. The explosive linebacker plays with great suddenness and projects well on the inside of a 3-4.

Maryland

It’ll be interesting to see how teams project Sean Davis at the next level. I have him as a late round safety but I’m told some scouts feel he can line-up at cornerback.

The other Maryland prospect to keep an eye on is defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson. Off the 2013 film I ranked Jefferson as a 5th rounder with the arrow pointing north. Jefferson played three games in 2014 before suffering a season ending knee injury. I’m told as of late scouts have marked him as a junior to watch.

Michigan

If I was to compare James Ross to anyone it would be former Wolverine Dhani Jones. Like Jone, the senior lacks classic size but is explosive, fearless and football smart.

I liked Desmond Morgan’s game before his injury last season and feel he’ll be a solid last day pick that can line-up in sub packages as well as play special teams.

Graham Glasgow is a prospect I may be underrating a tad. He’s a nasty mauler that finishes blocks yet is only effective in a phone booth which limits his appeal.

Area scouts told me they stamped Mario Ojemudia as a potential third round pick. The senior defensive end has outstanding size/speed numbers and plays with great athleticism but he’s never nailed down the starting job on a consistent basis and has pedestrian production. Ojemudia offers a great amount of upside but needs to be a consistent producer before I grade him as a potential second day draft pick.

Michigan State

In my opinion Jack Conklin is a sure fire first round pick and top 20 selection. He possesses the size, temperament and intelligence to be an immediate starter at the next level. I also believe Conklin can line-up at left tackle on Sunday’s.

Another lineman on the Spartans I really like is defensive tackle Joel Heath. He offers size, growth potential (6′ 6″/295lbs) and plays strong football. Heath is equally adept at making plays on the ball handler as well as occupying blockers to create opportunities for teammates. I’m told scouts stamped Heath as a late rounder but I believe he’s middle round worthy and potentially a top 125 player should he turn in a productive senior campaign.

Quarterback Connor Cook and pass rusher Shilique Calhoun are a pair of overrated Spartans in my opinion.

Cook has the physical skills to start on the NFL level but makes to many head scratching throws which is worrisome. I don’t feel he’s worthy of being a top 15 choice as many predict.

Many salivate over Calhoun but I just don’t know where he lines up at the next level. He’s small for defensive end (250lbs) and lacks the speed for outside linebacker. Calhoun will be over drafted due to his pass rushing skills.

Minnesota

Expect a number of top 100 choices from the Gophers defense next year.

Area scouts rank Briean Boddy-Calhoun over teammate Eric Murray but my rankings are reversed. Both have next level ball skills but I prefer Murray’s size/speed advantage as well as his ability to make plays with his back to the ball.

I think highly of linebacker De’Vondre Campbell. He’s a scheme diverse three down defender that displays exceptional skill in space.

Nebraska

The best Sunday talent coming from the Cornhusker program can be found from the junior class and its on the defensive side of the ball.

Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine show flashes of dominance and offer big upside. Though I grade safety Nathan Gerry as a free agent he comes with terrific size and is someone who could move north on draft boards if he puts together a complete game.

Northwestern

Keep an eye on receiver Christian Jones, who was left off most scouting lists. He’s a big bodied pass catcher who showed well in 2013 then sat on the sidelines last year after injuring his left knee. Unfortunately additional surgery was required on the joint in April after Jones re-injured the knee. It was a minor procedure but Jones should be able to participate in camp next month.

Fullback Dan Vitale is someone I could see sliding into the late rounds as he’s a terrific fit in a west coast offense.

Ohio State

Wow, wow, wow!! I could go on for days writing about the next level talent on the Buckeye roster but time is limited and my writing’s mediocre, so I’ll be brief.

I’ve been high on Taylor Decker since his sophomore season and feel he’s worthy of top 20 consideration. Fundamentally sound and athletically underrated, he’s a solid athlete that can play left or right tackle. Practicing against Joey Bosa will just enhance his play and draft stock.

Eli Apple has the ability to be a special corner as he combines size, ball skills and a head for the position. He’s top 15 material on my board.

Darron Lee could be a stronger, more explosive version of Ryan Shazier while Vonn Bell is rounding into a complete safety.

I presently grade nine Buckeyes as top three round players and feel receiver Michael Thomas, tight end Nick Vannett and possibly linebacker Josh Perry could contend as top 100 selections.

Penn State

Many have stamped Christian Hackenberg as a franchise signal caller but I don’t see it. While he offers top 15 physical skills his defensive reads, decisions making and often sporadic accuracy worry me.

Anthony Zettel is a prospect I may have underrated. He possesses the measurables and nastiness to be a big time player but really needs to put it together.

Rutgers

I’ve seen Keith Lumpkin receive some high grades but I’m not a believer. To me he’s just a big body rather than a good offensive tackle as he’s stiff, off balance and best in phone booth.

Receiver Leonte Carroo is small but has shown game breaking skill on occasion. His return abilities could elevate him up draft boards.

Wisconsin

Not a whole lot on the Badgers roster compared to recent years.

Jordan Fredrick was someone who caught my eye as a sophomore but his game has regressed. Cornerback Shelton Sojourn flashes skill but has poor size/speed numbers.

TylerTop NFL prospects from the American Athletic Conference.  The league had a pair of first round selections last April but I see nothing but last day choices on the board as of now, with Temple and Cincinnati leading the way.

Rnd Name School Pos Yr
4th Dion Dawkins Temple T 3Jr
4th Parker Ehinger Cincinnati G 5Sr
5th Mekale Mckay Cincinnati WR 4Sr
5-6 Bryce Williams East Carolina TE 5Sr
5-6 Tyler Matakevich Temple OLB 4Sr
6th Hershey Walton Temple DT 5Sr
6th Shaquill Griffin CentralFlorida CB 3Jr
6th Andrew Adams Connecticut S 5Sr
6th Ryan Mack Memphis T 5Sr
6-7 Deyshawn Bond Cincinnati C 4Jr
6-7 Gunner Kiel Cincinnati QB 4Jr
6-7 Jamie Byrd South Florida S 5Sr
7th Shaq Washington Cincinnati WR 5Sr
7th Matthew Ioannidis Temple DT 4Sr
7th Derrick Calloway South Florida DT 3Jr
7th Silverberry Mouhon Cincinnati DE 5Sr
7th Christopher Moore Cincinnati WR 4Sr
7th Darrell Overton East Carolina OLB 4Sr
FA Zeek Bigger East Carolina ILB 4Sr
FA Tevin Jones Memphis WR 5Sr
FA Mikal Myers Connecticut DT 4Jr
FA William Jackson Houston CB 4Sr
FA Tavon Young Temple CB 4Sr
FA Darrion Richardson SMU S 3Jr
FA Blake Belcher Tulsa G 4Jr
FA Tion Green Cincinnati RB 4Sr
FA Obi Melifonwu Connecticut S 4Jr
FA Taylor Fallin Memphis T 5Sr
FA Joshua Hawkins East Carolina CB 4Sr
FA Chris Morley Memphis CB 4Jr
FA Sean Price South Florida TE 4Sr
FA Keyarris Garrett Tulsa WR 5Sr
FA Jazzmar Clax Connecticut FB 4Jr
FA Terrell Stanley East Carolina DE 4Sr
FA Johnny Holton Cincinnati WR 4Sr
FA Quincy Mckinney East Carolina G 4Sr
FA Keevan Lucas Tulsa WR 3Jr
FA Kyle Friend Temple C 4Sr
FA Marvin Hunter Memphis DE 5Sr
FA Paxton Lynch Memphis QB 4Jr
FA Julian Campenni Connecticut DT 5Sr
FA Marquise Vann Connecticut OLB 5Sr
FA Jhavon Williams Connecticut CB 4Jr
FA Michael Mudoh Tulsa S 4Sr
FA Alex Well Temple S 4Sr
FA Eric Lofton Temple T 5Sr
FA Demetris Anderson Central Florida DT 5Sr
FA Kenneth Farrow Houston RB 5Sr
FA Ike Harris East Carolina T 5Sr
FA Sean Mcquillan Connecticut TE 5Sr
FA K’Hadree Hooker East Carolina DT 4Jr
FA Tony Mays Memphis T 3Jr
FA Ryan Jackson Houston RB 4Sr
FA Maurice Niles Central Florida DE 5Sr
FA Dontae Levingston East Carolina T 4Sr
FA Arturo Uzdavinis Tulane T 5Sr
FA Brandon Shippen Temple WR 4Sr
FA Adrian Witty Cincinnati CB 4Sr
FA Max Morrison Cincinnati WR 5Sr
FA Kenton Adeyemi Connecticut DE 5Sr
FA Eric Lee South Florida DE 4Sr
FA Shakiel Randolph SMU CB 4Sr
FA Darius Joseph SMU WR 5Sr
FA Anthony Lennon East Carolina S 4Sr

Notes

Central Florida

UCF has had players selected in the first round during each of the past two draft’s yet may not have a single player chosen next April. While I stamped junior corner Shaq Griffin as a sixth round pick there’s a long road from my ranking to this actually taking place next April.

Cincinnati

Scouts have a high opinion of offensive lineman Parker Ehringer and its easy to see why. He’s a nasty blocker with terrific power. I disagree with scouts who stamped him at offensive tackle as I feel he’s best at guard.

The Bearcats have a number of receivers that intrigue scouts including Shaq Williams who I feel is slightly underrated.  He’s a slot receiver that also helps out returning punts.

Connecticut

Despite putting a player in the first round last April the UConn program has fallen on hard times. Andrew Adams is one of the few draftable prospects from the senior class, possibly the only draftable senior, and though a solid football player with instincts I wonder how he’ll test in the run-up to 2016.

East Carolina

Keep an eye on tight end Bryce Williams. He’s a tough, dependable pass catcher and a prospect who could catch fire with a good senior season followed up by solid workouts in the lead up to April’s draft.

The same upward movement on draft boards is possible for linebackers Darrell Overton and Zeek Bigger. Overton is the better athlete while Bigger’s the better football player. Both are size deficient.

Memphis

I liked Ryan Mack as a prospect when he wore a Louisville jersey and believe he’s late round worthy and can line up at right tackle on Sunday’s.

Receiver Tevin Jones is another prospect that offers possibilities at the next level as fifth man on the depth chart.

South Florida

From what I’m told area scouts really like safety Jamie Byrd. Built more like a corner than safety, he’s explosive, goes sideline to sideline and comes with solid cover skills.

Temple

I fully believe Temple will return to a bowl game this season as they are solid on both sides of the ball.

Dion Dawkins was a left tackle who impressed me. He’s a terrific pass protector with a nice degree of athleticism and foot quickness. My grade is based as much on Dawkins potential as his present playing skill.

Last year I wrote how impressed I was with linebacker Tyler Matakevich as he’s just a good football player with a sixth sense for what’s happening on the field. He’s not the greatest athlete but when I watch Matakevich I’m reminded of Stephen Boyd, a fifth round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1995 who went on to become a four time Pro Bowl selection.

A note on former Temple receiver Robbie Anderson who looked like a prospect in 2103 then sat on the sidelines last year after being ruled ineligible. Its been reported he will be playing at Florida Tech this season and he’s worth monitoring.

Tulsa

I want to like Keyarris Garrett as he presents himself as a strong, possession wide out who wins out for contested passes. At the same time he also shows too much inconsistency and a bit of foolish play in his game on occasion.

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