It 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
|3-4||Noble Nwachukwu||West Virginia||DE||5Sr|
|4th||Dravon Henry||West Virginia||S||3Jr|
|4th||Elijah Lee||Kansas State||OLB||3Jr|
|4th||Mason Rudolph||Oklahoma State||QB||3Jr|
|4th||James Washington||Oklahoma State||WR||3Jr|
|5th||Tyler Orlosky||West Virginia||C||5Sr|
|5th||Chad Whitener||Oklahoma State||ILB||4Jr|
|5th||Allen Lazard||Iowa State||WR||3Jr|
|5-6||Marcell Ateman||Oklahoma State||WR||4Sr|
|6th||Blake Jarwin||Oklahoma State||TE||5Sr|
|6th||Dante Barnett||Kansas State||S||5Sr|
|6th||Tre Flowers||Oklahoma State||S||4Jr|
|6th||Jhaustin Thomas||Iowa State||DE||5Sr|
|6th||Jordan Willis||Kansas State||DE||4Sr|
|7th||Jordan Sterns||Oklahoma State||S||4Sr|
|FA||Rushel Shell||West Virginia||RB||5Sr|
|FA||Devin Lauderdale||Texas Tech||WR||5Sr|
|FA||Adam Pankey||West Virginia||G||5Sr|
|FA||Deante Burton||Kansas State||WR||5Sr|
|FA||Jhajuan Seales||Oklahoma State||WR||5Sr|
|FA||Jordan Burton||Oklahoma State||OLB||4Sr|
|FA||Chris Carson||Oklahoma State||RB||4Sr|
|FA||Charmeachealle Moore||Kansas State||OLB||4Sr|
|FA||Skyler Howard||West Virginia||QB||5Sr|
|FA||Christian Brown||West Virginia||DE||5Sr|
|FA||D’Vario Montgomery||Iowa State||WR||5Sr|
|FA||Keenon Ward||Texas Tech||S||4Jr|
|FA||Tanner Wood||Kansas State||DE||4Jr|
|FA||Taylor Vincent||Oklahoma State||DT||4Jr|
|FA||Zachary Crabtree||Oklahoma State||T||4Jr|
|FA||Paul Lewis||Oklahoma State||C||4Jr|
|FA||Patrick Mahomes||Texas Tech||QB||4Sr|
|FA||Jomal Wiltz||Iowa State||CB||4Sr|
|FA||Donovan Starks||Kansas State||CB||5Sr|
|FA||Baylen Brown||Texas Tech||G||4Sr|
|FA||Paul Boyette Jr||Texas||DT||5Sr|
|FA||Ondre Pipkins||Texas Tech||DT||5Sr|
|FA||Olakunle Salako||Oklahoma State||T||5Sr|
|FA||Daikiel Shorts Jr||West Virginia||WR||4Sr|
|FA||Nigel Tribune||Iowa State||CB||4Sr|
|FA||Barry Sanders||Oklahoma State||RB||5Sr|
|FA||Derrick Moncrief||Oklahoma State||S||5Sr|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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
|1-2||Brandon Facyson||CB||Virginia Tech||4Jr|
|2nd||Bucky Hodges||TE||Virginia Tech||4Jr|
|2nd||Derrick Nnadi||DT||Florida State||3Jr|
|2nd||Matt Dayes||RB||North Carolina State||4Sr|
|2-3||Donnie Miles||S||North Carolina||4Jr|
|2-3||B.J. Hill||DT||North Carolina State||3Jr|
|3rd||Harold Landry||DE||Boston College||3Jr|
|3rd||Jeremiah Clarke||DT||North Carolina||3So|
|3rd||Alec Eberle||C||Florida State||3So|
|3rd||John Johnson||S||Boston College||4Sr|
|3rd||Dalvin Cook||RB||Florida State||Jr|
|4th||Tony Adams||G||North Carolina State||3Jr|
|4th||Marquez White||CB||Florida State||4Sr|
|4-5||Marquel Lee||OLB||Wake Forest||4Sr|
|5th||Charles Clark||CB||Virginia Tech||4Sr|
|5th||Roderick Johnson||T||Florida State||3Jr|
|5th||Patrick Towles||QB||Boston College||4Sr|
|5th||Terrell Edmunds||S||Virginia Tech||3So|
|5-6||Johnathan Howard||WR||North Carolina||4Sr|
|5-6||Isaiah Ford||WR||Virginia Tech||3Jr|
|6th||Brad Watson||CB||Wake Forest||4Sr|
|6th||Ryan Izzo||TE||Florida State||3So|
|6th||Ryan Switzer||WR||North Carolina||4Sr|
|6th||Kenneth Ekanem||OLB||Virginia Tech||5Sr|
|6th||Travis Rudolph||WR||Florida State||3Jr|
|6th||Jaylen Samuels||FB||North Carolina State||3Jr|
|6th||Freddie Stevenson||FB||Florida State||4Sr|
|6th||Nathan Andrews||S||Florida State||4Sr|
|6-7||Matt Milano||OLB||Boston College||4Sr|
|6-7||Josh Jones||S||North Carolina State||4Jr|
|6-7||Wilson Bell||G||Florida State||4Jr|
|6-7||Bobby Wolford||FB||Boston College||5Sr|
|6-7||Mike Strizak||OLB||Boston College||5Sr|
|6-7||Desmond Lawrence||CB||North Carolina||5Sr|
|7th||Andrew Motuapuaka||ILB||Virginia Tech||3Jr|
|7th||Nigel Williams||DT||Virginia Tech||5Sr|
|7th||Demarcus Walker||DE||Florida State||4Sr|
|7th||M.J. Stewart||CB||North Carolina||3Jr|
|7-FA||Joshua Banks||DT||Wake Forest||5Sr|
|7-FA||Bradley Chubb||DE||North Carolina State||3Jr|
|FA||Elijah Hood||RB||North Carolina||3Jr|
|FA||Dajuan Drennon||DE||North Carolina||5Sr|
|FA||Kareem Are||G||Florida State||5Sr|
|FA||Chris Griffin||T||Georgia Tech||4Jr|
|FA||Jerod Fernandez||ILB||North Carolina State||4Jr|
|FA||Jack Tocho||CB||North Carolina State||4Sr|
|FA||Ju’Michael Ramos||WR||North Carolina State||4Sr|
|FA||Mack Hollins||WR||North Carolina||5Sr|
|FA||Cam Serigne||TE||Wake Forest||4Jr|
|FA||Trey Marshall||S||Florida State||3Jr|
|FA||Jonathan McLaughlin||T||Virginia Tech||5Sr|
|FA||Ro’Derrick Hoskins||ILB||Florida State||rJr|
|FA||Jacob Pugh||OLB||Florida State||Jr|
|FA||Truman Gutapfel||DT||Boston College||4Sr|
|FA||Cam Phillips||WR||Virginia Tech||3Jr|
|FA||P.J. Davis||OLB||Georgia Tech||4Sr|
|FA||Mario Pender||RB||Florida State||5Sr|
|FA||Caleb Peterson||G||North Carolina||5Sr|
|FA||Jesus Wilson||WR||Florida State||4Sr|
|FA||Augie Conte||G||Virginia Tech||5Sr|
|FA||Nazir Jones||DT||North Carolina||4Jr|
|FA||Wyatt Teller||G||Virginia Tech||4Jr|
|FA||Bentley Spain||T||North Carolina||3Jr|
|FA||Lucas Crowley||C||North Carolina||4Sr|
|FA||Mikey Bart||DE||North Carolina||4Sr|
|FA||T.J. Logan||RB||North Carolina||4Sr|
|FA||Kermit Whitfield||WR||Florida State||4Sr|
|FA||M.J. Salahuddin||ILB||North Carolina State||5Sr|
|FA||Bra’Lon Cherry||WR||North Carolina State||4Sr|
|FA||Freddie Burden||C||Georgia Tech||5Sr|
|FA||Jon Heck||T||North Carolina||5Sr|
|FA||Patrick Gamble||DT||Georgia Tech||5Sr|
|FA||Samuel Rogers||FB||Virginia Tech||4Sr|
|FA||Dravious Wright||S||North Carolina State||4Sr|
|FA||Kevin Kavalec||DE||Boston College||4Sr|
|FA||Monty Nelson||DT||North Carolina State||4Sr|
|FA||Thomas Brown||OLB||Wake Forest||4Sr|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.