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SmithThere’s an abundance of top 100 talent in South Bend and a host of middle round choices on the Irish roster which has scouts intrigued. Late round picks can be found at BYU though the team does offer legitimate next level prospects. 

 

 

 

Notre Dame/BYU


Rnd


Full Name


School


Pos


Yr

1st

Jaylon Smith

Notre Dame

OLB

3Jr

1st

Ronnie Stanley

Notre Dame

T

5Sr

2nd

Keivarae Russell

Notre Dame

CB

4Sr

3rd

Tarean Folston

Notre Dame

RB

3Jr

3rd

Max Redfield

Notre Dame

S

3Jr

3-4

Will Fuller

Notre Dame

WR

3Jr

4th

Sheldon Day

Notre Dame

DT

4Sr

4th

Isaac Rochell

Notre Dame

DE

3Jr

4th

Corey Robinson

Notre Dame

WR

3Jr

4th

Jarron Jones

Notre Dame

DT

4Sr

5th

Taysom Hill

BYU

QB

3Jr

6th

Nick Martin

Notre Dame

G

5Sr

6th

Jamaal Williams

BYU

RB

4Sr

6th

Christopher Brown

Notre Dame

WR

4Sr

6th

Elijah Shumate

Notre Dame

S

4Sr

6th

Romeo Okwara

Notre Dame

DE

4Sr

7-FA

Ryker Mathews

BYU

T

5Sr

FA

Amir Carlisle

Notre Dame

WR

5Sr

FA

Bronson Kaufusi

BYU

DE

4Sr

FA

Cole Luke

Notre Dame

CB

3Jr

FA

Austin Heder

BYU

OLB

3Jr

FA

Everett Golson

FSU*

QB

5Sr

FA

Matthias Farley

Notre Dame

S

5Sr

FA

Joseph Schmidt

Notre Dame

ILB

4Sr

FA

Mitch Mathews

BYU

WR

5Sr

FA

Jarrett Grace

Notre Dame

ILB

5Sr

FA

Manoa Pikula

BYU

ILB

5Sr

Notes

Notre Dame

Jaylon Smith looks and plays the part of a top 15 choice. He’s an explosive linebacker who displays terrific athleticism on the field and is very effective in space, playing in coverage or chasing in pursuit. He could brush up his instincts but Smith offers tremendous upside.

Though I like Ronnie Stanley I’m not in love with his game compared to others. He offers terrific size and strength but I see a lot of stiffness and some struggles in pass protection.

My 3rd round grade on Keivarae Russell is based on his 2013 film as during that summer I saw a shutdown cornerback with tremendous ball skills. Hopefully he returns to prior form.

Keep an eye out for safety Max Redfield. He flashed skill last season as a complete secondary prospect and comes with a large upside.

I’ve seen some very early grades handed to Sheldon Day and though I like him as a college player I do not believe he’s a great pro-prospect. He’s mainly a hustle defender but measures under 6-feet, 1-inch/280-pounds and is a scheme specific prospect with limitations.

I do like the upside of Isaac Rochell and Jarron Jones and was looking for big seasons from both which would result in a big move up draft boards. As most are aware Jones will be sidelined this season with a knee injury.

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, becomes of Ishaq Williams. I graded him as a potential middle round pick after the 2013 campaign but the defensive lineman/outside linebacker was suspended by Notre Dame in 2014 and most recently was denied his request to play this season by the NCAA. Williams is definitely a next level prospect who should seek a waiver for a special supplemental draft by the NFL in the hopes of being placed on a practice squad this fall.

BYU

Taysom Hill is a smart, tough signal caller with better than average arm strength. He consistently makes proper reads and decisions behind the line of scrimmage or when running the ball. Were he two inches taller he’s a top 45 pick. His return to form from his injury of last season will dictate his draft grade.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear some area scouts have stamped Ryker Mathews as a potential late round pick. After his freshman season I graded Mathews as a possible third round offensive tackle but his game has leveled off to the point of regressing the past two seasons. Mathews has the underlying skill to play on Sunday if he steps it up on Saturday.

I was equally surprised to be told few area scouts grade Jamaal Williams as draftable, a mistake in my opinion. Though the running back has had injury issues he’s talented and a multi-skilled ball carrier who can be used in a variety of roles as a rotational back at the next level.

Opinions on Bronson Kafusi are all over the place. Some scouts feel he’s late round worthy while others believe he won’t make it out of May camp. At the top of his game Kafusi has shown himself to be a difference maker but two things hurt him last season including 1) an ankle injury 2) playing out of position. The ankle issue speaks for itself but for most of the film I watched Kafusi stood up over tackle and he’s much better served coming out of a three point stance.

ForestLast year the PAC 12 had four of the initial 13 players selected in the draft. This year they have potentially the top prospect from the senior class as well as the top rated senior quarterback and the conference is poised to inject a lot of talent into the NFL next April.

 

 

 

Round Full Name Pos School Year
1st Deforest Buckner DE Oregon 4Sr
1-2 Kenny Clark DT UCLA 3Jr
1-2 Myles Jack OLB UCLA 3Jr
2nd Su’a Cravens S USC 3Jr
2-3 Cody Kessler QB USC 5Sr
3rd Travis Feeney OLB Washington 5Sr
3rd Chris Seisay CB Oregon 3So
3rd Jared Norris ILB Utah 4Sr
3-4 Viliami Moeakiola S Arizona State 4Jr
4th Kevon Seymour CB USC 4Sr
4th Fabian Moreau CB UCLA 4Sr
4th Devontae Butler-Booker RB Utah 4Sr
4th Jared Goff QB California 3Jr
4th Isaac Asiata G Utah 4Jr
4th D.J. Foster RB Arizona State 4Sr
4th Evan Baylis TE Oregon 4Jr
4th Stephane Nembot T Colorado 5Sr
4th Blake Martinez ILB Stanford 4Sr
4th Devon Cajuste WR Stanford 5Sr
5th Tre Madden RB USC 5Sr
5th Antonio Longino ILB Arizona State 5Sr
5th Anthony Sarao ILB USC 5Sr
5th Jason Fanaika DE Utah 4Sr
5th Austin Hooper TE Stanford 3So
5th Peter Kalambayi OLB Stanford 3Jr
5th Dimick Hunter DE Utah 5Sr
5th Christian Westerman G Arizona State 5Sr
5th Kenneth Scott WR Utah 5Sr
5th Jordan Payton WR UCLA 4Sr
5th Jason Whittingham ILB Utah 4Sr
6th Vivii Teofilo G Arizona State 5Sr
6th Scooby Wright III ILB Arizona 3Jr
6th Kyle Murphy T Stanford 4Sr
6th Sioasi Aiono C Utah 5Sr
6th William Parks S Arizona 4Sr
6th Dustin Stanton T Oregon State 4Jr
6th Jordan Simone S Arizona State 5Sr
6th Storm Woods RB Oregon State 5Sr
6th Maxwell Tuerk C USC 4Sr
6th Hardy Nickerson ILB California 4Jr
6th Jeromy Irwin T Colorado 4Jr
6th Ellis Jefferson WR Arizona State 3So
6th Thomas Tyner RB Oregon 3Jr
6th Christian French OLB Oregon 5Sr
6th Cayleb Jones WR Arizona 4Jr
6th Kweishi Brown CB Arizona State 4Sr
6-7 Justin Thomas CB Utah 4Jr
6-7 Kenny Lawler WR California 4Jr
7th Tyler Johnstone T Oregon 5Sr
7th Thomas Duarte WR UCLA 3Jr
7th Mike Bercovici QB Arizona State 5Sr
7th Addison Gillam ILB Colorado 3Jr
7th Sean Harlow T Oregon State 3Jr
7th Reggie Gilbert DE Arizona 5Sr
7th Kevin Anderson OLB Stanford 5Sr
7th Jarvis McCall CB Arizona 3So
7th Paul Perkins RB UCLA 4Jr
7th Tevin Carter S Utah 4Sr
FA Jaydon Mickens WR Washington 4Sr
7th Larry Scott CB Oregon State 5Sr
7-FA Lloyd Carrington CB Arizona State 5Sr
FA Lene Maiava G Arizona 5Sr
FA Scott Felix OLB USC 4Jr
FA Zach Banner T USC 4Jr
FA Freddie Tagaloa T Arizona 3Jr
FA Josh Tupou DT Colorado 4Sr
FA Cory Littleton OLB Washington 4Sr
FA Leon McQuay III S USC 3Jr
FA Nicholas Kelly C Arizona State 4Sr
FA Caleb Benenoch T UCLA 3Jr
FA Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado 3Jr
FA Victor Bolden WR Oregon State 3Jr
FA Dwayne Stanford WR Oregon 4Jr
FA David Richards WR Arizona 5Sr
FA Eddie Vanderdoes DE UCLA 3Jr
FA Gavin Andrews T Oregon State 4Sr
FA Kenneth Crawley CB Colorado 4Sr
FA John Ross WR Washington 3Jr
FA Daniel Lasco RB California 5Sr
FA Caleb Smith TE Oregon State 4Sr
FA Byron Marshall WR Oregon 4Sr
FA Kody Kohl TE Arizona State 4Jr
FA Antwaun Woods DT USC 5Sr
FA Ishmael Adams CB UCLA 3Jr
FA Tyree Robinson S Oregon 3So
FA Conor McDermott T UCLA 4Jr
FA Dominique Williams WR Washington St 5Sr
FA Soma Vainuku FB USC 5Sr
FA Devin Fuller WR UCLA 4Sr
FA Jalen Jefferson ILB California 5Sr
FA Nelson Spruce WR Colorado 5Sr
FA Cameron Walker CB California 3Jr
FA Dexter Charles G Washington 5Sr
FA Bryce Treggs WR California 4Sr
FA Bralon Addison WR Oregon 4Sr
FA Jacob Brendel C UCLA 5Sr
FA Siosifa Tufunga G Washington 5Sr
FA Stephen Anderson TE California 5Sr
FA Gionni Paul ILB Utah 5Sr
FA Timothy Patrick WR Utah 5Sr
FA Isaac Seumalo C Oregon State 4Jr
FA Darreus Rogers WR USC 3Jr
FA Torrodney Prevot OLB Oregon 3Jr
FA Keishawn Bierria OLB Washington 3So
FA Joshua Perkins TE Washington 5Sr
FA Joshua Garnett G Stanford 4Sr
FA Gary Chambers WR Arizona State 5Sr
FA Kevin Hogan QB Stanford 5Sr
FA Joseph Walker ILB Oregon 4Sr
FA Rodney Hardrick ILB Oregon 5Sr
FA Vernon Adams QB? Oregon 4Sr
FA Ricky Ortiz FB Oregon State 4Jr
FA Tyson Coleman OLB Oregon 5Sr
FA Stefan Mcclure S California 5Sr
FA Cameron Hunt G Oregon 3Jr
FA Jordan Rigsbee G California 4Sr
FA Travis Wilson QB Utah 4Sr
FA Demetrius Cherry DE Arizona State 5Sr
FA Delvon Simmons DE USC 5Sr
FA Joshua Mitchell C Oregon State 4Sr
FA Joesph Dahl G Washington St 5Sr
FA Alexander Balducci DT Oregon 4Sr
FA Taylor Taliulu S Washington St 4Sr
FA Jeremiah Allison ILB Washington St 4Sr
FA Jamar Allah S Arizona 4Sr
FA Bubba Poole RB Utah 5Sr
FA Jordan Pratt WR Stanford rSr
FA Brennan Scarlett OLB California 5Sr
FA Jared Baker RB Arizona 5Sr
FA Kache Palacio OLB Washington St 4Sr
FA Pharaoh Brown TE Oregon 3Jr
FA Cayman Bundage G Arizona 4Sr
FA Ahmad Christian CB Utah 4Sr
FA Matthew Pierson C Oregon 5Sr

 

Notes

Arizona

The Wildcats are amongst a handful of programs in college football where the coaches are able to get a lot out of a little, meaning the staff extracts all the talent possible from their players. The end conclusion are solid athletes that are not given high grades by scouts.

A lot of people like Cayleb Jones and while he’s a big bodied receiver who wins out in battles Jones is also a one gear athlete with limited quickness.

Conversely I believe David Richards is slightly underrated. He’s another big body receiver with solid hands but gets lost in the shuffle of Arizona’s receiver rotation. He’s someone who’ll go undrafted then ends up making a roster in 2016.

Opinions on linebacker Scooby Wright are varied. While some like him I feel he’s an undersized two-down defender with limited upside. I’m told the feeling from Wright’s camp is he’ll feeling draft worthy next April.

Keep an eye on offensive tackle Freddie Tagaloa, the Cal transfer who I’m told is looking very good.

Arizona State

The opinion on potential prospects from Arizona State is wide ranging.

Some scouts consider D.J. Foster a late round pick while others feel he’s mid round talent. I agree with the latter. Foster is a skilled ball handler with an elusive style that can help a team in a variety of ways, which may the problem. Many are split on his best position at the next level; running back or receiver.

Arizona State has a nice combination at safety in junior Viliami Moeakiola and senior Jordan Simone.

Moeakiola is more the complete safety and a steady run defender who also looks good in coverage. Simone lacks great size and speed but offers terrific instincts and a hard charging style.

The team also has a terrific guard tandem in Christian Westerman and Vivii Teofilo, both last day picks on my board but linemen with the ability to play in a run oriented system on Sunday.

Cal

Several west coast scouts have told me while they like Cody Kessler of USC they feel Jared Goff has franchise potential. And though I like Goff, I’m not ready to anoint him to that level just yet.

The junior is patient and poised in the pocket and displays a nice degree of accuracy on throws. I also like his command of the offense but Goff is rail thin and unless he fills out, he may struggle holding up at the next level.

Receiver Kenny Lawler is a nice sized target for Goff and has a good degree of upside in his game.

Colorado

Last year at this time I was singing the praises of Chaz Green, the underrated Florida lineman who was ultimately selected in the third round. I feel Stephane Nembot is a likely comparison as few have him on the radar screen as anything other than a potential late round pick. But watching Nembot the past three seasons you’ll see the makings of a potential starter on the NFL level. I like his size (6’ 6”/310) quickness and athleticism. I presently grade Nembot as a fourth rounder, right around where I had Green at this time last year.

Oregon

The Ducks had five players drafted last April including a pair in the first round and two more on the second day. Its only fair to say had he not been injured seventh round pick Ifo Ekpre-Olomu would’ve added to the second day list.

There won’t be the same abundance of talent in 2016 but the team does possess the player many scouts feel is the top senior prospect in the nation.

Deforest Buckner is an explosive defensive lineman that shows himself to be a disruptive force. He’s impossible to move from the point of attack and if he can’t make the play he’ll occupy gaps and allow teammates a free run to the ball. How does he compare to Arik Armstead, his former teammate who left early for the draft to become the 17th selection? Most scouts agree that while Armstead is the better athlete Buckner is the better player at this point in their respective careers.

Some will be surprised I have Chris Seisay ranked so early but I was blown away by his film, limited as it was. Seisay saw a lot of action late in the year, especially when Ekpre-Olomu was down for the count, and looked good in every aspect of the cornerback position.

When I watched Evan Baylison film I kept thinking Crockett Gilmore; a well rounded tight end that’s solid as a pass catcher and dominates blocking.

Oregon State

The Beavers have two underclassmen tackles to keep an eye on, Sean Harlow (son of former first round pick Pat Harlow) and Dustin Stanton. In my opinion Stanton’s a little more rounded and definitely stronger.

Larry Scott is a cornerback who deserves more mention. He offers solid ball skills and better size than former teammate Steve Nelson, third round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs last April.

Stanford

Andrew Luck not withstanding the belief amongst scouts is most of the players entering the league from Stanford are pretty tapped out and don’t possess great upside. And though there will be exceptions it’s the primary reason Stanford prospects are selected later than initially anticipated. The implication being the coaching staff is first rate and gets the players to play above their level of ability.

Linebacker Blake Martinez is a solid prospect who makes most of his plays with hustle and instincts rather than brute force. I could see a 3-4 team taking him in the middle rounds.

One “sleeper” I like on the Cardinal defense is Kevin Anderson, who primarily lines up in a three point stance but projects to outside linebacker. Anderson is a high revving defender who plays smart football. He also comes with next level measurables.

Receiver Devon Cajuste has outstanding measurables but plays spotty football. Cajuste looks dominant during some games then is a non factor in others. The poor quarterback play at Stanford is part of the problem. Cajuste will be the main wide out this season and the end result will dictate much of his draft stock next April.

UCLA

The talent amassed by the Bruins from several top recruiting classes will finally be available to the NFL next April.

Kenny Clark
is a difference maker on the defensive line. He’s an explosive interior lineman that’s impossible to handle or move from the point of attack. While there’s room for improvement I like his entire game and feel he comes with terrific upside.

Myles Jack is another forceful defender at linebacker. Very sudden in his game, Jack flashes on the scene and is a disruptive force. He’s not only good up the field but also stands out in pursuit and plays with a vicious style. The lack of size and growth limitations are an issue as Jack will fit just a few schemes at the next level.

Talk to ten difference people about cornerback Fabian Moreau and you’ll get fifteen different opinions, that’s how varied thoughts are about his game. He’s a well built defensive back with solid ball skills. I’m concerned as Moreau struggles making plays with his back to the ball and loses out in battles. Though I’ve seen some early projections for him I grade Moreau as a middle round nickel/dime back.

USC

The Trojans hope to contend for conference supremacy and possess a lot of next level talent on the roster.

Su’a Cravens is a forceful safety, disrupting the action up the field against the run while showing competent ball skills in coverage. Cravens is big boy, maybe too big for safety and may get consideration as a one-gap linebacker.

I see a lot of Mark Sanchez when I watch Cody Kessler. That’ not a knock as I believe if Kessler is used correctly, unlike the way Sanchez was during much of his career with the New York Jets, he can start and be a successful signal caller on Sunday. Kessler is an accurate passer who does not make mental errors but has size limitations.

Anthony Sarao will be downgraded as he’s not even 6-feet tall but on film he’s a terrific linebacker with a complete game. In the right system he will produce at the next level.

The current belief is Zach Banner will enter the 2016 draft but unless he significantly improves his game its a mistake off the ’14 film. Banner is a big bodied blocker but a lineman who shows little in the way of balance or the ability to consistently finish blocks due to his lack of balance.

Utah

The Utes enter the season with more than a half dozen seniors considered draftable by scouts. Overall I don’t see any prospect that really stands out.

Jared Norris is a smallish linebacker with incredible instincts. Norris is always around the ball making positive plays, defending the run or covering the pass. In the end I consider him a smaller version of James Laurinaitis; a very steady defender that does not make mental mistakes.

I want to like receiver Ken Scott but there’s just to much inconsistency in his game. He plays like a dominant game controlling receiver in many instances than just as quickly has catchable throws bouncing off his hands.

Washington

Unlike last year the Huskies won’t have any first round picks in the next draft but do offer one of the most underrated linebackers in the conference.

Travis Feeney is a terrific athlete and a three down prospect at linebacker. He’s quick up the field defending the run, gets depth on pass drops and also stands out in pursuit. I think his instincts need a bit of brushing up but believe if he plays productive, mistake free football Freeney could move into the third round.

Washington State

Not much from the Cougars. Dom Williams is a smallish receiver who could slide into the late rounds based on his return skills.

 

SanchezLast April the Big 12 placed a pair of players in the first round, including the seventh pick of the draft as well as the final selection of the frame. In 2016 they may be hard pressed to place a single player into round one. Here are rankings and notes on 111 next level prospects from the conference.     

 

 

 

Rnd Full Name School Pos Yr
1-2 Zack Sanchez Oklahoma CB 4Jr
2nd Andrew Billings Baylor DT 3Jr
2nd Shawn Oakman Baylor DE 5Sr
2-3 Cody Whitehair Kansas State G 5Sr
3rd Josh Doctson TCU WR 5Sr
3rd Daryl Worley West Virginia CB 3Jr
3rd Spencer Drango Baylor T 5Sr
3rd Dylan Haines Texas S 4Jr
3-4 Tyrone Swoopes Texas QB 3Jr
3-4 Emmanuel Ogbah Oklahoma State DE 4Jr
3-4 Charles Tapper Oklahoma DE 4Sr
4th Eric Striker Oklahoma OLB 4Sr
4th Camrhon Hughes Texas T 4Jr
4th Xavien Howard Baylor CB 4Jr
4th Dominique Alexander Oklahoma OLB 3Jr
4th Hassan Ridgeway Texas DT 4Jr
5th K.J. Dillon West Virginia S 4Sr
5th Kolby Listenbee TCU WR 4Sr
5th Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia DE 4Jr
5th Tre’Von Armstead Baylor TE 4Jr
5-6 Glenn Gronkowski Kansas State FB 4Jr
6th Seth Jacobs Oklahoma State OLB 4Jr
6th Sterling Shepard Oklahoma WR 4Sr
6th Joey Hunt TCU C 4Sr
6th Pete Robertson Texas Tech OLB 4Sr
6th Kyle Fuller Baylor C 4Jr
6th Keenon Ward Texas Tech S 4Jr
6th Duke Thomas Texas CB 4Sr
6th Kevin Peterson Oklahoma State CB 4Sr
6th Rushel Shell West Virginia RB 4Jr
6th Adam Pankey West Virginia G 4Jr
6th Michael Hunter Oklahoma State CB 5Sr
6th Karl Joseph West Virginia S 4Sr
6th K.J. Smith Baylor OLB 3So
6th Jordan Evans Oklahoma OLB 3Jr
6-7 Jordan Willis Kansas State DE 3Jr
6th Tyler Orlosky West Virginia C 5Sr
7th Wendell Smallwood West Virginia RB 3Jr
7th Johnathan Gray Texas RB 4Sr
7th Halapoulivaati Vaitai TCU T 4Sr
7th Marquis Lucas West Virginia G 5Sr
7th Danzel McDaniel Kansas State CB 4Sr
7th Le’Raven Clark Texas Tech T 5Sr
7-FA Aaron Green TCU RB 5Sr
FA Ryan Simmons Oklahoma State ILB 4Sr
FA Dante Barnett Kansas State S 4Sr
FA Ahmad Thomas Oklahoma S 3Jr
FA Davion Pierson TCU DT 5Sr
FA Jhajuan Seales Oklahoma State WR 4Jr
FA Jimmy Bean Oklahoma State DE 5Sr
FA Desmond Jackson Texas DT 4Sr
FA Deandre Washington Texas Tech RB 4Sr
FA Trevor Knight Oklahoma QB 4Jr
FA Nicholas Kwiatkoski West Virginia ILB 5Sr
FA Derrick Kindred TCU S 4Sr
FA Corey Avery x- Kansas RB 3Jr
FA Daje Johnson Texas RB 4Sr
FA Nila Kasitati Oklahoma G 5Sr
FA Orion Stewart Baylor S 4Jr
FA Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State S 3Jr
FA Marcell Ateman Oklahoma State WR 3Jr
FA Shock Linwood Baylor RB 4Jr
FA Corey Coleman Baylor WR 4Jr
FA Kyle Rose West Virginia DT 5Sr
FA Branden Jackson Texas Tech DE 5Sr
FA Morgan Burns Kansas State CB 4Sr
FA Marcus Johnson Texas WR 4Sr
FA Terrell Lathan TCU DE 4Sr
FA Trevone Boykin TCU WR 5Sr
FA Davis Webb Texas Tech QB 3Jr
FA Christian Brown West Virginia DE 4Jr
FA Nate Jackson Kansas State CB 5Sr
FA James Mcfarland TCU OLB 4Sr
FA M.J. McFarland Texas TE 4Sr
FA Jeremy Seaton Oklahoma State FB 5Sr
FA Terrell Chestnut West Virginia CB 5Sr
FA Caleb Bluiett Texas DE 4Jr
FA Zachary Crabtree Oklahoma State T 3So
FA Quenton Bundrage Iowa State WR 5Sr
FA Paul Lewis Oklahoma State C 4Jr
FA Edward Muldrow West Virginia S 5Sr
FA Beau Blackshear Baylor DT 5Sr
FA Devante Bond Oklahoma OLB 4Sr
FA Ryan Reid Baylor CB 3Jr
FA Larry Mazyck Kansas T 4Sr
FA Jamelle Naff TCU G 5Sr
FA Durron Neal Oklahoma WR 4Sr
FA Jay Lee Baylor WR 5Sr
FA Kenny Iloka TCU S 4Sr
FA Jared Barber West Virginia ILB 5Sr
FA Brock Dagel Iowa State T 5Sr
FA Adam Foltz TCU G 5Sr
FA Sam Richardson Iowa State QB 5Sr
FA Kent Perkins Texas G 3Jr
FA Jamison Lalk Iowa State G 5Sr
FA Blake Muir Baylor G 5Sr
FA De’Andre Mann Kansas RB 4Sr
FA Boston Stiverson Kansas State G 5Sr
FA Taylor Cox Kansas RB 6Sr
FA Luke Hayes Kansas State G 4Sr
FA Jarell Broxton Baylor G 4Sr
FA Micah Awe Texas Tech ILB 4Sr
FA Jamal Palmer Baylor DE 4Sr
FA Andrew Buie West Virginia RB 5Sr
FA Matthew Kleinsorge Kansas State T 5Sr
FA Marquel Bryant Kansas State OLB 5Sr
FA Franklin Shannon Oklahoma ILB 5Sr
FA Shiro Davis Texas DE 4Sr
FA Derrick Moncrief Oklahoma State OLB 4Sr
FA Andre Davis Kansas State WR 4Sr
FA Brandon Sheperd Oklahoma State WR 4Sr

  

Notes

Baylor

There was a bit of shock two months ago when I tweeted area scouts had stamped Shawn Oakman as a 3rd/4th round pick. After watching the film I understand why. Oakman is physically impressive and makes plays- on occasion. While he can be a dominant force it seems all too often Oakman is a “once blocked, stays blocked” type of defender. After watching the film I came away reminded of Quinton Coples.

Oakman could take a lesson in tenacity from his teammate, Andrew Billings. The fiery nose tackle plays non-stop and is a constant force, either disrupting the action or occupying blocks and allowing teammates to make plays. I’m probably underrating him a tad, but as is the case with most underclassmen I want to see his true computer numbers.

The same time I posted my tweet on Oakman, I also put out the news that some scouts view Spencer Drango as a late rounder, which I completely disagree with. Though he may not be the greatest athlete Drango has good size, length and football intelligence. He’s a great technician with next level starting potential.

Iowa State

I find ISU an easy team to root for but their next level talent leaves a lot to be desired. Receiver Quenton Bundrage, who hurt his knee during the initial game last season then missed the rest of the year, is the team’s top prospect but a free agent on my board. He offers solid size/speed numbers and was both dependable and productive in 2013.

Kansas

Years of sub-par recruiting could hurt the Jayhawks on the field and will hurt them in NFL war rooms.

Running back Corey Avery graded as the teams top prospect but was dismissed from the program in early June.

That leaves offensive tackle Larry Mazyck, a massive blocker who dominates opponents when on his game but must improve every facet of his blocking.

Kansas State

I’ve been on the Cody Whitehair wagon the past three years as he’s a nasty, strong blocker effective in all areas of the game. Unlike scouts, I believe his best position at the next level is offensive guard rather than tackle.

Keep an eye on cornerback Danzel McDaniel. He offers next level ball skills and flashes the ability to shut down opponents. His deep speed in long coverage is a concern but I believe McDaniel can line-up as a dime back on Sunday’s in a zone system.

Oklahoma

The West Virginia game notwithstanding when he was torched by Kevin White, Zack Sanchez has the makings of a first round pick. He offers next level ball skills and stands out making plays when his back is to the ball. Size is the question mark for Sanchez.

Poor size will also be an issue for linebacker Eric Striker, the linebacker who lives up to his name. He’s an explosive athlete but built more like a safety than a defensive front seven player.

Oklahoma State

For the most part the top Oklahoma State prospects in the draft have come from the offensive side of the ball. That changed when Justin Gilbert was selected with the 9th pick of the draft in 2014 and once again their top next level prospect is a defender.

Junior Emmanuel Ogbah is an explosive pass rushing end who plays with great athleticism, offers the ability to stand up over tackle and seems to have the growth potential to develop into an every down end.

TCU

When I watch the TCU film I am amazed the way the coaching staff extracts every ounce of ability from their players. The Horned Frogs don’t put great athletes on the field (think Paul Dawson and Chris Hackett) rather really good football players.

Hence the case moving forwards.

Receiver Josh Doctson is the teams top prospect as he’s a reliable wide out who displays solid run after the catch skill. Doctson lacks elite size/speed numbers which will push him out of the top 40 selections, though a number of scouts believe he is the top receiver from the senior class.

I like the potential of the team’s other receiver Kolby Listenbee, who flashes big play ability but needs to up his production a bit. Listenbee offers terrific measurables and the talent to line-up as a third receiver on Sunday.

Texas

Dylan Haines is a well rounded safety who’s fearless defending the run while also displaying top ball skills in coverage. He offers solid size and is coming off a breakout campaign, which he needs to build upon, but I believe he has second day potential.

Opinions are mixed on quarterback Tyrone Swoopes but put me in the camp of those who believe he’ll develop into a big time talent. Swoopes is a tremendous athlete with a next level arm but also a quarterback prospect that displays himself to be more passer than thrower. I love his patience in the pocket as he’s by no means a run first signal caller. I also feel he makes solid decisions. That said Swoopes is sort of on the fence at this point and must really turn the corner in 2015 and improve the nuances of his game if scouts are to fully move into his camp.

Texas Tech

Le’Raven Clark is highly rated in many circles but I’m not a believer. On film I see a big guy who flashes athleticism but an offensive tackle who shows little in the way of balance or finishing strength.

West Virginia

After having a receiver selected in the early part of round one last April, the top NFL prospects on the WVU roster can be found in their secondary.

Daryl Worley offers the size and ball skills to be a starter at the next level. He shuts down opponents who only occasionally throw in his direction. I presently grade the junior as an early third rounder but rest assured, another good season will push him into the top 45 if he measures/times well.

Most scouts like Karl Joseph over K.J. Dillion, but I disagree. Dillon has a size advantage over his teammate and is significantly better making plays when the ball is in the air.

 

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