With the combine less then a week from completion and the pro-day schedule in full swing, its time to take a quick look back as some remaining notes from Indianapolis and the word filtering in as teams move back to their home base.
– The word surrounding the Boise State prospects continues to be positive. There’s a good chance both Shea McLellin and Doug Martin end up as top 45 picks. Martin in the top 45 is no surprise though McLellin would be. Tyrone Crawford is also moving up draft boards and he could be off the board before the second day of the draft closes out.
– The same cannot be said for players coming out of North Carolina. We posted weeks ago that coaches from the school have not been giving Quinton Coples ringing endorsement. We are hearing the same about linebacker Zach Brown and right now most scouts would be surprised if the talented defender makes it into the first round. Lastly, we hear combine interviews from receiver Dwight Jones did not go over well with scouts.
– Mitchell Schwartz knocked it out of the park during his combine interviews, which is no surprise. We’ve previously reported the Cal coaches telling scouts Schwartz was the most intelligent lineman they’ve had in the program. We’re hearing Schwartz is a lock to be a second day pick and could squeeze into the draft’s top 60 picks.
– I understand there are a number of teams that still have a third round grade on Rishaw Johnson. They love the underlying athleticism he showed at the combine and think his upside is enormous.
– Amini Silatolu of Midwestern State is another small school offensive lineman shooting up draft boards. He’s receiving second day grades and could end up as a top 75 pick.
-Two linebackers that did not run the forty but really impressed scouts at the combine during drills were Josh Kaddu and Miles Burris. Both could be off the board by the end of round three if they run well at pro-day.
The combines are done and now we moves into pro-days. NFL draft boards are taking shape. So who are to top 33 players gracing draft boards. We’ve gotten some insight from around the league and this is how it stacks up for teams.
4.Melvin Ingram-OLB-South Carolina
5.Trent Richardson-RB- Alabama
6. Matt Kalil-OT-USC
7-Justin Blackmon-WR-Oklahoma State
9.Fletcher Cox-DT-Mississippi State
10.Quinton Coples-DE-North Carolina
15.Michael Floyd-WR- Notre Dame
17.Devon Still-DT- Penn State
18. Whitney Mercilus-DE- Illinois
19.Coby Fleener-TE- Stanford
20.Nick Perry-DE- USC
21.Luke Kuechly-LB- Boston College
22.Kevin Zeitler-OG- Wisconsin
23.Ryan Tannehill-QB- Texas A&M
24.Doug Martin-RB- Boise State
25.Jerel Worthy-DT- Michigan State
26.Bobby Wagner-LB- Utah State
27.Stephon Gilmore-CB- South Carolina
28.Kendall Wright-WR- Baylor
29.Dwayne Allen-TE- Clemson
30.Donta Hightower-LB- Alabama
31.Kendall Reyes-DT- UConn
32.Stephen Hill-WR- Georgia Tech
33.Riley Reiff-OG- Iowa
– Stanford has four players in the top 32.
– Courtney Upshaw and Mark Barron are not ranked in the top 32.
– Janoris Jenkins does not make the list.
– Reiterating what we posted from Indianapolis, more and more teams starting to grade Riley Reiff as a guard.
– This is not our list, rather a list from what a number of teams board(s) look like; don’t kill the messenger!!