Archive for August, 2012

The Mountain West and WAC are in the midst of upheaval and realignment, which will continue through the 2013 season.  Fact is the WAC put two players into the first round of last April’s draft, thanks to Boise State with another, Mike Iupati, selected in the first round of the 2010 event.

Mountain West & WAC

School Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
Boise State 5th Jerrell Gavins CB 4 5Sr Small yet tough cornerback with outstanding ball skills and coverage abilities.
Boise State 7th Matt Miller WR 2 3So Large, reliable pass catcher with a big upside.
Boise State FA Joe Kellogg G 61 5Sr Tough, smart blocker that shows skill in space or on the move.
Boise State FA Jamar Taylor CB 5 5Sr Nice sized cornerback that must pull together a complete game.
Boise State FA D.J. Harper RB 7 5Sr Nimble and agile ball carrier that must prove he can handle the load this season.
Boise State FA Dan Paul FB 47 5Sr Fierce lead blocker returning from injury.
Colorado State 5th Shaq Bell CB 3 3Jr Active cornerback with good size and a prospect that flashes skill.
Colorado State 5th Weston Richburg C 70 3Jr Terrific future zone blocking prospect.
Colorado State 5-6 Chris Nwoke RB 6 4Jr Strong, tough interior ball carrier that also does a nice job catching the pass in the backfield.
Colorado State 6th Shaquil Barrett OLB 56 3Jr Quick, explosive pursuit linebacker with limited size. Potential one gap defender at the next level.
Colorado State FA Joe Caprioglio G 77 5Sr Size prospect that was off to a good season in 2011 before having his campaign cut short with a knee injury.
Colorado State FA Momo Thomas CB 5 4Sr Skilled cornerback that flashes ability yet does not play a physical game.
Colorado State FA Mike Kawulok ILB 52 5Sr Smart heady run defending linebacker with minimal skills in coverage.
Fresno State 2-3 Jalen Saunders WR 6 4Jr Explosive game impacting receiver that shows a good degree of reliability. Left the Fresno State program and transferred to Oklahoma. Potential top 60 choice in the future.
Fresno State 5th Robbie Rouse RB 8 4Sr Terrific all-around skill player limited by size. Explosive carrying the ball and an outstanding pass catcher. The consummate third-down back.
Fresno State 5th Derek Carr QB 4 4Jr Strong armed passer that challenges the vertical game. Forces too many passes into covered receivers.
Fresno State FA Travis Brown OLB 9 4Sr Athletic defender that shows ability in pursuit or making plays in space.
Fresno State FA Tristan Okplalaugo DE 88 5Sr Tall, forceful defender that makes plays in every direction. Has a long frame and must add bulk, strength and develop better technique.
Fresno State FA Matt Hunt G 55 4Sr Explosive offensive lineman who plays with a nasty attitude.
Fresno State FA Phillip Thomas S 16 5Sr Nice sized safety that flashed skill in the past yet sat on the sidelines last season with a broken leg.
Hawaii 6-7 Sean Shigematsu T 68 3So Developing college tackle who displayed flashes of brilliance last season before going down with a leg injury.
Hawaii FA Paipai Falemalu DE 42 5Sr Undersized college defensive end with solid movement skills.
Idaho FA Jahu Coleman CB 29 3Jr Feisty cornerback that flashes skill.
Idaho FA Mike Scott WR 18 4Sr Tough, reliable pass catcher with limited speed.
Idaho FA Aaron Grymes CB 6 4Sr Aggressive corner best facing the action.
Idaho FA Gary Walker S 8 4Sr Physical safety best between the numbers.
Louisiana Tech 5th Jordan Mills T 78 4Sr Tackle prospect with nice size, growth potential and possibilities down the road. Flashes skill yet needs technical work.
Louisiana Tech 5-6 Oscar Johnson T 67 4Sr Versatile offensive lineman with good size, athleticism and upside potential.
Louisiana Tech 5-6 Justin Ellis DT 70 4Jr Short yet explosive wide bodied lineman with terrific movement skills.
Louisiana Tech FA Quinton Patton WR 4 5Sr Quick, elusive receiver that also doubles as a return specialist.
Louisiana Tech FA Myles White WR 7 5Sr
Nevada 6th Chris Barker G 75 5Sr Nimble, agile offensive lineman that shows skill blocking in motion.
Nevada FA Kolby Arendse TE 86 3Jr Fluid pass catching tight end that gets down the field and creates mismatches.
Nevada FA Khalid Wooten CB 2 5Sr Athletic defensive back that flashes ball skills.
Nevada FA Jeremiah Green OLB 54 4Sr Athletic and quick linebacker that covers a lot of area on the field. Sells out on the blitz and shows skill in coverage.
Nevada FA Jeffrey Nady T 78 5Sr Tall, strong tackle prospect best in a small area.
Nevada FA Duke Williams S 20 4Sr Run defending safety best between the numbers and playing downhill.
Nevada FA Marlon Johnson S 8 5Sr
Nevada FA Zach Sudfeld TE 89 6Sr Massive tight end prospect returning from injury.
New Mexico 7th Lucas Reed TE 97 5Sr Relatively athletic tight end that did not display the progress expected last season. Has an upside yet must start to put it together.
New Mexico FA Korian Chambers T 68 4Sr Nice sized tackle that displays a lot of athleticism in his game. Moves well about the field and quick yet must improve his playing strength and elevate his game.
New Mexico FA Ugo Uzodinma DT 49 4Sr Quick interior defensive lineman who lacks bulk and will get consideration as a three technique tackle.
New Mexico St FA Davonte Wallace G 74 3Jr Athletic college tackle that may be best at guard in the NFL. Possesses good movement skills yet must improve his playing strength.
New Mexico St FA Darien Johnson CB 4 3Jr Skilled cornerback that shows flashes.
New Mexico St FA Kemonte’ Bateman WR 13 4Sr Reliable possession receiver with dependable hands.
San Diego State 4th Gavin Escobar TE 88 4Jr Athletic tight end prospect with terrific size and playing speed. Rough around the edges yet possesses a tremendous upside.
San Diego State 6th Colin Lockett WR 24 4Jr Underrated pass catcher that also impacts the game as return specialist. Quick and dependable.
San Diego State 7th Nik Embernate G 68 5Sr Strong small area blocker that easily controls opponents at the point of attack.
San Diego State FA Bryce Quigley T 78 3Jr Former blocking tight end with reliable hands that moves to tackle this season.
San Diego State FA Leon McFadden CB 2 4Sr Adequate cornerback best facing the action.
San Diego State FA Brice Butler WR 19 5Sr USC transfer that offers terrific athleticism yet must start to produce on the football field.
San Diego State FA Dominique Sandifer WR 18 5Sr Solid receiver prospect returning from injury.
San Diego State FA Dylan Denso WR 10 4Jr Tough, dependable pass catcher who does the little things well.
San Jose State 4th David Quessenberry T 76 5Sr Outstanding pass blocking left tackle with nice size and growth potential.
San Jose State 5th Ryan Otten TE 82 5Sr Athletic, pass catching tight end with nice size. Gives effort blocking but lacks functional football strength.
San Jose State 7th Vince Buhagiar ILB 36 3Jr
San Jose State FA Noel Grigsby WR 23 4Jr Quick, elusive receiver who shows run after the catch ability.
San Jose State FA Travis Johnson DE 43 4Sr Hard working yet undersized college defensive end that does not display the playing speed to be an every down 3-4 OLB.
San Jose State FA Keith Smith OLB 31 3Jr
San Jose State FA DeLeon Eskridge RB 23 5Sr Hard charging ball carrier that showed flashes of skill.
UNLV FA Tani Maka OLB 41 4Jr UCLA transfer that has limited size yet shows terrific quickness and explosion in his game.
UNLV FA John Lotulelei OLB 55 4Sr Junior college transfer who displayed skills of potential late in the 2011 campaign.
Utah State FA Chuck Jacobs WR 10 4Sr
Utah State FA Kerwynn Williams RB 25 4Sr Quick, elusive ball carrier who creates yardage.
Utah State FA Adam Kennedy QB 2 4Sr
Utah State FA Kelen Bartlett TE 81 5Sr Solid tight end prospect returning from injury.
Wyoming FA Chris McNeill WR 80 4Sr Sure handed possession wide out with reliable hands.
Wyoming FA Kurt Taufa’asau DT 98 4Sr Quick yet undersized interior tackle that may have a shot at the 3-technique.
Wyoming FA Kyle Magnuson G 65 5Sr Strong, small are blocker who shows a lot of stiffness in his game.
Wyoming FA Josh Leonard T 76 4Sr

The Fighting Irish put a pair of players in the first round of the 2013 draft and could match that number next April.  BYU on the other hand has one of the best possession receivers in the nation no one talks about.

Notre Dame

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1st Manti Te’o ILB 5 4Sr Terrific run defending middle linebacker that shows skill in zone coverage.
2nd Tyler Eifert TE 80 4Jr Complete tight end with a dominant game. Terrific blocker who also easily gets out to the second level and makes a lot of athletic receptions.
5th Cierre Wood RB 20 4Jr Tough interior ball carrier with no single outstanding characteristic in his game.
5th Louis Nix DT 9 3So Large, powerful defensive tackle/nose tackle that controls the line of scrimmage.
6th Braxston Cave C 52 5Sr Explosive center that shows skill in motion. Good fit for a zone blocking system.
7th Dan Fox ILB 48 4Jr Smart, intense and productive football player with limited speed.
FA Zack Martin T 70 4Jr College left tackle that may be better off inside at guard. Terrific pass protector and blocks with solid fundamentals.
FA Kapron Lewis-Moore DE 89 5Sr Solid defensive lineman that can be used as a two gap end or inside tackle. Has had an up-and-down career.
FA Tommy Rees QB 11 3Jr
FA Chris Watt G 66 4Jr Thick, powerful small area blocker.
FA Theo Riddick WR 6 3Jr
FA Zeke Motta S 17 3Jr Big, strong forceful safety best between the numbers and playing downhill.
FA Jamoris Slaughter S 26 5Sr

BYU

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
4th Cody Hoffman WR 2 4Jr Terrific possession receiver with outstanding skill. Offers a good degree of upside and possibilities as a second or third wide out the next level.
6th Preston Hadley CB 7 4Sr Well sized cornerback that flashes skill. Could be poised for a big year.
6th Kyle Van Noy OLB 3 3Jr Explosive linebacker with solid size.
FA Kaneakua Friel TE 82 4Jr Over aged tight end with nice size and pass catching skill.
FA Uona Kaveinga ILB 4 5Sr Undersized yet relatively athletic linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline.
FA Braden Brown T 75 5Sr Solid pass protecting right tackle that does the little things well.
FA Daniel Sorensen S 9 3Jr
FA Braden Hansen G 76 4Sr Tough small area blocker with marginal upside.
FA Brandon Ogletree ILB 44 5Sr

The Big 12 says “adios” to Texas A&M and Missouri while welcoming West Virginia and TCU.  It was just two years ago (April, 2010) the first four players selected in the draft were from the Big 12.  Players from the conference were the second choice in each of the past two draft’s.  Moving forward it will be tough for the Big 12 to match recent successes.  TCU added

Baylor

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
6th Ivory Wade T 78 3Jr Underrated offensive blocking prospect that lines up at right tackle and will also get looks at offensive guard.
7-FA Terrance Williams WR 2 5Sr Dependable pass catcher that does A tremendous job coming free for the quarterback and making the reception.
FA Terrance Lloyd OLB 11 4Jr Undersized college defensive end with the physical skills and body type to be used at linebacker in the NFL. Comes with an upside.
FA Joe Williams CB 22 3Jr Developing cornerback that flashes skill.
FA Jordan Najvar TE 18 4Jr Relatively athletic tight end that is effective as a blocker and pass catcher.
FA Sam Holl S 25 3Jr Aggressive run defending safety that flashes skill in coverage.
FA Lanear Sampson WR 3 5Sr Reliable intermediate pass catching target that could make it as a fifth wide out.
FA Mike Hicks S 17 4Sr Tough, straight line safety with a solid head for the game.
FA Cyril Richardson G 68 4Jr Large, thick, strong college tackle best in confined quarters.
FA K.J. Morton CB 8 3Jr Aggressive corner that flashes skill.
FA Chance Casey CB 9 4Sr Tough, aggressive cornerback with a good head for the game. Better facing the action in a zone system.

Iowa State

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
5th A.J. Klein ILB 47 4Sr Tough, dependable run defending linebacker with a good head for the game.
6th Tom Farniok C 74 3So Developing center that blocks with good fundamentals and shows a good head for the position.
6-7 Jake Knott OLB 20 4Sr Slightly undersized yet quick linebacker effective in pursuit.
7-FA Ethan Tuftee G 64 4Jr Large, nasty blocker that easily controls opponents once engaged at the point of attack.
FA Kurt Hammerschmidt TE 86 5Sr Adequately sized tight end solid in all aspects.

Kansas

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
5-6 Bradley McDougald S 16 4Sr Versatile, interchangeable defensive back who also stands out on special teams.
6th Greg Brown CB 5 5Sr Adequate cornerback that has shown flashes.
7-FA Dayne Crist QB 10 5Sr Former Notre Dame signal caller that’s much better than given credit for.
FA Tanner Hawkinson T 72 5Sr

Kansas State

Rod Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
2-3 Arthur Brown OLB 4 5Sr Small yet explosive linebacker that makes plays against the run and pass. Terrific three down defender that’s underrated and will be under drafted.
5-6 Andre McDonald TE 18 4Jr King sized tight end that stands out as a blocker and holds his own as a pass catcher.
FA Chris Harper WR 3 5Sr Nice sized receiver that’s a consistent hand catcher. Effective downfield blocker as well.
FA Nigel Malone CB 24 4Sr Adequate cornerback effective facing the action.
FA Meshak Williams OLB 42 4Sr Small yet quick and athletic college defensive end likely to move to outside linebacker at the next level.
FA Ty Zimmerman S 12 4Jr Big, strong safety with a developing game.
FA Collin Klein QB 7 5Sr Big armed passer with an upside. K-State offense does not lend to NFL development.
FA Allen Chapman CB 3 4Sr Aggressive cornerback best facing the action.
FA Adam Davis DE 97 4Sr Athletic yet undersized defensive lineman who makes plays in every direction.

Oklahoma

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
2nd Landry Jones QB 12 5Sr Tough, intelligent signal caller that fizzled late in his Junior season. Offers the skills to be a starter at the next level yet by no means a franchise signal caller.
3rd Kenny Stills WR 4 3Jr Strong, possession receiver with good size and reliable hands.
3-4 Jaz Reynolds WR 16 4Jr Smooth, tall pass catcher that dependable in all areas. Recently had his scholarship pulled by Oklahoma.
4th Tony Jefferson S 1 3Jr Complete safety that displays toughness against the run while also going sideline to sideline to defend the pass. Lacks classic safety height yet a solid prospect.
4th Tom Wort ILB 21 4Jr Intense competitive linebacker with a variety of skill.
5th Lane Johnson T 69 5Sr Tall right tackle prospect with nice size as well as growth potential. Displays the ability to bend his knees, flex and adjust his body. Needs to improve his playing strength but comes with an upside.
5th Aaron Colvin CB 14 3Jr Versatile defensive back that lined up at corner and safety. Tough run defender that also displays good ball skills.
5th Ben Habern C 61 5Sr Explosive position blocker that plays with terrific fundamentals and intellect.
5-6 David King DE 90 5Sr Relatively athletic defensive end with good size and growth potential. Shows marginal speed as a pass rusher or in pursuit of the action.
6th Roy Finch RB 22 3Jr Compact ball carrier with a resilient style. Gives effort and works runs to get every bit of yardage from each carry.
6th Stacy McGee DT 92 5Sr Tough, interior lineman that plays with good pad level, shows a variety of moves with his hands getting off blocks and plays hard until the whistle blows.
7th Demontre Hurst CB 19 4Sr Developing cornerback who plays an aggressive game. Best facing the action in a zone system or backed off the line of scrimmage.
FA Corey Nelson OLB 7 3Jr Athletic yet undersized weak side linebacker prospect that makes plays sideline to sideline.
FA Trey Millard FB 33 3Jr Potential West Coast fullback effective catching the ball out of the backfield.
FA Casey Walker DT 53 5Sr Hard-working yet limited defensive tackle best plugging the middle.
FA Dominique Whaley RB 8 5Sr Straight-line back with solid vision.
FA Tyler Evans G 75 4Sr Tough, strong, small area blocker with limited upside.

Oklahoma State

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
5-6 Michael Bowie G 61 4Sr Underrated college left tackle likely to move to guard at the next level. Strong, blocks with solid fundamentals and has a terrific lineman’s build.
6th Joe Mitchell OLB 29 3Jr Small yet athletic weak side linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline.
7th Nigel Nicholas DE 89 5Sr Developing defensive lineman that can be used at several positions upfront. Athletic, explosive and improved as the season progressed last year.
FA Jonathan Rush G 70 5Sr Powerful and fundamentally sound small area blocker that easily controls defenders at the point of attack. Ineffective in motion but has the skills to play at the next level.
FA Broderick Brown CB 19 5Sr Aggressive corner best facing the action.
FA Joseph Randle RB 1 3Jr Productive straight-line ball carrier that does not stand out in any single aspect of the game.
FA Jonathan Rush G 70 rSr Tough, small area blocker we liked off the 2010 film. Returning from injury.

Texas

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1st Jackson Jeffcoat DE 44 3Jr Explosive pass rusher that can be impossible to block. Must play hard on every down. Potential DE or OLB.
2nd Jordan Hicks OLB 3 3Jr Three down linebacker with a complete game and terrific upside. Size is a limiting factor.
2-3 Kenny Vaccaro S 16 4Sr Terrific safety with an underrated game. Tough run defender that also displays ball skills in man coverage.
3rd Alex Okafor DE N 4Sr Adequate college pass rusher with a solid game.
5th Trey Hopkins G 75 3Jr Nimble, athletic right tackle that projects to guard at the next level.
5-6 Ashton Dorsey DT 85 3Jr Explosive and athletic defensive tackle that can line up as a three-technique lineman.
6-7 Carrington Byndom CB 23 3Jr Aggressive cornerback best facing the action. Does not play strong.
FA Mason Walters G 72 4Jr Strong, small area blocker.
FA Calvin Howell DT 90 4Jr Athletic yet inconsistent defender that left the UT program.
FA Marquise Goodwin WR 84 4Sr Track star that shows great quickness at the receiver position.
FA Mike Davis WR 1 3Jr

West Virginia

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
3-4 Tavon Austin WR 1 4Sr Quick, reliable pass catcher that can also help out as a return specialist. Potential slot receiver at the next level.
5th Stedman Bailey WR 3 4Jr Developing wide out with terrific quickness, speed and explosion. Solid overall game. Short which limits his upside.
5th Geno Smith QB 12 4Sr Athletic quarterback with the physical skills necessary to play at the next level. Needs a lot of work on his game and must improve his pass placement but has an upside.
6th Terence Garvin S 28 4Sr Forceful safety that jars ball handlers who come over the middle of the field. Conventional strong safety prospect.
FA Josh Jenkins G 77 5Sr Tough, slug-it-out, small area guard.
FA Shawne Alston RB 20 4Sr Nice sized ball carrier that also stands out as a blocker in the backfield. Underrated due to his minimal playing time.
FA Darwin Cook S 25 4Jr Developing defensive back that’s solid in all areas.
FA Darwin Cook S 25 4Jr Developing defensive back that’s solid in all areas.
FA Jeff Braun T 57 5Sr Limited blocker only effective in a very small area.

TCU

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
4th Tanner Brock ILB 35 4Jr Quick explosive run defending linebacker that displays great instincts and wherewithal. Fires around the football field making plays up the field or out to the sidelines. Missed the 2011 season with an ankle injury and recently transferred to UTEP after off the field incidents.
4th Jason Verrett CB 2 3Jr Skilled corner with an aggressive game. Shows a nice feel for coverage, quickly defends the run but struggles staying downfield with opponents.
5th Jonathan Anderson S 41 3So Aggressive and explosive safety that showed a lot of skill in his game last season. Possesses an upside.
5th Stansly Maponga DE 90 4Jr Small yet athletic and quick pass rushing defensive end that also displays skill in pursuit.
FA Josh Boyce WR 82 4Jr
FA Ross Forrest DE 52 5Sr Hard-working, undersized defensive end with that makes plays in every direction.
FA Skye Dawson WR 11 4Sr
FA Casey Pachall QB 4 4Jr Mobile quarterback that lacks accuracy and does a poor job reading defenses.

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