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 State5thJerrell GavinsCB45SrSmall yet tough cornerback with outstanding ball skills and coverage abilities.
Boise State7thMatt MillerWR23SoLarge, reliable pass catcher with a big upside.
Boise StateFAJoe KelloggG615SrTough, smart blocker that shows skill in space or on the move.
Boise StateFAJamar TaylorCB55SrNice sized cornerback that must pull together a complete game.
Boise StateFAD.J. HarperRB75SrNimble and agile ball carrier that must prove he can handle the load this season.
Boise StateFADan PaulFB475SrFierce lead blocker returning from injury.
Colorado State5thShaq BellCB33JrActive cornerback with good size and a prospect that flashes skill.
Colorado State5thWeston RichburgC703JrTerrific future zone blocking prospect.
Colorado State5-6Chris NwokeRB64JrStrong, tough interior ball carrier that also does a nice job catching the pass in the backfield.
Colorado State6thShaquil BarrettOLB563JrQuick, explosive pursuit linebacker with limited size. Potential one gap defender at the next level.
Colorado StateFAJoe CaprioglioG775SrSize prospect that was off to a good season in 2011 before having his campaign cut short with a knee injury.
Colorado StateFAMomo ThomasCB54SrSkilled cornerback that flashes ability yet does not play a physical game.
Colorado StateFAMike KawulokILB525SrSmart heady run defending linebacker with minimal skills in coverage.
Fresno State2-3Jalen SaundersWR64JrExplosive 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 State5thRobbie RouseRB84SrTerrific all-around skill player limited by size. Explosive carrying the ball and an outstanding pass catcher. The consummate third-down back.
Fresno State5thDerek CarrQB44JrStrong armed passer that challenges the vertical game. Forces too many passes into covered receivers.
Fresno StateFATravis BrownOLB94SrAthletic defender that shows ability in pursuit or making plays in space.
Fresno StateFATristan OkplalaugoDE885SrTall, forceful defender that makes plays in every direction. Has a long frame and must add bulk, strength and develop better technique.
Fresno StateFAMatt HuntG554SrExplosive offensive lineman who plays with a nasty attitude.
Fresno StateFAPhillip ThomasS165SrNice sized safety that flashed skill in the past yet sat on the sidelines last season with a broken leg.
Hawaii6-7Sean ShigematsuT683SoDeveloping college tackle who displayed flashes of brilliance last season before going down with a leg injury.
HawaiiFAPaipai FalemaluDE425SrUndersized college defensive end with solid movement skills.
IdahoFAJahu ColemanCB293JrFeisty cornerback that flashes skill.
IdahoFAMike ScottWR184SrTough, reliable pass catcher with limited speed.
IdahoFAAaron GrymesCB64SrAggressive corner best facing the action.
IdahoFAGary WalkerS84SrPhysical safety best between the numbers.
Louisiana Tech5thJordan MillsT784SrTackle prospect with nice size, growth potential and possibilities down the road. Flashes skill yet needs technical work.
Louisiana Tech5-6Oscar JohnsonT674SrVersatile offensive lineman with good size, athleticism and upside potential.
Louisiana Tech5-6Justin EllisDT704JrShort yet explosive wide bodied lineman with terrific movement skills.
Louisiana TechFAQuinton PattonWR45SrQuick, elusive receiver that also doubles as a return specialist.
Louisiana TechFAMyles WhiteWR75Sr
Nevada6thChris BarkerG755SrNimble, agile offensive lineman that shows skill blocking in motion.
NevadaFAKolby ArendseTE863JrFluid pass catching tight end that gets down the field and creates mismatches.
NevadaFAKhalid WootenCB25SrAthletic defensive back that flashes ball skills.
NevadaFAJeremiah GreenOLB544SrAthletic and quick linebacker that covers a lot of area on the field. Sells out on the blitz and shows skill in coverage.
NevadaFAJeffrey NadyT785SrTall, strong tackle prospect best in a small area.
NevadaFADuke WilliamsS204SrRun defending safety best between the numbers and playing downhill.
NevadaFAMarlon JohnsonS85Sr
NevadaFAZach SudfeldTE896SrMassive tight end prospect returning from injury.
New Mexico7thLucas ReedTE975SrRelatively athletic tight end that did not display the progress expected last season. Has an upside yet must start to put it together.
New MexicoFAKorian ChambersT684SrNice 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 MexicoFAUgo UzodinmaDT494SrQuick interior defensive lineman who lacks bulk and will get consideration as a three technique tackle.
New Mexico StFADavonte WallaceG743JrAthletic college tackle that may be best at guard in the NFL. Possesses good movement skills yet must improve his playing strength.
New Mexico StFADarien JohnsonCB43JrSkilled cornerback that shows flashes.
New Mexico StFAKemonte’ BatemanWR134SrReliable possession receiver with dependable hands.
San Diego State4thGavin EscobarTE884JrAthletic tight end prospect with terrific size and playing speed. Rough around the edges yet possesses a tremendous upside.
San Diego State6thColin LockettWR244JrUnderrated pass catcher that also impacts the game as return specialist. Quick and dependable.
San Diego State7thNik EmbernateG685SrStrong small area blocker that easily controls opponents at the point of attack.
San Diego StateFABryce QuigleyT783JrFormer blocking tight end with reliable hands that moves to tackle this season.
San Diego StateFALeon McFaddenCB24SrAdequate cornerback best facing the action.
San Diego StateFABrice ButlerWR195SrUSC transfer that offers terrific athleticism yet must start to produce on the football field.
San Diego StateFADominique SandiferWR185SrSolid receiver prospect returning from injury.
San Diego StateFADylan DensoWR104JrTough, dependable pass catcher who does the little things well.
San Jose State4thDavid QuessenberryT765SrOutstanding pass blocking left tackle with nice size and growth potential.
San Jose State5thRyan OttenTE825SrAthletic, pass catching tight end with nice size. Gives effort blocking but lacks functional football strength.
San Jose State7thVince BuhagiarILB363Jr
San Jose StateFANoel GrigsbyWR234JrQuick, elusive receiver who shows run after the catch ability.
San Jose StateFATravis JohnsonDE434SrHard working yet undersized college defensive end that does not display the playing speed to be an every down 3-4 OLB.
San Jose StateFAKeith SmithOLB313Jr
San Jose StateFADeLeon EskridgeRB235SrHard charging ball carrier that showed flashes of skill.
UNLVFATani MakaOLB414JrUCLA transfer that has limited size yet shows terrific quickness and explosion in his game.
UNLVFAJohn LotuleleiOLB554SrJunior college transfer who displayed skills of potential late in the 2011 campaign.
Utah StateFAChuck JacobsWR104Sr
Utah StateFAKerwynn WilliamsRB254SrQuick, elusive ball carrier who creates yardage.
Utah StateFAAdam KennedyQB24Sr
Utah StateFAKelen BartlettTE815SrSolid tight end prospect returning from injury.
WyomingFAChris McNeillWR804SrSure handed possession wide out with reliable hands.
WyomingFAKurt Taufa’asauDT984SrQuick yet undersized interior tackle that may have a shot at the 3-technique.
WyomingFAKyle MagnusonG655SrStrong, small are blocker who shows a lot of stiffness in his game.
WyomingFAJosh LeonardT764Sr

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
1stManti Te’oILB54SrTerrific run defending middle linebacker that shows skill in zone coverage.
2ndTyler EifertTE804JrComplete tight end with a dominant game. Terrific blocker who also easily gets out to the second level and makes a lot of athletic receptions.
5thCierre WoodRB204JrTough interior ball carrier with no single outstanding characteristic in his game.
5thLouis NixDT93SoLarge, powerful defensive tackle/nose tackle that controls the line of scrimmage.
6thBraxston CaveC525SrExplosive center that shows skill in motion. Good fit for a zone blocking system.
7thDan FoxILB484JrSmart, intense and productive football player with limited speed.
FAZack MartinT704JrCollege left tackle that may be better off inside at guard. Terrific pass protector and blocks with solid fundamentals.
FAKapron Lewis-MooreDE895SrSolid defensive lineman that can be used as a two gap end or inside tackle. Has had an up-and-down career.
FATommy ReesQB113Jr
FAChris WattG664JrThick, powerful small area blocker.
FATheo RiddickWR63Jr
FAZeke MottaS173JrBig, strong forceful safety best between the numbers and playing downhill.
FAJamoris SlaughterS265Sr


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
4thCody HoffmanWR24JrTerrific possession receiver with outstanding skill. Offers a good degree of upside and possibilities as a second or third wide out the next level.
6thPreston HadleyCB74SrWell sized cornerback that flashes skill. Could be poised for a big year.
6thKyle Van NoyOLB33JrExplosive linebacker with solid size.
FAKaneakua FrielTE824JrOver aged tight end with nice size and pass catching skill.
FAUona KaveingaILB45SrUndersized yet relatively athletic linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline.
FABraden BrownT755SrSolid pass protecting right tackle that does the little things well.
FADaniel SorensenS93Jr
FABraden HansenG764SrTough small area blocker with marginal upside.
FABrandon OgletreeILB445Sr

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


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
6thIvory WadeT783JrUnderrated offensive blocking prospect that lines up at right tackle and will also get looks at offensive guard.
7-FATerrance WilliamsWR25SrDependable pass catcher that does A tremendous job coming free for the quarterback and making the reception.
FATerrance LloydOLB114JrUndersized college defensive end with the physical skills and body type to be used at linebacker in the NFL. Comes with an upside.
FAJoe WilliamsCB223JrDeveloping cornerback that flashes skill.
FAJordan NajvarTE184JrRelatively athletic tight end that is effective as a blocker and pass catcher.
FASam HollS253JrAggressive run defending safety that flashes skill in coverage.
FALanear SampsonWR35SrReliable intermediate pass catching target that could make it as a fifth wide out.
FAMike HicksS174SrTough, straight line safety with a solid head for the game.
FACyril RichardsonG684JrLarge, thick, strong college tackle best in confined quarters.
FAK.J. MortonCB83JrAggressive corner that flashes skill.
FAChance CaseyCB94SrTough, 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
5thA.J. KleinILB474SrTough, dependable run defending linebacker with a good head for the game.
6thTom FarniokC743SoDeveloping center that blocks with good fundamentals and shows a good head for the position.
6-7Jake KnottOLB204SrSlightly undersized yet quick linebacker effective in pursuit.
7-FAEthan TufteeG644JrLarge, nasty blocker that easily controls opponents once engaged at the point of attack.
FAKurt HammerschmidtTE865SrAdequately sized tight end solid in all aspects.


Rnd Full NamePosNumYrComments
5-6Bradley McDougaldS164SrVersatile, interchangeable defensive back who also stands out on special teams.
6thGreg BrownCB55SrAdequate cornerback that has shown flashes.
7-FADayne CristQB105SrFormer Notre Dame signal caller that’s much better than given credit for.
FATanner HawkinsonT725Sr

Kansas State

RodFull NamePosNumYrComments
2-3Arthur BrownOLB45SrSmall yet explosive linebacker that makes plays against the run and pass. Terrific three down defender that’s underrated and will be under drafted.
5-6Andre McDonaldTE184JrKing sized tight end that stands out as a blocker and holds his own as a pass catcher.
FAChris HarperWR35SrNice sized receiver that’s a consistent hand catcher. Effective downfield blocker as well.
FANigel MaloneCB244SrAdequate cornerback effective facing the action.
FAMeshak WilliamsOLB424SrSmall yet quick and athletic college defensive end likely to move to outside linebacker at the next level.
FATy ZimmermanS124JrBig, strong safety with a developing game.
FACollin KleinQB75SrBig armed passer with an upside. K-State offense does not lend to NFL development.
FAAllen ChapmanCB34SrAggressive cornerback best facing the action.
FAAdam DavisDE974SrAthletic yet undersized defensive lineman who makes plays in every direction.


RndFull NamePosNumYrComments
2ndLandry JonesQB125SrTough, 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.
3rdKenny StillsWR43JrStrong, possession receiver with good size and reliable hands.
3-4Jaz ReynoldsWR164JrSmooth, tall pass catcher that dependable in all areas. Recently had his scholarship pulled by Oklahoma.
4thTony JeffersonS13JrComplete 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.
4thTom WortILB214JrIntense competitive linebacker with a variety of skill.
5thLane JohnsonT695SrTall 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.
5thAaron ColvinCB143JrVersatile defensive back that lined up at corner and safety. Tough run defender that also displays good ball skills.
5thBen HabernC615SrExplosive position blocker that plays with terrific fundamentals and intellect.
5-6David KingDE905SrRelatively athletic defensive end with good size and growth potential. Shows marginal speed as a pass rusher or in pursuit of the action.
6thRoy FinchRB223JrCompact ball carrier with a resilient style. Gives effort and works runs to get every bit of yardage from each carry.
6thStacy McGeeDT925SrTough, 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.
7thDemontre HurstCB194SrDeveloping cornerback who plays an aggressive game. Best facing the action in a zone system or backed off the line of scrimmage.
FACorey NelsonOLB73JrAthletic yet undersized weak side linebacker prospect that makes plays sideline to sideline.
FATrey MillardFB333JrPotential West Coast fullback effective catching the ball out of the backfield.
FACasey WalkerDT535SrHard-working yet limited defensive tackle best plugging the middle.
FADominique WhaleyRB85SrStraight-line back with solid vision.
FATyler EvansG754SrTough, strong, small area blocker with limited upside.

Oklahoma State

RndFull NamePosNumYrComments
5-6Michael BowieG614SrUnderrated college left tackle likely to move to guard at the next level. Strong, blocks with solid fundamentals and has a terrific lineman’s build.
6thJoe MitchellOLB293JrSmall yet athletic weak side linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline.
7thNigel NicholasDE895SrDeveloping defensive lineman that can be used at several positions upfront. Athletic, explosive and improved as the season progressed last year.
FAJonathan RushG705SrPowerful 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.
FABroderick BrownCB195SrAggressive corner best facing the action.
FAJoseph RandleRB13JrProductive straight-line ball carrier that does not stand out in any single aspect of the game.
FAJonathan RushG70rSrTough, small area blocker we liked off the 2010 film. Returning from injury.


RndFull NamePosNumYrComments
1stJackson JeffcoatDE443JrExplosive pass rusher that can be impossible to block. Must play hard on every down. Potential DE or OLB.
2ndJordan HicksOLB33JrThree down linebacker with a complete game and terrific upside. Size is a limiting factor.
2-3Kenny VaccaroS164SrTerrific safety with an underrated game. Tough run defender that also displays ball skills in man coverage.
3rdAlex OkaforDEN4SrAdequate college pass rusher with a solid game.
5thTrey HopkinsG753JrNimble, athletic right tackle that projects to guard at the next level.
5-6Ashton DorseyDT853JrExplosive and athletic defensive tackle that can line up as a three-technique lineman.
6-7Carrington ByndomCB233JrAggressive cornerback best facing the action. Does not play strong.
FAMason WaltersG724JrStrong, small area blocker.
FACalvin HowellDT904JrAthletic yet inconsistent defender that left the UT program.
FAMarquise GoodwinWR844SrTrack star that shows great quickness at the receiver position.
FAMike DavisWR13Jr

West Virginia

RndFull NamePosNumYrComments
3-4Tavon AustinWR14SrQuick, reliable pass catcher that can also help out as a return specialist. Potential slot receiver at the next level.
5thStedman BaileyWR34JrDeveloping wide out with terrific quickness, speed and explosion. Solid overall game. Short which limits his upside.
5thGeno SmithQB124SrAthletic 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.
6thTerence GarvinS284SrForceful safety that jars ball handlers who come over the middle of the field. Conventional strong safety prospect.
FAJosh JenkinsG775SrTough, slug-it-out, small area guard.
FAShawne AlstonRB204SrNice sized ball carrier that also stands out as a blocker in the backfield. Underrated due to his minimal playing time.
FADarwin CookS254JrDeveloping defensive back that’s solid in all areas.
FADarwin CookS254JrDeveloping defensive back that’s solid in all areas.
FAJeff BraunT575SrLimited blocker only effective in a very small area.


RndFull NamePosNumYrComments
4thTanner BrockILB354JrQuick 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.
4thJason VerrettCB23JrSkilled corner with an aggressive game. Shows a nice feel for coverage, quickly defends the run but struggles staying downfield with opponents.
5thJonathan AndersonS413SoAggressive and explosive safety that showed a lot of skill in his game last season. Possesses an upside.
5thStansly MapongaDE904JrSmall yet athletic and quick pass rushing defensive end that also displays skill in pursuit.
FAJosh BoyceWR824Jr
FARoss ForrestDE525SrHard-working, undersized defensive end with that makes plays in every direction.
FASkye DawsonWR114Sr
FACasey PachallQB44JrMobile quarterback that lacks accuracy and does a poor job reading defenses.

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