TylerTop NFL prospects from the American Athletic Conference.  The league had a pair of first round selections last April but I see nothing but last day choices on the board as of now, with Temple and Cincinnati leading the way.

Rnd Name School Pos Yr
4th Dion Dawkins Temple T 3Jr
4th Parker Ehinger Cincinnati G 5Sr
5th Mekale Mckay Cincinnati WR 4Sr
5-6 Bryce Williams East Carolina TE 5Sr
5-6 Tyler Matakevich Temple OLB 4Sr
6th Hershey Walton Temple DT 5Sr
6th Shaquill Griffin CentralFlorida CB 3Jr
6th Andrew Adams Connecticut S 5Sr
6th Ryan Mack Memphis T 5Sr
6-7 Deyshawn Bond Cincinnati C 4Jr
6-7 Gunner Kiel Cincinnati QB 4Jr
6-7 Jamie Byrd South Florida S 5Sr
7th Shaq Washington Cincinnati WR 5Sr
7th Matthew Ioannidis Temple DT 4Sr
7th Derrick Calloway South Florida DT 3Jr
7th Silverberry Mouhon Cincinnati DE 5Sr
7th Christopher Moore Cincinnati WR 4Sr
7th Darrell Overton East Carolina OLB 4Sr
FA Zeek Bigger East Carolina ILB 4Sr
FA Tevin Jones Memphis WR 5Sr
FA Mikal Myers Connecticut DT 4Jr
FA William Jackson Houston CB 4Sr
FA Tavon Young Temple CB 4Sr
FA Darrion Richardson SMU S 3Jr
FA Blake Belcher Tulsa G 4Jr
FA Tion Green Cincinnati RB 4Sr
FA Obi Melifonwu Connecticut S 4Jr
FA Taylor Fallin Memphis T 5Sr
FA Joshua Hawkins East Carolina CB 4Sr
FA Chris Morley Memphis CB 4Jr
FA Sean Price South Florida TE 4Sr
FA Keyarris Garrett Tulsa WR 5Sr
FA Jazzmar Clax Connecticut FB 4Jr
FA Terrell Stanley East Carolina DE 4Sr
FA Johnny Holton Cincinnati WR 4Sr
FA Quincy Mckinney East Carolina G 4Sr
FA Keevan Lucas Tulsa WR 3Jr
FA Kyle Friend Temple C 4Sr
FA Marvin Hunter Memphis DE 5Sr
FA Paxton Lynch Memphis QB 4Jr
FA Julian Campenni Connecticut DT 5Sr
FA Marquise Vann Connecticut OLB 5Sr
FA Jhavon Williams Connecticut CB 4Jr
FA Michael Mudoh Tulsa S 4Sr
FA Alex Well Temple S 4Sr
FA Eric Lofton Temple T 5Sr
FA Demetris Anderson Central Florida DT 5Sr
FA Kenneth Farrow Houston RB 5Sr
FA Ike Harris East Carolina T 5Sr
FA Sean Mcquillan Connecticut TE 5Sr
FA K’Hadree Hooker East Carolina DT 4Jr
FA Tony Mays Memphis T 3Jr
FA Ryan Jackson Houston RB 4Sr
FA Maurice Niles Central Florida DE 5Sr
FA Dontae Levingston East Carolina T 4Sr
FA Arturo Uzdavinis Tulane T 5Sr
FA Brandon Shippen Temple WR 4Sr
FA Adrian Witty Cincinnati CB 4Sr
FA Max Morrison Cincinnati WR 5Sr
FA Kenton Adeyemi Connecticut DE 5Sr
FA Eric Lee South Florida DE 4Sr
FA Shakiel Randolph SMU CB 4Sr
FA Darius Joseph SMU WR 5Sr
FA Anthony Lennon East Carolina S 4Sr

Notes

Central Florida

UCF has had players selected in the first round during each of the past two draft’s yet may not have a single player chosen next April. While I stamped junior corner Shaq Griffin as a sixth round pick there’s a long road from my ranking to this actually taking place next April.

Cincinnati

Scouts have a high opinion of offensive lineman Parker Ehringer and its easy to see why. He’s a nasty blocker with terrific power. I disagree with scouts who stamped him at offensive tackle as I feel he’s best at guard.

The Bearcats have a number of receivers that intrigue scouts including Shaq Williams who I feel is slightly underrated.  He’s a slot receiver that also helps out returning punts.

Connecticut

Despite putting a player in the first round last April the UConn program has fallen on hard times. Andrew Adams is one of the few draftable prospects from the senior class, possibly the only draftable senior, and though a solid football player with instincts I wonder how he’ll test in the run-up to 2016.

East Carolina

Keep an eye on tight end Bryce Williams. He’s a tough, dependable pass catcher and a prospect who could catch fire with a good senior season followed up by solid workouts in the lead up to April’s draft.

The same upward movement on draft boards is possible for linebackers Darrell Overton and Zeek Bigger. Overton is the better athlete while Bigger’s the better football player. Both are size deficient.

Memphis

I liked Ryan Mack as a prospect when he wore a Louisville jersey and believe he’s late round worthy and can line up at right tackle on Sunday’s.

Receiver Tevin Jones is another prospect that offers possibilities at the next level as fifth man on the depth chart.

South Florida

From what I’m told area scouts really like safety Jamie Byrd. Built more like a corner than safety, he’s explosive, goes sideline to sideline and comes with solid cover skills.

Temple

I fully believe Temple will return to a bowl game this season as they are solid on both sides of the ball.

Dion Dawkins was a left tackle who impressed me. He’s a terrific pass protector with a nice degree of athleticism and foot quickness. My grade is based as much on Dawkins potential as his present playing skill.

Last year I wrote how impressed I was with linebacker Tyler Matakevich as he’s just a good football player with a sixth sense for what’s happening on the field. He’s not the greatest athlete but when I watch Matakevich I’m reminded of Stephen Boyd, a fifth round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1995 who went on to become a four time Pro Bowl selection.

A note on former Temple receiver Robbie Anderson who looked like a prospect in 2103 then sat on the sidelines last year after being ruled ineligible. Its been reported he will be playing at Florida Tech this season and he’s worth monitoring.

Tulsa

I want to like Keyarris Garrett as he presents himself as a strong, possession wide out who wins out for contested passes. At the same time he also shows too much inconsistency and a bit of foolish play in his game on occasion.