DawkinsThe AAC features a good number of second day and middle round picks with its top prospect being a junior cornerback from UConn.

AAC

RndFull NamePosSchoolYr
3rdJamar SummersCBConnecticut3Jr
3-4Dion DawkinsTTemple4Sr
3-4Zach EdwardsSCincinnati5Sr
4thIsaiah JonesWREast Carolina4Sr
4thTyus BowserOLBHouston4Sr
4thAlec BloomTEConnecticut3Jr
4-5Junior JosephILBConnecticut4Jr
5thJahad ThomasRBTemple4Sr
5thObi MelifonwuSConnecticut5Sr
5thKofi AmichiaTSouth Florida3Jr
5thTravon SimmonsSEast Carolina3Jr
5thVentell BryantWRTemple3So
5-6Folorunso FatukasiDTConnecticut4Jr
6thDavon GraysonWREast Carolina4Sr
6thEric WilsonILBCincinnati5Sr
6thKeevan LucasWRTulsa4Sr
6thGunner KielQBCincinnati5Sr
6thTyrell GilbertSCincinnati3Jr
6thDeyshawn BondCCincinnati5Sr
6-7Devin AbrahamSSouth Florida3Jr
6-7Steven TaylorOLBHouston5Sr
6-7Mike TysonSCincinnati4Sr
7thMyers TommyTEConnecticut4Jr
7thDerrick CallowayDTSouth Florida?3Jr
7thMarlon MackRBSouth Florida3Jr
7thShaquill GriffinCBCentral Florida4Sr
7th-FADJ DowdyTECincinnati5Sr
7th-FATre’Quan SmithWRCentral Florida3So
FATion GreenRBCincinnati5Sr
FARichard LevyGConnecticut5Sr
FANoel ThomasWRConnecticut4Sr
FAJordan AkinsTECentral Florida3So
FADarrion MiilinesSSMU4Sr
FADrico JohnsonSCentral Florida5Sr
FABlake BelcherGTulsa5Sr
FABrandon SmithTEast Carolina3Jr
FABrandon WilsonCBHouston5Sr
FAChristian MatauCEast Carolina3Jr
FAB.J. SingletonDTHouston5Sr
FATanzel SmartDTTulane4Sr
FAArkeel NewsomeRBConnecticut3Jr
FAMike BooneRBCincinnati3Jr
FABryant ShirrefsQBConnecticut3Jr
FARodney AdamsWRSouth Florida4Sr
FASean ChandlerCBTemple3Jr
FAHaason ReddickOLBTemple5Sr
FANathan ColeWRCincinnati5Sr
FAChris MorleySMemphis5Sr
FAAndreas KnappeTConnecticut5Sr
FAMikal MyersDTConnecticut5Sr
FAJames SummersSEast Carolina4Sr
FAJustin HolmanQBCentral Florida4Sr
FARyan LeahyGCincinnati5Sr
FADashaun AmosCBEast Carolina4Sr
FAGreg Ward Jr.RBHouston4Sr
FAGabe KuhnGMemphis4Jr
FACal BloomTECentral Florida5Sr
FAJhavon WilliamsCBConnecticut5Sr
FAP.J. WalkerQBTemple4Sr
FANathan GodwinSSouth Florida4Sr
FAD.J. KillingsCBCentral Florida4Sr
FAPraise Martin-OguikeOLBTemple5Sr
FAFredrick PresleyDTEast Carolina4Sr
FAJazzmar ClaxFBConnecticut5Sr
FACameron MalveauxDEHouston4Sr

 

Central Florida

It may be a long haul for UCF as the talent on the roster is thin.  Scouts grade cornerback Shaquill Griffin as a priority free agent but I feel he has late round potential.  Griffin has nice size and solid ball skills but deep speed is a concern.

Cincinnati

Scouts are all over the board with the senior Bearcats prospects but I don’t see anything other than last day picks.

Safety Zach Edwards, considered by some scouts as a late second/early third round choice, plays tough, instinctual football but on film comes across as an average athlete with no great physical trait to his game.

Linebacker Eric Wilson is highly rated in scouting circles but lacks size and does not show great cover skills for a prospect likely to project as a conventional weakside linebacker.

I’m not high on Gunner Kiel and though he possesses the size as well as the arm strength for the next level his accuracy, specifically ball placement, leaves a lot to be desired.  Besides concussion concerns I’ve been told for the past year that personality issues have raised red flags among scouts.

Connecticut

UConn has a pair of very good prospects in the secondary starting with junior cornerback Jamar Summers, who regularly shuts downs opponents.  Summers is a nice athlete with next level ball skills and presently a third round prospect who could climb into the top 50.

I also like safety Obi Melifonwu.  Built more like a linebacker, he shows good range on the field going sideline-to-sideline, possesses solid ball skills and is very tough defending the run.  Presently I grade Melifonwu as an early third day pick and see him slotted as a traditional strong safety though some teams may eventually grade him as a one-gap linebacker.

East Carolina

Scouts love Isaiah Jones rating him as one of the better receiver prospects from the senior class but I feel he’s more of a 4th round prospect.  His quickness leads me to believe he’ll be a good punt returner on Sunday.

Houston

Tyus Bowser is highly considered in scouting circles and comes with tremendous size/speed numbers.  He plays vicious, physical football but I think Bowser needs to complete his game and do a better job making plays moving in reverse. He is the type of prospect I envision receiving a Senior Bowl invitation then impressing scouts in Mobile with his pass rush ability.

South Florida

There’s a shallow pool of next level talent at USF with juniors Kofi Amichia (offensive tackle) and Devin Abraham (safety) leading the way.

I was hoping defensive tackle Derrick Calloway, who I graded as a middle round pick off the 2014 film, would be returning to USF this season after sitting on the sidelines due to academics last season.  Despite attending junior college in an attempt to get his grades back in order the word is Calloway will not be playing for the Bulls in 2016.

Temple

One year ago Dion Dawkins was one of my highest rated players from the AAC and it seems scouts agree as I’m told they’ve stamped him as a potential third rounder.  Personally I didn’t think Dawkins made a huge amount of progress between ’14 and ’15 but he’s still a nice sized left tackle with athleticism and decent feet.  Dawkins may need to play in a scaled down offense that does require to many responsibilities.

Tulsa

I was shocked when Tulsa wide out Keyarris Garrett was not selected in April’s draft and will feel the same way about Keevan Lucas in a year if he’s not drafted next April.  Lucas lacks the size of Garrett but has better speed and can line up in the slot as well as return punts.