The AAC features a good number of second day and middle round picks with its top prospect being a junior cornerback from UConn.
|4th||Isaiah Jones||WR||East Carolina||4Sr|
|5th||Kofi Amichia||T||South Florida||3Jr|
|5th||Travon Simmons||S||East Carolina||3Jr|
|6th||Davon Grayson||WR||East Carolina||4Sr|
|6-7||Devin Abraham||S||South Florida||3Jr|
|7th||Derrick Calloway||DT||South Florida?||3Jr|
|7th||Marlon Mack||RB||South Florida||3Jr|
|7th||Shaquill Griffin||CB||Central Florida||4Sr|
|7th-FA||Tre’Quan Smith||WR||Central Florida||3So|
|FA||Jordan Akins||TE||Central Florida||3So|
|FA||Drico Johnson||S||Central Florida||5Sr|
|FA||Brandon Smith||T||East Carolina||3Jr|
|FA||Christian Matau||C||East Carolina||3Jr|
|FA||Rodney Adams||WR||South Florida||4Sr|
|FA||James Summers||S||East Carolina||4Sr|
|FA||Justin Holman||QB||Central Florida||4Sr|
|FA||Dashaun Amos||CB||East Carolina||4Sr|
|FA||Greg Ward Jr.||RB||Houston||4Sr|
|FA||Cal Bloom||TE||Central Florida||5Sr|
|FA||Nathan Godwin||S||South Florida||4Sr|
|FA||D.J. Killings||CB||Central Florida||4Sr|
|FA||Fredrick Presley||DT||East Carolina||4Sr|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.