With the combine less then a week from completion and the pro-day schedule in full swing, its time to take a quick look back as some remaining notes from Indianapolis and the word filtering in as teams move back to their home base.
– The word surrounding the Boise State prospects continues to be positive. There’s a good chance both Shea McLellin and Doug Martin end up as top 45 picks. Martin in the top 45 is no surprise though McLellin would be. Tyrone Crawford is also moving up draft boards and he could be off the board before the second day of the draft closes out.
– The same cannot be said for players coming out of North Carolina. We posted weeks ago that coaches from the school have not been giving Quinton Coples ringing endorsement. We are hearing the same about linebacker Zach Brown and right now most scouts would be surprised if the talented defender makes it into the first round. Lastly, we hear combine interviews from receiver Dwight Jones did not go over well with scouts.
– Mitchell Schwartz knocked it out of the park during his combine interviews, which is no surprise. We’ve previously reported the Cal coaches telling scouts Schwartz was the most intelligent lineman they’ve had in the program. We’re hearing Schwartz is a lock to be a second day pick and could squeeze into the draft’s top 60 picks.
– I understand there are a number of teams that still have a third round grade on Rishaw Johnson. They love the underlying athleticism he showed at the combine and think his upside is enormous.
– Amini Silatolu of Midwestern State is another small school offensive lineman shooting up draft boards. He’s receiving second day grades and could end up as a top 75 pick.
-Two linebackers that did not run the forty but really impressed scouts at the combine during drills were Josh Kaddu and Miles Burris. Both could be off the board by the end of round three if they run well at pro-day.