Remnants of the former Big East along with a few defections from Conference USA make up the new American Athletic Conference.  And while many may snicker over the seemingly substandard talent on the field, the conference does possess the top NFL quarterback prospect in the country.

American Athletic

Rnd Name School Pos Notes
1st Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB Tremendous quarterback skilled in all areas. Athletic, accurate and can make all the passes in or out of the pocket. Legitimate top three selection.
2nd Brandon Coleman Rutgers WR Big bodied, big time receiver prospect with deceptive speed. Game controller who presents himself as a game breaker. Comes with terrific upside.
2nd Greg Blair Cincinnati ILB Dynamite three down defender skilled in all areas of the linebacker position. Actual size/speed numbers will determine if he’s top 32 or 40-75 talent.
3rd Yawin Smallwood Connecticut OLB Quick and explosive linebacker that stacks well against the run and also effectively makes plays in space. Scheme diverse and possesses outstanding instincts.
3rd Kaleb Johnson Rutgers G Talented pass blocking college left tackle better suited for guard in the NFL. Mobile, moves exceptionally well and easily adjusts to oncoming blitzers. Must improve his run blocking strength and does not have the height to stay at tackle.
3-4 Jamon Brown Louisville T Outstanding tackle prospect with a big upside. Offers great size, agility and strength at the point. Must improve blocking balance but has a lot of tools and an early pick if he continues to improve.
4th Geremy Davis Connecticut WR Terrific possession receiver with a developing game. Shows little in the way of speed or quickness but a potential 3rd/4th receiver at the next level.
5th Garrett Gilbert SMU QB Texas transfer. Underrated in all areas. Smart signal caller who rarely makes mental errors. Accurate with adequate arm strength. Poised and patient. Draftable and has a lot of tools for the next level.
5th-FA Shahid Paulhill Temple DT Athletic, playmaking defensive lineman. Quick, explosive and makes plays behind the line of scrimmage or in pursuit. Scheme diverse and offers potential at defensive tackle or as a two-gap end. Underrated and a talent. Has had several off the field issues and dismissed from the Temple program in March. No sighting yet.
5th Senorise Perry Louisville RB Patient ball carrier with the ability to make defenders miss or pick up yardage off initial contact. Needs to polish his game and pick up his overall intensity/physicality of his play.
5-6 Eric Lefeld Cincinnati T Saw limited playing time in 2012 but someone to watch. Has left tackle size, footwork and mobility. Solid technician who understands angles and positioning. Needs to get stronger.
5th John Miller Louisville G Big, athletic guard who shows terrific power at the point and surprising movement skills blocking in motion. Possesses a solid game and has an upside.
5-6 Antwan Lowery Rutgers G Strong, powerful small area blocker. Lacks agility, mobility and will only fit certain blocking schemes.
6th Joey Mbu Houston DT Large, mobile interior lineman that clogs the gaps as well as makes plays in the backfield. Has shown consistent progress and has a nice upside.
6th Ty-Meer Brown Connecticut S Nice sized safety that can make plays downhill or outside the numbers. Has an upside.
6th Deven Drane Cincinnati S Versatile defensive back that’s lined-up at corner and safety. Flashes skill and athleticism but inconsistent. Did not improve in 2012 as we thought possible. Has an upside and will move up boards with a good senior campaign.
6th E.J. Dunston UCF DT
6th David Piland Houston QB Strong armed pass with a decent upside. Good command of the offense and relatively accurate.
6-7 Torrian Wilson UCF T College left tackle likely better off at guard. Position blocker who does the little things well and has an upside.
6-7 Jamal Merrell Rutgers OLB Fluid, athletic linebacker very effective in space. Plays with good technique and covers a large amount of area on the field. Does not play a physical brand of football.
7th DeVante Parker Louisville WR Nice sized pass catcher who flashes skill. Could move up draft boards with a big campaign in ’13.
7th Levi Brown Temple DT Hardworking interior defensive tackle who flashes skill. Athletic, quick and does more than occupy gaps.
7th Jamil Merrell Rutgers OLB Undersized college defensive end that projects to outside linebacker. Flashes pass rush skill but must now learn to make plays in space.
7-FA Lyle McCombs Connecticut RB Small but quick, elusive ball carrier also effective as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Third down back/rotational ball carrier at the next level.
7-FA Brendon Kay Cincinnati QB Tall, thin signal caller with a developing game. Came on late in the 2012 season and showed good progress on the field. Can make most of the throws and a nice athlete with the ability to make plays with his legs. Has an upside and a sleeper at the position.
7-FA Ralph David Abernathy IV Cincinnati RB Small, to the point of tiny, skill player that can produce as a ball carrier, pass catcher or return specialist. Poor man’s Leon Washington.
FA Ryne Giddins South Florida DE Slightly undersized college defensive end that flashes skill as a pass rusher.
FA Hakeem Smith Louisville S Tough and explosive safety that flashes a lot of skill but shows little in the way of consistency or playmaking skills.
FA Jeff Godfrey UCF WR
FA Byron Jones Connecticut S Adequate safety with an upside.
FA Abdul Smith Temple CB Underrated cornerback with a well developed game. Can play in man, zone and shows good awareness/instinct on the field. Potential dime back/special teamer. Draftable if he elevates his game.
FA DeWayne Peace Houston WR Academically ineligible but a talented receiver with next level skills. Has reportedly left the Houston program.
FA DeDe Lattimore South Florida OLB Short but feisty linebacker who makes plays sideline-to-sideline. Potential one-gapper on the outside or 3-4 ILB.
FA Calvin Pryor Louisville S Active safety with solid playing speed. Misses to many tackles and must improve his ball skills.
FA Alex Mateas Connecticut C
FA Jeremy Johnson SMU WR Smooth, dependable receiver with run after the catch skills. Possesses soft hands and works to make the reception but more of a one speed/5th receiver for the next level.
FA Gary Nova Rutgers QB Strong armed passer who must improve his accuracy and decision making. Very streaky.
FA Johnnie Farms Memphis DT
FA Quinterrius Eatmon South Florida T Big, strong right tackle prospect with a decent upside.
FA Marcus Smith Louisville DE Undersized but athletic pass rushing defensive end. Better as a 4-3 end and struggles in UL’s 3-4 alignment.
FA Cody Booth Temple T Aggressive and somewhat athletic tight end who will move inside to tackle this season. Gives effort in all areas and physical in his entire game. Must be watched.
FA Andre Davis South Florida WR Big pass catching target who flashes a lot of skill. Needs polish but has an upside.
FA Storm Johnson UCF RB Patient, interior runner who combines quickness and power. Picks up the difficult yardage Has an upside and will have the opportunity to display his skills this season as the feature runner.
FA Blake Bortles UCF QB Nice sized pocket passer with above average arm strength. Poised, withstands the rush and gets the pass through tight windows. Accuracy is an issue and all over the place with passes. Streaky. Has an upside but needs work.
FA Zachary McMillian Houston CB
FA Zamel Johnson Temple CB Hofstra transfer. Comes with solid ball skills. Plays tough football, has a burst and offers next level skills.
FA Derrick Mathews Houston OLB Undersized linebacker best in pursuit. Shows flashes but never elevated his game.
FA Andre Civil Rutgers G Talented offensive line prospect who struggled with an ankle injury last season.
FA Dominique Brown Louisville RB Big strong ball carrier that moves the pile and picks up the tough yardage. Missed the 2012 campaign with an injury but possesses next level skill.
FA Austen Bujnoch Cincinnati G Tall, strong small area blocker who does not play with good pad level.
FA Anthony Robey Temple CB
FA Michael Burton Rutgers FB Tremendous lead blocker that also stands out catching the ball out of the backfield. Missed most of the 2012 season with a leg injury but a legitimate NFL lead blocker if he regains prior playing form.
FA Tevin Mims South Florida OLB
FA Der’rikk Thompson SMU WR
FA JaQuez Jenkins South Florida S
FA Preston Brown Louisville ILB Instinctive linebacker with average physical skills.
FA Clayton Geathers UCF S Explosive safety who plays with a large degree of suddenness. Shows good awareness in coverage and covers a lot of area on the field. Inefficient, slow to react and needs work on the details of his game.
FA Reggie Travis Memphis WR
FA Chris Parks SMU CB
FA Mark Joyce South Florida S Traditional strong safety prospect with poor ball skills.
FA Ben Gottschalk SMU T Limited athlete with marginal upside. Understands blocking angles, body positioning and makes the most of his skill but may be nothing other than practice squad fodder.
FA Jeremy Deering Rutgers S Physically gifted prospect who’ll transition to safety this season after never making a mark at receiver.
FA Jake Smith Louisville G Technically sound blocker who must improve his playing strength.
FA Paul Carrezola Rutgers FB
FA Olaniyi Adewole Temple OLB Athletic and occasional playmaking linebacker no longer on Temple roster.
FA Jay Scott SMU S Hard-hitting, aggressive safety who also helps out as a return specialist.
FA Justin McCray UCF G Leverage/position blocker best in a small area. Possesses minimal upside.