Conference USA was hit by major realignment this season after several teams departed and a few joined the league.  The conference placed a player in the first round of last April’s draft, thanks to former member Houston.  Next year it may be a struggle for any prospect from the conference to break into the draft’s top 100.

Rnd Full Name Pos School Notes
3-4 Ryan Grant WR Tulane Quick, natural receiver with exceptional hands and pass catching skills. Separates from defenders, consistently catches the pass with his hands and makes a lot of tough receptions. Plays bigger than his listed size. Potential #3/slot receiver at the next level.
4-5 Jordan Taylor WR Rice Developing receiver with a large upside. Possesses natural pass catching skills, soft hands and competes to come away with the ball. Limited quickness and more of a one-speed receiver with outstanding size.
5th Justin Hardy WR East Carolina Reliable, productive receiver that’s shown consistent progress on the field. Has the speed to beat defenders downfield, the quickness to line up in the slot and smarts to find the open spot in underneath coverage. Potential 4th WR in the NFL.
5-6 Keyarris Garrett WR Tulsa Large receiver who outmuscles opponents and consistently comes away with the tough grab. Sneaky fast. Poised for a big season.
5-6 Marco Nelson S Tulsa Developing safety with good ball skills and the ability to make plays sideline to sideline. Instinctive, plays within himself and has the ability to develop into a complete safety.
6th Jeremy Grove ILB East Carolina Fierce, sideline-to-sideline linebacker with tremendous instincts. Has a high motor but also plays within himself.
6th Orleans Darkwa RB Tulane Strong interior ball carrier that grinds it out and shows a lot of skill. Struggled with an ankle injury most of 2012.
6th Cody Green QB Tulsa Nebraska transfer. Big armed quarterback who can make all the throws. Athletic, makes plays in or out of the pocket with his arms and legs. Has an upside but must improve his mechanics, defensive reads and accuracy if possible.
6th Terry Williams DT East Carolina Terrific defensive tackle prospect with a versatile game. Strong enough to hold the point and athletic enough to penetrate behind the line and make plays in the backfield.
6th Rakeem Nunez-Roches DT Southern Mississippi Flashy, talented defensive tackle who displays brilliance but also takes plays off. Has an upside but must consistently play to a high level.
7th Jake Alexander G Tulsa Developing lineman who stands out in pass protection as well as blocking in motion. Zone blocking prospect.
6-7 Cyril Lemon G North Texas Wide bodied blocker effective in all areas. Moves well on his feet, can slide in pass protection and strong at the point. Must improve his blocking balance and sink his butt at the line of scrimmage but offers next level skill.
7th Khyri Thornton DT Southern Mississippi Explosive one-gap tackle with good movement skills. Easily makes plays down the line of scrimmage and shows skill in pursuit. Lacks bulk but a potential three-technique lineman.
7th Cairo Santos PK Tulane
7th Trey Watts RB Tulsa Incredibly elusive ball carrier who easily makes defenders miss or strings several moves together over the course of a single run. Also excels as a receiver out of the backfield.
7th Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech Short yet explosive wide bodied lineman with terrific movement skills.
7th Devon Smith WR Marshall
7-FA Deron Wilson CB Southern Mississippi Feisty corner with solid ball skills. Relatively instinctive and can make plays with his back to the ball. Possesses an upside.
FA Derrell Johnson OLB East Carolina
FA Chip Thompson S East Carolina Large, forceful safety that does a good job in run defense while showing the ability to make plays outside the numbers.
FA Nexon Dorvilus TE Florida Atlantic Developing move tight end who looks like a big possession receiver on the field. Catches the ball well and makes plays downfield.
FA Richard Spencer S UTEP Nice sized safety who flashed big time skill in the past but most recently struggled with injuries.
FA Keith Reaser CB Florida Atlantic
FA Darrin Reaves RB UAB Nice sized ball carrier who can grind it out on the inside, turn the corner and shows a lot of skill catching the ball out of the backfield.
FA Justin Jones TE East Carolina Imposing looking tight end that’s very rough around the edges.
FA Phillip Gaines CB Rice Productive cornerback who plays a physical brand of football. Works to make plays, stopping the run or defending the pass. Really best facing the action and does not show great speed in his game.
FA Isame Faciane DT Florida International Developing defensive lineman with terrific size. Flashed skill the past two years but has yet to pull it together.
FA Dominique Sullivan WR Southern Mississippi Big bodied pass catcher who watched his game take off last season. Potential fifth/possession receiver for the next level.
FA Nathan Jeffery RB UTEP Elusive ball carrier that handles the workload and shows the ability to create yardage.
FA Jordan Leslie WR UTEP Nice sized possession receiver with run after the catch skills. Needs to pick up his game but offers potential as a number 5 at the next level.
FA Chris Boswell PK Rice
FA Chris Davenport DT Tulane LSU transfer. Mammoth lineman with great potential yet to meet expectations.
FA Jordan Davis G East Carolina Potential zone blocking guard who shows a lot of strength at the point of attack. Must do a better job bending his knees. Practice squad prospect.
FA D.J. Banks WR Louisiana Tech Slot receiver whose main duties at the next level will be returning punts/kicks. Has some run after the catch skill but drops to many easy passes.
FA Garrett Scott G Marshall
FA Ja’Terian Douglas RB Tulsa Quick, elusive ball carrier who creates yardage. Works his runs on the inside while possessing the speed and agility to turn the corner. Rotational player in the NFL.
FA IK Enemkpali OLB Louisiana Tech
FA Logan Kilgore QB Middle Tennessee
FA Vintavious Cooper RB East Carolina Quick, multi-cut ball carrier who also produces catching the ball out of the backfield. Has size limitation but a potential third down back/situational ball carrier at the next level.
FA Larry Banks G Louisiana Tech Strong wide bodied lineman with a versatile game. Very rough around the edges and needs a lot of improvement in all areas.
FA Patrick Bastien OLB UAB Athletic weak-side linebacker prospect who can play special teams. 8th linebacker/special teams prospect.
FA Gregory Hickman DE Florida International
FA Paul Porras S Rice
FA Jordan James WR Tulsa
FA Derrick Thomas CB Marshall
FA Ken Gilstrap CB Middle Tennessee
FA Jimmy Staten DT Middle Tennessee
FA Jonathan Perry QB UAB Athletic read-option quarterback who comes with a large upside but needs a lot of work on his game.
FA Josh Walker G Middle Tennessee
FA Brelan Chancellor WR North Texas
FA Zico Pasut TE East Carolina TE/FB/H-back prospect who does the little things well.
FA Brandin Byrd RB North Texas One speed back who does the little things well. Works runs hard, effective catching the ball out of the backfield and gives effort when asked to block.
FA Richard Leonard CB Florida International Quick, explosive corner who plays a physical brand of football. Gives effort but blows coverages on occasion, misses tackles and loses out in battles. Dime back/special teamer at best.
FA Cory Henry OLB Florida Atlantic Athletic, three down linebacker with potential in a variety of defensive schemes. Lost the edge in 2012 when he lined up at defensive end but has an upside.
FA Kaycee Ike T UAB Tall, good looking tackle prospect who blocks with poor fundamentals. Athletic and moves well but plays too tall and shows minimal strength at the point.
FA Bryan Burnham WR Tulsa
FA Julius Warmsley DE Tulane
FA Zed Evans CB North Texas
FA Will Simmons G East Carolina Strong, small area blocker with limited upside.
FA Paul Crawford DE Florida International
FA Taylor McHargue QB Rice Run/option quarterback with solid short range passing skills.