The Fiesta Bowl will give everybody a chance to see the new love of draftniks everywhere. UCF quarterback Blake Bortles is getting some first round love from high-profile evaluators like Todd McShay. Bortles will need a strong performance to keep pace with the explosive Baylor offense.
Blake Bortles/QB/Central Florida: While I like Blake Bortles as a prospect I’m not buying into all the top 10 talk. He has the size, athleticism and arm strength to develop into a top-notch NFL quarterback. Bortles showed this season he’s capable of learning from his mistakes and helping his team win football games. However, he still has a tendency to force balls into coverage and misread a defense. His ability to get proper loft on the deep ball is also a concern. Bortles is an intriguing prospect with tremendous upside but is far from a finished product. 1st Round
Lache Seastrunk/RB/Baylor: Despite an excellent year, Lache Seastrunk was an underrated part of the Baylor offense. His ability to move the chains and break off long runs help the offensive find a rhythm. Seastrunk is thought of as an explosive runner with big-play ability. However, he also does a good job breaking tackles and running with power. 3rd Round
Cyril Richardson/G/Baylor: Cyril Richardson is a big and powerful guard prospect who’s rising up some boards. He does a good job getting off the ball and using his size and strength in the running game. As a pass blocker, Richardson shows a natural bend and avoids wasted motion by keeping his hands out front. His thick lower half helps him anchor after the initial contact. Richardson has shorter arms which causes some issues by allowing defenders into his frame. The biggest concern I have with Richardson is that he’s not a fluid mover and struggles to shuffle his feet. He’s not someone who should be working in space and can get exposed by sudden and quick pass rushers. 3rd Round
Ahmad Dixon/S/Baylor: Ahmad Dixon is an aggressive defender who excels at playing the run. He shows the ability to quickly identify the run, attack the line of scrimmage and take good angles. Dixon looks to deliver big hits on a consistent basis. He’s able to make plays from sideline to sideline because of his overall quickness and closing burst. In coverage, Dixon showed improvement from last year with a commitment to keeping his pads low. This gives him more balance and the ability to click and close on the ball. 4th Round
Storm Johnson/RB/Central Florida: Storm Johnson is a big back who also features some surprising quickness. He doesn’t waste time dancing in the backfield as he presses the hole as soon as he touches the ball. Because of his balance and good bulk, Johnson does a good job breaking tackles and finishing plays. He also shows some ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. His draft stock will depend on how he runs at the combine, but even if he’s drafted late he could easily find a long-term role at the next level. 5th Round