GodcheauxThere were more than a few barn burners during week one of the college season, including several upsets. A number of defensive prospects from losing teams impressed NFL scouts as did a pair of running backs from the wining side. Here are the Risers and Sliders from week one.                                                                             

Risers

Davon Godchaux/DT/LSU: Few expected LSU to lose to Wisconsin yet even in defeat Godchaux looked every bit the dominant defender. He led all LSU defenders with 9 total tackles and when he wasn’t making plays on the ball Godchaux was occupying double team blocks and allowing teammates to get to the action. He’s an explosive and relatively athletic defensive line prospect who can play in a variety of systems and someone I stamped with a first round grade before the season.

Jeremiah Clarke/DT/North Carolina: Few speak about Clarke, who I graded as a potential third rounder last month, but during the Tar Heels loss to Georgia the red-shirt sophomore displayed his awesome potential. The stats were solid, 6 tackles, but Clarke’s ability to hold the point and control blockers was very impressive. Listed in the program at 6-feet/5-inches and 315-pounds, Clarke plays with tremendous leverage and does not give up an inch of ground to opponents. Like Godchaux, he was able to make several nice plays on the ball as well as occupy gaps which allowed teammates to make the tackle. There’s nothing but upside to Clarke’s game and we could soon be talking about a potential top 45 choice.

Elijah Lee/LB/Kansas State: Lee is another underclassman prospect who does not get enough next level recognition. During the Wildcats loss to Stanford the linebacker posted a game leading 12 tackles, making plays sideline-to-sideline. Lee is slightly undersized yet a three down defender who quickly arrives on the scene.

Tanzel Smart/DT/Tulane:
The Green Wave lost a close contest to Wake Forest by a score of 7-3 despite holding the Demon Deacons to 175-yards total offense and credit must be given to Tanzel Smart. A prospect I described as one of the better three technique tackle prospects before the season, Smart finished with 4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 sack. He was omnipresent and tough to stop all evening. Smart’s quickness, change of direction and ability to get leverage on opponents is impressive.

Nick Chubb/RB/Georgia: All eyes were on Chubb who looked almost heroic in his return from the knee injury he suffered last October which ended his season. Against a solid North Carolina defense Chubb amassed 222 yards on the ground and punched the ball into the end zone twice. He looked strong, relatively elusive and displayed better than expected speed, running away from Tar Heel defenders late in the fourth quarter on a 55-yard score. Chubb has the makings of a top 60 pick in the NFL draft, a ranking he’ll receive sooner rather than later if he continues to prove good health.

Kareem Hunt/RB/Toledo: Hunt’s totals during Toledo’s victory over Arkansas State were not spectacular as his 78-yards rushing ranked second on the team. What was impressive was his improved quickness, burst and agility. As reported during my MAC season preview, Toledo coaches and NFL scouts were not happy with Hunt’s conditioning entering the 2015 campaign but it looks as though he’s ready for his senior season. His pass catching out of the backfield and ability to make important receptions far from the line of scrimmage was also attractive.

Sleeper Prospect: Josh Magee/WR/South Alabama: Off the 2014 film I graded McGee as a priority free agent and speedy receiver has started quickly as a senior. Ignored by scouts entering the season, Magee finished with 7 receptions for 113 yards (16.15-yard average) and 1 score during the Jags upset victory over Mississippi State. The slender yet speedy wide out who came to South Alabama by way of the University of Alabama then UAB, offers potential as a slot receiver/return specialist on Sunday. A late season contest against LSU in mid-November is a date to circle as Magee faces-off against the very tough Tigers secondary.

Small School Prospect: Cooper Kupp/WR/Eastern Washington: I reported through the beginning of January that Kupp was heavily weighing his NFL options but in the end decided to return to EWU. It seems to have paid off in the early going. Graded as one of the better senior receiver prospects by most scouts, Kupp was stamped with a second day grade. Scouts believe Kupp is one of the best route runners from the senior class, which compliments his vacuum like hands. A year ago he made everyone take notice during the season opener against Oregon when he totaled 15 receptions for 246 yards with 3 scores. On Saturday Eastern Washington upset Washington State and Kupp turned in another dominant performance posting 12 receptions, 206 yards and 3 scores. Kupp is sized well (6-feet/2-inches, 210-pounds), reportedly runs under 4.5-seconds and has thus far justified the grades he received from scouts .

Sliders

Josh Dobbs/QB/Tennessee: The numbers weren’t awful but Dobbs struggles against Appalachian State was evident all night during the season opener. Against a defense which possesses just two potential late round picks on defense, Dobbs completed barely 50% of his throws for under 200-yards passing. There’s plenty of time to turn it around but Dobbs must be on his game against Florida in three weeks.

Zach Banner/T/USC:
I graded Banner almost three rounds lower than scouts at season’s start and many got a glimpse why during the Trojans loss to Alabama. Tide defenders ran around Banner most of the night as the offensive tackle was to big and clumsy to stop the Alabama pass rush. He offers a nice degree of natural talent but to reiterate what I said last month, to this point Banner is not much more than a developmental prospect.

SchusterUSC leads the way in the PAC 12.  They should win the conference then put at least two players into the first round of next year’s draft.  Nine of the top ten NFL prospects on my board are underclassmen.

PAC 12 Prospects

RndFull NameSchoolPosYr
1stJuJu Smith-SchusterUSCWR3Jr
1stAdoree’ JacksonUSCCB3Jr
1-2Christian McCaffreyStanfordRB3Jr
1-2Lowell LotuleleiUtahDT3Jr
1-2Budda BakerWashingtonS3Jr
2ndRoyce FreemanOregonRB3Jr
2ndJoey AlfieriStanfordOLB3So
3rdAzeem VictorWashingtonILB4Jr
3-4Viane TalamaivaoUSCG3Jr
4thIsaac AsiataUtahG5Sr
4-5Chidobe AwuzieColoradoCB4Sr
5thZach BannerUSCT5Sr
5thSteven MitchellUSCWR3Jr
5thUchenna NwosuUSCOLB3Jr
5thSean HarlowOregon StateT4Sr
5thDaruis AllensworthCaliforniaCB3Jr
5thJosh TupouColoradoDT 
5thDarren CarringtonOregonWR4Jr
5-6Tyrell CrosbyOregonT3Jr
5thJ J DielmanUtahT5Sr
5-6Arrion SpringsOregonCB3Jr
5-6Marcus WilliamsUtahS3Jr
6thDamariay DrewCaliforniaS4Sr
6thFreddie TagaloaArizonaG5Sr
6thDustin StantonOregon StateT5Sr
6thSidney JonesWashingtonCB3Jr
6thGavin AndrewsOregon StateT5Sr
6thJustin DavisUSCRB4Sr
6thJaleel WadoodUCLAS3Jr
6thKeishawn BierriaWashingtonOLB3So
6thKevin KingWashingtonCB4Sr
6thEkuale DanielWashington StateDT4Jr
6thJohnny CaspersStanfordG5Sr
6thCasey TuckerStanfordT3Jr
6thKylie FittsUtahDE5Sr
6thTedric ThompsonColoradoS4Sr
6thConor McDermottUCLAT5Sr
6thPeter KalambayiStanfordOLB4Jr
6-7Sam TeviUtahT4Sr
6-7Hunter DimickUtahDE5Sr
6-7Chris HawkinsUSCS4Jr
6-7Evan BaylisOregonTE5Sr
6-7Eddie VanderdoesUCLADE4Jr
6-7Damien MamaUSCG3Jr
6-7Devon AllenOregonWR4Jr
5thDavis WebbCaliforniaQB4Sr
6-7Jeromy IrwinColoradoT4Jr
7thLuke FalkWashington StateQB4Jr
7thChad WheelerUSCT5Sr
7thJoseph WilliamsUtahRB4Sr
7thTakkarist McKinleyUCLADE3Jr
7thTorrodney PrevotOregonOLB4Sr
7-FASalamo FisoArizona StateILB3Jr
7-FATaylor McNamaraUSCTE4Sr
7-FAKhalfrani MuhammadCaliforniaRB4Sr
FACaleb SmithOregon State?TE5Sr
FAManase HungaluOregon StateOLB3Jr
FAIsaako SavaiinaeaUCLAILB4Sr
FAJustin ThomasUtahCB5Sr
FAKenny YoungUCLAILB3Jr
FAJordan VillaminOregon StateWR3Jr
FAJoJo McIntoshWashingtonS3So
FADarrell DanielsWashingtonTE4Sr
FATreston DeCoudOregon StateCB5Sr
FADwayne StanfordOregonWR5Sr
FAViliami MoeakiolaArizona StateS5Sr
FASam KronshageColoradoT4Jr
FAFabian MoreauUCLACB5Sr
FAVictor BoldenOregon StateWR4Sr
FAJohn RossWashingtonWR3Jr
FAElijah QuallsWashingtonDT4Jr
FAReginald DanielsOregonS5Sr
FAEvan GoodmanArizona StateG5Sr
FAAddison GillamColoradoILB3Jr
FATim WhiteArizona StateWR5Sr
FAKenneth WalkerUCLAWR5Sr
FANate PhillipsArizonaWR4Sr
FADarreus RogersUSCWR4Sr
FAGabe MarksWashington StateWR5Sr
FAConrad UkropinaStanfordK5Sr
FAAnu SolomonArizonaQB4Jr
FAPita TaumoepenuUtahOLB4Sr
FAIshmael AdamsUCLACB4Sr
FADallas LloydStanfordS5Sr
FADaniel MarxStanfordFB3Jr
FAMichael RectorStanfordWR5Sr
FAMax BrowneUSCQB4Jr
FASam ChristianArizona StateOLB3So
FADemario RichardArizona StateRB3Jr
FAJarvis McCallArizonaCB4Jr
FAKenny LacyUCLAG4Jr
FAPaul MagloireArizonaILB5Sr
FAJayon BrownUCLAILB4Sr
FAPharaoh BrownOregonTE5Sr
FAMatt DickersonUCLADE3Jr
FAEllis JeffersonArizona StateWR4Jr
FAJoe MathisWashingtonDE4Sr
FAMatt CochranCaliforniaT4Jr
FAPeyton PelluerWashington StateILB5Sr
FARobert BarberWashington StateDT5Sr
FARandall GoforthUCLAS5Sr
FAJake EldrenkampWashingtonG5Sr
FADavonte’ NealArizonaCB5Sr
FAChris BorrayoCaliforniaG4Sr
FADeon HollinsUCLAOLB4Sr
FAKody KohlArizona StateTE4Jr
FATyree RobinsonOregonS4Jr
FACameron HuntOregonG4Sr
FARiver CracraftWashington StateWR4Sr
FAViliami LatuArizona StateDT4Sr
FAChris SeisayOregonCB4Jr
FAReginald PorterUtahCB5Sr
FAMarcus RiosUCLACB4Jr
FAFrancis OwusuStanfordWR4Sr
FAEdmond BoatengArizona StateDE4Jr
FADominique HatfieldUtahCB4Sr
FAJimmie GilbertColoradoOLB 
FAEduardo MiddletonWashington StateG5Sr
FACory Butler-ByrdUtahCB4Sr
FAAlex KelleyColoradoC5Sr
FACaleb SauloOregon StateOLB4Sr
FAShalom LuaniWashington StateS5Sr
FATellas JonesArizonaS5Sr
FARicky OrtizOregon StateFB5Sr
FABrian AllenUtahCB5Sr
FACameron WalkerCaliforniaCB4Sr
FACyril Noland-LewisOregon StateS5Sr
FATrey GriffeyArizonaWR5Sr
FASefo LiufauColoradoQB4Sr
FADakota PrukopOregonQB5Sr
FALeon McQuay IIIUSCS4Sr

Arizona

I’m told scouts grade offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa as a street free agent but I disagree.  Tagaloa comes with tremendous size, excellent playing strength and the ability to control defenders.  He’s really best in a small area and I feel he could be a solid back-up on the strong side at guard or tackle.

Arizona State

Not a whole lot on the ASU roster.  Middle linebacker Salamo Fiso is a tough run defender with less than desirable size and average cover skills.   Safety Viliami Moeakiola comes off a disappointing junior campaign.  Based on his 2014 film I thought he could back up as either a strong or zone safety.

Cal

Cal could go from having the first pick of last April’s draft to no first or second day selections in 2017.  Then again there are a few league wide scouts who feel quarterback Davis Webb is a big time prospect.  They like his arm strength, accuracy as well as his growth potential.

Scouts also give safety Damariay Drew a big (3rd round) grade but I fail to see it.  Drew is a solid safety but undersized and one dimensional in his game.

Cornerback Daruis Allensworth offers solid height, cover skills and looks as though he has the makings of a solid dime back for the next level.

Colorado

Scouts grade cornerback Chidobe Awuzie as a potential second day pick and while he definitely shows flashes of big time ability I’ve also seen games where the senior goes flat.  I’ve graded him as a 4th/5th round prospect but could see him moving into the third round with a big senior campaign.

I’m looking forward to the return of defensive tackle Josh Tupou.  He’s a big, explosive and athletic defensive lineman whom I graded as a 4th round prospect off the 2014 film.  Tupou was suspended last season and its good to see he has returned.

Oregon

Oregon has put a lot of running backs into the draft but Royce Freeman is a little different from the rest.  For starters he’s bigger and much more of a power runner compared to the smurf ball carriers that have come from the Oregon program recently.  Freeman shows exceptional quickness for a bigger back and the ability to run around tackle.  I’m hearing he’ll bolt for the draft if he turns in a big season.

Torrodney Prevot is an underrated prospect in my opinion.  He’s a nice sized outside linebacker who plays athletic football displaying the ability to rush the passer or make plays in space.  He has an upside and could produce on Sunday’s but has bigger issues at the moment. As has been well documented Prevot was suspended from the Ducks team pending on ongoing investigation into his alleged assault on a former Oregon athlete.

Pharaoh Cooper is a tremendous story and has gone from a player that suffered a gruesome injury a few years ago, when word was his playing career was over, to a prospect some scouts grade as a potential third rounder next April.  Even with a good senior season followed up by good pre-draft workouts, the results of medical exams and MRI’s on his injured leg will ultimately dictate where he lands in the draft or if he’s even selected at all.

Oregon State

The Beavers have an underrated trio of offensive linemen with next level ability.

Sean Harlow is possibly the best pass blocker of the three as he shows footwork off the edge and uses outstanding body positioning to seal defenders from the play.  Harlow is also effective blocking in motion.  Dustin Stanton is slightly bigger and also effective on the second level.  Gavin Andrews is the biggest of them all (over 325lbs) and showed a lot of skill in 2014 before being sidelined last year.

All three are solid late round picks who can line up at tackle or guard.

At one time I graded tight end Caleb Smith as a potential middle round choice but his career has seemingly petered out.   Smith offers terrific size/speed numbers and does a decent job catching the ball, though he’s never been a big part of the OSU offense.  He missed last season with injury then left the team in July.

Stanford

Christian McCaffrey aside, there’s not a lot of next level talent on the Stanford roster to get excited about. McCaffrey is a guy who’ll go early in the draft as an offensive minded head coach will drool over his big play ability and versatility.

Peter Kalambayi draws a variety of opinions and was on a number of underclassmen watch lists around the league prior to the 2015 season.  Kalambayi often comes out of a three point stance or stands up over tackle which makes him tough to scout.

UCLA

The Bruins have a trio of senior linebackers I am partial to.

Isaako Savaiinaea is a tough, in the box defender who stacks well against the run.  Jayon Brown is undersized but explosive in pursuit and constantly around the action.  Deon Hollins is another who comes up short for the tape measure but forcefully makes plays in every direction.  In the end I believe all three will make NFL rosters as 7th/8th linebackers and special teams players.

Cornerback Fabian Moreau is someone that must be monitored.  Opinions on him are all over the place and some stamped him as a second day pick last year before he was lost to injury.  Scouts grade him as a UDFA, and I agree though at times (particularly last year’s contest against BYU) Moreau looks dominant.

USC

The Trojans roster is loaded with talent and if they get solid play from their quarterback my opinion is they will win the PAC 12 and compete for a spot in the final four.

Juju Smith-Schuster is a big time receiver and the go-to guy defenders cannot stop.  At face value he’s a first round pick but fact is USC receivers fail to live up to expectations once they arrive at the next level.  I’m willing to bet Smith-Schuster breaks the mold.

Adoree’ Jackson is another versatile college star who plays offense, defense and brings the element of dynamic return specialist.  Personally I feel his greatest value on Sunday is lining up at cornerback as he displays solid ball skills to compliment his incredible athletic ability.

The Trojans have four offensive line prospects that are next level worthy.

Chad Wheeler is a highly rated offensive tackle who blocks with a nice combination of strength and fundamentals.  On film he grades as a second round choice but he has a host of off the field issues which will raise red flags and push him deep into the draft.

Zach Banner has tremendous size and can be an overwhelming force but needs technique work and must improve his balance.  I feel he’s more of a developmental prospect.

Guard Damien Mama is another massive road grader who easily controls opponents but is only effective in a small area.

I feel Viane Talamaivao is the most underrated member of the unit as he’s powerful at the line of scrimmage and also effective blocking in motion.  He offers a terrific amount of upside.

Quarterback Max Browne is the “x” factor for the Trojans.  As of last August  area scouts and some affiliated with the USC program confided in me they felt Browne was a better pro-prospect than Cody Kessler, a third round pick last April.  Many believed he should’ve been the Trojans starting signal caller in 2015.  Browne has next level size and Sunday arm strength and now gets an opportunity to show them off.

 Utah

The Utes are another team with numbers on the offensive line.

I grade Isaac Asiata as the top prospect on the unit and have been high on his next level potential for two years.  Asiata is a powerful, consistent lineman also effective on the second level.  He offers size and growth potential.

J J Dielman is out of position at right tackle but displays the athleticism, agility and footwork to slide to the left side.   Dielman needs to improve his strength at the point yet is a solid development prospect for a zone blocking system.

Conversely left tackle Sam Tevi is better off on the strong side as he’s a powerful mauler best in a small area.

Lowell Lotulelei, younger brother of Star Lotulelei, is just as powerful, explosive and disruptive as his older sibling.  He’s a little smaller than his big brother but will be a first round pick if he continues to develop his game.

Washington

 Washington has a ton of next level talent on the defensive side of the ball beginning with safety Budda Baker.

The junior moves well in every direction of the field, has a terrific closing burst and covers a large area.  He has the speed to recover and Baker plays aggressive football, wrapping up ball handlers in the open field to make the tackle.  He holds his own in coverage, easily running downfield with receivers then tracking the pass in the air and displaying next level ball skills.

Linebacker Azeem Victor is another highly rated underclassman.  Slightly undersized, Victor stands out in coverage and is terrific making plays in space.  His speed and ability to pursue the action are impressive.

Washington State

 Several grade Luke Falk as a big time quarterback prospect for the next level but I disagree.  Falk is relatively accurate and does a nice job commanding the offense but his arm strength is poor and will limit the way NFL teams can use him.

MylesAs has been the case in recent years, a host of next level talent can be found in the SEC.  I presently give first round or near first round grades to almost a bakers dozen and depending on the underclassmen who enter the draft that number will only rise.  Here are the rankings for 152 prospects from the SEC.

Top NFL Prospects from the SEC

RndFull NamePosSchoolYear
1stGarrett MylesDETexas A&M3Jr
1stLeonard FournetteRBLSU3Jr
1stMalachi DupreWRLSU3Jr
1stReuben FosterILBAlabama4Sr
1stCarl LawsonDEAuburn4Jr
1stO J HowardTEAlabama4Sr
1stJonathan AllenDEAlabama4Sr
1stDavon GodchauxDTLSU3Jr
1stTre’Davious WhiteCBLSU4Sr
1-2Cam RobinsonTAlabama3Jr
1-2Travin DuralWRLSU5Sr
1-2Caleb BrantleyDTFlorida4Jr
1-2Jalen TaborCBFlorida3Jr
2ndCameron SuttonCBTennessee4Sr
2ndCharles HarrisDEMissouri4Jr
2ndKendell BeckwithILBLSU4Sr
2ndMarlon HumphreyCBAlabama3So
2ndJamal AdamsSLSU3Jr
2-3Jarrad DavisILBFlorida4Sr
3rdDaeshon HallDETexas A&M4Sr
3rdDerek BarnettDETennessee3Jr
3rdEthan PocicCLSU4Sr
3rdArmani WattsSTexas A&M3Jr
3rdNick ChubbRBGeorgia3Jr
3rdDamore’ea StringfellowWRMississippi4Jr
3rdJustin EvansSTexas A&M4Sr
3rdKendarius WebsterCBMississippi3Jr
3rdHarold BrantleyDTx-Missouri5Sr
3rdTim WilliamsOLBAlabama4Sr
3rdChad KellyQBMississippi4Sr
4thBrandon HarrisQBLSU3Jr
3rdEvan EngramTEMississippi4Sr
3-4Marcus MayeSFlorida5Sr
3-4Ricky Seals-JonesWRTexas A&M4Jr
4thEddie JacksonSAlabama4Sr
4thJosh ReynoldsWRTexas A&M5Sr
4thJalen Reeves-MaybinOLBTennessee4Sr
4thZach CunninghamILBVanderbilt4Jr
4thBryan Cox JrDEFlorida5Sr
4thJeremy SprinkleTEArkansas5Sr
4thMarquavius LewisDESouth Carolina4Sr
4-5Kyle MeadowsTKentucky4Jr
4-5Avery GennesyTTexas A&M5Sr
4-5Robert DobbsQBTennessee4Sr
5thRyan AndersonOLBAlabama5Sr
5thTony ConnerSMississippi4Sr
5thTray MatthewsSAuburn4Jr
5thMarquis HaynesOLBMississippi3Jr
5thMontravius AdamsDTAuburn4Sr
5-6Davin BellamyOLBGeorgia4Jr
5-6Nate BrownWRMissouri3Jr
5-6Jalen HurdRBTennessee3Jr
6thBraden SmithGAuburn3Jr
6thDeatrich Wise JrDEArkansas5Sr
6thAlan KnottCSouth Carolina4Jr
6thDa’Shawn HandDEAlabama3Jr
6thT J HollomanOLBSouth Carolina5Sr
6thFred RossWRMississippi State4Sr
6thShaan WashingtonILBTexas A&M4Sr
6thSkai MooreOLBSouth Carolina4Sr
6thSean CulkinTEMissouri5Sr
6thIsaiah WynnGGeorgia3Jr
6thDonavin NewsomOLBMissouri5Sr
6thAnthony SherrilsSMissouri4Jr
6thJohnathan FordSAuburn4Sr
6thDavid SharpeTFlorida3Jr
6thQuincy WilsonCBFlorida3Jr
6thRichie BrownOLBMississippi State5Sr
6-7Michael SchererOLBMissouri5Sr
6-7Speedy NoilWRTexas A&M3Jr
6-7Keon HatcherWRArkansas5Sr
7thHenre’ ToliverCBArkansas3Jr
7thJeremiah LedbetterDTArkansas4Sr
7thDaniel SkipperTArkansas4Sr
7thBrandon KublanowCGeorgia4Sr
7thJonathon TothCKentucky5Sr
7thAarion PentonCBMissouri4Sr
7thSony MichelRBGeorgia3Jr
7thLewis NealDELSU4Sr
7thD.J. JonesDTMississippi4Sr
7-FAAlex AnzaloneILBFlorida4Jr
7-FAFadol BrownDEMississippi5Sr
FADonovan WilsonCBTexas A&M3Jr
FAGehrig DieterWRAlabama5Sr
FAChris LaCoutureDTLSU4Sr
FADale DeanCBArkansas4Sr
FAWilliam HoldenTVanderbilt5Sr
FAEd ParisCBLSU3Jr
FAJamaal ClaybornCMississippi State4Sr
FAJosh AugustaDTMissouri4Sr
FATony BridgesCBMississippi4Sr
FAGreg PykeTGeorgia5Sr
FADominick SandersSGeorgia3Jr
FAGreyson LambertQBGeorgia5Sr
FAQuincy MaugerSGeorgia4Sr
FADeAndre GoolsbyTEFlorida3Jr
FAQuincy AdeboyejoWRMississippi4Sr
FACorey VereenDETennessee4Sr
FAJustin SeniorTMississippi State5Sr
FAAlphonse TaylorGAlabama5Sr
FATorren McGasterCBVanderbilt5Sr
FATim Kimbrough PayneILBGeorgia4Sr
FAJovon RobinsonRBAuburn4Sr
FATony ForemanCBTennessee4Sr
FABoom WilliamsRBKentucky3Jr
FATrevor KnightQBTexas A&M5Sr
FAJosh WalkerILBTexas A&M3Jr
FARalph Webb JrRBVanderbilt4Jr
FAKivon ComanSMississippi State5Sr
FADominique ReedWRArkansas4Sr
FAJoey IvieDTFlorida4Sr
FABrandon HollowayRBMississippi State4Sr
FADevaroe LawrenceDTAuburn4Sr
FAChristian PayneFBGeorgia3Jr
FAA J JeffersonDEMississippi State5Sr
FATashawn BowerDELSU4Sr
FAMarcus McWilsonSKentucky4Sr
FARommel MageoOLBMississippi5Sr
FAChris BlackWRMissouri4Sr
FAAl Harris Jr.CBSouth Carolina3Jr
FAAndrew JelksTVanderbilt5Sr
FABlake McClainCBKentucky4Sr
FADalvin TomlinsonDTAlabama5Sr
FAAlex KozanGAuburn5Sr
FAFred BrownWRMississippi State4Sr
FARegie MeantDTKentucky4Jr
FAMason ZandiTSouth Carolina5Sr
FANick JamesDTMississippi State5Sr
FAJordan DiggsSSouth Carolina5Sr
FADrew MorganWRArkansas4Sr
FAAkeem JuddRBMississippi5Sr
FATolando ClevelandCBMississippi State4Sr
FADarius EnglishDESouth Carolina5Sr
FAJeremy JohnsonQBAuburn4Sr
FARickey HatleyDTMissouri5Sr
FACourtney MigginsDEKentucky4Sr
FARickey JeffersonSLSU4Sr
FAAustin ApplebyQBFlorida5Sr
FATony StevensWRAuburn4Sr
FAKody WalkerRBArkansas4Sr
FAMarcus DavisWRAuburn4Sr
FAColin JeterTELSU4Sr
FAChaz ElderSSouth Carolina5Sr
FABrooks EllisILBArkansas4Sr
FADerrick JonesWRMississippi4Sr
FAJohn GibsonCBMissouri5Sr
FARobert LeffTAuburn4Sr
FAJared CollinsCBArkansas5Sr
FACarlos DavisCBMississippi5Sr
FAChris MoodySSouth Carolina5Sr
FAAdam ButlerDTVanderbilt5Sr
FADuke RileyOLBLSU4Sr

 

Alabama

Several sources tell me Jonathan Allen was graded by a number of scouts as the top senior prospect in the nation, which I found surprising.  In fact on my board teammates Reuben Foster and O J Howard are both graded higher.  While I like Allen’s game I don’t see him as an impact player or a top five selection at this point.

Though vertically challenged (barely 6-feet .5-inches) I project Reuben Foster as a three down defender at the next level with potential in a variety of schemes.  I grade him much higher than former Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland at this point and feel he will be a top 15 pick next April.

I have much the same feeling about tight end O.J. Howard.  He’s a receiver in a tight ends body and a legitimate downfield threat that consistently causes mismatches in the secondary.  Howard’s blocking is underrated and like Foster, he’s a three down player.  I’ll go on record and say Howard has the highest upside of any senior prospect presently on the Alabama roster.

Cam Robinson is not graded as highly on my board when compared to the way others view him.  Why? On film Robinson is a nice sized offensive tackle with excellent strength.  He’s also heavy footed, ineffective blocking in motion and struggles to adjust which has made him susceptible to quick opponents with inside moves  I have a hard time believing he’ll be a left/weakside tackle at the next level.

Keep an eye on Bowling Green transfer Gehrig Dieter, a tall possession receiver with reliable hands whose been all but ignored by scouts.

Arkansas

Now that Hunter Henry has departed I’ll be excited to see what Jeremy Sprinkle can do as the Razorbacks starting tight end.  Sprinkle may not be the natural pass catcher of Henry but he’s just as fast and a much better blocker.

I’m hoping to see a healthy Keon Hatcher return to the field in 2016.  The talented wide out missed all but two games last season with a broken foot and had further surgery on the injury this past May.  After his 2014 campaign I graded Hatcher as a potential third round pick.

For some reason scouts have dismissed defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter but I feel he’s late round worthy and a potential rotational lineman on Sunday.

Auburn

If he performs as most expect then declares for the draft, as most expect, its not out of the realm of possibility Carl Lawson is the first player from the state of Alabama selected in next April’s draft.  He’s a difference maker up front and a talented pass rusher out of a three point stance or standing over tackle.

I like Montravius Adams but would like him even better if he started playing to his size.  Adams looks very athletic for a 6-foot/3-inch, 300lbs defensive tackle and easily moves around the field yet all too often is taken from the action by a single blocker when he shouldn’t.

While talk of the safety position at Auburn usually centers around Johnathan Ford, I feel junior Tray Matthews is the better NFL prospect at the position.  Matthews, a transfer from Georgia, has a slight size advantage and shows a bit more force in his game.

Florida

Caleb Brantley has traits similar to Jonathan Bullard and in the end I think Brantey is selected a round earlier than Bullard.  The junior is incredibly quick and plays with an explosive style.  He has the ability to rush the passer or chase the action laterally in pursuit.  Brantley must improve his strength at the point but that should come in time.

I believe Jarrad Davis has the makings of a three down linebacker and comes with a nice degree of scheme versatility.  His lack of height (6-feet/1.5-inches) may concern some teams.

I really like what I’ve seen from Jalen Tabor the past two seasons and firmly believe he could be a first round pick in 2017 if he stays healthy and improves his game.

Georgia

The cupboard is nearly bare at Georgia from the NFL prospect point of view.  If Nick Chubb shows no ill effects returning from the knee injury which kept him on the sidelines during the second half of last season he will make a big move up draft boards.

Junior guard Isaiah Wynn is a large mauler who stands out run blocking and also shows potential as a zone blocker.

Kentucky

Junior lineman Kyle Meadows is a terrific offensive line prospect with a nice upside.  He’s agile, fluid and blocks with solid fundamentals.  While he holds down the left tackle spot for Kentucky, I ultimately feel Meadows is best as a zone blocking guard on Sunday.

LSU

LSU has a host of next level talent and should win the SEC then contend for the national title.  If they don’t it may be curtains for Les Myles.

I’m not going to pontificate over Leonard Fournette and say what’s already been smentioned.  It will be interesting to see if he plays not to get hurt this season or asks for a reduced workload in preparation for the 2017 draft.

I will rave about Malachi Dupre.  The speedy wide out is a legitimate deep threat as well as a dependable receiver.  I like just about everything he offers though Dupre must get a little stronger as he may struggle handling jams on Sunday.

Travin Dural has outstanding computer numbers and is also a very good receiver prospect.  He’s not the flat out burner of his teammate rather sneaky fast and will stretch it vertically on occasion.

Tre’Davious White surprised many by returning to LSU for another season and now moves towards next April as one of the elite corners in the draft.  He offers terrific ball skills and is rarely challenged by opposing quarterbacks.  He must get stronger and White measures under 6-feet tall, an important mark for many teams.  He still grades as a first round choice on my board.

Compared to scouts I’m not overly excited about Ethan Pocic.  I like his competitiveness and football IQ but he’s not a dominant mauler on the inside and shows a little stiffness in his game.  Several teams grade Pocic at guard rather than center and some have slotted him as a tackle for the next level.

Junior defensive lineman Davon Godchaux displays himself to be a difference maker on inside.  He’s quick, explosive and easily moves about the field.  I gave him a fringe first round grade but could see Godchaux making a move up draft boards.

Quarterback Brandon Harris is underrated in most scouting circles and has the physical skills to develop into a next level signal caller.

Mississippi

 The Rebels were decimated by underclassmen entries into last April’s draft yet still have a number of talented next level prospects on the roster.

I love quarterback Chad Kelly’s mentality and playing style but his accuracy leaves a lot to be desired.  His reckless style of play may also be a hindrance on Sunday.

Damore’ea Stringfellow has a lot of LaQuon Treadwell in his game; he’s big, physical and consistently wins out for contested passes.  He also lacks vertical speed which may suppress his draft stock a bit.

I’m a huge fan of Kendarius Webster and feel he offers starting potential at the next level.  He’s a tough corner with excellent instincts and ball skills.  As with most underclassmen true ht/wt/speed numbers will dictate much.

Scouts grade Tony Conner as a late rounder but I disagree and feel he’s a middle round prospect who could move into the draft’s second day.  Off the 2014 film I graded Conner as a third rounder but a knee injury limited him to five games last season.  He’s big, physical and can line up in zone, as a strong safety or potentially play as a one-gap linebacker on Sunday.

Mississippi State

There’s not a lot of next level talent on the MSU roster.

Fred Ross offers adequate size and comes away with the contested reception but has no single outstanding next level skill. Scouts believe he can be a third rounder but off the film I’m not convinced.

Missouri

Two defensive linemen stand out to me as top next level prospects.

Charles Harris displays himself as a much more athletic version of former Tiger Michael Sam.  He’s a tremendous pass rusher with terrific quickness and speed off the edge.  He must show ability playing in space, something Sam was never able to do, as Harris will be viewed as a 3-4 outside linebacker by most teams.

Harold Brantley showed great explosion and quickness throughout a terrific 2014 campaign before being sidelined in 2015 after suffering multiple fractures in an auto accident that June.  He offers size as well as versatility.  It was announced just weeks ago that Brantley was dismissed from the Mizzou program for “failing to fulfill academic expectations.”  Hopefully Brantley finds a place to play in 2016.

South Carolina

By all accounts scouts graded just two Gamecocks as draftable prospects and Marquavius Lewis is not one of them, something I completely disagree with.  When I watched the Hutchinson CC transfer over the summer I saw a terrific pass rusher with size, speed and athleticism.  I’m of the belief Lewis is due for a big year followed by a big move up draft boards.

Tennessee

Cameron Sutton is a solid corner who also brings return skills with him.  He has been a consistent defender the past two seasons and comes with next level ball skills.  Sutton has a fluid pedal, smooth hip turn and does a great job tracking the pass the few times opponents challenge him.  Forty times are important for his draft stock next April.

There is a lot to like about Volunteer signal caller Robert Dobbs.  He has the arm strength, athleticism and for the most part, head to play at the next level. Yet in my opinion Dobbs lacks the wow factor I want in early round quarterbacks. He has an upside and a good senior campaign will boost his draft stock.

Texas A&M

While many rate LSU running back Leonard Fournette as the top NFL prospect from the SEC, I grade Garrett Myles as the best.  Myles causes an impact in so many ways and has so much upside it was a pretty easy call in my opinion.  He’s a terrific pass rusher and not just off the edge as he shows a great inside move, makes plays running stunts up front and has the speed to run down ball handlers in pursuit.  He does a solid job holding the point and shows skill playing in space.  I love his game and his long term potential.

Teammate Daeshon Hall is a terrific defensive end prospect in his own right though not as explosive or fast compared to Myles.  Measuring over 6-feet/5.5-inches, he offers a good amount of growth potential and Hall’s best football lay ahead of him.

Junior receiver Ricky Seals-Jones disappointed me last season.  He has the size to dominate opponents but has too many mental breakdowns and drops too many passes.

Scouts love safety Justin Evans.  And I mean love him as in first round potential, but I give a slight edge to his teammate, junior Armani Watts.

Watts is an explosive defensive back, aggressively defending the run and getting to the action with a great burst.

Evans is equally explosive and displays terrific speed in both a straight line as well as laterally.  He has great range and quickly gets outside the numbers to make plays.  Evans plays with a nice degree of suddenness but is not a sure handed tackler and all too often takes improper angles to the action.

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