SanchezLast April the Big 12 placed a pair of players in the first round, including the seventh pick of the draft as well as the final selection of the frame. In 2016 they may be hard pressed to place a single player into round one. Here are rankings and notes on 111 next level prospects from the conference.     

 

 

 

Rnd Full Name School Pos Yr
1-2 Zack Sanchez Oklahoma CB 4Jr
2nd Andrew Billings Baylor DT 3Jr
2nd Shawn Oakman Baylor DE 5Sr
2-3 Cody Whitehair Kansas State G 5Sr
3rd Josh Doctson TCU WR 5Sr
3rd Daryl Worley West Virginia CB 3Jr
3rd Spencer Drango Baylor T 5Sr
3rd Dylan Haines Texas S 4Jr
3-4 Tyrone Swoopes Texas QB 3Jr
3-4 Emmanuel Ogbah Oklahoma State DE 4Jr
3-4 Charles Tapper Oklahoma DE 4Sr
4th Eric Striker Oklahoma OLB 4Sr
4th Camrhon Hughes Texas T 4Jr
4th Xavien Howard Baylor CB 4Jr
4th Dominique Alexander Oklahoma OLB 3Jr
4th Hassan Ridgeway Texas DT 4Jr
5th K.J. Dillon West Virginia S 4Sr
5th Kolby Listenbee TCU WR 4Sr
5th Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia DE 4Jr
5th Tre’Von Armstead Baylor TE 4Jr
5-6 Glenn Gronkowski Kansas State FB 4Jr
6th Seth Jacobs Oklahoma State OLB 4Jr
6th Sterling Shepard Oklahoma WR 4Sr
6th Joey Hunt TCU C 4Sr
6th Pete Robertson Texas Tech OLB 4Sr
6th Kyle Fuller Baylor C 4Jr
6th Keenon Ward Texas Tech S 4Jr
6th Duke Thomas Texas CB 4Sr
6th Kevin Peterson Oklahoma State CB 4Sr
6th Rushel Shell West Virginia RB 4Jr
6th Adam Pankey West Virginia G 4Jr
6th Michael Hunter Oklahoma State CB 5Sr
6th Karl Joseph West Virginia S 4Sr
6th K.J. Smith Baylor OLB 3So
6th Jordan Evans Oklahoma OLB 3Jr
6-7 Jordan Willis Kansas State DE 3Jr
6th Tyler Orlosky West Virginia C 5Sr
7th Wendell Smallwood West Virginia RB 3Jr
7th Johnathan Gray Texas RB 4Sr
7th Halapoulivaati Vaitai TCU T 4Sr
7th Marquis Lucas West Virginia G 5Sr
7th Danzel McDaniel Kansas State CB 4Sr
7th Le’Raven Clark Texas Tech T 5Sr
7-FA Aaron Green TCU RB 5Sr
FA Ryan Simmons Oklahoma State ILB 4Sr
FA Dante Barnett Kansas State S 4Sr
FA Ahmad Thomas Oklahoma S 3Jr
FA Davion Pierson TCU DT 5Sr
FA Jhajuan Seales Oklahoma State WR 4Jr
FA Jimmy Bean Oklahoma State DE 5Sr
FA Desmond Jackson Texas DT 4Sr
FA Deandre Washington Texas Tech RB 4Sr
FA Trevor Knight Oklahoma QB 4Jr
FA Nicholas Kwiatkoski West Virginia ILB 5Sr
FA Derrick Kindred TCU S 4Sr
FA Corey Avery x- Kansas RB 3Jr
FA Daje Johnson Texas RB 4Sr
FA Nila Kasitati Oklahoma G 5Sr
FA Orion Stewart Baylor S 4Jr
FA Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State S 3Jr
FA Marcell Ateman Oklahoma State WR 3Jr
FA Shock Linwood Baylor RB 4Jr
FA Corey Coleman Baylor WR 4Jr
FA Kyle Rose West Virginia DT 5Sr
FA Branden Jackson Texas Tech DE 5Sr
FA Morgan Burns Kansas State CB 4Sr
FA Marcus Johnson Texas WR 4Sr
FA Terrell Lathan TCU DE 4Sr
FA Trevone Boykin TCU WR 5Sr
FA Davis Webb Texas Tech QB 3Jr
FA Christian Brown West Virginia DE 4Jr
FA Nate Jackson Kansas State CB 5Sr
FA James Mcfarland TCU OLB 4Sr
FA M.J. McFarland Texas TE 4Sr
FA Jeremy Seaton Oklahoma State FB 5Sr
FA Terrell Chestnut West Virginia CB 5Sr
FA Caleb Bluiett Texas DE 4Jr
FA Zachary Crabtree Oklahoma State T 3So
FA Quenton Bundrage Iowa State WR 5Sr
FA Paul Lewis Oklahoma State C 4Jr
FA Edward Muldrow West Virginia S 5Sr
FA Beau Blackshear Baylor DT 5Sr
FA Devante Bond Oklahoma OLB 4Sr
FA Ryan Reid Baylor CB 3Jr
FA Larry Mazyck Kansas T 4Sr
FA Jamelle Naff TCU G 5Sr
FA Durron Neal Oklahoma WR 4Sr
FA Jay Lee Baylor WR 5Sr
FA Kenny Iloka TCU S 4Sr
FA Jared Barber West Virginia ILB 5Sr
FA Brock Dagel Iowa State T 5Sr
FA Adam Foltz TCU G 5Sr
FA Sam Richardson Iowa State QB 5Sr
FA Kent Perkins Texas G 3Jr
FA Jamison Lalk Iowa State G 5Sr
FA Blake Muir Baylor G 5Sr
FA De’Andre Mann Kansas RB 4Sr
FA Boston Stiverson Kansas State G 5Sr
FA Taylor Cox Kansas RB 6Sr
FA Luke Hayes Kansas State G 4Sr
FA Jarell Broxton Baylor G 4Sr
FA Micah Awe Texas Tech ILB 4Sr
FA Jamal Palmer Baylor DE 4Sr
FA Andrew Buie West Virginia RB 5Sr
FA Matthew Kleinsorge Kansas State T 5Sr
FA Marquel Bryant Kansas State OLB 5Sr
FA Franklin Shannon Oklahoma ILB 5Sr
FA Shiro Davis Texas DE 4Sr
FA Derrick Moncrief Oklahoma State OLB 4Sr
FA Andre Davis Kansas State WR 4Sr
FA Brandon Sheperd Oklahoma State WR 4Sr

  

Notes

Baylor

There was a bit of shock two months ago when I tweeted area scouts had stamped Shawn Oakman as a 3rd/4th round pick. After watching the film I understand why. Oakman is physically impressive and makes plays- on occasion. While he can be a dominant force it seems all too often Oakman is a “once blocked, stays blocked” type of defender. After watching the film I came away reminded of Quinton Coples.

Oakman could take a lesson in tenacity from his teammate, Andrew Billings. The fiery nose tackle plays non-stop and is a constant force, either disrupting the action or occupying blocks and allowing teammates to make plays. I’m probably underrating him a tad, but as is the case with most underclassmen I want to see his true computer numbers.

The same time I posted my tweet on Oakman, I also put out the news that some scouts view Spencer Drango as a late rounder, which I completely disagree with. Though he may not be the greatest athlete Drango has good size, length and football intelligence. He’s a great technician with next level starting potential.

Iowa State

I find ISU an easy team to root for but their next level talent leaves a lot to be desired. Receiver Quenton Bundrage, who hurt his knee during the initial game last season then missed the rest of the year, is the team’s top prospect but a free agent on my board. He offers solid size/speed numbers and was both dependable and productive in 2013.

Kansas

Years of sub-par recruiting could hurt the Jayhawks on the field and will hurt them in NFL war rooms.

Running back Corey Avery graded as the teams top prospect but was dismissed from the program in early June.

That leaves offensive tackle Larry Mazyck, a massive blocker who dominates opponents when on his game but must improve every facet of his blocking.

Kansas State

I’ve been on the Cody Whitehair wagon the past three years as he’s a nasty, strong blocker effective in all areas of the game. Unlike scouts, I believe his best position at the next level is offensive guard rather than tackle.

Keep an eye on cornerback Danzel McDaniel. He offers next level ball skills and flashes the ability to shut down opponents. His deep speed in long coverage is a concern but I believe McDaniel can line-up as a dime back on Sunday’s in a zone system.

Oklahoma

The West Virginia game notwithstanding when he was torched by Kevin White, Zack Sanchez has the makings of a first round pick. He offers next level ball skills and stands out making plays when his back is to the ball. Size is the question mark for Sanchez.

Poor size will also be an issue for linebacker Eric Striker, the linebacker who lives up to his name. He’s an explosive athlete but built more like a safety than a defensive front seven player.

Oklahoma State

For the most part the top Oklahoma State prospects in the draft have come from the offensive side of the ball. That changed when Justin Gilbert was selected with the 9th pick of the draft in 2014 and once again their top next level prospect is a defender.

Junior Emmanuel Ogbah is an explosive pass rushing end who plays with great athleticism, offers the ability to stand up over tackle and seems to have the growth potential to develop into an every down end.

TCU

When I watch the TCU film I am amazed the way the coaching staff extracts every ounce of ability from their players. The Horned Frogs don’t put great athletes on the field (think Paul Dawson and Chris Hackett) rather really good football players.

Hence the case moving forwards.

Receiver Josh Doctson is the teams top prospect as he’s a reliable wide out who displays solid run after the catch skill. Doctson lacks elite size/speed numbers which will push him out of the top 40 selections, though a number of scouts believe he is the top receiver from the senior class.

I like the potential of the team’s other receiver Kolby Listenbee, who flashes big play ability but needs to up his production a bit. Listenbee offers terrific measurables and the talent to line-up as a third receiver on Sunday.

Texas

Dylan Haines is a well rounded safety who’s fearless defending the run while also displaying top ball skills in coverage. He offers solid size and is coming off a breakout campaign, which he needs to build upon, but I believe he has second day potential.

Opinions are mixed on quarterback Tyrone Swoopes but put me in the camp of those who believe he’ll develop into a big time talent. Swoopes is a tremendous athlete with a next level arm but also a quarterback prospect that displays himself to be more passer than thrower. I love his patience in the pocket as he’s by no means a run first signal caller. I also feel he makes solid decisions. That said Swoopes is sort of on the fence at this point and must really turn the corner in 2015 and improve the nuances of his game if scouts are to fully move into his camp.

Texas Tech

Le’Raven Clark is highly rated in many circles but I’m not a believer. On film I see a big guy who flashes athleticism but an offensive tackle who shows little in the way of balance or finishing strength.

West Virginia

After having a receiver selected in the early part of round one last April, the top NFL prospects on the WVU roster can be found in their secondary.

Daryl Worley offers the size and ball skills to be a starter at the next level. He shuts down opponents who only occasionally throw in his direction. I presently grade the junior as an early third rounder but rest assured, another good season will push him into the top 45 if he measures/times well.

Most scouts like Karl Joseph over K.J. Dillion, but I disagree. Dillon has a size advantage over his teammate and is significantly better making plays when the ball is in the air.

 

IfediAlabama sits atop my draft board of the best NFL prospects in the SEC but their western division foe Mississippi is strong with three of the top six prospects in the conference.  Here are rankings, ratings and notes on 168 NFL prospects from the SEC.

 

 

 

Rnd Full Name Pos School Year
1st A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama 3Jr
1st Germain Ifedi T Texas A&M 4Jr
1st LaQuon Treadwell WR Mississippi 3Jr
1st Tre’Davious White CB LSU 3Jr
1-2 Laremy Tunsil T Mississippi 3Jr
1-2 Robert Nkemdiche DT Mississippi 3Jr
1-2 Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia 3Jr
1-2 Reginald Ragland ILB Alabama 4Sr
2nd Jarran Reed DT Alabama 4Sr
2nd Jordan Jenkins OLB Georgia 4Sr
2nd Ricky Seals-Jones WR Texas A&M 3So
2nd Da’Runnya  Wilson WR Mississippi St 3Jr
2nd Antonio Morrison ILB Florida 4Sr
2nd Kendell Beckwith ILB LSU 3Jr
2nd Will Redmond CB Mississippi St 5Sr
2nd Shon Coleman T Auburn 4Jr
2-3 Jerald Hawkins T LSU 4Jr
3rd Keanu Neal S Florida 3Jr
3rd Ben Brown ILB Mississippi St 4Jr
3rd D’Haquille Williams WR Auburn 4Sr
3rd Rudy Ford S Auburn 3Jr
3rd Harold Brantley DT Missouri 4Jr
3rd Josh Reynolds WR Texas A&M 3Jr
3rd Shaan Washington OLB Texas A&M 3Jr
3rd Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida 3Jr
3rd Tony Conner S Mississippi 3Jr
3-4 Evan Boehm C Missouri 4Sr
3-4 O.J. Howard TE Alabama 3Jr
3-4 Dan Skipper T Arkansas 3Jr
3-4 Jalen Mills S LSU 4Sr
4th Dak Prescott QB Mississippi St 5Sr
4th Hunter Henry TE Arkansas 3Jr
4th Cassanova Mckinzy ILB Auburn 4Sr
4th Connor Mcgovern G Missouri 5Sr
4th Vadal Alexander T LSU 4Sr
4th Curt Maggitt OLB Tennessee 4Sr
4th Taveze Calhoun CB Mississippi St 5Sr
4th Cam Sutton CB Tennessee 3Jr
4th Jonathan Allen DE Alabama 3Jr
4th Ryan Kelly C Alabama 5Sr
4-5 Cyrus Jones CB Alabama 4Sr
4-5 Zach Jones S Mississippi St 5Sr
4-5 Sean Culkin TE Missouri 4Jr
4-5 Pharoh Cooper WR South Carolina 3Jr
5th Ryan Anderson OLB Alabama 4Jr
5th Kris Frost OLB Auburn 5Sr
5th Jordan Swindle T Kentucky 4Sr
5th Josh Forrest ILB Kentucky 5Sr
5th Marquiz North WR Tennessee 3Jr
5th Kendrick Market S Mississippi St 5Sr
5th Brian Poole CB Florida 4Sr
5th Tra Carson RB Texas A&M 5Sr
5th Aaron Morris G Mississippi 4Sr
5th Andrew Kaser P Texas A&M 5Sr
5th Michael Scherer OLB Missouri 4Jr
5-6 Chris LaCouture DT LSU 3Jr
5-6 C.J. Johnson ILB Mississippi 4Sr
5-6 Montravius Adams DT Auburn 3Jr
5-6 Derrick Henry RB Alabama 3Jr
5-6 Fadol Brown DE Mississippi 4Jr
6th Jonathan Bullard DE Florida 4Sr
6th Blake McClain CB Kentucky 3Jr
6th Charles Harris DE Missouri 3So
6th Michael Matthews C Texas A&M 4Sr
6th Alex Collins RB Arkansas 3Jr
6th Aarion Penton CB Missouri 3Jr
6th Brandon Shell T South Carolina 5Sr
6th John Theus T Georgia 4Sr
6th De’Vante Harris CB Texas A&M 4Sr
6th Jalen Reeves-Maybin OLB Tennessee 3Jr
6th Patrick Towles QB Kentucky 4Jr
6th Justin Senior T Mississippi St 4Jr
6th Joseph Cheek G Texas A&M 5Sr
6th Fahn Cooper T Mississippi 5Sr
6th Greg Pyke G Georgia 3Jr
6th Jonathan Williams RB Arkansas 4Sr
6th Isaiah Johnson S South Carolina 5Sr
6th Evan Engram TE Mississippi 3Jr
6th Cody Core WR Mississippi 4Sr
6th Sebastian Tretola G Arkansas 4Sr
6th Kenya Dennis CB Missouri 4Sr
6th Dennis Pettway DE Alabama 5Sr
6th Brandon Wilds RB South Carolina 5Sr
6-7 Darius English DE South Carolina 4Jr
6-7 Chris Moody S South Carolina 4Jr
6-7 Regie Meant DT Kentucky 3So
6-7 Donavin Newsom OLB Missouri 4Jr
6-7 Kenyan Drake RB Alabama 4Sr
7th Brooks Ellis ILB Arkansas 3Jr
7th Kentrell Brothers OLB Missouri 5Sr
7th Jerell Adams TE South Carolina 4Sr
7th Brian Randolph S Tennessee 5Sr
7-FA Chris Jones DT Mississippi St 3Jr
FA LaDarrell McNeil S Tennessee 4Sr
FA Melvin Lewis DT Kentucky 5Sr
FA Woodrow Hamilton DT Mississippi 5Sr
FA Jonathan Jones CB Auburn 4Sr
FA Tabor Jalen CB Florida 3Jr
FA Josh Augusta DT Missouri 3Jr
FA Quincy Mauger S Georgia 3Jr
FA Von Pearson WR Tennessee 4Sr
FA Nick James DT Mississippi St 4Jr
FA Cody Quinn CB Kentucky 4Sr
FA Denver Kirkland G Arkansas 3Jr
FA Quayvon Hicks FB Georgia 4Sr
FA Russell Hansbrough RB Missouri 4Sr
FA Brandon Allen QB Arkansas 5Sr
FA Ricardo Louis WR Auburn 4Sr
FA Alonzo Williams DT Texas A&M 4Sr
FA Keon Hatcher WR Arkansas 4Sr
FA Joshua Dawson DE Georgia 4Sr
FA Steven Scheu TE Vanderbilt 5Sr
FA Andrew Jelks T Vanderbilt 4Jr
FA Kyle LeStrange FB Georgia 3Jr
FA Justin Malone G Mississippi St 5Sr
FA Kelvin Taylor RB Florida 3Jr
FA Chaz Elder S South Carolina 4Jr
FA Jeremy Johnson QB Auburn 3Jr
FA Brandon Williams RB Texas A&M 5Sr
FA Ryan Flannigan ILB Kentucky 4Sr
FA Justin Bell G Mississippi 5Sr
FA Josh Dobbs QB Tennessee 3Jr
FA Ralph Abernathy IV RB Tennessee 5Sr
FA Timothy Gurley S South Carolina 4Sr
FA Alton Howard WR Tennessee 4Sr
FA Channing Ward DE Mississippi 4Jr
FA Malcolm Mitchell WR Georgia 4Sr
FA Travin Dural WR LSU 4Jr
FA Alvin Stamps S Kentucky 4Sr
FA Lamar Louis OLB LSU 4Sr
FA Gerald Dixon Jr DT South Carolina 5Sr
FA Dillon Gordon G LSU 4Sr
FA Sterling Bailey DE Georgia 4Sr
FA Jeremy Sprinkle TE Arkansas 4Jr
FA Alex McCalister DE Florida 4Jr
FA Carl Lawson DE Auburn 3So
FA Ian Simon S Missouri 5Sr
FA Ryan Brown DE Mississippi St 4Sr
FA Trae Elston S Mississippi 4Sr
FA Kolton Houston T Georgia 4Sr
FA Gerald Dixon DT South Carolina 4Jr
FA Jaylen Walton RB Mississippi 4Sr
FA Julien Obioha DE Texas A&M 4Sr
FA Marcus Jackson G Tennessee 5Sr
FA Deion Jones OLB LSU 4Sr
FA Melvin Ray WR Auburn 4Sr
FA Frederick Thurman G Florida 5Sr
FA Denzel Nkemdiche S Mississippi 4Sr
FA Jacob Bernstein G Vanderbilt 5Sr
FA Michael Hilton CB Mississippi 4Sr
FA Geno Smith S Alabama 4Sr
FA DeMarcus Robinson WR Florida 3Jr
FA Caleb Azubike ILB Vanderbilt 4Sr
FA Spencer Pulley G Vanderbilt 5Sr
FA Mitch Smothers C Arkansas 5Sr
FA Rome Jay TE Georgia 4Sr
FA Quentin Thomas DT LSU 5Sr
FA Devonta Burns S Texas A&M 5Sr
FA Jake Mcgee TE Florida 6Sr
FA Davonte Lambert DE Auburn 4Sr
FA Mitch Hall G Missouri 5Sr
FA Rohan Gaines S Arkansas 4Sr
FA Joe Morrow WR Mississippi St 5Sr
FA Andrew Williamson S Vanderbilt 5Sr
FA Christopher Mayes DT Georgia 4Sr
FA Denzel Devall OLB Alabama 4Sr
FA Dominick Jackson T Alabama 4Sr
FA Jake Coker QB Alabama 5Sr


Alabama

As usual the Tide is loaded with top prospects and junior A’Shawn Robinson sits atop my board in the SEC.

The big defensive tackle is a space eater with both power and movement skills. He can occupy the gaps or make plays behind the line of scrimmage as well as outside the box. Sources tell me they fully expect Robinson to enter the 2016 draft and word in the agent community is he’s already picked his representative, something not all that unusual.

My opinion of Dennis Pettway (6th/7th round area) differs from scouts (street free agent). Though he lacks great measurables Pettway is constantly around the action making positive plays. They’ll be a place for him in the NFL, likely as a three technique tackle.

Arkansas

The strength of the Razorbacks next level prospects can be found in the junior class.

Hunter Henry is an athletic pass catching tight end who consistently creates mismatches downfield.

Dan Skipper is a lot more than just a big body at tackle rather a surprisingly fluid athlete who can block the edge or dominate run blocking.

Keep an eye on receiver Keon Hatcher. He has shown flashes of next level ability the past two seasons and was quietly productive in 2014. He comes with average size/speed numbers but enough skill to line-up as a fifth receiver on Sunday.

Auburn

I believe Shon Coleman has all the makings to be the next big time offensive line prospect from Auburn. He combines the size, strength and the athleticism to start at left tackle on Sunday’s.

From a size/speed point of view Cassanova Mckinzy does not measure up but he’s a disruptive defender and a terrific prospect that can be moved around the front seven by a creative NFL coordinator.

Kris Frost possesses next level mesurables but has shown a degree of inconsistency on the field. He played like a big time prospect in 2013 but never elevated his game last season.

There’s a lot of love in the scouting community for D’Haquille Williams as he possesses awesome size/speed numbers. In my opinion he also comes with an incredibly consistent game and is more athlete than polished receiver to this point.

Florida
To a man most scouts feel the cornerback duo of Brian Poole and Vernon Hargreaves are significantly overrated. Poole is considered a late ronder by scouts and Hargreaves is not mentioned on a number of underclassmen lists teams have assembled.

On the other hand Neal Keanu is a Gators secondary prospect that does not receive the credit he’s due. The productive safety stands out defending the run as well as covering the pass and rarely has breakdowns on the field. I’m a fan of his game though his next level grade will largely depend on works out prior to the draft. He reminds me of former Gators safety Major Wright.

Georgia

I’ve been a proponent of Leonard Floyd since the end of his freshman season and feel he has top twelve potential. The way he finished the season last year was a concern as Floyd was non-existent for long stretches. Despite rumblings he would enter April’s draft he made the correct decision by returning for another year. Word from Athens is the talented defender will be used at several linebacker positions this season, which will only enhance his draft stock if he responds with production and consistency.

I’m told scouts like offensive lineman John Theus as a middle round choice but I don’t see it. He’s a servicable tackle but lacks the athleticism and footwork for the left side as well as the brute strength necessary to line up at right tackle.

Kentucky

Jordan Swindle is another SEC offensive lineman scouts think highly of. He’s relatively athletic on film showing the ability to block on the second level and control opponents at the point. That said he lacks footwork in pass protection, must improve his playing balance and consistently block with proper fundamentals.

Linebacker Josh Forest has terrific measurables and plays fierce, aggressive football but needs to develop a complete game. He moves with speed in all directions of the field, covers a good amount of area and is effective in both coverage and pursuit. Forest is not a strong open field tackler and at times has ball carriers running through his arms.

LSU

Its amazing how LSU is able to reload every year despite the mass exodus of underclassmen talent that’s becoming an annual ritual.

Tre’Davious White has big time talent and is poised to be the best next level corner from LSU since Patrick Peterson. He comes with better than average size, solid ball skills and makes plays with his back to the ball. If he pulls it together he’ll move into the top half of round one.

I love Kendell Beckwith’s explosion, tenacity and ability to make plays sideline to sideline as well as his instincts. I’d also love to know what his true computer numbers are.

Jerald Hawkins is a blocker that’s been highly considered on my board for the past two years. He’s a natural right tackle with better than average skills in pass protection.

Mississippi

The great recruiting classes ‘Ole Miss has signed in recent years will finally have an effect in NFL war rooms next April.

LaQuon Treadwell is the big, dominant receiver that projects well in today’s NFL. He’s smooth, almost graceful with natural hands and projects as a number one at the next level if he’s able to get back on track after his horrendous injury from late last season.

A lot has been said about tackle Laremy Tunsil lately, a prospect with great upside. Explosive at the point of attack, he displays enough footwork to slide off the edge on the left side as well as the strength to drive opponents off the line as a strong side run blocker. Tunsil still needs a bit of work on his game as he’s very inconsistent with his mechanics.

Tony Conner is a defensive back who does not receive due credit in my opinion. Conner, who can line up at safety or cornerback, is well sized, aggressive and comes with solid ball skills. I grade him as a third rounder but he has the talent to move into the second frame if he continues to improve.

Mississippi State

Da’Runnya Wilson is another big time game controlling receiver from the Magnolia State. Like his counter part from ‘Ole Miss, Wilson physically beats down opponents and dominates the opposition.

Scouts love cornerback Will Redmond and though the overall talent is available, I don’t rank him as one of the better senior corners at this point.

Conversely I believe Taveze Calhoun, who was slowed by an ankle injury last season, is significantly overlooked. His ball skills and instincts are on a par with Redmond’s and I dare say Calhoun is more consistent.

Keep an eye on Ben Brown, a complete three down defender that offers second day potential.

Missouri

Harold Brantley flashes big time ability on the inside at defensive tackle and will be the focus of opponents this season considering junior defections and graduations on the Tigers line. He’s explosive as well as athletic and can be very tough to handle.

Evan Boehm could contend for the top center spot next April. He’s a complete center that’s been very productive on the college level.

South Carolina

Expect a drop off in draftable talent coming from the South Carolina program the next few years compared to what its been in the past.

Possibly the most intriguing prospect is tight end Jerell Adams, who scouts feel is middle round value. Adams offers size (6-feet, 5-inches/230+ pounds), speed (4.6’s) and growth potential. What he lacks is productivity and a body of work. The potential is there for Adams to make a move up draft boards with a big senior season.

At one time I graded Chaz Elder as a potential last day pick but his game has fallen off and the big-bodied safety was almost non-existent last season.

Tennessee

The next level talent on the Volunteers roster offers a lot of upside.

Curt Maggitt is a physical specimen who flashes brilliance but needs to round out his game. I’ve stamped him as a fourth rounder but a top 75 selection is a possibility with a good campaign.

Corners Cam Sutton and receiver Marquiz North are pair of juniors with the potential to rise up draft boards.

I’ll be closely watching Ralph Abernathy IV, the versatile skill player who transferred from Cincinnati. Abernathy, who’s been ignored by scouts, can line up at receiver, in the backfield and help out as a return specialist.

Texas A&M

This time last year I wrote glowingly about then offensive guard Germain Ifedi and predicted he was the next great offensive line prospect from A&M. I was even more impressed watching him at right tackle in 2014 and feel he’s being vastly underrated. Ifedi possesses the footwork and mobility to pass protect as well as the athleticism to block in motion. Though he needs to improve his run blocking strength Ifedi has the makings of a starting tackle at the next level who can play on the either left or right side. Word at present time is Ifedi will enter the 2016 NFL draft.

Ricky Seals-Jones is yet another big-bodied game controlling receiver from the SEC and a prospect with the ability to develop into a first rounder. Reynolds plays strong and shows a lot of consistency on the field.

Scouts I’ve spoken with view Tra Carson as a free agent prospect but I disagree and feel he could end up in the middle part of day three. He has the size and style to pound opponents on the inside but also enough short area quickness to evade defenders or piles.

Vanderbilt

Not a whole lot to get excited about at Vandy.

Scouts feel tight end Steve Scheu could develop into a late rounder but I feel his blocking is average and his speed is subpar.

Andrew Jelks, the high revving defensive tackle, is out of position in college and could get serious looks at middle linebacker next summer.

Ramsey_FSUFlorida State may rule the ACC when it comes to national rankings but from the perspective of NFL war rooms Virginia Tech is the place to be. I count at least five Hokies as top 90 picks led by a pair of underclassmen corners. Here are the rankings of 129 NFL prospects from the conference.

 

 

Rnd Name School Pos Yr
1-2 Jalen Ramsey Florida State CB 3Jr
1-2 Kendall Fuller Virginia Tech CB 3Jr
2nd Tyler Boyd Pittsburgh WR 3Jr
2nd Brandon Facyson Virginia Tech CB 3So
2nd Dadi Nicholas Virginia Tech DE 5Sr
3rd Bucky Hodges Virginia Tech TE 3So
3rd Adam Bisnowaty Pittsburgh T 4Jr
3rd Ken Ekanem Virginia Tech OLB 4Jr
3-4 Sheldon Rankins Louisville DT 4Sr
4th Mike Williams Clemson WR 3Jr
3-4 James Conner Pittsburgh RB 3Jr
4th Jacoby Brissett North Carolina Ste QB 5Sr
4th Josh Jones North Carolina St S 3So
4th Chuck Clark Virginia Tech CB 3Jr
4th Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh G 3Jr
4th Jaryd Jones-Smith Pittsburgh T 3So
4-5 D.J. White Georgia Tech CB 4Sr
5th Tim Harris Virginia CB 3Jr
5th Deon Bush Miami-Fl S 4Sr
5th Maurice Canady Virginia CB 4Sr
5th DeAngelo Brown Louisville DT 4Jr
5th Adam Gotsis Georgia Tech DT 4Sr
5th Jayron Kearse Clemson S 3Jr
5th Devonte Fields Louisville DE 4Jr
6th Chris Griffin Georgia Tech T 3So
6th Shaq Lawson Clemson DE 3Jr
6th Ryan Switzer North Carolina WR 3Jr
6th Nile Lawrence-Stample Florida State DT 5Sr
6th Terrance Smith Florida State ILB 5Sr
6th Davis P.J. Georgia Tech OLB 3Jr
6th Ufomba Kamalu Miami-Fl DT 5Sr
6th Juston Burris North Carolina St CB 4Sr
6th Greyson Lambert Virginia QB 4Jr
6th Corey Marshall Virginia Tech DT 5Sr
6th Pio Vatuvei Louisville DT 4Sr
6th Connor Wujciak Boston College DT 5Sr
6th Ryan Malleck Virginia Tech TE 5Sr
6th Brice Hunter Florida State S 5Sr
6-7 David Dean Virginia DT 5Sr
6-7 Nate Andrews Florida State S 3Jr
6-7 Josh Parris Syracuse TE 4Jr
6-7 Mike Strizak Boston College OLB 4Jr
7th Demontevious Smith Georgia Tech S 5Sr
7th Bobby Wolford Boston College FB 4Jr
6-7 Desmond Lawrence North Carolina CB 4Jr
7th Rayshawn Jenkins Miami-Fl S 4Sr
7th Korrin Wiggins Clemson S 3Jr
7th Patrick Gamble Georgia Tech DT 4Jr
7th Nigel Williams Virginia Tech DT 4Jr
7th Mario Pender Florida State RB 4Jr
7th Reggie Northrup Florida State ILB 4Sr
7th Mehdi Abdesmad Boston College DT 5Sr
7th Jonathan McLaughlin Virginia Tech T 3So
FA Brandon Chubb Wake Forest ILB 5Sr
FA Dajuan Drennon North Carolina DE 3So
FA Nazir Jones North Carolina DT 3So
FA Landon Turner North Carolina G 5Sr
FA Luther Maddy Virginia Tech DT 5Sr
FA Carlos Watkins Clemson DT 4Jr
FA Tyriq Mccord Miami-Fl OLB 4Sr
FA D.J. Reader Clemson DT 4Sr
FA Brian Walker North Carolina CB 3Jr
FA Raphael Kirby Miami-Fl ILB 4Sr
FA Terrel Hunt Syracuse QB 5Sr?
FA Jabari Hunt-Days Georgia Tech DE 4Sr
FA Charone Peake Clemson WR 5Sr
FA Deon Clarke Virginia Tech OLB 4Sr
FA Ben Boulware Clemson ILB 3Jr
FA David Grinnage North Carolina St TE 4Jr
FA Michael Moore Virginia DE 4Sr
FA Marquel Lee Wake Forest OLB 3Jr
FA Shadrach Thornton North Carolina St RB 4Sr
FA Wyatt Teller Virginia Tech G 3So
FA Demitri Knowles Virginia Tech WR 4Jr
FA Darryl Render Pittsburgh DT 4Sr
FA Giorgio Newberry Florida State TE 5Sr
FA Steven Daniels Boston College ILB 4Sr
FA Donovan Riley Virginia Tech CB 4Sr
FA Jerod Fernandez North Carolina St OLB 3So
FA Marquez White Florida State S 3Jr
FA Derrick Mitchell Jr Florida State DT 5Sr
FA James Burgess Louisville ILB 4Sr
FA Calvin Heurtelou Miami-Fl DT 4Sr
FA Chris Milton Georgia Tech CB 5Sr
FA Javonta Golden Georgia Tech S 5Sr
FA Nicholas Robinson Syracuse G 5Sr
FA Justin Simmons Boston College S 4Sr
FA Sam Rogers Virginia Tech FB 3Jr
FA Tylor Harris Wake Forest DT 4Sr
FA M.J. Salahuddin North Carolina St ILB 4Jr
FA John Holtz Pittsburgh TE 4Sr
FA Tracy Howard Miami-Fl CB 4Sr
FA Lafayette Pitts Pittsburgh CB 5Sr
FA Jaymar Parrish Pittsburgh FB 3Jr
FA Harris Williams Boston College G 5Sr
FA Cam Serigne Wake Forest TE 3So
FA Freddie Burden Georgia Tech C 4Jr
FA Jamal Carter Miami-Fl S 3Jr
FA Ashton Broyld Syracuse WR 4Sr
FA Joseph Thuney North Carolina St G 5Sr
FA Michael Rose North Carolina St DE 5Sr
FA Ron Thompson Syracuse DE 4Jr
FA Marqez Hodge Syracuse ILB 3Jr
FA Marquise Williams North Carolina QB 5Sr
FA Ejuan Price Pittsburgh DE 5Sr
FA Stanton Seckinger Clemson TE 5Sr
FA Stacy Coley Miami-Fl WR 3Jr
FA Quinton Schooley North Carolina St C 4Sr
FA Joe Gore Clemson T 5Sr
FA Justin Thomason North Carolina DT 4Sr
FA Jeffrey Schoettmer North Carolina ILB 4Sr
FA Robert Brewer Virginia Tech QB 5Sr
FA Herbert Waters Miami-Fl WR 4Sr
FA Canaan Severin Virginia WR 4Sr
FA Khaynin Mosley-Smith Pittsburgh DT 5Sr
FA Ross Burbank Virginia C 5Sr
FA Michael Giacone Boston College TE 4Sr
FA Dylan Intemann Wake Forest T 5Sr
FA Aaron Epps Louisville T 5Sr
FA B J Goodson Clemson OLB 4Sr
FA Robert Trudo Syracuse C 5Sr
FA Wayne Morgan Syracuse CB 4Sr
FA Julian Whigham Syracuse CB 4Sr
FA Nicholas Grigsby Pittsburgh OLB 5Sr
FA Quinshad Davis North Carolina WR 4Sr
FA Demetrious Nicholson Virginia CB 4Sr
FA Arthur Rowell Pittsburgh C 5Sr
FA Jay Whitmire Virginia G 5Sr
FA Hakim Jones North Carolina St S 5Sr

Notes

Boston College

Scouts will closely monitor the return of Mehdi Abdesmad whom they’ve stamped as a late round pick. The senior defensive tackle played in just three games last season before being sidelined with a knee injury. He’s big and athletic but must prove he’s fully healthy and start piecing together a full game.

Clemson

Junior wide out Mike Williams is poised for a big season, which will equate to a big move up draft boards. Williams is a smooth possession receiver with game controlling skills.

Safety Jayron Kearse is another big bodied prospect with a tremendous amount of upside. He flashes big time skill but needs to consistently play at a high level.

Duke

Jeremy Cash has a game I like as he’s a tough run defender with better than average ball skills. He’s potentially a second day prospect if he plays well this season then tests well in the run up to the draft.

Florida State

For all the accolades thrown towards corners PJ Williams and Ronald Darby last April, Jalen Ramsey was the most consistent Seminole defensive back on film in 2014. He comes with terrific size, a developed game and offers a huge upside. I could easily see Ramsey jumping into the top 25 picks of next April’s draft after a good junior season.

Georgia Tech

Several scouts grade cornerback D.J. White as a middle round pick but there a number of teams that have stamped him as the top senior at the position. Though I like his upside White struggles making plays with his back to the ball, which is always a red-flag for me.

Keep and eye on Jabari Hunt-Days, who missed last season with injury. I’m told he’s looked terrific as a pass rusher in the early going and is a prospect really flying under the radar screen.

Louisville

Louisville offers three draftable defensive tackles with Sheldon Rankins being the best. The senior is well thought of by scouts as he combines power with playmaking ability.

Miami

Cornerback Tracy Howard draws a variety of opinion. Most scouts feel he’s free agent material, something I agree with, though I’ve been told he’s also received a few middle round grades. Howard offers solid ball skills but poor size/speed numbers which I believe will knock him out of the seven rounds.

Deon Bush justifiably gets a lot of ink but I’m very excited for the return of Rayshawn Jenkins whom I ranked as a middle round pick after his 2013 campaign. Jenkins missed last season with injury but is reportedly back to full health.

North Carolina

The Tar Heels have a pair of junior corners to watch. Desmond Lawrence offers nice size and sold ball skills while Tar Heel coaches rave about Brian Walker. Receiver Ryan Switzer is another junior UNC coaches speak highly of.

North Carolina State

There’s a lot of buzz Jacoby Brissett.

The senior has the arm strength and athleticism for the next level and I also like his patience in the pocket. Brissett is not a run first signal caller as he plays with a lot of passer intangibles. He needs to improve the details of the position as he’s a bit slow going to secondary targets and sprays throws on occasion but the tools are available for a big move up draft boards.

Pittsburgh

I’ll let others fawn over receiver Tyler Boyd and running back James Conner, both terrific pro-prospects. I want to speak of the great talent on the Panthers offensive line.

Adam Bisnowaty is a terrific prospect who can play either tackle spot at the next level. He’s fundamentally sound and makes great use of angles and body positioning to block the edge.

Dorian Johnson is a dominant mauler who annihilates defenders at the point of attack. He drives opponents off the ball and opens up the running lanes. Johnson is not a natural knee bender and shows some stiffness in his game but still offers starting potential on Sunday’s.

Jaryd Jones-Smith could end up the best of the bunch as he’s big, dominant and athletic. He really stood out on a rotational basis in 2014 and comes with great upside. Unfortunately the talented sophomore will miss the ’15 campaign after recently injuring his knee during conditioning activities.

Syracuse

Its been a struggle for Syracuse on the field and in war rooms very recently and there isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel.

Quarterback Terrel Hunt is an interesting case. Hunt possesses next level physical skills and flashed big time ability as a sophomore but makes a lot of questionable decisions and shows immaturity in his game. His potential is enormous but the ability to pull it together and play disciplined football is a big question.

Virginia

Senior cornerback Maurice Canady is highly thought and scouts stamped him as a middle round choice but I feel junior Tim Harris is the better pro-prospect as he’s more explosive and seems more confident. Harris needs to improve his play when his back is to the ball but could develop into second day material.

Junior quarterback Greyson Lambert has terrific physical skills and looks impressive in the pocket. His decision making and accuracy are another matter altogether. For every outstanding throw Lambert makes he follows it up with a pass which makes you shake your head. In many ways he reminds me of another passer from the state of Virginia, Jim Drunkenmiller.

Virginia Tech

The talent in the Hokie secondary is terrific.

Kendall Fuller has long been labeled the most talented of the Fuller brothers and shows the ability to shut down opponents. Make sure to watch Brandon Facyson who returns to the fold after missing last season with assorted leg injuries. He looked brilliant on film during the 2013 campaign and is reported to be back at full health.

The other potentially dominant junior prospect on the Hokies roster is tight end Bucky Hodges. The athletic redshirt sophomore displayed dominant big play abilities last season as well as a large degree of consistency. His upside is enormous and despite the fact I’ve stamped him as a third round prospect, Hodges has first round potential. People close to the program tell me Hodges will bolt for the NFL if he puts together a productive campaign in 2015.

I’m sure the haters will be out in full force when I say I’m not in love with Dadi Nicholas and feel he’s overrated by many, even area scouts. He’s a very effective but undersized college pass rusher. Though reported to have run the forty in the mid 4.5’s, I don’t see that sort of player on film or a defender who shows great speed in lateral pursuit, something he’ll be required to do at the next level.

Wake Forest

After having a player selected in the first round last April its quite possible no one from Wake Forest is selected at any point next year.

I’m a fan of Brandon Chubb, the nose tackle who projects to inside linebacker. He’s tough, smart and very quick but I struggle to see how he’s anything other than a late seventh round prospect.

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