ButtThe Big Ten offers a lot of next level talent with the Michigan program leading the way.  I stamped a half-dozen from league with first round grades and four more are on the fringe of breaking through.  Here are the grades for 146 next level prospects from the conference.

NFL Prospects from the Big 10

RndFull NameSchoolPosYr
1stJake ButtMichiganTE4Sr
1stJosey JewellIowaOLB4Jr
1stTaco CharltonMichiganDE4Sr
1stMalik McDowellMichigan StateDT3Jr
1stTyquan LewisOhio StateDE4Jr
1stJabrill PeppersMichiganS3Jr
1-2Chris WormleyMichiganDE5Sr
1-2Dawuane SmootIllinoisDE4Sr
1-2Desmond KingIowaCB4Sr
2ndDan FeeneyIndianaG5Sr
2ndJourdan LewisMichiganCB4Sr
2ndJehu ChessonMichiganWR5Sr
2-3Raekwon McMillanOhio StateILB3Jr
2-3Sam HubbardOhio StateDE3So
2-3Amara DarbohMichiganWR5Sr
3rdMiles TaylorIowaS3Jr
3rdMontae NicholsonMichigan StateS3Jr
3rdC.J. BeathardIowaQB5Sr
3rdMason ColeMichiganT3Jr
3rdJoshua KaluNebraskaCB3Jr
3rdVincent BiegelWisconsinOLB5Sr
3rdRyan GlasgowMichiganDT5Sr
3-4Pat ElfleinOhio StateG5Sr
4thRa’Zahn HowardPurdueDT4Sr
4thRiley BulloughMichigan StateILB5Sr
4thJackson ReploglePurdueDT4Sr
4thAnthony WalkerNorthwesternILB4Jr
4thSimmie Cobbs Jr.IndianaWR3Jr
4thMaurice Hurst JrMichiganDT4Jr
4thBilly PriceOhio StateG4Jr
4thJalen MyrickMinnesotaCB4Sr
4thJaleel JohnsonIowaDT5Sr
4thDemetrious CoxMichigan StateS5Sr
4-5Chris GodwinPenn StateWR3Jr
4-5Garrett SickelsPenn StateDE4Jr
5thCorey SmithOhio StateWR5Sr
5thGareon ConleyOhio StateCB4Jr
5thMalik TurnerIllinoisWR3Jr
5thDeangelo YanceyPurdueWR4Sr
5thDe’Veon SmithMichiganRB4Sr
5thDaniel VoltzWisconsinC5Sr
5thJon ReschkeMichigan StateOLB4Jr
5thMatt HarrisNorthwesternCB4Sr
5thMarcus AllenPenn StateS3Jr
5thIke BoettgerIowaT4Jr
5-6Jason CabindaPenn StateOLB3Jr
5-6Jalen BrooksMarylandOLB4Jr
5-6Chikwe ObasihWisconsinDE4Jr
6thCorey ClementWisconsinRB4Sr
6thDanny EzechukwuPurdueOLB4Jr
6thGodwin IgwebuikeNorthwesternS4Jr
6thBoone MyersIowaG4Jr
6thRalphael GreenIndianaDT5Sr
6thBrandon LingenMinnesotaTE3Jr
6thAustin SchmidtIllinoisT4Sr
6thRodney SmithMinnesotaRB3So
6thDante BookerOhio StateOLB3Jr
6thDontre WilsonOhio StateWR4Sr
6thSean WelshIowaG4Sr
6thNyeem Wartman-WhitePenn StateILB5Sr
6thWeston LuntIllinoisQB5Sr
6thDamarius TravisMinnesotaS4Sr
6-7Justin JacksonNorthwesternRB3Jr
6-7Kyle KalisMichiganG5Sr
6-7Josiah PriceMichigan StateTE5Sr
6-7Greg MabinIowaCB5Sr
6-7Domonique YoungPurdueWR4Sr
6-7Brandon BellPenn StateOLB4Sr
6-7Will LikelyMarylandCB4Sr
6-7Dymonte ThomasMichiganS4Sr
7thDimitric CamielIndianaT5Sr
7thMicahel DeiterWisconsinG3So
7thGeorge KittleIowaTE5Sr
7thCole CrostonIowaT5Sr
7thJ.T. BarrettOhio StateQB4Jr
7thDare OgunbowaleWisconsinRB5Sr
7thHardy NickersonIllinoisILB5Sr
7thChristian DiLauroIllinoisT3Jr
7thParis PalmerPenn StateT4Sr
FABen NiemannIowaOLB3Jr
FAMitchell LeidnerMinnesotaQB5Sr
FABen BradenMichiganG5Sr
FAMatt VandeBergIowaWR4Sr
FAJordan WesterkampNebraskaWR5Sr
FABeau BenzschawelWisconsinT3So
FAChanning StriblingMichiganCB4Sr
FAAndrew NelsonPenn StateT4Jr
FAJarrod ClementsIllinoisDT4Sr
FAJonah PirsigMinnesotaT5Sr
FATroy FumagalliWisconsinTE4Jr
FAJack LynnMinnesotaOLB5Sr
FAJesse AniebonamMarylandDE3Jr
FAJamal LylesMichigan StateTE5Sr
FAErik MagnusonMichiganG5Sr
FANathan GerryNebraskaS4Sr
FAIfeadikachakwu OdenigboNorthwesternDE5Sr
FALeshun DanielsIowaRB4Sr
FAChris MullerRutgersG5Sr
FASam CottonNebraskaTE5Sr
FACarroll PhillipsIllinoisOLB4Sr
FASebastian JosephRutgersDT4Jr
FABrandon ReillyNebraskaWR4Sr
FAJordan RoosPurdueG5Sr
FAKodi KielerMichigan StateT5Sr
FAScott EkpeMinnesotaDT5Sr
FASojourn SheltonWisconsinCB4Sr
FAEd DavisMichigan StateOLB5Sr
FADarian HicksMichigan StateCB4Sr
FADe’Mornay Pierson-ElNebraskaWR3Jr
FAJeremy ClarkMichiganCB5Sr
FARobert WheelwrightWisconsinWR4Sr
FANate WozniakMinnesotaTE4Jr
FABo BowerIowaOLB4Jr
FAR J SheltonMichigan StateWR4Sr
FACethan CarterNebraskaTE4Sr
FARobert GregoryPurdueS5Sr
FAIan ParkNorthwesternG4Sr
FARashard FantIndianaCB4Jr
FADelano HillMichiganS4Sr
FAReggie Spearmanx-IowaOLB4Jr
FAT.J. NealIllinoisILB5Sr
FAEvan JonesMichigan StateDE4Sr
FABen GedeonMichiganILB4Sr
FAMichael DunnMarylandT5Sr
FAAlonzo MooreNebraskaWR5Sr
FAJason KingPurdueG5Sr
FAGreg McMullenNebraskaDE5Sr
FADarius HamiltonRutgersDT5Sr
FAJoe SpencerIllinoisC4Sr
FAHendrick EkpeMinnesotaDE5Sr
FAWesley BrownMarylandRB5Sr
FAMalik GoldenPenn StateS5Sr
FAAndre PattonRutgersWR4Sr
FATerrell NewbyNebraskaRB4Sr
FALeroy ClarkPurdueS4Sr
FAJacob HillyerIowaWR5Sr
FAJanarion GrantRutgersWR4Sr
FAT.J. SimmonsIndianaILB4Sr
FADrew WolitarskyMinnesotaWR5Sr
FAJoshua BanderasNebraskaOLB4Sr
FAEric OlsonNorthwesternT4Sr
FABart HoustonWisconsinQB5Sr
FAJ.J. DenmanRutgersT5Sr
FABri’Onte DunnOhio StateRB5Sr
FATaylor BartonIllinoisS5Sr
FAMike DudekIllinoisWR4Jr

 

Illinois

Dawuane Smoot received a huge grade from a number of scouts and it’s easy to see why.  The senior is a natural pass rusher with an explosive style.  I’d like to see him add a bit more size (he tips the scales around 260lbs) but I see nothing but upside in Smoot’s game.

Conversely offensive tackle Austin Schmidt is considered nothing more than a street free agent by scouts but I think in the end he’ll be a late round prospect.  Schmidt is not a top athlete but a smart, tough blocker who gets the most from his ability.  Scouts have communicated to me they feel Schmidt may be a sleeper of sorts in 2016.

Indiana

I’ve been very high on Dan Feeney for a while and feel he’s probably the best pure run blocker I watched this summer.  My one concern is he’s a bit one-dimensional as Feeney is only effective in a small area.  As a result zone-blocking offenses are likely to knock his grade down a bit.

In similar fashion I’ve graded Ralphael Green as a draftable prospect since his sophomore campaign but I feel he’s more of a gap occupier rather than a play maker, which limits his appeal.

Junior wide out Simmie Cobbs Jr is a play maker who flashes skill but needs a little more consistency in his game.  He has a ton of upside.

Iowa

There is a lot to be excited about on the Hawkeyes roster, especially from the defensive side of the ball.  This is the team I feel will surprise in the Big Ten and could end up with the conference title.

Josey Jewell is a complete three down linebacker who stands out in every facet of the game.  He’s a tough run defender who sells out on the blitz while also showing skill in coverage.  As with every junior, Jewell’s true size/speed numbers are the “x” factor.  In the end it may not matter in 2017 as the Hawkeyes rarely have underclassmen depart for the NFL.

Entering the 2015 season I graded Desmond King as a first rounder and the senior was given a big preseason grade by a number of scouts.  And while King was opportunistic in 2015, I personally believe his 2014 tape was better.  Regardless, King is still a very good cornerback.

I liked what I saw on film from junior safety Miles Taylor as he’s a complete safety that can cover centerfield as well as defend the run.

Don’t be surprised if Jaeleel Johnson makes a dash up draft boards.  Presently graded as a last day pick, the defensive tackle is quick, explosive and fluid.  I’d like to see him add some power to his game and play like a 310lb defensive tackle but Johnson has a large upside and can line-up for a variety of defensive fronts.

Maryland

Jalen Brooks has shown flashes the past two seasons and the athletic linebacker has the ability to develop into a three down defender and top 125 selection if he pulls together a complete game.

Were it not for being vertically challenged (5-feet/7-inches) its likely Will Likely would be considered a second round prospect.  He offers terrific cover skills, impacts games returning punts and lends a helping hand on offense.  Likely is still late round worthy and should thrive as a dime back/return specialist/special teamer on Sunday.

Michigan

Ann Arbor is the place to be this year as I’m told almost a half dozen senior prospects from the Michigan program occupy the majority of the top ten slots on scouting lists.

Jake Butt would’ve been the first tight end selected had he entered the 20016 draft and barring injury he will be the top player on the tight end board next April.  He’s a tremendous pass catcher who does a solid job blocking.

Jourdan Lewis is rated as one of the best cornerbacks in the nation by scouts and has the cover skills to justify the ranking.  His size, which is almost 2.5-inches shy of the 6-foot demarcation line, will knock him down some draft boards.

The defensive line duo of Taco Charlton and Chris Wormley both receive high grades.  Wormley, who measures 6-feet/3.5-inches and just under 300lbs, offers potential in a variety of schemes.

Let’s keep an eye on Graham Glasgow’s brother Ryan Glasgow and see if he makes a similar move up draft boards as his sibling did last year.  Ryan plays on the other side of the ball but like his brother shows great power and intensity in his game.

Maurice Hurst Jr is one of those players who will make a big leap up draft boards if he continues to improve.  I probably should’ve given him a higher grade than the 4th round I stamped him with but I’d like to see a bigger body of work first.

Michigan State

Safety Demetrious Cox and linebacker Riley Bullough both received top 60 grades from scouts but I disagree.  I believe Bullough is more of a two down player while Cox doesn’t wow me on film.

Malik McDowell is a difference maker up front and justifiably draws praise from many circles but be aware. I’m told he has off the field/character issues which will raise red flags in war rooms.

Minnesota

Primarily last day picks coming from the Gophers though I do believe cornerback Jalen Myrick and safety Damarius Travis could move up boards.  Keep an eye on Myrick; he’s got excellent cornerback size and developing skills.

If tight end Brandon Lingen takes his game to the next level he will move into the early part of the third day should he decide to enter the draft and a second day selection is not out of the question.

Nebraska

The Cornhuskers won’t be well represented in next April’s draft unless junior corner Josh Kalu enters the event.  Kalu has shown the ability to shut down opponents and displayed consistent improvement with his ball skills.

Northwestern

Last year I graded Anthony Walker as a late rounder and the linebacker showed a lot of progress as a redshirt sophomore.  He lacks classic next level size but is a terrific pursuit linebacker who constantly makes plays on the ball.  He projects as a traditional weak side linebacker and may get consideration on the inside of a 3-4 alignment.

Matt Harris is well thought of in scouting circles and comes with the size and speed teams want.  Harris has a lot of ball production and the ability to line-up in nickel packages on Sunday.

Ohio State

Last year was a banner draft for the Buckeyes as the program put five players into the first round and placed another five into the draft’s second day.  Next April’s numbers will pale by comparison.

Tyquan Lewis is my number one rated Ohio State prospect. The junior defensive end is a terrific pass rusher that’s rarely knocked off his feet.  I noticed something watching film over the summer; it was Lewis who primarily lined up over the opponents left tackle in 2015, not Joey Bosa.

While some fawn over Raekwon McMillan I think he’s a solid prospect to this point and nothing more.  I also believe he falls way short of Darron Lee, the 20th pick of last April’s first round.

Penn State

Scouts love Nyeem Wartman-White and grade the linebacker as a potential second day pick but I’m not convinced.  He’s an athletic prospect with excellent playing speed but missed all but one game with an ACL injury last season.  He also suffered a knee injury as a freshman after appearing in just two games so besides needing work on his game, Wartman-White has major injury red flags.

Purdue

The Boilmakers have three potential second day picks according to scouts, players I grade as mid to late round selections.

Defensive tackle Ra’Zahn Howard is a big space eater in the middle of the line, displaying terrific short area quickness and the ability to make plays down the line of scrimmage.  I feel he’s more a gap occupier rather than a playmaker which will depress his draft stock but in the proper system he can start on Sunday.

Jackson Replogle does make a lot of plays on the ball and comes with size and growth potential.  Replogle flashes power but needs to play to his size on a consistent basis.

 Wisconsin

I’ve thought highly of Vincent Biegel the past two seasons and feel he’s a terrific linebacker prospect.  He’s more of a 3-4 outside type, best making plays in the box or up the field.  Biegel is a tough defender with excellent instincts.

Dan Voltz is being overrated by a number of people in my opinion.  He’s a solid interior offensive line prospect but his injury history will raise red flags.

RudolphIt looks like it will be a lean year for the Big 12 in a variety of ways as the next level talent is sparse.  Here are the top 84 prospects from the conference.

NFL Prospects from the Big 12

RndFull NameSchoolPosYear
3-4Charles WalkerOklahomaDT4Jr
3-4Noble NwachukwuWest VirginiaDE5Sr
4thJoseph NoteboomTCUT4Jr
4thDravon HenryWest VirginiaS3Jr
4thCamrhon Hughesx-TexasT5Sr
4thElijah LeeKansas StateOLB3Jr
4thMason RudolphOklahoma StateQB3Jr
4thJames WashingtonOklahoma StateWR3Jr
5thTyler OrloskyWest VirginiaC5Sr
5thChad WhitenerOklahoma StateILB4Jr
5thAllen LazardIowa StateWR3Jr
5thSeth RussellBaylorQB5Sr
5-6Samaje PerineOklahomaRB3Jr
5-6Marcell AtemanOklahoma StateWR4Sr
5-6Josh CarrawayTCUOLB5Sr
6thBlake JarwinOklahoma StateTE5Sr
6thDante BarnettKansas StateS5Sr
6thTre FlowersOklahoma StateS4Jr
6thJhaustin ThomasIowa StateDE5Sr
6thJordan WillisKansas StateDE4Sr
6-7K.J. SmithBaylorOLB3So
6-7Kyle FullerBaylorC5Sr
7thJordan SternsOklahoma StateS4Sr
7thDede WestbrookOklahomaWR4Sr
FAAhmad ThomasOklahomaS4Sr
FAJordan ThomasOklahomaCB3Jr
FARushel ShellWest VirginiaRB5Sr
FAKD CannonBaylorWR3Jr
FADevin LauderdaleTexas TechWR5Sr
FATyrone SwoopesTexasQB4Sr
FAAdam PankeyWest VirginiaG5Sr
FAFish SmithsonKansasS5Sr
FAGeno LewisOklahomaWR5Sr
FADeante BurtonKansas StateWR5Sr
FAKent PerkinsTexasG4Sr
FABaker MayfieldOklahomaQB5Sr
FADenzel JohnsonTCUS4Sr
FARyan ReidBaylorCB5Sr
FAJhajuan SealesOklahoma StateWR5Sr
FAJordan BurtonOklahoma StateOLB4Sr
FAChris CarsonOklahoma StateRB4Sr
FAShock LinwoodBaylorRB5Sr
FATaylor YoungBaylorILB4Jr
FACharmeachealle MooreKansas StateOLB4Sr
FASteven ParkerOklahomaS3Jr
FAJordan EvansOklahomaILB4Sr
FASkyler HowardWest VirginiaQB5Sr
FAChristian BrownWest VirginiaDE5Sr
FAD’Vario MontgomeryIowa StateWR5Sr
FAKeenon WardTexas TechS4Jr
FAOrion StewartBaylorS5Sr
FAJordan Shelley-SmithKansasG5Sr
FATanner WoodKansas StateDE4Jr
FATravon BlanchardBaylorS4Jr
FATaylor VincentOklahoma StateDT4Jr
FAZachary CrabtreeOklahoma StateT4Jr
FAPaul LewisOklahoma StateC4Jr
FACaleb BluiettTexasTE5Sr
FAKe’Aun KinnerKansasRB4Sr
FAPatrick MahomesTexas TechQB4Sr
FABrian NanceBaylorDE3Jr
FAChance WazBaylorCB3Jr
FAJomal WiltzIowa StateCB4Sr
FADevin ChafinBaylorRB5Sr
FADonovan StarksKansas StateCB5Sr
FADakota AustinOklahomaCB4Sr
FADylan HainesTexasS5Sr
FABaylen BrownTexas TechG4Sr
FAAiavion EdwardsBaylorILB5Sr
FADamani MosbyKansasDE5Sr
FAD’Andre BanksKansasG4Sr
FAPaul Boyette JrTexasDT5Sr
FAOndre PipkinsTexas TechDT5Sr
FAMarnez OgletreeKansasCB4Sr
FAOlakunle SalakoOklahoma StateT5Sr
FADaikiel Shorts JrWest VirginiaWR4Sr
FANigel TribuneIowa StateCB4Sr
FADeante’ GrayTCUWR5Sr
FABarry SandersOklahoma StateRB5Sr
FAAviante CollinsTCUT5Sr
FADerrick MoncriefOklahoma StateS5Sr
FAJames McFarlandTCUOLB5Sr
FABazie BatesKansasS4Sr
FAKenny IlokaTCUS5Sr

 

Baylor

Baylor is a program in transition and right now a team in distress.  It will be interesting to see how it all pans out and how the pro-prospects, especially those on offense, perform.

Some scouts grade quarterback Seth Russell as a second day selection but I feel he’s last day talent.  Russell is a smart signal caller who makes proper choices in the pocket and for the most part throws accurate passes.   His arm strength is average and on my board Russell is no better than former Baylor signal caller Bryce Petty, who turned into a fourth round pick.

Sophomore linebacker K.J. Smith plays with a nice degree of speed and explosion, showing great range and ability in pursuit.  He needs to improve his playing strength and become a more secure tackler but I like his next level future.

Iowa State

Jhaustin Thomas is an intriguing prospect.  He has next level size (6-feet/5.5 inches, 280lbs), speed (reportedly under 4.9s) and flashes skill.  Thomas smoothly moves to every direction of the field and shows a lot of athleticism in his game.  He’s also deceptively strong and occupies blockers which allows teammates to make plays on the ball.  Thomas offers a lot of next level potential but must step up his productivity and consistency.

Kansas State

I’m big on the next level possibilities of Elijah Lee and feel he offers potential as a three down linebacker in a variety of schemes.  Lee is quick, explosive and very fast, showing ability in pursuit while holding his own in coverage.  He’s a little undersized but comes with growth potential.  I grade him as a fourth rounder but could easily see Lee making a move into the draft’s second day if he continues to progress.

Keep an eye on Dante Barnett who sat on the sidelines with injury in 2015.  He’s a safety I graded as a mid-rounder off the 2014 film.

Oklahoma

The Sooners game film was underwhelming and I really don’t expect them to impact next year’s draft or challenge for this season’s national title as some predict.

Receiver Dede Westbrook could be the only Sooner drafted from the senior class next April.  He’s a solid college receiver with average next level skills.

Oklahoma State

Scouts have stamped several of the OSU seniors as draftable prospects and they are especially fond of tight end Blake Jarwin who they feel is third round talent.  Jarwin has impressive measurables and is a solid pass catching tight end.  Despite reportedly running in the low 4.7s area, he comes across as a one-speed player with a limited burst and I’m not a fan of his blocking.

Receiver James Washington displays the ability to control games and makes some extraordinary catches.  He also has lapses and inconsistencies on the field.  Washington could end up as a late second or early third round prospect if he elevates his game.

I’m just not a believer in quarterback Mason Rudolph at this point.  Yes, he has next level size and physical skills but he needs to improve almost every aspect of his game before I stamp him as a top 75 prospect.

TCU

Offensive tackle Joseph Noteboom has excellent size, strength and is a terrific position blocker best as a right tackle in the NFL.  I feel he could move into the second day of the draft with two more productive seasons.

Keep an eye on safety Kenny Iloka, a talented defensive back who sat out 2015 with a knee injury.

West Virginia

Noble Nwachukwu received early second day grades from scouts and while I like his pass rushing skill I just don’t know where a guy who measures under 6-feet/2-inches and lacks long speed fits at the next level.

I do believe safety Dravon Henry is a junior on the rise.  Henry did a terrific job filling in for Karl Joseph last year when the senior went down with a knee injury and he displays a complete game in centerfield.

TankersleyThe ACC offers a nice crop of next level talent headed by the nation’s top quarterback prospect.  The league also possesses a variety of potential Sunday starters I presently grade as top three round prospects.

NFL Prospects from the ACC

RndFull NamePosSchoolYr
1stDeshaun WatsonQBClemson3Jr
1stCordrea TankersleyCBClemson4Sr
1-2Brandon FacysonCBVirginia Tech4Jr
2ndBrad KaayaQBMiami-Fl3Jr
2ndBucky HodgesTEVirginia Tech4Jr
2ndDevonte’ FieldsDELouisville5Sr
2ndDorian JohnsonGPittsburgh4Sr
2ndDerrick NnadiDTFlorida State3Jr
2ndMatt DayesRBNorth Carolina State4Sr
2-3Trumaine WashingtonCBLouisville3Jr
2-3Donnie MilesSNorth Carolina4Jr
2-3B.J. HillDTNorth Carolina State3Jr
2-3Jordan LeggettTEClemson4Sr
3rdNick LinderCMiami-Fl3Jr
3rdJaryd Jones-SmithTPittsburgh4Jr
3rdHarold LandryDEBoston College3Jr
3rdJeremiah ClarkeDTNorth Carolina3So
3rdAlec EberleCFlorida State3So
3rdJohn JohnsonSBoston College4Sr
3rdDalvin CookRBFlorida StateJr
3rdDavid NjokuTEMiami-Fl3So
4thJosh Harvey-ClemonsSLouisville5Sr
4thWayne GallmanRBClemson4Jr
4thAdam BisnowatyTPittsburgh5Sr
4thTony AdamsGNorth Carolina State3Jr
4thMarquez WhiteCBFlorida State4Sr
4-5Marquel LeeOLBWake Forest4Sr
4-5Artavis ScottWRClemson3Jr
5thCharles ClarkCBVirginia Tech4Sr
5thKeith KelseyILBLouisville4Sr
5thTyrone CrowderGClemson4Jr
5thTrevon YoungOLBLouisville4Sr
5thRoderick JohnsonTFlorida State3Jr
5thAlex OfficerGPittsburgh4Jr
5thPatrick TowlesQBBoston College4Sr
5thJamari StaplesWRLouisville4Sr
5thRayshawn JenkinsSMiami-Fl4Sr
5thMike WilliamsWRClemson4Jr
5thTerrell EdmundsSVirginia Tech3So
5-6Carlos WatkinsDTClemson5Sr
5-6Johnathan HowardWRNorth Carolina4Sr
5-6Isaiah FordWRVirginia Tech3Jr
6thBrad WatsonCBWake Forest4Sr
6thDeAngelo BrownDTLouisville5Sr
6thRyan IzzoTEFlorida State3So
6thRyan SwitzerWRNorth Carolina4Sr
6thKenneth EkanemOLBVirginia Tech5Sr
6thTravis RudolphWRFlorida State3Jr
6thQuin BlandingSVirginia3Jr
6thGabe BrandnerTDukerJr
6thJames QuickWRLouisville4Sr
6thJaylen SamuelsFBNorth Carolina State3Jr
6thFreddie StevensonFBFlorida State4Sr
6thNathan AndrewsSFlorida State4Sr
6-7Matt MilanoOLBBoston College4Sr
6-7Josh JonesSNorth Carolina State4Jr
6-7Chad ThomasDEMiami-Fl3Jr
6-7Wilson BellGFlorida State4Jr
6-7Bobby WolfordFBBoston College5Sr
6-7Mike StrizakOLBBoston College5Sr
6-7Desmond LawrenceCBNorth Carolina5Sr
7thAndrew MotuapuakaILBVirginia Tech3Jr
7thKorrin WigginsSClemson4Jr
7thDaniel IsidoraGMiami-Fl5Sr
7thNigel WilliamsDTVirginia Tech5Sr
7thTim HarrisCBVirginia4Sr
7thDemarcus WalkerDEFlorida State4Sr
7thM.J. StewartCBNorth Carolina3Jr
7-FAJamal CarterSMiami-Fl4Sr
7-FAJoshua BanksDTWake Forest5Sr
7-FAMicah KiserILBVirginia4Jr
7-FAStacy ColeyWRMiami-Fl4Sr
7-FABradley ChubbDENorth Carolina State3Jr
FAElijah HoodRBNorth Carolina3Jr
FADajuan DrennonDENorth Carolina5Sr
FAKareem AreGFlorida State5Sr
FAChris GriffinTGeorgia Tech4Jr
FAJeremy SmithRBLouisville3Jr
FAJerod FernandezILBNorth Carolina State4Jr
FAZaire FranklinILBSyracuserSr
FASteve IshmaelWRSyracuse3Jr
FAJack TochoCBNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAJu’Michael RamosWRNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAMack HollinsWRNorth Carolina5Sr
FABen BoulwareILBClemson4Sr
FAJosh ParrisTESyracuse5Sr
FACam SerigneTEWake Forest4Jr
FATrey MarshallSFlorida State3Jr
FABrisly EstimeWRSyracuse4Sr
FAJonathan McLaughlinTVirginia Tech5Sr
FARo’Derrick HoskinsILBFlorida StaterJr
FABryon FieldsCBDuke4Jr
FATaquan MizzellRBVirginia4Sr
FAJoseph YearbyRBMiami-Fl3Jr
FAJacob PughOLBFlorida StateJr
FATruman GutapfelDTBoston College4Sr
FAShaq WigginsCBLouisville3Jr
FAKeith TowbridgeTELouisville4Sr
FAChucky WilliamsSLouisville4Jr
FATrevor DarlingTMiami-Fl3Jr
FACam PhillipsWRVirginia Tech3Jr
FAP.J. DavisOLBGeorgia Tech4Sr
FAAl-Quadin MuhammadDEx-Miami-Fl4Jr
FAJames ConnerFBPittsburgh3Jr
FAMario PenderRBFlorida State5Sr
FABrandon RadcliffRBLouisville5Sr
FACaleb PetersonGNorth Carolina5Sr
FAEric SmithGVirginia4Sr
FAJesus WilsonWRFlorida State4Sr
FAAugie ConteGVirginia Tech5Sr
FADeVon EdwardsCBDuke5Sr
FADontez FordWRPittsburgh5Sr
FATyrique JarrettDTPittsburgh4Sr
FANazir JonesDTNorth Carolina4Jr
FAWyatt TellerGVirginia Tech4Jr
FAMatt GalambosILBPittsburgh4Sr
FABentley SpainTNorth Carolina3Jr
FALucas CrowleyCNorth Carolina4Sr
FACole HikutiniTELouisville4Sr
FAMikey BartDENorth Carolina4Sr
FAT.J. LoganRBNorth Carolina4Sr
FACorneilus ElderCBMiami-Fl4Sr
FAKermit WhitfieldWRFlorida State4Sr
FAM.J. SalahuddinILBNorth Carolina State5Sr
FABra’Lon CherryWRNorth Carolina State4Sr
FASunny OdogwuTMiami-Fl4Jr
FAFreddie BurdenCGeorgia Tech5Sr
FAJay GuillermoCClemson5Sr
FANathan PetermanQBPittsburgh5Sr
FAJon HeckTNorth Carolina5Sr
FACasey BlaserTDuke5Sr
FAPatrick GambleDTGeorgia Tech5Sr
FASamuel RogersFBVirginia Tech4Sr
FAKelvin RaineySVirginia5Sr
FAJadar JohnsonSClemson4Sr
FAJaymar ParrishFBPittsburgh4Sr
FADravious WrightSNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAKevin KavalecDEBoston College4Sr
FAMarqez HodgeILBSyracuse4Sr
FAMonty NelsonDTNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAKiola MahoniGLouisville3Jr
FADeondre SingletonSDuke4Sr
FAThomas BrownOLBWake Forest4Sr

 

Boston College

I am amazed at how little love quarterback Patrick Towles receives from scouts.  The Kentucky transfer has terrific size, an NFL arm and a lot of really good tape from last season.  While he stumbled in a few games and there have been accusations of immaturity, I believe the physical ability along with the flashes Towles displayed last year deserve a middle round grade.

Safety John Johnson looks every bit as instinctive and intelligent as former teammate Justin Simmons, selected in the third round by the Denver Broncos last April.   I do believe Johnson has better playing speed and like Simmons, is a second day prospect.

Clemson

Cordrea Tankersley was stamped as one of the best senior cornerback prospects in the nation and its easy to see why.  He combines terrific size, outstanding ball skills and plays with next level instincts.  Assuming he plays well in 2016, I wouldn’t be surprised if Tankersly ends up as a top 18 selection next April.

I may be underrating tight end Jordan Legget a tad but I like tight ends that catch the ball as well as block and Leggett is deficient with the latter.  There is no denying he’s a legitimate downfield pass catching threat but I question whether or not he’s a three down player at the position.

I am a firm believer in the next level potential of DeShaun Watson and feel he’s the cream of the crop at the quarterback position by a wide margin moving towards the 2017 draft.  Though he needs to improve his downfield accuracy Watson’s combination of athleticism, arm strength and the general ability to command the offense are impressive.

Florida State

It was surprising how blasé I felt watching the Florida State film.  Unlike years past there were no players who jumped out at me.

I do like Derrick Nnadi, the big, powerful space eater with excellent short area quickness and a nice change of direction.  I graded him as a second rounder but could see Nnadi making a big move up draft boards.

Keep an eye on redshirt sophomore center Alec Eberle who I feel has star potential.

Louisville

Grades for Louisville prospects, specifically on defense, are all over the board.

Several scouts grade safety Josh Harvey-Clemons as a second day pick but I feel he’s of the last day variety.   On the other hand most grade defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown as a free agent but I feel he’s worth the investment of a late round pick.

Devonte’ Fields is an interesting case.  When on the field and on his game he flashes first round ability but his size/speed numbers, playing consistency and off the field issues make him a risky top 32 choice.

I’m hoping outside linebacker/pass rusher Trevon Young is able to return to health in 2017 as I believe he’s a legitimate mid-second day prospect.

Miami-Fl

I stamped Brad Kaaya as a second day pick but feel the potential is there for him to move into the first round if he continues to improve.  I just don’t think his film screams first round to this point.  Kaaya throws with a smooth over-the-top delivery, finds the open wide out and challenges the vertical game. I’d like to see him drive his deep passes more rather than throw floaters but he offers a nice upside.

Junior center Nick Linder could be selected earlier than older brother Brandon, a third round pick of the  Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014.  The younger Linder plays with great awareness, fundamentals and is effective on the line of scrimmage as well as blocking in motion.

North Carolina

Scouts gave some very high grades to the Tar Heels seniors but I rank junior safety Donnie Miles as the best prospect on the team.  He’s a hard hitting safety and a strong open field tackler with solid ball skills while also offering the ability to make plays sideline to sideline.

North Carolina State

The Wolfpack have a pair of second day selections starting with senior running back Matt Dayes.

Compactly built at just over 5-feet/8-inches and 200lbs, Dayes has tremendous quickness, an excellent burst and runs with deceptive power.  He’s also a terrific cutback runner who regularly makes defenders miss.

I’m also high on defensive tackle B.J. Hill.  The explosive defensive lineman offers a potential in a variety of schemes and comes with a nice upside.

Pittsburgh

The Panthers have three very good offensive line prospects.

Senior guard Dorian Johnson is dominant in all areas.  I gave him a high grade after his sophomore season and he improved off the 2015 film.  Explosive as well as fundamentally sound, he’s a powerful blocker who drives defenders off the line while also displaying skill in motion.

Senior tackle Adam Bisnowaty did not show as much progress as I hoped between his sophomore and junior seasons but he’s definitely a next level prospect.  Bisnowaty is a smart position blocker who gets the most from his skill.  My concern is Bisnowaty possesses neither next level footwork for the left side or the needed power to line up on the right side.

It’s a wait and see situation for Jaryd Jones-Smith who missed last season with a knee injury but if the big tackle can pick up where he left off in 2014 Jones-Smith could be the highest rated NFL prospect on this unit.

Virginia Tech

Eight months ago when Bucky Hodges was considering entering the draft the consensus opinion told the tight end he should return to school for another season.  Yet when I re-watched the tape this summer I saw a prospect that was just as athletic and effective catching the ball downfield as any tight end available last August.  Another good season and Hodges could move into the first round of the 2017 draft.

Brandon Facyson is another Hokie junior with first round potential.  The corner did a terrific job returning from injury last season and looked dominant in spurts.  He offers big time potential and I would expect him to be out the door with a big campaign in 2016.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest has three seniors on defense highly rated by scouts that must be watched.

Linebacker Marquel Lee is a terrific athlete with the size and speed to be a three down player on Sunday.  Defensive tackle Josh Banks is a little undersized but very quick, explosive and could end up as one of the better three technique prospects next April.  Cornerback Brad Watson has next level size and has shown himself to be effective in a variety of systems.

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