ParkerSixty-four rated prospects from the American Athletic Conference based on the 2013 league configuration (making film work much easier).  Teams will be shuffled to their new conferences moving forward.

Central Florida

Expect a hard fall on draft boards from UCF compared to last April’s showing. Receiver Breshad Perriman is the team’s top prospect and while some rate the junior as a middle round choice, I want to see how he responds with Blake Bortles no longer throwing him the ball.

Cincinnati

I don’t see a single draftable senior on the Bearcats roster at present time. I was very high on Eric Lefeld entering the 2013 campaign but the left tackle struggled last season displaying limited agility and athleticism. In my opinion Lefeld lacks the foot quickness and size to protect the blind side and is better off inside at guard at the next level.

I like the potential Silverberry Mouhon displayed on film. He’s an undersized college pass rusher with terrific lateral agility and quickness. A move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment will be a consideration at the next level.

Connecticut

The once proud Huskies program hopes to rebound from what’s been a miserable few seasons.

Cornerback Byron Jones has been stamped as a 4th/5th rounder on my board but could potentially make a Dwayne Gratz type move north with a big senior campaign.

While I like the pass catching skills of Geremy Davis his speed is a big concern. Not just the stopwatch speed but also the playing speed witnessed on film. In the end I think Davis fits in as a fifth receiver at the next level.

Houston

Junior receiver Deontay Greenberry, who I presently grade as a third rounder, has big time potential. He’s not very big but shows vertical speed on the field and reliable hands.

Entering the 2013 campaign defensive tackle Joey Mbu was someone I had high hopes for yet he showed little improvement on the field last season. He comes with average size/speed numbers and really doesn’t make enough plays on the ball.

Louisville

Louisville moves to the ACC this season and while the Cardinals won’t have three first round picks in 2015 as they did last April, there’s still plenty of next level talent.

Receiver DeVante Parker is a large, smooth pass catcher with dependable hands. He’s not field stretcher but a competent possession wide out who can line-up in a variety of offensive sets.

I like offensive lineman Jamon Brown and said as much last summer. Unlike scouts I believe he projects to guard at the next level rather than offensive tackle. This is based off Brown’s size, body type and style.

While Brown gets most of the love in the scouting community I fully expect Louisville right tackle Ryan Mack to make a big move up draft boards. The junior offers terrific size, run blocking skill and underrated athleticism.

Senior defensive lineman Lorenzo Mauldin is the sleeper here. The athletic defender is a terrific pass rusher who moves well in every direction, rushing the passer or pursuing the action. I grade him as a 4th round prospect while scouts think he’s more later rounds. Don’t be surprised if big year pushes Mauldin into the top 120 selections.

Memphis

The outlook for Memphis is promising, the first time since the post Tommy West era. The team has three prospects on the cusp of being last round picks.

Al Bond is a college tackle with the size and athleticism to line up at guard in the NFL. He’s effective run blocking and in pass protection, showing skill on the line of scrimmage or blocking in motion.

Martin Ifedi is a terrific player constantly making plays behind the line of scrimmage (14.5 TFLs, 11.5 sacks last year). He has size/speed limitations and lacks the height most teams want in a pass rushing end. That said he has enough skill to make a roster as a third down specialist in both three and four man lines.

Cornerback Bobby McCain showed flashes of next level ability during what was an injury plagued 2013 season. He comes with average size/speed but solid ball skills and looks like a potential dime back/special teams player for the next level.

Rutgers

Rutgers begins its initial season of competition in the Big Ten Conference and it could be a difficult campaign. Rutgers did not have a player selected in the 2014 draft and a repeat performance next April is possible.

Kaleb Johnson, who contemplated entering last years draft, ranks as the top senior. Johnson received a late round grade from the advisory committee in January and now moves towards his senior season as a free agent. Many believe the move from left tackle to guard last season hurt Johnson. Yet measuring under 6-feet, 4-inches its unlikely any team will project Johnson to blindside tackle.

Tight end Tyler Kroft would get drafted if he leaves after the season. Kroft is a solid pass catcher with nice length yet a prospect who must improve in all areas.

South Florida

For the most past South Florida has a history of placing servicable prospects into the later rounds of the draft and this year is no different.

Andre Davis is an adequately sized receiver with reliable hands but limited deep speed. He’s a potential late round choice and number five receiver at the next level.

Michael McFarland is a big (6-feet, 5-inches/250lbs) tight end with better than average speed but poor production (28 career receptions in three seasons). He has an upside and is a bit of a sleeper but must pull it together as a senior.

Temple

The Owls were disappointing on the field and in war rooms last season, considering the talent on the lines of scrimmage.

Junior Tyler Matakevich is a high effort player and well rounded in all areas of the linebacker position. I like his ability to play in several schemes and he could develop into a middle round pick if he continues to improve.

Cornerback Anthony Robey is a good football player with poor size/speed numbers. He’s the type of prospect who goes undrafted but makes a roster as a nickel back/special teams player.

I’m told Robby Anderson, who has NFL receiver skills but struggles in the classroom and with the playbook, is attending junior college in the state of Florida with the hopes of getting his grades up and resuming his college career, though not necessarily at Temple. Here’s hoping it works out for him.

Rankings

Rnd Full Name School Pos Yr

2-3

DeVante Parker

Louisville

WR

4Sr

2-3

Deontay Greenberry

Houston

WR

3Jr

3rd

Jamon Brown

Louisville

G

4Sr

4th

Lorenzo Mauldin

Louisville

OLB

4Sr

4th

Byron Jones

Connecticut

CB

5Sr

4-5

Ryan Mack

Louisville

T

4Jr

5th

Silverberry Mouhon

Cincinnati

DE

4Jr

5th

John Miller

Louisville

G

4Sr

5th

Breshad Perriman

Central Florida

WR

4Jr

5th

Tyler Kroft

Rutgers

TE

4Jr

6th

Keith Lumpkin

Rutgers

T

4Jr

6th

Tyler Matakevich

Temple

OLB

3Jr

6th

Jake Smith

Louisville

G

5Sr

6th

Gerald Christian

Louisville

TE

5Sr

6th

Ty-Meer Brown

Connecticut

S

5Sr

7th

Torrian Wilson

Central Florida

T

5Sr

7th

Geremy Davis

Connecticut

WR

5Sr

7th

Joey Mbu

Houston

DT

4Sr

7th

Al Bond

Memphis

G

5Sr

7-FA

Kaleb Johnson

Rutgers

G

4Sr

7-FA

Robby Anderson

x-Temple

WR

3Jr

7-FA

Andre Davis

South Florida

WR

4Sr

FA

Michael Dyer

Louisville

RB

5Sr

FA

Martin Ifedi

Memphis

DE

5Sr

FA

Eric Lefeld

Cincinnati

T

4Sr

FA

Rannell Hall

Central Florida

WR

4Sr

FA

Bobby McCain

Memphis

CB

4Sr

FA

Michael McFarland

South Florida

TE

5Sr

FA

Shakim Phillips

Connecticut

WR

5Sr

FA

Betim Bujari

Rutgers

C

5Sr

FA

Anthony Robey

Temple

CB

5Sr

FA

Reshard Cliett

South Florida

OLB

5Sr

FA

Darius Hamilton

Rutgers

DT

3Jr

FA

Jimmy Worton

Central Florida

WR

5Sr

FA

Stephon Sanders

SMU

OLB

4Sr

FA

Jefferson Ashiru

Connecticut

OLB

4Jr

FA

Derrick Mathews

Houston

OLB

4Sr

FA

Efrem Oliphant

Houston

OLB

5Sr

FA

Terrance Plummer

Central Florida

ILB

4Sr

FA

Lorenzo Waters

Rutgers

S

5Sr

FA

Charles Gaines

Louisville

CB

4Jr

FA

Ralph David Abernathy IV

Cincinnati

RB

4Sr

FA

Kevin Snyder

Rutgers

ILB

4Sr

FA

Parker Ehinger

Cincinnati

T

4Jr

FA

Jeff Luc

Cincinnati

ILB

5Sr

FA

Jalen Fitzpatrick

Temple

WR

4Sr

FA

Kenneth Harper

Temple

RB

4Sr

FA

Eli Rogers

Louisville

WR

4Sr

FA

Clayton Geathers

Central Florida

S

5Sr

FA

Der’rikk Thompson

SMU

WR

5Sr

FA

Alexander Mateas

Connecticut

C

5Sr

FA

Darrell Williams

South Florida

T

4Sr

FA

Terell Floyd

Louisville

CB

4Sr

FA

Cory Keebler

Cincinnati

T

5Sr

FA

Ryan Jackson

Houston

RB

3Jr

FA

Quinterrius Eatmon

South Florida

T

5Sr

FA

Adrian Witty

Cincinnati

CB

5Sr

FA

Michael Burton

Rutgers

FB

5Sr

FA

Bradley Harrah

Cincinnati

DE

5Sr

FA

Gary Nova

Rutgers

QB

4Sr

FA

Reggie Travis

Memphis?

WR

5Sr

FA

B.J. McBryde

Connecticut

DT

5Sr

FA

Shawn Moffitt

Central Florida

K

4Sr

FA

Marvin Kloss

South Florida

K

5Sr

 

 

GallonGrading the top 45 NFL Prospects from the Mid-American
Conference

 
Rnd Full Name Pos Yr School

4th

Chris Gallon

WR

4Jr

Bowling Green

4th

Alonzo Russell

WR

4Jr

Toledo

4-5

Titus Davis

WR

4Sr

Central Michigan

4-5

Gregory Mancz

G

5Sr

Toledo

5-6

Treyvon Hester

DT

3So

Toledo

7th

Kyle Pohl

QB

4Jr

Akron

FA

Johnior Sylvestre

OLB

4Sr

Toledo

FA

Willie Beavers

G

4Jr

Western Michigan

FA

Devin Bass

CB

4Jr

Ohio

FA

Dechane Durante

S

5Sr

Northern Illinois

FA

Kurt Laseak

OLB

3So

Ohio

FA

Antwan Crutcher

DT

4Sr

Ohio

FA

Trayion Durham

FB

4Sr

Kent State

FA

Darryl Lynch

ILB

5Sr

Bowling Green

FA

Adam Redden

S

4Sr

Buffalo

FA

Chris Humphrey

WR

4Sr

Kent State

FA

Bronson Hill

RB

4Sr

Eastern Michigan

FA

Justin Currie

S

4Sr

Western Michigan

FA

Leterrius Walton

DT

5Sr

Central Michigan

FA

Jahwan Edwards

RB

4Sr

Ball State

FA

Horactio Banks

RB

4Jr

Ball State

FA

Tyreese Russell

TE

4Sr

Eastern Michigan

FA

Dominique Bowers

RB

4Jr

x-Northern Illinois

FA

Nordly Capi

DE

5Sr

Akron

FA

Eric Patterson

CB

4Sr

Ball State

FA

Jawon Chisholm

RB

4Jr

Akron

FA

Zachary Colvin

DT

4Sr

Bowling Green

FA

Andre Davis

T

5Sr

Buffalo

FA

Luke Eakes

TE

5Sr

Northern Illinois

FA

Kevin Henry

T

5Sr

Central Michigan

FA

Chase Nelson

T

5Sr

Toledo

FA

Kendall Montgomery

DE

5Sr

Bowling Green

FA

Chris Calloway

S

4Sr

Ball State

FA

Casey Pierce

TE

5Sr

Kent State

FA

Gabriel Martin

OLB

5Sr

Bowling Green

FA

Justin March

OLB

4Sr

Akron

FA

Donald Celiscar

CB

4Sr

Western Michigan

FA

Chase Cochran

WR

5Sr

Ohio

FA

Kristjan Sokoli

DT

5Sr

Buffalo

FA

Tim Semisch

TE

5Sr

Northern Illinois

FA

Justin Cherocci

ILB

5Sr

Central Michigan

FA

Mwanza Wamulumba

DT

5Sr

Miami-Oh

FA

Jake Silas

T

5Sr

Buffalo

7th

Bobby McFadden

T

5Sr

Eastern Michigan

FA

Jeremiah Detmer

K

4Sr

Toledo

 

Notes

Akron

Its been a while since Akron had a player selected in the draft, six years to be exact. I don’t predict the school will have any player selected next year but keep an eye on junior signal caller Kyle Pohl. He’s a well sized passer with enough arm strength to play at the next level. Pohl needs to improve his pass placement and cut down on the number of picks he tosses but definitely has late round potential if he continues to progress.

Ball State

Scouts feel running back Jahwan Edwards has late round potential as he comes with terrific size/speed numbers and surprising quickness for a bigger back. And while I like his skills, Edwards is still a little to inconsistent for me to be graded as seventh round pick at this point.

Bowling Green

I’m really looking forward to the return of receiver Chris Gallon. The big, smooth possession receiver was knocked out midway through the middle part of 2013 with a knee injury. That’s not good news as Gallon displayed average speed before the knee issue but has the size and skill to get consideration as the third/fourth man on the depth chart if he gets his game back on track.

Central Michigan

Scouts think highly of receiver Titus Davis and off the film I’ve stamped him as a potential 4th round pick. Inside sources tell me some of his official measurables will fall short of NFL standards and could push him into the late part of the draft.

Eastern Michigan

Tyreese Russell has his moments on film and looks like a potential move tight end in the NFL. He lacks great size which means forty time will be critical moving towards the 2015 draft and to be honest Russell does not present himself as a vertical threat on film.

Northern Illinois

I was blown away after watching the freshman film of safety Dechane Durante during the summer of 2012 but his game has not progressed since. Durante played five games as a sophomore before being shelved with a broken ankle and while he showed flashes last season, he also had his share of mental lapses. The underlying skill is apparent but Durante must improve his consistency and stop blowing assignments.

Tight end Tim Semisch is someone who rarely registers a blip on the scouting radar. In fact he’s only occasionally on the field. Yet he comes with great size and flashes athleticism and dominant blocking skill. Keep Semisch in mind this season. He’s not a draft pick but a free agent who could be the third man on the tight end depth chart at the next level.

Ohio

The Bobcats offer a number of wait and see prospects starting with junior cornerback Devin Bass, who shows the ability to shutdown opponents. At times last season Bass played better than teammate Travis Carrie, the seventh round pick of the Oakland Raiders.

Toledo

Earlier last week I posted about the impressive talent on the Toledo roster. It starts with senior Gregory Mancz, a four year starter that’s lined up at right tackle, both guard spots and may see action at center this season . Mancz is tough as nails, smart and effective both on the line of scrimmage as well as blocking in motion. He comes with good height (6-feet/4.5-inches) and growth potential. I stamped him as a potential 4th/5th round pick but feel a good campaign in 2014 followed up by a solid showing in pre-draft workouts as well as All Star games could move Mancz into the initial 110 picks.

Junior receiver Alonzo Russell is someone who really stands out on film. He’s tall (6-foot/3+ inches) fluid and dependable. Though not a vertical threat, Russell is sneaky fast and stretches it deep on occasion. He’s a future top 100 prospect if he continues to progress.

Treyvon Hester lacks the great measurables yet the sophomore is easy to spot on film as he’s constantly behind the line of scrimmage disrupting the action. I’ll go on record saying he’s a potential three technique tackle and one to watch moving forward.

If there’s a Toledo senior who could make a surprising jump up draft boards this season its Johnior Sylvestre. The linebacker led Toledo in tackles last season and is expected to test through the roof in the lead up to the draft.

Western Michigan

The senior class of prospects at WMU is thin at best and for my money the best next level player is red-shirt junior Willie Beavers. Lining up at the left tackle spot, Beavers is a quick, nimble blocker effective on the move. He must improve his finishing strength but Beavers offers potential as a zone blocking guard in the NFL.

Overall, the teams in the AFC North had a strong draft while also adding some flash. The Cleveland Browns’ decision to add Johnny Manziel will bring plenty of intrigue and excitement to the division. The Baltimore Ravens continued their strong drafting habits by adding immediate impact players, depth and high upside talent.  Here are Jon Dove’s grades with some added insight from Tony Pauline.

Baltimore Ravens: When their first round targets were off the board the Ravens turned to C.J. Mosley, an extremely instinctive linebacker who will step in and immediately and improve the athleticism at the position. He’s smart enough to realize he has an opportunity to learn from a pro like Daryl Smith. Baltimore always finds a way to collect good defensive lineman and they hope Timmy Jernigan meets his potential. Explosive and athletic, Jernigan never really developed his game at Florida State then tested positive at the combine. He has great upside and will have a long career in the NFL if he grows up. Third round pick Terrence Brooks comes with strong coverage skills and he’s a perfect fit alongside Matt Elam, the team’s first round pick a year ago. The two could be the Ravens’ starting safeties for the next 10 years. Crockett Gilmore, the team’s other third round pick, was a slight reach. He’s a dominant blocker but comes with limitations as a pass catching threat. On the other hand fourth round pick Brent Urban could turn into a real steal if he develops his game. Urban has unreal potential and offers great size but was hampered by a serious ankle issue throughout his senior campaign and in the run-up to the draft. Lorenzo Taliaferro was a reach in the fourth round but the situation surrounding Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce unable to stay healthy made drafting a running back necessary. John Urschel in round five was a solid choice and could be a credible back-up on the offensive line. Keith Wenning and Michael Campanaro are two sleepers with a real chance to develop into major contributors. Wenning features a ton of arm talent and showed throughout his college career that he can make smart decisions. Campanaro was one of my favorite players in this draft because of his knack for finding openings in the defense. He doesn’t have great size or long speed but makes up for it with his short-area burst. Campanaro runs clean routes and is capable of creating a lot of separation. He’s also someone who’ll contribute on special teams.
Grade: A- The depth of the Baltimore Ravens draft is amazing with as many as five players able to make an immediate impact and the rest possessing long-term potential. Overall, this is one of the better classes in this year’s draft, almost a regular theme for the Ravens front office.

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Cincinnati Bengals:   Many thought Darqueze Dennard was a mid-first round pick but when he slipped out of the top 20 the race was on to get him. His physical style of play is a good fit for the Cincinnati Bengals and Dennard has a chance to earn a starting job as soon as week one. Jeremy Hill is an exceptional talent with the potential to develop into the best running back from this class. However, he brings major off-field concerns and is basically a younger version of BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Grabbing Will Clarke is raw and needs work on his technique but comes with a good amount of upside. Rusell Bodine was an interesting pick as the Bengals are set at both center and guard. A.J. McCarron is better than a fifth-round prospect and could challenge Andy Dalton if the Bengals fail to make some noise in this year’s playoffs. Marquis Flowers was an unheralded prospect but a terrific run and chase, one-gap linebacker. Lavelle Westbrooks was a player a number of teams liked as he comes with good size and ball skills. The inability to run under 4.65s in workouts pushed him into the final round.

Grade: C  Dennard was excellent value but the rest of the draft was a little uninspiring as they reached for a few prospects.

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Cleveland Browns: The Cleveland Browns added plenty of talent through this year’s draft, but also make some curious moves. I love the fact they added another first rounder next year by swapping picks with the Buffalo Bills. However, they missed a chance to add a special talent like Sammy Watkins. Passing on Watkins looks like a more questionable decision after finding out about Josh Gordon’s potential suspension. However, the Browns were aware of Gordon’s struggles and the fact he was only one mistake away from a significant suspension. Justin Gilbert has his flaws but he’s a competitor who played on an island throughout his college career. The tandem of Gilbert and Joe Haden will give the Browns plenty of options on the defensive side of the ball. Fourth round pick Pierre Desir will contribute as a rookie and has a chance to develop into a special player. Of course, the most important pick in Cleveland’s draft is Johnny Manziel. I (Jon Dove) absolutely love the pick and believe Manziel will help the Browns this year. Cleveland’s strong defense will play an important role in Manziel’s success as it will allow him to make some mistakes and not cost his team the game. His competitiveness is something the team will rally around while provide the fan base with a truly exciting player. The addition of Joel Bitonio to an already strong offensive line will also make things easier on Manziel. Christian Kirksey was viewed by most as one of the better 4-3 weakside linebackers in this year’s draft. But more and more teams are taking this type of player and plugging them into the middle of a 3-4. These are the plans Cleveland has for Kirksey and he has the skills to succeed. Terrance West will add depth at the running back position and should contribute as a rookie.

Grade: B Much of the success of this draft will be tied to Manziel but Cleveland two starters on defense and a potential starting guard or tackle in Bitonio.

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Pittsburgh Steelers: The headliner for the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft is linebacker Ryan Shazier. He’s an explosive athlete who brings a ton of upside. However, Shazier is a bit undersized and plays more of a finesse game. This will be an issue in Pittsburgh because the Steelers are looking for Shazier to play inside linebacker and he must do a better job taking on blocks in the hole, using his hands and disengaging. He has a tendency to try and avoid blockers which puts him out of position.  It may be a difficult transition for Shazier. Second round pick Stephon Tuitt is a good fit for the Steelers defensive line but really needs to improve almost every aspect of his game. Dri Archer is going to bring an explosive element to the Steelers’ offense. His versatility gives Pittsburgh the ability to use him in the slot and out of the backfield. Fourth round pick Martavis Bryant has good size, ran well at the combine and has shown a lot of skill. If he pulls it together this will be a great bargain. The fifth round was a bit early for Shaquille Richardson but like Bryant he has the raw skill to play at the next level and needs to just pulls the pieces together. Taking Wesley Johnson in the same round give the Steelers a versatile back-up on the offensive line who can play left tackle, center or guard. Sixth round pick Jordan Zumwalt was great value. He plays lights out and looks to intimidate opponents. What Zumwalt lacks are great instincts but he’ll do well in the Steelers system. So to could the teams other choice in round six, Daniel McCullers. Coming into the season McCullers was stamped as a potential first round pick yet he played miserable football and underachieved. If the light goes on this will be a steal. Rob Blanchflower was a solid but overrated tight end who shows no outstanding physical traits to his game.

Grade: B Overall, the Steelers may have reached with their first round pick but made up for it with a strong end of the draft.

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