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

Rnd Full Name School Pos Yr
1st Jake Butt Michigan TE 4Sr
1st Josey Jewell Iowa OLB 4Jr
1st Taco Charlton Michigan DE 4Sr
1st Malik McDowell Michigan State DT 3Jr
1st Tyquan Lewis Ohio State DE 4Jr
1st Jabrill Peppers Michigan S 3Jr
1-2 Chris Wormley Michigan DE 5Sr
1-2 Dawuane Smoot Illinois DE 4Sr
1-2 Desmond King Iowa CB 4Sr
2nd Dan Feeney Indiana G 5Sr
2nd Jourdan Lewis Michigan CB 4Sr
2nd Jehu Chesson Michigan WR 5Sr
2-3 Raekwon McMillan Ohio State ILB 3Jr
2-3 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE 3So
2-3 Amara Darboh Michigan WR 5Sr
3rd Miles Taylor Iowa S 3Jr
3rd Montae Nicholson Michigan State S 3Jr
3rd C.J. Beathard Iowa QB 5Sr
3rd Mason Cole Michigan T 3Jr
3rd Joshua Kalu Nebraska CB 3Jr
3rd Vincent Biegel Wisconsin OLB 5Sr
3rd Ryan Glasgow Michigan DT 5Sr
3-4 Pat Elflein Ohio State G 5Sr
4th Ra’Zahn Howard Purdue DT 4Sr
4th Riley Bullough Michigan State ILB 5Sr
4th Jackson Replogle Purdue DT 4Sr
4th Anthony Walker Northwestern ILB 4Jr
4th Simmie Cobbs Jr. Indiana WR 3Jr
4th Maurice Hurst Jr Michigan DT 4Jr
4th Billy Price Ohio State G 4Jr
4th Jalen Myrick Minnesota CB 4Sr
4th Jaleel Johnson Iowa DT 5Sr
4th Demetrious Cox Michigan State S 5Sr
4-5 Chris Godwin Penn State WR 3Jr
4-5 Garrett Sickels Penn State DE 4Jr
5th Corey Smith Ohio State WR 5Sr
5th Gareon Conley Ohio State CB 4Jr
5th Malik Turner Illinois WR 3Jr
5th Deangelo Yancey Purdue WR 4Sr
5th De’Veon Smith Michigan RB 4Sr
5th Daniel Voltz Wisconsin C 5Sr
5th Jon Reschke Michigan State OLB 4Jr
5th Matt Harris Northwestern CB 4Sr
5th Marcus Allen Penn State S 3Jr
5th Ike Boettger Iowa T 4Jr
5-6 Jason Cabinda Penn State OLB 3Jr
5-6 Jalen Brooks Maryland OLB 4Jr
5-6 Chikwe Obasih Wisconsin DE 4Jr
6th Corey Clement Wisconsin RB 4Sr
6th Danny Ezechukwu Purdue OLB 4Jr
6th Godwin Igwebuike Northwestern S 4Jr
6th Boone Myers Iowa G 4Jr
6th Ralphael Green Indiana DT 5Sr
6th Brandon Lingen Minnesota TE 3Jr
6th Austin Schmidt Illinois T 4Sr
6th Rodney Smith Minnesota RB 3So
6th Dante Booker Ohio State OLB 3Jr
6th Dontre Wilson Ohio State WR 4Sr
6th Sean Welsh Iowa G 4Sr
6th Nyeem Wartman-White Penn State ILB 5Sr
6th Weston Lunt Illinois QB 5Sr
6th Damarius Travis Minnesota S 4Sr
6-7 Justin Jackson Northwestern RB 3Jr
6-7 Kyle Kalis Michigan G 5Sr
6-7 Josiah Price Michigan State TE 5Sr
6-7 Greg Mabin Iowa CB 5Sr
6-7 Domonique Young Purdue WR 4Sr
6-7 Brandon Bell Penn State OLB 4Sr
6-7 Will Likely Maryland CB 4Sr
6-7 Dymonte Thomas Michigan S 4Sr
7th Dimitric Camiel Indiana T 5Sr
7th Micahel Deiter Wisconsin G 3So
7th George Kittle Iowa TE 5Sr
7th Cole Croston Iowa T 5Sr
7th J.T. Barrett Ohio State QB 4Jr
7th Dare Ogunbowale Wisconsin RB 5Sr
7th Hardy Nickerson Illinois ILB 5Sr
7th Christian DiLauro Illinois T 3Jr
7th Paris Palmer Penn State T 4Sr
FA Ben Niemann Iowa OLB 3Jr
FA Mitchell Leidner Minnesota QB 5Sr
FA Ben Braden Michigan G 5Sr
FA Matt VandeBerg Iowa WR 4Sr
FA Jordan Westerkamp Nebraska WR 5Sr
FA Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin T 3So
FA Channing Stribling Michigan CB 4Sr
FA Andrew Nelson Penn State T 4Jr
FA Jarrod Clements Illinois DT 4Sr
FA Jonah Pirsig Minnesota T 5Sr
FA Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin TE 4Jr
FA Jack Lynn Minnesota OLB 5Sr
FA Jesse Aniebonam Maryland DE 3Jr
FA Jamal Lyles Michigan State TE 5Sr
FA Erik Magnuson Michigan G 5Sr
FA Nathan Gerry Nebraska S 4Sr
FA Ifeadikachakwu Odenigbo Northwestern DE 5Sr
FA Leshun Daniels Iowa RB 4Sr
FA Chris Muller Rutgers G 5Sr
FA Sam Cotton Nebraska TE 5Sr
FA Carroll Phillips Illinois OLB 4Sr
FA Sebastian Joseph Rutgers DT 4Jr
FA Brandon Reilly Nebraska WR 4Sr
FA Jordan Roos Purdue G 5Sr
FA Kodi Kieler Michigan State T 5Sr
FA Scott Ekpe Minnesota DT 5Sr
FA Sojourn Shelton Wisconsin CB 4Sr
FA Ed Davis Michigan State OLB 5Sr
FA Darian Hicks Michigan State CB 4Sr
FA De’Mornay Pierson-El Nebraska WR 3Jr
FA Jeremy Clark Michigan CB 5Sr
FA Robert Wheelwright Wisconsin WR 4Sr
FA Nate Wozniak Minnesota TE 4Jr
FA Bo Bower Iowa OLB 4Jr
FA R J Shelton Michigan State WR 4Sr
FA Cethan Carter Nebraska TE 4Sr
FA Robert Gregory Purdue S 5Sr
FA Ian Park Northwestern G 4Sr
FA Rashard Fant Indiana CB 4Jr
FA Delano Hill Michigan S 4Sr
FA Reggie Spearman x-Iowa OLB 4Jr
FA T.J. Neal Illinois ILB 5Sr
FA Evan Jones Michigan State DE 4Sr
FA Ben Gedeon Michigan ILB 4Sr
FA Michael Dunn Maryland T 5Sr
FA Alonzo Moore Nebraska WR 5Sr
FA Jason King Purdue G 5Sr
FA Greg McMullen Nebraska DE 5Sr
FA Darius Hamilton Rutgers DT 5Sr
FA Joe Spencer Illinois C 4Sr
FA Hendrick Ekpe Minnesota DE 5Sr
FA Wesley Brown Maryland RB 5Sr
FA Malik Golden Penn State S 5Sr
FA Andre Patton Rutgers WR 4Sr
FA Terrell Newby Nebraska RB 4Sr
FA Leroy Clark Purdue S 4Sr
FA Jacob Hillyer Iowa WR 5Sr
FA Janarion Grant Rutgers WR 4Sr
FA T.J. Simmons Indiana ILB 4Sr
FA Drew Wolitarsky Minnesota WR 5Sr
FA Joshua Banderas Nebraska OLB 4Sr
FA Eric Olson Northwestern T 4Sr
FA Bart Houston Wisconsin QB 5Sr
FA J.J. Denman Rutgers T 5Sr
FA Bri’Onte Dunn Ohio State RB 5Sr
FA Taylor Barton Illinois S 5Sr
FA Mike Dudek Illinois WR 4Jr



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Rnd Full Name School Pos Year
3-4 Charles Walker Oklahoma DT 4Jr
3-4 Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia DE 5Sr
4th Joseph Noteboom TCU T 4Jr
4th Dravon Henry West Virginia S 3Jr
4th Camrhon Hughes x-Texas T 5Sr
4th Elijah Lee Kansas State OLB 3Jr
4th Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB 3Jr
4th James Washington Oklahoma State WR 3Jr
5th Tyler Orlosky West Virginia C 5Sr
5th Chad Whitener Oklahoma State ILB 4Jr
5th Allen Lazard Iowa State WR 3Jr
5th Seth Russell Baylor QB 5Sr
5-6 Samaje Perine Oklahoma RB 3Jr
5-6 Marcell Ateman Oklahoma State WR 4Sr
5-6 Josh Carraway TCU OLB 5Sr
6th Blake Jarwin Oklahoma State TE 5Sr
6th Dante Barnett Kansas State S 5Sr
6th Tre Flowers Oklahoma State S 4Jr
6th Jhaustin Thomas Iowa State DE 5Sr
6th Jordan Willis Kansas State DE 4Sr
6-7 K.J. Smith Baylor OLB 3So
6-7 Kyle Fuller Baylor C 5Sr
7th Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State S 4Sr
7th Dede Westbrook Oklahoma WR 4Sr
FA Ahmad Thomas Oklahoma S 4Sr
FA Jordan Thomas Oklahoma CB 3Jr
FA Rushel Shell West Virginia RB 5Sr
FA KD Cannon Baylor WR 3Jr
FA Devin Lauderdale Texas Tech WR 5Sr
FA Tyrone Swoopes Texas QB 4Sr
FA Adam Pankey West Virginia G 5Sr
FA Fish Smithson Kansas S 5Sr
FA Geno Lewis Oklahoma WR 5Sr
FA Deante Burton Kansas State WR 5Sr
FA Kent Perkins Texas G 4Sr
FA Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB 5Sr
FA Denzel Johnson TCU S 4Sr
FA Ryan Reid Baylor CB 5Sr
FA Jhajuan Seales Oklahoma State WR 5Sr
FA Jordan Burton Oklahoma State OLB 4Sr
FA Chris Carson Oklahoma State RB 4Sr
FA Shock Linwood Baylor RB 5Sr
FA Taylor Young Baylor ILB 4Jr
FA Charmeachealle Moore Kansas State OLB 4Sr
FA Steven Parker Oklahoma S 3Jr
FA Jordan Evans Oklahoma ILB 4Sr
FA Skyler Howard West Virginia QB 5Sr
FA Christian Brown West Virginia DE 5Sr
FA D’Vario Montgomery Iowa State WR 5Sr
FA Keenon Ward Texas Tech S 4Jr
FA Orion Stewart Baylor S 5Sr
FA Jordan Shelley-Smith Kansas G 5Sr
FA Tanner Wood Kansas State DE 4Jr
FA Travon Blanchard Baylor S 4Jr
FA Taylor Vincent Oklahoma State DT 4Jr
FA Zachary Crabtree Oklahoma State T 4Jr
FA Paul Lewis Oklahoma State C 4Jr
FA Caleb Bluiett Texas TE 5Sr
FA Ke’Aun Kinner Kansas RB 4Sr
FA Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech QB 4Sr
FA Brian Nance Baylor DE 3Jr
FA Chance Waz Baylor CB 3Jr
FA Jomal Wiltz Iowa State CB 4Sr
FA Devin Chafin Baylor RB 5Sr
FA Donovan Starks Kansas State CB 5Sr
FA Dakota Austin Oklahoma CB 4Sr
FA Dylan Haines Texas S 5Sr
FA Baylen Brown Texas Tech G 4Sr
FA Aiavion Edwards Baylor ILB 5Sr
FA Damani Mosby Kansas DE 5Sr
FA D’Andre Banks Kansas G 4Sr
FA Paul Boyette Jr Texas DT 5Sr
FA Ondre Pipkins Texas Tech DT 5Sr
FA Marnez Ogletree Kansas CB 4Sr
FA Olakunle Salako Oklahoma State T 5Sr
FA Daikiel Shorts Jr West Virginia WR 4Sr
FA Nigel Tribune Iowa State CB 4Sr
FA Deante’ Gray TCU WR 5Sr
FA Barry Sanders Oklahoma State RB 5Sr
FA Aviante Collins TCU T 5Sr
FA Derrick Moncrief Oklahoma State S 5Sr
FA James McFarland TCU OLB 5Sr
FA Bazie Bates Kansas S 4Sr
FA Kenny Iloka TCU S 5Sr



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.


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.


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

Rnd Full Name Pos School Yr
1st Deshaun Watson QB Clemson 3Jr
1st Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson 4Sr
1-2 Brandon Facyson CB Virginia Tech 4Jr
2nd Brad Kaaya QB Miami-Fl 3Jr
2nd Bucky Hodges TE Virginia Tech 4Jr
2nd Devonte’ Fields DE Louisville 5Sr
2nd Dorian Johnson G Pittsburgh 4Sr
2nd Derrick Nnadi DT Florida State 3Jr
2nd Matt Dayes RB North Carolina State 4Sr
2-3 Trumaine Washington CB Louisville 3Jr
2-3 Donnie Miles S North Carolina 4Jr
2-3 B.J. Hill DT North Carolina State 3Jr
2-3 Jordan Leggett TE Clemson 4Sr
3rd Nick Linder C Miami-Fl 3Jr
3rd Jaryd Jones-Smith T Pittsburgh 4Jr
3rd Harold Landry DE Boston College 3Jr
3rd Jeremiah Clarke DT North Carolina 3So
3rd Alec Eberle C Florida State 3So
3rd John Johnson S Boston College 4Sr
3rd Dalvin Cook RB Florida State Jr
3rd David Njoku TE Miami-Fl 3So
4th Josh Harvey-Clemons S Louisville 5Sr
4th Wayne Gallman RB Clemson 4Jr
4th Adam Bisnowaty T Pittsburgh 5Sr
4th Tony Adams G North Carolina State 3Jr
4th Marquez White CB Florida State 4Sr
4-5 Marquel Lee OLB Wake Forest 4Sr
4-5 Artavis Scott WR Clemson 3Jr
5th Charles Clark CB Virginia Tech 4Sr
5th Keith Kelsey ILB Louisville 4Sr
5th Tyrone Crowder G Clemson 4Jr
5th Trevon Young OLB Louisville 4Sr
5th Roderick Johnson T Florida State 3Jr
5th Alex Officer G Pittsburgh 4Jr
5th Patrick Towles QB Boston College 4Sr
5th Jamari Staples WR Louisville 4Sr
5th Rayshawn Jenkins S Miami-Fl 4Sr
5th Mike Williams WR Clemson 4Jr
5th Terrell Edmunds S Virginia Tech 3So
5-6 Carlos Watkins DT Clemson 5Sr
5-6 Johnathan Howard WR North Carolina 4Sr
5-6 Isaiah Ford WR Virginia Tech 3Jr
6th Brad Watson CB Wake Forest 4Sr
6th DeAngelo Brown DT Louisville 5Sr
6th Ryan Izzo TE Florida State 3So
6th Ryan Switzer WR North Carolina 4Sr
6th Kenneth Ekanem OLB Virginia Tech 5Sr
6th Travis Rudolph WR Florida State 3Jr
6th Quin Blanding S Virginia 3Jr
6th Gabe Brandner T Duke rJr
6th James Quick WR Louisville 4Sr
6th Jaylen Samuels FB North Carolina State 3Jr
6th Freddie Stevenson FB Florida State 4Sr
6th Nathan Andrews S Florida State 4Sr
6-7 Matt Milano OLB Boston College 4Sr
6-7 Josh Jones S North Carolina State 4Jr
6-7 Chad Thomas DE Miami-Fl 3Jr
6-7 Wilson Bell G Florida State 4Jr
6-7 Bobby Wolford FB Boston College 5Sr
6-7 Mike Strizak OLB Boston College 5Sr
6-7 Desmond Lawrence CB North Carolina 5Sr
7th Andrew Motuapuaka ILB Virginia Tech 3Jr
7th Korrin Wiggins S Clemson 4Jr
7th Daniel Isidora G Miami-Fl 5Sr
7th Nigel Williams DT Virginia Tech 5Sr
7th Tim Harris CB Virginia 4Sr
7th Demarcus Walker DE Florida State 4Sr
7th M.J. Stewart CB North Carolina 3Jr
7-FA Jamal Carter S Miami-Fl 4Sr
7-FA Joshua Banks DT Wake Forest 5Sr
7-FA Micah Kiser ILB Virginia 4Jr
7-FA Stacy Coley WR Miami-Fl 4Sr
7-FA Bradley Chubb DE North Carolina State 3Jr
FA Elijah Hood RB North Carolina 3Jr
FA Dajuan Drennon DE North Carolina 5Sr
FA Kareem Are G Florida State 5Sr
FA Chris Griffin T Georgia Tech 4Jr
FA Jeremy Smith RB Louisville 3Jr
FA Jerod Fernandez ILB North Carolina State 4Jr
FA Zaire Franklin ILB Syracuse rSr
FA Steve Ishmael WR Syracuse 3Jr
FA Jack Tocho CB North Carolina State 4Sr
FA Ju’Michael Ramos WR North Carolina State 4Sr
FA Mack Hollins WR North Carolina 5Sr
FA Ben Boulware ILB Clemson 4Sr
FA Josh Parris TE Syracuse 5Sr
FA Cam Serigne TE Wake Forest 4Jr
FA Trey Marshall S Florida State 3Jr
FA Brisly Estime WR Syracuse 4Sr
FA Jonathan McLaughlin T Virginia Tech 5Sr
FA Ro’Derrick Hoskins ILB Florida State rJr
FA Bryon Fields CB Duke 4Jr
FA Taquan Mizzell RB Virginia 4Sr
FA Joseph Yearby RB Miami-Fl 3Jr
FA Jacob Pugh OLB Florida State Jr
FA Truman Gutapfel DT Boston College 4Sr
FA Shaq Wiggins CB Louisville 3Jr
FA Keith Towbridge TE Louisville 4Sr
FA Chucky Williams S Louisville 4Jr
FA Trevor Darling T Miami-Fl 3Jr
FA Cam Phillips WR Virginia Tech 3Jr
FA P.J. Davis OLB Georgia Tech 4Sr
FA Al-Quadin Muhammad DE x-Miami-Fl 4Jr
FA James Conner FB Pittsburgh 3Jr
FA Mario Pender RB Florida State 5Sr
FA Brandon Radcliff RB Louisville 5Sr
FA Caleb Peterson G North Carolina 5Sr
FA Eric Smith G Virginia 4Sr
FA Jesus Wilson WR Florida State 4Sr
FA Augie Conte G Virginia Tech 5Sr
FA DeVon Edwards CB Duke 5Sr
FA Dontez Ford WR Pittsburgh 5Sr
FA Tyrique Jarrett DT Pittsburgh 4Sr
FA Nazir Jones DT North Carolina 4Jr
FA Wyatt Teller G Virginia Tech 4Jr
FA Matt Galambos ILB Pittsburgh 4Sr
FA Bentley Spain T North Carolina 3Jr
FA Lucas Crowley C North Carolina 4Sr
FA Cole Hikutini TE Louisville 4Sr
FA Mikey Bart DE North Carolina 4Sr
FA T.J. Logan RB North Carolina 4Sr
FA Corneilus Elder CB Miami-Fl 4Sr
FA Kermit Whitfield WR Florida State 4Sr
FA M.J. Salahuddin ILB North Carolina State 5Sr
FA Bra’Lon Cherry WR North Carolina State 4Sr
FA Sunny Odogwu T Miami-Fl 4Jr
FA Freddie Burden C Georgia Tech 5Sr
FA Jay Guillermo C Clemson 5Sr
FA Nathan Peterman QB Pittsburgh 5Sr
FA Jon Heck T North Carolina 5Sr
FA Casey Blaser T Duke 5Sr
FA Patrick Gamble DT Georgia Tech 5Sr
FA Samuel Rogers FB Virginia Tech 4Sr
FA Kelvin Rainey S Virginia 5Sr
FA Jadar Johnson S Clemson 4Sr
FA Jaymar Parrish FB Pittsburgh 4Sr
FA Dravious Wright S North Carolina State 4Sr
FA Kevin Kavalec DE Boston College 4Sr
FA Marqez Hodge ILB Syracuse 4Sr
FA Monty Nelson DT North Carolina State 4Sr
FA Kiola Mahoni G Louisville 3Jr
FA Deondre Singleton S Duke 4Sr
FA Thomas Brown OLB Wake Forest 4Sr


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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