Western Michigan and Toledo lead the way with four solid Sunday prospects. Ohio and Northern Illinois come with a few last day prospects while Ball State possesses one of the bigger sleepers at the receiver position.
NFL Prospects from the MAC
|2nd||Corey Davis||WR||Western Michigan||4Sr|
|5th||Taylor Moton||G||Western Michigan||5Sr|
|6th||Levon Myers||T||Northern Illinois||5Sr|
|6th||Kevonn Mabon||WR||Ball State||5Sr|
|7th||Kenneth Golladay||WR||Northern Illinois||5Sr|
|FA||Tony Annese||S||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Cooper Rush||QB||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Keion Adams||OLB||Western Michigan||4Sr|
|FA||Joel Bouagnon||RB||Northern Illinois||4Sr|
|FA||Austin Valdez||ILB||Bowling Green||4Jr|
|FA||Shawun Lurry||CB||Northern Illinois||3Jr|
|FA||Albert Smalls||CB||Northern Illinois||3Jr|
|FA||Martez Hester||S||Ball State||5Sr|
|FA||Sean Wiggins||ILB||Ball State||4Sr|
|FA||Chukwuma Okorafor||T||Western Michigan||3Jr|
|FA||Josh Cox||CB||Central Michigan||3Jr|
|FA||Terence Waugh||DE||Kent State||4Sr|
|FA||Sean Folliard||OLB||Northern Illinois||4Sr|
|FA||Aregeros Turner||WR||Northern Illinois||4Sr|
|FA||Joe Bacci||FB||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Darius Conaway||CB||Ball State||4Sr|
|FA||Tyree Holder||CB||Ball State||5Sr|
|FA||Najee Murray||CB||Kent State||4Sr|
|FA||Jesse Kroll||WR||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Josh Posley||DE||Ball State||5Sr|
|FA||Izaah Lunsford||DT||Bowling Green||5Sr|
|FA||Elcee Refuge||ILB||Kent State||4Sr|
|FA||Drake Miller||T||Ball State||5Sr|
|FA||Patrick O’Connor||DE||Eastern Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Zach Terrell||QB||Western Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Lincoln Howard||G||Northern Illinois||5Sr|
|FA||Anthony Rice||WR||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Kenny Rogers||G||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||James Knapke||QB||Bowling Green||5Sr|
A number of scouts love Se’Von Pitttman and grade him as a potential second day pick but on film he seems like an ordinary defensive lineman with only average size and athleticism, which is why I grade him so low.
I do like the next level potential of receiver Kevvon Mabon and feel he could make a big move up boards with a productive senior campaign. Mabon offers terrific size (6-feet/1-inch, 225lbs) and plays to it. He nicely projects as a fifth receiver on Sunday.
I’m told some scouts grade quarterback Cooper Rush as a second day pick but on my board he’s an undrafted free agent. Rush has next level pocket size but his arm strength and pass placement leave a lot to be desired.
Tony Annese could slide into the late rounds with a big season. He’s a large defensive back who could line up as a conventional strong safety or in a zone system.
Count me as a fan of offensive lineman Levon Myers, who I grade him as a zone blocking guard. Myers has the foot quickness and mobility to line up in a system which requires him to block in motion but needs to improve his strength at the point. I could definitely see Myers as a Shrine Game participant next January.
Scouts have a high opinion of receiver Kenneth Gollady and while I like his size and overall pass catching skills his lack of quickness and speed push him into the late rounds on my board. Gollady has built up speed, which is average at best.
Blair Brown intrigues me. He’s a natural inside/middle linebacker and a terrific run thumper who displays solid range and the ability to make plays outside the flanks. He barely measures 5-feet/11.5-inches which will draw red flags but Brown will be value in the late rounds and produce on Sunday if properly coached.
Most scouts discount and even ignore offensive tackle Troy Watson but I disagree. Watson has nice size, growth potential and blocks with solid fundamentals and I definitely feel he has next level potential.
Running back Kareem Hunt often looks brilliant on film, displaying outstanding quickness for a bigger back with the ability to take over games. Then again he may be a little too big and I’ve been told Toledo coaches questioned his commitment last year and chided Hunt for being overweight entering the season. He’s a skilled ball carrier but scouts would rather see him tip the scales at 220lbs next January/February rather than the almost 240lbs he weighed last spring.
I’ve been on the Treyvon Hester bandwagon for three years now. He’s an immovable force in the middle of the defensive line and attracts multiple blockers on every snap. Hester is more of a gap-occupier rather than a play maker but reminds me an awful lot of 8 year NFL veteran Ahtyba Rubin.
Corey Davis rates as one of the top senior receiver prospects in the scouting community and its easy to see why. He’s a consistent pass catcher with excellent size (6-feet/3-inches and 210lbs) as well as sneaky speed. Baring injury I fully expect Davis to receive a Senior Bowl invite next January and if he plays to expectations he will be a top 45 selection in 2017.
Taylor Moton is one of the most underrated guards I watched this summer. He’s wide bodied powerhouse who looks and plays the part, driving opponents off the line of scrimmage to open up running lanes and easily anchors in pass protection. Moton is a bit stiff and would struggle in a scheme which requires him to cover any amount of distance but he could start in a ground and pound type of offense.
Less than three weeks before the NFL Draft kicks off and there’s plenty of news to catch up on. So lets get at it!
Sources close to the situation tell me the New York Jets made a serious offer to the Tennessee Titans for the initial pick of the draft. Those with knowledge of the situation tell me the team was close to getting the deal done.
I’m told it is believed veteran defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was part of the deal.
And while many in the New York area dismissed my initial report earlier this week over the New York Jets being dark horses for trading to the top of the draft, it was revealed within 24 hours of the report that Jared Goff would be making an official visit to the franchise. Goff won’t make it past the fourth pick of the draft.
Will the Jets continue to attempt to move up into the early reaches of round one? Sources tell me they believe so but much depends on who the Los Angeles Rams ultimately select with the first pick in two weeks time.
Coaches and scouts from the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos were on hand at Florida Atlantic for the workout of German receiver Moritz Boehringer and once again he impressed future employers.
Boehringer ran an unscripted positional workout where teams requested certain routes during the workout and Boehringer obliged. He not only caught the ball well but absorbed the requests and easily ran the route tree asked of him. Just like his initial pro-day on March 31st, Boehringer looked very natural. He had one-on-one interviews with all the teams in attendance beforehand.
Boehringer has five team visits starting this weekend and will be on the road starting tomorrow until April 20th.
Those on hand were also very complimentary of Jacoby Brissett, telling me the North Carolina State quarterback threw the ball well.
Back in February I reported Jalen Ramsey was atop the Dallas Cowboys draft board and can tell you nothing has changed as the Florida State defensive back is still number one with the organization. I’m told the team has Carson Wentz of North Dakota State as their highest rated quarterback and top three on their board.
Dallas has come off of Joey Bosa somewhat as I’m told Leon Lett is down on the Ohio State lineman. They continue to be very high on Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott. I spoke about both of those players being targets of the Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles.com two weeks ago.
The Cowboys are one of four teams that have inquired on moving up to the top spot of the draft. The other three teams are the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and the New York Jets, who are the dark horse. The overall belief around the league is the Jets don’t have the ammunition to move up. The question is would they be willing to move up a half dozen spots is Paxton Lynch falls to the middle of round one?
I’ll have more Jets news next week.
During combine week I mentioned on Walters Football the word around Indianapolis centered on the Baltimore Ravens dropping back into the bottom half of round one then selecting a safety. I was told last week the team loves Su’a Cravens, hence he could be the target if they trade down. I’m was also told Baltimore will consider cornerback Cyrus Jones in round three.
There’s a belief the Tennessee Titans would be best trading down for a variety of reasons. Besides the usual, “collect more draft selections,” some have told me trading down would take the pressure of new general manager Jon Robinson. Its no necessarily an opinion I share with the likes of Laremy Tunsil and Joey Bosa at the top of the draft but its an opinion floating around none the less.
Washington State offensive lineman Joe Dahl is building some momentum for himself and there’s a belief he could land in the second day of the draft. Teams like his athleticism and ability to adjust, something I spoke about during Senior Bowl week, and fee a bit more strength would complete his game. Dahl’s visit and workout schedule is loaded and includes the New York Jets, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts.
During pro-day at Texas A&M earlier this week I posted the visit list for Germain Ifedi at Walters Football. Absent from the teams on the list were the Seattle Seahawks yet most people I speak with feel Ifedi is a great fit for the team at the end of round one. The recurring comment is “Ifedi is a Seattle Seahawks type of lineman.”
German receiver Moritz Boehringer is participating in an open workout for all NFL teams at Florida Atlantic beginning 1PM today. Jacoby Brissett of North Carolina State is slated as the practice quarterback. I should have updates through the afternoon.
Speaking of updates…I apologize to all who have asked about my delinquent position ranking updates but the daily pro-day reports at Walter’s Football took enormous time. I should ranking updates by Monday, the initial posting of 700+ individual reports starting next weekend, the final rankings and updates through draft week.
Just a week left before the 2016 NFL Combine kicks off as the offensive linemen and running backs are set to take field next Friday. But before anyone runs a forty yard dash across the turf in Lucas Oil Stadium, here’s the latest news as team prepare to ascend on Indianapolis.
Eyebrows were raised when I reported from Shrine Game practice that a number of teams grade Kevin Dodd over his Clemson teammate Shaq Lawson and as time passes those rumblings continue to get louder. Much has to do with the fact team’s believe Dodd brings more upside and a higher ceiling compared to Lawson. Dodd is expected to measure 6-feet/5-inches and 275lbs at the combine and has a height advantage over Lawson. As of this posting Dodd has been informed he will only be asked to participate in defensive line work at the combine despite the fact there are a number of 3-4 teams considering him at outside linebacker. He has been working on linebacker techniques with former NFL defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and will run through OLB position drills during Pro-day if asked. I’m told his forty goal at the combine is 4.8-seconds or faster.
Could the Arizona Cardinals be a landing spot for Dodd in round one? Yes, potentially, as I’m told the team will target defensive ends in the first round and also hope to add a safety in the early part of the draft.
If the Buffalo Bills don’t grab a quarterback in the first frame one player at the position they will consider later is Kevin Hogan of Stanford. I was informed the team came away from the Senior Bowl very impressed with his athleticism as well as his arm strength and really like his next level potential.
I graded tight end Jerell Adams as a 7th round pick prior to really digging into the South Carolina game film last week. Since finishing up there’s definitely a need to adjust my grade. I later spoke with people around the league who believe Adams made major strides in 2015 and went from being a basketball player on the football field in 2014 to becoming a tight end last season. Teams are not only awed by his athleticism (Adams is hoping to run in the low 4.6’s and vertical jump at least 37-inches at the combine after weighing in near 248-pounds) but the toughness he displayed as a blocker during the Senior Bowl. Given the overall weakness at the position its not unrealistic Adams becomes the fourth tight end off the board in April.
One non-combine tight end prospect that’s always intrigued me is Michigan’s A.J. Williams. The senior was not rated by teams entering the season but has garnered a lot of interest from both the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys recently. Williams has offensive tackle size at 6-feet/5-inches and almost 270-pounds but moves well about the field and is a solid short range passing catching target. Expect him to time in the 4.8’s during Michigan pro-day and though Williams may not be selected in the draft, he’ll have an opportunity next season as a third tight end brought onto the field during short yardage situations or in the red zone.
In the lead up to the combine teams have been buzzing over Kamalei Correa of Boise State. The junior, who lined up at defensive end in college, is projected to outside linebacker by most though some teams feel he could play inside in a 3-4 alignment. The Broncos bowl game against Northern Illinois offered scouts a glimpse into the versatility and athleticism of Correa, intangibles more and more teams want at inside linebacker. I’m told Correa will measure 6-feet/3-inches and 245lbs at the combine, with his goal in the forty being the mid 4.7’s.
Prior to the season Boston College linebacker Steven Daniels received little notice from scouts despite productive junior and sophomore campaigns when he combined for 160 tackles. Although the Senior Bowl was stacked with terrific middle/inside linebacker prospects many thought Daniels was worthy of an invitation to Mobile and it was a travesty he was not asked to play at the Shrine Game. In the end it won’t matter as Daniels will be working out for teams next Sunday at the combine. He’ll likely measure a shade under 6-feet tall and should tip the scales in the mid-240’s. Expect Daniels forty time to be somewhere in the high 4.7’s to low 4.8’s. Presently I grade him as a sixth round prospect.