**Sam Darnold- QB, Soph, 6-4, 225- He should stay in school to become a better
QB, but probably has to come out and start his NFL career. It is not
smart to pass on a top two pick in the NFL Draft. Either he or Rosen
will be Number One to the Browns (or Number Four;), and the other
could go Two to NJG, or 6 to the Broncos at the lowest.
throws a great accurate ball to the 2nd level, when the pocket is
collapsing around with amazing consistency. He was using his TE more
as the season went on. Puts too much under it sometimes, you'd like
his arm to be a little stronger. I love how he throws to the outside
shoulder of the receiver going down the sideline.
loses accuracy when he looses control of his feet. He will loose
some accuracy when he gets to his third option, and goes deep. Much
better thrower on the run than Rosen. Great job leading the RB
swinging out of the backfield, so he can catch the ball in full
stride without an adjustment. He will block for his WR on the
Ronald Jones II-RB, Jr, 6-1, 195- Jones is a 1st round talent at RB who is
going to go in the 2nd. Tough kid. The Pats will not take an RB in
the 1st. However, we know for a fact that BB will take RBs on Day
Two. In fact, he has taken two RBs on Day Two in the same Draft
(Vereen and Ridley).
love his nose for the endzone inside the Five. He looks like he is
running a foot off the ground as he flies full speed into the goal
line defense. Great slasher late it the 4th when they are trying to
run out the clock. He can take a hit behind the line on short
yardage, and still power to the line. Then he had the huge first
down run on 3rd and 1 to end the game against UCLA, when every
defender was moving forward before the snap to stop him.
Deontay Burnett- WR, Jr, 6-0, 170-
The Pats love the small, fast; and ultra-quick WRs. In fact, they
seem to value quicks over speed. Burnett is one of those guys. He is
a guy who I think is a little overvalued, so he is likely to go on
Day Two. If the Pats trade down in the 1st or 2nd and end up with an
early 3rd, he could be an interesting addition to their depth.
but extra feisty WR. He has great speed and competitiveness. Great
feet and hands on the sideline. To reach up and snag the high pass,
but keep his tiptoes inbounds. Not as productive as I thought he's
be this season. But he can add a lot to a passing game.
Nico Falah- OC, 6-3, 280, RS SR-
The reliable Falah returns as the starting center as a senior in
After seeing action off the bench in the Alabama opener, Falah
started the final 12 games at center as a junior in 2016 (he was
also able to play offensive tackle). He also played on special teams.
Viane Talamaivao- ORG, 6-2, 315, SR-
Four year starter who could be a Day Three developmental pick up for
Talamaivao, USC’s most experienced offensive lineman, returns
for his fourth season as a starting guard as a senior in 2017.
Talamaivao returned for his third season as a starter at right
offensive guard as a junior in 2016. Overall in 2016, he started all
13 games and made 1 tackle (against California).
Steven Mitchell- WR, 5-10, 190, RS SR– Hands can be too
bouncy sometimes. He is a smaller quicker WR that the Pats usually
like. Could be an undrafted free agent pick up for the Pats.
The fleet Mitchell aims to bounce back from a 2016 knee injury
and once again be a key component of USC's wide receiver corps as a
senior in 2017. He could be limited in 2017 spring drills while
recuperating from the knee injury.
Mitchell was making a vital contribution at wide receiver as a
junior in 2016 before a mid-season knee injury ended his season.
Overall in 2016 while appearing in USC's first 7 games and starting
3 times (Alabama, Arizona State, Colorado), he had 24 catches for
226 yards (9.4 avg) with 1 TD, 5 kickoff returns for 91 yards (18.2
avg), a 1-yard punt return and 2 carries for minus 3 yards (minus
Cameron Smith-ILB, Jr, 6-2, 245*-
He has a good knack for leaping up in the inside blitz to knock the
ball down. He does a nice job getting in the passing lane, and
leaping up to try and bat the ball down. Terrific instincts in the
run. He moves laterally into the hole very well. Most over valued
prospect in this Draft. He should stay in school.
The intense, physical Smith, who is always around the ball,
returns for his third year as a starting inside linebacker as a
junior in 2017.
Smith, coming off an eye-opening first-year performance in 2015,
returned as a starting inside linebacker as a sophomore in 2016.
Overall in 2016 while starting all 13 games, he had a team-best 83
tackles, including 7 for losses of 24 yards (with a 6-yard sack),
plus 4 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble and he
returned an onside kick 7 yards. He made the 2016 Campus Insiders
Sophomore All-American first team, All-Pac-12 second team and Phil
Steele All-Pac-12 second team. He won USC’s 2016 Trojan Way
Leadership Award. He was limited in 2016 spring practice while
recovering from 2015 knee surgery, as well as rehabbing a shoulder
*Iman Marshall- CB, Jr, 6-1, 200- He can go through the WR
to get both hands on the ball, and should catch it. He just does not
have good hands. Elite athlete who doesn't have great hands or ball
instincts. He was thought to be 1st Round pick before the season. He
could be an option for the Pats on Day Two. Terrific build and
athlete. Reminds me of a pumped up Gilmore, elite athlete who
doesn't always look like he knows what he is doing. But when he is
on he shuts guys down.
The physical, veteran Marshall returns for his third year as a
starting cornerback as a junior in 2017.
Marshall, coming off a stellar rookie performance in 2015,
returned as a starting cornerback as a sophomore in 2016. Overall in
2016 while starting all 13 games, he had 51 tackles, including 3 for
losses of 5 yards, 8 deflections and 3 interceptions. He made 2016
Campus Insiders Sophomore All-American honorable mention and
All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
Marshall started USC's final 12 games at cornerback (and appeared
in all 14) as a first-year freshman in 2015. Overall in 2015, he had
67 tackles (fourth on USC), a team-best 3 interceptions and a
team-best 9 deflections. He was a 2015 USA Today and Sporting News
Freshman All-American first teamer.
Porter Gustin- EDGE, 6-5, 260*- Junior edgerusher who should
stay in school.
He has 94 tackles, including 20 for losses (with 11 sacks), plus
4 deflections in his career. He has 15 career starts.
The high-energy Gustin, often a disruptive force in an opponent's
backfield, returns as a starting outside linebacker as a junior in
Gustin started all season at outside linebacker as a sophomore in
2016 and proved to be a dominant force. Overall in 2016 while
starting all 13 games, he had 68 tackles (second on USC), including
a team high in tackles for loss (13 for 58 yards), plus he had 5.5
sacks for 42 yards and 4 deflections. He made 2016 Campus Insiders
Sophomore All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-12 honorable
mention. He won USC's 2016 John McKay Award (underclassman with the
most competitive spirit) and Lifters Award.
#42 Uchenna Nwosu- EDGE, SR-
He will spy the QB sometimes, and he can leap up and knock the pass
down. He had a nice senior season as a captain, and passrusher.
Great bust up field. But struggles to bend inside against power. He
is quick and fast, but a little undersized. Protects the edge with
his hands nicely.
is really mostly a upfield charger, who gets by on athleticism. He
is a one trick pony that needs a counter move or three to succeed in
the NFL. Undersized one trick ponies don't succeed in the NFL, even
if they are elite athletes.
Chris Hankins- S, 5-11, 185- Team captain. Nice blitzer.
Said to be a very smart kid and coach on the field. Not sure about
The experienced Hawkins, the veteran of USC's secondary, should
again play a key role at safety as a senior in 2017.
Hawkins saw significant action at strong safety as a junior in
2016. Overall in 2016 while appearing in all 13 games (starting 4
times, versus Alabama, Utah State, Stanford, Oregon), he had 44
tackles, including 4 for losses of 16 yards (with a 10-yard sack),
plus 2 deflections and 2 forced fumbles. He made 2016 All-Pac-12
honorable mention. He was limited in 2016 spring practice while
recovering from 2015 post-season ankle surgery.
#98 Josh Fatu- SR/TR/1- NT, 6-4, 290, SR-
Fatu will battle for a key role at defensive tackle as a senior
Fatu, a junior college transfer who came to USC in the fall of
2016, served as an often-used backup defensive tackle as a junior in
2016. Overall in 2016, he appeared in 12 games (all but UCLA, which
he sat out with a ankle sprain suffered at Washington) and started
once (Arizona), and he had 21 tackles, including 1.5 for losses of 5
yards (with a 5-yard sack). He had a tackle against Alabama, 4
tackles (with a sack) against Utah State, 2 tackles at Stanford, 1
tackle against Utah, 2 stops (0.5 for a loss) against Arizona
State), 1 tackle versus Colorado, 2 tackles at Arizona, 1 versus
California, 4 against Oregon, 1 at Washington and 2 versus Notre
*Sam Hubbard- DE, 6-5, 265 RS-JR- My kingdom for a speed rusher. Hubbard had a
bit of a down year, but he is still a Day Two talent all day. His
speciality is running the arc. He is not the fastest speed rusher
around the arc, but his size and strength allow him to still get to
the QB. He has the bend of Vrabel, and the Pats will be looking very
close at him on Day Two.
can get outside and over the top of the WR when the CB zones the
flat. Relentless in pursuit. He protects his edge. When Mayfield
took off, to the other side, he tracked him down in traffic for the
Sack. Great speed and athleticism. And he is not a small guy. He is
listed at 265, and looks a little bigger this year than last.
Relentless edgerusher with a great stop and go move that beats OLTs
with second and third efforts.
#59 Tyquan Lewis- DE, 6-4, 260
Another DE/edge-guy who had a down year, and looks like he could
drift into the 3rd to me. He is a guy I thought the Pats could get
in the 2nd last year. If they get an early 3rd, it would be a steal
for the Pats to snag him in the 3rd.
He is a lot bigger this year,
and because of all the edge guys Ohio State has, he is playing
inside more. They line up with four DEs, to rush on passing downs,
and he lines up inside. Great burst past the ORG when they line him
up inside. With his burst and hands he is barely slowed sometimes.
Terrific hop forward after his initial burst that can get him past
#11 Jalyn Holmes- DE, 6-5,270.
This kid can really move on the field. Nice hand fighter with great
quick feet. He has that knack for finding the ball. He is massively
undervalued to my eye. He is a Day Three guy that could be a steal
if you ask me. One of my guys.
#93 Tracy Sprinkle- DE, 6-3, 293, SR-
I'm not his biggest fan, so he is definitely a guy the Pats could
take on Day Two (to make me look stupid;-).
Great burst right up the gut.
When he guesses the count he is the backfield fast. He reminds me
physically of Jonathon Allen (But it might be the 93). After two
games, I really like this kid as a guy who can make an NFL team and
develop. But I think he is more of a one-gapper like Easley.
Ohio State Overview:
Tracy Sprinkle is a fifth-year senior and one of the leaders of a
deep and talented defensive line ... he worked hard to become a
starter for the Buckeyes but injured a knee in his first career
start last year, and now he is working hard to become a starter once
again ... he has played in 17 games and has earned one Varsity O
letter ... he graduated in May 2017 with his degree in family
#35 Chris Worley-
LB 6-2, 230, LB, SR- Worley is an interesting guy who could slide
into Day Two. He is likely to be a pick 64 option for the Pats. BB
has been endlessly searching for a cover LB who can fly all over the
field. Worley is still more athlete than football player. But his
biggest weakness, football intelligence, clearly took two, three, or
four steps forward this season. But he still takes false steps and
misreads plays sometimes. But he is an elite athlete who can look
like he can do anything he wants on the field sometimes.
He flies up fast to hit the RB
coming out of the backfield. I just love the way he is moving on the
field this season. Makes checks and calls. He will still take a
misstep or two sometimes.
#17 *Jerome Baker-
Will, 6-2, 230, LB, RS-JR-
He is another great athlete playing LB. The NFL needs these smaller
LBs who can stand up against the run, and be effective in coverage.
He is likely staying in school.
Ohio State Overview:
Jerome Baker is a true junior and a two-year letterwinner with 12
starts among the 20 consecutive games he has played as a Buckeye ...
he has 86 career tackles with 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, two
interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Notable: Baker makes big plays in big games ... he
returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown to give the
Buckeyes a 14-0 lead at No. 14 Oklahoma ... he had 13 tackles in an
overtime win at No. 8 Wisconsin ... and he had a career-high 15
tackles against No. 3 Michigan, plus a critical interception late in
the third quarter with Ohio State down by 10 ... the interception
led to an Ohio State touchdown in a game that took two overtimes to
#33 *Dante Booker-
Sam, 6-4, 240, RS-JR-
Nice speed on the edge. Another small cover linebacker who can stick
his nose into the run game. He is likely to stay in school as well.
Ohio State Overview:
Dante Booker is a fourth-year junior who missed the 2016 season
after injuring his knee in the first game of the season ... he was a
starter before his injury and was the No. 1 strong side linebacker
throughout 2017 spring drills ... a veteran of 23 games and a
two-time Varsity O letterwinner, Booker enters the season with 31
career tackles ... he was a high school team mate of Buckeye wide
receiver Parris Campbell and is majoring in sports industry.
#12 *Denzel Ward-
CB 5-10, 191, JR- Top two Corners in this Draft. He and Josh Johnson
are the two best guys in this years Draft moving backwards in
coverage. The Pats have the ammo to go and get him, but that's
highly unlikely to happen. I think the Pats will be happy to
dominate Day Two in this deep Draft.
Denzel Ward is by many attributes – game experience,
intelligence, skill, athletic ability – the next Ohio State
cornerback with high NFL Draft pick potential … “he’s a gifted
player,” cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said this spring … the
true junior has played in 25 consecutive games for the Buckeyes
going back to the second game of his true freshman season in 2015
and he’s also been timed as the fastest Buckeye … he enters the
season a leader of the unit and with 30 career tackles and nine
passes defended … he is majoring in sport industry.
#7 Damon Webb-
FS, 5-11, 195, SR-
He is a former Corner, who turned Safety last year. He is still
learning the position a little, but could be the ultra valuable FS,
who can step into the slot and cover the third WR in a team's base
Ohio State Overview:
Damon Webb is the lone returning starter in the Ohio State
secondary after the loss of three players who were starters last
year and, subsequently, first-round NFL Draft picks this spring …
Webb is a veteran of 28 games played with 13 starts and, thus, a key
leader within his unit … he has recorded 70 career tackles along
with five passes defensed (one interception and four pass break-ups)
… he is majoring in sport industry.
#10 Kendall Sheffield- CB, So-
#34 Erick Smith- SS, SR,-
He is a sure tackler. When he plays the last line of defense
that is very important.
J.T. Barrett- QB 6-2, 220, SR- He is a guy I like. He has worked hard to
make himself much more of a pocket passer. He has also shown well in
the clutch, but often will run when he has to make a play rather
than throw. He could be a nice developmental QB for the Pats to pick
up on Day Three. He will need 3 to 5 years of development, like most
QBs coming out of college.
needs to throw it more. Great ball faker. Still a little
inconsistent with his arm. Finds his TE over the middle short with
some nice passes. Holds onto the ball on option and runs with it too
much. He took a huge hit running the ball, then got up and two plays
later faked a QB draw, and hit the WR in tight coverage outside with
the ILB Riley Bullough blitzing up the A-gap, and hitting him while
was sacked by three guys in the 2nd quarter against Mich ST. on the
next play. He tried to throw, but kept it and run instead. I don't
like that. But then on 3rd and 9, he hit the tight end for a 1st
with a nice throw in the pouring rain.
#54 Billy Price- OG/OC 6’3” 315 rsR*-
He remarkably moved to OC as a Senior. Smooth and easy shotgun snap.
He does not struggle snapping the ball at all. He adds a lot of
power inside at OC. Power running teams have to look at this kid in
the 2nd. He is a 1st Round talent playing a Day Two or Three
#25 **Mike Weber – 5-10, 214, RB, RS-SO-
He was suspended for the first game. But he showed his elite burst
to the second level against OK. But then got hurt in the 2nd
quarter. He got healthy in the second half of the season, and has
looked like another 1st Round talent at RB in this Draft. Ohio State
leaked that he is a 4.3-guy, and that would certainly sprint him
into the 1st Round. He was listed at 225 last season, and 214 this
year. Look for him to come out, after a terrible injury plagued
season. He matched Ezekiel Eliot almost stride for stride last
season when he got on the field.
* Jamarco Jones- OLT, 6-5, 310 JR-
Great in pass pro. He is great moving backwards. Smooth and
effective. Okoronkwo was rushing, and he just rammed into him and
knocked him past the LOS in a shocking move in pass pro. He is
probably my top OLT right now. Not sure he was coming out, but now I
believe he is. He will be added as a top 15 pick to my Player
Ratings and Mock Draft (as soon as I can;).
#85 Marcus Baugh- TE 6-3,–
Excellent blocker in run game and pass pro. They really rely on him
in the run game. Great hands catching the ball. His question is
speed. He has everything you want in a tight End, except NFL speed.
He could be a nice developmental pick for the Pats on Day Three.
#5 Parris Campbell- H-Back, -
He is a freak athlete who is turning into a football player. He has
the speed and dynamic athleticism to play WR at 6-2, 208. He is also
a terrific kick returner. He is the kind of jack of all trades that
BB likes to take on Day Three and see what happens.
Elite on field speed. When he
has the ball in his hands he is as good as anyone. The problem seems
to be getting the ball in his hands. He is listed as smaller than I
thought he was. His official position was H-back, so I though he was
6-2/6-3 and 220/230. At 6-1 208 I'm not sure where he goes in the
Ohio State Overview:
Parris Campbell is a fourth-year player in the program who enters
the 2017 season with junior eligibility … a veteran of 21 games
and 12 starting assignments, Campbell is one of the key receivers on
the roster and is being counted on to provide plays and big plays
… he was one of the most talked-about players coming out of spring
drills because of his fine play throughout … he has 13 career
receptions for 121 yards and a 9.3 yards per reception average with
all of those stats coming during the 2016 season … he is also a
fine return specialist and led the Big Ten in 2016 in kickoff
Corey Smith- WR 6-1, 195. RS-SR- Super speed WR, who really came through for
Ohio State this season. 5th year Senior who had a medical Redshirt,
which could keep him out of Day Two. He really opens up the offense
for everyone else with his elite speed that draws secondaries
backwards. He is Barrett's number one option. He could be a very
interesting speed option for the Pats on Day Three. Struggled to
stay healthy until this season. But he has been as dynamic as he was
expected to be this season.
Ohio State Overview: After earning a medical red-shirt year
in 2015 when he broke his leg in Week 5, Corey Smith is in his
fourth year with the Ohio State football program and is a sixth-year
student … he worked on rehabilitating his injury the past year and
is expecting a full return to the field this fall camp …
meanwhile, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Spring 2016 in
African American and African studies … he is the first junior
college prospect to sign with Ohio State since Larry Grant signed
out of Community College of San Francisco in 2006 … Smith
red-shirted the 2013 season with the Buckeyes and then saw
considerable playing time for the Buckeyes during their national
championship season of 2014 (played in 14 of 15 games) … enters
the 2016 campaign with 104 career catches for 1,488 yards and 11
touchdowns, including 25 catches for 317 yards wearing Ohio
State’s scarlet and gray … also is a valuable asset on special
teams, particularly kickoff coverage.