2016 Player Ratings. Part II.

Updated 4/24

This is an interesting Draft. This i a huge defensive Draft. But, there are more mid level QBs than I can ever remember. .

Player Ratings: 1st Round 1- 32.

Player Ratings: 2nd and 3rd Rounds 33-63.

4th and 5th Round.

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Name-HT, WT, 40, Vert, (U)- Unofficial, S- 10 Yard Split,

POS

School

2nd Round

33

Karl Joseph- 5-10 1/2, 205, 32.1" Arms, 19 reps,

FS

WVU 

11/2014: Joseph is a hard hitting FS who does get enough credit for his coverage. He is terrific in coverage in Cover Two. Joseph and his surgeon are saying he will be ready for training camp.

2014 (Jr): 2014 WVU Team Captain. All-Big 12 Conference First Team selection by coaches and ESPN.com. All-Big 12 Conference Second Team selection by Phil Steele and The Associated Press. Started all 13 games. WVU’s second-leading tackler with 92 tackles, including 62 solo stops, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and an interception. Used on 1,053 plays, including 947 defensive snaps, most of any player on defense. Season-high 91 plays at Iowa State. Tied for No. 4 in the Big 12 in forced fumbles. Tied for No. 9 in the Big 12 in solo tackles. Tied for No. 16 in the Big 12 in total tackles. Holds school record for career forced fumbles. No. 13 on the WVU career solo tackles list (194). Finished with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops and assisted on a tackle for loss and forced a fumble against Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl. Had eight tackles, including four solo stops at Iowa State. Also had an interception and two pass breakups at ISU. Registered four tackles against Kansas State, including three solo stops, two tackles for loss and a PBU. Finished with four tackles at Texas; including three solo stops. Had six solo tackles and forced a fumble against TCU. Finished with a team-high eight tackles, including four solo stops at Oklahoma State. Had five solo tackles, including one for loss against Baylor. Registered seven solo stops at Texas Tech. Finished with a game-high 13 tackles against Oklahoma. Season-high 10 solo stops against the Sooners. Had a forced fumble against OU. Registered a career-high 18 total tackles and 11 assisted tackles against Alabama.
2013 (Soph): All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention. Started all 12 games at free safety. Led the team with four fumble recoveries and was No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 2 nationally. Third on the team with four pass breakups
Fourth on the team with 68 tackles. Finished with five or more tackles in seven games. Registered five or more solo tackles in six games. Third on the team in tackles (9) and recovered a fumble for a touchdown against Iowa State. Fourth on the team with six tackles vs. Texas and forced a fumble. Second on the team with nine tackles at TCU. Led the team with 12 tackles at Kansas State. Tied career highs in solo tackles (12), tackles for loss (2), forced fumbles (1) and fumble recoveries (1) at Kansas State. Three solo tackles at Baylor and recovered a fumble for a touchdown
Made a career-high two pass breakups vs. Oklahoma State, Led the Mountaineers with nine tackles vs. Maryland
Recovered a fumble vs. Georgia State. Had his third career interception at Oklahoma.
2012 (Fr.): WVU Defensive Player of the Year. Freshman All-America (collegefootballnews.com, FoxSports.com, Phil Steele). All-Big 12 Conference Honorable-Mention Team (AP). Started all 13 games at free safety. First true freshman to start at safety since Robert Sands (2008). Tied nationally for No. 14 in solo tackles, No. 59 in forced fumbles and No. 85 in total tackles. Tied for fifth in the Big 12 in total tackles and fifth in forced fumbles. Led WVU in solo tackles (76) and in total tackles (104) and tied for the team lead in forced fumbles (3) and interceptions (2); also was second in pass breakups (6) and third in tackles for loss (7). Recovered a fumble in the end zone that was forced by Darwin Cook to help seal the victory at Iowa State. At Iowa State, set or tied career highs in total tackles (13), solo stops (12), tackles for loss (1) and fumbles recovered (1). Against Oklahoma, had 10 total tackles and one tackle for loss. Had nine tackles, including eight solo stops vs. TCU, while also recording one tackle for loss and forcing a fumble. 

9.7X (LB)

34

A'Shawn Robinson-6-4, 312, #86

DT

Alabama 

08/2014: He is the guy who gets doubled inside a ton. Nice job bursting into the shoulder of the OG. He will rush outside at 5-Tech. Big strong guy who really looks the part. Not the best rusher. He is clearly a read first run defender. Plays on the Nose, and can rushes better against the OC. Gets caught inside hand fighting too much. 3-4 player who is better at holding his position than getting up field. He can put some speed to power and punch the OG backwards when he can just rush. He plays 5-Tech on strongside as well. Nice outside shoulder punch with his right hand. He has to add some slipperiness to his game this year. He likes to lower his head to smash inside. He has some heaviness in his hands, and can toss the OG to the ground with a shoulder shove. Great at holding the point. You do not want to run at him. Consistently plays with arms extended. Very well coaches in read and react system. Has more value for a 3-4 team. When he hits the RB, he goes down quickly. He gets the pressure that causes interceptions. When QBs see him coming they panic.
SOPHOMORE (2014): A preseason All-American who started 13 games along the defensive line ... honorable mention All-SEC by the Assocatied Press ... started at nose tackle with extra defensive backs in the game and at the five-technique defensive end in the Crimson Tide's base 3-4 alignment ... played in all 14 games for the Crimson Tide ... finished with 49 tackles on the season with 6.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards), a forced fumble, four quarterback hurries, three pass deflections and a blocked PAT ... earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors following the Ole Miss game.

9.7

35

Andrew Billings- 6-2, 310, #86

DT

Baylor 

10/2015: He had the best game of any D-tackle I saw this year against TCU. "Most kids, they might split a double team once a game," Billings high school coach Marty Herbst said. "He did it down after down. If he was going against the center, that center was gonna go backwards. Whether he wanted to or not." He did the same to the TCU Center and Guards. 

He played O-line in high school. He understands what O-linemen are trying to do, and he is able to translate that to the field. "Usually players that go to defense don't become productive," Russ Lande, a CFL scout, said. "It's hard to teach someone how to be aggressive. Billings is the type of kid teams fall in love with because of what he could be two years down the road." He has no trouble being aggressive on the field.

One of my secret stats that I use to judge a player is that if they can squat 600-pounds they will translate to the NFL. "I'd be a lot closer if I didn't play football," Billings says of his goals. "I love squat," Billings said. " It's just a test. When you put the weight on your back, it feels like you're never gonna come up. When they put 800 on my back I was like, 'Boy, this is heavy.'" He can squat 800-pounds, and wants to squat 1,020-pounds before he reaches the NFL.

They were rushing three guys against TCU all game. He was consistently getting doubled and tripled, and pushing all three interior lineman backwards. "For me," NFL exec said when asked who was the safest player in this Draft, " it's Billings. Worst case is he's a solid, disruptive starter. Best case? He's an Aaron Donald-type game-plan wrecker." Plus, he showed he can outside and take down the RB on a toss. 

He does a nice job pushing back the double team. "His [hip] flexion: how he got down, how he got out of stance," the Baylor DC Phil Bennett said. "He could wipe a whole line out on offense." He can get to the QB, but it is low power that will get him into the top ten. "[He is] very powerful, very strong and the thing that does help him is that being shorter," a scout said. "He's got a lower center of gravity, so it's harder for linemen to move him." And against TCU he started moving two and three linemen backwards.

He sprained his ankle before the Iowa State game. " He’s in a boot, and I think it’s really kind of day to day," his HC Art Briles said. "Ankle sprains are tough, but they are really tough on larger individuals. He’s a dominant force inside for us. If he can’t go and be effective, then we’ll have to get somebody else in there and hang on." He missed that game.
2014 (Sophomore): Starting nose tackle for all 13 games during 2014 Big 12 championship season… Named consensus first-team All-Big 12 as sophomore… Totaled 37 tackles (26 solo, 11.5 for loss of 38 yards), 2.0 sacks, nine hurries and one forced fumble on season… Ranked 12th in Big 12 (third on team) with 11.5 tackles for loss… Led team with nine QB hurries… Recorded tackle in all 13 games

9.75 (height)

36

Kendall Fuller- 6', 197, #11

CB

Virginia Tech

01/2016: He really struggled this past season. He gave up a TD to the big Ohio ST WR Thomas, but really didn't give up much else. Then he blew out his knee after two games. But he still has talent.

07/2015: He is the best I've seen in a while. He reminds me of Joe Haden and Revis. He could be a top five pick by the time the Draft rolls around. Teams need Corners who can slow down the track race the NFL passing games have become. He can do that. He has that knack for arriving at the ball at the end of the pattern, and that really is what playing Corner is all about. 

2014: Started all 13 games [despite breaking his wrist]… Was in on 987 plays, 867 on defense and 120 on special teams … Had 54 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and two sacks … Recorded two interceptions, 15 pass breakups and a forced fumble …

KENDALL FULLER TAPE.

9.7X

37

*Jared Goff- 6-4, 210, #16

QB

California

Goff is one of those guys that can confuse Draftnics. He is not well know, but he is very well liked in NFL circles. Unless he has a complete break down he will be a top five pick next year. So if you never heard of him you better set some Cal games on the DVR. However, unlike Conner Cook he was not able to lead his team to a Bowl Game. But he plays in an NFL system, and I know you won't believe me, but he actually went under center and handed off the ball and threw. The reason to like. His Sophomore season was a very productive one for him. But he also threw for over 3,500-yards as a freshman as well. He has combined for 53 TDs in the past two seasons. But if can duplicate his Soph season as a Junior, he could go Number One:

Sophomore (2014): One of seven Cal players to start all 12 games... Ranked among the nation’s top 10 in seven individual categories including passing yards (5th, 3973), passing touchdowns (5th, 35), passing yards per game (5th, 331.1), completions per game (5th, 26.33), total offense per game (8th, 327.4), points responsible for per game (9th, 18.0) and points responsible for (T11th, 212), with his passing yards also leading the Pac-12... Also ranked among national leaders in passing efficiency (21st, 147.59), yards per pass attempt (31st, 7.81), completion percentage (35th, 62.1%) and passing yards per completion (39th, 12.6)... Set 15 school records while completing 316-of-509 passes (62.1%) for single-season school marks of 3,973 yards and 35 touchdowns with seven interceptions for an impressive 147.60 passer efficiency rating that ranks fourth on the school’s single-season list to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors for the second consecutive season

9.6 (QB)

38

Jonathan Bullard- 6-3, 277,

DE

FLA

11/2015: Bullard injured his knee, but kept playing. He took a big chance coming back for his senior year. "I had confidence in myself," Ballard said. "That after working out and teams seeing my athletic ability and what I can bring that I would have moved up, kind of like D.J. Humphries. They told him to come back, and he’s got a chance to go in the first round." He is looking more and more like a 1st round pick every week.

So he stayed and played for his new coach. "The thing I liked best is that Coach Mac said he was here for me and that either way, whether I left or stayed, that he would support me,” Bullard said about his new HC Jim McElwain. “I had good vibes. I felt good about what he was telling me and with Coach Collins coming in as defensive coordinator, it wasn’t like I was going to have to learn a whole new defense. I felt like I had more to prove here and to live up to my expectations and take on that leadership role that Dante was so good at. I wasn’t ready to leave. It’s not the way I wanted to go out." It has really paid off for him.

10/2015: He is a very tough kid, as an observer tweeted:  Bullard getting off the trainer's table and walking around gingerly now, testing it with his weight, but noticeably limping. He did not play against Georgia. 

10/2015: Bullard is moving a monster season after being moved inside the DT. You worry about smaller guys being put inside, but some think he is the best runner stuffer at DT in college football this year. In the first seven games he has 34-tackles, 4.5 Sacks, and a very impressive 10 TFL. He only had 54 tackles and 8.5 TFL last season. He also had an impressive 13 stops on third down that prevented the opponent from gaining a first down.  He looks like he is charging into the 1st round.

He is a bit of a tweener, but he makes up for any doubts with his run defense, leadership, and character. "The biggest thing was the coaching staff getting everybody to buy in. With me being a leader, the other players are watching to see if I’m buying in and all-in for Coach Mac and Coach Collins or if I’m still kind of sitting back and watching," Bullard said. "My job was to help Coach Mac and get everybody to buy in. I think it's going pretty well, but we still need to get certain things out of certain guys. That was my biggest thing, getting myself to buy in as fast as I could. I'm all in now and have had many conversations with Coach Mac about it. Together, we’re going to make sure everybody buys in and get this program back to where it’s supposed to be." He is a team first guy.

9.7X

39

Reggie Ragland- 6-2, 259, #19

LB

Alabama 

11/2014: He is also lining up at OLB in Odd fronts, and can get to the QB from there. He can also knock down the quick pass while being blocked. He is so good at finding the ball carrier. He can form tackle the RB, with an OG on his other shoulder. He is also good in coverage over the middle. 

2015: Leads the Crimson Tide with 82 tackles. Led UA in tackles in seven of the Tide’s 10 games this season. His 45 solo tackles would rank fourth on the team in total tackles. Added 5.5 TFLs (-20 yards) with 2.5 sacks (-10 yards). Broken up five passes and recorded three quarterback hurries while forcing two fumbles. Orchestrated a defensive effort that limited Heisman Trophy front-runner Leonard Fournette of LSU to just 31 yards on 19 carries. Ringleader of the Alabama defense that ranks second nationally in rushing defense (77.1 ypg), fourth in total defense (278.1 ypg), and seventh in pass efficiency defense (100.61) and scoring defense (15.3 ppg). Bednarik Award National Player of the Week (10/15). SEC Defensive Player of the Week (10/12). Six-time Alabama Defensive Player of the Week.
SENIOR (2015): The heartbeat of the Crimson Tide’s powerful defense ... stepped into the starting role at will linebacker and excelled in 2014 earning himself Nagurski Award finalist honors ... also named a Butkus Award semifinalist recognition this season and last to go with a Bednarik Award Semifinalist and a Lombardi Award Semifinalist nod for the 2015 season ... moved to the mike in 2015 and leads the team with 82 tackles, including 45 solo stops, which is 32 more tackles than the next closest defender ... added 5.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, five pass breakups and three quarterback hurries.

9.75 (ILB)

40

Jarran Reed- 6-4, 315, #90

DL

Alabama 

08/2014: Big guy who works his way down the line nicely. 5-Tech who plays with great power. He will line up at NT as well. Moves very well for such a big guy. He does a real nice job redirecting to the ball, even when an OG gets into his shirt. Terrific at getting the inside shoulder of the OG and getting up field to the QB. He does a nice job hold the point with his legs, and then using torque on the ORG to the side with his hands after the RB gets the ball. He has a nice arm over move inside. He almost got a Safety against Ohio State with that move.

OUTLOOK: The backbone of the Crimson Tide’s runstuffing defensive line and a regular in the opponent’s backfields ... Watch lists for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy ... Fourth on the team in tackles with 45 stops along the defensive front ... Has 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack ...  Leads all defensive linemen with 44 stops on running plays ... Second on the team in quarterback hurries with six ... Has two pass breakups and recovered one fumble ... Key cog in an Alabama defense that ranks second nationally in rushing defense (77.1 ypg), fourth in total defense (278.1 ypg), and seventh in pass efficiency defense (100.61) and scoring defense (15.3 ppg) ... The senior is one of the top defensive line prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft – ranks sixth overall by ESPN’s Todd McShay and 17th by Mel Kiper 
SENIOR (2015): Chose to return for his senior season after an outstanding junior campaign and has become the backbone of the Crimson Tide’s run-stuffing defensive front ... has 22 career starts in Tuscaloosa, including all 10 games this season ... fourth on the team in tackles with 45 total, including 44 rushing stops ... has 3.5 tackles for a loss (-7 yards), including one sack (-3 yards), two pass breakups, six quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery ... earned defensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his efforts against Wisconsin, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, ULM, Arkansas and Tennessee.

9.7

41

Jason Spriggs- 6-7, 305, #78

OLT

Indiana

01/2016: He has the size, toughness, meanness, and strength, and I think he can move backwards well enough to play OLT. I will be watching his feet at the Senior Bowl. "He has a tall frame with long arms and more girth in his lower than upper body," Phil Savage said about his Senior Bowl invite. "Despite his level of playing experience, he still has some developmental traits as a prospect who can add weight and continue to improve his skill set at the position. Aligns as the left tackle in both two-and three-point stances, the Hoosiers run their version of the Spread with an emphasis on lateral movement and Zone blocking." He blocks very well on the move.

I want to see him move backwards against top speed rushers. But what do scouts want to see? "For Jason to show more explosiveness with his hips and hands in the run game, and to secure the gap to his inside better in pass protection," Savage said, and then continued. "The reality is that Jason has the height and athletic ability to be evaluated as a potential starter as a left tackle in the NFL," Savage continued. His upside is there because he can reach and steer as a run blocker and shows the movement skills to protect the edge. He can answer “yes” to the three primary questions almost every line coach will ask: is he tough, smart and athletic?" The Senior Bowl will make him a Day Two pick.

2015 (Senior): Allowed just two sacks in 526 called pass attempts during the 2015 season … Indiana gained 205 rush yards and was a perfect five-of-five in the redzone, converting three into touchdowns and two into field goals in the win over FIU … QB Nate Sudfeld threw for the third-highest mark of his career with 355 pass yards on 20-of-27 with three touchdowns against Western Kentucky, while Jordan Howard tallied his second career 200-yard game, gaining 203 yards on the ground … the Hoosier offensive line paved the way for Jordan Howard at Wake Forest, who finished with 168 yards on 33 carries (5.1 average) and a touchdown … Indiana’s offense accumulated 402 yards of offense and surrendered just one sack against Ohio State … Zander Diamont’s 79-yard TD against the Buckeyes was the longest rush by a Hoosier since Tevin Coleman’s 90-yarder at Ohio State on Nov. 22, 2014 and the longest rush by a quarterback in IU history … IU’s offense gained 627 total yards against Rutgers, ranking eighth all-time in school history at the time, while the 52 points scored by IU was tied for 18th all-time in program history … the Hoosiers ran for 227 yards against Iowa, including 174 yards and two touchdowns from Jordan Howard. Iowa came into the game allowing just 85.8 rushing yards per game … helped pave way for Jordan Howard, who ran for 238 yards, the second-most ever by a Michigan opponent, on 35 carries (6.8 yards per carry) against the Wolverines. Michigan entered the game allowing 80.6 rushing yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry. As a team, Indiana rushed for 307 yards on 55 carries (5.6 yards per carry) … helped Nate Sudfeld finish with 385 yards at Maryland on 23-of-35 passing with a career-high-tying four passing touchdowns and one rushing score while also paving way for Devine Redding, who finished with a career-high 130 yards on 24 carries (5.4 average) … in the win at Purdue, Indiana’s offense recorded 300 yards through the air (350) and on the ground (309) in the same game for the second time in school history. The 659 total yards were the second-most in program history … the Hoosiers set eight program bowl records on offense, including 41 points and 667 total yards against Duke, while Redding delivered 227 rushing yards in the Pinstripe Bowl.

9.6 (Athlete)

42

Joshua Garnett- 6-5, 321, 

OG

Stanford

03/2016: Virtually unknown O-linemen who won the Outland trophy, which is the Heisman for O-linemen. He had a great year, and was a beast at the Senior Bowl. He may have passed Whitehair as the top OG in this Draft. He has an NFL body already, and he can really move and hit. Great smooth feet in pass pro. He is a heavy hitter with heavy hands. 

01/2016: I thought Garnett was great at the Senior Bowl, and I will be watching some more of his tape (I still have the PAC-12 Camp game in my DVR). "He said he’d never seen a kid pick up another kid and throw him out of bounds the way Josh did one of their guys," his high school coach Jeffers said. "He would do things like that, and it was just reflective of the physical dominance he had at the high-school level. Hearing it described like and in those terms made me think for a second at just how special Josh really is." He looked like the Outland Trophy winner at the Senior Bowl.

As a Senior (2015): Outland Trophy Award winner (first in school history). Morris Trophy Award winner (Pac-12 Lineman of the Year). Ninth Unanimous All-American in Stanford history. AFCA All-America first team. Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America first team. Sporting News All-America first team. Associated Press All-America first team.  FWAA All-America first team. USA Today All-America first team. Phil Steele All-America second team. All-Pac-12 first team. Associated Press All-Pac-12 first team. Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team USA Football Fundamental Player of the Year. Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. SI.com midseason All-America first team. USA Today preseason All-America first team. SI.com preseason All-America second team. CBS Sports preseason All-America second team. Phil Steele preseason All-America third team. Athlon preseason All-America fourth team. Phil Steele preseason All-Pac-12 first team. Athlon preseason All-Pac-12 first team. ESPN.com All-Pac-12 preseason first team. Team captain. Starting left guard

9.7 (OG)

43

TJ Green- 6-2, 208, #16

SS

Clemson

01/2016: He was so good this year he got some attention for ACC defensive Player in a division that Jalen Ramsey plays in . "I have been playing well, but I really haven’t studied or followed the success of other players," Cash said." I’m sure there are quite a few players in the ACC on the defensive side that have had success as well. All I can say is: I will continue to play as hard as I can and we’ll let the voters choose whomever they believe is the ACC Defensive Player of the Year." He was a top player in the ACC.

He had a great season. "Jeremy Cash is a great football player,” his HC coach Cutcliffe said. “I don't have any problem using that adjective, and I don't use it very often, but he is. That impacts your entire team." He was the leader of the secondary.
He is another player that just gets it in a Patriots kind of way. "That comes with the preparation," Cash said. "The triple-option has always been a style of offense that a lot of teams have trouble with and we’ve managed to develop a game plan and a great scheme to be able to stop those plays. With me and my physicality, I play with a little bit of reckless abandonment and can get in there between the tackles and make plays." Teams need strong safeties who play with reckless abandonment, and are still excellent in coverage.

9.6(Athlete)

44

Carl Nassib- RS-SR, 6-6, 270, #95

DE

Penn ST 

11/2015: Nassib is a one year wonder who is led the FBS in Sacks with 15.5, even though he was limited in the last two games of the season with an alleged hamstring issue. He was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, which is all the more impressive when you realize that Joey Bosa plays in the Big Ten. As a result of his startling season Nassib has already been invited to the Senior Bowl. He is also in the running for the Bednarik Trophy, the Nagurski, and the Lombardi. Plus, he is interestingly likely to win  the Burlsworth Trophy (I didn't know what the hell that was). It is an award given to the player who had the best season after starting out as a walk-on.

He was a walk on at Penn ST. "We are talking about a guy who showed up here as a 6-foot-5, 218-pound walk-on," the HC  Franklin said. "And now he is a 6 foot 7, 273-pound scholarship starting defensive end. That I think is going to have a break-out year for us." He went from no offers for a scholarship, to beating out Bosa as D-Player of the Year. "I didn’t have that many offers at all [out of high school]," Nassib said.. "At that point in my life, I was maybe focusing more on med school. I was thinking about that. And then I was presented with the opportunity to come to Penn State. And I was like ‘Oh, definitely coming here.' This is a dream for me." But don't let the ah-shucks stuff fool you. He is as mean and nasty on the field as they come.

10/2015: He really came into his own his senior year. He never started a game in high school, and now is leading the FBS in Sacks coming into the Ohio ST game. This guy was a nightmare on the edge. He has the speed to turn the corner on the ORT, and he is a big guy. He is a legit 270. He is an all out all the time guy.

Outlook: Nassib, who arrived on campus as a preferred walk-on, is recognized as one of the squad's most tireless workers and is a standout in the strength and conditioning program and on the practice field. l He was rewarded with a scholarship prior to the 2013 season. He continued to progress as a player during the 2014 season and will be among the leading candidates to earn a starting spot at defensive end after losing two starters, Brad Bars and C.J. Olaniyan, to graduation and the departure of Deion Barnes to the NFL. He exerts full effort on each snap and played the most snaps of any returning Penn State defensive end, seeing time on defense and as a mainstay on special teams. Nassib comes from a strong football family. His older brother, Ryan, was a starting quarterback at Syracuse University and was selected in the 2013 NFL Draft; his cousin, Joe, was a cornerback on the Orange roster from 2011-14 and his father, Gil, played at the University of Delaware. Nassib is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and is on schedule to graduate with his degree in biology in December, doing so in 3.5 years.
2014 Junior Season: Awards: Selected Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career. Season: Appeared in all 13 games on defense and special teams...Made seven tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss (minus-22), one sack (minus-5), one forced fumble and one pass breakup. 

9.7

45

Michael Thomas- 6-3, 210, #3

WR

Ohio ST 

09/2015: Nice hands on the high comeback. He is excellent with the ball in his hands. "His drive to be the best wide receiver in America mandates that I am the best wide receivers coach in America, or else this would be an epic failure," WR coach Zach Smith said. "If you aren’t an expert at your trade, the best in the business, it will get exposed in a second." he has that reputation for being the hardest worker on the team.
Not only does he have the speed, he has some fight and power in his runs on the edge.  "I have never had a wide receiver who is as committed to the blueprint I laid out for him to achieve the goals we set for him this year," coach Smith said. "He is an absolute grinder who is starving for more: more knowledge, more coaching, more instruction, more insight, more criticism, more corrections." known for his top character, as much as his top athleticism.
He knows where the marker is and fights to get there. He is a tall WR, but he is not a skinny kid. "I felt I had something to prove and nothing was going to stop me," Michael Thomas said. "Over the course of the year, I developed three things: self-discipline, self-respect and a work ethic. I was always a hard worker. It helped me grind even more and made me a lot hungrier." He is a well built strong kid, you can see he puts the work in in the weight room.

Ohio State Overview: Michael Thomas has size, speed, leverage, great hands and tremendous athleticism to go along with dedication and determination to be the best receiver he can be ... he is always working on improving his skills, and as a result expect this fourth-year junior who led the Buckeyes in receiving last season to be a leader once again and one of the top receivers in the nation in 2015 ... a veteran of 26 games with 14 starts at receiver, Thomas has become a go-to and a throw-to playmaker for the Buckeyes with 57 career receptions for 821 yards, a 14.4-yards-per catch average and nine touchdowns ... he makes big plays, with five touchdowns over 25 yards and three over 50 yards ... has a current streak of at least one reception in 16 consecutive games ... had at least two receptions in 14 of his last 15 games ... an OSU Scholar-Athlete in 2012, Thomas is majoring in sport industry.
2014 Season (Sophomore): Thomas was the leading receiver for the College Football Playoff national champions with 54 catches ... he was second on the squad with 799 receiving yards and with nine receiving touchdowns ... he played in all 15 games and started 14 times, including a current streak of 11 consecutive starts ... made huge plays in huge games ... secured inside leverage on his defender, caught a short pass and raced 79 yards for a game-tying score at Michigan State.

9.7

46

Darian Thompson- 6-2, 210, 

FS

Boise ST

01/2016: He broke the Mountain West record for INTs, that was held by Eric Weddle, with 18. He was voted Captain. He can get over aggressive sometimes, but I like how he moves on the field. He had a great season this year. He garnered 5 INTs, 7.5 TFL, and 63 Tackles. This was the second year in a row he was named 1st-Tam All-Mountain West. In 2014 he garnered 7 INTs, 8 PBU, and 71 Tackles. 

2015: FWAA All-America Second Team (2015). PhilSteele.com All-America Second Team (2015). Associated Press All-America Third Team (2015). Sports Illustrated All-America Honorable Mention (2015). CBSSports.com All-America Second Team (2014). 2x All-Mountain West First Team (2014-15)
RS SENIOR (2015): Earned four All-America nods, coming from the FWAA (Second Team), PhilSteele.com (Second Team), the Associated Press (Third Team) and Sports Illustrated (honorable mention)...named to All-Mountain West First Team...national semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award...preseason candidate for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Walter Camp Player of the Year...became the Mountain West's all-time interceptions leader (19), passing Eric Weddle, with a fourth-quarter interception at UNLV (Oct. 31)...sits third on Boise State's all-time list...led Broncos with five interceptions and paced the secondary with 65 tackles (37 solo), a figure that was also second on the team...tied for second on the team with 8.5 tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles, also making a sack and knocking down four passes...intercepted a pass and had four tackles (three solo) against Washington (Sept. 4)...interception was 15th of his career, moving him into a tie for fourth on Boise State's all-time list...made five tackles (three solo) at BYU (Sept. 12)...had a tackle-for-loss among his five tackles (three solo) against Idaho State (Sept. 18)...made his third interception of the season at Virginia and returned it 19 yards, also made five tackles (three solo) and shared a tackle-for-loss (Sept. 25)...grabbed his 17th-career interception, broke up two passes and led the team with six tackles (five solo) against Hawai'i (Oct. 3)...picked off his fourth pass of the season, and Mountain West all-time best 18th of his career, and forced a fumble at Colorado State (Oct. 10)...led the Broncos with 12 tackles (two solo), including 1.5 TFL, at Utah State (Oct. 16)...paced the team with seven tackles (five solo) including a sack against Wyoming (Oct. 24)...along with his Mountain West record-breaking interception at UNLV, made four solo tackles, with two of them going for loss (Oct. 31)...led the team with 10 tackles (five solo) and had 1.5 tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble against New Mexico (Nov. 14)....made two solo tackles, including a tackle-for-loss, against Northern Illinois at the Poinsettia Bowl (Dec. 23).

9.7 (Safety)

47

Vonn Bell- 5-11, 205, #11

FS

Ohio ST

11/2015: He is a dynamic returner when he gets the ball in his hands. "It’s natural," Bell said about his ball skills. "I get them in practice and I work on my moves then. I run all the way down to the end zone. Coach Meyer gets mad at me and tells me to come back. It’s all natural. It’s just being a play-maker." He is a hard hard worker in practice.

08/2015: Plays back a lot like a FS. Nice last line of defense. He can fight through the blocker down field, and get to the sideline to knock the bigger runner out of bounds or it is a TD. Consistent tackler that could be a FS in the NFL. He was dropping into cover two all game against Alabama. He will move into the slot to cover the slot guy sometimes. Comes up fast on passes thrown to the flat.

Ohio State Overview: Talented safety Vonn Bell is one of the top defensive playmakers in college football ... he has stepped up to make some of his biggest plays on the biggest of stages, including an at-the-end-zone interception in the fourth quarter against No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, an interception vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, an interception to open the win last year over Michigan and an end zone interception in the Discover Orange Bowl as a true freshman ... Bell has been in on 111 tackles his first two seasons with only Joshua Perry (193) and Tyvis Powell (124) in on more during that time ... Bell also has recorded seven interceptions and 13 total pass break-ups to rank in a tie for first among Buckeyes (Eli Apple) in that all-important statistical category ... a true junior, Bell has played in 29 games and started 15 times

9.7 (Safety)

48

Germain Ifedi- 6-6, 335, #74

ORT

Texas A&M 

01/2016: He has the worst trait of an O-line, he is terribly inconsistent. I watched him early in the season, and he looked better than the other three OLT s taken from A&M recently. Than I watch another game and he didn't like he was in their class at all. There is nothing more important than consistency when you are protecting the QBs back.

09/2015: He might he the best of the four OLT from A&M. When he squares up instead of kickslides, and the D-end sticks his helmet into his chest, he can get bulled backwards. He will block down  on the DT when they run play action some times. Uses his hands with nice violent shoves on the edge, to shove the D-end outside. Smooth kickslide. Needs to keep his hands up consistently in pass pro. He will drop them sometimes in kickslide. He will also put his hands out wide sometimes, and grab the shoulder pads outside. You can't do that in the NFL. Very nice strong hands. He grabs shirt and absolutely refuses to let go.
2014 (Sophomore): • 24 career starts entering 2015, Ifedi is the Aggies’ most experienced player on offense.
Started 11 of 13 games, all at right tackle for the Aggies ... missed the Auburn and Missouri games due to a sprained knee suffered against ULM ... provided protection for the SEC’s top passing attack, which led the conference in passing yards and touchdowns ... team ranked No. 5 in scoring and No. 5 in total offense ... Aggies allowed 27 sacks (2.1 per game), while attempting 514 passes (39.5 per game). 

9.7(consistency)

49

Kamalei Correa- 6-2, 252, 

OLB

Boise ST 

08/2014: He made a lot of money this season when they moved him outside a little and let him rush a little on the edge. "I think he can be as good as there is," Les Miles said. "I really do. I think he’ll play in the NFL for a number of years. He's a big, fast, violent linebacker. He is legitimately a talented man, and he’s very bright and very rounded. He’s not a guy that’s going to be eating too much or out at night. He’s going to be just what you want." He is a top ILB in this Draft, but his moving outside as an edgerusher gave him another dimension that really separates him from the rest of the linebackers. He was fierce rushing the QB in the Bowl game.
He is the leader of the LSU defense "He is going to be the big dog," coach Miles said. "He’s going to direct and get to a lot of plays." He sets up the defense as the Mike. "I accept that responsibility," Beckwith said. "It makes me work that much harder." Not a lot of guys can be the Mike who makes the checks, and move outside on passing downs and rush the QB as well as he does. Reminds me a little of Hightower.

9.6(Passrusher)

50

*Hunter Henry- 6-5, 253, #84

TE

LSU

09/2015: Very good run blocker. "Hunter Henry is probably, in my mind, maybe the best tight end in the country," Alabama HC Nick Saban said. "In terms of great size. He's very athletic. He’s a very good receiver, but he blocks well. He does everything you could ask a guy to do." He has a nice punch with his inside hand that can really turn and seal an OLB outside. That is rare for a tight end. 

Then he can run down the Seam, and catch the ball crossing. "I think in this day and age, that’s kind-ah the perfect tight end that you can have," the HC of the ACT said. "He’s a fantastic player, and he gives them a lot of diversity because you never know where the guy’s gonna line up." He has a ton of experience as a blocker, and is a very under utilized as a receiver.

Junior (2015): John Mackey Award Finalist … John Mackey Tight End of the Week Honorable Mention (Nov. 11) … Earned preseason first team All-American honors from ESPN and Athlon Sports … Named a preseason second team All-American by Lindy’s and Sports Illustrated … Earned preseason fourth team All-American honors from Phil Steele … Listed as the SEC’s top tight end by ESPN, appearing on their All-SEC first team … Earned All-SEC second team honors from the coaches and media … Named to Phil Steele’s All-SEC third team.

9.7

51

Cody Whitehair-6-4, 305, 32" Arms, #55

OG

Kansas ST 

08/2014: Whitehair has experience all over the O-line. "That is one of the reasons we have a lot of guys like Cody play a lot of different positions," coach Snyder said. "We are normally seven or eight deep on the offensive line, so you need guys who can play multiple positions. It’s a matter of necessity. Is he a better player as a guard than he is as a tackle? I'm not sure that is totally accurate. You could build a case for it, but it all goes back to getting the best five on the field." He started at guard. Then he went to ORT. then to OLG, back to ORT, and then finally over to OLT.

He is a lot like Mankins, who played OLT in college and moved to OLG in the NFL. "It is a very vital position to play," Whitehair said. "You want your most experienced lineman to be there. It’s all about my quickness. Everyone knows I am a guard body playing tackle. I just try to keep my body in the best position it can be in to help me win that play." He dominated at K-State like Mankins dominated at Fresno State. 

So level of competition is a bit of a concern. "Left tackle has value, but I think every position on the offensive line has value," Whitehair said. "It takes an offensive line to make a play go. If you don’t have every piece to the puzzle, then it is hard to get anything going." Because he had more pancake blocks when I watched him play than Mankins, and any other O-linemen in this Draft.
Sometimes it seemed he knocked a defender down every other play with his amazing strength and leverage. "There isn’t a person on our team that works harder," Snyder said. "He has the intrinsic values that you hear me talking about all the time." This guy has All-Pro written all over him.

OUTLOOK: A strong lineman who is regarded as one of the best and most versatile offensive linemen in the Big 12... Has started 38 of his 39 career games... Voted a team captain for the 2015 season... Earned 2015 Preseason All-America honors from Athlon, while all the major preseason magazines placed him on their All-Big 12 teams... Lindy’s also named him the eighth-best offensive tackle in the nation entering 2015.
2014: Started every game at left tackle en route to Second Team All-Big 12 honors from both the league’s coaches and the Associated Press... Also a member of the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists... Helped K-State tally 30 rushing touchdowns – the 10th most in school history – while the Wildcat offense ranked in the top 25 nationally in nine categories, including top-20 marks in team passing efficiency (11th), red zone offense (14th) and passing offense (16th).

9.7 (OG)

52

Devontae Booker- 5-11, 219, 22 Reps,

RB

Utah

4/2016: Booker has elite balance, feet, and vision. Knows when to lower his head for a cloud of dust. Nice blocker in Pass pro. He gets in front of the QB, extends his arms, and washes the rusher. He can step up into the line, and give a nice pop to the DT in pass pro. He will go out in pattern, and block for his teammate when he catches the ball behind him. He has some nice feet and things are clogged and he has to bounce it outside. Runs a lot of Shotgun Dives right up the gut. 

Cal: Short squat back. Junior college transfer and work his way into a being a captain. Plays hurt. I love how this guy weaves through traffic. Good blocker in pass pro. He has the nose for getting low and getting the First. He will fumble more than you like. Then he fumbled again. He whips the ball away form his body too much. Nice quick inside step fake, and then burst outside to make defenders miss. He is a big power back with some nifty feet, and electric moves. Sometimes he just refuses to go down. Nice lateral explosion to burst outside. 

Devontae is big powerful runner. "He usually runs with a lot of violence and tenacity," Coach Whittingham said. He does a great job following blockers, and getting the most out of every carry his teammates block for. "He's a workhorse," the UCLA DC Bradley said. "He doesn't tire." But he underwent surgery on the meniscus in November. "We were hoping that he may be able to play in the Senior Bowl," his dad said, "which is on Jan. 24." He wasn't able to play in the Senior Bowl. So the Combine will paramount to where he goes in the Draft. He is a 24-year old prospect, who has had fumbling problems. But he can gash teams when he is on. "He runs with a real passion to get yards," Jim Mora said. "He's an exceptional player." He is a nice power runner, but he can also be explosive in the passing game. The UCLA players had a lot of respect for him. "That's the best running back we'll play all year," UCLA NT Clark said.

UTAH: Two-time All-Pac-12 selection (first team in 2014 and second team in 2015) … fast, powerful back is also an excellent pass catcher and blocker … one of just two players ever at Utah to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons … just one of three players to accomplish two 1,000-yard seasons over his Utah career … set Utah school record with 120.6 career rushing average … tied the school record with 14 100-yard rushing games and ranks third in net rushing yards (2,773), fourth with 560 career carries and sixth with 21 rushing touchdowns … has 23 total career touchdowns.
2015 Season: All-Pac-12 second team running back … played and started in 10 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury … Maxwell Award semifinalist (national player of the year) … Doak Walker Award semifinalist (nation’s top running back) … SI.com Midseason All-America second team … third in the Pac-12 (11th in the NCAA) with 126.1 rushing yards per game … averaged 130.9 rushing yards per game in Pac-12 games (4.98 ypc) … fourth in the Pac-12 with 1,261 net rushing yards on 268 carries (4.7 ypc) … tied for third in the Pac-12 with seven 100-yard rushing games: California (222), Fresno State (156), Washington (150), Arizona (145), Oregon State (121), Utah State (120) and Arizona State (118) … Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after going for a season-high 222 rushing yards against Cal, the ninth-most in school history, and totaling a season-high 267 all-purpose yards (45 receiving yards on four catches) … 11 rushing touchdowns is fourth in the conference … at the time of the injury, led the nation with 305 touches from scrimmage (30.5 per game) and carries per game (26.8) … 34 carries against Cal, Washington and Arizona, the eighth-most in school history, and tied for the most in the Pac-12 this season … 157.9 all-purpose yards per game ranks ninth in the NCAA and third in the Pac-12 … 37 catches for 318 yards … season-best 57 receiving yards against Michigan (seven catches) … 56 receiving yards at Fresno State (five catches) … threw a 25-yard touchdown pass at Oregon … team captain.

9.7X (RB)

53

Sterling Shepard- 5-10, 191, 

WR

OK

11/2015: His lack of size did not hurt him in college. "Sterling is a great player," Stoops said. "He is a guy that we always want to try to fin more ways to get him involved in big plays and he can do it. He is having a great year." He has smooth natural hands. 

He really was Oklahoma's only receiving threat, and he came through every week. "The guy is incredible," Stoops said. "Just look at the amount of big-time, competitive, tough plays he's made over the last two years. He's made a ton of 'em. He makes special plays that make differences in games over and over." He was also a punt returner the past two seasons and returned 30 punts. 

He had great stats last season. "He just competes," Stoops said. "He is such a great competitor to go with the talent. He is really special that way." He garnered 11 TDs and 1,288-yards on 86 catches.

9.6

54

*Austin Hooper- 6-4, 248, 

TE

Stanford 

01/2016: Hooper is a nice natural athlete with size who is still learning the game. "Last year, it was like we were beating football into him,'' his OC Mike Bloomgren said. "Now, he's more confident with the system and everything is slowing down, and you can see his love for the game." When he gets his hands and butt low, he can push up while blocking the LB and show a little power. He has some shiftiness in his shoulders running with the ball. He is more fast than quick. 

He played D-End in high school, and had to convert to tight end at Stanford. So he has received a lot of good coaching at tight end at Stanford. "It's coming together the way we all thought it would when we saw him as a junior [in high school],'' David Shaw said, "But maybe faster than we anticipated." He got the first start of his life at TE in 2014. 

He has smooth natural hands catching the ball. Very smart running routes. "He's just like Ertz in that they run unbelievable routes,'' Bloomgren said. "And they're so darn big. They're matchup issues." He is so big and athletic that he causes mismatches all over the field. 

As a Junior (2015): Mackey Award finalist. Associated Press All-America third team.  Phil Steele All-America second team. All-Pac-12 first team. Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team. Associated Press All-Pac-12 first team. Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention. ESPN.com All-Pac-12 preseason first team.Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason first team. Athlon All-Pac-12 preseason third team. Team-high five catches for 45 yards at Northwestern.One catch for 11 yards vs. UCF. Four catches for 79 yards and one touchdown at USC. Two catches for 50 yards, 42-yard touchdown catch at Oregon State. Three catches for 42 yards, four-yard touchdown catch vs. UCLA. Three catches for 50 yards, 21-yard toucdown catch vs. Washington. Three catches for 62 yards, 28-yard touchdown catch at Colorado. Four catches for 23 yards vs. Oregon. Three catches for 27 yards, 10-yard touchdown catch vs. Notre Dame. Two catches for nine yards, blocked an extra point in Pac-12 Championship Game. Three catches for 23 yards in Rose Bowl.

9.6

55

Nick Martin- 6-5, 301,  

OC/OG

Notre Dame

01/2016: When you talk about bloodlines, Nick has it. "I think the strength of the offensive line is in the pack. It's the group. But the one guy is the guy with the same last name," coach Kelly said. "So it hasn't gone very far. Nick Martin is the leader of that group, all right, it's pretty clear." He has a lot of similar traits that have made his brother Zach successful in the NFL. He has his balance, smarts and leadership. He also has his consistency. "That's one of the best compliments you can have in football, 'consistency'," Zach's brother said. "It's no matter what happens, no matter what circumstances, he's going to get the job done." He gets it done almost as consistently as his brother.
Plus, he is tough, a fighter, and makes all the checks and calls at the line for the Fighting Irish. "A lot of that has been passed on from Zack," the ND HC Brian Kelly said. "That's why I consider him one of the great captains of my career. Because he passed on so much of that, and they are just following from a lot of what he passed on." If you want to be an OC in the NFL, you have to have the brains and leadership to run the Line. I really like how he uses his hands inside. He can get real physical with his hands, and then keep his legs driving to power DTs sideways and back. "You always want to be more physical, that’s the nature of the position," Martin said. "You really just want to go out and hit guys, and I think we want to do that on a more consistent basis this year." He was out there hitting guys at the Senior Bowl.

9.6 OC

56

*Alex Collins- 6-5, 250, #12

RB

Arkansas 

01/2016: Collins is a big powerful guy. He knows how to use his hands. Nice up fake before he stunts inside. Great stunter. He runs under the other DT and smashes into the QB dragging blockers. Excellent stop and g move. He like t feint up field, then stop, and redirect past a retreating blocker. I like how he burst off the snap with his hands moving. He has the power to split the double team and hit the QB. I love how he extends his arms, and holds f the OG and he moves down the line and gets in front of the RB

9.7 (RB)

57

Emmanuel Ogbah- 6-4, 277, #38

DE

OK ST

09/2015: He is playing on the Blindside more this season. "It’s hard to evaluate our [Offensive] Tackles, because of Ogbah," the HC of OK ST Mike Gundy said. "He just runs everybody over and gets to the quarterback. Crabtree and Victor have been really good. But it’s not fun all the time if you got a guy running around you. Ogbah may flatten out, but he’s been difficult to deal with." He is tough to practice against, for the O-Tackles. But he is fun to practice with, for his defensive teammates. "We’ll see. I’m hoping for everybody to do well. I want them to get their stats," Linebacker Ryan Simmons said. "Emmanuel Ogbah is definitely playing on another level this year. He’s just a big, strong, fast guy. It’s hard to block a guy that’s [as big and strong as he is] and he’s running like a 4.6 or 4.7. He practices hard. He prepares well." If he puts up the Stats again this year, he will be a 1st Round Pick.

08/2015: Terrific strongside rusher. His size and speed is excellent. You better not ignore him on the field. In his game against Kansas he had a HOF game with 5.5 TFL, 2 sacks, and 10 tackles. It doesn't take long for the ORG and ORT to try to double him. He will switch over to the blindside. He lines up as a D-End in Even fronts and a 5-Tech in Odd fronts. Nice inside move and he has great power to Rip through the inside shoulder of the ORG and hit the QB. Strings out the play nicely. He can shove the OLT back as he moves outside on the power toss, and shove the OLT in front of the RB and force him inside. He has such a nice blend of burst and power. He can slant into the OLG, and jam him into the QB as quick as I've seen. I love how he consistently gets up field. He uses his elbows so well once he gets an OG's shoulder. He pops them in the gut, and powers them back. He can blast off and run right past the ORT without being touched until he is by him.

2014 (Sophomore): Became the first OSU player to be recognized as Big 12 defensive lineman of the year when the coaches from around the league tabbed him with that honor ... First-team all-Big 12 honoree by the Associated Press and the coaches ... Chosen as the team's 2014 defensive most valuable player by the OSU coaches ... Finished the season third in the Big 12 and 24th nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.3) and second in the Big 12 and 15th nationally in sacks per game (0.85) ... Recorded 5.5 tackles for loss in the Cowboys' win at Kansas, which set an OSU single-game record and was the most tackles for any player in the country in a single game in 2014 ... Enjoyed a breakthrough performance on a national stage to open 2014 when he had six tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and two pass-breakups against top-ranked Florida State ... Produced a stretch in which he recorded at least one sack in six consecutive games.

9.75

58

*Xavien Howard- 6', 201, (PD) 4.41, V 38 1/2",  B 10" 5', 3-C 6.94, 31.2" Arm, 11 R, 4.15

CB

Baylor

O3/2016: He ran a little too slow at the Combine. "I love his 'see ball, get ball' attitude'," a scout said. " I thought he would run a 4.47 at the combine, so I'll go back and double check the tape, but we value ball skills over speed so my grade won't change based on his 40." But he ran a 4.41 at his Proday to propel him back into the 2nd Round. He also got under 7-seconds in the 3-Cone drill, and that quickness showed on the field. He played straight man all game, and showed great hips to turn, run, and chase. He is a ball hawk, who garnered 9 INTs over the past two seasons. He became a starter in 2014, and totaled 93 tackles and 23 PBU in his two seasons as a starter. 

9.6X

59

*Xavien Howard- 6', 201, (PD) 4.41, V 38 1/2",  B 10" 5', 3-C 6.94, 31.2" Arm, 11 R, 4.15

CB

Baylor

O3/2016: He ran a little too slow at the Combine. "I love his 'see ball, get ball' attitude'," a scout said. " I thought he would run a 4.47 at the combine, so I'll go back and double check the tape, but we value ball skills over speed so my grade won't change based on his 40." But he ran a 4.41 at his Proday to propel him back into the 2nd Round. He also got under 7-seconds in the 3-Cone drill, and that quickness showed on the field. He played straight man all game, and showed great hips to turn, run, and chase. He is a ball hawk, who garnered 9 INTs over the past two seasons. He became a starter in 2014, and totaled 93 tackles and 23 PBU in his two seasons as a starter. 

9.6X

60

Shilique Calhoun- 6-5, 250, #89

D-End

Michigan State

08/2015: Calhoun was a guy who I though was over rated last season. He was average at best all season. However, it looked to me like he finally put it all together mentally in the last game of the season. Maybe he was just having a good game, but it seemed like he was making the right reads and doing the right things more consistently than I ever saw him do before. Plus, I always questioned his toughness. However, in the Bowl game he was playing tough and physical, and was beating the OLT with physicality and his great physical gifts.

CAREER/PRESEASON NOTES: Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner enters his third season as a starting defensive end in 2015 . . . two-time second-team All-American (2013, 2014) and two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (2013, 2014) . . . has 82 tackles, including 29 for losses (186 yards) with 16.5 sacks (137 yards) . . . dynamic playmaker has appeared in 40 career games, including 27 consecutive starts (28 starts overall) . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in tackles for loss yardage (sixth with 186), sack yardage (seventh with 137), sacks (tied for eighth with 16.5), fumble recoveries (tied for 10th with five) and tackles for loss (tied for 14th with 29) . . . 35 percent of his career tackles have gone for losses (29 TFLs/82 tackles) . . . one of 13 defensive players on the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List . . . featured on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year) and Lombardi Award (lineman of the year) . . . also named to the Nagurski Trophy (nation's most outstanding defensive player) and Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch Lists . . . preseason All-America selection by Athlon Sports (first team), Lindy's (first team), Phil Steele (second team) and Sporting News (second team) . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten pick by Athlon Sports, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sporting News . . . ranks among college football's top edge defenders (No. 6) to watch in 2015, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com . . . rated among Top 25 front seven players (No. 3) and among the nation's top 50 players (No. 23) by Sporting News.

9.7

61

Braxton Miller- 6-1 1/2, 203, (PD) 4.41-4.45, #14

WR/RB/3rd

Ohio ST 

01/2016: One of my favorite players to watch this past season. I think he can be a great 3rd down back, who can throw, in the NFL. "He will run a sub-4.4 at the combine," coach Meyer said. "And show he's a really competitive guy. He'll knock it out." He reminds me of Julian Edelman as a do everything Utility guy, who should develop into a top play maker as a slot guy in the NFL. 

He showed he could block a little on the edge this past season as well. "He's learning the game," coach Meyer said. "He's learning how to be a perimeter blocker for the first time in his life. He can't play receiver here and not be great at it. That's the transition he's going through. It takes time." He looks like he is having his coming out party at the Senior Bowl.

He is making a lot to money at the Senior Bowl, "Scouts are anxious to see how Miller adapts to running routes in a pro system," Bucky Brooks said. "The ultra-talented playmaker made tremendous progress as a receiver in his first season at the position after moving from quarterback. Keep an eye on whether he can master the nuances of the position. It could determine whether he cracks the top 50 picks on draft day." Or at least the top 60.

12/2015: He has come back for his senior year as an explosive WR/RB in 7 plays in the V-tech game he had 2 catches for 78 yard and a TD and 5 carries for 58 yards and another TD, and that was after just three quarters. "Braxton was an ultimate competitor," coach Meyer said. "And is an ultimate competitor." He had another carry for four to start the 3rd. Braxston Miller is awesome with the ball in his hands. Great receiver out of the backfield. 

I like how he can uses his breaks and hands to create separation. "It was great to see him smiling," Michael Thomas said. "He scored that touchdown and he made that great catch over the middle. He's been able to showcase his ability in front of everyone, and that's all he wants to do." TMIWTMIL. 

He was a QB his first three seasons at Ohio ST, and then he spent 2014 on IR with a shoulder. Then he convert to a utility guy. Though he didn't have a lot of touches, he might have been the most dynamic player with the ball in his hands in this Draft. "Braxton is such a dynamic player," OSU OC Warinner said. "He's earned the right to get as many touches as we can get for him. We tried to get him touches and create offense for him." I just wish they had gotten him more.

10/2015: He had become a force as a utility guy. He is deadly as  WR and with the ball in his hands. They line him up at Wildcat QB against Penn ST, and he has as dynamic a 1st down run as you will see. This guys gets yards running receiving and throwing like no one else in the FBS. I don't know how he gets out of the 2nd.

2015 Season: Entering his redshirt senior year in 2015, Miller competed with Cardale Jones and J. T. Barrett to regain the starting quarterback job. With Jones and Barrett leading the competition, Miller announced in July that he would switch positions to wide receiver. In the opening game of the 2015 season, he scored a rushing and receiving touchdown in Ohio State's victory over Virginia Tech. He finished the season with 26 receptions for 341 yards, three receiving touchdowns, 260 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.

9.7

62

Bronson Kaufusi- 6-6.7, 285, 4.87, 34 1/2"Arm, 28 R, 7.03 3-C! 4.25 SS! 30"Vert,  9'1"Br 

DE/OLB

BYU

02/2016: He really goes hard after the QB. "That was one of the best games that I’ve seen a defensive player play," Bronco Mendenhall said after the Missouri game. "He was all over the place and played so hard. He tried with everything he had to win that game. In the meantime, he’s encouraging his teammates and is so optimistic. He’s everything that I would want in a BYU football player. I've had great players that struggled with the standards here and I've had guys that live the standards but struggle on the field. He’s great in all circumstances. He’s the perfect BYU player." Nice power club to pop the ORT's arms down. 

Last season he garnered 11 Sacks, 20 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 3 Hurries, 3 FF, 63 Tackles, and a remarkable 5 blocked kicks. "I thought he played one of his best games as a Cougar," his LB coach Kelly Poppinga said. "He was super-physical. At the point of contact there were a couple of times he got knocked back, but for the most part the amount of plays he made at the line of scrimmage I was really impressed with. Some of Bronson's game has been chasing down stuff and making plays that way. This was one of the first times that he was knocking back their tackles and tight ends and making a lot of plays at the line of scrimmage and behind the line of scrimmage. I thought he dominated that side of the game." He even returned a punt for 18 yards last season. 

He kept getting bigger and stronger. "I'm really happy for him because he's worked really hard," Poppinga said. "That's something he's been criticized about. We've tried to work with him on [the run game]. He’s just got to continue to progress. The pass rush stuff is easy for him. That’s what comes most natural. To be able to play the run defense like he did the other night, that was super impressive." He is one of those guys who will go earlier than expected, because he is such a special teams maven. 

2015 Senior Year: Named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent First Team. Selected to the Nagurski Trophy Watch List. Named to the Bednarik Award Watch List. Allstate AFCA Good Works Nominee. Finished the game against UConn with three tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and his second-career interception. Recorded the first punt block of his career in the second quarter against ECU. Ended the game against Cincinnati with three sacks (his fourth multi-sack game of his career), a forced fumble, and a field goal block. Upped his career sack total to 22 with a half sack and one tackle for loss to go along with six tackles against San Jose State. Recorded 10 total tackles for a career high and to go along with three tackles for loss and two forced fumbles against Mizzou/ Recorded three sacks, four tackles for loss, one pass breakup and a blocked field goal against Fresno State. Notched his third and fourth blocked kicks of the year against Utah State and passed Kyle Van Noy for No. 2 in BYU career sacks since 2000 with 26.5 total/ Recorded nine total tackles with seven solo stops, three tackles for loss and one pass breakup in the Las Vegas Bowl, passing David Nixon’s for No. 3 in BYU history for career tackles for loss with 44. Received letterman honors while starting all 13 games.

9.6

63

Adolphus Washington-6-3, 295, #92

DT

Ohio ST 

02/2016: Washington kicked ass at the Senior Bowl. "The topper was Adolphus Washington from Ohio State," Mayock said at the Senior Bowl. " He was all over the field in one-on-one drills; he was too quick, too stout. He was great in team drills. I thought he put on a show." He was the most explosive and quick inside guy down there.

He was pouncing into the backfield all week. "The 3 [tech] is where I feel most comfortable," Washington said. "I can bump out and play a 5 [tech]. I can play a 1 [tech]. I'll play whatever, but the 3 is where I am home with my quickness and strength." He was the best interior D-linemen all week in Mobile, and then made plays in the game as well.

01/2016: He was suspended for Playoff game. It has been reported for allegedly trying to solicit sex from a cop. That just doesn't bother me.

07/2015: Nice interior rusher. He lines up next to Bennett and gets a lot of one on ones, and he can take advantage. Slides inside with a nice burst and speed. I like how he looks when he comes off the snap low and with his arms extended. He is a big man, and really looks the part. He has become very good at shooting the 1 and 3 gaps. I like how he splits the double team. He is just so good at filling the gaps. He chased Blake Sims 20-yards down field and finally hit him from behind. That was impressive for a big nose tackle looking dude. He will be counted on to dominate inside like Bennett did last season.

Hard worker with exceptional character will make him a top ten pick. “One game I felt like I played pretty good but I didn’t make Champions Club," Washington said. "So I went up to Coach Meyer after a Sunday practice and was like, ‘Coach, can I come in and watch film with you on Monday?' He was like, go get [the DL-coach] Johnson, and they explained it. They pulled up some guys like Aaron Donald, Tim Jernigan, Ra'Shede Hageman on tape. We compared the clips. I had some that were similar to them, then I would have some that weren’t similar. Coach Meyer told me that when I learned how to do that every play, you can be a guaranteed first-round draft pick. I just went out there and I practiced and I tried to play like that every play." I thought he did that in the Playoffs.

2015 (SENIOR): Started 12 of 13 games in 2013 ... recorded 49 tackles, 7.0 TFL, good for sixth-best on the team, and 4.0 sacks ... part of a defensive unit that ranked No. 2 in the FBS in fewest points allowed (15.1) and No. 9 in total defense (311.3) ... returned an interception 20 yards for his first career INT and TD in the second quarter in the win over WMU ... had 7 tackles, 1.0 sack and a fumble recovery vs. Michigan State ... recorded a career-high 2.0 sacks and forced a fumble in the win over Penn State ... registered a career-high 10 tackles in the win at Indiana, earning Ohio State co-defensive player of the week honors from the coaching staff ... 1.5 TFL in the win over Maryland ... recorded six tackles, including three solo, vs. Hawai’i ... four tackles, 0.5 TFL and a QBH in the win at Virginia Tech ... 5 tackles and 1.0 sack in the win over NIU.

2014 Season (Junior): Washington started 14 games and played in all 15 games for the College Football Playoff national champions … he set season and game career highs in virtually every defensive category, with 48 total tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss (42 yards) and 4.5 quarterback sacks and was named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference … he had a career high eight-tackle game vs. Minnesota, a game he also recorded a personal-best six solo tackles … registered quarterback sacks against Navy, Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan and in the national title game vs. Oregon … opened the season with a personal-best two TFLs vs. Navy … was in on 832 plays, including helping out on special teams in 13 of 15 games.

9.8 CC

3rd Round

64

Dak Prescott- 6-2 226

QB

Mississippi ST

01/2016: He had an impossible random act of stupidity, and has paid the price. Now team have to figure out if they can trust him. If they can he is a winner on the field. If they can't, he is a drunk off the field.

9.6CC (QB)

65

Kenneth Dixon- 5-10, 215, 4.58, 6.97 3-C, 37.5" V! 10'1" Br! 4.28 SS, 11.5 60-YS! 18 R,

RB

Louisiana Tech

09/2015: He had 13 fumbles. When he finds a hole he burst through it fast. Nice lateral quickness. great burst and change of direction. Runs angry. He is an excellent slasher and cut back runner who is a good fit for a Zone blocking scheme. He has garnered an incredible 87 TD career TDs. He is excellent Receiver out of the backfield. He had 7 rushing TDs to go along with 19 rushing TDs last seasons. 

09/2015: His biggest assets are his vision and great subtle cuts on the 2nd level.  "He’s a guy that plays with a fire like nobody I’ve ever seen," his teammate Trent Taylor says. "It's just fun to watch the plays he can create by himself and the way he can break tackles and shift around and through defenses, it’s pretty impressive." He was spectacular against Arkansas ST in the New Orleans Bowl.
A lot of people think he is the best back in this Draft after the two 1st round picks Elliot and Henry. "People are going to be talking for a long time about Kenneth Dixon at Louisiana Tech," the LTU HC Skip Holtz said. "Even thought this is the last time he is going to put that helmet on, we are going to get to see him for a long time playing this game." I think he is an NFL RB, but I don't put him on that level.
He was not as dynamic as expected at the Senior Bowl, which was to be expected with the step up. "Just catching the ball and doing the little things right," Dixon said, when asked what he needs to do better. "The offensive line opened up the holes and I just hit them and did what I was supposed to do and I mean Jeff [Driskel LTU QB] threw such great easy balls to catch and I just did my job and caught the ball and you live with the results." He was still very good at the SB.
He looked like an NFL RB at the Senior Bowl to me. "It's definitely symbolic of his attitude, his unselfish attitude," Holtz said. "For a guy that gets embarrassed in front of cameras or talking about himself, he certainly doesn't get embarrassed in front of a group of people when he goes out on that football field. Great incredible attitude. Incredible passion to play the game. Incredible talent and you put them all together and he's pretty special. I would have loved to see him with what this season could have been had he been able to play the whole thing healthy." He did what he needed to do.

Career: Ran for a school record 4,480 yards and 72 touchdowns on 801 attempts in 47 games played and caught 88 passes for 972 yards and 15 touchdowns as he finished second in NCAA history in overall touchdowns scored (87) behind Keenan Reynolds (Navy, 2012-15) and tied the NCAA record with 38 games played with a touchdown scored … His 72 rushing touchdowns ranks tied for fourth in NCAA history with Ricky Williams (Texas, 1995-98), his 24 games played scoring two or more touchdowns ranks second in NCAA history behind the record of 25 set by Travis Prentice (Miami Ohio, 1996-99) and Montee Ball (Wisconsin, 2009-12), his 14 games played scoring three or more touchdowns ranks second in NCAA history behind record of 16 set by Keenan Reynolds (Navy, 2012-15) and his 522 points scored ranks second in NCAA history behind the record of 530 scored by Kennan Reynolds (Navy, 2012-15).

2015: Named First Team All-Conference USA and First Team All-Louisiana … ... Carried the ball nine times for a gain of 106 rushing yards and one touchdown, while also catching two passes for a total of 65 yards and a receiving touchdown against Southern (9/5) ... Rushed 22 times for 177 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching five passes for 41 yards at WKU (9/10) ... Rushed 17 times for 82 yards while also hauling in five passes for 25 yards against Kansas State (9/19) ... Rushed the ball 25 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns, while also recording a 23 yard touchdown reception against FIU (9/26) ... Rushed 22 times for 69 yards and a touchdown while also catching a couple of passes against ULL (10/3) ... Rushed the ball 14 times for 66 yards and three touchdowns, while catching two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown against Middle Tennessee (10/24) ... Rushed the ball 19 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns, while hauling in one pass for 16 yards against Rice (10/30) ... Tied a career high with six rushing touchdowns, while rushing for 197 yards and hauling in three passes for 32 yards against North Texas (11/7) ... Rushed the ball 19 times for 49 yards against UTEP (11/21) ... Caught five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns against Southern Miss (11/28) … Registered an R+L New Orleans Bowl record 215 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in Louisiana Tech’s 47-28 win over Arkansas State (12/19) … In that NOLA Bowl, ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and registered 113 yards receiving and two touchdowns on six catches.
2014: Became the school's all-time leading rusher as he ran for 1,299 yards and 22 touchdowns on 253 carries with a long rush of 99 yards while registering 385 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 30 carries and was the only FBS player to have a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown of over 80 yards on the year.

9.6 (RB)

66

Cyrus Jones- 5-10, 196 

CB/FS

Alabama

08/2014: Cyrus Jones is a guy I really like. Teams have to versatility in the secondary. He certainly has that.

He was named Defensive MVP of the Cotton Bowl for he special teams play and his play in coverage. He had a huge punt return that the MSU HC said, "had us reeling a little bit." Plus, he had a huge INT before Halftime. "The defense certainly played well," Saban said. "The [Jones'] interception was a big momentum swing for us. It could have been 10-7 at halftime." He made the big plays in the biggest games. 

He was little disappoint show up at the Senior Bowl smaller than he though he was. "I don’t know," Jones said. "I thought I was 5-10, and they said I was 5-9. and it is what it is. You can’t do anything about that. All I can do is go out there and work with the tools I was given and do what I can." So the big play guy will go lower than he should.
He has played both Safety and Corner at Alabama, and his new found height might be his biggest negative. "[My goal at the Senior Bowl is to] prove that I'm explosive," Jones said. "And that my height don’t mean nothing. Regardless of how tall I am, I play much bigger than that. So that’s what I'm looking to show." He is an explosive player.
He was the best punt returner in country last season. "You can play in the league a long time on special teams," Jones said. "And that just adds value to a player. Especially in the return game where you can go out and make explosive plays. I think that’s going to help me out a little bit. It’s definitely an advantage for me." He didn't just make explosive plays in the Playoffs, he made them all year. He  garnered 4 TDs and 530-yards (both tops in the FBS) on 42 punt returns.
Another advantage Jones sees is his experience playing at Alabama under Nick Saban.
Playing for Saban is also a big plus for the Alabama guys. "[NFL guys] expect us to be the cream of the crop, both on and off the field," Jones said at the Senior Bowl. "I think it definitely has an advantage [for us]. Just because of the reputation Coach Saban has. Being a guy that was in the League, and just his overall reputation in football period. He's well respected and I think his word goes a long way. People trust him. That he develops players the right way. And when he puts his stamp on a player it goes a long way." I think he will go a long way in the NFL. 

SENIOR (2015): Developed into one of the nation’s best cornerbacks and punt returners in 2015 … flourished as an All-SEC performer in 2014 and returned for his senior year as the Crimson Tide’s most experienced defensive back ... has two interceptions and seven pass breakups on the season to go with 32 tackles, including four tackles loss (-16 yards) ... returned 41 punts for a total of 518 yards for an average of 12.6 yards per return with a 57-yard return against Michigan State, a 69-yard touchdown at Mississippi State and 43- and 72-yard returns against Charleston Southern … his four punt returns for scores is the UA all-time single-season mark ... his 518 return yards rank second all-time in Alabama single-season history ... ranks 15th nationally and fourth in the SEC in punt-return average ... leads the nation in punt return touchdowns with four … anchors a secondary that ranks fourth nationally and first in the SEC in pass efficiency defense … SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after the Charleston Southern game where he set the school record with two punt returns for touchdowns in the same game … named one of the special teams players of the week against Wisconsin, ULM, at Georgia, Arkansas, at Mississippi State, versus Charleston Southern and in the Cotton Bowl against Michigan State … also a defensive player of the week by the Alabama coaches for his play against Charleston Southern and Michigan State. 

9.6 (size)

67

Kyler Fackrell- 6-5, 245, (O)4.72, 33 1/4" A, 15 R,  34.5" Vert, 10'1"BR!

OLB/DE

Utah ST 

02/2016: This guy is a freak. "He is a tough guy," Utah State coach Matt Wells said. "Mentally he's tough, physically he's tough. He’s changed his body, he has a tremendous work ethic, and he’s no maintenance. Great kid. Deserves everything that comes his way." He certainly looked the part at the Senior Bowl.
He looked like he could get to the QB from the edge. "The first thing about him is he’s a tremendous young man who cares about football an awful lot," Wells said. "He's a football junkie, watches a ton of tape, prepares very, very well. He's got a lot of God-given ability. You add all those things up and you have a player that’s special. He’ll play a lot on Sundays for the next several years." Teams always need guys who can hit the QB. "I definitely have put on quite a bit of weight," Fackrell said. "I don't know that anything else has changed. Maybe I’ve gained a little bit of confidence as I’ve gotten older, gotten kind of comfortable." He has a 99-yard pick six.
RECORDS: Set a single-season school record with 12 quarterback hurries as a senior, including a single-game school record of six against Colorado State (10/3/15)... Ranks tied for 10th all-time in USU history with 125 career interception return yards... Returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown against Hawai’i (11/2/13), which ranks as the third-longest interception return in USU and Mountain West history... Had nine career double-digit tackle outings... Scored two defensive touchdowns (interception, fumble recovery) and one offensive touchdown (reception) during his career... Is one of just 15 players in school history to earn first-or-second-team all-conference honors three times during a career. 
2015 (SR): Started all 13 games... Earned fourth-team All-American honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine and was named a first-team all-Mountain West selection as he finished the season ranking first in the nation with five fumble recoveries, while also ranking first on the team with his 15.0 tackles for loss, first on the team with his school-record 12 quarterback hurries and second with his 4.0 sacks... Was also named first-team all-MW by Phil Steele’s Magazine... Overall, he ranked sixth in the MW in tackles for loss (1.15 pg) and 27th in the MW in tackles with 82 (6.3 pg)... His 82 tackles (37-solo, 45-assist) were second on the team, as were his three games with double-digit tackles, all of which came against conference opponents... Tied for first on the team with his two forced fumbles, to go along with a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone against Nevada (11/21)... Was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week twice after performances against then-No. 21 Boise State (10/16) and Nevada (11/21)... Against the Broncos, he had 11 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble... Against the Wolf Pack, he recorded 10 tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown... Recorded double-digit tackles in three games, including a season-high 11 stops against Boise State... Also had 10 tackles against both San Diego State (10/23) and Nevada... Recorded at least five tackles in 11 of the 13 games he played in... Posted a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss against Colorado State (10/3) and had tackles for loss in nine games... Tied his career-high with 2.0 sacks against Southern Utah (9/3)... Six of his quarterback hurries were against CSU, setting the single-game USU school record, while adding two each against SUU, BSU and UN... His five fumble recoveries were against CSU, Fresno State (10/10) and Nevada, as well as two against the Broncos... Forced two fumbles during the season at Washington (9/19) and against Boise State... Was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, honoring the nation’s best linebacker.
2014 (JR): Played just one game during the season as he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second quarter of the season-opener at Tennessee (8/31)... Recorded two solo tackles against the Volunteers

9.6

68

Nick Vannett- 6-6, 260, 

TE

Ohio ST

09/2015: First off this kid is a phenomenal blocker. "I felt that the first couple games I didn’t play that well," Vannett said. "I took that as a challenge where that’s an area I have to improve in. I just needed to be more physical at the point of attack and I think I did a really good job of that last week and I’ve just got to keep continuing to enhance it." He lines up all over the place like an H-back, and leads the RB downfield and outside with tough sustained blocks.

He is one of those tight ends who has excellent hands and catches everything thrown to him, but just doesn't get targeted a lot in their offense. "We haven’t been used much in the passing game, but that’s OK with us," Nick said. "If they need us blocking the edge or whatever they need us to do we’re willing to do that." I believe that if he had more targets he would be rated a lot higher than this.

He gets on the field because of his blocking, but he takes advantage of every opportunity to catch the ball. "Nick had some big catches for us,” the TE coach Tim Hinton said. “We’re trying to work on some of the other things he can improve, such as while Jeff was a strong blocker on the inside, and Nick was a little better at that on the outside. We're trying to make Nick good at both." He just has a knack for getting open. 

The TE coach likes his ability to read coverages. "Coach Hinton held me to a higher standard this offseason to where," Vannett said. "After every workout we had to take them [the younger players] through drills. Watch some film with them. Make sure they understand the offense and get them ready to play." He has the mental make up that you look for as well.
He learned and studied from the best. "Since Jeff [Heuerman] was here, I was kind of in his shadow a little bit,” Vannett said. "Now that he's gone, it's my turn to step up and prove to everybody I am the player that I am. and also to bring Marcus along and the two freshmen along. There are big responsibilities for me this year, being the leader in the group and also playing like I know I can." He has stepped up his game.

I think he is one of those players who will better in the NFL than in college. "We understand what we’ve got to do in the tight end room. We’ve got a culture that me and Jeff set where we’re going to go out there and play as hard as we can. And whatever the coaches want us to do, we’re going to do 100 mph," Vannett said. "You really never know. You can game-plan one thing during the week, and during the game you might get 10 balls thrown to you, you might not get any balls thrown to you. It just depends what the game situation is, how the defense is playing. When I scored in the national championship game, we didn’t really plan that, it just kind of happened. You’ve just got to be ready to play when your number is called." He was ready in the Champ game, and I think he will be ready for the NFL.

Ohio State Overview: Nick Vannett is a fifth-year senior who is a game-experienced and talented tight end ... physical, durable and a veteran of 40 games over the past three seasons, Vannett has started three times and is positioned to take over the No. 1 position this season after sharing duty as part of a dynamic and impressive tight end combo the past three years along with Jeff Heuerman, who's now a member of the Denver Broncos ... Vannett has 36 career catches for 423 yards and six touchdowns and he is coming off a season in which he established personal highs in catches (19), yards (220) and touchdowns (five) ... a season of similar statistics could vault him into Ohio State's all-time tight end Top 10 in catches and yards ... he is currently ninth in career TDs by a tight end with six and is in reach of Jake Stoneburner's school record of 13 ... has 13 multi-catch games ... is majoring in sports and industry.

9.6

69

*Joshua Perry- 6-3, 250, #37

ILB

Ohio ST

08/2015: I though he was one of the few guys who played better this season than last on Ohio State. "Always do the right thing. It’s going to pay off at some point,” Perry said. “I try to stress that to people. You put something out, generally you get it back tenfold. If it’s positive and you get it back tenfold. If it’s negative. It’s a decision that you make. Again, I’ve got to thank my parents for raising me the right way and the community for supporting me." I thought Lee would emerge as the best linebacker this past season, but it Perry who surpassed him.
He stepped up and took control of the team. "He's the leader of our defense," the DT Schutt said. "He's the kind of guy that holds us together out there." He lead the team in tackles for the second straight season.
He became on of my favorite guys this past season. "He’s one of my favorite guys," coach Meyer said. "He's a guy that just does everything right. He’s a guy I’d hire in a minute if he wants to coach. He’s a guy that just represents the Perry family and Ohio State the right way. There’s a high correlation between that and playing very well on the field and he's doing it." He should go on Day Two, but a great Combine could propel him into Day One.

2015: Voted team captain. Lott Award Finalist. 1st Team All-Big-Ten.

Lead team in tackles with 98. Also garnered 3.5 Sacks, 4 hurries, 7.5 TFL, and 3 PBU.

Ohio State Overview: Joshua Perry is a force as a linebacker for the Buckeyes and as a conscientious and proactive team leader ... a true senior, he is now a veteran of 39 games and 24 starting assignments ... he enters the season as a candidate for the Lott IMPACT Award, which honors athletic ability but also character attributes such as integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity ... coming off a season in which he led the team in tackles, Perry is No. 1 on the team in career tackles (193) and solo tackles (114) and he's within reach of a possible Top 10 standing -- all-time -- in career tackles at Ohio State with another productive year ... he has been extremely consistent, with at least five tackles in 20 consecutive games and in 23 games total ... he has also produced games of 10-or-more tackles four times ... a consumer and family financial services major, Perry interned during the 2015 May school session with M/I Homes and during the 2014 May session with Continental Realty ... this past May he also went to Costa Rica as part of the "Soles 4 Souls" program and spent a week distributing shoes to those in need ... he was an OSU Scholar-Athlete following the 2012-13 academic year and is on course to graduate in December.
2014 Season (Junior): Perry played in all 15 games, started 14 times and led the College Football Playoff national champions in tackles with 124, a total that ranked second in the Big Ten Conference and 19th nationally ... he was named second-team all-Big Ten Conference ... his 73 solo tackles are topped by just one Buckeye -- Ryan Shazier with 101 in 2013 -- in the last 12 years ... he led the team in tackles in seven of the team's 15 games with three double-figure tackling games led by a marvelous and career-best 18-tackle game in the double-overtime win at Penn State

9.6 (ILB)

70

*Su'a Cravens- 6-1, 225, #21

SS/LB

USC

09/2015: He has been wonderful to watch this season. He might be the best college defender playing right now. Stunning flash and dash all over the field. But, he is a Safety playing linebacker, and I don't think he can do that in the NFL. "I never thought I’d see myself playing linebacker in college," Cravens said. "I never thought I’d have the frame to do so, but I got a little heavier, and the coaches saw something in me that I didn’t necessarily see. But once I got moved to that position, it was like, ‘Oh, I can make plays wherever he puts me.’ Coach Wilcox does a great job of just seeing offensive game plans, and then scheming around that, and getting me in a position where I have the opportunity to make a play no matter where I’m at on the field. And he’ll put me at safety. He’ll put me at rush end. Or he’ll put me at boundary corner, and somehow, some way, I’m always in the play." The further back from the line you put him the less I like him. That is troubling for NFL teams. Unless they think he can play linebacker in their system. He is up playing LB for USC, and I mean up. He taking on OGs, and shedding them in the hole and crushing the RB. He is playing ILB like a 250-pound guy, and also blitzing the QB like a 250-pound OLB. He has been the biggest freak of the season so far. He looks like he can do anything he wants on the field.

CAREER: He has 120 tackles, including 18.5 for losses (with 5 sacks), plus 10 deflections, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 7 interceptions (1 for a TD) in his career. He has 26 career starts.
2015: The always-around-the-ball Cravens, who is a candidate for the Butkus, Lombardi, Bednarik, Nagurski and Lott Awards as well as All-American acclaim, returns for his third year as an impact starter, again playing strongside outside linebacker (a hybrid safety-linebacker role) as a junior in 2015.

9.6 (LB)

71

Jalen Mills- 6', 190 

CB/FS

LSU

01/2016: He was injured to start the season. "He gives you experience, the ability to make checks, comfortable with adjustments," Miles said. "You have a veteran who the only reason he hasn't been playing is injury. We're going to keep an eye on him certainly making sure. It's hard for me to figure anything but a real quality performance. He won't be playing at mid-season form but I can't imagine he won't be playing very well." They missed his leadership early in the season.
But he was ready to lead once he was cleared to play. "They're excited," Miles said about Mills teammates. "They like him. He's a leader. The great thing about Jalen is he never lost his presence with the team. A lot of guys get injured and they're not around, rehabilitating, in class. Jalen is in class, rehabilitations and meetings. He's involved." His leadership helped save the second half of the season for LSU.

09/2015: Looked better against the run in second half of the season as he adjusts to playing safety more. Teams wisely avoid his side. Comes up to stuff the run aggressively. He will lineup on the seam and cover the slot receiver, which becomes more and more important for NFL FS each season. He leaped over the pile and hit Bo Wallace to end the game against LSU. Big CB/FS who comes up quick to support the run. He does not give up much on short routes. He does a nice job finding the RB in traffic. He comes up and zones the flat sometimes.

SENIOR SEASON (2015): Played in six games with five starts after missing the beginning of the season with a leg injury ... Recorded a career-high tying nine solo tackles, including a 9-yard sack, at Alabama ... Started at nickel back and recorded a PBU vs. Western Kentucky ... Saw his first action of the season vs. Florida ... Has more career starts than any player on the LSU defense with 44 … A veteran leader of a talented defensive unit … Enters his second season as a starter at safety after spending his first two seasons as a starting cornerback ... Has six interceptions and 216 tackles to his credit for his career.
JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Started 12 games at safety and one at nickel back … Finished year with 62 tackles, 3.0 tackles for losses and five pass breakups … Added an interception, a pair of quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery … Opened season with four tackles, an interception and a quarterback hurry in comeback win over No. 14 Wisconsin … Interception against Wisconsin came in fourth quarter and eventually led to LSU’s go-ahead touchdown with just under 10 minutes left in the contest … His quarterback hurry against the Badgers came on their next possession and resulted in fellow safety Ronald Martin’s interception ... Collected seven tackles versus Mississippi State and at Auburn ... Recovered a fumble against New Mexico State and returned it 36 yards ... Tacked on six tackles which included 1.5 stops for loss versus Kentucky ... Picked up six tackles against No. 4 Alabama ... Garnered seven tackles at Texas A&M ... Moved to free safety leading into the 2014 Outback Bowl against Iowa.

9.6

72

Deion Jones- 6-7/8, 221, (PD) 4.38! SS 4.26, 3-C 7.13, 35 1/2" Vert, 

LB

LSU 

04/2016: He is one of the top three pure 4-3 Wills in this Draft, but I just don't know what to do with him. 

02/2016: He made some money at the Senior Bowl. He has the speed to play in the NFL. "Coach Steele's defense had a lot more moving parts," Jones said. "It was difficult at first, but it worked itself out with reps and film study. I've always been a hard worker. I stepped it up a little bit last year I guess. I tried to prepare myself for playing longer stretches with extra conditioning." He showed up in coverage at the Senior Bowl. Speed is his game, but he was making tough plays against the inside power runs on the goal line.

He plays special Teams, and excelled at LSU covering kicks. "At first it was kind of rough," Jones said. "I kind of found my place on special teams. I had two quality linebackers in front of me, Lamin Barrow and Kwon Alexander. I learned a lot from those guys. I attribute my game in my senior year to those guys. I'm a competitor and I like to get after it. I was trying to push those guys. When I had my chance to get in, I had to do what I had to do." He waited 3 years to start.

He ran the 100-meters in high school, and he also played some WR for the offense because of his deep speed. "I used to always have to take great angles to sprint and go catch him and block him," his teammate Vadal Alexander said. "I knew he was going to be great when I ran to block him and he hit me and knocked me back a little. I wondered, 'How can a guy his size be so powerful?' I never expected that, he caught me off guard. He's gotten nothing but better. He's the fastest linebacker I've ever blocked, faster than Kwon. Kwon is really fast, but Debo is No. 1." He struggles to put on weight, but is freakishly strong for a guy his size.

He reacts so quickly to what the O-line is doing in front of him and finds the RB in traffic. "He has a motor always running," his high school coach Keiser said. "We're gifted with a lot of athletes but not with a lot of tremendous athletic talent. Very seldom comes a guy with the athletic talent of Debo. We played him at middle linebacker even though he was undersized. He had a great work ethic and could flat run and strike you." He makes a lot of plays with his speed and athleticism that don't always show up in the stat book. He is a three or four down linebacker who can make plays against the run, and certainly show up in coverage. Excels at covering TEs down the seam. 

He was named Captain, and given the award of "permanent team captain", which means he was a top performer in the weight room and on special teams as well. Then he was asked to compete in the Senior Bowl. "I never expected it to go like this," Jones said. "I expected to play well, compete and get after it. All this, the Senior Bowl, is really a blessing. I'm proud of myself. I've spoken to multiple coaches. I can't even keep count now, everybody's trying to see film, see what type of person I am, type of player I am. I didn't expect this to be going on at the beginning of the year. I was just taking it one step at a time. I'm enjoying every step." He made himself a guaranteed Day Two pick, and could slip into Day One.

9.6 (Size) LB

71

Jordan Howard- 6-1, 225, #58

RB

Indiana

03/2016: He a nice sized slasher. He has good hands. He can catch the ball over his head. "Since the start of 2013, Howard was first nationally among running backs with 12 150-yard games, fourth with 647 attempts, sixth with 3,681 rushing yards, tied for eighth with 17 100-yard games, 10th with 115.0 rushing yards per game and 3,942 yards from scrimmage, tied for 12th with three 200-yard games and 13th with 123.2 yards from scrimmage per game." He looks like a 2nd Round pick to me, but I'm not sure where to fit him in.

2015 Honors: First team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) … Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week (Wake Forest) … named to the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award Watch Lists … six-time IU offensive player of the week … earned the team’s Corby Davis Memorial Award (Outstanding Back). 
2015 (Junior): Despite missing 18 quarters due to injury, Howard was second in the Big Ten with 134.8 rushing yards per game (9th nationally) and with 146.6 all-purpose yards per game (14th). He closed with 1,213 rushing yards (3rd in B1G; 34th nationally) on 196 carries (4th), a 6.2 average (3rd), with nine rushing touchdowns (T-7th), 10 total TDs (T-7th) and 11 receptions for 106 yards with one score.

9.6 (RB)

74

*Christian Hackenberg- 6-4, 236, #14 

QB

Penn ST

09/2015: I was very pleasantly with him today against Indiana. On the first touchdown, he stood in the face of the rush, side stepped the D-end, and threw a strike to his his little outside WR for a TD. In the forth he drew a D-Tackle off sides with a hard count on 4th and 1. A few plays later he took off from the pocket at the Five, and leaped into the endzone to put State up 26-7. I question his ability in the face of pressure, and he came through big time three times in that game.

08/2015: He is a big tall QB who was trained by the Texans HC Bill O'Brien as a Freshman. He struggled a little last season after his top WR Allen Robinson went to the Jags. "If I'm frustrated I don't like to show it," Christian said. "The only way I can is by isolating myself. I kind of bottle it up. I never fully unleash it. That's kind of something I took from last year and I think I can grow from. Looking back at it, felt like I could've handled things differently." He has to be more mature on and off the field. 

His WRs had a lot of drops last season. But he is another guy NFL teams love. He could easily go Number One or Two in this Draft. "He's such a competitor," the OC on PSU said. "He wants to win all the games and he wants to be the reason why, too. That's awesome. But you can't take chances that might help you lose. He's got such a competitive spirit that he takes it to heart when we do lose." It is easy to see why he is so liked. 

He goes under center more than the other four QBs. He runs a great NFL play action where he puts his back to the defense. He really looks great on the play action where he puts his back to the defense and rolls out to his right. He has a smooth easy arm going deep down the right sideline. When he steps into the throw he has a great fast ball on the deep out. Doesn't always throw the best ball in the face of pressure. He has an annoying kind of duck-throw. He kind of ducks to the side as he throws. That is really scary.

9.5 (QB)

75

La'Raven Clark- 6-6, 310, 36' Arm! 

OLT

Texas Tech

02/2016: He had a tough week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He played better in the game than in practice at the Senior Bowl. He got the start at OLT at SB, but gave up a hold to start the game. Nice first step back in kickslide. I don't think this guy ever put a hand down. When he is squared up on a rusher and can use both hands he is very good. Very nice speed getting outside on screens. He can go too fast sometimes and loose control of himself out in space. He can shove the DE inside, and still get outside and block a DB. Nice quickness snapping back inside when the DE fakes outside and then burst inside. He has a good power step. Hops outside DE to seal, and he gets too high and looses all leverage too quickly. He actually looks like a good run blocker for such a run and shoot team. Shows some suddenness in his shoulders when he switches on stunts. Nice speed and quickness moving forward in run game. But still plays too high. Nice quick feet in pass pro, but sometimes shuffles more than kickslides. Hits with more power in his hands in run game. He will miss on the quick inside move, and lunge and get off balance. Nice job chipping on DE, and turning and getting to the ILB on Dives.

Senior Bowl: He had a tough week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He played better in the game than in practice at the Senior Bowl. He has to turn and Bail too much. Nice job blocking down down on DT on outside runs. He has to chicken wing his arms a little too much against speed. Doesn't extended his arms enough. He has 36" arms and consistently lets rusher inside his arms. Gets too high. He has to stay and play lower or he is trouble. Keeps arms wide and low to start kickslide. He has to keep his hands up and inside, and use better hands placement. He has the size and athleticism to play OLT in the NFL, but he is a mess with his technique. Plays patty cake too much with his hands in pass pro. Very quick feet moving backwards in pass pro. It's funny, so many questioned his run blocking, when I think he struggled more in pass pro moving backwards. He has some flash in him moving forward. He has to stay and play low obsessively, but beside that he is a good run blocker. 

9.5 (Athlete)

76

Austin Johnson- 6-3, 300, #89

NT

Penn State

11/2015: Like running backs, if Zettel is the lightning, Johnson is the thunder. He is the bid push guy inside, but he is also a freakish athlete like Zettel. He so quick with hands inside. His swim move on the OC is one of the quickest I've seen on the Nose. Great quickness. Plays with his hands and feet s well in balance, when the QB is zigzagging behind the OC and OG. He does not let him get free. He breaks free quickly on twists inside with Zettel.
10/2015: He is a freak athlete who scored a 71-yard TD against San Diego State. "Coach Shoop talked about needing to score on defense," Johnson said. "I was happy to provide that." He scooped up a fumble and outran the entire offense for the score. "I was gasping for air," Johnson said. "I remember everyone hitting me on the head and saying, 'y'all gotta back up, I can't breathe right now.'" One of the best plays of the entire college season.
Which is all the more impressive when you remember he is the Nose Tackle that makes the defense work. "A.J., he always brings it," DE Sickels said after the game. "He's always going 100 miles per hour." Me makes everybody better on the D-line. "Great player, great athlete," Nassib said. "I'm happy to play next to him. He makes me better. [He] makes the whole defensive line better. He does everything right. He makes plays.'' He is a force in the middle of the line.
And like Zettel and Nassib he is oozing with NFL potential. "He's really [a great player]," coach Shoop said. "Where Zettel's got the twitch and the disruptive ability, and the get-off and those things. He is the prototype NFL D-tackle. I can put plays on film where he runs down the line, and moves like a man 50-pounds lighter than him.'' He showed he was more than just a hulking Nose Tackle against San Diego State.

9.6

77

Ryan Smith- 6-6, 295, (O) 4.47, 18 Reps, 36"Vert, 10'2"Br! 6.88 3-C, 4.09 SS 

OT

N. Carolina C.

Ryan Smith N. Carolina Central- Terrific Press corner. Nice pop in hands on Jam. He has some Combine numbers similar to Butler and Roberts. Small school CB who will have some growing to do. Reads what WR is doing in routes, and understand positioning. Nice job shadowing WR. He has that competitive drive you look for. Plays a little nasty. Very tough in the Redzone. He could click and close quicker. He might be a slot corner, but I think he can play outside. Plays the QB's eyes nicely. 263 career Tackles, 31 PBU, 7 INTS, and 8 FR. He is one of those oddities. He is a player who is small but very physical and excels at the rough stuff. He covers punt and kicks. 

Nice pedal. He can also return kicks. He is a Day Three guy who will get a shot to make a roster. Nice quick feet in pedal. He has some snap in his hips. Nice hips. Great quick feet. Smooth hips. Phenomenal athlete, but a little small. He might have to be a Nickel Corner.  Smart kid who studies WR and how they runs their route. He finds their tells and can exploit them. That alone makes him a Day Two pick. The best WRs are always the smartest. He zones the flat, and can come off one WR and pick up the guy who crosses underneath. He has some ball skills. He can leap up in front of the  WRs. He can dive on the middle and slap the ball down. 

He has the Combine measurements of Butler and Roberts. He has some explosion up into the air. Nice heavy hands in chuck. He moves WR backwards when he hits them with his hands. He can run with the WR 50-yards down field, and make a play on his hands and arms as he catches the ball and punch it out. This kid can really fly up in the air over the WR and bring it down. He can catch the ball over his head while tracking it down the seam. He can knock the ball down, when the outside WR had a step on him, by leaping up and slapping it down. He can run the pattern deep down field and catch the ball like a WR. He is a terrific kick returner. He can take it to the House. Very quick feet. He can stop, burst forward, and has some very good recovery speed. Very aggressive CB. He can get beat by the double move outside. plays with a lot of heart. He will run down the WR running free to the endzone, and tackle him from behind. 

CAREER AT NCCU (2012-15): Broke school career records for solo tackles (168) and kickoff return yard average (28.1). Among NCCU career leaders, finished sixth in tackles with 263 and tied for 11th in passes defended with 31 (7 interceptions, 24 pass break-ups). Played in 45 games, including 42 as a starter. [Career Statistics PDF]
2015 - REDSHIRT SENIOR SEASON: Played in 10 of 11 games (missed Bethune-Cookman contest) with 10 starts at cornerback. Voted All-MEAC Second Team as both a defensive back and return specialist. Ranked third in MEAC with team-best 11 passes defended (two interceptions and nine pass break-ups), while adding 52 tackles (38 solo – second on team) with 1.5 stops for a loss. Led conference and ranked 10th in the nation with an average of 28.1 yards per kickoff return (14 for 394 yards, 1 TD). Tallied season-best nine tackles (seven solo) with two pass break-ups at Florida A&M (Oct. 10). Returned first career kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown against Saint Augustine's (Sept. 5). 
2014 - REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON: Started all 12 games at cornerback. Racked up 58 total tackles and a team second-best 44 solo tackles. Notched a season-high nine tackles against Charlotte (Sept. 13) with eight unassisted tackles and one helper. Broke up a team second-best seven passes with a season-high three against Savannah State (Oct. 25). Had a decisive fumble recovery at the goal line against North Carolina A&T (Nov. 22) in championship-clinching game. Voted to Preseason All-MEAC Third Team. 
2013 - REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON;Started all 12 games in the Eagles' secondary. Ranked second on the team and 19th in the MEAC with 88 total tackles (51 solo). Topped the team and tied for fourth in the MEAC with 3 fumble recoveries. Tallied 5 passes defended with 2 interceptions and 3 pass deflections. Amassed season-high 11 tackles versus S.C. State (Oct. 10). Recovered 2 fumbles and collected 10 tackles at N.C. A&T (Nov. 23).

9.7X

78

Justin Simmons- 6-3,, 211, 

FS 

BC

10/2015: He is the most underrated prospect in this Draft.

2014 (JUNIOR) Played 6 Games at CB: Started all 13 games, seven at free safety and the final six at right corner after moving due to injuries on the team ... led the Eagles with 76 tackles, 63 solo stops and two interceptions ... second on the team with five pass breakups ... member of the BC defense that ranked second in the nation, allowing just 94.5 rushing yards per game ... recorded two unassisted tackles, including a sack for a loss of 15 yards, one interception with a return of 20 yards, and a pass breakup at Massachusetts (Aug. 30) ... recorded eight tackles (seven solo) against Pittsburgh (Sept. 5) ... had seven tackles (five solo) against No. 9 Southern California (Sept. 13) ... recorded a career-high 11 tackles (10 solo) against Colorado State (Sept. 27) ... tallied nine tackles (eight solo) at NC State (Oct. 11) ... had five unassisted tackles, including one for a loss of a yard, and a career-high two pass breakups against Clemson (Oct. 18) ... posted three unassisted tackles and intercepted quarterback John Wolford's pass on the final drive of the game with BC leading by five at Wake Forest (Oct. 25) ... recorded eight tackles (four solo) and pass breakup at Virginia Tech (Nov. 1) ... tallied five tackles (four solo) against Louisville (Nov. 8) ... posted eight tackles (six solo) at No. 1 Florida State (Nov. 22) ... recorded six solo tackles against Penn State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 27).

9.6

79

*Jerald Hawkins- 6-6, 305, #65

OT

LSU

01/2016: I like the way he moves backwards. "I'm more comfortable and I'm in way better shape than my freshman year, so I can really show my athleticism," Hawkins said. "I feel like I've gotten stronger in my core and my legs. That's a big difference and it's very important as an offensive lineman. I need to bring up my run blocking and a strong core helps you come off the ball faster." I like the players who are constantly improving. 

Plus, he has experience at ORT if he can't handle the speed on the left side. "It's really just a switch in stance," Hawkins said about moving to the Left side. "Biggest difference is the speed off the edge. On the right side you get more power, the left side you see more speed. You got to be ready for that and I like that." He has played against some of the top college edgerushers in the SEC, and held his own. 

Plus, he is well practice at playing other positions all alone the O-line. "I believe we're going to learn pretty quick," Hawkins said. "Last year we switched around a lot and this year there is no difference. We have to know every position and we will with the help of Coach Grimes. He pushes that on us because we never know what position we might have to go to. The young guys will learn quick. They are pretty much ready to play." Just like all rookie have to do. They have to perform where ever they put him in. 

JUNIOR SEASON (2015): Starter at left tackle this season after starting at right tackle as a freshman and sophomore ... Has started all 36 games in which he has played ... Missed the Ole Miss game with an injury but has started the other 10 games at left tackle ... Played 588 snaps this season and recorded 38 knockdown blocks ... Recorded a season-high six knockdowns in the season opener at Mississippi State ... Played every offensive snap in six games this season (at Mississippi State, vs. Auburn, vs. Florida, vs. Western Kentucky, at Alabama, vs. Texas A&M) ... Helped paved the way for Leonard Fournette’s single-season LSU rushing record of 1,741 yards ... Big reason why LSU ranks ninth nationally in rushing at 245.9 yards per game.

9.6

80

Kevin Hogan- 6-4, 218, #8

QB

Stanford

01/2016: He seemed to regress a little the past few years, but last season he finally put it all together. He completely mastered the Stanford offense, especially in the two-minute drill. "I challenge anybody to find a better two-minute quarterback in the nation than what Kevin has done this year," coach Shaw said. "Our big thing we talked about earlier in the day was belief. Belief in our preparation, belief that our struggles helped make us a better team." Like the pass he made to Cajuste at the end of the Notre Dame game. "I had no doubt in my mind that the ball was coming my way," Cajuste said. "I didn't even see Hogan throw it. I just turned and the ball was in the air. So you can't really beat that: perfect throw, perfect timing, execution. Five years of practice makes perfect." He is the most under rated QB in this Draft. 

I like the player who are constantly improving. "He’s grown a lot," coach Shaw said. "He's matured a lot. He's been through a lot. So I think he’s got great perspective on football and on life,” Shaw said. “Really since the last four games of the year last year. Through now, outside of the Northwestern game, he’s been so good. He’s been so confident. He’s got a really high completion percentage. He’s making great decisions. He’s still mobile in and out of the pocket. He’s still a run threat. But I think the biggest thing you see with him is ‘Hey, I’ve been here before. I’ve seen this before.’ He has a calming effect on the other guys in our offense to where we always talk about it when the quarterback is calm and comfortable and confident, that bleeds out to the offense." He was visibly a different QB this year.

Always look for the players who are improving. "He's gained perspective, and he's gained wisdom," Shaw says. "That leadership has shown up every time that we've needed it throughout the year." All rookies must vastly improve to play in the NFL.

As a Fifth-Year Senior (2015)Team captain.  All-Pac-12 second team. Manning Award finalist.  Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist.  Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 21).  36-10 overall as starting quarterback.  Stanford record holder for career wins as starting quarterback.  16-6 vs. opponents ranked in AP Top 25. Began career with 10 wins in as many starts. 2,867 yards passing (206-304-8). 27 passing touchdowns [fifth in Pac-12]. 67.8 completion percentage [sixth in FBS]. 171.03 passing efficiency [fourth in FBS]. 13.92 passing yards/completion [second in Pac-12]. 9.43 passing yards/attempt [second in FBS]. 204.8 passing yards/game. 336 rushing yards and six touchdowns. 20 of 35 passing for 155 yards at Northwestern. Second-most rushing single-game rushing yards ever by a Stanford quarterback. First Cardinal quarterback ever with over 1,000 career rushing yards. Set Stanford record for career rushing yards by a quarterback (11). 17 of 21 passing for 269 yards and four touchdowns vs. Notre Dame. 9 of 12 passing for 144 yards vs. USC (Pac-12 Championship Game). Passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns. 12 of 21 passing for 223 yards and one touchdown vs. Iowa. 24 rushing yards, one touchdown.

9.6 (arm)

81

Zack Sanchez- 5-11 179, #15

CB

OK

08/2015: Smooth quick feet moving backwards. Plays a lot of off. Stays on the QB's right side all game long. Little guy who is strong again the run. Great balls skills. He tracks the ball deep as well as any WR.

Season GP-GS UT AT Total TFL    Sacks  INT     FF FR PBU
2013    13-13   33 13    46    0.5-1   0.0-0  2-117   0    0   13
2014    13-13   31 12    43    1.0-1   0.0-0  6-43     0    0    8
2015    11-11   36  9     45    3.5-7   0.5-4  7-60     0    0    7
Career 37-37 100  34   134   5.0-9   0.5-4 15-220  0    0   28
2015: Semifinalist for the Thorpe Award ... named Second Team All-American by Sporting News, Walter Campb and USA Today ... selected as Third Team All-American by Phil Steele ... dubbed All-American honorable mention by Sports Illustrated ... picked for All-Big 12 First Team by league's coaches, AP and Phil Steele ... placed on All-Big 12 Second Team by ESPN.com ... played in and started 11 games at cornerback (did not play against Iowa State or Kansas due to injury) ... intercepted a pass and made one tackle in the Orange Bowl against Clemson (12/31) ... broke up two passes and had six tackles at Oklahoma State (11/28) ... intercepted two passes, broke up another and had four tackles with one for loss against TCU (11/21) ... recorded an interception and finished with six tackles at Baylor (11/14) ... broke up one pass but was injured on game's opening play and did not return against Texas Tech (10/24) ... intercepted two passes, including a pick-six for 38 yards, and had one tackle at Kansas State (10/17) ... registered five tackles with 1.0 TFL against Texas (10/10) ... tied a career high with eight tackles, assisted on a sack and broke up a pass against West Virginia (10/3) ... tallied five tackles against Tulsa (9/19) ... recorded the game-winning interception in double overtime to go with six tackles, including 1.0 for loss, at Tennessee (9/12) ... broke up one pass while assisting on three tackles against Akron (9/5)

9.6 (size)

82

*Tyvis Powell- 6-3,, 211, 

FS 

Ohio State

10/2015: He was the leader of the Ohio State secondary, not Vonn Bell. He has the communication skill to be a good one. He is a huge Safety who can make plays in coverage. He will go in Day Three, but I haven't found a spot for him yet.

Ohio State Overview: Accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl despite junior eligibility because he had graduated - in 3.5 years with a degree in sport industry - by December 2015. Powell was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes with 33 starts and 42 games played. He led the team with three interceptions in 2015 and had eight career interceptions, including critical picks vs. Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and vs. Notre Dame in the Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl. Also picked off a two-point conversion attempt in the closing seconds of a win over Michigan in 2013. Finished his career with 195 tackles - the second-most among his Buckeye peers - and 16 passes defensed.
2015 Season (Junior): Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ... started all 13 games at safety ... led the team with three interceptions ... part of a defensive secondary that ranked sixth in the FBS in pass efficiency defense and part of a defense that ranked second overall in fewest points allowed (15.1) ... third on the team with 71 tackles, 41 of those solo ... recorded a season-high eight tackles and a third-quarter INT in the win at Virginia Tech ... also had 8 vs. Michigan State ... 7 tackles in the win at Michigan ... made his second INT of the year vs. Maryland, returning it 25 yards and had his third in the Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame ... blocked a FG in the win over Western Michigan ... six tackles vs. Hawai'i and Indiana and four vs. NIU ... 5 tackles and 1 PBU in the win vs. Minnesota ... earned his bachelor's degree in sport industry in May, 2015.

9.6

83

Jeremy Cash- 6-1, 208, #16

SS

Duke

01/2016: He was so good this year he got some attention for ACC defensive Player in a division that Jalen Ramsey plays in . "I have been playing well, but I really haven’t studied or followed the success of other players," Cash said." I’m sure there are quite a few players in the ACC on the defensive side that have had success as well. All I can say is: I will continue to play as hard as I can and we’ll let the voters choose whomever they believe is the ACC Defensive Player of the Year." He was a top player in the ACC.

He had a great season. "Jeremy Cash is a great football player,” his HC coach Cutcliffe said. “I don't have any problem using that adjective, and I don't use it very often, but he is. That impacts your entire team." He was the leader of the secondary.
He is another player that just gets it in a Patriots kind of way. "That comes with the preparation," Cash said. "The triple-option has always been a style of offense that a lot of teams have trouble with and we’ve managed to develop a game plan and a great scheme to be able to stop those plays. With me and my physicality, I play with a little bit of reckless abandonment and can get in there between the tackles and make plays." Teams need strong safeties who play with reckless abandonment, and are still excellent in coverage.

CAREER: Lettered three seasons (2013-14-15) … three-time All-America pick … unanimous first team All-America choice as a senior … second team All-America pick in both 2013 (USA Today) and 2014 (Walter Camp Foundation & Football Writers Association of America) … became the first player in Duke history to receive first, second or third team All-America honors in three seasons … three-time All-ACC choice (1st team in 2013 & 2015 and 2nd team in 2014) … served as team captain in final two campaigns … four-time ACC Player of the Week honoree following outings against Troy (2013), Miami (2014) and Georgia Tech (2014 & 2015) … in 39 games (38 starts) at Duke, registered 333 total tackles, 38.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, six INTs, nine caused fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 15 QB pressures … reached double digits in tackles in 15 career games including a personal-high 14 stops against both Georgia Tech (2013) and Troy (2013) ... booked 5+ tackles in 37 career games ... became the 16th player in Duke history to reach the 300-tackle barrier ... set Blue Devil record with nine career caused fumbles ... helped Duke to 27 wins, the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship and three bowl game appearances (2013 Chick-fil-A, 2014 Hyundai Sun and 2015 New Era Pinstripe) … on the field for 3,031 snaps at Duke … played the 2011 season at Ohio State before transferring to Duke … enrolled at Duke in January, 2012 and sat out the 2012 season due to NCAA regulations … represented Duke in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on January 30, 2016, in Mobile, Ala., and participated in the NFL Combine February 23-29, 2016, in Indianapolis, Ind.
2015: Unanimous first team All-America selection … became the sixth consensus All-America selection in Duke history … ACC Defensive Player of the Year choice by both the league’s head coaches and Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association … first team All-ACC pick by both the league’s head coaches and the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association … recipient of the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award as the top senior football student-athlete … earned the Carmen Falcone Award as Duke’s Most Valuable Player … team captain … finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, Thorpe Award, Pop Warner College Football Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy … semifinalist for the Bednarik Award … ACC Defensive Back of the Week and national player of the week honoree by the Walter Camp Foundation and Football Writers Association of America following win over Georgia Tech (12 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, 2 CF & 4 QB pressures) … in 12 games (11 starts), totaled 101 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four PBUs, three caused fumbles, one fumble recovery and eight QB pressures … in the ACC, ranked tied for fourth in tackles for loss per game (1.50), tied for fourth in caused fumbles per game (0.25) and seventh in tackles per game (8.4) … did not play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl after undergoing wrist surgery on December 16 … reached double figures in tackles five times, including season-high 12 against both Georgia Tech and Miami … carded at least one TFL in 11 games including a season-high 3.5 against Northwestern … posted 5+ tackles in all 12 games played … teamed with Dwayne Norman (114) and DeVon Edwards (101) to form the ACC’s only trio with 100+ tackles each … on the field for 882 snaps.

9.6

84

Vadal Alexander- 6-6, 320, #74

ORG

LSU

08/2015: He moved outside to ORT from OLG. "I feel comfortable, tackle is my natural position," said Alexander. "My pass blocking has gotten a lot better. It's extremely more consistent. I'm handling guys very well off the edge. Tackle is different with faster more athletic guys outside." If someone thinks he is an NFL ORT, he could sneak into the 1st.

I like him at guard, but he certainly is making a case to stay at the more lucrative ORT position. "The biggest challenge is in pass protection, particularly for Vadal moving from guard to tackle," the OL coach Jeff Grimes said. "It's been an adjustment for him but his improvement has been tremendous. He really worked at it this summer. In fall camp you find out what kids did over the summer. He's certainly showing he can be what we'd like for him to be out there on the edge. He's still not where he needs to be. None of them are. But he's making progress every day." It is the guys who are still getting better who succeed in the NFL.

OUTLOOK: The most experienced player on the offensive side of the ball for LSU in 2014 as he goes into what will be his fourth year as a starter … Goes into senior season in line for both SEC and National honors as one of the top offensive linemen in the league … Earned second team All-SEC recognition in 2014 … Opted to bypass NFL Draft and return to LSU for his senior season in 2015 … Expected to shift to right tackle this year after starting 25 games at left guard in 2012 and 2013 … For career, has played in 38 games with 34 starts (25 at left guard, 9 at right tackle) … LSU has had a 100-yard rusher in 18 of his 34 starts, including nine in 2013 and six in 2014 … Overpowers defensive linemen with size and strength … Powerful run blocker who also excels in pass protection … Pressed into action due to injuries as a true freshman in 2012 and made the most of his opportunity, starting the final nine games that year at right tackle … Wears No. 74, the same number he wore in high school … Had streak of 32 consecutive starts snapped last year when he missed the Arkansas game in week 11 with an injury … Returned to the lineup the following week in win over Texas A&M … His 38 appearances and 34 starts is the most of any player on the team … High school teammates with current LSU starting deep snapper Reid Ferguson.
JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Played in 12 games with 12 starts, all coming at left guard … Played alongside All-America left tackle La’el Collins to give LSU one of the most dominating guard-tackle combinations in college football … Had streak of 32 straight starts snapped when he missed the Arkansas game in week 1

9.6 (OG)

85

Javon Hargreaves- 6-1, 309, (O) 4.93, 29 Reps, 32" Ar, 34.5" Vert, 9'1"Br, 7.9 4-C, 4.7 SS

5-T/DT

S. Carolina ST

02/2016: Hargreaves is an unusual prospect who is big, but has that knack for hitting the quarterback. "He had a fantastic year," his HC Pough said. "Javon is not only a good football player, but a fantastic citizen and student. He’s a good leader for our team. He’s not a big talk guy; he’s a big do guy. He’s a joy to have on our team. It’s great to have him coming back next year." He has some slipperiness inside. 

He had 29.5 Sacks the past two seasons. "Very seldom do you run into an inside guy with that kind of ability as a pass rusher," Pough said. "He has some of the power moves. He’s got the shake-and-bake kind of stuff. He’s got a real knack to rush the passer from the inside. That’s a special kind of trait, because you just don’t see many guys who can do it that way." Once he gets the outside shoulder of the ORG he is going to the QB. He has that knack for hitting the Quarterback as a 3-Tech. He did not play a big time opponent this year. He is a gap shooter, who made plays at the E-W game.

9.5

86

Leonte Carroo- 6-1, 215, #98

WR

Rutgers

01/2016: Nice hands. He has great quick hands to reach up and snag the ball thrown too quickly over his head. "I’m pretty excited about the process," Carroo said. "I'm just letting everything play out. I’ve been here going into my fourth week. I love it here, especially the way they prepare you from a physical and mental standpoint, the way they take care of your body and prepare you for all phases of the game." He can reach out with one hand and snag the ball thrown high and outside. He tends to cradle up after he catches the ball. Not a great runner after the catch. 

He has nice quick feet running routes. He can get open over the top of the DB and make the catch down the sideline. "I'll bring a relentless, hard-working attitude to the NFL," Carroo said. "With a playing style that's dynamic and will fit into any teams' scheme and do my job and do what the coaches ask me to do. It’s a dream come true." He is more shover than blocker on run days sometimes. He will cut inside and hit the LB inside. 

You have to be smart and versatility to player for the Pats. "I adjusted to four different pro-style offenses," Carroo said. "I had a lot of languages to catch onto. Going through the coaching changes and trying to build relationships within one year definitely helps me for the NFL. You’ve got to be ready to be coached by anyone. I'm willing to take coaching." The Pats want guys they can coach into their system.

With the Pats without a 1st and 4th Carroo falls right into the lane. "Definitely," he said when asked about BB drafting guys from Rutgers. "He's drafted a bunch of them. I'm friends with those guys, and Devin McCourty. I have a great relationship with all of those guys. New England and Bill Belichick are big on guys that do their job. They remind me a lot of myself." He could be a nice addition to Pats receiving corps. which seemed to fall apart when Edelman went down.

2015 (Senior): Played in eight games with six starts at wide receiver ... named all Big-Ten by the league coaches (honorable mention) and the media (third team) ... was awarded the Homer Hazel Trophy as the teams most valuable player ... selected as the offensive MVP ... led the team in receptions (39), receiving yards (809) and touchdowns (10) ... tied for the longest reception of the season with a 58 yard grab against Indiana ... totaled seven receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown against Maryland (11/28) ... logged four catches for 37 yards in win at Army (11/21) ... had 62 yards on five receptions versus Nebraska (11/14) with a long of 30 ... caught three passes for 55 yards versus No. 1 Ohio State (10/24) ... collected 157 yards on seven catches with three touchdowns in first three quarters at Indiana (10/17), having a long of 58 yards ... notched 100th career reception on opening drive against the Hoosiers ... returned versus No. 4 Michigan State (10/10) and totaled seven receptions, 134 yards and three touchdowns ... recorded 52 yards on four catches versus Washington State (9/12), adding a two-point conversion reception ... totaled three touchdowns (55, 56 & 18 yards) on three receptions in the opening win over Norfolk State (9/5) ... second score marked the 21st of career to take sole possession of the Rutgers career receiving touchdowns record ... first score marked third consecutive season scoring on the first reception of the season ... the three scores took place in a span of 7:47 on the clock ... named USA College Football Impact Player of the Week for efforts against the Spartans ... tabbed preseason All-Big Ten by ESPN.com (8/24) ... voted a captain by his teammates (8/21) ... entered summer camp atop the depth chart at wide receiver (8/10) ... named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award (7/15), which is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding college football receiver ... picked for the Maxwell Award watch list (7/7), given to the America’s College Player of the Year ... selected Preseason First Team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports (6/11) ... named preseason Third Team All-America and First Team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele (6/1).

9.7CC

87

Maliek Collins- 6-2, 300, #7

DT

Nebraska

09/2015: Like Suh, he will lose control of his emotions sometimes. "The last one was just emotions at the end of the game, which is not an excuse, but that’s what happened," Mike Riley said. "The other one, I really only saw the end of it, where we pulled the guy down and they had a foul on the play, and then we pulled a guy down late in the middle of the field, all I saw was the end of it and the flag. No, I don’t feel good about it." He had two personal fouls against Northwestern.

OUTLOOK: Defensive tackle Maliek Collins emerged as a standout player for Nebraska during the 2014 season and is poised for the next step as a junior. A Kansas City product, Collins is a powerful force in the middle of the Blackshirt defense and is primed to contend for conference and national honors in 2015. Collins and fellow junior Vincent Valentine form one of the nation’s top returning defensive tackle duos. The 6-2, 300-pound Collins earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches, while being an honorable-mention pick by the media. He was also named Nebraska’s co-Defensive MVP in a vote of his teammates. Off the field, Collins was an academic All-Big Ten pick in 2014. Collins has great respect from his teammates for his work ethic and quiet leadership. That fact was reinforced when he was named on of six captains for the 2015 season. 
2014 (Sophomore): Collins started every game in 2014 and led the Huskers in tackles for loss with 14, while ranking second on the team with 4.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hurries. Collins totaled 45 tackles, including 17 solo stops. Collins made 12 of his 14 TFL in Big Ten play or the bowl game and was at his best in the latter stages of the season, posting five or more tackles four times in the final six games. 

9.6

88

Eric Murray- 5-11, 199, (O) 4.49, 10'4" Br, 39.5 V! 4.05 SS, 7.08 3-Cone, 31 3/4"A, 13 R,

Press Corner

Minny

07/2015: Murray is wonderfully aggressive in coverage. "He had good coverage on him, and they threw a good ball," the Minny DB coach Sawvel said. "When he came to the sideline, coach Claeys is standing there and said, ‘Hey, if you can't cover him, let me know. Eric fired back and said, 'He won’t catch another ball the rest of the game [and he didn't].'" He plays better when he gets mad. He has good size and speed, but is not elite in either trait. "He doesn't play a lot of zone," coach Jay Sawvel said. "He's pretty much a man-to-man guy, and a lot of it's press-man. It's hard to get a lot of interceptions when you play as much press-man as he does. But we feel like he can get people stopped when we need to get 'em stopped." He is so physical at the line. He is a terrific hard worker and leader. "Sometimes you have to motivate people to go to work, but not him," his HC Jerry Kill said. "He loves playing football, and he takes what he does very seriously. He's one of those kids who really tries to master his craft." You have to outwork guys to be great in the NFL. He is a press Corner from start to finish. "He presses a lot, and I feel like that's more of my style," Murray said. "I would rather press more than anything." You gotta love this kid.

2015 SENIOR SEASON: Played and started in all 13 games in the secondary • made 66 tackles (47 solo), including 4.0 tackles-for-loss • added a sack for a loss of seven yards • broke up a team-high seven passes • recorded an inteception and fumble recovery • touted a team-best three forced fumbles • tabbed All-Big Ten Third Team by the conference coaches and media • received Carl Eller Award (team's top defensive player) and was named the team's Defensive Back of the Year. Game-by-Game: Tallied eight tackles, forced a fumble and added one interception (returned five yards) against TCU • registered four tackles and broke up a pass at Colorado State • made two solo tackles, including one that was five yards behind the line of scrimmage, versus Kent State • notched two solo tackles against Ohio • recorded seven tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, and forced a fumble at Northwestern • tallied three tackles and added two pass breakups at Purdue • registered six solo stops versus Nebraska • notched six tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a sack for a seven-yard loss against Michigan • tallied four tackles and broke up a pass at Ohio State • registered six tackles, including .5 tackle-for-loss, and added a pass breakup at Iowa • totaled nine tackles (three solo) versus Illinois • notched seven tackles (four solo), including .5 tackle-for-loss, against Wisconsin • recorded a pair of tackles and broke up a pass versus Central Michigan.

9.5

89

*Shon Coleman- 6-6, 310,  #72 5th-Year Jr.

OLT

Auburn

1/2016: He plays on the left side. Seals the DE outside almost easily. Uses his hands well with his arms extended. He can struggle when the QB redirects behind him. Pushes the DE into the OG, and then will just watches sometimes. Steps inside sometimes to block the DT on passing downs, and the OG pulls outside of him.

He is a smart kid who can play multiple positions. "He has developed into one of the best linemen in the SEC," Gus Malzahn said. "He is an outstanding role model, and is leaving Auburn with two degrees. Shon is a tremendous person whose courage and determination to overcome cancer is a true testament of his character. On behalf of the Auburn family, we wish Shon all the best and look forward to following his professional football career." I need to study him more against speed.

Bio: Coleman did not play his first two years at Auburn (2011, 2012) as he was undergoing treatment for the leukemia. He earned his first playing time in 2013 as the backup left tackle to Greg Robinson. In 2014, Coleman became a starter for the first time. After his junior year in 2015, he entered the 2016 NFL Draft.

9.6 (age)

90

*Keanu Neal- 6', 211, PD 4.59, 38"V! 11" Broad! 6.69 3-C! 4.21 SS, 32 3/4" A, 17 Reps

FS

FLA

What Neal is, is a true free safety. "He looks like an NFL safety," a DB coach said. " Looks like he can run on tape and is exactly what you look for in run support. He's an athlete so I don't worry about his cover skills as long as his instincts are okay." His job at FLA was not to let any opponent get behind him. He did that with a passion. 

Nice job tackling the WR over the middle, right after he makes the catch. They would let him come up sometimes into the box. But most of the time he was in Cover Two, or mostly Cover One. When he was in Cover One, nobody got behind him. That is a very valuable asset for a team that like to press. A lot like what McCourty does for the Pats when he is Cover One.

Neal is an underrated guy who plays back deep so much, even against Alabama, that he doesn't have the stats that reflect his play. When he sees the QB take off, he comes up from deep coverage real fast. Lowers his head and leads with his helmet too much. He plays like he hates RBs and QBs. Loves to lower his head and hit them like a cement truck. he can meet bigger RBs at the line and knock them back. He is so good at meeting the RB in the hole and impacting him to the ground. He simply refused to let Derrick Henry get behind him. Plus, when he met Henry in the hole, he made the tackle.

He plays back deep a lot. Plays Cover One a lot. He will step into the Slot and cover the Slot guy. He really is FLA last line of defense. He allows the CBs to get extra aggressive in man defense. He can bring the nice hit when the RB gets to the second level. When he's in Cover Two he comes up much faster to hit the RB. He has some very nice speed moving forwards towards the RB. He will hop into the flat to cover the RB sometimes. Take bad angles sometimes. Very alert play who is the quickest to jump on a fumble in a crowd. 

2015: Played in 12 games and started 11 times at safety…Missed the first two games due to injury…Finished third on the team with 96 total tackles, including a team-high 51 solo tackles…Had 3.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks on the year…Posted a career high 14 tackles against Tennessee and at LSU…Led the team in tackles five times on the season

2014: Played in 10 games, starting eight times at safety…Injured against Georgia and missed the next two games (Vanderbilt, South Carolina)…Totaled 45 tackles on the season and racked second with three interceptions…Earned Honorable Mention CFPA Defensive Back of the Week honors after his performance at Alabama, leading the team with 10 tackles while forcing a fumble and returning a fumble 49 yards for a touchdown…Also led the team in tackles against Missouri (10 tackles) and East Carolina (8)… Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll2013: Played in all 12 games as a true freshman…A key member on special teams who tied for the team lead with five special teams tackles…Also saw time as a backup at safety.

9.6

91

*Jaylon Smith- 6-2, 235, #38

OLB

Notre Dame

02/2016: Reports continue that he could be back for the regular season. That's a tough one to buy. I went back and washed some film to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing, and he was great. "It's something that sticks out," Smith said about his work ethic. "I want to be great in everything I do. I definitely wanted it to all be first round. If one came back second round, that would push me even more." He does everything great you need a linebacker to do.
He can rush. He can play the run. He can cover. He will sometimes look a little slow, when he is chasing a WR 30 or 40 yards down field, but what LB doesn't? "Jaylon Smith is an all-time athlete, a guy you absolutely love," Bucky Brooks said. "He's a thumper in the middle, he can run from sideline to sideline. He's very violent in his play, a guy that I believe is a three-down linebacker, very versatile. He kind of reminds me of a young Patrick Willis in terms of his ability to play in the middle of a 3-4 defense. Make plays, communicate all the calls, and do all the things you look for from that position. A natural leader. He's a guy that I think is going to be a star. If not for the injury, I think we're talking about a top-five talent." It is all about the knee for him. If his knee isn't at risk for further injury than he is a top 15 pick.

09/2015: Smith has been an absolute monster this season. He has been the most clutch defender in the FBS this year. He will disappear a little sometimes and then boom, on 3rd and whatever, he makes the stop to end the series. He makes the plays on 4th down as well. He always seems to play better in the 4th Quarter. The reason I have him as the first of the three off the ball linebackers is that he has been lining up on the line more and blitzing the QB. The more a LB can bother a QB the more valuable he becomes.

9.X??? (LB)

92

Anthony Zettel- RS-SR, 6-4, 290, #98

5-T/3-T

Penn ST 

07/2015: Great quick burst inside. He is quick-burst up-field rusher, and not a hold the point DT. Ends up the ground too much. He is the guy who gets consistently doubled, because he consistent gets into the backfield. Gets up field well, but then stands up too high and looses leverage and falls down. Falls down a lot. Needs to play with better balance. Great effort player. Plays on the Nose in sub-packages. He can make guys miss at the line with his hands and initial burst. He has thin legs, and has to get stronger in his legs in order to stay on his feet more. He zone drops sometimes, and still finds a way to run towards the QB. Makes plays on the ball in coverage. Extra explosive burst off the snap. He gets off the line before all of his teammates so quickly he often looks like he is off side. When he get the inside shoulder of the OG, he rides him towards the QB with nice power. Great spin move inside that can give him a free lane to the QB. He could be the best DT in this Draft if he could just stay on his feet.

He is new to playing inside, and was a D-End his first three years at Penn ST. He played D-Tackle for the first time last season, where he started all 13 games at DT. He kept getting better and better as the season went on. He had one Sack in each of the last four regular season games, and 5 in the last six games. He also garnered a remarkable 3 interceptions last season, including one pick six and 5 PBU. He also garnered 8 Sacks, 17 TFL, 1 FF, and 42 Tackles. That is a very unique and interesting stat line. But he still has to stay on his feet more.

9.6 (position)

93

Spencer Drango- 6-6, 320, #58

OG/OT

Baylor

08/11/2015: When he moves backward slow and steady he does not get beat. He gets to the second level and seals the OLB with some power. "You have to lead by example in how you handle things, and how you approach different situations. What you say and what you do," Drango said. "There's definitely high expectations on us. We've won back-to-back Big 12 championships, and that's the standard now." He continues to help his team win.
I love how he blocks on the move. I think he can be an all pro OG. "But as a team, we're just focused on this week," Drango said. "Everything else, we're not really paying attention to. The guys have done a great job blocking out distractions." But he is focused on being the best OLT he can be. I think he has a shot to play OLT in the NFL.
When he gets in front of a small OLB he can really dance and hand fight him backwards with impressive technique and the agility of the OLT. "My first year playing was when we went to the Holiday Bowl, so we had Cyril playing next to me," he said. "He was a big help; he showed me how to play and what it takes to be a drafted NFL guy. He played left tackle before me and then moved to guard, and he showed me how to play [with] the intensity that you need to have when you play." He played with that intensity, and better focus this past season.
Plus his conditioning is unquestioned. When they go fast, he keeps going for three plays in less than a minute in real time.  "One of our goals is to win the state of Texas, because there's that sense of school pride, and you get bragging rights for however long," he said. "Any team in the state, our goal is to win. So yeah, there's some pride in there. But we also know we could get beat, too, so we have to stay focused." He has done that this season.

08/2015: He doesn't always look like he has the athleticisms to play OLT. But he doesn't give up Sacks. They love to go deep at Baylor, and he consistently gave his QB the time to sit in the pocket and go deep. He is also as tough and mean a run blocker as all teams want. He has a bum disk in his back that required surgery. One thing that is troubling is that Baylor doesn't always switch on Stunts, but that is a minor scheme thing, and the only negative so far this season. Plus, he moves his feet wonderfully laterally when the D-end stunts inside. He does a nice job with the forklift technique and pulls the D-end up.
2015 Outlook: Fifth-year senior, returning All-American and two-time first team All-Big 12 honoree… Fourth-year starter at left tackle, team-high 35 career starts entering 2014 season… Imposing team leader and bell cow of offensive line… 2012 Freshman All-American and Freshman All-Big 12... Three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree and 2013 first-team Academic All-District VII selection... Two-time Dean’s List honoree and seven-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll member... Recorded 34 reps in 225-pound bench press and benched 415 pounds... Has squatted 605 pounds... Former blue chip recruit from Cedar Park, Texas, outside of Austin... Traveled to Brazil for mission trip with Baylor student-athletes in May 2015... Graduated in December 2014 with a degree in Finance.

9.6 (size)

94

*Cardale Jones- 6-5, 250, #12

QB

Ohio ST 

I know he only played three games. I don't care. I mean what a great set of three games. Hall of Fame NFL QBs never had a run of three games like that. In fact technically, no HOF QB has ever had a run like that because last year was the first year of the college Playoffs. However, there also was a 4th game that he got into in clean up duty, and he lead Ohio State to a win in that one as well:

2014 Season (Sophomore): Jones, as the No. 2 quarterback, had seen action in six games and 92 plays -- with 67 of the plays in 66- and 41-point blowouts -- through the first 11 games of the season and was 8-of-14 passing for 114 yards ... and then J.T. Barrett injured his ankle on the first play of the fourth quarter against Michigan with Ohio State holding a 28-21 lead ... the legend of Cardale Jones took a right turn right then ... Jones guided the Buckeyes on a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on his first full series, including completing 2-of-3 passes and running 18 yards for a first down on a second-and-15 play from the Ohio State 29 ... four plays later Ohio State led 35-21 on its way to a 42-28 rivalry game win...

It was only seven days later that he was on displays in his first collegiate start in the Big-Ten Champ Game. In a lot of ways it is the forgotten game. He was near perfect in that game, and crushed Wisconsin by almost 60-points:

Big-10 Champ Game: One week later in his first collegiate start, he completed 12 of 17 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns to spark Ohio State to a 59-0 Big Ten championship game win over Wisconsin and its nationally ranked, No. 2 total defense ... Jones hit Devin Smith for three long scores -- covering 39, 44 and 42 yards -- and was named MVP of the game...

He was then thrust into the light of history. He is the one of four QBs to start in the first FBS' Playoff game. He had the least amount of experience by a butt-load. And seemed so calm, cool, and collected. Plus, he was facing an Alabama team that looked like they were going to win easy to me, and I almost put some money on them (thank god I'm so cheap;-). He had no business starting that game, never mind winning it. The pressure on that kid was staggering. Yet he did it. He won that game despite all we know about football and how experience is important to victory. 

First Ever College Football Playoff, 1st Round: Four weeks later he was equally impressive against Alabama and its No. 11 ranked defense: throwing for 243 yards and another long touchdown pass to Devin Smith (47 yards), plus rushing for 43 yards in the 42-35 win ... he directed the Buckeyes to 537 yards of offense vs. the Crimson Tide...

Then in front of the whole world. He did it. He somehow started his third colligate game, for the National Championship. He led Ohio State to a historic first win the new FBS Playoffs: 

FBS Champ Game: then against Oregon for the national championship, Jones completed 69.6 percent of his passes (16 of 23) for 242 yards and one touchdown and the Buckeyes were nearly unstoppable offensively with 84 plays, 538 yards and a perfect 5-for-5 effort -- all touchdowns -- inside the red zone against the Ducks ... all combined, Jones threw for 742 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 90 yards and one score in Ohio State's three-game post-season.

I admit I would take Cook first. Then you have to think most NFL guys would take Goff. After that you can't sell me on anyone but Cardale Jones. Maybe he stays in school? He told a crowd of kids that his number one priory was to get his degree, and then soon announced he was coming back to Ohio ST for this season. So he could come back for his senior year. Or he could fall on his face. However, if he continues to play like he did in those four games he is a top five pick, and I might be convinced he is Number One.

9.7 (Benched)

Player Ratings: 1st Round 1- 32.

Player Ratings: 2nd and 3rd Rounds 33-63.

4th and 5th Round.

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