2016 Player Ratings. Part IV.

Updated 2/14

The Criminally negligent NFL also took away the Pats 4th Round pick, but according to OverTheCap the Pats will be awarded the second Compensatory picks at the end of the 3rd and 5th Rounds. Here is a quick list:

Team-  Rd.- Compensated Player- Unadjusted APY-  Adjusted APY
NE        3     Darrelle Revis            $14,000,000             $15,126,515
NE        5    Vince Wilfork              $4,500,000               $4,579,200
NE        6     Shane Vereen              $4,016,667               $3,966,057
NE        7     Akeem Ayers              $3,000,000               $3,003,000

The 4th Round will start out as the Senior Bowl Round. I will put in the players who I liked at the Senior Bowl. .

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

POS

School

97

Bronson Kaufusi- 6-7, 265, #1

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

98

Kenyan Drake- 6-1, 210, (O) 4.45! 10'3" Br! 4.21 SS!

RB

Alabama

02/2016: He can make an LB miss with some power in the passing game. "I think Kenyan Drake has tremendous diversity as a player," Saban said. "He has so many things that he does well. He has great speed. He has very good running skills and running instincts, but he's a fantastic receiver." He really showed in the Playoffs his "diversity. He made plays in the run game, passing game, and special teams. "He was an outstanding playmaker last year," Saban said. "And I think [the OC] does a good job of featuring players like Kenyan Drake in our offense so that they can be very productive." He has some great natural moves on passing down. The troubling part is that his career at Alabama has been defined by injuries. "Kenyan Drake is fine," Saban said. "How many times do I have to say that? I've been asked about Kenyan Drake since the first day of spring practice. He was full speed all spring. He was full speed all summer, and he's full speed now. And I think he'll be full speed next week, God willing, and nothing happens to him." When he is healthy he can not only dominate with the ball in his hands on offense, but he can win a game on special teams.

SENIOR (2015): An explosive option at running back who gives the Crimson Tide a variety of options in both the running and passing game ... rushed for 407 yards on 76 carries for a 5.4 yards per carry average while catching 27 passes for 255 yards ... found the end zone two times with one rushing and one receiving touchdown ... returned a team-leading 14 kickoffs for 309 yards with a long of 40 ... notched eight explosive rushes of 12 yards or more with one going for a touchdown ... has 19 first downs rushing and eight first downs receiving ... collected Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll recognition following the season opener with Wisconsin ... named one of the Alabama coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his efforts against Middle Tennessee, ULM, Arkansas and LSU ... also named one of the UA coaching staff’s special teams players of the week after Mississippi State. Wisconsin: Returned filling multiple roles in his first game since suffering a broken leg a season ago ... put together 77 yards on 10 rushes with one touchdown while adding two catches for 48 yards and two kick returns for 28 yards ... recorded a long rush of 43 yards on a scamper to the end zone, creating his own opportunity by spinning out and rushing to pay dirt on a play that looked stopped in the backfield ... teamed with Derrick Henry to rush for a combined 224 yards and four touchdowns on the night. Middle Tennessee: Hauled in a career-best 91 yards receiving on a career-high five receptions, including a 69-yard play that broke the game open ... averaged 6.7 yards per rush on six carries and returned three kickoffs for 71 yards with a career-long of 40 yards. Ole Miss: Put together 33 yards on 11 carries at running back ... also added three kick returns for 71 yards, including a long of 29 yards. ULM: Rushed 10 times for 65 yards with a long of 15. Georgia: Rushed six times for 12 yards while adding one catch for two yards ... helped provide mismatches for an Alabama offense that finished with 379 yards and 38 points. Arkansas: Was a threat in both the passing and rushing games with the Tide offense taking advantage of his versatility ... caught a career-high tying five passes for 37 yards to go with his 29 yards rushing on seven carries. Texas A&M: Rushed five times for 11 yards and hauled in two passes for no gain before exiting the game with a leg injury. Tennessee: Rushed three times for 10 yards while recording one reception for three yards ... also returned to kick returner duties, bringing back two for 62 yards with a long of 33. LSU: Had arguably his best game this season, collecting 163 all-purpose yards against the Tigers ... rushed 10 times for 68 yards while adding 40 yards on three receptions ... three of his rushes were explosive with a long of 24 yards ... also returned three kickoffs for 55 yards ... notched six of the Tide’s 28 first downs with four by way of the ground and two through the air. Mississippi State: Recorded two receptions for 13 yards in shortened action ... added one tackle on kickoff coverage, taking down the Bulldog returner at 15-yard line but had to exit after suffering a broken arm on the play. Florida: Saw his first game action since an arm injury in the Mississippi State game ... made an impact in the receiving, rushing and kick return games ... rushed four times for 14 yards while hauling in three passes for 16 yards ... also returned a kickoff for 22 yards against the Gators. Michigan State: Made his second consecutive start after coming back from injury ... rushed four times for 60 yards while catching three passes for five yards ... had a long rush of 58 yards to move Alabama into scoring position, with Derrick Henry finishing off the touchdown drive on an 11-yard rush to move the Tide in front, 38-0.

9.6X (RB)

99

Bralon Addison- 5-9, 197,  

WR

Oregon 

If the Pats miss out on a WR in the 2nd, he could be their slot/utility guy. Terrific special teams player. Very slick and quick with the ball in his hands, but he can also get down field a little bit and catch it. He will be a special teas guy, who could develop into a serious slot guy. He is similar to Amendola. His lack of ability to work out because of injury means he could be there in the 6th. He lined up and the backfield and ran with the ball as an RB.

2015: Returned following a year’s absence to earn second-team Pac-12 all-conference accolades, with the Ducks' leading receiver tied for fourth in the league in touchdown receptions (10), ranking seventh in the league in catches (63), and 10th in receiving yards (804) . . . Ended the regular season with a flurry, grabbing three touchdown passes and scoring a fourth on a 13-yard run against Oregon State . . . Hauled in receptions in each of the team's 13 games, including three appearances with 100 receiving yards or more . . . Caught passes for 24 yards and one TD vs. Eastern Washigton in the season debut . . . Posting or sharing the team lead in catches in all but three games, came back the following week to grab seven passes for 138 yards in addition to returning his third career punt for a touchdown at Michigan State . . . His 81-yard punt return marked his longest of his collegiate career as he was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week . . . Equalled his career high with eight receptions vs. Washington State for 62 yards and one score . . . Ran for 9 yards on three carries out of the quarterback slot against Georgia State and was at the helm for one of the Ducks' third quarter touchdowns . . . Showed off the passing skills he displayed in high school, completing his only pass attempt for a 39-yard touchdown at Colorado ... Also ran the ball twice for 17 yards and caught two passes for nine yards against the Buffaloes.

9.5(size)

100

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

101

*Yannick Ngakoue- 6-2, 252, (O) 4.75 Split-1.65, 32"A, 26 Reps, 34.5" V, 9'10"B, 

DE

Maryland

Tightly wound passrusher. Strong core. Freakish athlete. Loved how he moved in the drills. He sure looks like he can play OLB to me. He looked really good in coverage drills at combine. He can play OLB. He was the best in the deep drop drill at Combine.

As a Junior (2015): Selected First Team All-Big Ten by coaches and media ... appeared in 12 games, making 11 starts ... Set Maryland’s single-season sack record against Indiana with his 13.5 of the season, breaking a record set by Mark Duda (1982) and Bruce Palmer (1978) ... ranked 2nd nationally in sacks/g (1.13), totaling 13.5 sacks ... tied for fourth in Maryland history in sacks (21.5) ... ranked fifth in Big Ten with 1.3 TFL/g, totaling 15.0 on the season ... ranks 8th in Maryland history in tackles for loss (33.0) and 6th in TFL yards (176) ... notched 13.5 sack of season against Indiana (11/21), breaking Maryland’s single-season record. The record-breaking sack was a strip sack that gave possession to the Terps ... posted a career-high 3.0 sacks vs. Bowling Green (9/12) ... notched sick tackles and 1.5 sacks against USF (9/19) ... had three tackles, including a sack, at West Virginia (9/26) ... posted a sack against Michigan (10/3) and broke up a pass ... had four tackles and a 0.5 sack at #1 Ohio State (10/10) ... totaled four tackles, including a sack, vs. Penn State (10/24) ... posted three tackles, including 1.5 sacks at #10 Iowa (10/31) ... had five tackles against Wisconsin (11/7), including 1.5 TFL and 0.5 sack ... posted five tackles, including 2.0 TFLs and 1.5 sacks, at #14 Michigan State.

9.5

102

Ronald Blair- 6-2, 284, (O) 5.15, Split-1.75, 34" Arm, 32 R! 30"V, 9'5"B, 7.95, SS 4.53

5-T/DE

Appalachian ST

03/2016: He is an odd square prospect. He was a great run stuffer against Clemson. He is nice and slippery inside as well. He was also fierce going after the QB. But I have no idea where to put this sleeper guy. He can really move on the field. He did not look as good running in space. I think he is a 5-Tech. Very heavy hands. He has some nice hands striking forward. A little tight hipped in coverage drills. Did not look good dropping straight back. Very strong inside. He grabs O-linemen's shirt and shed them like cherry blossoms. 

OUTLOOK: One of college football’s top defensive ends returns for his fifth season as a starter ... candidate for all-Sun Belt Conference and all-America recognition ... has started all 38 games he has played in over his first four collegiate campaigns ... after being limited to just two games and redshirting in 2013, returned to be the heart and soul of the Sun Belt’s top-ranked defense (347.5 ypg – 26 per game fewer than the conference’s No. 2-ranked defense, UL Monroe) ... ranked among the Sun Belt’s top 10 in both sacks and tackles for loss in 2014 ... possesses an explosive combination of size and speed at the defensive end position and is a force against the pass and run ... high-end NFL prospect ... elected as a team captain by his teammates as a junior last season.
2014: Second-team all-Sun Belt Conference selection … started all 12 games at defensive end ... led Appalachian State with six sacks and 13 tackles for loss, good for seventh in the Sun Belt in both categories ... was one of seven players to rank among the Sun Belt’s top 10 in sacks and TLF … was in on at least one tackle for loss in 11-of-12 games ... recorded seven quarterback hurries, good for a tie for the most in a single season by a Mountaineer since 2011 … tallied 43 total tackles, good for a tie for fifth on the team and 13 more than any other App State defensive lineman.

9.6(Small School)

103

Jihad Ward- 6-5, 295, 

DT

Illinois

09/2015: He has great quickness inside to gain either shoulder of any O-linemen they put in front of him. "That's the NFL team's decision," Ward said. "I can play three-technique, I can play five-technique. It really don’t matter. I love being coached so wherever it is, I’m just with it." He dominated in the one on ones the first day of practice at the Senior Bowl. He showed he could work at the Senior Bowl. "I ain’t a 'no' man," said Ward of the coaches' decision to play him inside. "I say, ‘yes sir let's do it.’ And if it’s a problem, I’m just going to keep working at it." I think his best role will be as a 3rd down rusher. He didn't play as well in the game when he had to read run and pass. "As my D-line coach from Illinois said, 'get off the ball, [and] get vertical'," Ward said. "I'm setting the edge and getting vertical. Nothing works unless you get off. Once you get off the ball, the O-line don’t know what to do." He was at his best in the one on one passrushing drills at the Combine when he could just attack at the quarterback.
2015 Senior: All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches and media. Ted Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List (best defensive end). 2nd in FBS in fumble recoveries in 2014 with 4. Career stats (2 years): 104 tackles, 12.0 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, 5 FR, 3 FF, 3 PBU. Started all 12 games on the defensive line, playing both defensive end and defensive tackle. 53 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, two PBUs, two QB hurries one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Career-high 11 tackles, including nine solo, at Iowa. 1.0 TFL, 0.5 sack at Purdue. Sack for an 8-yard loss at Penn State. Fumble recovery and nine tackles vs. Middle Tennessee. Forced fumble vs. Wisconsin. Seven tackles vs. Ohio State.

9.5

104

Matt Ioannidis- 6-3 3/4, 303, #9

DT

Temple 

07/2015: Ioannidis is a tough guy. "His job is to dominate inside," Temple HC Rhule said. "Whether he gets tackles or not, doesn't matter." He was voted by his coaches and teammates as one of the nine toughest guys on his team.  
Temple assigns the numbers 1 through 9 as prizes for the nine player who are voted the toughest and best leaders. "He is a leader and a tough guy," Rhule said. "He holds people accountable, as well as himself." He held up the middle of the line all season. He was named Athletic Coast Conference 1st team as voted by the coaches. "It feels great," Ioannidis said. "It's a great honor, especially in this conference. This conference is highly competitive. There's a lot of great athletes in this conference and I'm just honored to bring this sort of recognition to my school." Then he got invited to the Senior Bowl.

Where he opened everyone's eyes from day one. "He's just so detailed," his DC Snow said. "When I think of Matt, it's how passionate he is about what he does." He played tough and physical all game.

2015 (Senior): Started every game at defensive tackle ... one of five to start every game (Sean Chandler, Tyler Matakeivch, P.J. Walker, and Alex Wells) ... part of senior class that defeated preseason conference favorite Cincinnati for the first time in four tries ... recovered first career fumble at UMass ... tied a career-high with 1.5 sacks vs. Tulane ... recorded 100th career tackle at East Carolina ... game captain against Penn State, at East Carolina, and at #19 Houston ... third in the conference and 24th in the nation in fumbles recovered ... selected to play in the Senior Bowl.
2014 (Junior): Team captain ... although Temple employs a rotation at D-line, Ioannidis is the units unquestionable leader ... his 47 tackles led all defensive linemen and his 11.0 TFLs were a team-high ... changed his number from #95 to #9 when awarded one of the single-digit jerseys given to the toughest guys on the team ... one of five players to start in all 12 games ... had a career high 1.5 sacks vs. #21 ECU (the first time in 16 years that Temple beat a ranked team).

9.5

105

Sheldon Day 6-1.5", 285, #91

D-end

Notre Dame

01/2016: He is a guy that I love to watch play football. "He's playing with his hair on fire, and that's infectious for the D-line," ND Safety Nick Farley said. "It's something that our defense really pulls a lot of energy from because Sheldon has been balling. It's big for him, but it's really, really big for us." I kept waiting for him to finally be overwhelmed at the Senior Bowl, but he was one of the best D-linemen there all week.

But he is troubling to figure out. His height kept shrinking at ND, while his numbers kept getting better. "Increase a lot of his numbers," the HC of ND Brian Kelly said. "So they would reflect somebody that could get drafted higher. That physical prowess is showing itself on Saturdays." There are not a lot of D-linemen who are 6-1 in the NFL. 

But he is so fun to watch. He outworks, out toughs, and out hustles everyone on the field. "He's disruptive and athletic and has great work ethic," Kelly added. "He can play every snap. That wasn't the case with either Nix or Tuitt, who were great players in their own right. But they did not have the same work volume that Sheldon has." He turns every down into an all out fist fight against bigger taller guys, and wins a lot more than he looses. His arm length will be so important at the Combine. "Sheldon Day can be the best lineman that we've had here," Kelly said. "He's going to have to play a whole season and prove it on the field and stay healthy, but I believe he can be the best defensive lineman I've had here." He went to the Senior Bowl and proved it again. Now he just has to go to the Combine, and prove it one more time.

11/2015He played so much better this season. "I definitely left some sacks out on the table," Day said. "I'm working on fixing my footwork. To make sure that I'm not diving to where the quarterback was, [but] where he's going to be. And just clean up my footwork. I'm all about evaluating myself with my finishing ability. I would definitely say I didn't grade out that well personally." I love his power inside, but his height worries me a little. 

But, as long as he keeps improving he is a viable option on Day Two. "As a defensive lineman, we want to have at least four sacks a game amongst the D-line group. Any way possible we can achieve that," Day said. "We are trying to continue to grow and build our game from Week 1. We are trying to make sure the D-line is focusing on our performance each and every week, and make sure that we go to practice with a different mindset every day." That is the mindset he will need to succeed in the NFL.

08/2015He had a nice sack on Winston in the 3rd quarter. He has become more of an edge rusher. He gets up field quick sideways, and can snap back up field and tackle the RB from the side. He looks like he has lost weight and is much quicker. He could be an interesting power D-End/OLB for a 4-3 or a 3-4 team. Very good against the run when standing up. I like this kid. He can shoot the 3-Gap and crush the RB for a big loss. He is as aggressive going for the ball as anyone on the ND defense. He looked unblockable against FLA ST. He didn’t get in on a lot of tackles, but he got up field no matter where he was put in the game. He drew the big holding penalty that got ND the ball back late in the 4th to give them a chance with less than three minutes left.
SENIOR SEASON (2015): Sheldon Day announced that he would return for his senior season, foregoing the 2015 NFL Draft. In his senior season, starting all 13 games, Day set a career high in tackles (45), tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (4), earning himself second-team All-American honors by the Associated Press.
JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Started 11 games ... suffered a knee injury against Northwestern (Nov. 15) that sidelined him vs. Louisville (Nov. 22) and USC (Nov. 29) ... named a season-long captain at the end of fall camp ... registered 40 tackles, 24 solo stops, seven and a half tackles for loss, one sack, nine quarterback hurries, two passes defended, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries ... ranked second on the team in quarterback hurries and tied for second in tackles for loss ... second among all Irish defensive linemen in tackles ... started in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30) ... registered six tackles, two solo stops and one tackle for loss against the Owls ... dominated the Michigan front in the 31-0 victory over the Wolverines (Sept. 6) ... recorded five tackles, including a half tackle for loss, and four quarterback hurries vs. Michigan ... picked up three tackles, one quarterback hurry, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery in the 30-14 victory over the Boilermakers (Sept. 13) ... the fumble recovery was the first of his career and stopped a Purdue drive that had moved into the Irish red zone ... registered five tackles, four solo stops, two for loss and one quarterback hurry in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27) ... collected four tackles, three solo stops, and one for loss in the 17-14 victory over No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4) ...credited with two quarterback hurries and broke up a pass against North Carolina (Oct. 11) ... shared a tackle against the Tar Heels ... had two tackles at No. 2 Florida State (Oct. 18) ... second tackle went for a five-yard loss, pushing the Seminoles back to their own two-yard line, with less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter ... registered five tackles, four solo stops, and a quarterback hurry in the 49-39 victory over Navy (Nov. 1) ... recorded five tackles, all solo stops, and one TFL in the loss at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8) ... registered a pair of tackles, including his first sack of the season, against Northwestern (Nov. 15) before suffering a knee injury in the third quarter ... returned from injury and started in the Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30) ... registered two tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over the Tigers.

9.7 (Size)

106

Eric Murray- 6' 199,

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

107

Miles Killebrew- 6-3, 230

SS/OLB

S. Utah

Killebrew is a tough prospect to figure. Should he lose some weight and become a Safety? Should he gain weight and become a linebacker? "If there's one thing these coaches know now is that I can lose weight," Killebrew said. "I can lose weight, I can cut my body fat down, I can gain the weight because that’s been proven throughout my college career that I can gain the weight. I just want them to know that I am serious at doing whatever it takes to adapt and to be successful in playing in the National Football League." I'm a believer. I think he can play very well in the NFL.
I think he is a big tough Strong Safety. "I'm learning now that it wasn’t just physical ability," Killebrew said when asked about Troy Polamalu. "Sure he had it. But he was so smart, man. He was so in tune with how the game works. That's  something I've really caught myself studying a lot more of as I've gotten closer to transitioning to the next level." He 
He has the size and speed that NFL wants. "Killebrew has the look and body of a first round pick," a scout said. "He's got instincts. He's got speed. He's got some things to clean up before anyone will look at him that high, but the potential is there. This week is big for him in that regard." He turned a lot of heads at the Senior Bowl.
He may have sneaked into Day Two. "It’s always been my goal to go as high as possible," Killebrew said. "So that would obviously be something I would entertain. I want to go as high as I can and just trying to put in the work to achieve that goal. If it’s first round, second round as long as wherever I land I got there by giving all of my effort, I’ll be satisfied."

2015: He garnered 132 Tackles and 7 PBU.

2014: Played in all 12 games. Finished second on the team with 101 total tackles, 62 unassisted and 39 assisted. Tallied two tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. Has three interceptions and 105 return yards and one touchdown. Totaled 15 tackles and one interception for a touchdown against Nevada (AUG. 30)

9.5

108

Sebastian Tretola- 6-4 1/8, 314,  (10-yard-1.91, (U) 5.42, 

OG

Arkansas

3/2016: A little heavy getting off the ground. A little out of balance moving backwards. Nice down blocker. He threw a TD pass this season. A little out of balance in drip back drill.

02/2016 He got the start at the Senior Bowl. He made some money at the SB. He is a road grader, and continued that at the SB. He has a nice punch with his inside hands that turns the DT outside.

9.6 (OG)

109

Devontae Booker- 5-11, 212, 

RB

Utah

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.

9.6X (RB)

110

Kyler Fackrell- 6-5, 250,

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.
2015 PRESEASON HONORS: Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year; First-Team All-Mountain West; College Sports Madness First-Team All-Mountain West; Phil Steele First-Team All-Mountain West; Athlon Sports First-Team All-Mountain West; Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List; Butkus Award Watch List; Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List; Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.
UTAH STATE: An extremely athletic, fast, long-levered linebacker that can play both the pass and run... A physical player that is a tenacious pass rusher... Has great instincts on the football field.
RECORDS: 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... Has six career double-digit tackle outings.

9.5

112

Max Tuerk- 6-5, 285, #75

OC

USC

01/2016: Moves well to his side in pass pro, and once he gets his mitts on  rusher he does let go. Very smooth jamming the NT until the OG can grab him, and then going and getting the ILB. Plays with his eyes up, and can spot the delayed blitzer, come off his lane, and smash into him. Looks like he has long arms for an OC, and stays and plays real low. When no one rushes his lance he keeps his hands out real wide, and likes to put them on the shoulders of the OGs so he knows where they are. Fierce fighter sealing the DT. 

CAREER: He has 33 career starts (14 at left guard, 13 at center, 5 at left tackle, 1 at right tackle).
2015: Tuerk, a 3-year starter who is USC's most versatile offensive lineman (he has started at every position on the line), returns as USC's starting center and is a candidate for the Rimington Trophy and All-American honors.
2014: Tuerk started all 13 games at center as a junior in 2014. He made the 2014 All-Pac-12 first team as well as the ESPN.com All-Pac-12 first team, Athlon All-Pac-12 first team, Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team and CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Pac-12 first team. He won USC's Offensive Lineman of the Year Award.

9.6

112

Charles Tapper- 6-2, 282, #78 

5-Tech

OK

11/2015: He has nice size for a D-end. He can disappear in games sometimes, but when he is at 5-Tech or NT his job is sometimes to absorb blockers so his teammates can make the plays. But when he is one on one with a blocker and sees it quickly, he can make plays. "Charles had a huge game," coach Stoops said. "It all seemed to come together. He had a sack and two strips I want to say back-to-back or within a couple series. He's had a great year. He had another really strong night tonight, as many of those guys. A week ago he had two turnovers where he stripped one and tipped one at the line to Frank Shannon. He's been making a lot of big plays." He also had a 3 Sack game (with two FF against Kansas).

He has odd stance that is super tight and small, and he bounces it out of with a nice short burst. "The last couple of games, we’re really starting to see him come on," the OU DC said. "And it couldn’t be at a better time to get another playmaker up front. He has all the ability in the world. Just putting it all together, it was fun to see today. I'm happy for Tap." Terrific stunting inside where he can lay a big pop on the OG.  

Smart player. He got stuffed on a passing down, got in the passing lane, and had a PBU by leaping and knocking it down. He uses his hands so well in the rush. Only he holds on a little too long sometimes as he reads the play, and then pulls himself past the blocker. When he sees it, he can get outside fast and take the RB down hard on the toss.

He does have a medical issue that teams are going to have to look into like Cincy DT Geno Atkins. "Charles has a sickle-cell trait," coach Stoops said. "And [he has] a certain level of exhaustion, and it's dangerous. And, he's taught through are medical team that if he get in that situation, no pun intended, he has to tap out. He can't function at a certain point." So it will have to monitored by teams, but he can play in the NFL. But because he cannot do certain thing on the practice field, it will affect his Draft stock. He had to leave the West Virginia game to do exhaustion. 

2015: Earned All-American honorable mention honors from Sports Illustrated ... named to All-Big 12 First Team by league's coaches, AP, ESPN.com and Phil Steele ... started all 13 games ... produced five tackles and a pass breakup in the Orange Bowl against Clemson (12/31) ... recorded one tackle at Oklahoma State (11/28) ... tallied six tackles with 1.0 sacks and forced and recovered a fumble against TCU (11/21) ... made six tackles with 2.0 for loss, including a sack, and broke up a pass at Baylor (11/14) ... two of four tackles were sacks against Iowa State (11/7) ... posted four tackles with career-high 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles at Kansas (10/31) ... made three tackles against Texas Tech (10/24) ... had two tackles at Kansas State (10/17) ... posted three tackles against Texas (10/10) ... set career high with eight tackles, including 1.0 TFL, against West Virginia (10/3) ... recorded four tackles against Tulsa (9/19) ... forced a fumble and had two tackles, including one for loss, at Tennessee (9/12) ... recorded two tackles and a pass breakup against Akron (9/5)

9.6

113

KeiVarae Russell- 5-11, 196, #6

CB

ND

9/2015:Russell will go lower than he should because of injuries and character concerns. He was one of the player who was suspended in the ND academic scandal. "The information I've gotten back from [the AD] Jack Swarbrick and our athletic administration is that we've submitted everything. We feel confident in the information that we've submitted to the NCAA, and we feel very strong about [his] eligibility," Kelly said. "We certainly were guided through this process in terms of what he needed to do. He went out and did that. But it's now out of our hands. We feel strongly about checking the box and doing the things that we were required to do along the way." BB has drafted a player caught up academic scandals before. Granted it was a Navy player, but still. 

Russell is a very talented Corner. "I think where we'd like to see [from his] continued growth, is probably just being a little more aggressive," the HC of ND said. "He continues to work on his technique. There is a bit of a change in the technique from what he was used to playing under coach Diaco's system [than] under coach VanGorder's system, and I think he's evolving into somebody that is feeling more comfortable. But we're playing a lot more man than he was used to. I think it's just getting more comfortable with playing man coverage and being a little bit more aggressive. But he's been so productive in so many areas. He's been a solid tackler for us and played some nickel for us. He's on special teams. So it would be hard for me to be disappointed in any way, shape, or form relative to his play this year." He stepped it up earlier in the season before he got hurt.

He has been called a shutdown Corner. "Look, I think corners unfairly get this label of shutdown corners," coach Kelly said. "I don't think there are shutdown corners, period. But they get labeled. Maybe came in with some unfair expectations after taking a year off. But he's been very productive as a player for us." So I'm saying there's a chance. 

9.7X (CC)

114

Jonathan Williams- 6', 223, 

RB

Arkansas

01/2016: Williams has nice feet for cutting to open spots inside. I love how he can burst out of a cut without losing speed. He split carries with Collins so he hasn't had a full load on his knee. But he injured his knee and missed the 2015 season. "This is no doubt a tough moment, but I know through my faith and hard work that I will make a full recovery," Williams said. It is remarkable that both he and Collins rushed for over a 1,000-yards in 2014. He suffered a foot injury in fall camp and missed the entire 2015 season.

He did fumble the ball more than Collins. But he has great instincts for cutting behind his blockers. "I have no doubt that Jonathan will come back stronger than ever," Bret Bielema said. "Anyone that knows Jonathan Williams knows this is just another opportunity for him to prove the man of character and substance that he really is. It's an unfortunate injury to a great young man, but we are in the process of gathering as much information as possible. There are short and long term impacts of how he proceeds and we want to make sure he does what’s best for him and his family, and his career beyond Arkansas." He is more of a power runner than Collins.

Junior (2014): Appeared in all 13 games with 11 starts … Named to the AP All-SEC second team and an Earl Campbell Award semifinalist … Completed the season with 211 carries for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns, including a season-long 90-yard run … His 1,190 rushing yards was pegged No. 8 on the program’s single season rushing chart … Paired with Alex Collins’ 1,100 rushing yards, the duo were the only FBS teammates to each rush for 1,000-plus yards in the 2014 season … Checks in at No. 10 on Arkansas’ career rushing yards chart with 2,321 yards … Teamed with Collins to become the first Arkansas running back pair to collect 10-plus rushing touchdowns since Darren McFadden (16) and Felix Jones (11) in 2007 … Finished the season ranking No. 4 in the SEC and No. 34 in the nation in rushing yards … Tied Collins for a team-leading 12 rushing touchdowns, good for fourth in the conference and 36th in the nation … Twelve rushing touchdowns ranks tied for 12th on the Razorbacks’ single season chart … Hauled in 11 catches for 65 receiving yards and two touchdowns and a season-long 23-yard reception … Ranked No. 4 in the conference in scoring touchdowns with 14 … vs. Nicholls (Sept. 6): Rushed four times for 143 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown, tied for the third-longest in program history and tied for the sixth longest rushing play in the NCAA in 2014 … vs. Texas Tech (Sept. 13): Earned CFPA RB Performer of the Week Honorable Mention after he rushed a career-high 22 times for 145 yards and four touchdowns, a new career-high and the most for a Razorback since Darren McFadden punched in four rushing scores in 2007, while Arkansas posted over 400 yards on the ground against the Red Raiders … vs. No. 6 Texas A&M (Sept. 27): Rushed 18 times for 95 yards and a touchdown … vs. No. 10 Georgia (Oct. 18): Tallied 18 carries for 108 yards … vs. UAB (Oct. 25): Registered 18 carries for a career-high 153 yards and touchdown, while adding two receptions for 13 yards and a touchdown in the Razorbacks’ homecoming victory … vs. No. 8 Ole Miss (Nov. 22): Rushed 20 times for 81 yards to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the season in Arkansas’ second-consecutive shutout win … vs. Missouri (Nov. 28): Notched 13 carries for 72 yards and a season-long 23-yard TD catch.

9.5X

115

Jay Lee- 6-3, 220, 33" arms, 

WR

Baylor 

11/2015: He was Baylor's third WR. "Jay is probably one of the hardest-working guys I've ever been around," his former QB Bryce Petty. "And I really respect that about him. He comes to work every day. I just don't think he sees his full potential. He's got a lot of potential; he just needs to see it. And I think every year, he's started to tap in more and more." He averaged an incredible 19.95 yards per reception.
Having a guy his size who can average 20-yards a catch would be a big weapon for an NFL team. "I think it's helped him a lot," his WR's coach Kendal Briles said, "Just being able to get out there and gain a lot of confidence and make plays that he felt like he could make. But now he's being asked to make, and he's answering the bell. Being able to do that and gain that confidence, it definitely helps him." He was very impressive at the Senior Bowl.
He showed some speed in patterns there. "Coach Briles knows about me," Lee said, "but I feel like other people around the nation don't know. I just wanted to put that on game film and tape to let them know who I am." He is a long tall WR, who is a bit of a long strider with 33" arms.
He is a 5th year senior who has only started for two season. "He was a really young guy, and we thought he had a very big upside," Kendal said. "We thought that his ability wasn't where it was right then. We felt like he would be a big-time player, and obviously he's starting to produce and show that." But he was their 3rd receiver behind Corey Coleman and KD Cannon.
He still has some work to do before he will be NFL ready, but he did step up nicely at the Senior Bowl. "We're deep at receiver and we weren't going to take a guy unless we really thought he could contribute," Art Briles said. "But with [him], we certainly feel like he can do that. He just fits what we're looking for: he's big, he's rangy, he's fast, and he has a lot of desire." Sounds like a Day Three steal to me.

Overview: Reliable, two-year starter at receiver, finished career ranked 14th at Baylor in all-time receiving yards (1,700) and 17th in all-time receptions (101)… Helped lead Baylor to most successful five-year span in school history: including two conference championships (2013 & 2014 Big 12 titles), three bowl victories and 50 wins (29-3 home mark) in five seasons – in four seasons of play following redshirt year led BU to 40-12 record… Totaled 1,700 yards and 15 TDs on 101 receptions in 45 career games played and 26 starts… Additional rankings on Baylor career charts: seventh in yards-per-reception (16.83), tied for ninth in career receiving TDs (15) and 10th in receiving yards-per-game (37.78)… Named to spring 2015 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll... Clocked at 6.69 in 3-cone drill.
2015 (Senior): Starting wide receiver in all 13 games as senior… Totaled 758 yards and eight touchdowns on 38 receptions for season… Averaged 19.95 yards-per-reception, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history… Ranked 13th nationally and third in Big 12 with 19.95 average… Ranked seventh in Big 12 with eight TDs, tied for eighth-highest total on school single-season listing… Averaged 58.3 yards-per-game, ranked 13th in conference… Had breakout game in season-opener, totaled career-high three TDs on three receptions (7, 22, 41) in win over SMU… Three TDs tied school single-game record for receiving scores… Tied career high with nine catches, totaled 111 yards in win over Lamar in second game… Made two receptions for 74 yards and TD (57-yarder) in win over Rice in third game… Had season-high 120 yards on three receptions, including season-long 87-yarder, in win vs. Texas Tech in fourth game… 87-yard catch was sixth-longest in school history, and longest reception by NCAA player in AT&T Stadium history… Scored two touchdowns (36 and 52 yards) on three total catches for 89 yards in win over West Virginia in sixth game… Made three receptions for 59 yards and TD vs. No. 12 Oklahoma in ninth game… Totaled five catches for 87 yards and TD at No. 4 Oklahoma State in 10th game… Made two receptions for 32 yards in win over No. 10 North Carolina in Russell Athletic Bowl.

9.5

116

Glenn Gronkowski- 6-3, 235, 

FB/H-B/Slot

K-State

09/2015: Gronkowski is a misunderstood prospect. He is not like two of brothers. But he is like Gronk. "That would be awesome," Glenn said when asked if he liked to play for the Pats. "I've actually never played with any of my brothers before. They've always been too old for me. Everyone else has played together. So to be on the same team, that would be a dream come true." I said when Gronk came out Arizona that he had that knack for catching the ball 20 to 30 yards down field. The other two Gronkowski's didn't have that knack.
Glen has that knack for getting open and catching the ball 20 yards downfield. "It's good to get an opportunity to be out here and show that I can do other stuff," Glenn said about the Senior Bowl. "Show that I can catch balls and run routes and not just block." His problem is that FB's do not usually run down Seams. That is why they switch him over to H-Back at the Senior Bowl. But don't forget that he was a FB at K-State and is built and blocked like a FB.

He averaged 24.5 yards per catch at K-State. "We don’t talk much football when we’re around each other because we hear it all the time," Glenn said. "But Rob always says, ‘Listen to your coaches, your coaches know best, without them we would have no clue what to do and we wouldn’t have success.’ He says, 'listen and give it your all.'" That is why I call him mini-Gronk. He was a terrific blocker out of the backfield at K-State as a fullback.

They let him run patterns down the seams at the Senior Bowl and he made plays. "This is a great experience to be around these players, coaches and scouts," Glenn said about the Senior Bowl. "I have so much respect for everyone here. Just to be in front of them and get to show what you can do is just awesome. I’m very versatile, very dynamic and I can work around in a lot of places. Versatility and being dynamic in the NFL is what you need to have because there are only so many roster spots. So, being able to help out in a lot of spots and on special teams is key." Just like at K-State, when they gave him the chance to make a big plays, he did it every time. 

CAREER: The primary fullback all three seasons of his career, earning three-straight All-Big 12 honors... Played in 39 career games with 20 starts... Averaged 24.6 yards on 15 career receptions, the highest average in school history among players with 15 or more catches... Of his 15 career catches, nine went for at least 15 yards... Helped K-State earn a 23-16 record and three bowl berths in his three-year career.
2015: Started all 13 games, catching five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown while rushing 11 times for 45 yards and another score on his way to Second Team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press... Tallied a season-long 31-yard reception against Kansas, a game in which he recorded his first-career rushing touchdown on an 11-yard scamper... Caught a four-yard touchdown pass at Oklahoma State... Tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to fellow fullback Winston Dimel against Iowa State, the first Wildcat non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass since 2010 (Daniel Thomas at Baylor)... Earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 and First Team Academic All-District 7 honors.

9.5

117

Dadi Nicolas- 6-3, 227, 

DE/OLB

V-Tech

02/2016: He does have some character concerns. Anytime you slap a ref you have some control issues that you can't have on the field. But we all love guys who play mean like that. "I'm gonna play hard," Nicolas said. "I'm gonna be playing harder than I ever play. That's how I'm gonna play. Whether that's a sack, whether that's a forced fumble, I don't know. I'm gonna be a headache. We're all gonna be a headache for North Carolina. They're coming in our house. That's what time it is. Everybody knows what time it is." It sure looked like he played harder at the Senior Bowl. 

He is a tough prospect to figure. He is a pure edgerusher in the NFL, but he often played inside at 5-tech at V-Tech "I came into the season wanting to lead, period," Nicolas said. "With sacks and everything. Just dominate." He is currently to light and slight to be a fulltime DE in the NFL, but he is a hell of lot tougher than he looks.
He got beat up a little and had to deal with some injuries, partly because he never back down.. "I've just been dealing with it," Nicolas said. "That's just what it is. It's just facts. That's all I got for you. It's not a big deal or a small deal. At the end of the day, I'm buckling up my helmet ready to go .It's not stopping me. People can make excuses for what has happened or whatnot. I don't have none. It is what it is." He didn't back down an inch when he was inside.
He was a maniac at the Senior Bowl, and caused problems on game day. "Dadi Nicolas is really active," the ECU HC said. "[He's got] quick feet and attacking [hands]. We really have to make sure we have a handle on him." Because he never stops trying to get up field and hit someone in the backfield. 

01/2016: Freakish player who plays way stronger than his weight and build would indicate. He switched to 5-Tech in odd fronts, and held up against the run. Played on the Strongside. But what is going to get him Drafted is his ability to rush from the edge and inside. Didn't get in any trouble off the field, but shockingly smacked a ref on the field against UNC. You love that emotion in the game, but you can't hit a ref.
2015-16: Played in all 13 games with 12 starts … Recorded 45 tackles with 7.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks … Played majority of the season recovering from a broken hand ... Had two tackles versus No. 1 Ohio State … Recorded two quarterback hurries and a tackle against Furman … Notched two tackles at Purdue … Logged three tackles with one hurry at East Carolina … Had four tackles each against Pittsburgh, NC State, and Miami … Posted three tackles versus No. 23 Duke … Recorded a season-high of seven tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack at Boston College … Forced and recovered a fumble with four tackles at Georgia tech … Collected four tackle with 1.0 tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry versus No. 12 North Carolina … Had two tackles at Virginia ... Had five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks against Tulsa in the Independence Bowl.
2014-15: A second-team All-ACC selection by ACSMA … A first-team all-state selection by The Roanoke Times … Started all 13 games … logged 845 plays, 775 on defense and 70 on special teams … Recorded 72 tackles on the season, including a team-high 18.5 for loss and nine sacks … Also had 35 quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery and two blocked kicks.

9.6CC

118

Pat Elflein-6-3, 300, #65

OG

Ohio ST

09/2015: He is a tough kid. He can absorb the big hit and stone the hitter, and then redirect on the second blitzer like no one I've ever seen. "He gets a lot of attention from us," Urban Meyer said. "He's one of our great players and great leaders. He’s as valuable as anybody on this football team. He’s tough as nails. He shows up every day with a hard hat on and goes to work. I just love everything about Pat. He’s the culture everybody wants. He lives it, breathes it and he is it." Great combo blocker. 

He was a wrestler in high school. "I knew he was a wrestler,” the OL coach Ed Warinner said. "I knew he was a good kid. I knew he was tough. I liked his family. I just thought we’d have to see how he develops." I like how he gets his hands on a DT and just keeps moving, even when he turns back to the ball he will keep holding, pushing, and moving his feet. 

He just keeps getting better. "I try to do what coach Meyer and Warinner preach," Elflein said. "Every rep, give it everything you’ve got and try to get better. Every snap in practice, even when we’re warming up, I take that as conditioning for me. I try to be first in sprints. I try to make myself better every opportunity I can at practice." It shows up on the field.

Great combo blocker. When the OC got injured against Alabama, they put him in at OC on the Goal line. He led them to their 1st TD, a run right up the middle. He is so good at combo blocks, and switching off blockers in so many different situation.

Ohio State Overview: Pat Elflein is a physical, no-nonsense young man who is personable, an excellent team representative and regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in the country ... he is a returning first-team all-Big Ten Conference guard who picked up preseason All-America consideration this summer from Athlon Sports and Phil Steele's ... Elflein's solid character is represented in the fact he is a 2015 "Iron Buckeye" award winner, which is awarded to six players bi-annually for unquestioned physical training dedication, determination, discipline, toughness and leadership ... a fourth-year junior, he is now a veteran of 29 games and 16 starts along the line ... he has played on offensive lines that boast the top two yards per carry averages in school history: 6.8 yards in 2013 and 5.7 yards last season ... he is a fine student, having earned three OSU Scholar-Athlete awards and one Academic All-Big Ten Conference honor ... he is majoring in communications and is a two-time Varsity O letterwinner.

9.6 (OG)

119

Cassanova McKinzy- 6-3, 253, #8

ILB/DE/OLB

Auburn 

10/2015: He is just coming into his own. He just moved from ILB to D-end this season, or what they call the "Buck" position. "It’s not like I was putting my hand in the ground and playing defensive end," McKinzy said. "Because I was mostly standing up and following the ball wherever it was. People make a big deal out of it but I didn’t need to worry about as much except my job was to get pressure." I like how he has been getting pressure

He has been very impressive in that role. Plus, he will still lineup at ILB. "It’s a position where you are freer to make plays because you see things clearer," McKinzy. "But I’m not done at the ;inside] linebacker position at all. No matter where I’m lined up, I’ve got to help turning those pressures into sacks." And like Jamie Collins, he will blitzes up the gut when he plays the Mike. 

He has really jacked himself up to the play the "Buck" position. "Anything that is more physical is something that I can enjoy," McKinzy said. "I really enjoyed being able to help my team there and I could see myself playing it a lot in the future." He is huge now.

9.7

120

Deiondre' Hall- 6-2, 190, 

CB

N. Iowa

11/2015: His arms measured out at almost 35". "Some teams love it," Hall said of his arm length. "I'll just be standing there or sitting there and [guys will say] 'Dude, hold up your arms'." He knows how to use those long arms in coverage as well.

He stepped up form Day One at the Senior Bowl and showed he belonged. "He fits the mold of the long-limbed corner that everybody is really looking for," Savage said. "I didn’t go to UNI this year, but we had great success with David Johnson a year ago. And some of the same scouts that went in there said, 'Hey, this corner is really intriguing. It would be awesome to see him on the field in Mobile.' So their wish was our command in terms of that." I thought it was awesome to see him on the field in Mobile, and I had no idea who he was.

Plus, he is not afraid of the rough stuff, as he came to UNI as a Safety, and was a WR as well. "I thought I would play my career out at UNI as a safety and leave my footprint there," Hall said. "But once coach Lynch got there, it just changed my game totally." But he still was able to show that he had some ball skills from his time at WR in high school.
He has a ton of experience, not only was he voted All-Conference three time, he was a four year starter at CB. "Being able to play press all the time is great," Hall said. "The last two years it was almost strictly press-man [or] playing off man coverage. When you have a good front seven you can do that, and you really only have to win in the first 10-15 yards because that ball is coming out, so either he’s getting sacked or we’re breaking on the ball." The Pats could use another Press Corner with some length.
He was so tough and physical right from the get go at the Senior Bowl with his long arms. "It's huge," Hall said about his hug arms. "I've got to be a little more patient. But at the point of attack, it just helps because locked arms create power. So when I get my arms all the way out there, I don't think there's too many people that could really get off that. When I get my hands placed right and hit [guys] in their chest, while I'm two or three yards away from them, it's kind of surprising to them." It was surprising to me.
He can be off a yard or two, and still be in potion. "I’m playing against the best seniors in the nation, so of course they're gonna get a catch here or there," Hall said. "But you’ve just got to come right back and keep playing your game." He already understands that you need to have amnesia to play Press Corner in the NFL.

2014: Finished the season leading UNI cornerbacks in tackles with 74, also ranking fifth on the team … finished in the top-10 in the MVFC in passes defended with six pass breakups … ranked first in the league in interceptions with five … started all 14 games for UNI at cornerback … notched his second-career pick-six against Tennessee Tech (9/27) … had eight tackles and an interception for a 19-yard gain against South Dakota (10/11) … also had interceptions against Indiana State (10/4), Western Illinois (10/25) and Stephen F. Austin (11/29) … had an interception for 24 return yards against Stephen F. Austin and notched a career-high 11 tackles … earned All-MVFC second-team and was named to the Beyond Sports Network FCS All-America third-team.

9.5

121

Austin Blythe- 6-3, 290,  

OC

Iowa

09/2015: One thing about Blythe is that he got four years of NFL coaching. "He's a much better player than I believe he gets credit for," his OL coach Brian Ferentz said. "In my opinion, he was the best center in college football. No one will sway me on that." He was a finalist for the Remington.
He is a little undersized, but he has the room to grow into a 300-pounder. "I’ve seen the guy that did win the award [Rimington Trophy], and I wouldn’t trade him for Austin," Brian Ferentz said. "And I’ve seen the guy that was ahead of him in our conference, I wouldn’t make that trade, either." He has not only started at OC, but he also has a lot of starts at both OG positions.
He played very well at the Senior Bowl. "I've talked to some people I respect, people I trust. I think he's going to get drafted a lot higher than people would imagine," Ferentz said. "I think he’ll be the first center drafted. That would be my projection. I think he’ll have a nice, healthy NFL career." He was not outplayed by any of the other centers.
He looked like a legit NFL OC at the Senior Bowl. "That's my dream," said Blythe. "After the season I'm going to start training for it. We'll see what happens. I'm going to work hard like I've always been doing. I think I just need to really show that I can carry more weight. I'm not the biggest guy. I think people are going to try to knock me for that. But if they turn on the film, I don't think my size has really hindered me too much." He has put on 5-pounds for the Senior Bowl, and should be close to 300 by the Combine.

2015 Honors: University of Iowa senior center Austin Blythe is one of three finalists for the 2015 Rimington Trophy. The announcement was made Monday by the Rimington Trophy Committee. The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I college football. Blythe (6-foot-3, 290-pounds) has started all 13 games in 2015. He has started 44 straight games over the past three years and has 48 career starts. He earned second team All-Big Ten honors this season and has been a game captain for all 13 games. Blythe has played a key role for the Hawkeye offense in 2015. Iowa won a school-record 12 games with an undefeated regular season (12-0), before dropping a 16-13 contest to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game. The Hawkeye offense is averaging 32.1 points per game, 192 rushing yards and 201.8 passing yards per game. Iowa scored over 30 points in five straight Big Ten games for the first time ever and the Hawkeyes rank among the national leaders in time of possession.
2014 Honors: Second team All-Big Ten by league coaches and honorable mention by media . . . second team All-Big Ten by College Sports Madness . . . mid-season first team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele . . . 2014 Preseason Honors - - named to Rotary Lombardi and Rimington Award preseason watch lists . . . preseason third team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele and College Sports Madness . . . 2014 - - started all 13 games, including six games at center, one game at right guard and final six games at left guard . . . started at center in 31-23 win over Northern Iowa as offense gained 401 yards total offense . . . started at center and played every offensive down in 17-13 win over Ball State as offense gained 455 yards total offense.

9.5

122

John Theus- 6-6, 303, 

OT

Georgia 

02/2016: He played on both sides at Georgia. "So it kind of looked like John was getting beat inside on the move and putting pressure on the quarterback when in reality there should have been a little help protection there," Richt said. "There were a couple times, at least once or twice, where he just got beat around the edge. But when you’re going up against a good pass rusher down after down after down people don’t notice the times you block them, because nothing happens. There’s an awful lot of plays we drop back and threw the ball and didn’t have any trouble at all because John and the other guys did their job." Ha has a ton of experience in pass pro in the SEC.

He has 21 starts at OLT in the SEC for Georgia, and 14 starts at ORT in 2012. "Pretty good actually,” Richt said about Theus this past season. "He's been solid most of the year." He was named to the All-SEC team. He started the first 8 games at OLT, and the final 5 at ORT. 

He has to stay and play low. Playing on both side of the line gives him a lot of versatility that teams needs. I like him in the run game. "I always look forward to a challenge, and it's the last game of my career," Theus said when asked about Ryan Nassib. "It could be an opportunity to make or lose money, but I welcome the challenge. He obviously won the lineman of the year in college football. He's a great player, and I'm looking forward to playing him."

2014: AP Honorable Mention All-SEC ... played in 13 games making 13 starts ... Helped Georgia rush for 257.8 yards per game, which ranked first in the SEC ... Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC Second Team ... Preseason Media Days All-SEC Third Team ... Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC Third Team ... recipient of the James E. & Peggy A. Hickey Memorial Scholarship and the John Tillman Football Scholarship.
2013: Played in 13 games, making eight starts ... part of an offense that ranked No. 2 in passing in the SEC and generated at least 23 points in 12 games and 400 yards in 12 games ... named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-SEC Fourth Team ... recipient of the John Tillman Football Scholarship.
2012: Played in 14 games making 14 starts - all at right tackle ... named to Sporting News All-America Freshman Team and Phil Steele All-America Freshman Team ... became just the third true freshman to start at offensive tackle in a season opener for UGA since freshmen became eligible in 1973 ... named to the SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll ... recipient of the John Tillman Football Scholarship ... earned Athletic Director’s Honor Roll distinction for fall semester.

9.5

123

Paul McRoberts- 6-3, 197, #1

WR

SE Missouri ST

11/2015: It's okay if you don't know this guy. He got the call up from the Shrine game. Players who get called up to the Senior Bowl, after impressing GMs and scouts at the East-West game, almost always end up in Day Two. But he must prove himself again this week at the Senior Bowl.

He is a guy who has worked his way up from tough circumstances to some of the best. "When your best player is your hardest worker it makes your job pretty easy," coach Matukewicz said. "What makes him special on the field is he's just a different human being at the reception point. If you shook his hand he’d be shaking your elbow. We’ve had a lot of NFL scouts come in, and in the NFL you’re going to be contested on every catch. He’s just so strong at reception point that he’s like 7-11: He’s always open. You just have to throw it." He has great hands.

But can he play in the NFL? "In the NFL they're all covered," coach Matukewicz said. "There are no wide-open catches and so how strong you are at reception point is everything because those corners are going to try to beat it out of you or a lot of times it's a jump ball and whoever is stronger at reception point gets it done. That is the reason I feel like he could make a living in the National Football League. Obviously he has the other talents, but a lot of people have those size, strength, but that's what makes him." His invite to the Senior shows more than just his college HC thinks so. 

9.6

124

Geronimo Allison- 6-3, 196, 

WR

Illinois

11/2015: He got the Start in the E-W game. He dominated at the E-W with his precise routes. "As a precise route runner, Allison has consistently gotten open and displayed strong hands when snatching the ball out of the air," Bucky Brooks said. "If he performs to the level that he has shown throughout the week, he could walk away with some hardware at the end of the game." He uses his quickness and breaks in routes to get open. He only had three TDs, but two of them came against Iowa and Nebraska.

He has great length, and knows how to run patterns. He gives great effort blocking. He looked good on a reverse in the E-W game. He was a JuCo transfer. "Like most junior-college guys, the second year is where he is blossoming," Illinois HC Bill Cubit said. "He works hard. Now he understands how it has to be to get work in during the week. I give him a lot of credit. I know he's working so hard, I back him off a little, give him some rest at practice." He can catch the ball on the double catch. He can make an inside out move that makes the CB fall down. 

I like how he runs patterns. He was so impressive at the E-W game. "I definitely have to help out with the guys and answer questions that they may struggle with," Allison said about helping the younger guys. "At the same time, they have to be a student of the game, and follow along, and follow in my footsteps, and feed off my energy I try to play with." He had a great TD catch in the 2nd Quarter. 

He was a solid leader at Illinois. "I embrace it," Geronimo said. "At the same time, I just want to keep my job, and do my job the best I can. I just try to make every play come my way." He runs up to the Endzone, then gave a head and shoulder and eye fake outside, and then broke wide open inside. I can't wait to see what his speed is. He was the best WR at the East-West Shrine game practices. He turned so many NFL guys heads that he got called up to the SB..

9.5

125

Storm Woods- 6', 207

RB

Oregon State

He got the Start in the E-W game. Nice receiver out of the backfield. "He didn't sugarcoat anything with me," Woods said. "I love that. [Coach is always] hard on me. Telling me what I need to work on immediately. Telling me some pointers and tips that I knew I needed to work on, but hearing him say it was sort of like, 'OK, I see you really know what you're talking about. You're really watching film.'" He can pick up yards very quickly when he catches the ball in the flat. I just like the way this kid runs. You could get him late in Day Three, and in a year or two he could be a nice back in the rotation.

OVERVIEW: 39 career starts. Seven 100+ yard games in his career. Finished his career with 2,674 rushing yards ranking as the fifth-leading rusher in OSU history. Finished his career with 123 receptions, the third-most by a running back in OSU history. Second player in Oregon State history to accumulate 2,000+ yards rushing and 1,000+ yards receiving in his career, joining Jacquizz Rodgers. Also one of just four players in OSU history with 1,000 career yards rushing and receiving. Completed his career with 3,768 all-purpose yards good for 11th all-time at OSU. Graduated in December with a degree in human development and family sciences.
2015 (SENIOR): Played in 11 games starting eight. Season-best game came against San Jose State with 17 carries for a career-high 151 yards and a touchdown. Finished the season second on the team with 491 rushing yards. Storm wore Barrs-Woods on his jersey in 2015 to honor his mother. Named to the Maxwell Award preseason watch list.

2014 (JUNIOR): Started eight out of 10 games he played. Finished the season as the Beavers’ leading rusher with 766 yards and five TDs. Recorded 26 receptions for 179 yards and one touchdown. Racked up three 100-yard rushing games. Broke off career-long 78-yard run against Arizona State. Hit pay dirt twice against San Diego State

9.5X

126

Devon Cajuste- 6-4, 227

TE/WR

Stanford 

08/2014: This is a guy I really like. I've seen him have a couple of games where no one could cover him. He has the size of an H-B, and runs patterns like a WR. "I don't know if you play Cajuste at tight end or as a big receiver, or as an H-back, but he's a damn good player," an NFL exec said. " He's too much for some of these cornerbacks out here. He could have played at the Senior Bowl." He has that knack for getting open and catching the ball 20 to 30 yards downfield. He had a great block to spring Dangerfield in the E-W game. He has that knack for getting open 20 to 30 yards downfield, and he always catches it. He was such an unusual weapon at Stanford. In 2103 he averaged 22.9 yards per catch on 28 catches. After watching him against Notre Dame I am shocked he only had 26 catches. "He's worked extremely hard this year," coach Shaw said. "He's 224 and runs in the low 4.4s. Numbers like that don't make sense. He broke our yards per catch record. Which hasn't been talked about much. I'm excited we're taking the next step to give guys the chance to influence football games." He always seems to be open running deep down field. He can use his size to bully DBs in the Redzone.

As a Fifth-Year Senior (2015): Game-by-Game Statistics. Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason third team. Athlon All-Pac-12 preseason third team. Four catches for 39 yards at Northwestern. Two catches for 15 yards vs. UCF. Two catches for 21 yards, 17-yard touchdown catch at USC. Two catches for 18 yards at Oregon State. Three catches for 49 yards vs. Arizona. Two catches for 16 yards, nine-yard touchdown catch vs. UCLA. Two catches for 37 yards vs. Oregon. Two catches for 18 yards vs. Cal. Five catches, career-high 125 yards and six-yard touchdown reception vs. Notre Dame. One catch for 18 yards in Pac-12 Championship Game. One catch for eight yards in Rose Bowl
As a Senior (2014): Game-by-Game Statistics. 11 games played. 11 games started. 34 receptions for 557 yards (16.4 yards/catch). 50.6 receiving yards/game. Six touchdowns. Three catches for 44 yards vs. USC. Four catches for 52 yards and three touchdowns vs. Army. Four catches for 59 yards at Washington. Five catches for 68 yards at Notre Dame. Two catches for 20 yards vs. Washington State. Two catches for 50 yards vs. Oregon State. Five catches for 116 yards at Oregon. Three catches for 51 yards at Cal. Two catches for 50 yards, including 37-yard touchdown, at UCLA. Four catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns vs. Maryland.

9.5

127

Graham Glasgow- 6-6, 303, 

OC/OG

Michigan 

09/2015: Graham has a lot traits that NFL teams need. "Graham Glasgow, what an amazing player," Harbaugh said. "I bet he's going to be, he could be a 1st round pick. The way he played [in the Citrus Bowl]. The way he's played all year. There are pro players on that Florida defensive line, without question." He is a tall for a Center, but he was a wrestler and plays with the low balance and leverage of a wrestler. 
He he does have substance abuse issues. "This is somebody who is taking a breathalyzer every morning and every night," Harbaugh said. "He's got to be clean. 100 percent clean. Not a drop of alcohol. And he'll either do it, or he won't. I believe in him. I believe he will. But we'll all know, there will be no secrets on that. Whether he does it or he doesn't. It'll be for public consumption." So he is a buyer beware player who either will get drunk and throw it all away, or he won't. 

At Michigan: Four-year letterman; Appeared in 42 games as an offensive lineman and on special teams, making 37 starts. Academic All-Big Ten ('13, '14, '15). 2015 Hugh R. Rader Memorial Trophy. 2015 All-Big 10 honorable mention

Fifth-year senior (2015): Appeared in 13 games, making 13 starts at center. Academic All-Big Ten.
Senior (2014): Academic All-Big Ten. Earned third varsity letter. Appeared in 11 games, making 11 starts. at Notre Dame (Sept. 6): Made season debut, starting at right guard.
Junior (2013): Academic All-Big Ten. Earned second varsity letter. U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award
• Started 13 games as an offensive lineman, making nine starts at center and four starts at left guard. Also contributed on special teams. Vs. Minnesota (Oct. 5): Made first career start at center after moving from left guard. Vs. Central Michigan (Aug. 31): Made first career start at offensive guard

9.6CC

128

Henry Krieger-Coble- 6-4, 250, 

TE

Iowa

11/2015: Kreiger-Coble is a guy who has a worked a ton on his game. "I look at our tight ends as receivers," Iowa QB Beathard said. "They’re that good. I can count on them to get open. They’ll make big plays." He was a clutch receiver, who was their top option, by far, on 3rd down where games are won and lost. 

At one point in the season Iowa had 25 conversions on 3rd down, and he had 12 3rd down receptions.  "I don’t know if we’ve had anybody run routes any better than Henry does as a tight end," Ferentz said. "I wish you guys could see the ones he makes in practice. It’s unbelievable. He’s a really good football player that is flying so far underneath the radar. it's amazing." That is as close as you can get to having half your team's 3rd down conversions as you can get.
He made some great grabs in SB practice in one on one drills. "We’ve done a decent job of making plays when our numbers are called," Keirger-Coble said, "And that’s really all we try to do. We just want to give [Beathard] a spot to throw the ball." And like I said before, the most important thing about the SB it the one-on-one drills. 
He made a one handed grab in the endzone that was unbelievable. "Henry was a good, solid player coming into this year," his HC Kirk Ferentz said. "He's always had great hands, unbelievable hands. But he's just playing at a really high level right now. I don’t know how many tight ends in the conference or the country can be playing any better. He's blocking really well. He does a great job of running routes." I also thought he blocked well at the Senior Bowl.
He comes from Tight End U. "We've had a lot of good tight ends historically, and he's playing as well as anybody we’ve had," Ferentz said. "That's not to suggest he's the athlete Dallas Clark is, but not many guys are. Just as a tight end, he's really playing well." He's gotten NFL like coaching for the past four years.

KRIEGER-COBLE MOVING THE CHAINS:  
Iowa has converted 15 of its last 25 third down plays (.667). For the season, the Hawkeyes are 47 percent (72-of-154), which ranks second in the Big Ten and 18th nationally. TE Henry Krieger Coble has caught 12 straight passes for first downs, dating back to the Northwestern game on Oct. 17 to Nov 23.

Kirk Ferentz: Yeah, I would describe him as a well rounded prototypical tight end. That's probably the best way to say it. He's an effective run blocker, good hands, and does a nice job. Probably more of a Henry Krieger Coble type player if you will.

COACH WOODS: I would be lying if I said I wasn't shocked. But it was somewhere about a month ago or so. My dates are all screwed up now. About a month, six weeks ago. And I was definitely shocked, definitely surprised. But obviously excited at the opportunity. I get the opportunity to coach tight ends at one of the greatest schools for tight ends in the country. And you don't have to go very far, you walk into our media room and you see Jonathan Hayes, you see Dallas Clark, Brandon Myers, Tony Moeaki, C.J. Fiedorowicz, guys that have played this position at this university. There's a reason around the country it's known as Tight End U, and I get the opportunity to coach one of the best positions at the greatest university in the country in my opinion. It's a great opportunity.
COACH WOODS: There are two seniors in the group, Henry Krieger Coble and Jake Duzey, they have the most experience... Like I said, the two seniors have helped me out a ton, and I start off every meeting, like if I'm screwed up, you have to stand up and tell me, `Coach that's not right.' They have done that, but mainly they have been a good sounding board and good resource to help installing some of these plays and what the tight end actually is responsible for.

9.5

129

Josh Forrest- 6-2, 250, 

OLB/DE/ILB

Kentucky 

09/2015: He played down on the line some in practice at the Senior Bowl, and then played LB in the game. "Josh is a linebacker now," DC DJ Eliot said. "I didn't necessarily feel like that at the beginning of the year last year. I felt like he was in transition, but I feel like he's a linebacker now." He has the kind of versatility 3-4 Coaches are going to love. 
He also played some edge rusher in one on one drills at the SB. "He has size and speed," Eliot said. "Last year, he was beginning to learn the position. This year, he's much further along. He's still trying to develop the physical play that it takes to be a great linebacker. We're harping on that every single day." He was as versatile a performer we've seen at the SB.
He has put on 40-pounds since high school. "When I heard he was moving to linebacker I thought it was a good fit for him," high school teammate JD Harmon said. "He didn't lose his speed and his athletic ability is still there." He was a high school WR, who converted to linebacker at Kentucky.
He had to add muscle, and learn the game all over again. "With Josh, there was the learning curve of playing on the other side of the ball on top of teaching him the new position," Eliot said about his conversion. "It was a whole different perspective of the game. So I had to teach him that and then from there we had to go over. Just start from day one, like he was a freshman linebacker." He can slash through the line when lined up at ILB, and get to the RB in the backfield.
He struggled physically and mentally with the conversion at first. "I felt like I'm just never going to make them happy; I felt like maybe I wasn't his guy," Forrest said about Stoops. "I thought about a lot of stuff, but I'm not a quitter. I just had to keep on pushing through it." When he gets to the ball carrier they go down fast.
He had to learn to see the game a whole new way. "The main thing is my eyes have become where my power is," Josh said. "What I see is where my power is. So it's just seeing it and seeing it so many times. So now I can get to where I need to be at and be more physical." Now he sees the game like a linebacker.

Overview: His emergence at middle linebacker was one of the best developments of the 2014 season ... Led the team in tackles and ranked third in the SEC in tackles per game ... Began his college career as a freshman receiver before moving to defense in 2012 ... Contributed as a reserve linebacker and on special teams as a redshirt freshman and sophomore ... As a former wide receiver, has the speed to play linebacker and also has a good feel for defending the passing game ... Has added more weight in order to enhance his physicality ... Only began playing football as a junior in high school ... Has played in 33 games, starting 12 ... Totals 139 career tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, and has three interceptions ... Has completed his degree in community and leadership development, will work toward a second major in communications in the fall.

9.5

130

Jake Coker- 6-5, 232, 

QB

Alabama

02/2016: He was so good in the second half of the season. "I don't know about that," Coker said. "I think the guys around me made big plays. They made it a lot easier to get them the ball. They weren't perfect balls, but those guys made plays." I though he visibly improved during the season. 

He was not the same QB in the Playoffs that he was in the first half of the season. "I think the big thing with Jake is he certainly proved he can stay focused in the moment, in a critical time of the game," Saban said. "He never missed a beat, he made a lot of good throws. He made a lot of good decisions. He just did a fabulous job." I like the guys who are continuingly improving. 

He has to improve his anticipation to play in the NFL. "We've been pleased with the progress he's made," Saban said. "He's very competitive and he gets better each week." He has to learn to throw before the player is open. He will also struggle with the timing of throws sometimes. He showed he could go through his progression smoother than the other QBs at the Senior Bowl.

SENIOR (2015): Started the first two games of the 2015 season and returned to the lead role for every contest since ULM ... completing 67.1 percent of his passes (247-of-368) for 2,775 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions ... averaging 198.2 yards per game through the air ... rushed 66 times for 88 yards and two scores with 15 of his rushes going for a first down or a touchdown ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his performance at Georgia, at Texas A&M, against Charleston Southern and versus Michigan State. Wisconsin: Earned his first career start against the 20th-ranked Badgers ... finished the game 15-of-21 for 213 yards and a touchdown before exiting with a minute left in the third quarter and the Tide leading, 28-10 ... his 213 yards were the 10th-most all-time by an Alabama quarterback in his starting debut. Middle Tennessee: Made his second start as a member of the Crimson Tide, surpassing his previous career high in yardage with 214 yards on 15-of-26 passing including one interception and one touchdown pass ... also added one rush for five yards before exiting at the end of the first half. Ole Miss: Entered as a reserve for the first time this season ... finished the game with a career-high 21 completions on 45 pass attempts for 201 yards and three touchdowns with an interception ... added seven rushes for 58 yards and a touchdown, including a career-long 26 yard scramble. ULM: Returned to the starting spot at quarterback, finishing 17-for-31 for 158 yards with three touchdowns and a pick ... the three scores tied his career high, which he set the week prior in the Ole Miss game ... also rushed four times for -5 yards. Georgia: Excelled in rainy conditions during his first true road start, finishing an efficient 11-for-16 for 190 yards and a touchdown through the air ... posted a 189.12 passing efficiency rating ... added six rushes for 28 yards and a score on the ground ... started his day in Athens a perfect 6-of-6 before a dropped pass ended the streak. Arkansas: Finished the night with career-highs in completions, passing yards and rushing attempts ... went 24-of-33 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and two picks ... also rushed seven times for 17 yards, four of those going for a first down. Texas A&M: Closed out his day in College Station at 19-of-25 for 138 yards to go with his seven rushes for 13 yards ... had a long scramble of 16 that went for a first down, lowering his shoulder into the Aggie defender ... the Tide would eventually score a touchdown to boost its lead to double-digits and swing the momentum back in UA’s favor early in the fourth quarter. Tennessee: Finished an efficient 21-of-27 for 247, but did not record a touchdown while throwing one interception ... also rushed seven times for -26 yards ... managed the Tide’s final scoring drive that topped the Vols, going 2-for-2 for 44 yards, including a key conversion on 3rd-and-6 with a 15-yard, first-down pitch and catch to Calvin Ridley. LSU: Put together an efficient day, finishing 18-of-24 for 184 yards with a long play of 25 yards ... helped move a Tide offense that finished with 28 first downs and 434 yards of total offense against one of the SEC’s top defenses. Mississippi State: Bounced back from an early interception to finish the day 15-of-25 for 144 yards and a touchdown ... the score came on a 60-yard bubble screen to Ridley that the freshman wideout took down the field for six ... also rushed one time for six yards. Charleston Southern: Played just under two quarters against the Buccaneers, finishing 11-of-13 for 155 yards and two scores ... notched a long play of 30 yards on his touchdown pass to Ridley ... also rushed one time for a yard. Auburn: Completed 17-of-26 passes for 179 yards with one touchdown ... connected on a 34-yard scoring play after avoiding two blitzers and throwing off his back foot for the touchdown to ArDarius Stewart ... had a long pass of 46 yards to Ridley ... also rushed three times for 13 yards. Florida: Continued his efficient passing, finishing 18-of-26 for 204 yards and two scores ... also rushed a career-high eight times for 23 yards, with three of his rushes earning the Crimson Tide a first down ... connected on scores from 32 yards (Stewart) and nine yards (Mullaney). Michigan State: Earned Offensive MVP honors for his Cotton Bowl performance ... set season highs in completions (25) and yards (286), finishing 25-of-30 with two touchdowns and 286 yards ... completed a long pass of 50 yards to Calvin Ridley, scoring the Tide’s fourth touchdown of the day ... connected with Ridley for a six-yard scoring strike to move UA in front by 17 ... also rushed five times with a long of four yards.

9.5

131

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. 

9.7X (CC)

132

Jack Allen- 6-1 1/4, 294, 10-yard-1.85, (U) 5.27, 32"A, 23 R, 8'5", 

OC

Michigan ST 

10/2015: His l

10/2015: His lack of size will hurt him in the NFL. "The biggest thing is technique wins, regardless of size," Allen said. "If you have the right technique and you're doing the right things, it's going to work out for you." He also lined up some at FB, and ran for a touchdown. With so many OCs in this Draft his size will drop him to Day Three. 

Senior Bowl: He is such a tough guy. He is a starting NFL Center from day one. He played some Guard in SB, and he was very good. He is a great leverage center. He is short, and really bends his knees and gets lo. He is almost always under the DT with his hands up. When he doesn't win the leverage battle, he can get jacked back into the quarterback. But he is so natural playing and staying low. Smart guy, who plays with his eyes. He sees the blitz and twist and stunts coming before most player, and adjusts on the fly to who is coming up the middle very well. Probably needs to play for a Zone-blocking coach to be successful in the NFL. 

10/2015: He is tough to move backwards right off the snap. He always looks calm and in control. He lines up in the backfield as a FB, and he is a nasty blocker right straight into the goal line. He can knock two or three guys back into the endzone. Usually when they put big linemen into the backfield it doesn't really work, but he is nasty goal line blocker. Adds some power to the double team block. He can clamp onto the DT and not let him go. He does a great job doubling the DT to either side in pass pro.

10/2015: He can get outside to the sideline and take out a CB. Sometimes creep backwards inside of kickslides. Not really challenged against Maryland and almost looked like he was playing slower to match up against the slower players. He can be grabbed and pulled to the ground.  He can slide down the line in a zone block, and make the D-end legs go out and collapse under him. 

2015 SEASON (SENIOR): Named All-American by The Associated Press (first team), CBS Sports (first team), SI.com (first team), Football Writers Association of America (second team), Phil Steele (second team), USA TODAY (second team) and Walter Camp Football Foundation (second team) . . . back-to-back first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . also named first-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press, Athlon Sports, BTN.com, ESPN.com and Phil Steele . . . named one of three finalists for the Rimington Trophy (nation’s most outstanding center) . . . started 12 games at center . . . collected 77 knockdowns during the regular season . . . finished the season ranked No. 12 in ESPN.com’s Big Ten postseason player rankings . . . started the first six games at center; missed the Michigan and Indiana games with a lower leg injury he suffered in the Rutgers game in Week 6; returned to the starting lineup in Week 9 vs. Nebraska . . . also played at left tackle vs. Purdue and Rutgers due to injuries along the offensive line . . . helped the Spartans accumulate 174 yards on the ground in the Big Ten Championship Game against the nation’s sixth-ranked rushing defense in No. 4 Iowa in the victory over the Hawkeyes; on MSU’s game-winning, 22-play touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, played multiple positions, including center, tight end and fullback.

CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Started four bowl games at center (2012 Buffalo Wild Wings, 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton, 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at Cotton Bowl) . . . named to The Associated Press and SI.com All-Bowl Teams in 2015 after MSU gained 552 total yards and 238 rushing yards – both the second-highest totals in Spartan bowl history – as the Spartans defeated No. 4 Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic, 42-41 . . . also named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team and BTN.com All-Big Ten Postseason Team . . . named to ESPN.com All-Bowl Team for his role in the win over No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game . . . turned in perhaps his top performance of the 2012 season in MSU’s 17-16 victory over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, producing nine knockdowns, including one dominator, and helping spring Le’Veon Bell for 145 yards on 32 carries against the Horned Frogs; TCU entered the game ranked 10th in the NCAA Football Subdivision in rushing defense, allowing just 103.9 yards per game.

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Joe Dahl- 6-5, 310, 

OG

Washington ST 

This guy was awesome inside at OG at the Senior Bowl. I have some work to do on him before I can put him in Day Two. "After our fourth game my foot just started killing me and it just kept getting worse until the Stanford game, when I could barely walk," Dahl said in Mobile. "We got an x-ray after that, and it revealed that I’d had a stress fracture for about a month, and it just finally broke." So he is a tough guy who played through as tough an injury as you can get.
He has some work to do, because his college scheme did not help make him NFL ready. "I thought Joe Dahl from Washington State handled everything that anybody threw at him," Polian said. "He's got big balance, big punch. He's technically really sound and has really good movement. He plays in a pure spread Air Raid offense. So he's got a little advantage in pass protection. But in terms of the run game, he was fine." I liked how he run blocked at the Senior Bowl.
He played tackle at Washington ST. "Joe Dahl has been really impressive, he more than held his own against Washington," Riddick said. "He's an accomplished pass protector and he's a guy NFL offensive line coaches are going to be looking forward to working with." He will be an OG in the NFL. 
His biggest problem is that the Air Raid offense he played in does not prepare guys for the NFL. His Line coach McGuire play on the O-line at Texas Tech, and couldn't convert to the NFL. "We don't run as many of the gap scheme run plays," McGuire said explaining the problem. "And we're not your traditional offense that does things every other team in college football does. Nobody throws the ball 60 times a game. But can he run block? Well yeah, Joe’s real good at run blocking. He's done it." He run blocked better at the Senior Bowl than was expected.

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Aaron Burbridge- 6-1, 208, 

WR

Michigan ST

03/2016: He has some nice speed down the sideline. He has a nice power inside move to get inside the CB when he is out wide. He has smooth hands catch the ball when he is curling over the middle, and can see the QB, and the ball coming early. That might be his best pattern. He can go up and catch the ball with his hands running that pattern from either side. They run bubble screen for him and he can get the 1st down following blockers and using his feet. I'm not sure how fast and athletic he is. He plays in the Slot sometimes, but will miss the quick throws sometimes. Not the best blocker. Doesn't always go full out blocking until he sees the RB cutting to his side. Nice blocker on the Bubble screens behind him. He can give a nice wham block when they run a toss to his side. Smart kid, who blocks the hardest on the QB sneak when it isn't to his side. He runs a nice fade from the Slot. He can turn back and catch the ball placed behind him with the DBs coming to hit him. Nice blocker out on the edge on inside runs.

01/2016: Burbridge is more NFL ready than a lot of other WR He has to run a lot of combo routes. Read the defense and then make the appropriate breaks. Something which could help him if the Pats take him. "I have a good feel for the offense as a whole," Burbridge said. "What Connor sees, the line and what it’s doing, everything. I didn’t have that before." If you want to play for the Pats you have to see what Brady sees.

He is a physical WR with strong hands, and has excellent ball skills. "It’s a huge jump [from last year], it sure has been fun to watch," WRs coach Terry Samuel said. "He's kind of following the Lippett plan. Lippett figured out that what you really have to do is spend time with Connor. Now Burb is spending time with Connor [so he sees what Conner sees]. I really started noticing it a lot just a couple weeks ago, and you see what happens. The perspective of the quarterback helps a lot." But he is not a special athlete who is ultra fast or quick. He will go late in Day Three.

He is one of the smartest WR in a pro style system. "Identifying fronts, blitzes, protections, stuff that I think other schools with different offenses aren’t really taught," his QB Cook said. "I really don’t know spread offenses, if they teach protections, if they teach blitzes, if they teach hot [reads], stuff that we’re very familiar with, that we’re comfortable with doing. Changing plays on our own, not looking to the sideline and having the coaches put us in a play. It's on our shoulders." He has the mental skills to play in the Pats system. But he doesn't have elite movement skills.

If could find that chemistry with Brady he would be a welcome addition. "I have a good feel for the offense as a whole, what Connor sees, the line and what it’s doing, everything," Burbridge said. "I didn’t have that before." You have to see the game Brady's way. "My confidence is at an all-time high,” he said, “and the chemistry I have with Connor is at an all-time high." His experience working with Conner Cook makes him a prime option for the Pats.

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