2018 Player Ratings. Part I.

Updated 11/11

Very early short list of 2018 player prospects. This is a very strange Draft. It was suppose to be the year of the QB, but this Draft is quickly becoming the year of the RB. I have five RBs that I would complain if they ended up in the 1st Round. PLus, the Pats are loaded with top picks, and could end up with three picks in the top 64. The top edgerushers from last season have both dropped fo to bad seasons, and Chubb has emerged as the best player in this Draft.

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

POS

School

1

*Bradley Chubb- 6-4, 275, #9

DE 

NC State

09/27: He is one of the top three football players I've seen this season. He has been unblockable rushing the quarterback. Edgerusher is a much more important position than RB, or otherwise he might be third on my list. 

08/17: He made the decision to come back and get his degree. "I’m very happy about this decision because I know coming back to NC State is the best thing for me," Chubb said. "I prayed about it and know that I’m supposed to stay. I have personal goals; being first-team All-ACC and All-American, that I haven’t accomplished yet. But more importantly I want to help our team accomplish our goals. We have some unfinished business and I can’t wait to get back on the field with my Wolfpack brothers and get to work." That is a tough thing for a kid to do, and you have to respect that.

He is such a great athlete that he will line up standing up, and drop into coverage, and cover the TE slanting over the middle. "Nothing could have made our new year happier than the call from Chubb to tell me he wanted to return to NC State," NC State HC Dave Doeren said. "On the field, he is a special player, a game changer and a difference maker. Off the field he’s a great leader and a great teammate." He lines up on both sides of the line standing up, but usually with a hand down. 

Terrific inside power to run over the OG on a stunt inside. "People who say 'take the money and run' aren’t really in your corner," Chubb said. "My mom and my dad, my brother and my auntie let me make the decision. At the end of the day, you have to make your own decision. You’re the one that has to live with it." He has some heavy hands that can jolt the TE back a yard with just an initial shove as he moves inside.
Great job using his leg explosion and hands right off the snap. "I try not to think about injuries at all," Chubb said. "It comes with the game. If it happens or doesn’t happen, I have trust in my faith." He will line up inside at 3 and 4-Tech. 
He will lined up inside at DT and rush on the ORG sometimes. "Here’s what you’d make if you were drafted this year, in his case he was [rated] as the fifth defensive end," Doeren said. "Here’s what that fifth guy made last year, and here is what the four guys in front of him made. But if you go from the fifth to the first [in 2018], you’ll make another $20 million. That’s a pretty easy business decision if you believe in the team you’re on, and he does. The best part of his decision for me was the defensive line wants to play together for their senior year. Bradley wants to finish what he started." He is mostly an edge rusher.
He can be unstoppable rushing the edge. "My confidence in the guys on this team brought me back" Chubb said. "We push each other to another level. I feel another year with these guys will push me to another level." Great technique, great hands, great bend, and great explosion.
AS A SENIOR (2017): Named one of the top returnees for 2017 by Pro Football Focus. Ranks 12th in school history with 34 career tackles for loss. His 16 career sacks rank 10th on the all-time list.
AS A JUNIOR (2016): Ended the season ranked fourth in the FBS in tackles for loss (22) and second in the ACC. He was the national leader at the end of the regular season. 22 tackles for loss was the second-best mark in school history. Only No. 1 NFL draft pick Mario Williams had more in a season for the Pack. Ranked fourth in the league and 19th nationally in sacks (10.5). That mark tied for third on the Wolfpack single-season list. Named the team’s Defensive MVP for 2016. A third-team All-ACC performer. Had a season high four TFLs in the win at Syracuse. Named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the Notre Dame win and was a second-team All-ACC performer. Elected a team captain for the season. Chosen to wear Mario Williams’ honored No. 9 jersey. Added 25 lbs in the past year. Named to the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2015): Started every game at defensive end, he was the second-leading tackler on the squad with 69 stops, ranked second in tackles for loss (12) and in sacks (5.5). Co-recipient of the team’s Carey Brewbaker Award for defensive lineman of the year. Named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the Boston College game after he led the team in tackles with nine in the win. He also tallied five tackles for loss - tied as the 10th best mark in school history. Team leader for 2015 with three forced fumbles. Moved to defensive end during 2015 spring drills and quickly moved up the depth chart

9.9 

2

*Saquon Barkley- 5-11, 223, #26, (U) 4.33, 38" Vert, 10'10" Broad, 

RB 

Penn State

10/2027: He is the second best prospect I have seen this season. "Everyone wants to talk about him jumping over people, but the guy that he is off the field, he's a really good dude," Penn ST TE Mike Gesicki said. "He takes time of out of his day when people want to talk to him. He's not brushing them off. He's handled all the success that he's had very well." His combination of Combine numbers, skills, and talent is incredible. 

His speed and explosion out of the backfield is as good as I've seen. "When I tried to tackle Saquon (in practice), he broke out of the tackle and scored a touchdown," Penn St FS Marcus Allen said. "I tried to go low on him. When we were hustling back to the huddle, he was like, 'Hey, you knew I could have hurdled you, right?'" Before this season he was tested at Penn ST (and the stats are always exaggerated at the College).

These were the alleged result: 400 Bench, 600-Squat, 4.33 40, 4.00-agility drill, 38" Vert, Broad=10'10". "It just gets you better," Allen said. "Going against the level of competition in practice everyday is really good. Now it helps for other backs that may be as good as Saquon. If you can go against or cover Saquon in practice everyday. It's not rocket science you're going to get better." He ran an off tackle play, where he ran around the DE, and then accelerated impossibly for 10 more yards. 

I would take him with the first pick no problem. "He's a great back. He can do a lot of things, especially in the pass game, which is different for the Big Ten, to be honest," Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards said. "You have to get a lot of bodies to the ball, because he's going to make people miss and break some tackles. I think he's got a lot of weapons in front of him, which makes it easier for him." He runs over guys, and makes guys miss with speed to the outside.

08/2017: Elite speed for a 220-230 pound Back. "Our coaching staff and our strength staff did a really good job pushing me," Barkley said. "I gained weight this year. I'm at 230 now. I feel faster. I ran a faster 40 than I did last year in the past. That's something I wanted to really add to my game because I feel like, when you do the weight room, it really translates to the football field." Elite shake and COD.
He also lined up in the slot and outside at WR. "I feel that Coach Franklin will agree that I'm capable of being lined up in the slot," Barkley said. "Being able to run routes. I do feel like I'm capable to do a lot with the ball in my hand in space, and I just want to continue to grow in that area." He can do anything he wants on the field. 
Plus, everyone just keeps complimenting his character as well. "I think when your best players are your best teammates and your hardest working guys, it sets the tone for the whole organization," Penn St HC Franklin said. "In a lot of ways, Saquon has been that way since the day he stepped on campus." Too perfect a prospect to be believed.

Career: Is the only player in Penn State history and just the fourth in Big Ten student-athlete to gain 3,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a career...The lone Nittany Lion with rush and reception of 80-plus yards in a career...Became the seventh player in Penn State history to reach 3,000 yards rushing in a career...Ranks No. 3 on Penn State's career rushing list with 3,329 yards, trailing Curt Warner (3,398; 1979-82) for No. 2...Is just the eighth player in Penn State history with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons...Sits No. 4 on the career rushing touchdowns chart (33), one behind Ki-Jana Carter (34; 1992-94) for the No. 3 spot...Ranks tied for No. 8 with 13 career 100-yard games (five in 2015, five in 2016, three in 2017), including three 200-yard efforts (two in 2016, one in 2017)...Owns the career record for receiving yards by a running back with 1,011 yards, passing Tony Hunt's mark of 799 yards (2003-06) vs. Georgia State (9/16/17), doing so with 26 fewer receptions.

9.9

3

*Brice Love-  6', 202, #5, 

RB

Stanford

10/2017: He is the third best player I've seen this season (maybe the first;). "What separates Bryce for me is the yards after contact," Stanford HC David Shaw said. "Whereas you’ve got bigger backs around the nation that are physical guys that bounce off and make big plays, nobody’s doing what Bryce has done this year, which is lead the nation in yards after contact. A lot of his big runs. Some of them are well-blocked and everybody’s blocked, and a lot of them aren't. He’s running through an arm tackle. He’s making a guy miss. He’s coming up on a safety, and making a guy miss , and accelerating and going full-speed, like he did against Arizona State, like he did against Utah." Elite speed, with much more power in his legs than you'd think from a high school sprinter.  

McCaffrey was a runningback that ran like a sprinter, while Love is a sprinter who runs like a runningback. "The big thing with it . and Christian had the same thing . just always believe, have that belief," Love said. "I'm not big with numbers and stuff like that but why not come in and have however many yards? The big thing with me and him is just we always wanted to win." Love is better than Christian, who was the 8th pick in the Draft.

He is not just fast, he is faster than McCaffrey, he is faster than everybody. "We all knew he had blazing speed, even his freshman year," WR Arcega-Whiteside said. "We all saw the potential in him. Having guys like Christian in front of him for Bryce to take notes on is a pretty good role model." He is also tough to bring down, because he is built so low and wide, like Barry Sanders (that's right I said Barry Sanders).

"Those are plays that nobody else in America is making. Not just, 'Oh, he got hit and he dragged the guy for five yards.' He’s done that, too, but a lot of his big runs have come when he should be, quote-unquote, tackled," Shaw said. "And not only does he make more yards, he actually scores touchdowns. And those are the plays that change games. Those are the plays that make him, to me, special. And make him unique in college football right now.” 

He does a good job getting into position to pick up the blitzer. Great quick adjustments on the second level to make LBs miss. He has a great quick twitch to the outside that freezes LB and DBs on the 2nd and 3rd levels. He can get low and cut the LB blitzing up the middle. Elite speed that makes guys miss outside, just because they cannot close the angle. 

He broke McCaffrey's single game rushing record against UCLA. "He's got so much speed and so much explosion, we all know this was going to happen," coach Shaw said. "How many yards and what people say, you never know. But we knew he was a running back and we knew he was going to get the tough yards. All he needed was carries." After five games he was still averaging an impossible 11.1 YPC. 

 

9.9

4

*Sam Darnold- 6-4, 225, RS-Soph

QB

USC

08/2017: I would be shocked if Darnell is not the first pick in the Draft by the Jets in the 2018 Draft. He came off the bench in the first three games last season, and got his first start against Utah. He got better and better as the season went on. He had maybe the best game of any college QB last season, when also considering pomp and circumstance, in the Rose ball, "Rose Bowl Offensive Player of the Game against Penn State as he set Rose Bowl records with 5 passing TDs and 473 total yards of offense; he was 33-of-53 passing for 453 yards overall in the game (all were career highs and second most ever in a Rose Bowl), including 10-of-10 for 135 yards in the fourth quarter as he engineered 2 long touchdowns drives in the final 9 minutes to tie the score." He was spectacular in that game.

He kept bringing them back over and over as neither defense could stop either offense. "But he found a way,” Helton said about the Rose Bowl. “Man, does that define the guy. He gets us out of trouble so many times that you don’t even see. You take it for granted, absolutely." I saw it, and so did every NFL evaluator. 

He has a lot to like, and a lot to improve on. "The biggest thing for me is the decision making," Helton said. "Not to say he’s a gunslinger, but there’s probably three or four times last year that I know he wanted the ball back." 

He was so good at the end of last season that it is easy to forget that he only started . "He’s not a finished product," USC HC Clay Helton said. "But he is special. He is special. And whatever it is, he has it. There’s no question. 

He has great accuracy, and a knack for putting the ball on the opposite shoulder as the CB. "He’s so creative, I get so nervous sometimes even worrying about mechanics," Helton said. "His core is so strong and he can make every throw on the field. His anticipation, his timing and then the use of his core. He’s not a guy that has to wind up, the ball comes out so quick. He doesn’t even have to take a step. He’s unbelievable at it." 
USC Overview: 2017: The poised-beyond-his-years Darnold, known for his quick release, accuracy and mobility, enters his second season as USC’s starting quarterback as a leading Heisman Trophy contender as just a sophomore in 2017 after earning national accolades in his 2016 rookie showing.2016: Darnold proved to be among the top quarterbacks in the nation as just a redshirt freshman in 2016. His insertion into the starting lineup in the fourth game of 2016 gave the USC offense a spark as the Trojans won the final 9 games of the season. Overall in 2016 while appearing in all 13 games and starting the last 10, he completed 246-of-366 passes (67.2%) for 3,086 yards with 31 TDs and 9 interceptions, plus 62 carries for 250 yards (4.0 avg) with 2 TDs and 3 tackles.
2016 Overview: He is the only USC quarterback in history to have back-to-back 5 passing TD games (Arizona and California in 2016). He threw multiple TD passes in 9 straight games, the most by a Trojan since Matt Leinart’s 15 in 2003-04. He was ninth nationally in passing efficiency (161.1, second in Pac-12), 10th in completion percentage (.672, second in Pac-12) and 13th in passing TDs (31, fourth in Pac-12). He was second in the nation in ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (86.8), behind only Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. In his 10 starts, he threw 29 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions. Among freshmen quarterbacks, he was first nationally in passing efficiency (161.1), completion percentage (.672), TD passes (31) and yards per attempt (8.4). His 31 TDs in 2016 is a USC freshman season record. His 250 rushing yards in 2016 are the most in a season by a USC quarterback since Reggie Perry’s 254 in 1991. He already is 15th on USC’s career passing list with 246 completions (he also is tied for 10th on Troy’s season passing chart with those 246 completions). His 3,336 yards of total offense in 2016 is eighth on USC’s season list and 20th on USC’s career list.

9.8 QB

5

*Harold Landry- 6-3, 250, #7

Edgerusher

BC 

09/2017: He is the best returning player from last season. A one man passrusher who has been being held back by his coaches for some unknown reason. He struggled early, and was taken out of the starting lineup, but he kept hitting the QB. 

08/2017: He decided to come back to school for his Senior season, after he lead the NCAA in sacks. "I wanted to make sure that when I go to the NFL that I was actually ready to play," Landry said. "I don't want to be just a 3rd [down rusher]. I want to prove that I'm an every-down player, and I want to make sure when I go to the NFL I can actually contribute to the team and that I'm ready to produce at that level. I don't want to be just another developing player. I want to be ready to go when I get there, and coming back with Coach Pasqualoni and Coach Reid definitely gives me the best chance to be that player." He is a true student athlete.

He will graduate from BC next year. "It was important for me to finish what I started at Boston College," Landry said. "To prove that I have the talent and drive to be a 1st-round draft pick and to earn my degree from one of the nation's premier academic institutions" He also has the bend of Von Miller.

He not was tops in Sacks, he also lead the NCAA in FF with 7. "Our team has a special chemistry and I am so excited to know I will have one more season to play with my teammates," Landry said. "I really believe in what Coach Addazio is building here and look forward to help this team compete for a championship." He was also named an All-American by guys who actually watched the games.
He was one-man passrush for most games in 2016. "We are so excited to have Harold back for his senior season and know that he will be able to leave BC with an outstanding degree," BC HC Steve Addazio. "Harold is a tremendous leader with his senior class that came to BC to help us compete for a championship. We look forward to see him continue to grow and develop as he works himself into a potential first-round draft pick in 2018. The sky is the limit with his potential." He has elite hands and maybe the best first step in this Draft.

He will end up as the best passrusher from a school who had some good ones. "I mean, best-case scenario, [I] leave here with the all-time sack record," Landry said. "But also with that scenario, our team exceeding the success we had last season with going to a Bowl Game. I think this year with our schedule, we have a lot of marquee match-ups that will help us showcase the work we've put in this whole off-season. And I think our schedule just sets up perfectly for us to be able to showcase the talent we have here at BC." If he slips out of the top five, he will be the steal of the Draft.

11/2016: Landry now has forced five fumbles to go along with his 9 Sacks. "He was a really good player," BC HC Steve Addazio said. "Al Washington on our staff recruited Harold, established a physical relationship with Harold. People came back in on Harold, but I thought we had such a strong relationship, Al did, that we were able to maintain that and be able to sign Harold here. He's a fantastic player. He was a really outstanding player in high school, and he's very explosive. He's developing at a high level. I think Coach Pasqualoni has really helped to take his game to the next level right now, and I think just doing a great, great job. Yeah, every once in a while you're able to go in and get involved with a really good athlete and hang on, and that's the beautiful thing about football. You know, there's great players everywhere." He is leading the nation.

He showed it all to start the 3rd quarter against NC ST. He started off lining up outside the OLT. He shot forward low and level, and nobody blocked him. The OLT blocked down on the DT. The coach who chose to not block Harold Landry on any play, in any game this year, should be fired. Because he is basically doing it all alone in the rush. BC doesn't have a whiff of another threat in the rush. He angled forward into the backfield. He saw the handoff to the RB, and altered his course straight down the line behind the OLT. He dipped all the way around the OLT, who was being pushed back by the DT, and dived into the RB a yard deep in the backfield. He fell forward for a yard.

"I think Wagner was the first time he really started looking like his old self," Addazio said. "Harold missed most of training camp and he was delayed getting back. It took time for him to start getting his legs back and his competitive technique back. Now he’s starting to get himself into the playing shape that we’d hoped he’d be at."

On the next play, he lined up at 9-Tech outside the ORT. The last play he was a little more smooth and in control as he read the RB. This time he blasted off on 3rd and 4, in two strides he was at the ORT's outside shoulder. He got low and dipped under him. He took a big hit as he tried to rip past, and was tackled to the ground. But as he was being tackled he reached up with one hand and grabbed the back of the QB's shirt, at the bottom. He pulled him backwards as he threw, and pulled him to the ground. The QB completed the pass for 25-yards and the 1st, but the ref called holding on the ORT for Landry.

"I’m naturally a pretty good athlete," Landry said. "But to be a really effective pass rusher you have to work at your craft every day. I think most of those (pass rushing) skills have to be developed. That’s why I’m out here every day trying to get better."

On 3rd and 14, he lined up at 9-Tech again outside the ORT. He blasted off, and the ORT stepped outside this time instead of kicksliding back, and shoved him back. Landry grabbed his arms and shoved them down. He was way outside now, and the ORG turned back in a panic to double him. He shed the ORT with his hands and dipped under him, and he was even with the QB. He turned with elite agility, leverage, and COD, and burst forward in a straight line past the ORG. He dived on the QB and knocked the ball out for a game changing strip sack. The QB ducked a little and jammed the ball into his gut. Landry grabbed him by the shoulder and spun him around and the ball dropped out on the turf, and the DT who rushed up the middle jumped on it.

"He’s just one of the great college football coaches in history. It was surreal and I was very appreciative of the time he spent with me," Landry tweeted about Mack Brown after Clemson loss. "It has been frustrating. Ultimately, at the end of the day the most important thing is that won-loss column."

That was three straight elite plays, of not just getting into the backfield, but making game changing plays in the backfield. If he is available when the Pats pick, they have to take him to replace Mr. Jones as their Number One Rusher that other teams have to adjust their blocking schemes for. He is not just unstoppable bursting up field. He finds the ball in the backfield and makes plays.

10/2016: He got into the backfield better than anyone else last year, he just wasn't hitting the QB. "I appreciated all the congratulations, but at the end we didn't win and that was the ultimate goal," Landry said. "It [his player of week award in 2015] surprised me. There's a lot of great talent on defense in the ACC. So I appreciate the award and I'm proud of it. I really have to thank our defensive line coach, coach Albert. He really pushes me hard every day in practice because he knows what I'm capable of and he won't let me become complacent." He was named ACC defensive player of the week against FLA ST in 2015 after garnering 4.5 TFLs and 1.5 Sacks.
He is showing that he does have that knack for hitting the quarterback this year, big time! "I think he's really helped us in our pass rush," BC HC Steve Addazio said. "Last year, we did not have a very good four-man pass rush. We had to create a pass rush with blitzes. We still blitz, but we can also create a four-man pass rush with Harold off the edge. He's more physically mature. He's mentally more mature and he's just starting to come into his own. We're starting to feel the benefit of that right now." He has turned his knack for tackling the RB in the backfield, into a knack for hitting the quarterback.
NOTES: Set the Boston College single-season record with 16.5 sacks in 2016 ... third in BC record books with 21.0 career sacks ... 39.0 career tackles-for-loss rank fourth in BC history while 22 in 2016 was second all-time in one season.
2015 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 12 games, making 11 starts, including the final nine games of the 2015 season … recorded 60 tackles, including 37 solo stops, to go along with 15.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery … earned All-ACC honorable mention honors from the league’s coaches … a member of the BC defense that was ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense (254.3 yards per game) … was tied for 27th nationally with three forced fumbles … in the ACC, was tied for fourth in forced fumbles and tied for eighth with 15.5 tackles for a loss … recorded his first career sack, part of 1.5 tackles for a loss (12 yards), and forced two fumbles against Maine (Sept. 5) … notched a career-high 11 tackles (seven solo) – including 4.5 tackles for a loss (27 yards) and 1.5 sacks against No. 9/6 Florida State (Sept. 18), earning ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors … added five tackles against Northern Illinois (Sept. 26) and six tackles at Duke (Oct. 3) … in addition to his five tackles at Louisville (Oct. 24), he also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble with a 34-yard return … two of his seven tackles against Virginia Tech (Oct. 31) were for a loss … added five tackles (4-1) vs. NC State (Nov. 7) and six tackles at Syracuse (Nov. 28)...Tallied six solo tackles, including four TFLs and two sacks against Florida State (Nov. 11) ... also added his sixth forced fumble of the season at FSU.

9.9X

6

*Minkah Fitzpatrick- 6-1, 202, #29

CB/FS 

Alabama 

10/2017: He is the most versatile player in this Draft. "The fact that he can play all six positions in the secondary allows you a little flexibility to kind of see who the other guys are," Alabaman DC Jeremy Pruitt said.
He will even line up in the box like an LB and make plays. "It's really unique to have a guy that's as smart as he is, [and] has a good understanding of the game that really can play all those positions," Saban said. "I think the goal is to get the best four guys, the best five guys on the field in the best positions that will give us the best opportunity to have a chance to be successful in the back end. Minkah can play either place [CB or Safety] extremely well. So based on how the other players develop will probably determine to a large degree how they end up playing." What has impressed me the most this season is his play at CB.
I think he is their best Corner, as well as their free Safety. "Coach thinks I am versatile and I think I am pretty versatile, too," Fitzpatrick said. "I can play multiple positions and he trusts me to do that. I am just out there wherever Coach needs me to play at. [Friday] I played all corner yesterday. Then, the day before that, I was playing safety and corner." Plus, he can cover TEs out of the slot like Chung.
He makes plays in Cover One. "He pretty much can do everything in my eyes," Averett said. "Put him at corner, safety, Star, wherever you want to put Minkah he can play. Wherever Saban wants to play him or wherever he wants to experiment with him, he's willing to do that." He is a great blitzer off the edge.
He is the true leader of that defense. "Minkah is a really hard worker," Saban said. "He's a bright guy. He's a smart guy. He's a very instinctive player. When I talk about discipline and eye control, looking at the right things, understanding what the other team is trying to do so you put yourself in the best position to take advantage of it, he probably does that as well as anybody that we have on defense. I think that he ends up making plays because of it." You can see him giving checks and setting up the defense all game long.

2017 (Junior): Regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the nation ... ranks third on the team in tackles with 32 while adding 4.5 tackles for loss (-21 yards) and contributing one sack (-12 yards) ... recorded four pass breakups, a pair of quarterback hurries, one interception, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal to his stats ... tabbed as a First Team Midseason All-American by the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated as well as a Midseason All-American by USA Today, ESPN.com, CBSsports.com and TheAthletic.com ... selected as a First Team Preseason All-American by six different outlets ... named to Watch Lists for the Bednarik, Paul Hornung, Maxwell and Thorpe Awards along with the Lott IMPACT and Nagurski Trophies ... also chosen to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Preseason Watch List ... his off-the-field efforts were also recognized as he was selected as an AFCA Good Works Team nominee and added to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List ... earned Bednarik, Lott IMPACT and Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play at Texas A&M ... also selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in College Station ... earned special teams player of the week honors from the Alabama coaching staff for his play against Florida State and at Texas A&M and defensive player of the week from the coaches after the Ole Miss and Texas A&M games. Florida State: Wrapped up the night with five tackles, including half a tackle for loss (-1 yard) ... added a field goal block on the final play of the first half to help Alabama maintain its lead at the break ... his efforts earned him special teams player of the week honors from the UA staff. Fresno State: Totaled two tackles in the Tide secondary. Colorado State: Tied for second on the team with six stops against the Rams ... added his first pass breakup of the season by night’s end. Vanderbilt: Made an impact all over the field ... notched two tackles while registering a career-high two quarterback hurries ... also matched his career mark for pass breakups with two ... captained a Tide defense that limited the Commodores to only 78 total yards of offense and just three first downs. Ole Miss: Finished with a career-high eight tackles on the night ... added two tackles for loss (-17 yards), including one sack (-12 yards) ... led a Tide secondary that held the Rebels to only 165 yards passing, well below their season average of 427 yards entering the contest ... earned defensive player of the week honors from the Alabama coaches for his efforts. Texas A&M: Selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week and earned Bednarik, Lott IMPACT and Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play against the Aggies ... also recognized by the UA coaches as a player of the week on both defense and special teams ... collected five tackles with two for a loss (-3 yards) ... forced one fumble, broke up a pass and picked off his first pass of the season ... the interception came at the Alabama 1-yard line to keep the Aggies off the board late in the game ... helped limit A&M to 308 yards of total offense and just 19 points, well below its season average entering the contest. Arkansas: Totaled four tackles against the Razorbacks ... his play was key in limiting the Hogs to only nine points and just 227 yards of total offense.

9.9

7

**Derwin James-  6-3, 211, #3, 

FS/LB

Florida ST

08/2016:  He plays Cover One Safety sometime, which is just incredible for a guy his size. Some think he can play on offense as well. "Yeah, he could do that," Jimbo Fisher said. "He could go out there and run, catch a pass, run a reverse. He could do anything." Including his HC.

He missed most of last season with a knee injury. "It means so much, considering last year," James said. "I didn't get to be out there. It's going to be great." They will open the season against Alabama.

He can come up from Cover One, and get in on a tackle at the LOS, which is incredible. "That means it's possible for you to do that. What he's got to do is take possible and make it probable," Fisher said. "You have to do that by performing and practicing every week, being detail oriented and not worrying about that and just playing the game." He can come out of coverage and devastate the QB when he takes off. He hurts guys when he hits them.

He plays Cover Two, and will come up fast enough to stop the 1st down when a WR catches the ball in front of him. "I haven’t done anything yet," James said. "I’ve only played in 11 games. I still feel like I have some improvement. It’s great to have that. But I feel like I haven’t reached my full potential yet. So I just have to play." Great tackler when he plays Slot CB, and the WR catches the ball in front of him. " He has played very well so far this season.

He will get over aggressive sometimes. "You’ve seen him," WR Auden Tate said. "He’s a freak of nature. He can do anything" Covers in the slot like a CB. Elite at finding the ball carrier in the open field. He can use his hands to punch off the double team blockers. 

He is vastly inexperienced, do to his injury last year, but does look like a guy who can anything he wants on the field. "I love the ball," James said. " It’s all about the ball. If coach wants to put it in my hands, I’m gonna take care of it." Even play on offense. 
2016: Arguably the nation’s top defensive player, suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee against Charleston Southern in Week 2…missed the rest of the season following the injury and received a redshirt…collected ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors after totaling a team-best eight tackles and his first career interception against No. 11 Ole Miss in the season-opening comeback win…interception came on Rebels’ quarterback Chad Kelly – one of the nation’s top signal-callers…named a preseason All-American by nearly every publication…remained a team leader and traveled on nearly every road trip despite the injury.

9.9X

8

*Christian Wilkins- 6-4, 297, #42

DT 

Clemson 

07/2017: Super athlete freak who played mostly DE last season, but dominated when he was able to get snaps inside at DT. "My strength is just as good as it has ever been so I’m even stronger," Wilkins said. "I got stronger this summer. So I can play at it. I just wanted to be at a good healthy weight so I could last really." He is a scary athlete who just got scarier.

As an oversized D-end he incredibly set a Clemson record for DLs with 10 PBU last season, and is now lighter and quicker. "I definitely feel it," Wilkins said. "At the tail end of the season I was at 310 or 315, and now at 297. I’m not as gassed out there. I’m running and I’m feeling good. I’m running like a gazelle, or something out there. So I’m definitely feeling good and seeing the difference." Seriously, that is just scary.

He was great on the edge last season at 315. "It’s been everything I dreamed of, everything I could have hoped for,” said Wilkins, a 6-4, 310-pound junior. “I won a national championship. But I was also challenged off the field. I’ll get a degree in December. I have great teammates challenging me to be my best on the field and off the field as well." Plus, he scored a TD on offense last season. 

He ran for a TD off a fake punt. "It’s about not just filling your [incoming] class, but getting the right guys," Swinney said about Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence. "Guys who fit your culture. Who love football. Guys you don’t have to chase into the weight room. Guys who pursue excellence in everything they do." He also blocked a field goal, and now he's lighter and more explosive?

Everyone seems to think he will move inside to DT, but he was a DE-edgerusher last season. "I’m quicker, I’m faster and I’m still strong," Wilkins said after losing 15-18 pounds this off season. "I’m comfortable at 297 right now. It gives me the ability to play wherever and to play a lot of snaps." He is good at setting the edge.

But he will get over aggressive sometimes and charge the QB or RB. "We wouldn’t have gotten Christian Wilkins seven years ago," Swinney said. "Now, we’ve got some results that we can share: The academic success, the athletic success. We can say, 'That's what we do.'" Now he just has to turn that elite talent into Sacks. 

2017 Outlook: One of the nation's most versatile defensive linemen, having started at end as a sophomore after playing tackle his first season ... one of Clemson’s most popular players ... has 140 tackles, 17.5 for loss and 5.5 sacks in 1,159 career snaps over 30 games (16 starts).

Game by Game: Started in place of Austin Bryant at Auburn and responded with 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup ... defensive player of the game by the coaches ... had six tackles and two pass breakups against Troy, while recording a touchdown reception out of the Tigers’ jumbo package ... first defensive lineman in Clemson history to score a touchdown out of an offensive formation ... had three-yard sack against SC State ... posted tackle for loss at Georgia Tech and was big reason the Tigers held Yellow Jackets to just 124 total yards ... posted a tackle for loss and pass breakup in win over No. 3 Louisville ... returned successfully to his home state in the 56-10 win at Boston College; he tallied eight tackles, including two for loss and a sack, in front of over 100 family and friends ... blocked a field goal and converted a fake punt for a first down with a 10-yard rush in win over NC State ... had 1.5 tackles for loss at Florida State ... had a tackle for loss in 39 snaps at Wake Forest ... had two pass breakups in win over South Carolina ... had a tackle for loss and recovered fumble against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl ... posted two pass breakups and three pressures against Alabama in the National Championship Game.

9.8

9

*Arden Key- 6-6, 255-265, #49

Edgerusher

LSU

09/2017: He is the second best passrusher returning from last season, but he also took a strange little vacation this offseason  for some unknown reason. NFL teams will be investigating that rigorously. He returned to the team, and has not been the player he was last season.

08/2017: There is some trouble in paradise, Key took off from the program past season for "Personal reasons". "I expect him to be back in summer school in June,:" LSU HC Ed Orgeron said. "Doing very well. Still has things he’s working on." It made a lot of people at LSU very nervous. 

He has also gained over 25-pounds of muscle since January, and has had some personal problems since. "It was something he wanted to do, he needed to do," Orgeron said. "He’s up to 255 right now. Looks good." There is usually a reason fro that combination of happenings. 

So you have to tag him with some Character Concerns until it is all cleared up. "Arden's been around, so I've seen Arden," LSU DC Dave Aranda said. "Arden's looking good. We get back together next week with a full staff. I anticipate at that time that we'll hear about Arden's direction and where he's going and whether he'll be with us or not. I'm very hopeful that he will be. I think we have a defense with Arden and a defense without Arden. There's two very separate entities there. I'm pulling for the one with." His disappearing act caused a lot of worries. 

But he finally returned in June. "Arden had shoulder surgery and everything went as planned," Orgeron said. "We are looking forward to having Arden rejoin the team." With no further explanation. Yikes.

Miss-He is so good that I have to concentrate on not watching him, because he is not eligible. Elite passrusher. He might be the best edgerusher in the FBS right now. I'm not sure, with Garrett and Smoot on the field. But I do know he is the most likely going to be the best edgerusher next year, and in the 2018 Draft..
Louisville- He needs to get bigger and play a little lower. They will line up him up off the line sometimes, and he can read the run and go and get the RB at the line. Likes blast off , and he used that great initial burst to get a Safety against Louisville.
Auburn-He can line up on the strong side and chase the QB to the opposite side of the field and sack him. This kid has a chance to be special. He had two sacks against Auburn and was unbelievable running up field and sacking the QB. Great length and speed for destroying O-tackles and hitting the quarterback. 
Alabama-He can hold up to the double team by two TE, and not give up an inch on the edge to allow his team mates to make the tackle. Plays stronger than his thin frame and weight would indicate. Reminds me a lot of Jason Taylor.

Overview: Made the transition to linebacker under defensive coordinator Dave Aranda ... Flourished with 56 total tackles and 14.5 tackles for loss ... Rangy, explosive athlete with a quick first step ... Set the single-season sacks record with 12 during his sophomore season ... Earned selection to the Bednarik, Maxwell, Butkus and Walter Camp award preseason watch lists.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2016): School record holder with 12 single-season sacks... Led the squad with 14.5 tackles for loss ... Finished sixth on the team with 56 total tackles ... Also tied for fifth on the team in solo tackles with 24 ... Recorded two sacks for 16 yards in the Citrus Bowl to take the record ... Also logged six tackles against the Cardinals ... Captured LSU's first safety since 2012 in the Citrus Bowl after sacking Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, the first in a bowl for the Tigers since the 1974 Orange Bowl against Penn State ... Named first team All-SEC by the media and second team All-SEC by the coaches ... Logged a sack in nine of the 11 contests that he played ... Matched his career high in both tackles and tackles for loss against Florida where he compiled eight tackles and two tackles for loss ... Logged one sack at Arkansas ... Recovered his first fumble of the season, which was forced by Frank Herron, for his second career recovery and also compiled five tackles against Alabama ... Moved into the top-10 in single season sacks after dropping Ole Miss' Chad Kelly for a loss of four yards ... Registered five tackles, two quarterback hits and his first pass breakup of the season against Southern Miss ... Earned a sack against Missouri and also recorded three tackles ... Had a monster of a game at Auburn where he finished the evening with six tackles, three quarterback hurries, 1.5 sacks and forced his second fumble of the season, which was picked up by Davon Godchaux ... Picked up a huge sack and forced a fumble that was recovered by Godchaux on 4th and 8 with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter against Mississippi State as the Tigers were clinging to the 23-20 lead ... Totaled his third-consecutive game with a sack and tied his career high with two sacks against Mississippi State .... Recorded a sack against Jacksonville State ... Tallied six tackles and registered a career-high two sacks against Wisconsin.

9.8X

 CC

10

*Josh Allen- 6-5, 233, #17

QB 

Wyoming 

07/2017: I Don't now a lot about this kid, other than he is wildly inconsistent. But NFL guys love him. He can take a big hit, and get up and complete a pass on the next down. He plays on a terribly talented team. He is not a top ten prospect talent wise. But he is a QB in a League desperate for QBs. If he can improve like Carson Wentz did his last season at North Dakota ST, he will go top five. 

He has a great arm. "I watched the draft, and I know that Josh did, too, because he was looking at the guys coming out," Craig Bohl, who coached Wentz at North Dakota, said. "And Josh is an intense competitor and he's got a great deal of confidence and his perspective is that he's going to be better than all of them [drafted in 2017], and there is a case in point to be made in his argument, and with his physical skill set, I would say that." He has the size and athleticism to be a great one.

It is all about upstairs for this kid. "Josh is really a good young man, with a great values system, and he's confident," Bohl said. "But you're talking about a 20-year-old farm kid from Firebaugh, California. It's not like this is L.A. It's out there in the middle of [nowhere]." Does he have it mentally? 

The good news is that he plays under center, and is playing in an offense has the same basic principles that Wentz played in. "I told our SID to get ready, because things are changing," Bohl said. "It's not quite just going to be the Casper Star-Tribune that's talking about us now." He does go under center, but is playing mostly shotgun this season. 

He will turn his back to the defense on play action. "But his production, he does have to improve on a few of those things," Bohl said. "And he loves the University of Wyoming and his parents love the University of Wyoming, and that's why he came back. And it'll be a fun, fun ride this next year with him." He has to turn back to the defense and read the safety.  

They will run the ball in power formations. "We were excited about it when we signed him," Bohl said. "But I could see some other people say, ‘OK, he’s from a small town. He’s played one year at a junior college that was kind of off the beaten path. There’s 20 other guys (like him) out there.’ Yeah, I don’t think so. I think we got a special player."
He can roll out of the pocket and make accurate, if not great, throws on the move.

He has a great quick release. "He was doing things with a 6-foot-3, 180-pound body that if he ever gets to 220, he’s going to be the most dangerous QB on the planet," his high school HC Bill Magnusson said. "And I’m sure they thought I was trying to sell them a car, but I’m not that guy. I’m a Christian guy. I wasn’t trying to sell them anything. I was telling them what I actually believed he could do." He has a rocket arm. It is all about the mind, consistency, and accuracy for this kid.

Plus, he plays with a chip on his shoulder. "It was very frustrating having coaches overlook you," Allen said. "And it still fuels me every day that multiple coaches have done that. I come out every game with the same mentality: 'I don’t like your team. You didn’t recruit me.'" Now, it is all on him. 

He needs a lot of work on his feet. "If you’re a year-round football guy, you’re only competing for three months, and in college, let’s face it, you’d better be ready to compete from August to January," Magnusson said. "So as much as blocking or catching or any of those individual skills are habits, so is competition, and if you’re used to competing and giving your best all throughout the year and you get to college and that’s what they expect, you’re ready to go." He gets lazy with his feet sometimes.

When he doesn't move his feet after the snap, his passes are terrible. "We had a great pitching coach at the time, who was my head coach in high school, and he did a great job with him and just making him understand that," said Alex Gutierrez, Firebaugh's baseball coach and quarterbacks coach. "You’re not a first baseman anymore. You’re on the mound, and you’re the man. He learned it, he picked it up really fast, and he was our guy in the playoffs." When he doesn't move his feet, and they stay perpendicular to the line, he loses all accuracy and velocity.

Overview: This Season: Josh Allen is one of college football’s top returning quarterbacks. He was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List in the summer of 2017. The Maxwell Award has been presented to the College Player of the Year since 1937. Numerous NFL scouts have rated Allen as a potential first round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He considered entering last year’s NFL Draft, but decided to return to Wyoming for his junior season. Since the conclusion of the 2016 season, Allen was invited to and attended the Manning Passing Academy in June 2017. He also attended a special program approved by the NCAA for underclassmen at this past year’s NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.
2016: Allen helped lead Wyoming to the 2016 Mountain Division title and a spot in the Mountain West Conference.

As a sophomore: Allen ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 6 nationally in passing yards per completion (15.33 yards). He also led the MW and was No. 16 in the country in points responsible for (218). Allen threw28 touchdown passes in 2016, placing him No. 1 in the conference and No. 20 in the NCAA. He was second in the MW and 32nd in the nation in passing yards (3,203). Allen was also No. 2 in conference and No. 40 in the nation in total offense (266.1 yards per game). His 3,203 passing yards in 2016 are the fifth best single-season total in Wyoming school history, and his 3,726 yards of total offense in a single season rank No. 3 in school history. His 36 touchdowns responsible for -- passing (28), rushing (7) and receiving (1) -- rank No. 2 in Wyoming history. Allen’s 28 passing TDs rank as the third best single season at Wyoming. He had five games of 300+ yards of total offense: 315 vs. Northern Illinois; 327 vs. Boise State; 327 vs. Utah State; 366 at UNLV; and 338 vs. San Diego State in the regular-season meeting between the two schools. His high passing game was a 334-yard effort at UNLV, his high rushing game was 74 yards vs. Air Force and his high total offense game was 366 at UNLV (334 passing and 32 rushing).

9.6 QB

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*Lamar Jackson- 6-3, 200, #8, Jr

QB

Louisville

10/2017: He has been throwing the ball as well as any QB in the clutch this season. He often stinks in the 1st quarter (which is a concern). He has been the best QB in the 4th quarter this season. I don't like how much he runs, but he might be the best runner with the ball in his hands this season, and that is an impossible thing to say with all the elite RBs in this Draft.
"Lamar had a good spring. We did work him more underneath the center. We wanted to get him comfortable doing that," Louisville HC Petrino said. "In fact, the first week of spring ball we stayed under the center. He can really drop and throw it from under there. He does a good job in the run game. The best thing about Lamar is it was never an issue of taking the snap, so he could always take the snap. It was just getting used to the footwork, getting to the right mesh point to help the running back out, and I think it’ll help us be a harder team to defend. I really believe that.".But that is not a compliment for an NFL QB. His elite ability to run is overshadowing his throwing this season. His ability to beat a defense with his arm has improved tremendously this season, and he won the Heisman last year. He is also most clutch QB in the this Draft. 
"But he worked hard on his progression reads. He took a lot of pride out on the practice field, understanding the coverages, what the safeties are doing, and going through his progression," coach Petrino said. "He also worked real hard on his footwork, making sure he gets set, gets his back leg under his hip, and when he does that and stands tall, he’s a very, very accurate thrower. He’s a great deep ball thrower, and you know, it was fun to really go back this summer. My little brother came in town, who’s the head coach of the University of Idaho, so we went back and watched all the video from last year, and it was fun to watch the throws that he made and the plays that he played throwing the football that we didn’t even watch the running game, so it was an exciting time for us."10/2017: I'm not a fan of duel threat QBs. They just don't win in the NFL, but he is the best I've seen in college since Vick. He still needs a lot of work with accuracy. "He's come a (long way) on that side of the game," Nick Petrino said. "Obviously his athletic skills are top-notch, but on the mental side, he's really improved. It's showing out there." Jackson is the best player in college football right now.
But is he an NFL QB Prospect? "I wasn't on the list last year, either," Jackson said. "I just play football. The way the season ended last year, I felt we let our fans down. We should've won more games. I feel like I’ve matured. I feel like I’m growing on a collegiate level, and hopefully I’ll keep going." He is often a better thrower than given credit.
He is the best QB running with the ball in his hands since Vick. "There was never a problem with him taking snaps. He was always able to do that," Petrino said . "It was more the footwork, the timing, all the little techniques and aspects of it. Now, he’s really good at it and we can do anything we want under center." But that tends to be more negative than positive.8/2017: I like the improvements he has made over his two seasons at Louisville in the passing game. "Watson has a chance to be at least as good as Winston,” an anonymous ACC coach said. “We played he and Lamar Jackson, and Jackson has no shot at playing quarterback in the NFL. None. He can’t make the throws and can’t read coverages. He’s not going to have a chance. Watson stands tall in the pocket and whips the ball around like Ben Roethlisberger." He is a much better thrower in the 2nd Half than the 1st.If he takes a few steps up in the passing and game and accuracy hitting WRs on the run, he could be a steal as the 4th or 5th QB taken. "Obviously he’s an incredible athlete and has good size," an NFL scout said. "He showed what he’s capable of doing against Alabama last year. That was his best game of the season. But I just don’t see him as the pocket passer like a lot of people prefer in our league." He will never be a pure pocket passer. He has to learn to succeed in the structure of the offense to be successful in the NFL. "I think there’s something to be said for being a quarterback who knows he’s a millionaire if he stays healthy," an ACC coach said. "I think that plays a role in a kid’s psyche, [that] if he runs and blows out his knee that’s $9 million out of his pocket." Improvisers do not succeed in the NFL. He has to improve his reads and footwork in the pocket. "We played (Watson) and Lamar Jackson, and Jackson has no shot at playing quarterback in the NFL. None. He can’t make the throws and can’t read coverages. He’s not going to have a chance." When he looses his feet, he looses his accuracy. But he might have the highest ceiling of any QB in this Draft.LSU- Eight 100-yard rushing games in 2016. He was the MVP of Louisville's Bowl game as a true Freshman. He won the Heisman in 2016. The problem is that the is better when things break down and he has to use his feet. NFL OC's do not like that. They want QBs who can run their systems. He is the most dynamic QB with his feet since Vick. He has improved as a pocket passer. He only completed 57% of his passes from the pocket.
Youngest player to ever win the Heisman. Tied Bridgewater's ACC passing TD record of 31 TDs. He can lose some accuracy when he doesn't move his feet in the pocket. When he catches the snap, 3-steps, and throws in rhythm, he throws an effortless and incredibly accurate deep ball. He always makes his bad passes when he gets lazy with his feet. He needs a lot of work on NFL footwork. He does a good job keeping the ball high and tight, but too often does gets his body and feet in the right position to throw.

9.6 (QB)

12

Connor Williams- 6-6, 320, #55 

OLT

Texas

10/2017He elected not to have surgery on his knee, and now is expect to return in a week or two. 

09/2017When he looses leverage he can get beat to the QB. When he gets his hands on the DT he stones him quickly. He blocks down on the DT a little too much. He can punch the speed rusher off his feet in his kickslide. I love the way he catches the smaller rusher and clamps onto his shirt so he the rusher can't even retreat and runaway. He can take a series or two to warm up, but once he does he is elite sliding backwards. Love his focus on the rusher. Likes to stay squared to the rusher, and then jabs both hands inside into the rushers shirt, and he is done. Nice job sealing the D-end inside and outside on runs to his side. 

08/2017: He gets a little high and grabby sometimes. Nice explosion off the snap to knock the DE backwards right away. He is so smooth slowing the speed rusher moving backwards. This guy has a chance to be a great one in the NFL. He can get knocked back by a power DT inside, but recovers nicely and reanchors quickly off initial contact. Great at blocking down through the DT, and continuing into the LB. Very smooth kickslide outside against speed. Keeps his hands out in front of him, but they can get a little low sometimes. He can weave inside and outside a little in kick slide as the rusher jukes inside and out. 

Overview: A third-year offensive lineman who has played in and started 26 games in his career ... named to the 2017 watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Outland Trophy and The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award ... also a preseason All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News, College Football News and Athlon Sports in 2017 ... also named to the preseason All-Big 12 Team by the media and Athlon Sports ... was a consensus first team All-American in 2016 ... just the fourth sophomore in UT history to receive first-team All-America honors (Hub Bechtol, 1944; Russell Erxleben, 1976 and Earl Thomas, 2009 were the others) from one of the NCAA’s five teams that are used to recognize consensus All-Americans ... earned first team All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press and Big 12 coaches in 2016 ... named an Outland Trophy semifinalist in 2016 ... was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2015 … two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll … named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team (2015-16) ... was an early enrollee in spring 2015 … an all-state performer in high school rated the No. 38 OT nationally and No. 61 overall (No. 8 OT) in Texas by Scout.
JUNIOR (2017): Started the season opener at left tackle against Maryland and helped guide the offense to 473 total yards, including 375 through the air ... protected true freshman QB Sam EhlingerHear how to pronounce Sam Ehlinger in his first career start as the offense did not allow a sack in a 56-0 win ... guided the Longhorns' to 623 total yards (15th school history) and 406 on the ground ... started at left tackle against No. 4/4 USC, but sustained a knee (MCI) injury in the second quarter and missed the remainder of the game.

9.7

13

Martinas Rankin- 6-5, 307, #55

OLT 

Miss ST

010/2016: He is a JuCo kid who took a little while to adjust last season. But he really showed at the end of the season that he has the feet to play OLT in the NFL. Smooth in pass pro. When he gets his hands on a rusher he moves his feet too well to let him go. Gets outside to seal the OLB easily. When he is playing well he makes it look easy. He does get beat inside by long armed rushers sometimes. Nice job hand fighting on the edge against top rushers. When he gets his hands in the speed rushers shirt, he is done like a smoking pop tart. I think his is the best OLT prospect moving backwards.
CAREER: Standout offensive lineman considered one of the best in the country … Can play all positions but saw all of his action in 2016 at tackle … Served as MSU’s No. 1 center during spring practices and could be in the mix there this fall … Several mock NFL Drafts list him as a first round pick for 2018 … Has the tools necessary to succeed at the next level and is a smart player … Signed with Mississippi State in December 2014 and enrolled for the spring 2015 semester … Came to MSU as the nation’s top junior college offensive lineman and redshirted in the fall of 2015 but has since adjusted to SEC football … Started 13 games with 10 starts … Two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

9.7

14

Quinton Nelson- 6-5, 329, #56

OLG 

Fighting Irish

10/2017: Plays very well with his arms extended and some lean in pass pro. Does a good job using his hands and positon to keep bigger DTs from getting up field. Great two handed burst right off the snap to stone the DT right away. He is an odd prospect. He does not short set in pass pro. He moves forward with his arms to absorb the initial burst. He gets knocked back a little a lot, but reanchors beautifully. Great job powering into the DE, popping him up and sealing him helplessly on the edge. It doesn't take long to see why he is so highly thought of.

09/2017: He burst forward in pass pro against Georgia (not on a play action), and powered the DT to his knees late in the 3rd. I have never seen anything like it. On the next play they didn't line up anyone in front of him. He consistently does not let the rush get more than three yards up field. Great balance when arms extended and leaning a little for power.

NELSON'S HONORS & AWARDS: Notre Dame captain (2017). AP Second Team All-American (2016). Sports Illustrated Second Team All-American (2016). Notre Dame Offensive Lineman of the Year (2016).
JUNIOR SEASON (2016): Started all 12 games at left tackle. Helped running back Josh Adams run for over 100 yards four times (Nevada, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and USC), including a career-best 180 yards at rival USC (Nov. 26). Part of the offensive line that paved the way for 417.6 total yards per game
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9.8 (OG)

15

*Denzel Ward- 5-10, 191, #12

CB

Ohio ST

09/2017Closes quick when the WR breaks off the pattern and the QB hits him in stride. Nice job recovering when he bites on a double move. Plays with great position in finesse press. He uses his feet and eyes to lock onto the WR, and rarely uses his hands. Great twitch in his hips. Good tackler who is not afraid to lower his head into the ball carrier. Amazing snap in his hips when he turns and bails. Plays some zone, and understands position and when to flow inside or outside a little. Plays Off man very well, but can get confused in crossing patterns.  

08/2017Great moving backwards. Great feet. Plays with his eyes facing the QB and facing the WR better than anyone in this Draft. He is a little small. Great quick feet in pedal. Plays with his eyes locked onto the WR, and mirrors him with quick twitch intensity. He is so good at turning to the WR, after he makes his break, and than looking back at the QB. Closes to the sideline with an elite burst. I don't think any CB in this Draft  mirrors a WR better in straight Man than Ward. He can lower his shoulder on the TE and destroy him as the ball arrives to knock it out. 

Overview: Denzel Ward is by many attributes: game experience, intelligence, skill, athletic ability – the next Ohio State cornerback with high NFL Draft pick potential … "He’s a gifted player," cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said this spring … The true junior has played in 25 consecutive games for the Buckeyes going back to the second game of his true freshman season in 2015 and he’s also been timed as the fastest Buckeye … He enters the season a leader of the unit and with 30 career tackles and nine passes defended … He is majoring in sport industry.
2016 Season: (Sophomore): Ward was part of a cornerback rotation that featured two first-round draft picks at the end of the season … he played in all 13 games and tied for the team lead with Marshon Lattimore with nine pass break-ups … was also in on 23 tackles … he had prolific numbers of plays on defense in Ohio State’s biggest games: 56 vs. Oklahoma, 50 vs. Penn State, 38 vs. Michigan and 62 vs. Clemson.

Notable: Coming into the 2017 Season, Ward has not started a game yet for the Buckeyes, but he has enough starter-like stats that he could be considered the Buckeyes third starter at cornerback last season: he lined up on defense for 468 plays in 2016 as part of a three-man cornerback rotation that also featured two, 2017 first-round NFL Draft picks: Marshon Lattimore (No. 11 to New Orleans) and Gareon Conley (No. 24 to Oakland).

9.7 

16

*Jaire Alexander- 5-11, 192, #10

CB

Louisville

10/2017He was injured early, and came back slowly. "He did really well today in his workouts, and he’s improving," Petrino said. "They’re very encouraged on how he worked out today. That was very positive." They played him part time for a couple of games just to get him in. 

He has been one of me favorite players to watch. He is small, but he is tough and feisty. He doesn't back down to anyone. He is excellent against the run. Elite quicks on the field, which not only are imperative in coverage, but they also make it very difficult to block him in the run game. 

08/2016: An ultra-quick light and slight CB. "Then we’ve got Jaire Alexander, who like I said, is right from here in Charlotte. Jaire is an unbelievable football player for us. He had a great year last year as our starting corner. I think he got five interceptions and made a lot of really big plays for us that gave us opportunities to win the game," Petrino said. "And then he’s one of the premier punt returners in the country. It’s our job to get him some room, get him to be able to catch the ball with some room, so we really work hard on hold-ups and blocking because we know every time he touches it, he’s got an opportunity to go the distance." I probably have him overrated a little, but I just like the way he moves on the field. He is one of those guys that looks quicker and faster than everyone else on the field. 

He had a very nice 5 INT and 9 PBU season last year. "In high school, I was pretty good, AP Allstate two years in a row," Jaire said. "But that did not deter me from the ultimate goal, which was coming to college and becoming a factor. Whether that be on defense or punt return. Just becoming a factor anywhere. Also not having the scholarship offers from the Triangle colleges also motivated me to do better and go harder." He shuts down WRs in off Man as well as anyone I've seen. 

If he takes a step up this season, it will be into the 1st Round. "I feel like I need to improve on being more consistent in technique," Jaire said. "Coach Petrino tells me all the time that I need to focus on my technique. It’s gotten a lot better, but still work needs to be done, and I will accomplish that." Everybody needs Corners.

2016: One of the top cornerbacks in the country ... earned second team all-ACC accolades ... has developed into one of the top cover corners in the nation ... explosive punt returner ... started all 13 games ... leads the team with five interceptions ... started and made an impact of defense, recording five tackles and one tackle for loss in the opener versus Charlotte ... totaled four tackles and recorded his first interception in a win at Syracuse ... returned three punts for 13 yards — including an 18-yard return ... made an impact on the game with his play as a punt returner, returning two punts for 130 yards, including a 69-yard return for a touchdown versus Florida State ... credited with four tackles and a pair of break-ups versus Marshall ... played a career game versus nationally ranked Clemson, recording his first two interception game and forced a fumble ... made three tackles in the win over the Blue Devils ... registered a season-high six tackles and a pair of interceptions versus Virginia, returning them for a total of 37 yards ... totaled three tackles as the Cards limited the Eagles to 207 yards of offense ... credited with a stop as Cards dominated on defense, holding Wake Forest to 214 yards of offense ... picked up three tackles versus Houston. Oakland).

9.7 

17

*Tarvarus McFadden- 6-2, 198, #4

CB

FLA ST

08/2017: He is a tough prospect to figure. He has everything you want in a Corner. Elite physical talent. "He is a true sophomore this year trying to learn it," Fisher said. "Sometimes, you've got to go through those trials, especially at that position. You have to have a short memory, because you're out there on an island." However, he does dumb things on the field sometimes. He had a great season last year, but FLA ST has fallen apart this year. I just watched the FLA ST-BC game, and he made four freshman mental mistake that were just dumb.  

But he was great last season. "Basically, I’ve just matured more," McFadden said. "The game has slowed down for me. At first it was going really fast, but I got used to it, and I’m into it now." He did not look like he had matured this week. But when he is focus, he is an elite cover guy. 

He struggled a little early last season as a first time starter. "The first couple games were rough for him," Marquez White said. "But we all saw the plays that he was getting beat on, and he was this close from making a game-changing play." He was one of the best in the country by the end of last season. 

He should be the best in the Nation this year. "I think it was more just trusting that he could believe in himself that he could make those plays, and now he is," White said. "I think he’s the best corner in the nation. Just being able to play the ball at his size. He can run, play the run, play the pass. He’s a huge part of our defense." He can be the best cover guy sometimes.

But the mental mistakes have to stop. "It’s going to be great [finishing the season at home]," McFadden said. "I had an up-and-down season, but I’m starting to get into my own and feel myself coming into these last few games that we’ve been playing in. I’m just excited to play on Friday, coming at home, that makes it even better." Now I know I'm probably over reacting, everyone has bad games.

But it was his decision making that bothered me the other night. "Being able to play corner, you’ve got to have confidence," White said. "A lot of corners you don’t see that confidence and their season goes downhill. We stuck with it, and I feel like he grew up a lot this season, and he’s become a leader on this defense." Physically he's as talented as Jalen Ramsey.

But being coached by ex-Dolphin Patrick Surtain doesn't hurt. "Coach Pat is one of my mentors, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without him," McFadden said. "He’s one of the best cornerbacks in history and he went through tough times in his career. So he just kept telling me to keep working and keep my head up." It is simply all mental with him.

9.7

18

*Damien Harris- 5-11, 214, #34

RB

Alabama

10/2017: Boy! It is really starting to look like the year of the RB, not the QB. As the QBs struggle a little, the Runningbacks coming out this season might be the best I have ever seen. Josh Adams is proven to be an unstoppable blend of speed and power, and still averaging 9 yards per carry in November. Ronald Jones II looks like Jamaal Charges to me. Guice has not been good this year, but was the best of the bunch last year. I would be shocked if five RBs didn't go the 1st Round this year. And I am not a believer in taking RBs on Day One. 

But Harris could be the best of the bunch. "Damien has played a lot of good football for us," coach Saban said of Harris. "He's a very talented guy. He's a rare combination of make-you-miss, burst, acceleration, speed. Has enough power as a player. He's a good receiver. Damien's biggest thing is, how do we get him to play with consistency at a high level all the time? There's times that he's battled some nagging injuries. And last year, he had some phenomenal games early, got a little bit nicked up and never really came back the same. We know he has the capabilities to be a dominant player for us, and hopefully he can stay healthy this year and be able to do that. But we have a lot of faith, trust and confidence in Damien Harris." He has been terrific this season. 

10/2017: Great hop, skip, and jump through the line to get to the second level with speed. When he gets outside and turns the corner he hurts the defense. He makes Scarbrough look slow. He started slowing a little on short yardage, to follow Bozeman's blocks, and then explodes for more than he should have gotten. He has taken over as the number one RB for Alabama. He has been a very under utilized RB, and probably has more tread on the tires than any other RB in this Draft. 

2016 (Sophomore): Earned the role as the Tide’s primary tailback following the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry ... rushed 146 times for a team-leading 1,037 yards with two rushing scores ... was even better against ranked teams, gaining 863 yards in those 10 games for an average of 86.3 ypg ... 58 of his rushes on the season went for a first down or a touchdown ... had 18 explosive rushes of 12 yards or more ... improved as the game wore on, rushing 61 times for 489 yards and two scores in the second halves of games to average 8.0 ypc ... had 85 rushes for 548 yards in the first half of his games (6.5 ypc) ... added 14 catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns to average 7.1 yards per catch ... selected to the Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his performances against USC, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Chattanooga. 

2016 Game By Game: USC: Had a breakout game against the Trojans, using nine carries to rush for a team-leading 138 yards in his first career start ... had long rushes of 46 and 73 yards ... four of his nine rushing attempts went for a first down. Western Kentucky: Rushed 11 times for 45 yards with a long of 11 ... also added two catches for 14 total yards. Ole Miss: Put together the best game of his career, rushing a career-high 16 times for a career-long 144 total yards and a score while catching a pair of passes ... seven of his rushes went for a first down or a touchdown against the Rebels ... broke out in the second half, accumulating 115 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown in the second half compared to only six rushes for 29 yards in the first half. Kent State: Totaled 18 yards on four carries with a long of nine in limited action ... exited the game in the first quarter after suffering a lower leg injury. Kentucky: Returned from injury, but saw limited playing time ... rushed just twice for 11 yards while catching one pass for a gain of six against his home state. Arkansas: Registered his third 100-plus yard game of his career, going for 122 yards on 13 carries to average 9.4 yards per tote with a long of 57 ... also caught a pair of passes for a career-high 60 yards with a long reception of 56 yards ... accounted for a career-leading 182 yards of total offense against the Razorbacks. Tennessee: Rushed 14 times for 94 yards, falling just short of the century mark ... added one catch to his totals ... had a huge first half, rushing 11 times for 77 yards (7.7 ypc) ... five of his rushes went for a first down and five runs went for 12-plus yards with a long of 18. Texas A&M: Gained 125 yards on a career-high 18 carries as the Crimson Tide defeated the No. 6 Aggies ... nine of his 18 carries resulted in a first down with three runs of 16 yards or more. LSU: Rushed 12 times for 53 total yards with a long rush of 13 against the Tigers ... averaged 4.4 yards per tote ... also caught one pass. Mississippi State: Started but saw limited playing time once the Tide built a significant lead ... rushed three times for nine yards with a long of four ... added one reception for 11 yards. Chattanooga: Totaled 91 yards with a touchdown on 13 carries ... had a long rush of 25 yards against the Mocs ... rushed for only 20 yards on five carries in the first half before collecting 71 yards and a score on eight rushes in the second half ... six of his rushes went for a first down or a score against UTC. Auburn: Finished with nine rushes for 47 yards with a long of 20 on the ground while adding three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown ... had a long reception of 17 yards, taking the Jalen Hurts pass to the end zone and giving the Tide the first touchdown of the day. Florida: Rushed eight times for 86 yards to average 10.8 yards per carry with a long rush of 23 yards ... averaged 11.0 yards per tote in the second half, carrying it seven times for 77 yards after rushing just once for nine yards in the first half. Washington: Accumulated 30 yards on nine carries with a long of eight yards against the Huskies. Clemson: Saw limited carries as the Tide focused on a power rushing attack ... totaled five attempts for 24 yards - all coming in the second half against the Tigers - with a long rush of 13 yards ... added one reception for a loss.

9.7 

19

*Derrius Guice- 5-11, 212, (U) 4.51, #5

RB 

LSU

08/2017: He has vey quick feet and flashes elite lateral bursts. "I love the way he runs the ball," LSU HC Ed Orgeron said. "He runs it the way Warren Sapp plays defensive tackle. He runs it with a lot of energy. He brings a lot of energy to our team. There’s nothing too hard for Derrius. He comes to work every day. He’s a good student. He’s a good role model. He’s a great practice player, and he loves the game." Dynamic feet for hopping and bopping all over behind his blockers. 

He is just a freak. "His body responds to lifting weights differently than anybody else I’ve ever seen," his high school coach Fertitta said. "For most guys to make an improvement in the weight room, 20 pounds on squat for an example, that might be a six-month goal. Derrius? If he just decided, 'I’m going to squat 20 more pounds than I ever have,' he’d do it. He’d gain weight and strength faster than anybody I’ve ever seen. He’s blessed to have the genetics." Returns kick-offs. Great slasher. 

He rushed for over 1,000-yards and 14 TDs as a backup to Fournette. Great at slicing through small cracks at the line. Elite jump cuts to make guys miss. He is great running through contact. He is one of the top RBs at getting yards after contact. He runs angry. Louisville- He returned a kick in the Bowl Game. He always seems to keep his feet moving. He had 12 TDs in the five games that Fournette did not play in because of injury. He does not get caught from behind. He can pull away from DBs 50-yards downs field. Great returner on Kick offs. 

He has a lot of experience on 3rd down. "He can probably catch balls a little bit better than Leonard can," his teammate DL LaCouture said. "If I had to pick, I’d think Guice is [tougher to take down]. He’s elusive. I know when he first came in, I missed a tackle on him. He’s a guy that won’t stop running." He has been hurt this season, and has looked terrible.
But as he has gotten healthier he has gotten faster. "My running style is all over the place," Guice said. "I feel like [I'm] stronger and wilder [and when] you run, you can get extra yards. When you run soft, high, slow, mellow, you most likely aren’t going to get that forward momentum going." He runs with great power. 

He was clearly better out of the backfield than Fournette last season. "To be honest, it’s still not even about the coaches, it’s still about us having that dog and fight in us mentality," Guice said. "A coach can’t really make a player feel the way he feels about the game, the player has to find that within his teammates or himself. Coaches can only do so much." He averaged an astonishing 8.5 YPC as a true freshman two years ago.

They are running a new offense this season, which should accentuate his great abilities in the passing game. "I like it. I don’t want to get too detailed about it, but I like it," Guice said. "It’s going to be a great fit for us this year. It’s a lot of fun, we’re doing a lot of different things with the offense. A lot of players are moving from position to position, we’re moving a lot around the field. [new OC Matt Canada] is pumped up like Coach O is. He get a little scream in his voice every now and again." It will be hard to take him in the 1st Round if he isn't significantly better in the 2nd half of the season.

He is the kind of kid you have to route for because of the tragedy that has shaped his life. His dad was murdered when he was young. He has had a truly amazing career at LSU, especially when you consider that he was been primarily a back up for his first two years there.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2016): Played in 12 games, starting six times ... Led the SEC in rushing yards (1,387) and ranked second in the league in rushing yards per game (115.6) ... Led all SEC running backs in rushing touchdowns with 15, which ranked No. 2 overall in the SEC behind Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald ... Averaged a whopping 7.6 yards per carry, also No. 1 in the SEC and No. 5 nationally ... Capped season by being named MVP of the Citrus Bowl where he led the Tigers to a 29-9 win over Louisville ... Rushed for 138 yards and one TD in the Citrus Bowl win ... Added three receptions for 11 yards, including a 1-yard TD reception in the win over Louisville ... Scored on a 70-yard run vs. Louisville ... Rushed for 100 or more six times, including a school-record 285 yards and 4 TDs on 37 carries in road win over Texas A&M ... The 285 rushing yards vs. Texas A&M broke the previous mark of 284 set by Leonard Fournette against Ole Miss on Oct. 22 ... Against the Aggies, rushed for TDs of 45, 45, 6 and 1 yards in the 54-39 LSU victory ... Had 252 yards and 2 TDs on 21 carries in road win over Arkansas ... Set the LSU record for longest rush in school history with 96-yard TD in the win over the Razorbacks ... The 96-yard TD run ties for sixth in SEC history and represents the longest in a conference game since 1997 (John Avery of Ole Miss, 97 yards vs. Arkansas) ... Earned SEC Player of the Week Honors three times as a sophomore – vs. Missouri, at Arkansas and at Texas A&M ... Named Walter Camp Player of the Week after his record-setting game at Texas A&M ... Became the 46th and fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career rushing yard mark, needing only 113 attempts, when he reached the milestone against Southern Miss on Oct. 15 in what was the 18th game of his career ... Was a part of the first LSU tandem to have a 300-yard passing/200-yard rushing game at Texas A&M as Danny Etling passed for 324 yards and Guice had 285 rushing yards ... Had 155 yards and one TD in home opener against Jacksonville State ... Came up big with 163 yards and three TDs in win over Missouri in Ed Orgeron's head coaching debut at LSU ... Followed that with 162 yards and two scores against Southern Miss ... Had a 52-yard run at Auburn and finished with 62 rushing yards in that contest ... Rushed for 57 yards and a TD in win over Ole Miss and had 83 yards and a score vs. Florida ... Scored at least one TD in eight games and had multiple TDs in six games ... Of the 15 rushing TDs, eight came from at least 20 yards and five were 40 yards or longer ...

9.7 (RB)

20

*Mason Rudolph- 6-5, 235, #2

QB

OK ST

09/2016: He has the size, frame, legs, and and arm to play QB in the NFL. "His body, in my opinion, is in the best condition it's ever been in." his HC Mike Gundy said. "Which is fairly common for a young man going into his third year. That is just a natural progression for a college quarterback." But he plays in the wackiest spread system of all the spread systems. 

He really throws the most beautiful ball of all the QBs in this year Draft. "Early on, it was hard to out-throw a guy like James Washington on those deeper routes," Rudolph said. "He's a freak guy and he's been incredible for us. I am starting to make him work for it now, especially on those deep balls." He has been consistently hitting him on the 3rd level this season. 

He and James Washington were incredible in the first two games. "We talk about that in practice," his WR Washington said. "Sometimes when we run a post, I tell him to overthrow me and make me run it down. We've kind of gotten on the same page with that. He's definitely gotten his arm stronger. He's able to out-throw me now." His deep throws to the 3rd level are consistently the best I've seen in a long while. 

He plays in a system that cannot be trusted and has produced bust after bust after bust. "I'm a prototypical quarterback,"  Rudolph said. "I'm a big kid with a strong arm. I can push the ball down the field. "Every year you pick out a couple things and you become stronger as a quarterback, your velocity improves." But man he can spin it. 

If I were a GM desperate for a QB, towards the end of the 1st Round, I'd be scared to pick this guy because of the system. I would probably have to take him, because I think I would be too scared to pass on him. No trouble taking him in the 2nd where the college spread-QB failure rate doesn't get me fired. He has a better arm and handles rushers in his face better than Kaaya. But Kaaya plays in a pro style offense that translates to the NFL, and Rudolph clearly doesn't.

OUTLOOK: Has played at a level that matches some of Oklahoma State’s all-time best quarterbacks ... 12-3 career record as a starter, with seven of those 12 wins coming away from home ... His 9.1 yards/completion over the span of his career is a record at Oklahoma State (min. 200 pass attempts).
2015 (Sophomore): A second-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree ... Honored by the coaches as the Bob Fenimore Award recipient, given to the team’s offensive MVP ... His 264 completions, 424 pass attempts, 3,770 passing yards 290.0 passing yards per game and 287.3 yards of total offense per game trail only Brandon Weeden in 2010 and 2011 on Oklahoma State’s single-season list ... Surpassed 300 yards passing six times and 400 yards three times ... According to ESPN Stats and Info, his 40 completions on passes thrown at least 20 yards down the field tied California’s Jared Goff for the national lead among Power Five conference quarterbacks ... He had 13 touchdowns against just two interceptions on such passes (+11), a differential that matched Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield ... According to ESPN Stats and Info, he ranked seventh among qualified Power Five quarterbacks in average pass distance (10.9 yards past the line of scrimmage) ... Ranked in the top 10 nationally in completions of 30 yards or longer (28) and also completions of 40 yards or longer (16) ... The Big 12 leader with 14.28 yards per completion and ranked second in the league with 3,770 passing yards despite splitting quarterback reps with J.W. Walsh ... Earned several awards after he threw a career-best five touchdown passes against no interceptions in a win over No. 5 TCU, including the Walter Camp National Player of the Week, Big 12 Player of the Week, Davey O’Brien Award Performance of the Week, Manning Award Star of the Week and OSU’s offensive player of the game ... His passer rating in that game was 258.6, which set a single-game OSU record (min. 20 attempts) ... Five touchdown passes tied for fourth-most in a game in school history ... Had a career-high 437 passing yards vs. Kansas State, marking the most ever in a game for an OSU sophomore, the fourth-most passing yards in OSU history and the most for a Cowboy since 2011 ... His 55 pass attempts vs. Kansas State marked the fifth-most in a game in school history and his 34 completions in that game marked the sixth-most in a game ... Earned Big 12 Player of the Week, Manning Award Star of the Week and OSU’s offensive player of the week for his K-State performance ... He threw for 430 yards against Baylor, giving him two of the top seven passing performances in school history ... Completed an 82-yard pass for a touchdown to Marcell Ateman vs. the Horned Frogs, marking OSU’s longest play of the year and the seventh longest passing play in school history ... Started the first 11 games of the season before he missed all but three plays of the Bedlam regular season finale ... Returned to the starting lineup against Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl.

9.7 (Spread QB)

21

**Vita Vea- RS-Soph, 6-4, 332, #50

NT/DT

Washington

11/2016: He is not likely to come out, but I had to talk about the Washington D-line somehow. "He’s a guy that I think is a special talent," former HC Choate said about Vea. "And is going to be a really good player for the Dawgs," They might be the only team that can stop Alabama. 

He is such a huge powerhouse right in the middle of their D-line. "[I'm] 6-5 and about 300 pounds," Vea said. "Two or three years ago I reported at 360. Coach  Socha and his staff they’re really good over there in getting right, keeping us in shape and keeping us healthy and ready to go." He has dedicated himself to getting into proper football shape, and it is showing up all over the field. 

He and Qualls hold the line against the run, so they can use more assets in pass defense. "I feel pretty good.," Vea said "With Elijah [Qualls] and Greg [Gaines] just picking up the defense, and being able to help everyone. So if one of us has a question, we don’t have to go and ask coach. We can go ask one of the D-linemen, and be more efficient and save time in practice." He does not look like he needs to ask any questions anymore. 
He has adjusted to his new DC, Ikaika Malloe's, scheme. "At first, it was hard because we didn’t know what we were getting into," Vea said. "But then like after a while, we got comfortable with coach Malloe and this staff, and learning new techniques, and continuing to sharpen our old techniques." He was dominate against Cal.
2016: Made three tackles, including a nine-yard sack, in the win over Rutgers ... terrific game against Idaho, with three tackles, including one-and-a-half sacks ... named the team's defensive player of the week for the Idaho game ... six tackles, including one for a loss, in the win over Portland State ... had four tackles in the win at Arizona ... had three tackles, an 11-yard sack and a forced fumble in the win over No. 7 Stanford ... had a pair of solo tackles in Washington's 70-21 win at Oregon ... two tackles in a starting role vs. Oregon State ... three tackles and a pass break-up in the Husky win at Utah, earning the team's defensive player of the week award ... three tackles in Washington's win at Cal.
2015: Played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman ... saw his first college action in the season opener at Boise State ... had two solo stops vs. the Broncos ... made one tackle (for a loss) in the win over Sacramento State ... also played against Utah State and Cal ... had one stop in Washington's win at USC ... one stop vs. Oregon and at Stanford ... two tackles in the Husky victory over Arizona ... three tackles, including one for a loss, vs. Utah ... three stops at Arizona State ... one tackle in the win at Oregon State ... had a tackle and forced a fumble in the Apple Cup win over Washington State ... had a seven-yard sack in the Heart of Dallas Bowl win over Southern Miss.

9.7 NT

22

Mike McGlinchey- 6-7, 310, #68

OLT

ND

08/2017: If you have an NFL QB, the next thing you need is a legit NFL OLT. He should be the first Senior taken in the Draft.  

09/2016: A current NFL player explains why his former collegiate teammate is destined for success as a pro. Here’s Ravens offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley hyping former Notre Dame line mate Mike McGlinchey. “I played alongside him for two years. I remember my first impression of Mike: This kid needs to calm down. He’s a guy that’s pretty loud and out-there with his personality. But he brings it all to the field and channels it in a good way. He’s a high-energy player who gets his teammates hyped up. He’s someone you want on your side of the ball. His best attributes are his size, he’s a big kid and that helps a lot, but he’s also athletic. I know he played basketball, which probably helps with his athleticism. He understands football and studies the game. I definitely know he has what it takes to play offensive line in this league.”

It looks like he is planning on staying in school. "I have 19 games left here and that's what I fully intend to take on," McGlinchey said. "I have a lot left to learn. I'm not ready to go anywhere. I have the best in the business coaching me [offensive line coach Harry Hiestand] each and every day, and it's to my benefit to stay here and learn from and there's nothing that I can do to want to change that. I have no intention of wanting to change that. I've played a lot of football so far, but I have a lot left to accomplish and I'm not going to put myself in position to go somewhere when I'm not full ready to. I'm fully confident that I will be ready at some point, but I don't think it will be after this season." That is a lot easier to say now than when he is projected as a 1st Round pick in February.

10/2016: He can stone the rusher at the Line when he is setting the edge on play action, and not allow the DE to move once he sees it is a pass. Very strong dude. Nice burst off the snap backwards in pass pro. Snaps his feet back nicely. He stays in balance well, but keeps his hands down too much. Very quick feet shuffling back. He can absorb speed to power, and get his torso bent back a little, and hold on.  
Nice feet moving backwards, but doesn't always kickslide. "I’m worlds ahead of where I was as a player personally," McGlinchey said. "Mentally, it’s just one of those things that you have to keep doing. You have to keep your head down and keep working and listening to the message and not the tone. Everybody takes their lumps every now and again. It’s about how you learn from those lumps that really make you a great person and a great player." Nice job picking up the blitzing LB. He can get low, and wash him out of the play. 

He can double the OLB with the TE and put him on skates going outside, and then catch the Safety blitzing and take him out. "He's a really good football player," Brian Kelly said. "He's got the size. He's got the length. He's got the demeanor. He's got the toughness. He's got all of the intangibles you want." Very impressive combo blocker. I want to see him move backwards more, but they don't have him kickslide all the time. When he blocks down on the DT, he can collapse the line with pure power.
He switched from ORT in 2015 to OLT in 2016. "It’s a lot easier to learn something after you’ve already done it on the opposite side," McGlinchey said. "Last year I was coming in still trying to figure out how to actually play football and be a good offensive lineman and all that kind of stuff. I’m not saying I’ve fully figured that out, but I’m a long way away from where I was last year. Moving to the left side, it’s all the same stuff just my body mechanics." If he can keep his hands high and tight and kickslide more he will be a 1st Round pick.

JUNIOR SEASON (2015): Started all 13 games at right tackle on an offensive line which was a finalist for the inaugural Joe Moore Award...part of an offensive line that helped the Irish average 5.63 rushing yards per carry (eighth-best in the FBS) -- a modern (post WWII) school record...Notre Dame ranked 27th nationally in total offense, averaging 466.4 yards per game, its third-best mark since setting a school record in 1970 by averaging 510.5 yards per game...Notre Dame was one of 11 programs nationally to average 205 yards rushing and 250 yards passing per game in 2015 (Irish had not accomplished this feat since 1970)...Notre Dame averaged 207.6 rushing yards per game (28th in the FBS), the best rushing output since 2000, including six games with 200+ yards (Texas, Virginia, Georgia Tech, UMass, USC and Stanford)...paved the way for first-year RB C.J. Prosise, who rushed for 1,032 yards (second-fewest carries needed to reach 1,000 yards) and recorded the 18th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history, and freshman RB Josh Adams, who set a freshman single-season school record with 835 yards rushing...blocked for an Irish rushing attack that recorded 457 yards vs. UMass (Sept. 26) -- the best single-game rushing total by Notre Dame in 23 years, and 299 yards at Stanford (Nov. 28) -- the most by an opponent in David Shaw's five seasons (35 carries for an 8.5 per-carry average against nation's No. 22 rush defense)...helped the Irish register a pair of 90+ yard TD rushes (Adams 98 vs. Wake Forest, Prosise 91 vs. Georgia Tech)...Notre Dame had just two rushes of at least 90 yards in the first 126 seasons of Irish football...the 98-yard TD run by Adams vs. Wake Forest was the longest play from scrimmage in Notre Dame history and longest rush by a freshman in NCAA history...blocked for 10 individual 100-yard rushing games -- the most by the Irish since 1983 (11)...three different Notre Dame players recorded 100-yard rushing games.

9.7

23

*Josh Rosen- 6-4, 220, #3

QB

UCLA

11/2017: I have questioned his toughness, but he has been at his best in the 4th quarter this season. "I'm up 15 pounds from last season, and have been working out really hard. I've matured so much physically, and I'm a lot stronger," Rosen said. "The thing is, I'm only 20 years old. A lot of people think I'm a lot older. I'm going into my third year, and a lot of guys going into their third year of playing are 21 or 22 years old. I'm still young, my body is still changing. Mentally, I feel much older. You figure sh** out, and don't get your ass kicked as much." As the game goes on, he is putting it on his receivers hands better and better. 

Which was not his MO in his first two seasons. He has to play with a great OC. Pressure up the middle still kills him more than anything else. Throws the ball away better this year with pressure up the middle. He can look to the left side, and then turn back to the right and hit the TE in the Endzone for the big TD, like he did against Stanford.

He has been accused (unfairly) of not loving football, because he has political ideals. "I love the game. I've missed it. I can't wait to play this season," Rosen said. "(UCLA OC) Jedd (Fisch) is fantastic. A really smart guy who sees the game. This is a big year for us. I don't think I'm making any news saying that. It's important for all of us to play to our potential." I am reluctantly changing my mind on Rosen. He has been tough, able to throw the tough pass after he got hit, and clutch this season. Which he just wasn't until this season. 

10/2016: When he sees it he can get the ball to the receiver fast. When he has to move out of the pocket he looses a lot of accuracy. He tries to run with the ball too much in the Redzone. He can turn his head to three receivers, and then go back to the second and throw. He likes to throw over the middle as much as he can.

He has been playing much better in the first month of the season. "Last year was good in one aspect, it reset everything. Missing a bowl game and getting a month off was just a breath of fresh air," Rosen said. "I've been going hard for two years, and it took a toll on my body. That time off gave me the ability to look at things from a biomechanics perspective. Everything is intertwined, and it starts with your posture. Without good posture, your feet flare, your hips crunch, your lower back arches, your shoulders come forward and your head is moving. And those little problems translate to the field and your mechanics." He has to continue that all season, and in the Bowl game.

2016: Starter in first six games of the season … Injured in game six at Arizona State, where he threw for career-best 400 yards … Missed the balance of the season … Has risen to sixth on the all-time school lists for passing yardage (5,583), total offense (5,527) and completions (429) … The 400 yards passing at ASU tied for the sixth-best total ever by a UCLA player … It was 10th 300-yard passing game of his career, which is tied for second on all-time school list (one behind Cade McNown, 1995-98) … Threw for 350 yards and three scores in win over Arizona … Passed for 307 yards in win at BYU … Named to Davey O'Brien, Walter Camp, Rotary Lombardi and Maxwell Award watch lists … Honorable mention Pac-12 Conference Football All-Academic team selection.

9.6

24

*Deon Cain-  6-1, 210, #8

WR 

Clemson 

10/2016: He started off slow. But he has been playing better. He was excellent against NC ST, and looked like a 1st Round WR again. When he is on he can make the elite adjustment to the ball in the air. He caught a fade behind him that twisted him all around, and he snagged it with his big mitts. He has great hands and a huge catching radius. I love the way he soars up over DBs and takes the ball all over them with his great catching radius. 

08/2016: He really looks the part. "I'm pleased with Deon," Swinney said. "He's not going to practice, and that's really what is best for him. He's going to be here every day. He's in the meetings. He's worked out. He is going to be at practice every day. But the biggest thing with Deon is we have just removed that competitive piece of football. I really don't need to see him run a comeback, to be honest with you." He gets open deep with consistency. 

Swinney says Cain is a special talent. "I am not worried about the football side of Deon Cain," Swinney said. "The football side of Deon Cain is going to be special if I can get him dialed in on other things that really are more important." He has trouble creating space in pattern sometimes.
He tested positive for something. "He has to make a decision if he wants to be a great player at Clemson," HC Dabo Swinney said. "If you’re going to be a great player at Clemson, you have to follow the rules. It’s just that simple. Otherwise you have to go somewhere else. He’ll have to figure that out." He is always open because of his size and length.
Nobody goes up and snags the high lob pass over DBs than Cain. "When you don’t do the right things, there’s consequences," Swinney said. "It’s just really that simple. It’s not a very complicated matter at all. We’ve got 115 guys, and 112 of them did what’s right and three of them didn’t. So they forfeit the opportunity and the privilege to be a part of the game." He seems to play better as the game goes on.
Overview: Junior wide receiver burst onto the scene as one of Clemson's biggest downfield threats in 2015, and only enhanced that reputation as a sophomore ... has 72 career receptions for 1,306 yards and 14 touchdowns in 754 snaps over 28 games (one start) ... averaging 18.1 yards per catch over his career, the fourth-best figure in Clemson history and third-best among active ACC players.
2016: Second on the team with nine touchdown receptions, part of 36 catches over 15 games and 449 snaps ... averaged team-best 19.1 yards per reception, one of the top season figures in Clemson history ... scored on 23-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the win over Troy ... followed the next time out with a 17-yard touchdown reception against SC State ... had breakout performance against No. 3 Louisville, hauling in two long touchdown catches from Deshaun Watson ... followed with two touchdown catches at Boston College ... had two grabs for 69 yards at Florida State ... posted two long touchdown catches against Syracuse and hauled in five passes total for 125 yards ... caught touchdown pass in the one-point loss to Pittsburgh ... had two big receptions for 69 yards in ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech ... had five grabs for 94 yards in the National Championship win over Alabama, including a 43-yard catch and run that sparked the Tigers early.

9.7X

25

**Clelin Ferrell- 6-5, 260, #99

DE

Clemson

11/2016:.He can get inside and stop the RB on short yards with a quick burst inside the TE. "This is the stage we've been working for since day one," Ferrell said. "Coming here, I expected to play in the big games. And I expect myself to play well." He is much better getting to the RB inside than the QB. He still falls down too much. 

Explosive inside moves. "Affecting the quarterback is going to be so big in this game," Ferrell said. "It's all about having a desire to get to him. You can have a guy with all the ability in the world. But if you don’t have the passion or the desire to get to him, sacks are going to be minimal. That’s why I go into every game with a chip on my shoulder." He can beat the OLT with one explosive step inside. Relentless protecting the edge against the QB. 

I'm not sure he is ready yet, and should stay in school. "He's getting there," Venables said. "That was a step closer. But his best football is still all in front of him." I don't think he has that knack for hitting the quarterback yet. But he is as physically talented as any DE in this Draft.

He is still only a Redshirt Sophomore. "I redshirted because I wasn't ready, and I had NFL guys in front of me," Ferrell said. "It was the best thing for me to sit out and learn the system and develop my body physically." But he is improving almost every game.

I like how he keeps his hands up, his feet moving, and that he is still developing. "He's done extra in the weight room when he doesn't have to," Venables said. "He values the opportunity to meet and do a walk-through. Not everybody's like that." He will probably have to declare after this season. 
10/2017: He chose to Redshirt as a Freshman. "It was a tough process, but I'm lucky I had the right people around me," Ferrell said. "My coaches, I'd do anything for those guys. I'd run through a wall for those guys. It was tough, but I'm happy because when I got my opportunity, I was able to take advantage of it." He worked his butt off behind the scenes, and it is showing this season.

He can slide back and outside with his eyes reading it correctly consistently. "Where he started the beginning of the year, he's gotten better and better the whole season," Venables said. "It's not real magical. He's just worked really hard." Rarely makes a mistake with his eyes.
Overview: Defensive end who redshirted the 2015 season and made an immediate impact on the 2016 National Championship defense.
2016: Shared Defensive Rookie of the Year honors with Dexter Lawrence ... produced 50 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and six sacks, to go along with a team-high 24 quarterback pressures in 15 games (15 starts) ... started first collegiate game at Auburn, and posted three quarterback pressures ... posted two sacks in the win over No. 3 Louisville, part of 10 tackles for loss against the Cardinals ... tallied three-yard sack in Clemson’s road win over Boston College ... defensive player of the game against Florida State, when he recorded two tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup in Clemson’s big win ... posted half a tackle for loss in game against Pittsburgh ... had a pass breakup and two pressures against South Carolina ... posted two tackles for loss, including a sack, in ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech ... named defensive Most Valuable Player in the Fiesta Bowl after posting three tackles for loss, including a sack ... played just 36 snaps due to injury in the National Championship Game, but contributed two pressures and a tackle for loss.

9.7 NT

26

*Josh Sweat- 6-5, 253, #9

DE 

FLA ST

11/2017Sweat is a very interesting prospect that should rise up as the Draft gets closer. "From last year, Sweat’s made huge jumps as far as effort, his technique and motor," his teammate DE Brian Burns said. "Everything has been pretty great. I look up to him so I just try to model my game after him. He’s doing a great job." He has a ton of versatility. He plays 5-tech in their odd fronts, and Base end in even. "Doing a great job in the run," Fisher said. "Pass rush, has got some pressure and things. But he's done a great job in the run, especially how we had him playing. His strength and power allows him do that." Plus, he lines up standing up outside as an OLB.

He is a physical marvel. "Josh is really evolving into a really good player, complete player," Jimbo Fisher said. "And understanding his role and how to play consistent every week, how to prepare what he's got to do weekly to be in position, mentally, physically to make the plays he has to make." I didn't think he had that knack for hitting the quarterback last year, but he has been showing it this year.

10/2017: When he sees it, he can power under the OLT and drive him into the RB. He plays with great burst to power when he stays and plays low. He slows in the rush sometimes to peek at the QB. Great job using his hands to keep his rush alive. He was doubled against NC St and stuffed, So he moved inside and shoved off the OLG with his hands an ling arms, and slouched the QB. Great job Stunting inside and beating the OC to his opposite shoulder to the QB. I can see why some see him a 1st Round lock. Plus, he was an elite high school, which matters more than you'd think.

He missed a couple weeks early in the season with a torn meniscus. "Josh Sweat is out," Fisher said. "Josh went ahead and had his surgery today on that nick. He tried to go a day or two, but it swelled again. So we went ahead and did it. Hopefully it will only be a week and a half or so on that deal. He had a little piece of cartilage in there that they just clipped out. Had just a little piece. Was very clean. Did it today." He has played great since his return.

2016: Made 10 starts and appeared in 12 games, finishing with 41 tackles, 11.5 TFLs, 7.0 sacks, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and six quarterback hurries…his 7.0 sacks ranked third on the team and came in the season’s final eight weeks…the attention he received from opposing offenses helped fellow defensive ends DeMarcus Walker (16.0 sacks) and Brian Burns (9.5) spring free to rack up statistics and capture All-America and freshman All-America honors, respectively…helped the Seminoles finish No. 1 in the nation in sacks per game (3.92) and No. 2 in overall sacks (51.0)…outstanding against the run, helping the Noles rank No. 21 in the nation in rush defense (128.0 rush yards per game)…had three tackles in the season’s first three weeks, but steadily improved throughout the season, culminating by racking up 6.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks over the final four games…led FSU in tackles at Syracuse with a career-high eight stops and tied for the team lead versus No. 13 Florida (seven stops)…added 1.5 sacks against both the Orange and Gators…also forced a fumble against Florida…finished with five tackles, 1.0 TFL and a half sack in the win over No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl….made three tackles and recorded his first sack of the season at No. 10 Miami…had seven stops versus Wake Forest…tallied three tackles and a sack against No. 3 Clemson and added two stops at NC State…had four tackles versus Boston College.

9.7 

27

Ronald Jones II- 6-1, 195, #25

RB

USC

11/2017:.He is an elite blend of speed and toughness. He also is very shifty and makes guys miss all over the field. "He's a total back," USC OC Tee Martin said. "He can run inside, run outside. He can catch it. He's on the kickoff return team. [He's] great in protections. He's a total back." I don't know how you can watch this guy, and not see Jamaal Charles. 

I found it funny that his coach saw the same thing I did. "He reminded me of Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs," OC Tee Martin said. "That type of skill set. Just a guy who runs and it’s easy for him. It doesn’t look like he’s working hard and he’s running by everyone." If you ever watched him that comparison jumps off the screen.

10/2016: When he finds a lane he is gone. He had an 86-yard TD run against Wash ST. "I'm so proud of Ro-Jo," coach Helton said. "Everybody knows he's a great runner. But when you really look at where he is from day one when he started at USC to where he is now. He's become a better pass-catcher out of the back field. He's becoming a better 3rd-down pass-protection guy. He's really becoming a more complete player and an every-down player." He was still pulling away from the CB 70-yards downfield. 

09/2016: Great speed and balance. "When he first came, he was a kid that you knew you could hand the ball to," OC Tee Martin said. "Now he can go play 60-70 plays in a game, and you know he can function and function extremely well." He reminds me of Jamaal Charles. 

He is an NFL RB. "We saw him on film, and the first question I asked the other coaches in the room was, 'Is there something wrong with this kid?'" OC Tee Martin said. "Because I felt he was the best back in the country." He is light and slight, but has speed to burn. 

Elite lateral explosion to make a tackler miss. "I haven’t seen him get run down yet," Martin said. "No one has run him down from behind. Unless a guy has a good angle on him, I don’t think anyone is going to catch him. It’s good to have a home run hitter who can do that." Not a lot of guys have his speed, and lateral bursts.

CAREER: He has run for 2,069 yards on 330 carries (6.3 avg) with 20 TDs and caught 18 passes for 115 yards (6.4 avg) with 2 TDs in his career. He is 17th on USC's career rushing list with 2,069 yards. His 6.27 career yards per carry is fourth best among those on USC's Top 40 all-time rushing ladder. He has 5 100-yard rushing games in his career. He has 6 career starts.
2017: The explosive Jones, who also sprints for USC's track team, returns as a starting tailback as a junior in 2017 and should be among the nation's top running backs.
2016: After making quite an impression with his record-breaking showing in 2015 as a rookie, Jones was made an even bigger impact as a sophomore tailback in 2016. Overall in 2016 while appearing in all 13 games and starting the final 6 regular season games, he ran for a team-best 1,082 yards on 177 carries (6.1 avg) with 12 TDs and had 11 caches for 76 yards (6.9 avg) with 1 TD. His 1,082 rushing yards in 2016 marked the 29th time a Trojan eclipsed the 1,000-yard season rushing mark and ranks 27th on USC's season list. He had 4 100-yard rushing games in 2016, all in the last 5 regular-season contests. He ran for a TD in each of the last 7 games and had 4 multi-TD games in 2016.

9.6

28

James Washington- 6', 205, #28

WR

OK ST 

11/2017: They will line him up in the slot. Terrific speed right off the snap. "If he stays healthy," OK HC Gundy???. "He's a Hall Of Fame NFL player."

09/2016: Just watched him for the first time this season. He was absolutely incredible against Pitt. So this probably an overreaction. But I don't care, because he has been underestimated his whole life. "My senior year, no one really recruited me, so I went to a lot of camps and spent a lot of money, just to try and get picked up," Washington said. "I wanted to get picked up anywhere, because I love the game of football. If I could go somewhere and play, that would be great with me. I went wherever I could and competed however I could, just trying to make something happen." Elite athlete, who played in the State quarterfinals in doubles tennis.

He is a freak athlete who played basketball in high school, and was named MVP of his district. "He didn't have a whole lot of football video on there," his OK ST WR coach Kasey Dunn said. "He had a lot of basketball. It was kind of split. The video is grainy. It's small-town stuff. The cameraman is shaking and going all over the place." He also has a black belt in Taekwondo.

He has speed to burn. "You can't dispute running 21.4 [in the 200-meter State championships]," Dunn said about his speed and athleticism. "You can't dispute jumping 23 feet. I mean, the guy won the triple jump. Then he plays tennis and basketball. In these videos, he's 360-jamming the basketball. Now how often do you see a 6-foot guy do that? If we're going to miss on a kid, we're going to miss on a guy that's a great character kid with unbelievable athleticism." As a senior in high school he won 100-meter dash.

He's built like an RB. "Just a great kid," Dunn said. "And I'll tell you, his parents are awesome. It's like you're recruiting John Wayne's son. It's awesome." He can catch the bomb through all kinds of contact. 

He can hold onto the 50-yard bomb while a flag flies for pass interference, because the CB was tackling him before the ball arrived. "Coach always said, 'For anyone, for any of the receivers if you get one-on-one, you've got to take advantage of it. It'll be a 50-50 ball and you've got to go up and make a play,'" Washington said. "That's something we're taught here. It's a great feeling to go up and make a play like that." Incredible catching the ball 50-yards downfield. 

This kid can catch the ball off the CB's helmet, and I saw him do it twice in one game. "I think he's been consistent. That's all you can ask for from your playmakers is to be consistent and to have production," Rudolph said. "I think he kind of knew coming in that there was going to be a target on his back for how well he performed last year. He's responded well. He's done a great job. Any game plan a defense has to take him away, he's never let it get to him. He always finds a way to get the ball in his hands." He glides down field like he is on skates.

Great hands. "He was still open quite a bit Saturday," OK ST OC Mike Yurcich said. "He did a pretty good job of getting open. He's a pretty determined guy. You've got to do a good job on him. Even if you double cover him, you've got to do a good job on him." The QB puts it up and he grabs it.

OUTLOOK: A second-team All-Big 12 selection by both the coaches and the media last year (the two first-team picks were both finalists for the Biletnikoff Award presented to the nation’s top receiver and have since departed), a strong case can be made for Washington as the Big 12’s top receiver heading into 2016 ... He is the conference’s only returning 1,000-yard receiver and led all returning Big 12 wideouts in yards per game and touchdowns last season.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): A second-team All-Big 12 selection, behind only a pair of Biletnikoff Award finalists in Corey Coleman from Baylor and Josh Doctson from TCU ... Midseason addition to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver ... Recipient of OSU’s Thurman Thomas Award, given by the coaches to the team’s outstanding offensive players ... Led the nation with four 70-plus yard receptions and ranked 10th nationally with 20.5 yards per catch ... His 10 receiving touchdowns were good for 17th in the nation ... With 1,087 receiving yards, he became one of only four underclassmen ever at OSU to post a 1,000-yard receiving season, joining Rashaun Woods (2001), Dez Bryant (2008) and Justin Blackmon (2010) ... Reached 100 yards receiving five times and led the team with 17 explosive plays from scrimmage (20+ yard gains) ... Second on the team with 53 receptions ... Went for 100 receiving yards or more in four of his last six regular season games. All five of his 100-yard games came against Big 12 opposition ... Scored touchdowns on four consecutive touches with gains of 75, 73, 48, and 50 yard in wins over Texas Tech and TCU ... Named Big 12 offensive player of the week after recording a career-high 200 receiving yards, including two 70-plus yard touchdown plays in the fourth quarter, in OSU’s win over Texas Tech in Lubbock ... His 50.0 yards per reception that day set a school record (min. 3 receptions) ... Named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week after catching five passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns in OSU’s win over TCU ... OSU’s co-offensive player of the game vs. Kansas ... OSU’s offensive player of the game vs. Texas Tech.

9.7

29

*Calvin Ridley- 6-1, 190, #3

WR

Alabama 

09/2017: He looked like he got his speed back, and turned it into production against FLA ST. "Calvin has really kind of showed some elite talent of guys over the years," Kiffin said. "We've been able to be around, a couple of Biletnikoff winners and a bunch of All-Americans. He's shown that talent." Very interesting blend of size and speed. 

He draws penalties with just his speed running by guys. "You'll have a hard time finding a better route runner than him in [NCAA];," a scout said. "He's as instinctive as they come. He gets compared to Amari but he doesn't have [his] size or strength. But as far as being wired to separate and create space, he's as good as you'll find. He's got that South Florida edge to him, too, that you can't teach." He ran right past McFadden against FLA ST. He forced him to grab him and almost tackled him, because he ran by him like he was toast. 

Nice hands. He can leap back to the side and extend his hands and grabbed the pass. "If the defense was pounding on us for too long, Kiffin would get pissed," Alabama WR Barrineau said. "Tony Brown or someone else on defense would talk some trash to him, like, 'Kiffin, you can't even get a first down on us.' Whenever Lane had had enough, he'd grab Calvin and send in a go route. And Calvin would burn them deep almost every time. That was his best way to make the defense stop talking so much." He can run short patterns as well. He will look a little nervous catching it in the box, but he will grab it and hold on.

He is pure speed and toughness, and he has been catching everything this season. "He's beyond dangerous," USC HC Helton said. "He reminds me so much of Marqise Lee when Marqise was here. Because of his ability, not just to make the deep ball plays, but also his ability to catch short and run long. He's so dangerous with yards after the catch. He's got that unique quality of being able to do both." He was said to run a 4.43 Forty this summer, in full pads. 

08/2016: Saban is looking for a return to form from 2015, when he had 89 receptions for 1,045, and 7 TDs. With a freshman QB, who was dynamite with his feet, in charge of the offense his statistics dropped. He only garnered 769-yards and 7 TDs on 72 receptions.

2017 (Junior): One of the nation’s most explosive wideouts ... second in UA history for receptions with 205 and ranks fourth in receiving yards with 2,398 while tying for fourth in career touchdowns catches (16) ... leads the Tide with 44 catches for 584 yards to average 13.3 yards per catch with two touchdown receptions ... the 44 receptions is tied for third in the SEC while his 584 yards is good for fifth in the conference ... collected a team-high nine explosive receptions of 20-plus yards and leads all wideouts with 30 catches that have gone for a first down or a touchdown ... has caught at least one pass in all 39 games of his Alabama career to rank third in the FBS ... selected as a Preseason First Team All-American by Phil Steele and Sports Illustrated while earning Second Team recognition from four outlets ... tabbed to the Biletnikoff and Maxwell Award Preseason Watch Lists while also earning recognition on the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his play against Florida State, Colorado State and Arkansas. Florida State: Paced the Tide wideouts, tallying seven receptions for 82 total yards and one score ... the TD strike came on a 53-yard bomb from Jalen Hurts for UA’s first touchdown of the night ... selected as an offensive player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff for his game against the ‘Noles. Fresno State: Led the Tide receivers with five catches for 45 yards ... hauled in a long of 16 yards with two of his receptions going for a first down ... also added one rush for a gain of 13 yards, his first running play of the 2017 season. Colorado State: Caught three passes for a team-high 92 yards and one score ... connected with Hurts for a 78-yard touchdown strike on the Crimson Tide’s second offensive drive of the day ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the Tide staff for his output against the Rams. Vanderbilt: The Tide’s leading receiver once again, finishing with five catches for 43 yards and a long of 12 ... all five of his receptions went for a first down on the afternoon ... also rushed one time for four yards on a reverse. Ole Miss: Led the Tide wideouts with four catches for 60 yards against the Rebels ... had a long reception of 22 yards ... all four of his catches went for a first down. Texas A&M: Recorded a team-leading five catches for 68 yards against the Aggies ... had a long reception of 30 yards ... four of his five receptions went for a first down to help move the Alabama offense down the field against a stout A&M defense. Arkansas: Paced the Crimson Tide receivers once again, totaling 51 yards on four catches ... had a long reception of 27 yards with three of his four catches securing a first down for UA ... selected as one of the offensive players of the week by the Tide coaching staff. Tennessee: Led the Tide wideouts once again, recording a season-high eight receptions for 82 yards ... had a long reception of 26 yards against the Vols. LSU: The Tide’s leading receiver once again, recording three receptions for 61 yards with a long of 24 yards ... all three of his catches went for a first down against the Tigers.

9.7 

30

*Courtland Sutton- 6-4, 215, #16 

WR 

SMU

10/2016: He plays in that wacky spread offense that makes me suspicious. "It was time. In big games you ask your playmakers to step up and make plays. And he did that. There's no doubt about that," SMU HC Chad Morris said after the UNT game. "He showed why he's an All-American," Morris added. "He showed why he's one of the best receivers in college football." He had four TDs in that game.

The only thing I know is that he might be the most physically talented WR in this Draft. "A lot of guys who are 6-4, 220 play 6-foot, 180,"  Stepp said. "Courtland plays like he's 6-5, 230." It is all about the mental for him. 

He really looks the part. "Big time receivers, that's what they’re supposed to look like," SMU's "WR coach Justin Stepp said. "We can teach a receiver footwork and technique and how to improve their hands and ball skills. We can't teach them to be that big." He came to SMU as a Safety.
He has fantastic production this season. "I know you’re coming out. We get that," Morris said he told Sutton. "Fine tune your skill set. I explained that the difference between getting picked late in the 1st round and late in the 2nd round was about $8.8 million." He looks like he is NFL ready. 
He has great hands for going up and snagging the ball away over and behind him. "He’s similar to DeAndre Hopkins with his ability to contort his body in awkward positions and make the catch,"  Morris said. "He’s got great ball skills, but he’s bigger. He knows he’s the best wide receiver in the country. That's his mindset. And watch him without the ball, see how hard he blocks." Show a great ability to use his size, and go up and snag the ball through contact. 
Sneaky speed going down the field. "He's a relationship guy,” Stepp said. “If you're coaching him, he wants to be close to you.” “We've put in way too much work here to leave and let somebody else reap the benefits of the 33 months of hell we've gone through." 1,246-yards and 10 TDs on 76 catches last year. But how much of that was the system? That is the question all evaluators will be asking.
Junior (2017): HONORS: A preseason Heisman Trophy candidate... Named to the Biletnikoff Preseason Watch List... Named a preseason first-team All-American, All-AAC offensive and Top 30 AAC (No. 3) Player by College Football News... A second-team preseason All-American, All-AAC first team and Group of 5 wild card player by Athlon Sports... Selected No. 18 on SI College Football's Freaks List and No. 28 on its Top 100 Players of 2017 preseason list... Selected as the No. 11 player on Dave Campbell's Texas Football 50 Most Import College Football Players in Texas preseason list... No. 1 on College Football 24/7 Top Wide Receivers to Watch in 2017 list... Named College Sports Madness preseason third-team All-America and first-team All-AAC.
Sophomore (2016): Played and started in all 12 games at wide receiver…Became the first SMU receiver to garner first-team all-conference honors since current Dallas Cowboy Cole Beasley in 2011…Led the team in receptions (76), receiving yards (1,246) and receiving touchdowns (10)…Ranked in the top-20 in the nation in receiving yards per game (103.8 – 12th), receiving yards (1,246 – 19th) and receptions per game (6.3 – 20th)…Became just the ninth Mustang to register 1,000 yards in a season, finishing with 1,246, which ranks third at SMU…Ranked ninth in school history with 2,135 receiving yards and sixth at SMU with 19 receiving touchdowns…Currently holds both the freshman and sophomore single-season receiving yards record.

9.7

31

*Josh Adams- 6-2, 220, #33

RB

Fighting Irish

11/2017: He is still incredibly averaging 9 Yards Per Carry! "I think he’s a terrific back," ND HC Brian Kelly said. "I think it’s great to have front runners and the top for the Heisman is great. It’s great for college football, but the season is so long and there are so many pivotal and crucial games that I think the Heisman should be much more about who can obviously have this kind of season throughout the entire schedule." Nice job finding the hole outside when the middle is clogged. 

Voted team Captain. Makes guys miss on the second level. If you give him a crack, he makes the most of it, and often much more. Runs well with his eyes. Great shiftiness and power on the goal line. When you give him a crease in space he tough to bring down, and you never catch him from behind.
Underrated senior Back who consistently breaks long runs for TDs. "He’s a fine football player. The thing that he brings us is home run potential," Kelly said. : That’s what you’re looking for is the potential to break games open and Josh has been able to do that for us this year." Great lateral hop on second level to make guys miss. 

He's a little tall, but he gets real low in short yardage. "First of all, Josh has got to play," Kelly said. "He only had five carries last week. So getting him into the game, getting him comfortable into the game is going to be really- really important for us. That’s who we are. We’ve got to be able to run the ball, and get Adams going." Nice job cutting back on runs out wide. 

10/2016: Great power runner, elite deep speed, with enough elusiveness to make guys miss. "He’s a stud," Kelly said. "I mean, Barkley is a great player at Penn State, but Josh has got to start to get some kind of national recognition for the kind of season that he’s having. He is a load. He’s a big physical runner who gets in the open and then runs away from people. So this is a special back who’s having a special year." He was incredible against Temple. When he finds a lane you cannot catch him from behind. Terrific screen runner. 

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Orlando Brown Jr.- 6-8, 360, #78

OT

Oklahoma

11/2017I know that BB is a huge fan of his Dad. "The thing he always preached was, 'be better than me,'" Orlando Brown Jr. said. "Be better than I was. In all aspects of life." The Pats should be looking for an OT in this Draft, because Fleming and Solder's time with the Pats might be done. 

The question of whether he can play OLT in the NFL could cause him to drop to the Pats. "I’m around him all the time," Brown said about former NFL OL Jammal Brown. "Every day we’re watching film or working on something in the weight room or whatever it may be. He’s very hard on me. He’s really hard on me about fundamentals and all things that we preach. We learn every day." I just don't see how they pass on him here. 

He is simply huge. "He understands the overall concept to what we’re trying to do," former OU OL Jammal Brown said. "It comes down to not only being a football player, but having fashion, knowing how to talk to women, having good character. Things like that can go a long way." Not the niftiest moving backwards sometimes, but excels at moving his feet

10/2017When he steps into a DE on play action, he is stuck. He will over extend sometimes, and bend at the waist, and that is when he gets beat outside (though I have only seen him beat by outside speed twice). When his technique is sound, he doesn't get beat. He will over protect outside, and take giant step outside, which opens up a inside rush for a quick OLB. But he has a great punch to counter that as well.

09/2017: I think he can play OLT in the NFL, but that thought does scare me a little. He just doesn't give up lanes to outside rushers. He will line up a little further outside against a speed OLB he knows is rushing. So that gives me a little pause. He is so big that it is hard to picture him playing OLT. But he has the feet, great long spider arms, and smarts. 

Great hands that hold the rusher in place when he gets a great grip on their shirt. "If you've got that dog, people play you differently," Brown said. "People don't want to run down the middle of me. People know, hey man, if this dude gets his hands on you, he's going to finish you, and you don't want to be in that position. That moment right there, I learned." Great strength, and plays to his size.
2017: Has started all nine games at left tackle.
2016: Named second-team All-American by AP and FWAA ... voted 2016 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year by league's coaches (first sophomore to win the award since it was introduced in 2006 and the second Sooner to win [Jon Cooper in 2008]) ... named first-team All-Big 12 by league's coaches and AP ... started all 13 games at left tackle ... played 659 snaps and surrendered just one sack.
2015: Named a Freshman All-American by Sporting News ... selected to All-Big 12 Second Team by ESPN.com ... Third Team All-Big 12 honoree by Phil Steele ... tabbed All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by league’s coaches ... started all 13 games at left tackle ... made Sooners debut with start at left tackle in season opener against Akron (9/5), becoming one of 10 freshmen in OU history to start a game at offensive tackle.
2014: Redshirted.

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Day Three

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Marcus Allen-  6-2, 202, #2

FS

Penn State

10/2017: He makes plays all over the field. He makes tackles from sideline to sideline. "He’s played a lot of football here," Penn ST DB coach Tim Banks said. "There’s not a lot of things that occur in the game that he hasn’t seen before. When you lose a Marcus and those many starts and that much experience, sometimes that can be challenging." He is the signal caller. He runs the defense. 

He is a big time player who makes the big plays at big times. "I've had guys his size, but maybe weren’t quite as athletic," Banks said. "Or I’ve had guys who were smaller and a little faster. But when you start talking about an overall combo guy, I don’t if I’ve had a guy with that type of skill-set and that type of size." He flew in for a safety late in the 4th to win the game against Pitt. 

Nice form tackler. Nice open field tackler. "Marcus is bubbly, outgoing, full of energy, huge smile on his face, dancing, laughing, clowning other guys, me, other players, everybody," Penn ST HC Franklin said. "He's just a ball of positive energy that I love. He was the same way as a freshman, but he's a senior now, he's more mature. There's a time and a place and he does a great job with all of those things." I think he is a NFL safety. 

He will line up as an LB sometimes. He had 22 tackles against Minny. Terrific down hill strong safety. Nice job using his speed to catch up to RBs who got through the line. He crushes RBs in the box. Also has the ability to play cover one like a FS.
He is a great hitter. He knocks much bigger tight ends straight back on their heads. "He can do it all," Banks said. "You can drop him in the box. He can play as a linebacker, or you can play him on the hash as a regular safety. You can put him in coverage, too. So he has a unique skill-set for a guy his size that makes him extremely valuable." Lead Penn state in tackles at the halfway mark.  

Career Notes & Records: NCAA: Is tied for No. 18 among active FBS defenders with 305 career tackles, which is No. 3 in the Big Ten.
Career: Is just the sixth Nittany Lion to reach the 300-tackle mark in a career...Ranks No. 6 on Penn State’s career tackles chart with 305 stops, trailing Brian Gelzheiser (315; 1991-94) for No. 5...Owns nine career double-digit tackle games (two in 2014, two in 2015, three in 2016, two in 2017)...Blocked the field goal attempt vs. Ohio State, which was picked up and returned for a touchdown by Grant Haley, the first blocked field goal returned for a touchdown in Penn State history.
2017 Senior Season: Awards: Named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, along with teammate Grant Haley...Selected as a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, along with teammate Jason Cabinda...Earned the Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week on Sept. 12 after piling up 13 tackles vs. Pittsburgh...Named to the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award weekly honor roll on Sept. 13 for his efforts vs. Pittsburgh...Earned Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his effort vs. Indiana (9/30)...Selected to the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy, Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award...Selected preseason first-team All-American by Sporting News...Earned preseason third-team All-America from Athlon Sports and Pro Football Focus.
Season: Started nine games...Selected team captain prior to the season.
Akron (9/2): Totaled three tackles, all in the first half...Combined with Christian Campbell on a first-quarter tackle for loss...Notched one pass breakup...Part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015...One of eight players to be a part of three-straight seasons with a shutout (Illinois, 2015; at Rutgers, 2016; Akron, 2017), marking the longest such streak since a three-year span from 1989-91...Part of a defense that logged a season-opening shutout for the first time since 2007 (FIU, 59-0). Pittsburgh (9/9): Owned a game-high 13 stops, including 10 solo...Logged a fourth-quarter tackle for loss, taking down Pittsburgh running back Darrin Hall for a safety, the first Penn State safety since 2010 (Devon Still, vs. Minnesota)...Added one pass breakup...Selected as the coaching staff's Co-Defensive Player of the Week with Grant Haley. Georgia State (9/16): Grabbed the first interception of his career in the second quarter and returned it 50 yards...Added three tackles, all coming in the first half...A part of a unit that posted its second shutout of the season, marking the first time since 2009 a Nittany Lion defense posted two shutouts in a single season...Helped Penn State force five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumble recoveries), the first time since forcing five turnovers last season at Indiana (five fumble recoveries)...Part of a secondary that nabbed three interceptions in a game for the first time since doing so at Maryland in 2015...Named the coaching staff's Defensive Player of the Week. at Iowa (9/23): Forced an Iowa fumble - recovered by Grant Haley - by knocking the ball loose near midfield, which led to a Saquon Barkley 8-yard touchdown run...Notched five tackles...Totaled a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss, including Penn State's lone sack - a fourth-quarter takedown of Nate Stanley...Added a second-quarter solo TFL to bring up a third-and-long and eventually force an Iowa punt. Indiana (9/30): Tallied six tackles...Combined with Jason Cabinda on a second-quarter tackle for loss...Forced a fumble in the third quarter, which was recovered by Parker Cothren, and led to a Penn State touchdown...Added one pass breakup. at Northwestern (10/7): Made five stops. Michigan (10/21): Logged six stops...Added one quarterback hurry...Part of a defense that held the Wolverines scoreless over the final 40:03 of the game. at Ohio State (10/28): Boasted a game-high 10 tackles, including nine solo stops. at Michigan State (11/4): Totaled five tackles
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*Marcell Frazier- OLB, 6-5, 260, #16 

Edge 

Missouri

11/2016: He has the explosion to run by the ORT to sack the QB. At his best when he explodes upfield, but he plays in a bit of a read and react 3-4 system. Teams will double him outside when they run inside, which shows a lot of respect. Plays consistently with his hands up, and does a great job getting his hands on the blocker before they get their hands on him. Nice inside shoulder shove, when he feel the ORT is too far back, then he can burst inside to the QB. He will play DE in odd fronts. He will drop into coverage sometimes, and can cover the RB out of the backfield.

10/2016: He is a bit of an odd cat who boycotted the Missouri media. "I will not be available to any local media this season," Frazier tweeted. "I gain nothing from it. I am still an amateur, not binded to do interviews (yet)." So you know BB is going to like that.

However, he did stop his boycott to help his teammates. "He started taking some of the blow [back], so (the media) won’t keep coming at other guys," his teammate LB Terez Hall said. "I'm glad he’s back doing what he has to do so he can show the world that he’s not a mean guy." Speaking to the media to help his teammates is a sign of leadership. 

09/2016: Phenomenal physical talent. Looks and plays lighter, faster and quicker than his listed size would make you think. But he also plays strong as ox, like he is 265 pounds. Great slippery hands. He is very adept at grabbing the blockers arms and slashing past them to the QB. Plays low and with great leverage. He has some Flowers and Wise in him, in that he can slash past the OT's shoulder to the QB, but also has the size and strength to two-gap a little. He is the type of DE the Pats have drafted the past two years. 

2017 OUTLOOK: The heir apparent to be the latest in a long line of standout defensive ends for #DLineZOU ... Came on strong late last season, and is primed to be one of the SEC’s most disruptive rush ends ... Missed the last week of spring camp after breaking a bone in his right forearm in a scrimmage, but he’ll be 100% when fall camp rolls around in August.

2017 SEASON: Recorded three tackles, half a sack against Missouri State (9/2) … Recorded four tackles, season high, two for a loss and one sack against Purdue (9/16).
2016 SEASON: Played in 12 games (five starts) and totaled 33 tackles (19 solo) with 8.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks … Added two pass break-ups and four QB hurries … His 8.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks were the second-most on the team, trailing only DE Charles Harris … Recovered a fumble and tallied two tackles in Mizzou’s season opener against West Virginia (9/3) … Recorded two tackles and one pass breakup in Mizzou’s win over Eastern Michigan (9/10) … Recorded two tackles in Mizzou’s SEC opener against Georgia (9/17) ... Had four tackles with his first sack of the season, an eight-yard loss, with a forced fumble in Mizzou’s 79-0 win over Delaware State (9/24) … Posted two tackles at LSU (10/1) … Was disruptive from his defensive end spot at Florida (10/15), posting five tackles, one pass break-up and a fumble recovery ... Recorded one sack with two quarterback hits against Middle Tennessee (10/22) ... Recorded four tackles against Kentucky (10/29), his third game with four or more tackles this season … Made his second career start at South Carolina (11/5) and nabbed a tackle in that game … Tallied first career multi-sack game with 2.5 sacks against Vanderbilt (11/12) for a total of 16 yards in losses … Continued to produce on defense with a four tackles and a sack for a loss of two against Tennessee (11/19) … Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week on Nov. 28 after sparking Mizzou’s defense in a 28-24 comeback win over Arkansas (11/25) … Ended the day with four tackles (42 yards in losses) including three sacks (35 yards) and a quarterback hurry.

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Da'Shawn Hand- 6-4, 282, #9

QB

Alabama  

10/2017:.He was practicing with the LB in coverage do to injury. Hand is a freakish player. They have to play him out of position on the edge, and he was getting some passrush. He can get up field fast. Nice job slanting inside and turning up field to the QB. He will play on both ends of the line. He is a 290-pound 5-Tech, who plays edgerusher and has played some LB, and shown that he can cover as well. 

11/2016: He looks like he could play some base end to me. But someone is going to take him as a 5-Tech. It amazes how fast he gets up field. Great hands and can really beat up on blockers. He is built like an inside guy, but has had to play outside and consistently gets pressure on the passer. Great blend of power and speed. A bit of a tweener, but I think it is in a good way. He can line up outside and stuff the run, and then inside on 3rd and longs and help the rush. 

2016 (Junior): One of the keys to the Crimson Tide’s vaunted defensive front ... totaled 21 tackles on the season with 3.5 for loss (-11 yards) and two sacks (-7 yards) ... added five quarterback hurries and one forced fumble ... selected to the Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top lineman. USC: Saw time as one of the first reserves to enter the contest with the Trojans but did not record any stats. Western Kentucky: Provided a threat off the edge against the Hilltoppers but did not produce any stats. Ole Miss: Helped provide depth on a hot day that required rotation along the defensive front ... recorded his first two tackles of the season, both coming on rush plays. Kent State: Registered one tackle and his first quarterback hurry of the season ... helped limit the Golden Flashes to only 166 yards of total offense. Kentucky: Finished with a season-high four tackles, including one tackle for loss (-4 yards) in a reserve role ... played a key role in pressuring the Wildcat quarterback into 13-of-22 passing and only 89 yards through the air. Arkansas: Totaled one tackle against the Hogs, recording his first sack of the season and forcing an Arkansas fumble in the process ... the fumble was scooped up by Tim Williams and returned 23 yards for an Alabama touchdown, the Tide’s first of two non-offensive scores on the night. Tennessee: Tied his season-high mark with four tackles against the Volunteers. Texas A&M: Took advantage of his time on the line, registering one sack (-3 yards) and a career-high two quarterback hurries against the Aggies. LSU: Came off the bench to help provide pressure off the edge but did not record any stats. Mississippi State: Recorded three stops against the Bulldogs while adding one quarterback pressure. Chattanooga: Saw time against the Mocs but did not record any stats. Auburn: Helped in a rotational role against the Tigers but did not record any stats ... helped limit the high-powered Auburn offense to 182 total yards. Florida: Registered three tackles against the Gators, including half a tackle for loss ... added one quarterback hurry ... helped pressure the UF quarterback into throwing three interceptions by day’s end. Washington: Totaled one tackle against the Huskies while applying pressure on the UW quarterback in his rotational role. Clemson: Collected one tackle on the night from his defensive end position.

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Austin Bryant- 6-5, 265, #7

OLD/DE

Clemson

11/2017: He has incredible size and speed for, huh, anybody. "It’s just hard to find guys that are 260, 280, 300 that move the way that they can," Hale said. "There’s not many out there, and Clemson’s got four of them." Clemson has three DLs who should be 1st Round picks in this Draft.

Bryant has been having a great season. "One of the funniest things is, I think their best lineman or most productive one so far has been Austin Bryant," Hale said. "And he was sort of looked at as the other guy on the line." He has a nice second bust, when he slows for the play action, and then bursts again upfield when he sees it. 
He uses excellent hand technique. "One thing we’ve been harping on these past few days is sprint into the bye week, not limp into it," Bryant said. "We really want to finish the first half of the season out strong. And then going to the bye week, we’ll get our legs back up under us and get ready for a sprint to the finish line. Any opportunity you get to play, you have to take advantage of it." He still falls for play action a lot. 

He has been playing on a sprained ankle. "We felt like we weren’t going to hold anything back," Bryant said about playing on his bad ankle. "I told the coaches I was ready to go and it didn’t feel like I was [had] strain. I didn’t feel like I was going to be limping out there. That was the game plan and we ran with it." I like how he sets the edge, and still get in on the tackle. 

The whole team got a jolt when they were upset by Syracuse. "We just wanted to get that swagger back on both sides of the ball," Bryant said. "There was a lot of self evaluating. It was just us telling everybody, 'Just stick together. Don’t let that [horrible] moment define us.' We know what type of team we’ve got." Great job changing direction when the RB cuts back, and he can still take him down. 

Outlook: He plays in a 3-4 system where he is expected to be physical ad set the edge.  

Junior defensive end who has been part of Clemson's two-deep rotation at end in 2015 and 2016 ... has 51 tackles, five tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 463 snaps over 22 games.
2016: Earned share of the defense's 12th Man Award, along with Marcus Edmond and Scott Pagano ... suffered a foot injury in August camp and missed the first six games of the season ... had 16 tackles, including three for loss and two sacks, in 244 snaps over nine games ... returned to action against NC State, tallying half of a sack in the overtime win in 27 snaps ... posted 1.5 sacks in 27 snaps at Florida State, a 37-34 Tiger victory ... posted three tackles, including half of one for loss, in victory at Wake Forest ... posted half a tackle for loss against Virginia Tech ... saw significant action in both bowl games, including 39 snaps versus Alabama when starter Clelin Ferrell went down with an injury ... broke up a pass and had a quarterback pressure in the win over the Crimson Tide.
2015: Logged significant action as a backup to both Kevin Dodd and Shaq Lawson, appearing in 13 games and 219 snaps ... had four quarterback pressures and two special teams tackles, as well as a fumble recovery ... posted five tackles in his debut against Wofford ... tallied nine stops, including one on special teams, in win over Appalachian State ... missed Georgia Tech game with an injury ... notched first career sack at NC State ... knocked down a pass and had key quarterback pressure in win over Florida State ... had half a tackle for loss against Wake Forest ... posted three tackles and a fumble recovery in the ACC Championship Game against North Carolina ... came off the bench to see 63 snaps with Shaq Lawson injured in the Capital One Orange Bowl and contributed eight tackles, including half a sack.

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Luke Falk - 6-4, 225, #4

QB 

Wash ST

10/2017: He has to catch onto a team and be developed for a few years. "I think that happens to everybody, but with that said, he is the most successful quarterback in the conference. I think a lot of really good quarterbacks do [over analyze thing]. I think people who are achievers do," Leach said. "I think they’re constantly thinking about what they do, what their job is, and constantly working on it and obsessing over it to the point where that’s what’s helped him grow and build and elevate. I think there’s been a lot of benefits from the diligence that goes along with it. But I think you can’t let it slow you down." If a desperate team drafts him, and expects him to start anytime soon it will not go well for him.

08/2017: I'm not of a fan of spread QBs. But I am a fan of QBs who come out of systems that put a lot of pressure on them. Last season Wash ST had the worst kicking game in the Country. As a result they were forced to go for it on 4th downs, more than they kicked the ball. That put a ton of pressure on the kid. He came through on 4th down, with all the pressure on his back, more than any QB in college football last season. 

He plays in the tragic "Air Raid" system that seeks and destroys QBs with astonishing consistency. But he made the correct decision staring in school last year. He also showed the intelligence and decision making ability to call the plays. That is very unusual for Air Raid QBs, that are usually in that system because they struggle reading the defense. I would never draft an "Air Raid" QB, but if their is an exception to that rule it is Falk.

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Duke Dawson- 5-10, 202, #7 

CB 

FLA

08/2016: Great eyes. He does a great job watching the QB, and can switch off his man when he throws inside. "I thought Duke defended unbelievably well in the pass game," former FLA HC McElwain said. "They were big on slants. He was able to get that [first throw], and then to break up that 4th down one there. That guy is playing at a high level and playing with a lot of confidence." He can get to the seam and take out the TE right as the ball arrive. 

One of the elite mover in this Draft. "I think one guy that definitely stepped up was Duke Dawson. You saw two or three big, huge plays. I know he wanted to step up doing that. He showed that he can cover very well," former FLA LB Anzalone said. "That’s a really hard position to play. I think the hardest position on the field. So he’s doing a great job in just executing in this stretch we’re going in on." He has been great this season. He has an elite knack for position.

Makes the shifts, checks, and calls for the defense this season. "It’s been hard. I’m normally a quiet guy," Dawson said. "But I had to come out of my comfort zone to help do my job. I want those guys to be great. I don’t want it to be just about me in that room." He has moved inside to help the defense.

Playing some Nickel doesn't hurt his NFL potential now a days. "Being on the inside it’s a lot of fast and quicker guys," Dawson said. "You really have to be on everything. But on the outside you got more physical guys, Which people don’t understand, my game is physical as well." He can react to the ball in the air quicker and better than the receiver. It really is a special talent.

He is the clear leader of the this defense. "He tells me that all the time," Dawson said. "Me and Coach Shannon have a great relationship. With my versatility, he says I can play any spot on the back end. It’s just me being consistent with my technique, my alignment, play recognition, just little things like that that we talk about." He saw miscoverages on a play against Tenn, and was yelling at his teammate to change coverage. When his teammate didn't, he did, and made the play. 

The ball just finds him. "My first three years have been real bumpy, I can say that," Dawson said. "There’s been a lot of ups and downs. My sophomore year was probably not my best year. But we all understand that things happen, so I can’t look at that anymore. Look where I’m at now." He is so good in coverage keeping one eye on the receiver, and one eye on the QB. 

2016: Played 12 games played and started seven throughout the season… Missed the SEC Championship Game due to injury… Was Florida’s nickel cornerback throughout the season where he recorded one interception (returned for a touchdown) and a team-high seven pass breakups… Notched that interception returned for a touchdown at Arkansas… Also totaled 24 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble on the season… Notched that forced fumble against UMASS in Florida’s season opener.

2015: Played in all 14 games... Totaled 10 tackles on the season and recorded a forced fumble against East Carolina.

2014: Played in 11 games and made one start at safety...Totaled 14 tackles and had one interception... Led the team in tackles against Vanderbilt with six... Had four tackles at Tennessee in his first career start... Intercepted his first career pass in the season opener against Eastern Michigan and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.

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Nick Chubb- 5-10, 224, #27

RB

Georgia 

09/2016: He runs with so much power and speed. "Nick Chubb is really special," Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. "His feet never stop. He always moves the line of scrimmage. He can anticipate contact and his ability to offset tacklers from angles is unbelievable. That’s an innate ability. His ability to see what’s happening in front him and react on a dime. Had he not gotten hurt (last year) there wasn’t anybody he wasn’t running through or making miss. Nick Chubb is the best running back in this conference that I’ve faced." He has some shifty shoulders coming to the line.

He is great at using his shifty feet to make guys miss. "Chubb’s more of a shifty, more of a quick elusive guy than Gurley," Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham said. "I wouldn’t say as big or powerful but he’s definitely up to par with Gurley. He’s very quick, very instinctive, and you noticed how quick he could hit a hole." He is always falling forwards. 

He runs low and hard, and can punish defenders when he hits them low. "The big thing with Nick is going to be full, live-contact tackling," his HC Smart said. "The psychological factor of him taking the first hits and going through tackling will be a big part of that." He can meet an LB in the middle and knock him off his feet, and keep going. 

He has thirteen 100-yard rushing games, some think he is similar to Derrick Henry. "Well, they’re both powerful, that’s the number one similarity," Smart said. "They’re a very different style in my opinion. Derrick was a long slasher that could run with power downhill. But Derrick got a lot of his long runs bouncing things out. Nick is a very patient runner that churns the hard extra yards. He can run outside but he runs through a lot of arm tackles, kind of like Derrick did. They’ve got a lot of similarities but they’re also built completely different. They’re two different-type kids. But they’re both common in that they work extremely hard and are both very humble and loyal to their teammate." He has two 200-yards games. 

Terrific spin move, that he can use to spin off tackles with great power and agility. "Nick got to carry the ball," Smart said after Chubb's first scrimmage. "He did well. He carried it seven or eight times. I think the officials were more worried about him than we were because they were blowing the whistle quick and we didn’t want that. But he got tackled and did well with it and it was important for him to get over that psychologically but also the physical conditioning part of it." He is so good at bouncing it outside. and getting yards on his own. 

He does some odd things to prepare for playing RB in the SEC, and it has been working. "I’ve seen some people use track before and working on form running with track coaches, which Nick did with our track coaches, but not the Tae kwon do element," Smart said. "Some of it was Tae kwon do-slash-MMA-slash-wrestling on mats. He was rolling and reacting, getting his body used to almost like being tackled, but in a more controlled environment. I went and watched a couple of times and was really impressed with what he was doing." He looked faster this season against UNC.

He is good in blitz pick up. Which can be a problem, because his coach it tempted to leave in on every single down. "I don’t think from a conditioning standpoint we can include him every single play," Smart said. "He got tired the other night and had to come out several times. So, yeah, you’ve got to resist [the urge to leave him in every single down]. It’s not realistic, whether he’s coming off an injury or not. To have a back play every play in every game. You just can’t do it.We’ve got other players capable. We’ve got to find ways to get the ball to other people because we may not be able to run the ball with the same efficiency we did the other night. We have to be able to throw it and we’ve got to use other weapons in our offense to make sure that Nick is not focused upon." He can get low, get his hands on the rusher and hold on until the QB throws. 
Career Highs: 266 rushing yards vs. No. 20 Louisville in 2014. Long rush of 83 yards (2x), last vs. No. 13 Alabama in 2015. 2 rushing TDs (7x), last vs. Southern in 2015. 3 total vs. Southern in 2015. Long TD rush of 83 yards (2x), last vs. No. 13 Alabama in 2015. 38 rushing attempts at No. 23 Missouri in 2014. 5 receptions vs. Florida in 2014
*59 receiving yards vs. Florida in 2014. Long reception of 27 yards vs. No. 9 Auburn in 2014, 1 receiving TD (3x), last vs. Southern in 2015. Long receiving TD of 24 yards vs. Southern in 2015. Career: 13 - 100 yard rushing games
2 - 200 yard rushing games.
2015: Rushed for 747 yards on 92 carries with seven TDs ... Leon Farmer Award ... four receptions for 32 yards and a TD ... Appeared in six games making six starts ... sustained a season-ending knee injury on the first play from scrimmage at Tennessee ... tied school record with his 13th-consecutive 100-yard rushing game by rushing for 146 yards on 20 carries vs. No. 13 Alabama; also tied career-long TD rush of 83 yards ... 133 yards rushing and two TDs vs. Southern ... 159 yards and two rushing TDs vs. South Carolina ... 189 rushing yards at Vanderbilt ... 120 rushing yards on 16 carries and 2 TDs vs. ULM ... recipient of Coffee County Hustle Award at conclusion of spring practice ... USAToday First Team Preseason All-America ... Phil Steele’s Preseason All-America First Team and All-SEC First Team ... Sporting News Preseason First Team All-America ... Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC First Team ... Preseason Media Days All-SEC First Team ... UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll ... recipient of the Rebecca and Leon Farmer, III Scholarship and the Green-Sands Football Scholarship ... inducted into UGA’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program.

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Chukwuma Okorafor- 6-6, 330, #77

OLT

W. Michigan

11/2017: He is a big man. Huge. "You can never be satisfied with the way you are right now. There is always more to do on the field, and I am trying to make myself a better player," Okorafor said. "All we think about is giving our best on a daily basis. We pretty much just focus on the process, meeting the challenges every day, and doing our best game in and game out." He looks a little sloppy, but is light on his feet. 

Likes to forklift the DE on plays away, and just hold on. "He's got size, he's got speed, he's got intelligence, he's big and physical. He's got all the physical intangibles that the NFL guys are looking for," co-OC Jake Moreland said. "He's a guy we're going to count on. He's played a lot of snaps for the Broncos. And we're planning on him being key to what we want to get done this year." Nice strong hands that are very tough to chop off shirts. 

Terrific job moving his feet to seal the DE outside on play action, and then just hold him in place with his grip. "I think the offense will be kind of the same with a little more twists and turns, just different names for plays, more simple names to kind of allow us to play fast," Okorafor said. "I feel since Coach Lester played here, it also gives him more of an edge too." No trouble sliding back in pass pro. 

2016 Junior: Started all 14 games at left tackle. Moved to left tackle after playing right tackle last year and again at right tackle in 2014. Was part of a Bronco offensive line that was ranked No. 4 in the country by Pro Football Focus. The team finished 24th in the country this season in rushing offense and allowed just 16 sacks on the year, the 13th fewest total in the country. Opened holes for team to run for over 300 yards three times. Paved the way for Jarvion Franklin to rush for a WMU program-record 281 yards on the ground at Akron (10/15).
2015 Sophomore: Started all 13 games at right tackle. Helped pave the way for 401 yards rushing against Ohio (10/17) in the second half. Blocked for the MAC Freshman of the Year and Popeyes Bahamas Bowl MVP Jamauri Bogan who finished with 1,051 rushing yards and 16 TDs on the season. As a team, the Broncos were second in the MAC and 29th in the country with 204.6 yards per game on the ground.

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*Sam Hubbard- 6-5, 265, #6

DE/OLB

Ohio ST

08/2017: He is definitely staying in school.

10/2016: He can turn the corner, flush the QB, and then chase him to the opposite side and trip him up. He can shove off the ORT, find the ball on the play action, and then dive inside and grab the RB's foot. "I haven't even been at this position for a full year," Hubbard said. "I'm going to keep taking all the coaching knowledge. And the more experience I get [the better I'll be]. It's only up from here." Now he is starting in place of Joey Bosa on the Ohio State D-line. 

He came to Ohio State as a Safety/Dodgeball-Player and has put on 60-pounds of muscle. "Last year I had a great foundation, and I just want to keep improving," Hubbard said. "I'm never going to be comfortable or satisfied, so I’m going to keep working." He is still growing.

As the story goes, he was not a great football player when Urban Meyer showed up at his high school to recruit, but he was a great dodgeball player. "Who is that big freak running around on the gym floor?" Meyer said about visiting Hubbard's high school. "He was an average football player, but a great dodgeball player." And what might interest Belichick (and thus Pats Fans), he was also a great Lacrosse player in high school.

He played LB and TE at Ohio state, but put on 60-pounds of muscle in two years. "Knowing his family, his dad is a big man," his high school HC Rodenberg said. "Just looking at it, I knew he wasn't gonna play safety even though he was playing it for us. I remember talking to Kerry Coombs, Ohio State wasn't sure what he was gonna play. I told Sam, 'You're gonna be a defensive end, and you're gonna be a 1sy round defensive end.'" It looks like is going to be right. 

He is the most unknown star waiting to happen in this Draft. "Sam Hubbard is gonna be a problem in the Big Ten," a scout said. He is quiet for awhile, and then boom, he is hitting the quarterback.

He actually got in a game last season against Northern Illinois, and shared a sack with Bosa. "We just gave each other a big hug, a big smile," Hubbard said. "We had been working together, lifting partners working out, and finally got to make some plays together. That felt great." Which is another reason he has been compared to Bosa.

He is probably going to stay in school, like Bosa did as a junior. "Joey wasn’t necessarily a vocal guy, but you saw the way he practiced. If you want to play at a high level, you’ve got to do the things he does," his teammate Tyquan Lewis said. "He led by example and it trickles its way down." However, he is too good not to have on this list, and he would not get past the Pats at 32 if he did.

Ohio State Overview: Sam Hubbard is a rising star for the Buckeyes and is coming off a freshman All-America campaign in 2015 … Hubbard, first noticed at Moeller High School by coach Urban Meyer playing dodgeball, came to Ohio State as a safety but coaches experimented with him at tight end and linebacker during a red-shirt freshman campaign in 2014 … he ultimately settled in nicely along the defensive line … he’s done well off the playing field as well with two OSU Scholar-Athlete honors and one Academic All-Big Ten honor while pursuing his degree in finance … spent three days this summer interning with Goldman Sachs in New York City.

2015 Season (Freshman): Hubbard was named a freshman All-American by USA Today … he earned the start in the season opener against Virginia Tech and was a key back-up in the final 12 games for the 12-1 Buckeyes … he was in on 414 plays as a freshman with 333 on defense plus an additional 81 on special teams … recorded 28 tackles, including eight tackles-for-losses totaling 44 yards plus 6.5 quarterback sacks … he also recorded an interception (vs. Maryland), a pass break-up, three quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and had two fumble recoveries … was in on a career-high four tackles three times: vs. Virginia Tech, Western Michigan and Notre Dame … also had a career-high 55 snaps in the win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.

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Derrick Nnadi- 6-1, 312, #

DT 

FLA ST

08/17: He hurt his ankle to start the season and wasn't really healthy until the Miami game. The coaches were comparing him to Jernigan after their preseason. When he just uses his great powerful legs and hands he can be great. He is so good at grabbing hands and twisting them off him and finding he RB. TMIWTMIL. He does not have the prototype height that you are looking for, but he has everything else. He can get outside the tackle and make the tackle on the edge.
FLA 2016:  Short NT, but he can get into the backfield and make plays. He is at his best when he uses his powerful legs to explode up field. They will line him up at 5-tech, and let him blast off up field sometimes. He will line up in front of the OG, and hit the QB. He is playing with his eyes so much better this season. He finds the ball carrier over and over. It is very hard to fool him. When he blasts off with his elite legs, he can pop the OC back and bull him nest the QB, then shed and jump on him. 

Michigan 2016: He has such explosive legs that I think he can play in the NFL. When he uses his legs to explode up field is when he looks the best. He is short, and looks like he has short arms. But when he keeps his legs churning, he powers back a lot of bigger taller OLs. Great twisting inside. He can hop around the other DT, and turn up field into the QB and slam him. When he is running low and angry he hits like a train. When he is on he can dominate inside. He is a quick burst player, wins with quick burst, or gets stuck. He plays right in the middle of the line, and he holds up well. He is short, but he is tough to move out of there. Nice job using his hands to hold off the center, and then grabbing the RB as he tries to slash by. Plays the two gap very well. 

9.7

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Lowell Lotulelei- 6-6, 310, #93

NT/DT

Utah 

02/2016: I don't think he is better than his brother. "Lowell's always been a better football player than I have," Star said. "Ever since he started playing the game when he was a little kid. It all comes natural to him." However, he should be better in 2016. 

You have to compare him to his brother. "If that compares to him and if people want to compare me to him, then that’s what it is," Lowell said. "But I feel like whatever work I put in that’s the kind of player I’m going to be." He could go as high as Star in April. 

Nice job holding off the OLG with his long arms and sliding inside to hit the RB on the other side. "He’s as good as he wants to be," Utah DC Morgan Scalley said. "Last year, you saw glimpses of just how special he can be. And now, what’s he’s picked up, is a consistent way of working. He’s got a better work ethic. He’s a much better leader, and I mean the sky’s the limit for that kid. You couple his athleticism, his God-given talent, with now his work ethic, and I’m excited to see what he does this year," He does a nice job reaching out with one hand and chopping out the ball. 

Teams start doubling him early in games. "He's Star's younger brother, but he's his own guy," Utah HC Whittingham said last year. "Lowell is just really scratching the surface of his potential. He's just a true sophomore, and I think he's got a lot of upside. Before he's done here, he's going to make a big impact." When he gets under a OG, he can bull him back into the QB with impressive power. 

Plays Nose Tackle and shades the OC a lot on the Blindside.  "What can we say?”  Kyle Whittingham said. “He’s a first-team all-conference guy, a proven commodity and he’s really one of the mainstays of the defense." He controls the middle of the O-line by himself.

UTAH: All-America candidate is one of the best defensive tackles in the country … All-Pac-12 his first two seasons, including first-team honors in 2015 … 2014 Freshman All-American has played in all 26 games with 18 starts since his true freshman season.
2015: First-team All-Pac-12 … played in all 13 games with nine starts at left tackle … 26 total tackles (5.0 TFL, 1.0 sack), a pass breakup and a forced fumble … three tackles against Fresno State, Michigan, USC, Oregon State and Arizona … his forced fumble (recovered by Utah) led to what proved to be the game-deciding touchdown against BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.
2014: First-team Freshman All-American by USA Today … second-team Freshman All-American by Scout.com … honorable mention All-Pac-12 … true freshman played in all 13 games and started the last nine … 33 total tackles included 4.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks … one forced fumble … season-high six tackles vs. Oregon … sacked Oregon’s Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota two times for 13 yards … five tackles vs. UCLA and Colorado (1 sack).

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Marquis Haynes- 6-3, 230, #10

LB

Ole Miss 

09/2016: Hayes brings the freak factor big time. He is a smaller speed OLB. He is freakishly strong, and has that knack for hitting the quarterback. He will disappear sometimes, but then always seems to show back up in the rush. I don't know if he as size to do what he does in the NFL, but he will test as one of the top athletes in the Draft. 

When he hit the Alabama QB where he knocked the ball out, and it was returned for a TD, that was the third time that game where he exploded past the blockers, and no one touched him on the rush from the edge. "He’s a guy that he’s going to produce on Saturday," his DL coach Chris Kiffin said. "He’s going to make a play that’s going to spark the team, that’s going to spark the stadium at some point." He has that knack for getting into the backfield from the edge. 

Not as good taking on blockers as you'd like, but if you don't pick him up, he will hit the QB. "He’s still learning," Kiffin said. "He’s undersized to play defensive end, so sometimes he gets worked off the ball a little bit. But then all of a sudden, he’s going to make the huge play, the big sack or the caused fumble that could potentially change the game and get everybody off their seat. He’s an unbelievable athlete, and he’s just the next great Land shark around here." They line him up outside and he flies to the QB fast and hits him.
Great blitzer up the gut. "They’re both really good players," Kirby Smart said. "Coach Chaney really felt, and I felt like Charles Harris was a really good player coming out the game. He [Haynes] was even better than we thought." Some think Harris is a 1st round pick.

He is terrific in pursuit when he gets the ball carrier is in his sights. "Going into this game, [we knew] Marquis Haynes is a really good player," Smart said. "We know that. We’ve seen it first-hand. He’s a dominant pass rusher. He can disrupt plays. He’s a talented player. They’ve got some similarities, but Haynes has just done it for a longer period of time." He will tackle through the RB when he gets him from the side.

08/2015: Under sized speed linebacker with that money making knack for hitting the quarterback. "I’m just going to keep doing what I have been doing," Haynes said. "Playing the ballgames like I usually do, full speed and using my strength. I just want to keep progressing forward." The kid is tough, and bigger than OK LB Eric Striker.

He is a physical freak who is likely to end up in the 1st round. "I knew he was going to blow up just because of his size and how fast he was going into his senior season," his high school HC Penland said. "Just a natural freak. Colleges were chomping at the bit to see this kid." He flies to the QB when lined up as the 9 and 11 Technique. 

He had some academic issues coming out of high school. "He was North Carolina at the start," Penland said. "Then he went to a prep school. He passed everything at the prep school. But North Carolina has been in all this trouble with academics and they just basically said no. That's how he ended up at Ole Miss. Haynes said he liked the coaching staff at Ole Miss, said they reminded him of us." So there are some red flags.

CAREER: Already tied for fourth in school history (since 1983) with 17.5 career sacks ... Preseason All-America fourth team (Phil Steele) ... Preseason All-SEC second team (Athlon, Birmingham News, Lindy’s), third team (Phil Steele) ... Ranked the nation’s No. 81 overall player by NFL.com and the No. 8 DE in the country by Lindy’s. OUTLOOK: Returning starter at defensive end ... Dynamic pass rusher who continues to get better playing the run ... Superior athlete. 2015: All-SEC second team (Coaches, AP, Phil Steele) ... SEC All-Bowl team (ESPN.com) ... Three-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week in 2015 and four times in the first two years of his career ... Tied for fourth among SEC players and 19th in the nation with 10.0 sacks, which matched the school record for a season ... Ranked fifth in the SEC and 27th in the nation with 16.5 TFLs (seventh-most in a season in school history) ... Tied for fourth in the SEC and 26th nationally with three forced fumbles ... His 7.0 sacks against SEC opponents were tied for second-most in the league ... Team leader in sacks, TFLs and forced fumbles, ranking fifth with 43 total tackles ... Helped Ole Miss rank top three among SEC teams in tackles for loss (8.1/game - 7th in NCAA), interceptions (15 - t23rd in NCAA) and takeaways (23 - t38th in NCAA) .

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*Tyquan Lewis- 6-3, 260, RS-Jr

DE/OLB

Ohio State

10/2017: They have been using him as an inside rusher n their four D-End lineup, which only makes him more valuable. 

08/2016: He is a very interesting prospect. Needs to stay in school, but might be forced out by the young D-linemen coming up behind him. He had the big Sack against Wisconsin on 4th and goal in overtime. He fought through the double team and leaped onto the QB. He will line up at 4-tech on the nickel and dime package and rush on the OG. 

Clemson- He came through with a 2nd half Sack against Clemson. He blast off and got the ORT's outside shoulder, used speed to power to get him moving backwards, and ripped right into the QB. He is such an interesting blend of power and explosion on the edge.

Nebraska- He can read the waggle as quick as anyone. He can then beat the TE outside, and smash through the RB to hit sack the QB outside. Great read and understanding of the opponents offense.

He is a big guy, and he has some nice snap in his blast off. He can be a little twitchy moving forward in the rush. Excellent speed in short burst, which is what you want in a rusher, but not a lot of long speed. Understands how to play contain, and then rush up field and pressure the Option QB into a bad throw, when he takes off to his side. He likes to jam into the ORT, and then take a subtle shift outside.
He plays that option technique excellently. Where he shuffles carefully down the line with his shoulders squared, reading the QB ad the RB, and then can turn inside and smash the RB down from the side. You are seeing that technique more and more in college football with all the option QBs. But for a DE/OLB, it shows coachability, patience, smarts, and understanding of scheme.
Wisconsin- He can beat the ORT right off the snap, and rip past hi to flush the QB. He is a very interesting prospect. Needs to stay in school, but might be forced out by the young D-linemen coming up behind him. He had the big Sack against Wisconsin on 4th and goal in overtime. He fought through the double team and leaped onto the QB.

Very nice blast off. He can put speed to power. Needs to use his hands better. He can chip on the TE, and still turn the corner on the ORT. Great athlete. Not a full time played yet. His first three yards off the snap are more sudden than Hubbard. He is not ready to come out yet. Not as explosive moving inside. Teams will use the TE to chips him. Very strong.

9.6

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*Royce Freeman- 6', 229, #2

RB

Oregon 

09/2016: Freeman is a beast. "As I continue to play, it sets in," Freeman said. "I realize I've done this before and played in big games. You just always want to improve on the season before, and not be complacent." Great herky-jerky moves. 

He has all the traits you look for in an RB. "I just go out and play the next week," Freeman said. "Some people might throw them out, and you might hear them, but they go in one ear and out the other. Great jab step inside, and then burst outside." Tough to bring down. 

He is being mentioned for the Heisman this year. "Honestly, it’s an honor to be mentioned on the list and be mentioned with those guys and those types of players," Freeman said. "But honestly, it’s a long road from now. We haven’t even played our first game; we haven’t even had our first practice. So moving forward, I can’t even be thinking about that right now." He should be a 1st round pick.

He run with such great balance and power. "Royce is a real good player," NU HC Riley said. "Has been since he was young, And, like I said for them, people don’t understand he is a cornerstone of their offense. And you have to stop him. Otherwise that’s what you’re going to see all the time." But he also has that speed to the outside that you need. 

Keeps moving forward and has great eyes for finding the hole. "I don’t believe there’s a better runner," his QB Prukop said. "I have a limited exposure to all the great runners around. But in my mind, I can’t visualize a more ideal running back to play with. It’s his patience. That’s what I think sets him apart from everyone else. He has the speed. He has the size. But his patience and his ability to work the run game and see how blocks are developing is really neat." He is so fun to watch weaving behind his O-linemen on Screens. 

Cuts back on the pitch with some power. "He's the workhorse," Nebraska LB Rose-Ivey said. “Can do it all, and for 5-11, 230, moves like a 5-10, 190- or 195-pound back. Not really a punisher as far as putting down his head and running through guys. But he’s really-really good at not taking those big hits and kind of just spinning or bouncing off contact. So it’ll be very important for us as linebackers, and everyone on defense, to tackle well and play in space. Just one missed assignment or one missed tackle, and he’s hitting his head on the goalpost." When he sees a crease he bolts through to the second level in a flash. 

He is such a nice power back, but he has the speed and the ability to make guys miss with his elite feet on the second level. "I want to make bigger plays and go for longer rushes," Freeman said. "I want to be out there every down if I can. I don't want to come out. Honestly, when I come out it hurts me, because it's not something I like to do. I'd like to be out there as many plays as I can this year." He got injured against Nebraska and will be sitting out every play for a few weeks. 

OUTLOOK: Currently 19th all-time in Pac-12 career rushing and 15th all-time in conference career rushing touchdowns . . . 21 rushing touchdowns away from beoming Pac-12's all-time leader and only 15 rushing touchdowns away from becoming Oregon's all-time leader . . . Game most in rushing yards and touchdowns in the season opener against UC Davis with 87 yards and two touchdowns, in 11 rush attempts . . . Added 207 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, including on 85 yard rushing touchdown in game two against Virginia . . . Second 200-yard rushing performance of his career against Virginia . . . Third all-time in Oregon history for career yards with 3,495 yards.
2015: The second-team All-American (Football Writers Association of America) and Pac-12 Conference rushing runner-up (141.2 avg.) broke LaMichael James' single-season school rushing record with 1,836 yards, posting the Ducks' highest per-game average since James' 150.4 yards in 2011 . . . Ranked fourth in the country in rushing in addition to becoming the only FBS player nationally to accumulate more than 100 yards from scrimmage in every game . . . He led the country with 36 runs of 15 yards or more and has rushed for more yards over the past two years (3,201) than any other Power 5 player in the country . . . The first-team all-league standout eclipsed school standards by rushing for 100 yards or more in nine consecutive games to finish the season over the century mark 11 times in 13 outings . . . Led the league in total touchdowns scored (19) and rushing TDs (17) while tying for 12th in the country in both categories . . . Voted the Ducks' Most Outstanding Offensive Player by his teammates, he ran for a collegiate-best 246 yards (9.1-yard avg.) and two touchdowns in a setback against Washington State - the top rushing effort in the Pac-12 this season . . . His output came one week after picking up 163 yards on the ground in a win at Colorado, marking his best consecutive-game totals of the year . . . Also caught three passes for 46 yards and a third score vs. the Cougars . . . Scored touchdowns in 11 of 13 appearances, with his season-high three TDs against Eastern Washington, Washington State, and TCU falling one shy of his Oregon-best four scores his freshman year vs. Washington . . . Began the year running for 180 yards while averaging 8.6 yards per carry in the season-opening win over Eastern Washington . . . Accounted for 105 rushing yards and two of his scores in the first half . . . Added 92 yards and one score on 24 carries at Michigan State as well as equaled his collegiate best with three receptions (34 yards) against the Spartans - a feat he would duplicate four more times as a sophomore . . . Participated in a season-best 72 snaps against both Michigan State and Oregon State.

9.7 (RB)

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