We've been getting some web traffic and references from a Mr. Jim Solouki, who claims to be a Christian blogger. In one post, focused on the NFL, Solouki takes the time to attack our site and personally declare that God hates our page. I assumed his site was satire judging from the post, but doing more research, Solouki might actually be a legitimately hateful and small-minded Christian along the lines of Westboro Baptist's Fred Phelps. He has posts claiming that multiple disasters are punishments from God (which I won't link since I refuse to reward him by spreading hate-filled blog posts that don't affect our page) and has been featured on several mainstream websites (such as the International Business Times and a Malaysian news site called "The Real Malaysian") , so he might be a legitimate bigot instead of a good troll.
Either way, the article featuring our page is hilariously bad and I'll reply to it paragraph by paragraph. It's a long piece, so bear with me. Here's the post in question. Jim Solouki's comments are in italics and my responses are in normal text. I've taken out pictures, but I highly suggest going to the original page and checking them out. They have a picture of two girls at a Bruins game and claim it's an NFL game! Funny stuff. Let's do this:
Greetings True Christians! This is a public service announcement from your favorite internet bigot!
Did you know that every spring the NFL teams of the American nation get together and pick which players they are going to force to play for them? That’s right boys and girls. After college, athletes get to choose to go into a “draft” and then be selected by a given team. Those players are forced to wear numbers and are kept away from society with millions of dollars as cogs in a depraved system filled with whoremongering adulterers and crack-guzzling drug dealers. The NFL is the path to Hell, and players that enter the draft are heading straight to hell in most cases (with the exception of God’s favorite player Tim Tebow and other rare NFL players). First off, players aren't forced to enter the NFL at all. Some college players never pursue an NFL career. Some players choose to enter the military, pursue other lines of work, or in the case of many young men, to follow their faith and become ministers. Montana State University CB Deonte Flowers is one of these men. He's a hard worker on the field, and plans to give up the football field for a minister's robe on Sundays in the future. While there are certainly bad seeds in the NFL, and while there are problems with the way many NFL athletes behave, there are many players that do a ton to help those around them.
Second, if the NFL is the path to Hell, then what about former player and minister Reggie White? Or players like Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason who run large-scale charities for children? How about Panthers Defensive Line coach Eric Washington who bought Christmas gifts for an entire family after their presents were stolen this year? Or former Bengals QB David Klingler, who now works for the Dallas Theological Seminary? Did you know that Corey Lynch saved a woman's life after a car accident? Or that Pat Tillman sacrificed his life in Afghanistan defending his country after the September 11th attacks. Surely these men aren't on the path to Hell. Temptations exist in every field, both to do good and to do evil. Regardless of one's theological leanings, it's hard to argue with the fact that these men have, from a Christian perspective, lived good lives. What's more Christian, Jim? Making a positive impact on the world or sitting behind a keyboard and hiding behind a screen damning people to Hell? If your God is real, surely there will be some choice words for you at the Last Judgment. Unlike you, I'll choose not to judge though.
Oh, and if Tim Tebow is God's favorite player, then how come God didn't give him a long and successful NFL career?
Did you know that the NFL Draft has two games that their people use to pick their players? One of them is called the Senior Bowl and the other one is called the Shrine Game. The Shrine Game was named the Shrine Game as a way to mock Christianity; these players play a game dedicated to a shrine built for wealth and women instead of a True Christian shrine to God. Look at how these heathens celebrate this shrine to ungodly sports by worshiping the players instead of Jesus!
Actually Jim, the Shrine Game is named after the Shriners Children's hospital that it benefits. The game raises money to help treat sick kids. Isn't that nice Jim? The Shrine Game players also visit sick kids in the hospital. Didn't Jesus tell us to visit the sick? You might want to review Matthew 25:36. If you really want a conspiracy though, Jim, Might I suggest one to you? The Shriners Hospital was founded by Freemasons ***GASP**** No that doesn't mean that there is a Masonic conspiracy controlling the NFL. Don't bother making a big fuss, I'll save you the trouble.
I have just recently visited one of the many ungodly sports websites on the internet, www.mattandmikesports.com. On their homepage they claim to be different than other websites, but they are just as ungodly as all of them. Nowhere on their page do we find a celebration of or tribute to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!! These heathens are wishing people a Happy Hanukkah! During Christmas time! They took Christ from Christmas by celebrating the holiday of Hanukkah, Christ’s killers’ favorite winter celebration. That’s just stupid, and God will punish them for it.
Didn't the Romans technically kill Jesus? Also Jim, wasn't Jesus a Jew? For all you know, we could have been celebrating with Him. The fact that we have wished people a happy Hanukkah does not mean that we are "ungodly" or are trying to deny God. We acknowledge all holidays equally. Do you know why Jim? We believe in a thing called tolerance. Might want to do the google and look that word up after reading this. I do hope that you had a wonderful Hanukkah and a merry Christmas this year.
On their ungodly page, they do much celebration of players that hit each other hard. The NFL Draft people like to celebrate violence, pain, and ungodly behavior. Look at this ungodly tribute to Linestopper Denzel Perrymane. They make a false god out of him and worship him as if he were God. That’s a sin boys and girls. And what do NFL fans do with their Sundays? They ignore the Sabbath and make a false sabbath out of the Superbowl! That’s ungodly, folks.
I know plenty of people that go to a church service on Sunday morning and then watch football. Football games don't start until 1 PM on the East Coast, and many Church services are in the morning. Have you ever posted on a Sunday? Also, if you've seen Roger Goodell's football league, pain is not one of the things celebrated in modern football.
What's a linestopper? I assume you're talking about lineBACKER Denzel Perryman? We don't worship him as if he were God. I merely think he's going to be an outstanding player, much like I think Pope Francis is an outstanding Pope. I also think that Nixon was an outstanding president minus the whole Watergate thing (look at his foreign policy achievements and his treatment of Native Americans). You, sir, are nuttier than peanuts dipped in nutella.
This is the problem with the NFL Draft! Instead of celebrating the ways that our young people can further Christ’s work, fans of the NFL Draft instead worship players that will help replace God on Sundays, the day the NFL plays almost all of their games. They are replacing Christ with football and they know this. The NFL Draft is the day that the NFL career begins for each of these players, and it must be destroyed. God hates the NFL’s fans, God hates the NFL’s players, and God hates the NFL! Why should players reject the NFL and the NFL Draft? Because the NFL is Satan’s favorite football league!
What makes you think that God hates the NFL's fans or players? Isn't it a bit arrogant to decide what God does and does not hate? Doesn't the Bible teach Christians not to judge, and to love their neighbors? I'm not trying to get judgmental or pushy with you, Jim, but at least follow the teachings of the belief system you claim to follow.
Did Reggie White replace God with football? What about Kurt Warner? David Klingler? Tim Tebow? Ray Lewis? I can keep going all day, Jim. Your facts are wrong.
This ungodly abomination supports homosexuality, promotes violence, de-sanctifies the Sabbath, destroys the sanctity of marriage, promotes alcohol consumption, promotes gambling, promotes lustful behavior, and leads our children to idolize professional athletes instead of Jesus! I have put much research into this post, and will share it all with you here. The NFL is Satan’s sport, and it must be destroyed immediately!
I'm just going to let this one go...you do know that many players are devout Christians who display Bible verses on parts of their body and pray before games, right? Are you making stuff up? This is silly.
Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona Cardinals are ungodly to the core. Did you know that their mascot, the cardinal, was named after the Roman Catholic Cardinal? The Arizona Cardinals, much like the New Orleans Saints, glorify that whore of Babylon, the Roman Catholic Church. Not only that, but they have heathenistic drug addict Tyrann Matthieu on their roster. They even signed Osama bin Laden supporter andd Muslim sympathizer Rashard Mendenhall! Shame on you Arizona.
How can you hate the Cardinals? They're like the Charlie Brown of the NFL! Their mascot was actually named after the bird, the same bird that is prominently (sorry Jim, that's a big word) displayed on their helmets. They also signed well-known Christian Kurt Warner, who took them to a Superbowl. How is Matthieu heathenistic?
Atlanta Falcons. The Atlanta Falcons brought ungodly dogfighting master Michael Vick into the NFL, and allowed him to launch a gambling and dogfighting ring while on their team. However, the Falcons are not as bad as some teams!
Did the Falcons bring Vick back after prison? Nope. They didn't know he was into dogfighting. Your facts are wrong Jim. Stop twisting facts.
Baltimore Ravens. The Baltimore Ravens are an affront to God and Jesus! God hates them! Not only do their fans engage in a heathenistic ritual of massaging Johnny Unitas’ “golden toe” before home games (just like the Jews with the Golden Calf!), but they support murderers! The Baltimore Ravens kept murderer Ray Lewis on their roster. However, they threw Ray Rice off of their team for hitting his wife. Well guess what boys and girls, that’s ungodly. While we do not condone domestic violence, what happens between a man and a woman should stay between a man and a woman and God. The Bible says that women should obey their husbands. Ray Rice’s wife even supports him. Shame on you Baltimore! Shame on you! Repent or burn in Hell Baltimore.
I will agree with you on one thing. That golden toe thing is weird! Johnny Unitas wasn't even a Raven, he was and will always be a Colt. I get that Unitas played in Baltimore, but it's weird to do that with another team's star player. What do you guys do when the Colts come to town?
Wasn't Ray Lewis acquitted? Ray Lewis is one of your guys Jim. He even said that God wouldn't have used him for His glory in the Superbowl if he was a murderer. Check this out Jim.
Misogyny is evil Jim. I can't believe that I just read your comments about Ray Rice and his wife. This is 2014. Grow up and accept the fact that women and men are equal and deserve equal treatment. People like this Jim Solouki are dangerous and should not be allowed to poison the minds of our children. If this is satire, you're a jerk. If this is serious, you're a word that I refuse to print on this blog. Grow up.
Buffalo Bills. OJ Simpson is headed straight to hell. Other than OJ Simpson, nobody cares about this team, not even Satan.
I care about the Bills Jim. I think their fans do too.
Carolina Panthers. The panthers really aren’t that bad, but they do have criminal mastermind Cam Newton on their team. God hates Cam Newton for stealing computers, and you should too.
"Criminal Mastermind Cam Newton." That sounds like a superhero-type of name. You've got the wrong hero though. Cam is Superman, not the Criminal Mastermind. He stole one laptop in college. He made a mistake. Ever make a mistake? Happened to him. It seems to me that someone's looking out for him though. Have you seen his recent car accident? Check this out.
Chicago Bears. The Chicago Bears are one of Satan’s favorite teams. Not only did they film the Superbowl Shuffle in 1985, selling their souls to the devil in return for winning the Superbowl that year, but they also had ungodly and evil womanizer Walter Payton on their team, as well as horrible people such as Dick Butkiss and murderer Mike Ditka. This team is truly Satanic.
Payton was actually a pretty decent guy from what I've seen. Ditka's murder was in self defense. Why is Butkis a horrible person? Is it because you don't like his name? They sold their souls? This must be satire. This is silly!
Cincinnati Bengals. God abhors the Cincinnati Bengals. There is no bigger collection of criminals, druggies, and alcoholics in the NFL. Not only that, but the Bengals owner, Mike Brown, cares more about money than he cares about God. Everybody knows that Mike Brown is one of the cheapest people in the world, and by holding onto his money, he is sealing his fate in Hell. After all, the only way for things to be loosed to us in heaven is if we loose them in this life. Repent or burn Mike Brown.
This is actually kind of funny. However, the Bengals have actually cleaned up that team. This is 2014, not 2008. It's really not nice to claim that Mike Brown is going to Hell either. He seems like a nice guy, and it's not your place to judge.
Cleveland Browns. The Cleveland Browns are one of the many playgrounds of Satan in this league! The Browns have a history of evil. First, they were founded by father of Mike Brown Paul Brown, who is burning in hell as we speak. Second, they have Johnny Manziel, an evil, evil person and a bad, bad man that Satan loves. They also have drug addict Josh Gordon on their team.
"Johnny Manziel is an evil, evil person and a bad, bad man that Satan loves." Where did you get this from? It's funny but completely out there. I'm confused.
Dallas Cowboys. The Dallas Cowboys are the seat of the whore of Babylon in the NFL. Team owner Jerry Jones is a notorious sex and wealth addict. All cheerleaders are ungodly tools of Satan, but the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders are especially Satanic. God hates them and you should too! The Cowboys also signed homosexual servant of Satan Michael Sam!! God hates Michael Sam!
Oh! I get it! You want to be the next Fred Phelps. Stop being intolerant. Leave Michael Sam alone. Just because ESPN talks about him all the time doesn't mean you have to bash him. Who says Cheerleaders are ungodly tools of Satan? Did you get turned down by one in high school or something? This really has to be satire...but judging from your other posts, I'm just not too sure.
Denver Broncos. The Denver Broncos were once God’s favorite football team, drafting God’s favorite player Tim Tebow. However, they later released Tebow, replacing him with Satanic servant Peyton Manning. The Denver Broncos are now a cursed abomination that the Lord hates.
Ok, this is funny.
Detroit Lions. Defensive tackle Ndamakung Suh is an ungodly servant of Islam and acts like a gorilla on the field. The Lions play in Detroit and many players are tied to the drug and gang scene in the city. God hates this team.
I don't know if Suh is a Muslim..but what does that have to do with the Lions?
Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers are an extremely ungodly team. Brett Favre was an early homosexual icon in the NFL, having a closeted relationship with Analyst John Madden. Aaron Rodgers has been seen with many bikini models and other whores. The name “Packers” refers to a homosexual act of intercourse. I will not go into details on this act. Needless to say it is ungodly and sinful. God hates the Packers, and you should too.
Yes, John Madden talked about Brett Favre all the time. No, Madden was not in a relationship with Favre, any more than Skip Bayless was in a relationship with Tim Tebow. I thought you liked guys being straight Jim, so what's wrong with Rodgers dating models? He just really likes women.
Houston Texans. This team is young and has not yet upset the Lord our God.
Indianapolis Colts. The Colts horseshoe logo is ungodly and supports gambling. They also drafted servant of Satan Peyton Manning.
What is with your hatred of Peyton? Is it his forehead or is it Omaha? Oh! I get it! You're angry because he replaced Tebow.
Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars refused to sign God’s quarterback, Tim Tebow. For that alone, they are cursed. Repent Jacksonville, fix your evil ways, and sign Tim Tebow!
Don't be silly Jacksonville. Just say no.
Kansas City Chiefs. The Kansas City Chiefs signed the ungodly Joe Montana instead of letting him fall into retirement. The Chiefs also signed Satan’s favorite runningback Jamaal Charles. God hates Charles so much that he used Miami’s mascot to end his season!
Why is Jamaal Charles Satan's favorite running back? Where's your evidence Jim?
Miami Dolphins. In 1972, the Miami Dolphins sold their souls to Satan in return for an undefeated season. Now God hates them with a fiery passion.
Ok then. I'm surprised you didn't say anything about Richie Incognito. By the way...you forgot the Vikings.
New England Patriots. The Patriots coach, Bill Belecheck, is on extremely friendly terms with Satan and may be possessed by a demon. Belecheck also cut God’s favorite quarterback Tim Tebow, and the team is cursed for that in itself! Tight end Rob Gronkowski is a party boy and Aaron Hernandez is a murderer. Repent New England! Repent!
You should go visit Bill Belichick some time Jim. He's a really nice guy and if you happen to have a boo boo he'll even kiss it and make it better.
The NFL. The NFL is thoroughly ungodly in all ways. First, they mock the sanctity of the Sabbath by playing games for profit on Sunday! Second, they support homosexuality but punish men for embracing their roles as head of the household. They have spent much time making rules to improve player safety, but in reality the only thing players need to be safe is Jesus. Turn to Jesus, and Jesus will protect you! God hates the NFL in all possible ways.
HOW do they "punish men for embracing their roles as head of the household"? Please tell me this isn't a reference to the Ray Rice thing...
New Orleans Saints. The New Orleans Saints are affiliated with Catholicism and are cursed for that alone. Not only that, the violent bounty scandal funded by coach Sean Payton spread violence instead of love. God hates the Saints!
The Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore called. They said you spread hatred instead of love....
New York Giants. Peyton’s brother Eli Manning plays for the Giants. God hates Eli Manning too.
LEAVE ELI ALONE :( :( :( :( :(
New York Jets. The New York Jets released God’s quarterback Tim Tebow and signed Satan’s servant Michael Vick! That is enough reason for god to hate this franchise!
What? Nothing about Rex Ryan?
Oakland Raiders. The Oakland Raiders support gang violence and drug dealers. God hates them thusly.
Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles signed Michael Vick right out of jail, bringing him back into the NFL. That is ungodly! Repent Philly, repent!
Fair enough. At least they got rid of him?
Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a very terrible organization. Their quarterback, Ben Wafflesburger, is a well-known rapist. Their former kicker, Jeff Reed, was often seen at parties with many women. Their mascot, Steely McBeam, is an obviously homosexual figure. Their players are dirty, and their fans are slutty. God hates this team with a fiery passion, and the Steelers and their fans are all heading straight to Hell.
Ben ROETHLISBERGER has never been found guilty, for what its worth. I'll agree though, Reed is a weird dude and Steely McBeam is pretty creepy. I wouldn't condemn them and their fans to hell though. That's not nice.
San Diego Chargers. Chargers linebacker Manti Teo created an imaginary girlfriend in college.At least that’s what the media wants us to think. In actuality, he summoned a succubus and had sexual relations with it on a nightly basis. All who are close to Manti will go to hell, the San Diego Chargers included.
It's not coolto imply that someone's loved ones are going to Hell. Also, were you there when Manti T'eo summoned said succubus? I call bull**** or satire...unfortunately your other posts are insane enough to make me question whether this is indeed satire, so just to be sure, I'm replying.
San Francisco 49ers. Joe Montana sold his soul to Satan in return for success at the NFL level. He found it, and cursed this franchise in the process.
What about Tom Brady with the Patriots? Did he sell his soul for Ugg Boots?
Seattle Seahawks. God loves the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson is a good Christian and Pete Carroll is a good man. This is why God allowed them to vanquish Satan’s servant Peyton Manning in the Superbowl.
So Jim's a Seattle fan. That explains the hate for the 49ers. Are you a bandwagoner?
St. Louis Rams. The Rams signed ungodly homosexual heathen Michael Sam! They brought this openly gay homosexual heathen into the NFL, and they will be punished by God for it. God allowed their quarterback Sam Bradford to be injured as punishment for this roster move.
Then why did Sam Bradford get hurt the year before Sam's rookie year as well?
Tennessee Titans. God hates this team for their supporter of adulterer Steve McNair. Adultery is an affront to God.
The fail is strong with this one. I think your claim to be a "True Christian" is a bit of an affront, wouldn't you agree?
Washington Redskins. The Redskins are working for Satan! Not only do they glorify the ungodly savage, but they also reject the true nature of this nation! The NFL is right, the team name should be changed…but not to something that glorifies the heathen savage. Instead, they should change the name to the the Washington Christians or the Washington savages!
The racism is strong with this one. You should be ashamed of yourself.
The NFL is an abomination to Jesus. God hates the NFL, and God hates the NFL Draft! We should all boycott it! It is time to take back our Sundays for Jesus! It is time to take back our TVs for Christ! God damn the NFL Draft! God Damn the NFL! And God Damn ungodly websites like www.mattandmikesports.com which are working for Satan! Repent sinners, or you will all be punished like Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. God will smite you all and send you straight to Hell unless you repent. The only way to heaven is to be born again in Christ. Reject the NFL and embrace Jesus. I will be praying for you.
Ok Jim. You're on to me. Satan gives me a box of Fig Newtons and a gigantic lollipop of joy every time I publish a post. I have nothing against any religious group, but this comment deserves the following statement. SMITE ME O MIGHTY SMITER! See? Nothing happened. Jim, you're nuts.
I’m Jim Solouki, and I’m a True Christian! I'm Mike B., and unlike Jim, I am NOT CRAZY!
Again, that webpage may be satire, but the fact is that they have received a ton of press for posts claiming that Typhoon Haiyan was a judgment from God (published in the International Business Times), and for claiming that the recent Air Asia plane crash was a punishment from God. The authors of the site sound an awful lot like the hate-filled people from the Westboro Baptist Church, and hatred must always be challenged. That's why I took the time to reply.
Hope you enjoyed it, and Jim, feel free to respond.
Arizona Cardinals-Arizona is an interesting team. Their defense is solid, and they are proving to be capable of winning games behind any QB. They could use help at the QB position (Shane Carden mid-to-late rounds?) since Palmer is injured every year, but don't expect them to draft one high. They could also use a replacement for Larry Fitzgerald, who is retiring soon...but John Brown has stepped in nicely this year and proven to be a solid talent. That being said, they could use help at both linebacker and defensive line, and I expect them to target both early. A late round TE and some offensive line depth would also be helpful here. DeAndre Smelter could be a really nice late round addition for them.
Atlanta Falcons- Remember when the Falcons were a dominant team for a season or two? Those years are gone, but not by much. The Falcons still need some help along the offensive line, and could use a replacement for Tony Gonzalez at TE. Running back depth would help as well later in the draft, but early, expect them to target a tight end and some defensive help. The Falcons have some big needs and will need to do well in the draft to meet them. If they fail to address a TE early, they might take a look at a guy like Devin Funchess (who has had injury issues) or Clive Walford in the middle of the draft.
Baltimore Ravens- The Baltimore Ravens followed a very familiar trend over the past few years. Win a Superbowl and then implode. The Ravens need to replace Ray Rice, who was the centerpiece of their offense until he forgot how to play football and was then released from the team following his suspension for domestic violence. They also need help on the offensive line and a solid linebacker or two. They could target a RB in the first round, perhaps Melvin Gordon.
Buffalo Bills-The Bills may target a QB this year after benching EJ Manuel and allegedly attempting to trade him. If EJ Manuel isn't the answer, neither is Kyle Orton, who is a journeyman type of QB that would be tough to build a franchise around in this stage of his career. A linebacker or safety would be nice as well. If I'm Buffalo, I also go after a running back like Zach Zenner late; Spiller is perpetually injured, and Fred Jackson also takes an annual vacation on the boo boo bus. I love Jackson and Spiller, but both get hurt often.
Carolina Panthers-The Carolina Panthers need to draft some help for Cam Newton before his career ends. They could benefit from a running back (your starting QB should NOT be your team's leading rusher), an additional WR, and an offensive lineman to help keep Cam Newton upright. They could also use a pass rusher or two. Jamison Crowder could be a nice late pick at WR to team with Kelvin Benjamin, and Jamon Brown from Louisville could be a steal late in the draft on the offensive line.
Chicago Bears-Even if they don't trade Jay Cutler, the Bears need a QB. Cutler is hurt (or benched) every season in Chicago! More importantly, the Bears need a defense. You name it on defense they need it. They have a few solid players but the formerly elite Chicago defense is a shell of its former self. Expect them to go defense hard and heavy in this draft. If I'm Chicago, I trade Cutler for a high 1st round pick, draft a QB to replace him (Mariota or Winston), then trade back with my second pick in the first to gain a 1st round pick and a second second round pick. Then I grab ILB Denzel Perryman late in the first, Hau'oli Kikaha (DE/OLB) early in the 2nd, and DE/OLB Nate Orchard late in the 2nd. Then I trade back up into the end of the 2nd with my 3rd round pick and a 6th or 7th rounder and grab Cody Prewitt at Safety late in the 2nd. This instantly gives the defense an identity, and in the 4th round I shore up the defensive line with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. This defense will quickly become dominant again after that.
Cincinnati Bengals-The Bengals need help on defense. Their offense has come together nicely with threats at WR, TE, and RB, a competent QB in Dalton, and a decent offensive line. Their weak points are at DT (Geno Atkins is still playing well after his injury, but the players around him are getting old), DE if Gilberry leaves, and at LB. They also could use a kicker and a kick returner (Jamison Crowder perhaps). Grady Jarrett could be a great DT to pair with Geno Atkins if they opt to pass on Danny Shelton in the first. I'd also love to see them pair Denzel Perryman with Vontaze Burfict in the 1st.
Cleveland Browns- The Browns need to draft a front office that can actually develop a QB. They also need WR to pair with Josh Gordon. They could use help at linebacker at well. If I'm Cleveland, I grab best WR available in the first and then grab some linebacker help and/or some pass rushers...then I go WR again late, just to give the Browns offense plenty of help. Alvin Dupree or Trey Flowers could be interesting defensive line candidates early to bolster their pass rush, and a linebacker like Jordan Hicks from Texas could be a great middle round pick. If they opt to go WR early, Ty Montgomery could be a great physically aggressive fit in the AFC North.
Dallas Cowboys- The Dallas offense is solid. Their defense? Not so much. They could especially use help at cornerback, and need to find a replacement for Demarcus Ware. Trae Waynes or Ifo Ekpre-Olomu could be good early picks at cornerback. Quentin Rollins could be a nice pick in the 2nd or 3rd; he's a converted point guard now playing CB that could be great in a season or two. Anthony Chickillo could be a great late pick at DE for them.
Denver Broncos-The Broncos don't have a ton of needs. They could use help along the Defensive Line (Danny Shelton could be a nice fit here), and potentially at linebacker as well (Perryman?). They might look at WRs or a tight end as well, since the Thomas couple, Julius and Demaryius, are both in option years. They may also want to consider a developmental QB prospect to compete behind Peyton Manning so that they have options when his eventual retirement hits.
Detroit Lions- The Lions could use a replacement for Ndamukong Suh along the defensive line, someone that doesn't stomp on innocent offensive linemen. Eddie Goldman or Danny Shelton could fit the bill here, since Leonard Williams will be off the board. They will also need help at CB (Trae Waynes, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, or Marcus Peters?). A kicker would be helpful as well. Roberto Aguayo is one of the better kicker prospects to come out over the past few seasons and could be a huge help.
Green Bay Packers-The Packers need to focus on two things this year, upgrading their linebacking corps and adding a TE to replace Jermichael Finley. Benardrick McKinney and Denzel Perryman would both be great additions to this defense. They could wait until the 2nd or 3rd round and still grab one of the better tight ends in this class; this just isn't a great tight end class. Their best option at the position might be through free agency.
Houston Texans-The Texans need a quarterback! Their island of misfit toys under center make a great collection of backups, but there is no surefire starter in this draft. They've taken themselves out of the running for Mariota and Winston by having a good season, but Mannion or Hundley could wind up in Houston. Also look for them to grab a WR to replace potential hall of fame WR Andre Johnson, who will soon retire.
Indianapolis Colts-The Colts need some help on offense. They need a starting running back. A real starting running back. Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, Tevin Coleman could do the trick here. They need a WR to pair with TY Hilton down the road as well; Devante Parker or Jaelen Strong could make a great replacement for Reggie Wayne, who, like Andre Johnson, will retire eventually. They'll also look to upgrade their offensive line (Rob Havenstein and Jamon Brown are some nice options at offensive tackle late that could provide great depth, but they may want to grab someone earlier than that), and their secondary.
Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jaguars have a great young quarterback. Now they need to protect him and give him weapons. If I'm Jacksonville, I go offense-heavy this year. First, you get your 2nd year QB Amari Cooper to throw to. A guy like AJ Cann could help out on the interior of that O-line, and they could grab Telvin Coleman or Ameer Abdullah in the 2nd to fill out their running back corps, then grab WRs again later in the draft.
Kansas City Chiefs-How many TDs have Kansas City wide receivers scored this season? Don't answer. Their quarterback isn't Derek Anderson, so this isn't funny. They should grab a guy like Kevin White or DeVante Parker in the first, then grab Ty Montgomery in the 2nd. Boom. Two starting WRs to go with Dwayne Bowe. Then you add some offensive line help and defense, and maybe a QB to develop, and the Chiefs look like a solid team. They could grab Mannion or Carden in the 3rd or 4th at QB.
Miami Dolphins-The Dolphins need some help at linebacker and along both lines. Their offensive line is vastly improved but a tackle could help out. This could be a good year to upgrade their linebacking corps though, with Shaq Thompson and Vic Beasley making nice options on the outside in the first, and McKinney or Perryman potentially sitting there at the inside in the 2nd when they pick.
Minnesota Vikings-The Vikings need to focus on building around Teddy Bridgewater. While they could use a few upgrades on defense, they have some nice pieces there already. A cornerback could help. That being said, this might be a perfect draft for them to trade back if WR Amari Cooper isn't sitting there when they come up to pick. Trade back, pick up a slightly later first round pick along with a second or 3rd and a late round pick, and use those extra picks to bulk up at WR and RB. You'll get a good player at both positions in the late first or in the second round since running backs are more and more undervalued. If they can trade back to just before the Ravens and Colts pick, they'll still have a shot at a guy like Melvin Gordon at RB, who would help their team immensely if they are ready to cut ties with Adrian Peterson.
New England Patriots-The Patriots need help at wide receiver and defensive line. This is a great year for both. Belichick will trade around like he always does, but defensive tackles Eddie Goldman and Michael Bennett should still be on the board when their pick comes in. New England would be smart to go DT in the first and then add a WR in the 2nd or 3rd since this is a deep WR class. Or if they want to wait on DT, they could grab Grady Jarrett later in the draft (3rd or 4th?).
New Orleans Saints-The Saints need help at cornerback and could benefit from an improved pass rush. This is a nice draft for defense, and with that, the Saints should trade back to somewhere later in the first round and go best player available between the two areas of need. They could also use a good young QB to groom behind Brees, but this isn't a good year for QBs.
New York Giants-The Giants will likely go defense in the first round, like they usually do. They also need a ton of help on the offensive line, but I expect them to go for a pass rusher in the first. Vic Beasley or Alvin Dupree make sense. So do offensive linemen Brandon Scherff and Cedric Ogbuehi.
New York Jets-The Jets need to draft a front office that knows what they're doing. They drafted Mark Sanchez. Then they didn't give him any weapons. Then he struggled. Then they drafted Geno Smith. Then they didn't give him any weapons. Then he struggled. Then they signed Michael Vick. Then they didn't give him any weapons, then he struggled. Next they'll draft a QB (either Mariota or Winston), won't give him any weapons, and he'll struggle. This is an abysmally run franchise that seems utterly incapable of building around a young quarterback. I think I can help owner Woody Johnson right the ship though. Here are some suggestions. It is always a good idea to draft good, capable offensive linemen that are able to keep your quarterback upright. Your team is severely lacking at the offensive tackle position. If you don't know what an NFL-caliber offensive talent at offensive tackle looks like, might I suggest Brandon Scherff, Cedric Ogbuehi, or La'el Collins? Your young quarterback would also like some wide receivers to throw to. Percy Harvin is great for a game or two until he gets injured, but might I suggest drafting a top talent at wide receiver such as Amari Cooper? Your quarterback will look much better when there are players other than the other team's safeties and corners open for him to throw to. Then maybe sign some coaches that will stand by him and let him develop instead of pulling out the rug from under him after one bad game.
Oakland Raiders-See Jets, New York. The Raiders need to stop depending on other teams' cast off slightly-pre-retirement players and start bringing in some young talent to build this team. They need some weapons around Carr. Amari Cooper would be great here. So would a running back like Melvin Gordon. If Cooper is there, grab Cooper first and then get a RB in the beginning of the second, and grab some offensive line help and some defensive players. This team has some pieces to build around. They just need to put it together.
Philadelphia Eagles-The Eagles need help on defense. A safety or two would be extremely helpful for their defense. Strong safeties Landon Collins, Anthony Harris, and Jaquiski Tartt and Free Safeties Cody Prewitt, Gerod Holliman, and Derron Smith are nice options. They might also opt to go CB with either Trae Waynes or Ifo Ekpre-Olomu or grab Perryman or McKinney to shore up their linebacking corps. A quarterback could make sense as well, but ultimately I think they'll turn to free agency or stick to Sanchez or Foles for QB.
Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers are another team that needs help at safety, and I think Cody Prewitt could make a great fit here. He's an extremely hard-hitting safety that plays Pittsburgh-style football. Alvin Dupree, Nate Hunter, or Danny Shelton could make for a nice upgrade along the defensive line.
San Diego Chargers- The Chargers could grab one of the top cornerbacks in this year's draft with Trae Waynes or Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. They could also look at adding another WR for Philip Rivers, and grabbing some OL help. It also wouldn't surprise me to see them grab a running back at some point in the draft as well. Ryan Matthews is solid player, but there's a 50% chance that he injured himself while you were reading this comment.
San Francisco 49ers- The 49ers don't actually have a lot of holes. I wouldn't be surprised to see them grab a QB at some point fairly early in the draft (maybe Hundley in the 2nd) to provide a solid backup option in case Kaepernick struggles next season. In the first, I expect them to go best player available, but offensive line or defensive line depth could be useful.
Seattle Seahawks-The Seahawks need to draft a wide receiver or three this year. Doug Baldwin is a great number 2, but he's a number 2. look for them to add a guy like DeVante Parker or Kevin White if they fall. If not, they'll likely pull the trigger on Ty Montgomery or Dorial Green-Beckham (also both solid WR prospects). Then they can add some defensive and offensive line depth, and then they're set.
St. Louis Rams-This is an interesting year for the Rams. They have big question marks at quarterback, and no sure-fire number 1 wide receiver. Their defense is set, but they need to decide whether they want to give Bradford one more chance or move on. If I'm the Rams, I grab WR Amari Cooper, sign Bradford to a one year incentive-laden deal, and go from there. I'd also grab some additional receivers and some offensive linemen to keep Bradford from getting broken....again.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers-This is going to be an interesting pick. Do the Bucs go for a QB or somewhere else? Lovie Smith is hesitant to start rookie QBs, so they may look at the defensive side of the ball; there aren't any #1 overall-caliber offensive linemen in this draft class. If I'm the Bucs, I trade back to a team that wants to draft a QB. DT Leonard Williams could wind up here if they don't trade back.
Tennessee Titans-The Titans have a few big holes. Zach Mettenberger probably isn't the answer at quarterback, and they could opt for Mariota or Winston here. They could also use a pass rusher like Alvin Dupree, but if they're looking at a pass rusher, they should trade back. They could also use a running back to compete with Bishop Sankey, since he may not be the answer as well.
Washington Redskins-The Washington professional football franchise needs to draft a new name. They could use offensive line help. They need to figure out if they want RGIII at QB as well. If they do, then they don't need to draft a QB. If he's not the answer in their eyes, then draft QB first. They also need help throughout their defense. This is a franchise in shambles that needs a lot of help to become competitive again. I picture them going either QB or pass rusher in the first round though.
Oregon State CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered a serious knee injury in practice today, ending his season and his college career. Ekpre-Olomu is one of the best talents at CB in this year's draft class, and his injury will shake things up a bit. Before the injury, Ekpre-Olomu was ranked by many as the top CB in the nation. It's feared that the injury is an ACL tear, which is an extremely difficult injury for CBs to recover from. Once viewed as a surefire first-round pick, he may drop out of the first round now. Here at www.mattandmikesports.com, we wish him the best for a speedy recovery, and hope he comes back faster and better than ever.
Right here, in this post, you will find scouting reports for every single player participating in the Shrine Game and in the Senior Bowl. This is, quite possibly, the deepest post of its type on the internet, and I hope you enjoy it. Get your popcorn ready, it's time for some scouting. Senior Bowl prospects will be in dark blue, and first, and Shrine Game prospects will be second, in maroon.
Senior Bowl Prospects:
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska. Abdullah is one of the more well-known running backs in the 2015 draft. Some scouts have him ranked as a top 3 running back in this year's class. He projects as a 2nd round pick. He's drawn comparisons to Giovanni Bernard and LeSean McCoy, but he's buried in a deep draft class. That being said, Abdullah has the talent to be an every-down starter in the NFL, and teams will take a long hard look at him heading into the draft. Here's some film.
Adrian Amos, S, Penn State. Amos is a graduate of Calvert High School in Baltimore, the same high school that Mel Kiper graduated from. Expect some love from Kiper going into the draft. Amos is 6'0, 209 pounds, and has played both cornerback and safety at the college level. Scouts like his size, and think that he has the skill set to perform at the NFL level. According to NFLdraftscout.com, Amos projects as a 4th or 5th round pick. If you haven't seen Amos in action, here's some film. He'll latch on with an NFL team and has the potential to make an impact at the next level. He's one of the harder hitting defensive backs in college, and that will turn some heads.
Dres Anderson, WR, Utah. Dres Anderson is the type of prospect that can really benefit from a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Anderson was ranked as a top 100 prospect early in the season, but his season ended early after a knee injury. Prior to the injury he projected as a 2nd or 3rd round pick. He's been criticized for his weight and build, but take a look at him on the field. He's fast, he's got good hands, and he has a knack for making big plays. If he can show scouts at the Senior Bowl that he hasn't lost a step, he''ll likely still go highly. The latest news suggests that he should be healthy in time to play. Here's some film.
Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford. Henry Anderson is also playing in the East-West Shrine Game. Anderson is a 6'6 295 pound defensive lineman from Stanford who projects as a 5th or 6th round pick. He's not an elite athlete, but he knows how to use his hands. Injuries are dropping his draft stock as well. Todd McShay thinks Anderson could outperform his draft position. I think with good coaching he could play a solid role in a line rotation, but he will get overpowered by top tier NFL offensive linemen at times. Here's some film of him in high school, since it's tough to find college highlights of him.
Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson. Stephone Anthony projects as a 5th round pick, and he's one of the better inside linebackers in this year's class, although Perryman is the class of the field. Anthony also played running back in high school. Anthony has a knack for making big plays on defense, like this one-handed interception. While Anthony won't be an every down starter right away in the NFL, he's one of the best defensive players at Clemson and will find a place on an NFL roster as a backup early on.
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn. Artis-Payne is one of the more hyped running backs in this year's draft. I've seen him rated as the 3rd best at the position behind Gurley and Gordon, and projected as a 3rd or 4th round pick. Payne was an elite junior college player before transferring to Auburn. He's an explosive player on the field, and is a threat to make a big play every time he touches the ball. Here's some film. As a Junior College player at Allan Hancock College in 2011 and 2012, Artis-Payne rushed for 3412 yards and 43 TDs. Over two seasons at Auburn, 2013 and 2014, his numbers declined and he finished with 2097 yards and 19 TDs. While there is a clear drop off in level of competition from Auburn to junior college, there's also a steep dropoff from the NFL to Auburn. I think Artis-Payne will ultimately be a solid rotational back in the NFL in a committee setting; I just don't picture him as a bell cow back at the NFL level. He's fast and explosive, but so was Dri Archer in college.
Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State. Barnes' entry into the draft was a bit of a surprise, as many expected him to return to Penn State for the 2015 season. He projects as a 5th round pick. While Barnes started out as one of the most highly touted freshmen in the country his first year in college football, he's lost some consistency later in his career. He'll need a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and in the Combine if he wants to improve his draft stock, but Barnes could be a good rotational defensive lineman at the next level, and could even develop into a starter. Here's some film.
Michael Bennett, DT/DE, Ohio State. Bennett is a solid defensive line prospect who projects as afirst or second round pick this spring. This season, he played one-technique and three-technique tackle spots on the defensive line, proving his versatility. Over his last 5 games, Bennett had 9.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. He peaked at just the right time to generate buzz among scouts. A strong Senior Bowl and combine could secure him a spot in the first round. Here's some film. Bennett is the type of defensive lineman that will occupy blockers and open up space for the linebackers behind him to wreak havoc on opponents' game plans with proper coaching.
E.J. Bibbs, TE, Iowa State. Bibbs is one of the better tight ends in this draft. He projects as a 4th round pick, and has also played fullback. With many teams using converted tight ends as fullbacks now, that experience will make Bibbs more attractive to scouts. However, a knee injury sustained on November 22nd will make some front offices hesitant to roll the dice on him. His career stats are decent. Over two seasons, Bibbs had 84 receptions for 844 yards and 10 TDs. That being said, Bibbs also has some problems with dropped passes, which will likely drop him from a starting option to a likely backup or H-Back role in the NFL. Here's some film. I feel like he may fall to the 5th or 6th round in this year's draft.
Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware. Nick Boyle is a 6'5, 270 pound tight end out of the University of Delaware. www.nfldraftscout.com rates Boyle as a 5th to 6th round pick. That's a pretty fair assessment of his draft value, but a solid performance could help his stock heading into the draft. Boyle was also a long snapper in high school (film here), which could help him stick on an NFL roster. His college stats were fairly average for a tight end, with 101 receptions for 984 yards and 12 TDs over 4 years. He's got a good physical build, and if he shows promise in the preseason as a blocker, Carden might see some playing time early in his NFL career. Otherwise he projects as a backup in my opinion.
Trenton Brown, OT, Florida. Brown projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent. He's a big boy at 6'8, 350 pounds and has played at both tackle and guard. Brown is a JUCO transfer who has also played basketball. While Brown will likely start out as a deep backup on an NFL roster, teams will like his size and experience playing multiple positions. This'll help him stick with an NFL roster.
Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern. Campbell is one of the better strong safeties in this year's draft class, and projects as a 4th round pick. He does some things well, but he also struggles with tackling technique on occasion. He's also struggled with injuries throughout 2014. While he's received some attention from scouts, I feel like he projects as a backup at best at the NFL level at least early in his career. Here's some film.
Shane Carden, QB, Eastern Carolina. Carden comes from an Eastern Carolina program that has produced four NFL Quarterbacks. Carl Summerall played two seasons for the Giants, 1974 and 1975. Kevin Ingram played for the Saints in 1987 as a replacement player. Jeff Blake had a decent NFL career in the 1990s and early 2000's, most notably as a Cincinnati Bengal. Blake had one of the prettiest spirals in football. Don't believe me? Check this out. Former Jags QB David Garrard is also an Eastern Carolina Alum. In 8 games this year, Carden has thrown for 2791 yards and 18 TDs, so he can definitely produce. Here's some film. Carden is a life-long underachiever it seems when it comes to being scouted. Carden was heavily under-recruited coming out of high school. Carden is rated as the #2 QB in the draft by www.nfldraftscout.com, yet they have him projected as a 3rd or 4th round pick. Carden is 6'2 and 221 pounds, so he won't hear height as a criticism at least. He's produced decent stats through his career at Eastern Carolina. While Mariota gets the hype going into Spring, some QB hungry team will look at Carden earlier than expected in 2015. However, given the volatility in the QB market, he may also fall. I haven't watched enough film on Carden either way to be positive, but I think he's at least comparable to Jimmy Garoppolo in skillset. He's definitely a player to watch going into the Senior Bowl.
Joseph Cardona, LS, Navy. Cardona is one of the best long-snappers in college football. That being said, long snappers don't get much attention going into the draft. However, you do immediately notice when a long snapper isn't doing his job (look at last year's Superbowl with Manny Ramirez). Cardona is drawing attention from NFL scouts, and will likely at least go into the preseason with an NFL team. Film on longsnappers is hard to find, but here are some high school highlights of Cardona.
Imoan Claiborne, CB, Northwestern State LA. Claiborne is projected to go undrafted by www.nfldraftscout.com, but he has had a solid season for Northwestern state this year, forcing seven turnovers along the way. However, the numbers don't favor him from a scouting standpoint; 3 of those turnovers were fumble recoveries, and only 4 were interceptions (28th in the FCS). However, the lack in numbers is partly because teams largely avoided throwing to him. He looks sloppy in coverage on occasion, but his fundamentals are strong. He can also return kicks and played on punts and kickoffs, so he's able to make an impact on special teams as well. Here's some film. A solid showing at the Senior Bowl would help Claiborne out a ton. Claiborne's character may also make NFL teams willing to take a chance on him; he's a very family oriented player that will likely work his butt off in camp to earn a spot. With a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, Clairborne could slip into the later rounds of the draft. Right now, he projects as a UDFA. He's a player worth watching at the Senior Bowl.
T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh. Clemmings is one of the better tackle prospects in this year's draft and may climb into the first round. He's 6'6, 315 pounds and has also played defensive tackle. Scouts expect Clemmings to play right tackle in the NFL. Clemmings will likely take a year or two to reach his prime in the NFL, but that's not a bad thing. He's a player that switched from defensive line to offensive line in 2013 and is now playing like a first round pick, after two seasons on offense. That's a kid I want on my team. A strong Senior Bowl will cement his first round status this spring.
Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn. Sammie Coates is one of the better WRs in the 2015 draft class; Kiper has him projected to go in the first round. Coates is known mostly as a deep threat, and would be a great #2 wr with the potential to be a #1 in some NFL schemes. He makes some beautiful plays, and will be drafted in either the first or second round of the NFL draft. I expect Coates to make an impact on an NFL team for years to come. Here's some film.
David Cobb, RB, Minnesota. David Cobb is as projected 3rd round pick, but some scouts are falling in love with him and he might go higher than that. I've seen him ranked as high as the #2 RB in this year's draft. Some scouts also think he'll wind up being overlooked this year due to the depth at the position, so he's going to be interesting to watch heading into April. He's not the fastest running back available, but he can produce. Cobb should be able to break Laurence Maroney's single season school rushing record in the team's bowl game, needing only 34 yards in a run-heavy offense. Cobb has struggled with some minor hamstring issues this season but that hasn't stopped him from solid production. Some teams are going to like his size, but his tendency to get locked up in big bodies along the line will stop him from becoming an elite player at the NFL level. He projects best as part of a committee. Here's some film.
La'el Collins, OT, LSU. Collins is one of the best prospects in the 2015 NFL draft. He projects as a first round pick, and in November 2014, coach Les Miles predicted that Collins would be a top 3 pick in 2015. While Collins may not go quite that high, he will be a high pick in 2015 and will be an NFL starter for years to come. He should be fun to watch at the Senior Bowl. Here's some film.
Corey Crawford, DE, Clemson. Crawford is a guy that will benefit heavily from the interview and practice portion of Senior Bowl Week; he faced a one game suspension to open this season, and teams will have questions about that. He currently projects as a fifth round pick. Crawford once projected as an early round pick, but this season has been a disaster for him between the suspension and a decrease in production. He needs a huge showing at the Senior Bowl to convince teams to take a gamble on him. I think her projects as a rotational player at best in the NFL. Film on Crawford is tough to find, so I'll leave you with two plays from his time in college (here and here) and some film of him in high school (here).
Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke. Jamison Crowder is going to be one of the steals in this year's draft unless a team gets smart and grabs him early. Hes projected as a 5th or 6th round pick, but this is largely due to his size and not his ability; Crowder is 5'9 and 175 pounds. He can play at both WR and KR. While his size will scare some teams away, any team would be smart to take a chance on him. He has had solid production in college and has drawn comparisons to current NFL player Antonio Brown. Eventually NFL teams need to put away the rulers and put on the tape, because if you pass on Crowder because of his size you're passing on a potential big play machine. At worst, he gives your team a dynamic playmaker in the return game. I'm hoping this kid has a strong, strong showing at the Senior Bowl and Combine and opens some eyes, because he could be great. Don't take my word for it! Look at the film! At the end of the day, he reminds me of a TY Hilton-type of player. Great college player, but foolishly overlooked by scouting departments and allowed to fall on draft day. Crowder is the type of prospect that just might make 31 scouting departments in the NFL cry themselves to sleep at night because he was "too small" to be higher on their boards.
Carl Davis, DT, Iowa. Carl Davis is a 6'5 315 pound beast of a defensive tackle that will likely be selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. Scouts love his upper body strength and ability to handle double teams, and Davis has been a key component in Iowa's defense. Davis' stats aren't elite, but you don't need elite stats from a defensive lineman in a defense. You need a guy that is going to mess up the flow of the offense and open up room for the players around him to make plays. That's exactly what Davis does. Here's some film. He could definitely make a nice impact in the right system at the next level.
Devante Davis, WR, UNLV. Davis projects as a 7th round pick this spring. He's not a bad WR, but college football is filled with guys that aren't bad WRs. That doesn't bode overly well for his chances in the NFL, but he could catch on with an NFL team as a developmental player, either at the bottom end of the roster or as a practice squad player. He'll have to contribute on special teams early likely to stick with a roster, but a solid showing at the Senior Bowl could go a long way towards building some interest amongst scouts. Here's some film.
Dillon Day, C, Mississipi State. Dillon Day is also playing in the East-West Shrine Game. Day is a guy teams will look at near the end of the draft as a project player/backup. He was a solid college center, but he's not an elite prospect. He'll struggle against elite talent, but would be well worth taking a chance on late, as he might mature into a starter with some coaching. He projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA.
Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas. Diggs has had a solid career at Texas, but he projects as a nickel-type cb at the next level. He tends to disappear at times from a production standpoint, and isn't a shutdown corner. He projects as a 5th round pick, and that's a fairly decent assessment of his draft day value. He's not going to hurt your defense if you have to use him, but he's not going to do anything huge to stand out either. Here's some film. A big week at the Senior Bowl would definitely help his case.
Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn. Reese Dismukes is one of the best centers in this year's draft. He projects as a second round pick, and that's fair; centers don't generally go in the first round. Dismukes will compete for a starting role in the NFL early in his career.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami. Phillip Dorsett is a prospect on the rise. Two seasons ago, he dropped two sure TDs in a nationally televised game. Last season, he missed much of the year due to a knee injury. This year, he's been at the top of his game and propelled himself into a potential day 2 NFL draft pick, projected as a second or 3rd rounder. Dorsett also has experience returning kicks. Here's some film on him from 2012. And here's Dorsett in action this season. While he's not the type of player that's going to be a big play threat for your team every week, he can definitely plug in and play a solid role in an NFL offense as a complementary WR.
Jamil Douglas, G, Arizona State. Jamil Douglas is also playing in the East-West Shrine Game. Douglas projects as a 5th or 6th round pick, but he's going to go higher than that. While he'll be switching from tackle to guard in the pros and has a tendency to play high, this kid is a great athlete. He can squat 565 pounds and has a body fat index in the teens. With coaching, this kid could be an every down starter in the NFL. Here's some film.
Kurtis Drummond, FS, Michigan State. Drummond is a solid player who currently projects as a 3rd round pick in the 2015 draft. Drummond has missed a few key plays, dropping two potential interceptions in big moments. That being said, he's critical of himself for those mistakes. Here's a look at him on the field. Drummond came from a solid, solid secondary that featured first round draft pick Darqueze Dennard, so this is a well-coached unit. With Drummond's work ethic and self criticism, he could be a very good NFL player with the right system.
Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE, Kentucky. Dupree is a fast, hard-hitting pass rusher from the University of Kentucky. While he played defensive end in college, a better position for him in the NFL may be outside linebacker. He's fast enough to drop into coverage (how fast? He was clocked at 20.5 miles per hour during a game last year. That's not a typo.), and he's a little light for an NFL defensive end.Scouts love his speed off of the line, and his college coaches love his work ethic; he gained 15 pounds of muscle mass and was willing to switch positions to help his team. Dupree will likely wind up as a first round pick, and the "experts"" tend to agree with that assessment. Dupree would be a great fit as an OLB in a 3-4 defense at the next level.
Andrew East, LS, Vanderbilt. Andrew East is the #1 rated longsnapper in the nation, and may be able to stick with an NFL roster in 2015. That being said, he will either be drafted in the 7th round or sign as an undrafted free agent if he gets a shot with an NFL team, since longsnappers are generally not a highly valued position for rookies. They are rarely noticed unless they screw up (think Manny Ramirez in the Superbowl).
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon. This kid is one of my favorite cornerback prospects in the 2015 draft. Ekpre-Olomu is almost guaranteed to be a first round pick in the draft. He's easily a top five player at his position in this class, and I'd rank him #1. He's a hard-hitting, intelligent player with good instincts with the skill set to start for an NFL team as a rookie. He's going to be fun to watch.Here's some film. UPDATE: Ekpre-Olomu suffered a major knee injury in practice, that will end his college career and put his draft status in question. He'll still catch on with a team, and I think he'll still be a great player, but the injury will drop him a bit.
Cameron Erving, C, Florida State. Cameron Erving is rated by many as the best center in the country, and projects as a 1st or 2nd round pick in 2015. He's 6'5, 308 pounds, and has started at both tackle and center in college. He also has experience playing along the defensive line. Scouts love his blocking ability, and the only thing he really gets docked for among scouts is consistency. If he can improve his technique, he can be an NFL starter for years to come. Here's some film.
Kaleb Eulls, DT, Mississippi State. Eulls projects as a developmental/rotational defensive lineman at the next level. He's currently projected as a 6th round pick. Eulls transitioned from QB in high school to DT in college, and his greatest tackle was made on a school bus in 2009 after a student pulled and loaded a gun with the intent to commit an act of violence (film here). This is a heads-up, quick thinking guy that isn't afraid to put his own life on the line to protect those around him, and that suggests a solid team player to me. I think this kid's character is phenomenal, and his work ethic will be an asset to any NFL team. While he fits best in a rotation early on, he has the potential to be a locker room leader as well.
Tayo Fabuluje, T, TCU. Tayo Fabuluje will also be playing in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game. Fabuluje projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent. Scouts don't like the fact that he missed the 2013 season or the fact that he gained weight during the offseason. He's also bounced around a bit with transfers. That being said, scouts seem to at least be interested in him, as he has been generating some buzz lately. He'll be a guy to watch in the Shrine Game, and could make a roster as a backup.
Jake Fisher, T, Oregon. Jake Fisher is one of the better offensive tackle prospects in this draft, and projects as a second or third round pick. Fisher has started at both offensive tackle positions in college, but his skill set favors a right tackle role in the NFL. Scouts love his agility, his ability to get downhill, and his strength, but his foot movement suffers badly when he tires. That's something he'll have to work on to be an every down starter in the NFL, but he's at least a very capable NFL backup at this point. When Fisher missed time this season, Oregon's offensive line play in general was terrible, but once Fisher returned, their play immediately returned to a high level. This suggests that Fisher is capable of playing a major role on an offensive line, and given some time to develop, he could become a decent NFL starter. Here's some film.
Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas. Trey Flowers is one of the more intriguing defensive end prospects in this year's draft. Last year, Flowers was rated as a likely 3rd round pick by the NFL Draft advisory board, and elected to return to Arkansas for this season. His draft stock has risen slightly, as he now projects as a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Scouts love his versatility, but he doesn't look the part of an elite prospect on defense; he just doesn't have the extremely fast burst needed to be a featured player in an NFL defense. He'd be a great fit in the right system, but he'll need some coaching at the next level. Here's some film.
Jalston Fowler, FB, Alabama. Jalston Fowler projects as a 4th or 5th round pick in 2015. While he's the best pure fullback in the 2015 draft, the fullback position is an almost forgotten position, and this hurts his draft stock. Fowler is a talented lead blocker, and would be a valuable asset for any run-heavy offense. Here's some film.
Andy Gallik, C, Boston College. Gallik is one of the better centers in this year's draft. He projects as a 3rd round pick, and is also capable of playing guard. While Gallik isn't as talented as Dismukes, he's been a featured part of Boston College's offensive line and has great instincts that will still help him compete for a starting role at the NFL level. He'll need some coaching, but he's got the talent to grow into a starting role, especially with good coaching. He reminds me of Russell Bodine in ways. Film is tough to find on him, as is the case with pretty much all center prospects, but here's Gallik back in the day as a guard in high school. He's a player that is poised to benefit from the Shrine Game.
Max Garcia, C, Florida. Garcia transferred from Maryland to Florida in 2012. He projects as an undrafted guy, but is a player that could see some attention late in the draft as a utility o-line prospect; he's potentially able to play both guard and center at the next level, and teams will look for that type of versatility, especially in a backup. he's a bit small at 6'4, 295 pounds, but teams may take a chance on him later in the draft.
Clayton Geathers, S, Central Florida. Geathers projects as a 6th round pick in 2015. He's a guy that scouts think will have to make an impact on special teams to make an NFL roster early in his career, and if he can make an impact there in practices this week, teams will be more willing to take a chance on him in the draft. Here's a video piece on him.
Markus Golden, DE, Missouri. Golden is one of the better defensive ends available in the 2015 draft, and could also be converted to a 4-3 OLB. He projects as a 2nd or 3rd round pick, and has a knack for making big plays in big games; he was the MVP of this year's Citrus Bowl. Golden is generating some buzz among scouts heading into the Senior Bowl, and could be an interesting prospect. He plays a bit upright and takes a bad angle on occasion, so he'll need some work to take the field regularly at the next level, but with proper coaching, he could be a decent NFL player. Here's some film.
Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss. Golson is one of the key members of the Ole Miss defense, and losing him to the NFL will sting. He's smaller than scouts like for an NFL CB at 5'9, 176 pounds, but he logged 9 interceptions this season, especially shining in big games. Some scouts are projecting him as a nickel CB at the next level. He currently grades out as a projected 2nd or 3rd round pick.Here's Golson intercepting a pass against Alabama to seal a victory at the end of the game. Here's another big play. The next play isn't one of Golson's better moments, but it shows his speed. Here's Golson missing a tackle on Trent Richardson....twice in the same play.
Antwan Goodley, WR, Baylor. Goodley projects as a 4th or 5th round pick in 2015. He's got solid hands and good speed, but he's a bit smaller than scouts like at 5'10. I think he'll be a great asset for an NFL team, and some scouts agree; he's been compared favorably to Anquan Boldin by at least one NFC scout. Here's some film.
Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State. Grant currently projects as a 3rd round pick, but his draft stock is on the rise as he generates interest among scouts. This rise could continue heading into the Senior Bowl. Grant is one of Ohio State's fastest players, and his speed could help him make an impact both in an NFL defense and on special teams, a factor which will make it easy for him to stick with a pro roster. Scouts like his value as a nickel corner and special teams contributor. Grant has allegedly run a 4.32 40.
Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon. Grasu is another member of the top tier of center prospects in 2015. He's dealt with a leg injury this year, which may impact his draft status; scouts will be looking to see if he's healthy at the senior bowl. He currently projects as a day 2 prospect (2nd or 3rd round). I've seen Grasu ranked as the top center in the draft, over Dismukes, and that ranking is one I can agree with; although I prefer Dismukes, Grasu has drawn comparisons to NFL center Alex Mack. Grasu should be one of the top 2 centers off the board in the draft. Film is notoriously tough to find on centers, but here's a piece on him.
Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State. Grayson is one of the toughest quarterbacks to scout in this draft class. He's very polarizing, with some scouts loving him and calling him the third best QB in the class. Other scouts think that he's overrated and are skeptical. He projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick, and will be extremely interesting to watch in the Senior Bowl. This game could make or break his NFL draft status. Here's some film. Grayson had 32 TDs and 6 interceptions in his final college season, but right now he's fighting to improve his draft stock. He projects best as a solid NFL backup with the ability to come in and perform as a spot starter in emergency situations.
Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State. Greene was Mel Kiper's favorite senior WR heading into the 2014 season. He dealt with a concussion in October, but has recovered. The film on him is decent; he's a physical WR with good hands and decent separation skills that will eke out a sizeable role in an NFL offense early on in his career. He's been compared to Emmanuel Sanders, and may be the best pure route runner in this year's draft class. Greene is a solid NFL prospect, and projects as a 2nd or 3rd round pick.
Geneo Grissom, LB, Oklahoma. Grissom switched from DE to OLB this season for Oklahoma. He's had a solid season, but sprained his MCL against Texas Tech and could miss the rest of the season. A projected 3rd round pick, Grissom could see his draft stock slide because of the injury. It's extremely tough to find film on Grissom, and this is the type of prospect the Senior Bowl could really have helped. He has also played at tight end, and I view him as a project player at the next level. Hopefully he comes back healthy and does well.
Ladarius Gunter, CB, Miami. Gunter currently projects as a 4th round pick. Gunter is a decent coverage guy with solid, solid technique, and could also be moved to safety in the NFL. That being said, he's not as physical as some guys in his size range. I think he'll stick with an NFL roster and will see regular playing time, but he'll need some work to become an every down starter. Here's some film.
Marcus Hardison, DE, Arizona State. Hardison projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA currently, but his draft stock is on the rise as he's generating some buzz amongst scouts. He's a big boy at 6'4, 300 pounds, and could transition to DT in the NFL. Scouts love his awareness and his heads up playing ability, and he could be a deep sleeper heading into the draft. He plays like a much smaller guy, and makes some great plays. I think he could be an outstanding rotational guy early on in his NFL career, and may work his way into an every-down-starter role. I really like this kid, and think 31 NFL teams will have missed on a great value when he is drafted. Hardison is the type of defensive line prospect that will make teams regret passing on him for years to come. Here's some film.
Justin Hardy, WR, Eastern Carolina. Justin Hardy is a 6'0 188 pound projected 2nd-3rd round pick at WR who also happens to be QB Shane Carden's best friend on the field. Hardy has a knack for making plays, and his draft stock is on the rise. Here's some film. Hardy projects as a slot receiver in the NFL; he'll be a good tool for any offense but will not likely be a #1 guy. That being said, Hardy also has experience as a kick returner, and that could help him eke out a decent role with an NFL team. I view Hardy as a T.Y. Hilton-type prospect that could surprise a lot of people with the right team. His college QB throwing to him at the Senior Bowl certainly won't hurt his draft stock. I'm interested to see how he performs.
Josh Harper, WR, Fresno State. Harper is one of the better WR prospects in this year's draft, and nfldraftscout.com has him projected as a 2nd round pick. Depending on how the draft falls, I could see him slipping into the first. I picture him as a #2 WR on an NFL roster, and he could definitely help a team like Seattle. Here's some film.
Anthony Harris, S, Virginia. Anthony Harris has established himself as one of the top safeties in college football, and nfldraftscout.com has him rated as the #1 SS in the draft, projecting as a 2nd or 3rd round pick. I think that ranking is a little high. Yes, Harris is a solid college player and makes big plays. That being said, for every big play made by Harris, the film shows a bad angle or poor tackling technique. He's physical, but he needs to wrap and not lead with his head in order to succeed in the NFL. While he may emerge as a starter in the NFL, I'm not completely sold on him yet. There's a lot to like in his game tape, but there's also a lot to worry about. If he can get consistent, he'll be a good NFL player, but he needs to stop making mental errors and maintain proper position and pursuit on every play. Here's some film.
Rob Havenstein, T, Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin football program is known for three things. Russell Wilson, running backs, and offensive linemen. Wisconsin has long churned out NFL caliber players on the offensive line, which is a credit to their system. Havenstein hopes to be the next NFL offensive lineman out of Wisconsin. He projects as a late round pick (nfldraftscout.com has him as a 6th rounder), but there's a lot to like about this kid's character and work ethic. Havenstein arrived in Wisconsin as a 6'8 380 pound prospect. By 2013, he had shed 53 pounds, weighing in at 327 pounds. His coaching staff at Wisconsin love his work ethic, calling him one of the hardest workers on the team. In the words of Wisconsin offensive line coach T.J. Woods, "he works hard. He comes to practice every single day and works as hard as anybody in that group. And I think he genuinely cares about being perfect and sharpening his sword and perfecting his craft. He has a passion for it, and it really irritates him when he's not doing it right. You can see that by the way he prepares every single day." While Havenstein will likely start out as a backup in the NFL, his work ethic and size will get him a shot with a professional team. A strong showing at the Senior Bowl could easily propel him into the middle rounds of the draft, and in a few seasons, Havenstein could be a starting offensive lineman in the NFL. I think he's underrated.
Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State. Heuerman is one of the better tight end prospects in a weak 2015 draft class. He projects as a 4th round pick, and is coming off of a spring 2014 foot injury. He's been used more as a blocker than as a pass catcher during his college career, but could benefit from some added bulk. He'd be a decent H-back/blocking TE type of prospect for an NFL team, and at least could be a decent backup. Here's some film.
Jordan Hicks, OLB, Texas. Jordan Hicks is a talented player with a long history of injuries. His injury history will make some teams devalue him due to fears that he won't last in the NFL. He plays with a high level of intensity and tackles with good form, assets which translate well into the NFL. Hicks is talented enough to be an every down starter on some NFL teams. That on-field intensity will constantly be discounted by the fact that Hicks missed portions of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 season due to injury. Hicks projects as a 4th round pick, largely due to his injury issues. Without the injuries, he'd probably be a 2nd round player. If he can stay healthy in the NFL, Hicks will be an absolute steal in the 4th round of the draft. Here's some film.
Zach Hodges, OLB, Harvard. Zach Hodges is playing in both the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl this January. He's a projected 3rd round pick according to www.nfldraftscout.com. However, that rating might be slightly high. Hodges is a project player of sorts and will need time to develop at the next level. He could develop into a solid NFL backup, but he'll need a couple of seasons before he blossoms. The Shrine Game and Senior Bowl will go a long way to help teams make a decision on him. He shows flashes of talent, but he also plays a bit upright and will get swallowed up by NFL-caliber talent on the offensive line. Here's some film.
Mike Hull, LB, Penn State. Mike Hull is the second player from Penn State on this list. Hull leads the team with 99 total tackles this year; next closest player has 44. Hull doesn't have eye-popping numbers for a linebacker (only 2 sacks and 1 interception this year), and tends to make a few mistakes. That being said, he's recovering from a leg injury. Here's some film. With good coaching, I project him as a backup at the NFL level. He projects as a 6th or 7th round pick according to www.nfldraftscout.com. He could make an impact in the right system but he needs some work.
Tre' Jackson, G, Florida State. Jackson projects as a 2nd or 3rd round pick. He's a bigger guy, coming in at 6'4, 330 pounds, and also has experience playing defensive tackle. With his size, he could also move outside to offensive tackle. However, he's largely overrated as a draft prospect;scouts have noticed that Winston has faced a lot of pressure at times. Much of this pressure has come as a result of poor blocks by Jackson. I think Jackson projects best as an NFL backup with some upside. Here's some film.
Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson. Grady Jarrett gets downgraded by scouts due to his size; as a 6'1 295 pound DT, he's viewed as small for the position. That being said, smaller defensive tackle prospects can and do produce at the NFL level. Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald were both "too small," but that hasn't stopped either player from becoming a quality NFL starter. Don't count Jarrett out because of his size. Scouts have compared him to a slightly less dynamic version of Aaron Donald. Know who else received essentially the same scouting report, although he was in the league before Donald? Geno Atkins. Here's Geno Atkins' scouting report from 2010. Here's Aaron Donald's from 2014. Aaron Donald was drafted at 6'1, 285 pounds. Geno Atkins was drafted at 6'1, 293 pounds. Both of these players were smaller than Jarrett, and both have been extremely successful in the NFL. Grady Jarrett projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick according to www.nfldraftscout.com. He's also an extremely team-oriented guy. Even though he's too small to play in the NFL, scouts have said that Jarrett looks like a perfect 3 technique defensive tackle prospect for an NFL team. This kid is going to find a spot on an NFL team and he's going to be a starter. Besides, he's too small to sit on the bench, considering the fact that the bench will likely tip over when a larger, NFL-sized player sits down on it! I really, really like this kid and it's absolutely ridiculous that he's being downgraded due to his size when Aaron Donald and Geno Atkins show that you CAN succeed in the NFL as a DT in this size range!! I hope that Grady Jarrett has an outstanding senior bowl week and knocks some of the people that are downgrading him because of his size on their butts during practice as well. If I'm getting Jarrett as a 3rd round pick, I'm getting a steal this spring.
Chris Jasperse, C, Marshall. Jasperse projects as an undrafted free agent this spring. At 6'4, 287 pounds, he's a bit small for an NFL offensive lineman. That being said, he could also make the switch to guard at the next level; he's started at both positions in college. If he bulks up, he could wind up as a deep backup or practice squad guy early in his career. Jasperse is a guy that could benefit heavily from a strong showing at this year's Senior Bowl.
Anthony Jefferson, S, UCLA. Jefferson projects as an undrafted free agent in this year's draft currently, according to www.nfldraftscout.com. He struggled with injury issues through his career, and his lack of playing time at the college level has some teams shying away from him at the moment. That being said, Jefferson has looked decent when on the field, and could be a great developmental player to snag late in the draft. He's an injury risk, but late in the draft, the upside outweighs the injury risk. He could see his stock rise with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Film on him is tough to find, but this video has some.
David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa. David Johnson is one of the guys I'm really excited to watch in the Senior Bowl. He's a small school player, an explosive kick returner, and could be one of the surprise running backs in the NFL draft. Him and Zach Zenner are my two favorite non-first-round running backs this year. I think Johnson is going to be a good player in the NFL, and will be drafted higher than the 4th to 5th round ranking given to him by www.nfldraftscout.com after a solid performance in the Senior Bowl. After the elite running backs are off the board, Johnson could be next. But don't take my word for it, here's some film. He could start out of the gate for some teams in the NFL. Oh, and he's a beast in the weight room too.
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest. Hey! Don't I remember watching Kevin Johnson in the NFL? Oh wait, never mind, that's Kevin Johnson the WR. Kevin Johnson is one of the better cornerback prospects in the 2015 draft. He's been rated as a 2nd or 3rd round pick, but that rating is low. Kiper's got him rated as a first rounder, and many scouts are falling in love with him as a player. Johnson is a playmaker that could shine in the right system in the NFL. Teams will enjoy watching him against top school competition at the Senior Bowl. Here's some film.
Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA. www.nfldraftscout.com has Eric Kendricks rated as a second round pick. That's a pretty fair assessment of his draft stock. However, scouts are mixed on him, some view him as a special teams or depth guy, others view him as a surefire NFL starter. Unfortunately, Kendricks has decided to not attend the Senior Bowl due to a hamstring injury, but I'll keep a scouting report of him in. He reminds some scouts of Chris Borland, and that's not a bad comparison; Kendricks is a tackling machine, and I think that he can be a very good player at the NFL level. He's not the hardest hitter at the position (that award goes to Denzel Perryman), but he is a very accomplished tackler with good technique and good coverage skills. I think he's worth a 2nd rounder. Here's some film.
Hau'oli Kikaha, DE/OLB, Washington. Kikaha is one of the players I'm really excited to watch in this year's Senior Bowl on defense. It's going to be awesome to see him, Nate Orchards, and Denzel Perryman in the same event. Injuries hurt Kikaha, but I have him rated as a first round caliber player. If this kid can stay healthy, he's going to have a strong NFL career. Want to know more? Here's my piece on him.
Arie Kouandjio, G, Alabama. The brother of current Buffalo Bill Cyrus Kouandjio, Arie Kouandjio is one of the best offensive line prospects in this year's draft. he projects as a 2nd to 3rd round pick, and at 6'5, 315 pounds, he looks the part of an NFL offensive lineman. Back in October, Kouandjio won an SEC offensive lineman of the week award for an entire game with no sacks, no penalties, and no quarterback pressures allowed. He's started every game at guard for Alabama over the past two seasons, and has performed well against NFL-caliber competition. He projects as an every down starter in the NFL, but for a fun blast from the past, here's a video of him as a high school player. He will likely start as a rookie depending on where he winds up.
Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame. The last great tight end from Notre Dame was Tyler Eifert, and he's done well with Cincinnati so far. While Koyack isn't the pass-catching threat that Eifert was, he's a solid blocker and is still a decent playmaker. He projects as a 3rd round pick in 2015, and could see regular playing time in the NFL early in his career. Here's some film.
Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State. Jeremy Langford is the third best RB in his conference, behind Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah. He projects as a 4th round picks, and although teams will love his production (lots of 100 yard games in college), they will shy away from his weaknesses in the short yardage game. Langford struggles with short yardage situations for whatever reason. For a big, physical running back, that's something that will need to be addressed before Langford can earn a large role in an NFL backfield. He projects as a part of a committee or a backup in the NFL. Langford IS a capable pass protector, which will help him stick with an NFL roster. Here's some film.
Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas. Dezmin Lewis is a 6'4 220 pound WR that runs a 4.41 40. Those measureables are enough to intrigue NFL scouts. That being said, Lewis is a small school player, playing for Central Arkansas University in the FCS. He'll get discounted due to his level of competition, and this is the type of player that can truly benefit from participating in the Senior Bowl. Scouts will get a chance to see him against top level talent and be better able to assess him. Lewis currently grades out as a 5th to 6th round pick. He's an intriguing player that could go anywhere from the middle of the draft to undrafted, depending on his performance in the Senior Bowl. I don't know much about him as a prospect, and I'm interested to see how he performs.
Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan State. Lippett is one of the more versatile players in this year's draft class; he's started games at both WR and CB this season. He's a decent athlete with good hands, and scouts will love his athletic ability. While he doesn't project as a #1 WR on an NFL team, Lippett does have the talent to make an impact on an NFL offense. He projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick, but some team may fall in love with him and take him earlier. Here's some film.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State. Lockett is a smaller player, at 5'11 and 175 pounds. Even given his small size, he projects as a 2nd or 3rd round pick in 2015. He's a fast shifty guy that reminds me of an Andrew Hawkins-type player with more raw talent, and Lockett can also return kicks. Lockett makes for a great slot receiver at the next level, and once generated 321 all purpose yards in a single game. Here's some film.
Kyle Loomis, P, Portland State. Loomis is one of the best punters in the nation. As an FCS player from the Big Sky Conference, he's come to the draft along a very different route compared to others. Here's a fantastic video piece on him. He spent time in the Army, and has more real-life experience than most kids in the draft. Loomis may be a punter, but he's got the life experience to be a great, great locker room leader. He projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent, but given his life story and talent (he's one of the best college punters in the country). I'm rooting for him, and hope he makes an NFL roster. Not only is he a great player, but he's also a great person. Go get 'em Kyle. Here at www.mattandmikesports.com, we're rooting for you.
Jeff Luc, ILB, Cincinnati. Luc projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent. He transferred from Florida State to pursue a chance to compete for a starting role; it sounds like Luc and a coach at Florida State had a poor relationship and that may have hurt his chances to play there. In Cincinnati, Luc has made a name for himself as a solid tackler. He's a bit slow for a linebacker, but he's got good instincts and tackles well. he projects as a solid backup at the next level. Here's some film.
Donatella Luckett, WR, Harding. Harding is an intriguing prospect. He comes from a Division II team and will likely start out his career as a practice squad or developmental player, but he's got some talent. He does some of the same things as Cordarrelle Patterson; he's been productive out of of the backfield and as a receiver. He reminds me of Dennard Robison without a good arm; Luckett has one passing attempt in his career. The result was an interception. He projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA, but a strong Senior Bowl performance will do a lot to convince scouts that he can compete against a higher level of competition. Some teams will look at moving him to RB. Here's some film.
Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State. Mannion is one of the top 3 quarterback prospects in this year's draft in my opinion. This time last year, many expected Mannion to be a first or second round pick, but a tough final season at Oregon state has derailed his draft stock a bit. that being said, he was given a 3rd round grade by the NFL draft advisory board before last season, and some now grade him as a 5th or 6th round pick. That rating is a bit low, and Mannion should be taken in the 3rd or fourth round pick. While he doesn't have the look of a franchise QB, Mannion could be a capable spot starter and a very solid backup at the NFL level early in his NFL career, and could develop into a solid starter with proper coaching.. Here's some film.
Justin Manton, K, Louisiana-Monroe. Manton is a versatile guy that can play both kicker and punter. That versatility will help him in a tough market that sees only one or two rookie kickers make an NFL roster most seasons. He projects as 7th round pick or undrafted free agent, but will struggle to make an NFL roster mainly due to the lack of available spots for a rookie kicker.
Ali Marpet, T, Hobart. Marpet is a 6'4, 310 offensive line prospect who can play at both offensive tackle and offensive guard. He's playing in both the Senior Bowl and the Shrine Game. Hobart projects as an undrafted developmental player hailing from a tiny program, but a strong showing at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl would go an extremely long way towards piquing teams' interest in him. He'll need a lot of work to contribute in the NFL, but he could be a decent developmental practice squad player early on. Here's some film on him in high school, since his college film is impossible to find online.
Shaquille Mason, G, Georgia Tech. Mason is a nice depth pick in the 2015 draft. He projects as a 6th round pick, and has been a solid starter for Georgia Tech at guard over the last two seasons. He may not be a starter early in his career, but he could be a great developmental backup offensive lineman at the NFL level, and would be a value pick in the 6th.
Josue Matias, G, Florida State. Matias is one of the more elite guard prospects in 2015. Heprojects as a 2nd or 3rd round pick, and has also seen some playing time at tackle in college. He started his final 29 college games, and played a pivotal role in Florida State's solid offense. He projects as a borderline starter/solid backup early in his NFL career and will likely mature into a solid NFL starter quickly.
Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville. Mauldin projects as a first or second round pick, and will be used as a pass rusher at the next level. He's played both defensive end and outside linebacker at the college level, and will likely wind up as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. He tends to get trapped against decent blockers on the line. He's not going to be an elite player but he's got the talent to be a solid pass rusher. Here's some film.
Vince Mayle, WR, Washington State. Mayle's a decent WR with good hands and solid route running skills. Teams will like that when watching his game tape. He's a junior college transfer to Washington State, and he projects as a day 2 prospect, falling into the 2nd or 3rd round of the draft. He's not an acrobatic player generally, but he's dependable. Here's some film of him as a junior college player (here) and at Washington State (here).
Joey Mbu, DT, Houston. Joey Mbu is a relatively unknown defensive tackle out of Houston. Just a few weeks ago, Mbu was projected to go undrafted. Now www.nfldraftscout.com has him rated as a 4th round pick. He's definitely turning some heads, and is playing in both the Shrine game and the Senior Bowl. This kid is on the rise, and a big performance on in both games would propel him even higher. I like his value as a middle round player. Here's some film.
Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford. Montgomery is a solid prospect. There are some injury concerns, as Montgomery underwent arm surgery before the 2014 season. While he projects as a second round pick, some scouts have a first round grade on him. He's an extremely physical player that reminds me of Hines Ward in ways, and he could definitely contribute in an NFL offense. Here's some film.
Robert Myers, G, Tennessee State. Myers is an offensive line prospect that can play both tackle and guard. He projects as an Anthony Collins-type of player, a backup offensive lineman that can provide depth at multiple positions. He projects as a 4th round pick, and while he won't likely start out as an every down starter, he'll be a capable backup for multiple positions.
Connor Neighbors, FB, LSU. Connor Neighbors is one of the best fulllback prospects in the country, but unfortunately for his draft stock, Neighbors is a fulback. He projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent. He's a guy that will likely have a tough fight to make a roster, but he has the talent to do it. Hopefully things work out for him.
Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State. Nelson gets overlooked a lot as a prospect. He does a lot of things well, yet he doesn't get the press that some of the more popular CBs do. I think he'll be a solid sleeper on draft day, falling into the 4th or 5th rounds (he projects as a 4th round pick). The film on him is decent, and he could provide nice depth for an NFL team later in the draft.
Nick O'Leary, TE, Florida State. Nick O'Leary is one of the best Tight End prospects in the 2015 NFL draft. He's a physical guy that can do a few things well. His main role will likely be that of a starting NFL TE or a TE2 at the next level, but he could also see some time as an H-back due to the physical nature of his play. Here's some film. He projects as a 3rd round pick.
Tom Obarski, K, Concordia-St. Paul. Kicker is one of those rare positions where players from any level of competition can generate plenty of buzz heading into the draft. While Obarski isn't likely to get drafted (he projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA), he'll likely find a spot on a roster heading into camps, and could win a starting role in the NFL.
Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA. Odighizuwa wins the prize for most difficult name to pronounce in the 2015 draft, and I hope he gets picked in the 1st round so I can watch Goodell struggle with it on national television. That being said, Odighizuwa isn't a bad player. He's one of the better DE prospects in this year's draft, and projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick. He'll play at either DE or 3-4 OLB next season in the NFL. He doesn't have huge numbers, and he had surgery on his hip in 2013, but scouts love his versatility and size, which will help to keep his draft status afloat. He's a guy to watch at the Senior Bowl.
Cedric Ogbuehi, T, Texas A&M. Ogbuehi is one of the best offensive linemen in the 2015 draft. Had he entered the 2014 draft, he would have been a first round pick. He still projects as one. He'sstarted at left and right tackle, and will be an NFL starter early in his career. Here's some film.
Nate Orchard, DE/LB, Utah. Nate Orchard is a sack machine. Orchard has produced 13 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss so far this season. He's a similar player to Washington DE/LB Hau'oli Kikaha (who you can also watch in this game), minus the injury questions. I prefer Kikaha as a player, but Orchard will also be a solid, solid player in the NFL. Orchard projects as a 2nd round pick according to www.nfldraftscout.com. Here's a short clip of Orchard on the field.
Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami. Perryman is the best inside linebacker in this draft class and one of the hardest hitting players in college football. He will be drafted in the first or second round this spring, and will be a starter in the NFL for years to come. I love this kid's talent and think he's going to be a special, special player. For more on him, check out my full piece on him. Perryman reminds me a lot of another University of Miami LB that wore #52 in college. Who? Ray Lewis.
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor. Petty is a player that could see his draft stock pick up steam heading into the draft. He projects as a 3rd round pick, but this year's class is weak and strong showings at the Senior Bowl and combine could generate interest among teams. He projects as a backup in the NFL; he has a bad habit of locking onto a single receiver and has been compared to a more athletic version of Brandon Weeden. Playing in a spread offense in college also won't help his cause. That being said, he'd be a decent depth guy in an NFL offense. Here's some film.
Casey Pierce, TE, Kent State. Pierce is a small school guy that could really benefit from a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. He projects as an undrafted player currently, but a strong showing at the Senior Bowl could propel him into the later rounds of the 2015 draft. He projects as a developmental or practice squad player early in his career that could develop into a nice TE2 with coaching. He played quarterback in high school, and started his career at Kent State as a walk on. Now he's trying for a spot in the NFL. He's been fairly consistent in college, ending his college career with at least 2 catches per game in his final 18 games (and at least 3 catches in his last 13).
Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss. Prewitt is one of the hardest hitting safeties in this draft class, and currently projects as a 2nd or 3rd round pick. I really like this kid, he's extremely physical, and I'd love to see a team pair him with linebacker Denzel Perryman. That would make for an extremely scary defense. I think Prewitt has the talent to be an NFL starter(especially after a year or two of development on an NFL roster), and he's one of the best safeties in this class. How hard does Prewitt hit? Listen to this one! Still not convinced? Watch him hit Jordan Matthews so hard that Matthews pukes, here. He's aggressive, he's talented, and he's dangerous on the field. I think there's a lot to like, especially with the right coaching staff.
Hayes Pullard, ILB, USC. Pullard projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA in the draft. He tends to whiff on plays and isn't as explosive as I'd like to see for an inside linebacker, but he does some things well. I think he projects as a backup or practice squad early on, but if he can work on his consistency and play at a high level on every snap, then he'll see some playing time in the NFL. He's shown flashes of talent, but he needs to get more consistent to be a regular contributor at the NFL level. It'll be interesting to watch him work with the Senior Bowl coaching staff. Here's some film.
Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State. Randall could be a major sleeper at safety in the 2015 NFL Draft. He projects as a 5th to 6th round pick, but the guy is a great open field tackler. He doesn't generate the onfield force that a player like Prewitt does, but Randall consistently brings down opponents. His tackling technique needs a little work for him to be successful as a safety in the NFL, but he's well worth a middle-round pick. With some coaching up, he could be an NFL starter. Here's some film. Randall has great hands and spent two years away from football playing baseball as an outfielder and short stop. That will translate nicely into the NFL, as an intelligent defensive coordinator will give him plenty of chances to make plays. This kid could turn into an interception machine in the right system.
Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio). Quinten Rollins is a converted point guard who played basketball before switching to football for this season. He's extremely athletic, and is capable of making great plays on the ball, but his tackling technique needs work. He generates a lot of tackles for a cornerback, but he just needs to get more consistent with his form, which will come with time. That being said, he's got great hip movement and the physical talent to become an every down starter. Here's some film. He projects as a second round pick, which is fair since he'll need a season or two before reaching his prime in the NFL.
Eric Rowe, CB, Utah. Rowe is a decent cornerback prospect, and projects as a 3rd or 4th roundpick. He's a converted safety, switching to CB after three years as an elite player at the position. He's exceptionally fast, running a 40 in 4.39. Teams are going to fall in love with his versatility and his speed, and he could wind up starting in the NFL. If all else fails, he'll be a special teams monster, but he'll likely work his way into a starting lineup on a team. Here's a highlight.
Ty Sambrailo, T, Colorado State. Sambrailo is one of the more controversial players in the draft among scouts. Some have him projected as a first round pick, others have him falling to the second. Some scouts have a 5th round grade on him. The problem with Sambrailo is it's tough to get a real feel for his talent. He does some things really well, and struggles with other things. He's the type of player that scouts will pay a lot of attention to at the Senior Bowl. A good performance will keep him near the top of the draft, a poor performance may sink him into the mid to late rounds. It's extremely tough to find film on Sambrailo, but here's some film on him in high school at least.
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington. Shelton is a great defensive tackle prospect, and he'll likely be a first round pick in spring. He's projected as the top defensive tackle in the draft by some experts. He's the type of player that's not necessarily generate a lot of tackles, but he'll get caught up in the middle of an offensive line and wreak havoc, keeping the linemen busy while the players around him make plays. Here's some film. I view him as an elite rotational player or a decent starter at the next level, depending on the system. He's not going to make a lot of tackles, but he'll keep blockers occupied.
Austin Shepherd, T, Alabama. Austin Shepherd is another of a long line of solid Alabama offensive line prospects. Shepherd is a big boy, at 6'5, 320 pounds, and projects as a 4th round pick. He started the final 26 games of his college career, and only allowed two sacks in his final season. While he's not the sexiest OL pick in 2015, he will definitely be a solid NFL backup and could be a decent starter. As a 4th round pick, he'd be worth taking a long look at, especially for a team that needs help on the offensive line.
JaCorey Shepherd, CB, Kansas. Shepherd projects as a 4th or 5th round pick. He makes some nice plays on defense, and is good at reading an offense. He's a guy that could develop into an NFL starter and will likely generate some big plays at the next level. He's also willing to contribute on special teams, a trait that will help him to stick with an NFL roster (film here). He hasn't generated a ton of buzz among scouts yet, but he'll be a solid NFL prospect and should turn some heads at the Senior Bowl. Here's some film.
Blake Sims, QB, Alabama. Sims projects as a 6th or 7th round pick in 2015. He'll likely spend the early part of his career as a developmental prospect, but Sims is the type of player that could develop into a very solid NFL backup QB (or even a starter in the right system) given some time. In college, he worked his way up from scout team to starter. He could do the same in the NFL given time and the right system. That being said, a three interception game against Ohio State to bring Alabama's year and Sims' college career to an end will likely turn away some scouts. I think he'd be a solid player to target at the end of the draft, and could return some nice value on a late round pick. Here's some film.
D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic. Smith is an extremely tough player to find information on. He's an every-down starter for Florida Atlantic and has lead his conference in passes defended, but he doesn't seem to be generating a lot of buzz in the scouting community. I'm interested to see how he does at the Senior Bowl, but given the lack of information on him we're likely looking at a potentially undrafted player.
Derron Smith, S, Fresno State. Smith projects as a 2nd round pick, and is one of the better safety prospects in the draft. He's been compared to Earl Thomas by some scouts, and will likely be a starter at the NFL level. Here's some film.
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State. Devin Smith is often remembered for one play, the catch, a beautiful one handed TD grab against Miami in 2012. That being said, he has generated plenty of other highlights during his college career (film here), including a 3 TD game against Wisconsin this year. He projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick currently, and he'd be a steal there. Smith could make a really nice #2 WR in an NFL offense, and will have an occasional huge game.
Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State. Donovan Smith is an interesting prospect. A player that wasn't expected to enter the draft until 2016, Smith entered with a year of eligibility left after finishing a degree in criminology. He projects as a 4th round pick. While he will need a year or two to learn, and could have benefited from another year of college ball, Smith could eventually develop into a nice NFL starter. He's a decent backup at this point in his career. His technique needs work, however; he plays too high and gets sloppy as he tires. Since it's tough to find any film on linemen online, here's some film of Smith in high school at least.
Za'Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky. Za'Darius Smith is playing in both the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. Smith projects as a 4th or 5th round pick. Scouts like his hand use, but I think he's going to struggle against NFL blockers. Plus, his tackling technique needs a lot of work. While he does some things well, such as getting into the air to obstruct a passer's view, he also needs improvement if he's going to be a regular component of an NFL defense. I view him as a backup at this point in his career. Here's some film.
Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State. Preston Smith projects as a middle-of-the-draft player (3rd-4th round) who could climb into the 2nd or 3rd with strong showings at the Senior Bowl and combine. Scouts like his size, and he's been compared to Arizona DE Kadeem Martin. He needs some development, but he'll be a good player at the NFL level. Here's some film.
Martrell Spaight, OLB, Arkansas. Spaight currently projects as a 6th round pick, but scouts are warming up to him. He's a hard hitting tackler who's produced decent numbers, and he's worked to improve his skills this season. He's a project player at linebacker, but he'll make a living early on as a dominant, hard hitting special teamer on kick offs. Here's why.
Jaquiski Tartt, FS, Samford. Tartt is one of my favorite defensive small school prospects for 2015. The guy is a great safety, and even though he hails from a very small program at Samford, www.nfldraftscout.com has him projected as a third round pick. That's rare for a small school player. Last year Pierre Desir was drafted in the 4th round by the Browns. Tartt is a better player than Desir, and will go higher. Here's some film. He may not start immediately, but Tartt will become a major force on defense early in his NFL career. You heard it first.
Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke. Tomlinson has an interesting story. He was born in Jamaica, moved to Chicago at 10 years old, and is now one of the best offensive guard prospects in this year's draft. He currently projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick, but I'd take him in the 2nd or 3rd. The guy is a solid athlete and works his butt off in the weightroom. Here's some film of him working out. He could be a starter in the right system.
Lynden Trail, OLB, Norfolk State. Trail is an intriguing small school prospect. He's a hard hitting player but he's also extremely inconsistent. He barely played at Florida before transferring to Norfolk State, and he projects like an NFL backup or special teams player early on in his career. Here's a piece on him. He projects as a 4th round pick, and a strong showing in the Senior Bowl and Shrine Games will go a long way towards convincing NFL scouts that he can compete against a higher level of competition.
Louis Trinca-Pasat, DT, Iowa. Trinca-Pasat currently projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick. He's a decent player, and scouts like him, but he's not an elite prospect. I view him as a depth guy or part of a rotation at best rather than an every down NFL starter early in his career. He is a fast player, and plays hard every snap, so he'll at least see playing time at the NFL level.
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Auburn. Uzomah projects as 7th round pick or undrafted free agent at tight end in 2015. He'll likely start out his career as a developmental depth guy or a practice squad player. He's a guy that needs to use his pass-catching ability to catch on with an NFL team, and hasn't caught many passes in college, so the Senior Bowl will be extremely valuable for him. Scouts think he can play multiple positions, namely TE, H-back, and slot receiver. That versatility may help him stick with an NFL team. Here's a highlight.
Tyler Varga, FB, Yale. Varga is a small school player playing a forgotten position at fullback. He runs hard, and can be useful in the short yardage game if a team gives him a chance, but the fullback is a dying position in the NFL. Most scouts think he'll need to contribute on special teams in order to make a roster; he'll likely end up as a special teams player at the next level. I think NFL scouts are viewing Varga and Zenner in the wrong light, both have often been considered fullbacks, but neither is a true fullback. I think Varga, like Zenner, can make some plays on offense if he just gets a chance. He projects as a 5th round pick, but he may fall a bit on draft day. Here's some film.
Clive Walford, TE, Miami. Walford projects as a second or 3rd round pick, and many scouts rank him as the best TE prospect in the draft. He suffered from a torn meniscus in 2014, and that could make some teams nervous, but he's got the talent to be a starter at the next level. He finished hisfinal season with 44 receptions for 676 yards and 7 TDs. Kiper is down on him, but I think the kid could be decent. Here's some film.
Kevin White, CB, TCU. The "other" Kevin White in the 2015 NFL draft projects as a 3rd to 4th round pick. Scouts aren't going to like his size at 175 pounds, but he's got the talent to be a solid backup or nickel CB and could be an asset on special teams. Here's a highlight.
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia. Kevin White is one of the top two WR prospects in the 2015 draft, and projects as a surefire first round pick. Daniel Jeremiah ranks him as the top WR in the draft, comparing him to Julio Jones. Another scout has compared White to Larry Fitzgerald. White is going to be one of the best WRs to be drafted this year, and will be an NFL starter. I've got him rated 2nd overall, just behind Cooper. That being said, White has backed out of the Senior Bowl, so those hoping to watch him this week will have to resort to film.
Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma. Williams is a decent offensive line prospect, and will likely find a role as a backup on an NFL offense. He currently projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick. Williams has the size to impress scouts at 6'5 321 pounds, but he struggles in pass protection, and the NFL is a passing league. He'll make a nice developmental player who may eventually become an NFL starter.
Ramik Wilson, ILB, Georgia. Wilson is one of the better inside linebackers in this year's draft class, and projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick. He performed well in college, but he may struggle against NFL talent. Some scouts think Wilson will have to move to OLB in a 4-3 system to be effective at the next level. He's shown flashes of talent and has great college numbers, but I'm looking forward to see how he performs at the Senior Bowl. This is a kid that could either see his draft stock raise a round or two or drop drastically depending on how he does during the Senior Bowl and the Combine. He's definitely a hard hitter (film), but he's a bit of a project.
Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn. Gabe Wright is another "undersized" defensive tackle prospect in this year's draft. Scouts think he could play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3, although he's been an inconsistent player at times in his career. Wright currently projects as a 2nd or 3rd round pick, and has the raw athletic ability to hold his own in a rotation at the next level. It's tough to find any decent film on Wright, but here are some highlights from his days in high school (film).
Shrine Game Prospects:
Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford. Anderson is a 6'6 295 pound defensive lineman from Stanford who projects as a 5th or 6th round pick. He's not an elite athlete, but he knows how to use his hands. Injuries are dropping his draft stock as well. Todd McShay thinks Anderson could outperform his draft position. I think with good coaching he could play a solid role in a line rotation, but he will get overpowered by top tier NFL offensive linemen at times. Here's some film of him in high school, since it's tough to find college highlights of him.
David Andrews, C, Georgia. Andrews is a nice developmental pick at center late in the draft. While he's not going to be an elite pick at the position (he has some balance issues), he does some things well, and teams will take a look at him as a developmental prospect at the tail end of the draft or as a UDFA. While he'll likely start out as a practice squad or inactive player, he's got the talent to work his way onto an active roster in the NFL. He currently projects as an UDFA or 7th round pick.
Mickey Baucus, OT, Arizona. Not to be confused with the senator from Montana, Max Baucus. Baucus projects as a 7th round pick or a UDFA, and is going to need some development to make it at the next level. Scouts love his size, but he's extremely inconsistent. He'll struggle against top level defensive talent, but could find a role as a depth guy or practice squad developmental player on an NFL roster. A strong showing at the Shrine Game would go a long way towards convincing teams to take a chance on him.
Ben Beckwith, G, Mississippi State. Beckwith projects as a 7th round pick, but teams may pick him higher. Beckwith has a history of beating the odds; he made Mississippi State's football team as a walk on and ended his career as a starter with NFL aspirations. He wasn't even rated as a high school player. Beckwith is the type of kid that will probably start out as a developmental pick and could work his way into a role as a solid backup or even a starter in the NFL. I think teams will be intrigued by his history, and someone will take a chance on him late in the draft.
Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma. Blake Bell is a transitioned quarterback who has developed into a decent blocking tight end. He's not going to be an elite prospect at the position, but he'll get looks from teams as a developmental player later in the draft due to his versatility. He projects as a 7th round pick. Here's some film of Bell as a QB. Film of him as a TE is tough to find.
Bernard Blake, CB, Colorado State. Blake projects as a 4th or 5th round draft pick in spring. His numbers aren't elite (1 career interception), but he is an decent coverage corner and outstanding tackler. He's not going to generate a ton of interceptions, and his technique needs to improve in the NFL, but he could be a good player at the next level with proper coaching. There's a lot to like with him, and I could even see a team toying with moving him to safety. Here's some film.
Detrick Bonner, FS, Virginia Tech. Bonner currently projects as a 7th round pick or udfa. He's a great athlete and has played all over the field (linebacker, safety, and corner). While he likely won't be a starter in the NFL, he's an intriguing backup candidate who could see playing time on special teams early on. His form is bad at times, even when making a big play. For example, (film) on this play, while he did break up the pass, Bonner came in without square shoulders and didn't wrap, which would get him burned at the next level. Coaches will want to work on that, and he may spend some time on the practice squad before making the 53 man roster.
Anthony Boone, QB, Duke. Anthony Boone is a 6'0 220 pound senior from Duke, projected as the 22nd best QB in the 2015 draft by www.nfldraftscout.com. While Boone has had a decent career at Duke, he also has average numbers and a bad habit of missing open receivers. While Boone may have a successful NFL career, its likely that he starts out as an undrafted free agent fighting for a roster spot. A collarbone injury in 2013 and Duke's unwillingness to fully commit to Boone (they've used Boone in a QB-by-committee type of approach) will scare NFL teams away from drafting him, but I'm rooting for him to catch on with a team. Here's some film.
Brett Boyko, T, UNLV. Boyko projects as a 7th round pick. He's a bit small for a tackle and doesn't have the quickest feet, so teams may look to move him inside. Expect him to work out at tackle and guard at the Shrine Game. He may catch on as a developmental player on an NFL team or as a practice squad guy.
Da'Ron Brown, WR, Northern Illinois. Brown projects as an undrafted free agent. He comes from a smaller program and doesn't have the best set of hands. That's going to scare some scouts away from him. He is, however, willing to work in the blocking game, which will help him stick as a special teams player or developmental practice squad guy. He'll need some work to see playing time in the NFL however. Here's some film.
Dominique Brown, RB, Louisville. Dominique Brown is an intriguing RB prospect out of Louisville.www.nfldraftscout.com has Brown slated as 5th round pick in a deep class of running backs in 2015. Brown missed the 2012 season with a knee injury sustained during training camp, but has been healthy since and has experience at quarterback, giving him some added versatility. Brown is also a decent receiver out of the backfield. He is used to working in a committee-type of role, and this might be the best approach for him in the NFL as well. He has potential in a Brian Leonard-type of third down role, for example, going in on 3rd and short. Here's some film of him and fellow Louisville RB Michael Dyer.
Jamon Brown, OT, Louisville. Jamon Brown is the second Brown of note from Louisville this draft season. Brown is projected as a 6th or 7th round pick in the draft, and at one point weighed in at 350 pounds. Now, Brown lines up as a 6'6 325 pound draft prospect. This is a kid that worked his butt off, literally and figuratively, for a chance to help his teammates and for a chance to follow his NFL dreams, and this is the type of player I'd feel comfortable spending a late round pick on. Offensive linemen deal with weight issues all the time. A prime example is Andre Smith, who struggled with weight issues as a first round pick with the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown worked hard to get his weight under control before his senior season. That's the type of kid I want on my roster. Here's some film. Brown will succeed as a late round pick, and would be well worth a pick even in the middle of the draft. Jamon Brown could be one of the pleasant "surprises" of this year's draft, but I won't be surprised at all if he performs extremely well in the NFL.
Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas. Malcolm Brown is one of the more underrated prospects at running back in 2015. He projects as a 5th round pick, but he's been compared to Demarco Murray by some scouts. His problem? Plenty of physical gifts without elite production. That could be coaching though, and as a 5th round pick, Brown could be a steal in 2015 if he pans out; he could be an every down starter in the NFL with proper coaching. Here's some film.
Bryce Callahan, CB, Rice. Callahan is a hard working, driven player that will likely outplay his draft position. He's undersized, but he plays with a good level of intensity. His size and the size of his program will work against him, as he rates as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent currently. A strong showing at the shrine game will go a long way towards changing that for the better.
James Castleman, DT, Oklahoma State. Castleman projects as a 4th or 5th round pick in the draft, and dealt with a foot injury in spring 2013. He's capable of making big plays on defense (example here), but he needs to work on his balance and technique. He'll likely wind up as a rotational player or backup in the NFL, but teams will like his raw talent and will draft him hoping for a guy they can develop.
Sam Carter, SS, Texas Christian. Carter is the type of player that could really benefit from a solid showing at the Shrine Game. He's definitely a developmental prospect at this point; he's a converted QB who needs to improve his tackling skills, but he's capable of making nice plays on the ball (like this one). He projects as an undrafted guy right now, but a good Shrine Game could change that. He's a strong competitor that will work hard to succeed in the NFL.
Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami. Lost in the glory that is Denzel Perryman, another Miami defensive player is quietly playing very good football. That player is Anthony Chickillo. He projects as a 6th round pick right now. That's just stupid; last year the NFL Draft Advisory Board gave him a 4th to 5th round grade. I'd take him in that range and be extremely happy. There are a few things he could do better (he occasionally gets blown up by elite blockers, and once in a while he doesn't wrap perfectly), but he has the talent to start in the NFL. I think he's going to be a steal in this year's draft. Here's some film.
Gerald Christian, TE, Louisville. Christian projects as a 5th to 6th round pick. He's got all the tools you look for in a tight end prospect; he's got good hands and he's a good blocker. Here's a highlight. He's definitely worth rolling the dice on late in the draft, and at worst could be a nice 2nd tight end on an NFL roster.
Cameron Clemmons, T, Western Kentucky. Clemmons is another player that could definitely benefit from a solid showing at the Shrine Game. He's projected to go undrafted. At 305 pounds, he's extremely small for a tackle, and teams will want to see him put on weight. That being said, a good Shrine week could put him on a team's radar as a developmental pick.
Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee. Justin Coleman is the type of defensive back that teams will take a look at as a project player at the end of the draft. He makes some heads up plays and some game-changing interceptions, but he's not an elite athlete at the position. Coleman projects as a 6th or 7th round pick at the NFL level, and this ranking is partly because of his size (5'10, 190 pounds), and partly because of lackluster numbers (4 career interceptions). As a late round flier, he's worth a gamble, but I'd prefer a player like Deonte Flowers, the CB from Montana State University at the end of my draft. Coleman will have to produce on special teams early in his career, but could carve out a role in an NFL defense.
Corey Cooper, SS, Nebraska. Cooper projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent. While he does make some nice plays, is an intense competitor, and shows good pursuit, he also tackles poorly and occasionally gets burned on plays by WRs. He'll likely start out as a practice squad guy or developmental player, but he'll get picked up by a team. Scouts like his ability against the run, but he needs to tackle better to see playing time in the NFL. Here's some film.
Jonathon Crockett, RB, North Dakota State. Crockett projects as an undrafted free agent, but he's had a decent final season, and does some things well. Some scouts think he'll slip into the end of the draft. He projects best as a backup or practice squad player. Here's a highlight.
Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno State. How good is Tyeler Davison? Dane Brugler describes him as a "block eating war daddy." Davison projects as a 4th round pick and could see a decent amount of playing time as a rookie, either as a 3-4 nose tackle or as a rotational DT. Davison isn't going to generate huge numbers, but he'll do something just as valuable. Davison is known for occupying blockers, which helps the players around him put up numbers.
Andre Davis, WR, South Florida. Davis is another guy projected to go in the 7th round or undrafted. He suffered a sternum injury in September, but has recovered from it. He was South Florida's offensive MVP in 2014, and could catch on as a #5 WR in the NFL. He's got solid hands and doesn't make many mistakes. Here's some film.
Titus Davis, WR, Central Michigan. Titus Davis projects as a 5th round pick. He's also possible returner at the next level. Davis is fast. How fast? He's run a 4.38 40. He's a controversial player, some scouts love him because of his production, some knock him because of his technique. He struggles against elite CBs. He's also dealt with some knee injuries. I think he projects as a backup early on. Here's some film.
Dillon Day, C, Mississipi State. Day is a guy teams will look at near the end of the draft as a project player/backup. He was a solid college center, but he's not an elite prospect. He'll struggle against elite talent, but would be well worth taking a chance on late, as he might mature into a starter with some coaching. He projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA.
Miles Dieffenbach, G, Penn State. Dieffenbach would have been one of the top guards in the 2015 draft had he not tore his ACL the spring before his senior year. He worked hard to recover and now projects as a 4th round pick. Dieffenbach is a hard worker that will outplay his draft position if he stays healthy, and he will make some team extremely happy early on. He projects as an elite backup or average starter early in his NFL career.
A.J. Derby, TE, Arkansas. Derby is an extremely intriguing player. While he projects as an undrafted free agent, he's one of the more interesting tight end prospects given his career trajectory. He hasn't racked up huge numbers, but he's a converted QB who's gotten better every year since switching to TE. He was actually a highly recruited QB at the junior college level. He's raw, but he'd be a great guy to pick up in the 7th round or as a UDFA and work with for a few years. His flashes of talent are worth the minimal risk involved. Here's some film of him playing QB in high school. He wasn't bad! Here's a highlight as a TE.
Larry Dixon, FB, US Military Academy. Larry Dixon is a rare breed in draft conversations. He's a fullback. Dixon is projected to go undrafted, but this ranking is a combination of two factors, first, the devaluation of the fullback position in the NFL, and second, the fact that Dixon has a required term of military service before playing in the NFL. Dixon is the type of fullback prospect that can make a major impact in the NFL, but military commitments will put his career on hold. Dixon is a talented runner (here's some film), and was once tackled 34 times in a game against Boston. Boring stat? Not when you consider that for 22 of those tackles he didn't have the ball. A player of Dixon's caliber has the potential to play a major role in an NFL offense, both as a decoy and as a ball carrier. Here's hoping that Dixon has a safe and successful military career and returns home safely. When he gets back, the NFL might just be waiting for him. Teams would be foolish to not take a long hard look at this young man.
Jamil Douglas, G, Arizona State. Douglas projects as a 5th or 6th round pick, but he's going to go higher than that. While he'll be switching from tackle to guard in the pros and has a tendency to play high, this kid is a great athlete. He can squat 565 pounds and has a body fat index in the teens. With coaching, this kid could be an every down starter in the NFL. Here's some film.
B.J. Dubose, DT/DE, Louisville. Dubose projects as an undrafted free agent in 2015. This season was his first season as a starter, and generated solid numbers in both sacks and tackles for loss. A strong showing at the Shrine Game may project him into the later rounds of the draft. He could be a decent rotational guy early in his career. Here's some film.
Kyle Emanuel, DE, North Dakota State. Emanuel projects as an undrafted player, but that should change moving towards the draft. He's been one of the best defensive players in the FCS, and he also performed extremely well against Iowa State, a Big-12 team. That shows he can perform against big-time talent. That being said, scouts do have questions about his athletic ability at the next level. I think he's fine and would make a nice depth player, either as a DE or a 3-4 OLB. Here's some film.
Fritz Etienne, SS, Memphis. Etienne is a small-school safety prospect who spent 2 years playing at Coffeyville Community College before transferring to Memphis. He's projected to go undrafted. Here's some film. Etienne is a player that could either not make an NFL team or could wind up drafted at the end of the draft depending on his performance at the Shrine Game and in the combine. I think he projects as a practice squad player currently.
Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada. Fajardo is a guy who's struggled with accuracy as a college player. He projects as a 5th round pick, and is a potential top 5 QB in this year's draft behind Hundley, Mariota, and Winston, but I don't see him as a franchise-type player. He's too inconsistent. He is a very agile QB, and can make plays on the ground as well as in the air, but his inconsistencies worry me. I think he's a backup at best. Here's some film.
Tayo Fabuluje, T, TCU. Fabuluje projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent. Scouts don't like the fact that he missed the 2013 season or the fact that he gained weight during the offseason. He's also bounced around a bit with transfers. That being said, scouts seem to at least be interested in him, as he has been generating some buzz lately. He'll be a guy to watch in the Shrine Game, and could make a roster as a backup.
Cole Farrand, ILB, Maryland Farrand projects as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He's dealt with injury issues during his career, but he's a tough player that fights through them. He generates a decent amount of tackles when healthy. Some scouts like his ability as a leader, and he could slip into the tail end of the draft. I view him as a backup or practice squad guy. Here's a highlight.
John Feliciano, G, Miami. Feliciano projects as a day 3 prospect, projecting as a 6th or 7th round pick. At 6'4, 316 pounds, he's got decent size for a guard. He's a solid, solid run blocker, and will make a nice backup lineman early on in his career with the potential to develop into a starter.
B.J. Finney, C, Kansas State. Finney is one of the better centers in the 2015 draft, and projects as a 4th or 5th round pick. He could also move to guard in the NFL. While he doesn't have ideal NFL size, scouts like the fact that he can run block and doesn't make mistakes. That'll help him stick with a team early in his career, and he could see some playing time as a rookie.
Parrish Gaines, FS, Naval Academy. Gaines projects as an undrafted free agent, and will have to wait a while to play football at the next level because of his service commitments as a Naval Academy student. He's a decent player with a good skill set, but will need to develop more at the next level to see playing time. Here's hoping that he has a safe and healthy tour of duty and returns home safely with a spot in the NFL waiting for him.
Devin Gardner, WR, Michigan. Devin Gardner is a transitioned quarterback who scouts will be looking at as a WR. He projects as an undrafted free agent, but a team might take a chance on him; teams are always looking at versatile athletes to develop. He doesn't have the fundamentals to stick as an NFL quarterback, but there is always a use in an NFL offense for a WR that can throw the football. Here's some film.
Mark Glowinski, T, West Virginia. Glowinski has played both Tackle and Guard in college, but projects as a tackle in the NFL. He projects as an undrafted free agent, but teams will love his size and versatility. While he'll likely be a backup or practice squad player in the NFL, some team will take a chance on him.
Bryce Hager, LB, Baylor. Hager projects as a 6th or 7th round pick in 2015. He's a tough player who has been in the running for multiple awards and has a good head for the game. That will help him stick with an NFL roster and develop into a solid NFL backup, or even a starter in the right system. He'll be fun to watch at the Shrine Game. Here's a highlight.
Bobby Hart, G/T, Florida State. Hart projects as an undrafted player in 2015, but teams might take a look at him as a utility-type backup lineman at the tail end of the draft. That being said, he's not an elite-type talent and may spend a season or two on a practice squad before being promoted to the active roster.
Benjamin Heeney, ILB, Kansas. Heeney projects as a 4th round draft pick in the 2015 draft, and is one of the better inside linebacker prospects once the elite two (Perryman and McKinney) are off the board. Scouts picture him as a backup or special teams player at the next level, which I agree with early on, but he's got the potential to see more playing time as his career develops. He is capable of making some decent plays. Here's some film.
Taylor Heinicke, QB, Old Dominion. Taylor Heinicke once threw for 730 yards...in a single game. He's probably the best small school QB in this draft, and some analysts are comparing him to Jimmy Garroppolo, thinking that he'll also play in the Senior Bowl. He's a good, consistent player who has the potential to mature into a starter in the NFL with good coaching, but he projects as a backup to start his career. He currently projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA, but I think his stock will climb heading towards the draft. Here's some film.
Greg Henderson, CB, Colorado. Henderson has started every game during his career in Colorado. He projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA, but he's a decent athlete with good awareness. He projects as a practice squad player or special teams guy early on, but he's got the potential to earn a larger role as his career develops. Here's a highlight.
Amarlo Herrera, ILB, Georgia. Herrera projects as an undrafted free agent according to some sources, but might climb into the 6th according to others. He doesn't have ideal size, but he still has the talent to potentially survive as a backup or role player in an NFL defensive scheme. He'll likely be on an NFL roster to open the 2015 season.
Sean Hickey, T, Syracuse. Hickey projects as a 4th or 5th round pick at tackle. He's 6'5, 300 pounds, and could even go higher than the 4th; some scouts have a day 2 grade on him. He'd be a solid NFL backup and has the potential to mature into a starter. His performance at the Shrine Game and combine will go a long way towards sealing his fate in the 2015 draft, and he could definitely benefit from a strong performance in both.
Austin Hill, WR, Arizona. Hill projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick. He suffered a knee injury in 2013, but there are questions about his recovery; he's been held to 4 or fewer receptions in 11 games this season. That will worry teams, and may drop him back to the 6th or 7th. When healthy, Hill has theability to be a solid playmaker, and if he can recover fully and return to his old form, he'll be a steal late in the draft. Here's some film of a healthy Hill.
Zach Hodges, DE, Harvard. Zach Hodges is playing in both the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl this January. He's a projected 3rd round pick according to www.nfldraftscout.com. However, that rating might be slightly high. Hodges is a project player of sorts and will need time to develop at the next level. He could develop into a solid NFL backup, but he'll need a couple of seasons before he blossoms. The Shrine Game and Senior Bowl will go a long way to help teams make a decision on him. He shows flashes of talent, but he also plays a bit upright and will get swallowed up by NFL-caliber talent on the offensive line. Here's some film.
Chucky Hunter, DT, TCU. Hunter projects as a 5th round pick in 2015. He's a stronger player that can bench 520 pounds and is quick on his feet.He'll be a solid rotational player in the right system, and could make an impact early in his career. Here's a highlight.
Martin Ifedi, DE, Memphis. Ifedi is currently projected as an undrafted free agent and ranked as the 21st best Defensive End in the 2015 NFL draft according to www.nfldraftscout.com. I think that rating is really low. Ifedi came back from injury and played extremely well, and he has played all around in a 3-4 system. Scouts love players that are versatile, and Ifedi is that type of player. He's average in size at 6'3 265 pounds, but let's let his play do the talking. I think he's going to be a steal near the end of the draft, and a strong showing at the Shrine Game will turn teams onto him. The guy has the talent to work himself into a starting role in the NFL, and there is no way he goes undrafted. Here's some film.
Taiwan Jones, OLB, Michigan State. Didn't Taiwan Jones get drafted a few years back? Nope, that was the running back out of Eastern Washington. Jones is a linebacker for Michigan State, who currently projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA. It's tough to find recent film on him, here are some highlights from a couple of seasons ago. Jones is an aggressive player with good instincts, but he doesn't wrap perfectly on every tackle, and this will cause problems for him at the NFL level. That being said, he's versatile and can play both middle and outside linebacker. With a strong showing, Jones could move his way into the middle rounds of the draft.
Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State. NFLdraftscout has Kelly ranked as a 7th round pick or UDFA. He's a dual threat-type of QB, but Kelly is not used to lining up under center (most of his snaps were out of shotgun in college), and is fairly inconsistent with ball placement. That's going to get him into trouble at the NFL level, and I think he winds up as a backup or practice squad player if he sticks with a team. Here's some film. As an interesting side note, Kelly is also a drag racer.
Darius Kilgo, DT, Maryland. Darius Kilgo is one of the main components of Maryland's defense and projects as a 5th or 6th round pick in the NFL draft. Kilgo may get a shot with an NFL team, but his playing technique will need work if he is going to succeed; he plays a bit upright and is slow off the ball. Here's some film. With proper coaching, Kilgo projects as a backup or practice squad player at the NFL level.
Marvin Kloss, K, South Florida. Kickers are always tough to project. Kloss projects as an undrafted free agent, but that projection may be due as much to his off the field history as it is to his onfield production. Kloss was arrested for Grand Theft in 2010 and also failed to gain admission to Florida. His numbers are decent, but they're not as elite as one might hope to see from an NFL hopeful. If Kloss doesn't stick with an NFL team he could make a CFL roster. He's not a bad player, he's just looking at limited opportunities. Here's some film.
Khari Lee, TE, Bowie State. How impressive is Khari Lee's story? Lee started his football career as a walkon at Bowie State and now is hoping to be drafted by an NFL team. He projects as an undrafted free agent, but he has the potential to turn some heads at the Shrine Game. A strong showing this week could pique a team's interest in Lee. I think he starts out as a deep developmental player or practice squad guy, but he could work his way onto an active roster given some time to develop.
Deon Long, WR, Maryland. Deion Long projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA. Scouts will like his speed; he's ran a 4.32 40. He suffered a broken leg in 2013 and has been attacked for a lack of effort at times, which raises questions about his work ethic. That being said, he's an evasive, quick player that can create matchup problems for the opposition. While NFL defensive players are better tacklers than the competition Long faced in college, he's got the talent to make big plays. If he ca mature a bit and work hard at the next level, he's going to be a steal in this year's draft. Here's some film.
Derrick Lott, DT, Tennessee-Chattanooga. Derrick Lott is a small school guy with a big body and a high motor. A transfer from Georgia, he could go anywhere from undrafted to the 2nd or 3rd round. Scouts love his explosiveness, but would like to see him show more consistency. Here's some film. I think he's going to struggle against NFL linemen and will need a few seasons to develop before seeing playing time at the next level, but he could turn some heads at the Shrine Game.
Terrence Magee, RB, Louisiana State. Magee projects as a 6th round pick this spring. He's also returned kicks in college. Magee's averaged 5.4 yards per carry during his senior year. He's a bit faster than Jeremy Hill, the last LSU RB to enter the NFL, and could make a nice change of pace back in the NFL. He's not as dominant as Hill was, but he's wicked fast and could be great in a committee. As a 6th round pick, he's worth it. Here's some film.
Craig Mager, CB, Texas State. Mager is a small school cornerback that projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent in 2015. He hasn't generated a lot of buzz among scouts at this point, but a strong showing at the Shrine Game could change that. He seems to struggle in coverage from time to time however, and will likely spend some time on a practice squad. Here's some film.
Gregg Mancz, C/G, Toledo. Mancz could play either tackle or guard at the NFL level, and will give teams a nice depth option late in the draft; he's currently projected as a 7th round pick or a UDFA. He's got a ton of talent, and he's versatile. Teams are going to like that. I think he makes an NFL roster right out of the gate. For what it's worth, Kiper is high on the kid.
Dean Marlowe, FS, James Madison. Dean Marlowe is one of many relevant small school prospects at safety moving into the 2015 draft. Marlowe has a good nose for the ball (film), and projects as an end of the draft type of player (7th round to undrafted free agent). Teams will take a chance on him because of his raw talent, and Marlowe could emerge as a solid role player in an NFL defense or special teams unit. Marlowe also has experience returning kicks and punts. While he may not become an every down starter on defense, his versatility will help him stick with an NFL roster.
Ali Marpet, T, Hobart. Marpet is a 6'4, 310 offensive line prospect who can play at both offensive tackle and offensive guard. He's playing in both the Senior Bowl and the Shrine Game. Hobart projects as an undrafted developmental player hailing from a tiny program, but a strong showing at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl would go an extremely long way towards piquing teams' interest in him. He'll need a lot of work to contribute in the NFL, but he could be a decent developmental practice squad player early on. Here's some film on him in high school, since his college film is impossible to find online.
Ronald Martin, FS, Louisiana State. Martin is an intriguing late round prospect in this year's draft. He projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA, but he's shown some flashes of talent. His numbers are decent, but he needs some polishing to make it at the next level. I think he catches onto a team as a developmental prospect at least.
Hutson Mason, QB, Georgia. Mason projects as an undrafted player, starring in an offense clearly based on the run game. His TD-INT ratio in 2014 is 20-4, but he's only cracked 200 yards in a game once. He's an inconsistent passer, but could develop into a decent game manager with some time to mature as a backup. Here's some film.
Vince Mayle, WR, Washington State. Mayle projects as a middle round pick (4th to 5th rounder according to www.nfldraftscout.com). Mayle has the size (6'3, 220 pounds) and athletic ability (he also has played basketball) to draw the atttention of NFL teams. Mayle switched to football full-time in 2012, and dropped 20 pounds prior to this season as a response to scouts questioning his quickness. Mayle is a prospect similar to Jerome Simpson. He's still learning the game, and may not make an immediate impact at the NFL level. However, he is also a far more polished player than Simpson was when drafted, and will likely at least have a decent rookie season en route to a strong NFL career. Here's some film of Mayle as a junior college player with Sierra College. Here's Mayle in 2014 with Washington State. Mayle is a project player of sorts, but a project player with a good chance at success. He's consistently improved as a player, and this improvement will continue in the NFL.
Joey Mbu, DT, Houston. Joey Mbu is a relatively unknown defensive tackle out of Houston. Just a few weeks ago, Mbu was projected to go undrafted. Now www.nfldraftscout.com has him rated as a 4th round pick. He's definitely turning some heads, and is playing in both the Shrine game and the Senior Bowl. This kid is on the rise, and a big performance on in both games would propel him even higher. I like his value as a middle round player. Here's some film.
Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary. Tre McBride projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA, and that's a steal. If he was playing for a bigger program, we could be talking about a 3rd or 4th round pick. He's a solid kick returner, and a clutch WR. He's reminded some experts of Pierre Garcon. Who wouldn't want Pierre Garcon in the 7th round? McBride will make an NFL roster and will make an impact at the next level. I think he's way underrated, and I expect his stock to rise at the Shrine Game. Here's some film.
Bobby McCain, DB, Memphis. McCain is a kick returner and defensive back out of Memphis College. He's another player that www.nfldraftscout.com has projected to go undrafted, but McCain has been a fairly consistent player for Memphis. McCain is a former catcher, and a relatively instinctive player. There's McCain returning kicks. Here's McCain on defense. Here's McCain in high school. While McCain makes some mistakes in coverage, his return skills will likely propel him onto some team's radar, and I expect him to either be drafted late in the draft or sign with a team after the draft. With coaching, he could also eke out a role as a backup or situational cornerback in the NFL. At the very least, he'll find his way onto a team's practice squad.
Shane McDermott, C, University of Miami. McDermott projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA in 2015. Scouts view him as a tough player with great technique, even though he's not an elite athlete. Those skills will help him catch on with a team near the end of the draft. I view him as a backup in the NFL.
Tevin McDonald, SS, Eastern Washington. McDonald projects as an undrafted player, and suffered from a leg injury in 2013. While he didn't make it on UCLA's football team, a note that bodes poorly for his NFL aspirations, McDonald does have a great NFL lineage. His brother, T.J. McDonald, is a starting safety for the St. Louis Rams, and his Dad played in the NFL and is a current CB coach for the Jets. McDonald is also known as a film-room guru, and he's the type of guy that would be extremely useful in practice. I think McDonald's a kid that will work hard and will latch on with a team as a 6th or 7th round pick. While he doesn't have the raw talent that his brother does, he'll make a roster. Here are some highlights from his days at UCLA. McDonald is the type of kid I wouldn't count out just given his work ethic and his background. He could eventually work his way into a starting lineup in the NFL, and will at least be a solid backup.
Darrian Miller, T, Kentucky. Miller currently projects as an undrafted player, but that being said, in 2013, scouts felt like he could make it into the middle rounds of the 2015 draft. Why the decline in stock? Miller may be more suited towards work at guard in the NFL. Teams will likely work him out there at the Shrine Game, and a strong showing would definitely boost his draft stock. Right now he projects as a deep backup.
John Miller, G, Louisville. Miller projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick. While he's not an elite athlete, he's a quick, tough player with a good head on his shoulders. I think Miller could work his way into a team's starting lineup at the next level, and he would definitely benefit from a strong showing at the Shrine Game and Combine. I like him as a player. Here's a highlight (sorry about the quality, as film on offensive linemen is notoriously difficult to find).
Deiontrez Mount, OLB, Louisville. Mount projects as an undrafted player. He moved around a lot at Louisville, and that versatility will likely generate at least some interest among scouts. While Mount won't see the field often as a rookie, a team could pick him up as a project player to develop for a few years.
Keith Mumphery, WR, Michigan State. Mumphery is a guy that is going to struggle to make an NFL team. He's projected to go undrafted, and doesn't do anything exceptionally well, although he's a decent player all-around. That being said, Mumphery is the type of player that could get involved in coaching or mentoring early on. He's a key member of his team's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and has performed extremely well in the classroom. Even if he doesn't make it on the football field, his future is bright. Here's hoping he can latch on with a team. A strong Shrine Game would likely get him a camp invite or contract as a UDFA. Here's some film.
Quayshawn Nealy, ILB, Georgia Tech. Nealy is a project player at linebacker. While he does make some big plays, his technique needs work. He projects as an undrafted player. That being said, he's great at reading plays in action, and that will help him latch on with an NFL team. He needs to improve his tackling technique and get a bit more physical to become relevant in the NFL however. Here's some film.
Darragh O'Neill, P, Colorado. O'Neill is one of the better college punters in the country, and could find a spot on an NFL roster this spring. He projects as a 7th round pick or UDFA. O'Neill averaged 44.6 yards per punt this year and has started for four straight seasons in college.
Damian Parms, FS, Florida Atlantic. Parms is another small school player projected to go undrafted. He's an obscure enough player that its tough to find film of him online, but here's some film of him playing football and basketball in high school. The Shrine Game can potentially strongly benefit players like Parms, who are fairly unknown.
David Parry, DT, Stanford. David Parry projects as an undrafted free agent, and he's going to need a really strong showing at the Shrine Game or in the Combine to find a match with an NFL team; scouts haven't given him much attention. Right now, he projects as a practice squad-type player if he catches on with a team. Here's some film of him in high school.
Terry Poole, OT, San Diego State. Terry Poole projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agentaccording to www.nfldraftscout.com. In 2013, Poole gave up only 2 sacks in 461 snaps, so he is capable of producing on the offensive line. He's a strong player and shows good burst off of the line, but Poole will likely fall late in the draft. Here's some film.
MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois State. MyCole Pruitt is a solid small school prospect at tight end. He projects as a 5th round pick, but has received some attention as a small school player, even being featured in a www.nfl.com article highlighting small school players to watch. Pruitt has scored 12 TDs on 71 receptions this year, and may rise on draft boards with a good performance on the Shrine Game. Here's some film. Pruitt will likely make an NFL roster in 2015.
Travis Raciti, DT, San Jose State. Raciti has played Defensive Tackle in both a 3-4 and 4-3 system, and while he struggled in a 3-4 he has been solid in a 4-3. He projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick. He's got good fundamentals, and decent tackling skills, even though he tends to get caught up at the line of scrimmage from time to time. He'll be a solid rotational player in the right system at the next level. Here's some film.
Collin Rahrig, C, Indiana. Rahrig projects as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He's started games at center, left guard, and right guard in college, and that versatility could help him stick with an NFL roster. While Rahrig isn't an elite athlete at any position, teams like guys that can play multiple positions for depth purposes, and Rahrig could stick as a backup on an NFL roster due to his experience playing in multiple spots.
Jermauria Rasco, DE, Louisiana State. Rasco projects as a 6th or 7th round pick in this year's draft, and may be better suited as a OLB in a 4-3 at the next level; he's got a decent motor and decent footwork, but he's going to struggle against NFL offensive linemen. However, he's a bit slow to make the shift. I think Rasco winds up as a developmental prospect or practice squad player early on, but a team will take a chance on him with a strong showing at the Shrine Game and/or combine. Here's some film.
Addison Richards, WR, Regina. Richards is a halfway decent WR prospect, but he comes from a very small school with Regina. He hasn't gotten much attention from scouts, and while he does make some big plays in college, they've been against a far lower level of competition than what he'll see in the NFL. The Shrine Game will go a long way towards deciding his NFL fate. His route running could use improvement but he's got the ability to make plays. Here's some film.
Jordan Richards, SS, Stanford. Richards is an extremely hard hitter (here's a highlight). He's one of the better Strong Safeties in this year's draft and projects as a 3rd to 4th round pick. He's an extremely physical player, and has been consistently productive in college. Richards has the potential to eventually start in the NFL.
Curtis Riley, CB, Fresno State. Riley projects as a 5th or 6th round pick. He's a hard-hitting player and does some things well. However, he doesn't generate a ton of turnovers. He'll likely wind up as a developmental player on a roster, but could also make an impact on special teams. Here's some film.
Aaron Ripkowski, FB, Oklahoma. Ripkowski projects as an undrafted player in 2015. He's overaggressive at times, and is perhaps most often remembered for being ejected from a game against Kansas State with a helmet-to-helmet block that would have drawn a fine, a 15 yard penalty, an ejection, and probably a suspension in the NFL. Given the extremely small market for fullbacks in the NFL, Ripkowski will likely struggle to make an NFL team.
Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina. Robinson projects as a 5th round pick. He's a big boy at 6'7, 344 pounds, and scouts are going to love his size. With more consistent technique, he'd be a first round talent. His inconsistencies will drop him a bit, but he will make some team very happy in the middle of the draft. He has the talent to become an elite backup or a decent starter.
Edmond Robinson, OLB, Newberry. Edmond Robinson is a small school player from Newberry who could see his stock rise drastically with a solid performance at the Shrine Game. Robinson is projected to go undrafted, but has played football since 3rd grade, and once had 2 interceptions, 14 solo tackles, and a td both as a RB and as a WR, all in one game. Robinson is an relatively unknown player so far, but I expect his stock to rise at the Shrine Game. He may go undrafted, but a solid showing may earn him a spot in camp this coming summer.
Spencer Roth, P, Baylor. Roth is one of the best college punters in the nation and projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent. Roth's average distance is a bit short compared to other punter prospects, but Roth rarely punted from deep in his own territory. Rather, Roth was expected to pin opponents deep. This helps to offset his comparably low average of 43.3 yards per punt this year. He could make an NFL roster.
Ezell Ruffin, WR, San Diego State. Ruffin is a weird prospect to evaluate. He's got good hands and the talent to be a decent NFL slot receiver, but he's had some injury issues and suffered from poor quarterback play for stretches of his career. Here's some film. I've seen Ruffin projected anywhere from UDFA to middle round pick, so he's definitely a guy that would benefit from a solid showing at the Shrine Game. He has been timed with a 4.37 40, and that will turn the heads of some scouts. He's not a guy I'm extremely excited about, but he's not a bad player either.
Ryan Russell, DE, Purdue. Russell projects as an undrafted free agent or 7th round pick. He's an intriguing prospect. He's got the physical gifts to be an every down starter at the NFL level, but he's extremely inconsistent on the field. Russell is a guy that could heavily benefit from NFL coaching. He'll probably start out as a backup or in a rotation. Here's some film.
Jake Ryan, OLB, Michigan. Jake Ryan is one of the better known players in the Shrine Game this year, and may even be a top 50 pick this spring. Ryan missed time last year with a torn ACL, and shifted from OLB to MLB for Michigan this year, but expect him to be drafted relatively high in 2015.
Niklas Sade, K, North Carolina State. Sade projects as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He was extremely prolific in college, setting multiple school records. However, scouts will want to see him make kicks consistently from beyond 50 yards before committing to him. Here's some film.
Wes Saxton, TE, South Alabama. Saxton is playing in both the Senior Bowl and the Shrine Game. He's a very average TE prospect and projects as a 4th or 5th round pick. I think he's going to struggle as a pass catcher in the NFL since he has had issues with drops in college, so I don't see him as an every down starter at the next level. He'd be an ok backup though. Here's some film.
Adam Shead, G, Oklahoma. Shead is an intriguing prospect to watch at the Shrine Game this year. He's started every game of his college career, and scouts love both his technique and his knowledge of the game. He projects as a 5th or 6th round pick and will likely be a solid backup early in his NFL career with the potential to develop into a starter.
Tye Smith, CB, Towson. Tye Smith is another small school player, and projects as a 7th round draft pick or UDFA. His technique is solid and he's been one of the better CBs in the FCS. What's dropping him in the draft is his size; he's 6'0, 170 pounds, and at his weight he'll get overpowered by NFL WRs. He's fast, he's intelligent, and he's a solid player. If he can put on some weight he'll be a solid addition to an NFL team at the end of the draft. At the worst he'd be a solid special teams player.
Za'Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky. Smith projects as a 4th or 5th round pick. Scouts like his hand use, but I think he's going to struggle against NFL blockers. Plus, his tackling technique needs a lot of work. While he does some things well, such as getting into the air to obstruct a passer's view, he also needs improvement if he's going to be a regular component of an NFL defense. I view him as a backup at this point in his career. Here's some film.
Damian Swann, CB, Georgia. Damian Swann is a turnover machine. The guy forces fumbles and picks off passes regularly. Scouts are going to love that about him. That being said, he's one of the lesser-hyped players in the 2015 draft, projecting as a 6th round pick. His technique needs a bit more polishing to be competitive at the next level on a regular basis, but he's a decent late option. Here's some film.
AJ Tarpley, LB, Stanford. Tarpley reminds me a bit of Shane Skov in skill level. Very solid college player, but may have trouble drawing a team's interest. He's a solid tackler, and he's solid in the passing game, but scouts just aren't high on him. I think he could make an impact at the NFL level if a team rolls the dice on him. He projects as a 6th to 7th round pick. Here's a highlight.
Jordan Taylor, WR, Rice. Taylor is a big wide receiver at 6'5. He projects as a 6th or 7th round pick. Taylor has struggled with inconsistency at times, and struggled with a foot injury earlier this season. After his injury, Taylor was on fire, with 48 catches for 780 yards and 6 TDs over 8 games. He's not a guy that's going to be an every-down big play threat, but he will be solid in the short-yardage game and could prosper in a West Coast style offense at the next level. He's more of a short receiver than a vertical threat. Here's some film.
Cam Thomas, CB, Western Kentucky. Thomas projects as a 3rd or 4th round pick. He's a small school prospect that is going to be interesting to watch against top competition at the Shrine game. He occasionally tends to fall behind a bit in coverage, but he is a hard worker on and off the field. His biggest problem is he improvises a bit too much trying to make big plays. If he can work on consistency, he could be a starting NFL CB eventually. Here's some film.
Dylan Thompson, QB, South Carolina. Thompson projects as an undrafted free agent. His career TD to interception ratio is 38:16, and he has thrown picks at costly times, which will lead teams to shy away from him as a prospect. He also spent most of his career as Connor Shaw's backup. Thompson projects as a practice squad guy early in his career. Here's some film.
Davis Tull, DE, Tennessee-Chattanooga. Tull projects as a 7th round pick, and will play either DE or 3-4 OLB in the NFL. He's got an interesting story. No team wanted him on signing day out of high school, and he made his way as a walk-on. Here's a kid that'll go into the NFL with a chip on his shoulder. He faces questions about his size and speed, but he's got great technique, and that will help him stick with an NFL team. He'll need to improve to see the field on a regular basis though. Here's some film.
James Vaughters, OLB, Stanford. Vaughters projects as a 5th or 6th round pick, but may struggle early on at the next level. He's not quite as athletic as some other linebacker prospects late in the draft. That being said, he does have a high motor and plays hard, and that will help him stick on an NFL roster. He'll likely start out as a backup.
Zachary Vigil, LB, Utah State. Vigil projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent, but he'll go higher than that. He's got good instincts and is capable of making plays, and plays until the whistle on every snap. That being said, he'll struggle against top blocking talent in the NFL at times. He's a perfect guy for a team to grab and develop for a couple of seasons, and could be a top tier backup or fringe starter in a couple of seasons. He'd be a great value late. Here's some film.
Brandon Vitable, OG, Northwestern. Brandon Vitable is a projected 6th or 7th round pick from Northwestern who will play at either center or guard in the NFL. He's not an elite offensive lineman, but teams will like his versatility and he will find a spot on an NFL roster, likely as a backup, due to his ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line. Expect the coaches at the Shrine game to get him work at multiple spots during practices that week.
Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech. Waller is a guy I really like later in the draft. He could jump into the 6th round of the draft. Even though he's only caught 40 balls in his career, he's got great hands and shows flashes of NFL talent. I think he makes it as a #4 WR on a team with the potential to do more. Here's some film.
Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan. Leterrius Walton is a huge player at 6'5, 300 pounds. Right now he projects as an undrafted free agent and hasn't garnered much attention from scouts, largely due to the level of competition he's faced. That could change with a strong showing at the Shrine Game. He's quick on his feet for a player of his size, but he'll need to work to make an NFL roster. He projects as a practice squad guy right now.
Tony Washington, OLB, Oregon. Washington projects as a 5th or 6th round pick at this point. Scouts view him as a DE/OLB "tweener" right now; he's a decent pass rusher but there are questions; he may not be strong enough to start at DE or fast enough to start at OLB. I think he grades out as a pass rusher to be used in certain packages. Here's a highlight.
Daryl Waud, DT, Western University-Ontario. Waud is a guy that hasn't gotten a lot of attention in the US as of yet; he's a Canadian player. These guys tend to get overlooked until the Shrine Game, which is one of the best parts about the game. I think Waud has the potential to be decent at the next level. He's fast, and he makes plays. While he'll have to prove he can adjust to play against NFL-caliber talent, the Shrine Game will help to show he can at least compete against American prospects. I'm intrigued by his talent, and think he could be a steal near the tail end of the draft in the 6th or 7th. Here's some film.
Kasen Williams, WR, Washington. Williams projects as a 6th or 7th round pick, and is coming off of a 2013 foot injury. Williams is a guy that was extremely highly scouted out of high school but never really blossomed in college against a higher level of competition. He's got the physical gifts to make plays, but needs to work on his consistency. He projects as a developmental guy early on. Here's some film.
Xavier Williams, DT, Northern Iowa. Xavier Williams is another small school player featured by nfl.com. He currently projects as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent, but a strong showing at the Shrine Game could easily change that. Williams is great on special teams, and blocked 5 kicks in one season. He's a defensive leader for Northern Iowa, and could be a solid, solid part of an NFL rotation on the defensive line. Williams is an extremely valuable pick late in the draft and could see his stock rise heading into spring. Here's some film.
Zach Zenner, RB, South Dakota State. Zach Zenner is my favorite player in this game and one of my favorite players in this draft class. His stock is going to continue to rise going into the Shrine Game, and someone is going to take a chance on this kid. I think he's one of the better running backs in this year's class, and he's definitely the best RB out of the FCS. Zach Zenner leaves the FCS third all time in rushing yards, 11 yards out of first place. The player 11 yards ahead of him? Adrian Peterson, RB, Georgia Southern. Peterson was drafted by the Chicago Bears and his career never got off the ground. Zenner is a better player than Peterson, and will make some team very happy in spring. How much do I like Zenner? Here are a couple of posts on him (here and here). I'm excited to watch him.
Now go out there, look at your favorite team's needs, and start your wish lists! Draft season is here!!!!! I'll keep you posted!
--your draft guru, the infamous Michael Bertasso Jr.
Melvin Gordon has declared for the the NFL Draft in 2015. He is a redshirt Junior who decided to return to Wisconsin for this season hoping to win a heisman and help his team get into the playoffs. The playoffs didn't happen and since everyone always seems to vote QB for heisman lately it seems doubtful he will win the heisman even though I truly 100% believe he deserves it more the the guaranteed winner Mariota. Gordon is the star of the Wisconsin football program. He this year broke LT'S single game rushing record granted it was broken a week later. He was also the fastest player in history to reach 2,000 yards doing so in just 241 carries. His last game for Wisconsin will be New Years day against Auburn in a great game in the Outback bowl. Melvin should be without a doubt the number one back entering the draft he led all of fbs with 29 tds, and 2,336 rushing yards. Good move Melvin going to the draft and good luck my friend.
A dominant tackler and defensive leader. A hard-hitting defensive leader. #52 for the Miami Hurricanes. Those phrases could describe two players, Ray Lewis and Denzel Perryman. Ray Lewis hung up his cleats after winning the Superbowl with the Ravens after the 2012 season, putting the final touches on a Hall of Fame career. Perryman is preparing to put on an NFL uniform for the first time after this year's draft. Does Denzel Perryman have what it takes to be a dominant linebacker in the NFL? The answer is yes.
Perryman is an explosive player that many scouts have rated in the middle of the first round. Such a rating does a disservice to Perryman's talent. I think Perryman is worthy of a top 10 pick and could be in the Pro Bowl discussion on a yearly basis in the right system. He reminds me of Vontaze Burfict in ways; he always plays with a chip on his shoulder, but sometimes his emotions get the better of him. For example, in a game against Duke, Perryman dropped an interception, and immediately did pushups on the field, earning himself an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Perryman's response? Come up with an interception (video here). An NFL coaching staff will have to make sure they keep him composed on the field to avoid penalties for stuff like that during games, but there are plenty of players in the NFL that are passionate. Just look at Burfict or Dez Bryant!
I love Perryman's sheer athletic ability as a prospect. The guy is passionate, and always seeks to punish his opponents. Perryman's tackles are fundamentally beautiful, and on the occasional play where he fails to wrap, he hits his opponent hard enough to bring them down. Here's some film. How good can Perryman be? Comparisons to Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis, and James Harrison come to mind. However, teams will have to make sure to keep Perryman somewhat calm at the next level given the NFL's current tendency to penalize players for unleashing big hits. That being said, Perryman is the type of fundamentally sound, hard hitting defensive player that will make an impact on any NFL team. Perryman knows one speed, and plays at full speed even in practice, often unleashing punishing hits on his teammates during scrimmages.
Denzel Perryman isn't a sack machine. He's generated 4.5 sacks over his college career. Perryman's not a prototypical pass-rushing type of player. He's a true linebacker. In four seasons, Perryman has 343 tackles (including two 100+ tackle seasons as a junior and senior), and 26 tackles for loss. Perryman has also forced 7 fumbles and picked off two passes in his college career. These are solid numbers for a linebacker prospect. He is also extremely talented as a pass defender. His ability to read the field reminds me a bit of Brian Urlacher, but Urlacher was a bit faster. As an instinctive, physical, well-rounded linebacker, Perryman could be the next big thing to come out of Miami. He will be in the running for defensive rookie of the year if a team gives him a chance to start. I guarantee it. Put him high on your draft boards this spring, because this kid is going to make some noise.
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