Welcome to The 33rd Team’s 2022 NFL Prospect Scouting Database! Here you’ll find all the information on the top prospects in the 2022 NFL draft class, with summaries, full-length scouting reports, and background information provided by our scouts.
Deven Thompkins came into Utah State as an unranked recruit from Dunbar High School. Thompkins played in all 13 games his freshman year with most of his impact being seen on special teams with 6 punt returns for 55 YDS and 2 kick returns for 68 YDS. In his sophomore campaign, Thompkins carved out a role for himself as a receiver, finishing third on the team with 40 REC for 536 YDS while also tying for second on the Aggies for receiving TDS (4). In a COVID-shortened year, Thompkins only played in four games where he finished with 20 REC for 214 YDS and 1 TD. In his final season with Utah State, Thompkins broke out to the tune of 102 REC for 1,704 YDS and 10 TDS while being the second player in school history to be named a Semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Trophy. He was also named a Third Team All-American as an all-purpose player while being named to the First Team All-Mountain West as a receiver. Deven Thompkins is a developmental prospect with active roster potential who wins with his change of direction ability, explosiveness, and prowess on special teams. To make an active roster, Thompkins will need to get stronger in his lower half to break out of more tackles, play with more urgency on his routes, and improve his ability to fight through contact on passes in traffic. He will most likely need to carve out a role on special teams.
Josh Johnson is a 3 star WR prospect out of Woodward Academy, Georgia. Johnson initially committed to play for the Iowa State cyclones, but after totalling one reception in his 2018 freshman season, he transferred to Tulsa where he would spend the next 3 years. Showed consistent progress at Tulsa before breaking out last year with his first 1000-yard season. Predominantly used on deep route due to his ability to sustain his top speed, which appears significantly faster on tape than his recorded 40 time. Struggles with sustaining concentration on every snap and this became evident in some fairly straightforward dropped catches or a lack of effort to make a play. In addition to improving his concentration, he could benefit from putting on a few pounds in order to be a rotational receiver in the league, as this will help with his physicality during his release and routes and in run blocking assignments.
Michael Woods II is a 3 star recruit out of Magnolia High School, Texas. He spent his first 3 years of eligibility at Arkansas before transferring to Oklahoma for the 2021 season. Played in a rotational role for the Sooners, playing in about 65% of the offensive snaps per game. Played in an Air Raid scheme under Lincoln Riley last year, a system which consistently helped him get into space and put up good numbers last season. Woods is a receiver without a refined or specified skillset. He shows an ability to get into space and take good catches, but he may struggle to translate this ability to the NFL because his stats don't suggest any elite attributes. He will perform well in offensive schemes aiming to get him into space, particularly in the short and intermediate passing game where he can utilise his COD ability and DB manipulation.
Tyshaun James came into Central Connecticut State University as a QB before transitioning to wide receiver. In his freshman season, James reeled in only 1 REC for 11 YDS, but contributed on the kick return team where he had 2 returns for 39 YDS. In his sophomore season, James saw an increased amount of playing time and production where he caught 20 passes for 218 YDS and 4 TDS. Then, in his junior season, James broke out for CCSU as he had career-highs in REC (48), YDS (978), YPC (20.4), receiving TDS (9), rushing yards (167), and rushing TDS (5) on top of being named a First Team All-NEC receiver. CCSU did not play a game in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his final season at CCSU, James had 45 REC for 649 YDS and 5 TDS in another solid campaign. James is a developmental WR with practice squad potential who wins with his explosiveness, ball-carrier vision, and run after the catch ability. He needs to improve his deep route running ability, play with more urgency, and do a better job of using his physical traits to make tough contested catches or catches on low passes in order to make it onto a practice squad at the NFL level.
Kalil Pimpleton is a 3 star WR out of Muskegon High School, Michigan. At 5090 and 175 lbs, Pimpleton is undersized and lightweight and this does show up on his film during any moments of contact with defenders on his routes or in run blocking scenarios. He does possess outstanding pace however, and if given the space, he has the ability to gain consistent separation through pure speed. He needs to improve his catching on short routes, as he dropped some easy passes last year. Overall, Pimpleton is potential late day 3 prospect, whose size and weight will make it a struggle to gain starting snaps in the league. He shows a good ability to perform as a returner on special teams however and could also be used as a rotational receiver for a team requiring a deep threat.
A 3 star recruit out of Mallard Creek High School, Corey Sutton is an interesting prospect, who shows flashes of outstanding plays, but whose tape is marred by inconsistency. Initially committed to Kansas State for the 2016 season and played 11 games as a true freshman before redshirting in 2017 and transferring to Appalachian State for the 2018 season. Sutton is a Z-receiver with a legitimate deep threat due to his ball tracking and vision and can serve as a backup to a team looking to add a vertical threat to their offense. He needs to improve his consistency, but his ability to track the ball in the air, display effort to fight for a catch and instincts to take catches around his body and over his shoulder comfortably help offset the lack of speed in the deep game. His agility is also a slight concern, specifically in the high angle change of direction routes (curl, hook, dig) as he has not refined his ability to make sharp turns or decelerate and face his QB with speed. With improvement in these areas however, he has the potential to be a WR #3/4 in the league.
Emeka Emezie is a 3 star recruit from Marvin Ridge High School, North Carolina. He spent 5 full seasons at NC State, collecting a total of 229 receptions for 2,895 yards and 19 TDs. A tall, strong receiver that was used primarily as a Z on deep routes, despite his lack of final speed or acceleration. Ran a relatively simple route tree consisting predominantly of go, post and curl routes. Emezie is a receiver who can find success in the league in the short and intermediate regions of the field. He displays good footwork and deceleration abilities to gain separation on curl, hook, slant, dig and out routes. He needs to improve his positioning on run blocking assignments and his effort and with this, has the potential to be a rotational receiver in the league.
A 3 star recruit out of Cerrito High School, California. Played his first two years of eligibility for the California Golden Bears, recording 36 receptions for 478 yards, before transferring to Mississippi State to play under Mike Leach. Had a breakout season last year with 105 receptions for 1,046 yards and 9 TDs.
Polk is a receiver you can win with. He has great footwork and agility and displays a high IQ in how he reads the field and executes assignments. Doesn't possess elite speed and will struggle to make an impact on deep routes, but his combination of size, suddenness and change of direction ability can make him a threat in the short passing game, potentially as a Slot receiver. He reads coverages well, understanding Man vs Zone concepts and how he should alter his routes based on the coverage. Works hard to find space and ensure he is an option for his QB, even if his initial route is tracked well by defenders. Understands his role during QB scrambles well.
He struggles if DBs are physical with him and this may be a case to bulk up during the offseason. Runs a fairly limited route tree and because of this, he will likely enter the league as a backup receiver. With time and refinement, however, he has the potential to be a solid Slot receiver or #2 option for any team in the league.
Charleston Rambo is a 4 star recruit out of Cedar Hill HS, Texas. He initially committed to the University of Oklahoma and spent the first 3 years of his college career there, racking up 76 receptions for 1180 yards. After a COVID hit season in 2020, he transferred to the University of Miami to play for the Hurricanes, where he had his breakout year, bringing in 79 receptions for 1165 yards and 7 TDs. Rambo is a receiver that lacks a refined skillset, as he shows an ability to perform well in most tasks asked of him, but does not exceed in any of them. He uses his strength and physicality to make up for his lack of speed deep, but it might be difficult to replicate this in the NFL, especially because he is slightly undersized. He could benefit from adding a few pounds in the offseason to handle more aggressive defenders and also refining his route running, in particular taking sharper turns at the top of his stems. Rambo has the potential to be a rotational receiver with WR3 upside, but this will depend on his growth and refinement of his skillset.
Dai'Jean Dixon is a consistent playmaking big body receiver. During his career at Nicholls St. Dai'Jean Dixon averaged 5+ touchdowns every year. Dai'Jean Dixon’s outstanding build, his above the line ball skills, and adequate suddenness, releases, route running, run after the catch, and vertical ability, makes him a threat on all levels of the route tree and in all areas of the field.
Slade Bolden's production at Alabama increased every year. He is an undersized receiver who plays fast in and out of his breaks. His average athleticism and size are redeemed by several traits. He is a detailed route running who can use a variety of releases and stems. He is a willing blocker who plays stronger than his frame. His football IQ allows him to anticipate what he will need win each play. He will need to improve his ability to be a vertical threat and make of up for his small catch radius.
Drummond was a former JUCO player before taking his talents to Ole Miss. In 2019 before arriving on campus, he was selected in the late rounds of the MLB draft. Drummond has been very productive for the Ole Miss offense especially this past year. He operated mostly as the starting slot receiver in their RPO offense. He is an adequate athlete but is not a dynamic one. He has reliable hands is very effective after the catch, and he should be able to replicate that at the next level. That said, he ran a very limited route tree in college and is pretty one-dimensional in terms of his playstyle. Drummond is underdeveloped in areas of his game but he should be able to carve out a role for himself as a rotational slot receiver, who can be used on reverses and routes in the short game. He has some special teams value and fits best in an RPO-heavy offense.
Braylon Sanders is a slot receiver who will need to have a major impact on special teams. He will need to develop an ability to master his route running as his route concepts in college were limited. In addition, he will need to improve his ability to seperate vertically.
Roberson had an immediate impact when he first arrived at college as a Freshman at West Virginia. In 2018, he transferred to SMU and had a very productive season, as a receiver and kick returner. He had a similar 2019 season before getting injured, missing the final few games. Poised for a breakout in 2020, he missed almost the entire season after tearing his ACL. He returned healthy this season and was productive. He is a quick burst receiver with acceleration to threaten deep and after the catch. He is not very strong and lacks the versatility to be used in different ways. He must develop his route tree to be a more consistent player at the next level. He projects best as a developmental outside receiver.
Turner has been an extremely productive receiver in his 4 years with the Hokies. He has appeared in almost every game since stepping onto campus and will look to have the same success at the next level. He has a thin but long frame and has shown the ability to stretch the field and make big plays at the catch point. He can be used in a number of different alignments and can even run the ball, as he is versatile. He has room to grow as a route runner and is just an adequate athlete. For that reason, Turner projects best as a versatile outside receiver in a WR3 role and will have an immediate impact in the league.
Bo Melton, a NJ native, is a RS SR who is leaving Rutgers as one of the best receivers in their program history. He is 3rd in Rutgers history in games played (56), 6th in receptions (164), 10th in receiving yards (2,011), and T-8th in 100 receiving yard games (5). He was a team captain in 2020 and 2021 and was voted offensive MVP this past season. He has received All-Big 10 honors in both 2020 and 2021. Prior to Rutgers, he was ranked the #1 receiver in NJ in his class and played varsity basketball, and won titles in the 200m, 400m, and long jump. His father, Gary, played WR and RB for Rutgers and his mom played basketball for Rutgers. Melton aligned both inside and outside and is most dangerous with the ball in his hand. He projects as a backup slot receiver in the NFL who should be used in the short and intermediate areas, and can be used on end arounds and screens. He is going to need time to develop, especially in the weight room. He offers special teams value as a returner and this is how he will get on the field early in his career. He returned kicks and punts in his college career.
Senior who has started 25 of 43 career games, including all 12 in 2021. Four-star HS recruit who has consistently been used as an offensive weapon. Named 2019 All-Mountain West Honorable Mention as well as 2020 and 2021 All-Mountain West First Team. Under OC/QBs Coach Tim Plough (first season) and WRs Coach Matt Miller (second season), player is primarily a slot WR and is the top option in a varied offense. Given a significant number of rush attempts from Jet motion and even in the backfield for some gameplans. 4th WR you can win with on short to intermediate routes. YAC receiver who uses COD and accel to separate and body control to make difficult catches. Huge effort issue, jogging when he doesn't expect to be involved. Worrying frame with some injury history.
Gray is a former JUCO star who joined SMU as a junior. He played just two years with the Mustangs but was highly productive. He played mostly as an outside receiver throughout his career and is likely limited to there in the NFL. He has a thin but long frame and possesses phenomenal speed and acceleration. He is a big play waiting to happen and can make things happen with the ball in his hands. He has the upside to improve as a route runner but his light frame, limited route tree, and raw release package give him a learning curve at the next level. He will need to make a large special teams impact to play significant time early and projects best as a developmental outside receiver who can act as a shot/big-play threat at the next level.
Jones Jr has been a name around college football for a long time, as he was a freshman in 2016. In his first spot at USC, he struggled to consistently find the field as a receiver but was very good as a returner. He made the transfer to Tennessee and made more of an impact at receiver. In 2021, he broke out and had his career-best season as a starting slot receiver and returner. He is quick and a playmaker after the catch as a receiver in addition to being a very good returner. Despite playing 6 years of college football, he is inexperienced and raw as a route runner, but does have upside to improve there. Jones projects best as a developmental slot receiver, who can be used in many ways in the offense and can make an immediate impact as a return specialist.
RS Senior who has started 23 of 47 career games, all in his final two seasons, including 11 of 11 in 2021. Three-star HS recruit who walked on to Memphis team without any scholarship offers after storied HS career and nine state championships in sprints/relays, including 2x Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Ran on track team for at least first three years in college, setting four school relay records and one individual school record while being named to two All-American track teams. Sparsely used as a redshirt freshman, working up to starting every game as a RS junior & senior and ranking among the most productive receivers in the AAC. Named 2021 First-Team All-ACC. Under HC Ryan Silverfield (second season) and WRs Coach David Glidden (first season), player is the top WR and matchup threat in a spread scheme that ranked #16 for pass offense. Only given 8 rush attempts in his career. Matchup WR you can win with as a versatility piece. Tiny track star who can absolutely fly, separating with speed/accel and able to adjust body to make catches. Durability/strength is the obvious concern, but will also struggle against Zone and doesn't break any tackles. Needs to absolutely perfect ability to avoid Jam in order to stick in the NFL.
Kyle Philips came into UCLA as a four-star recruit from San Marcos High School. In his freshman year, Philips was primarily a reserve receiver and special teams performer as he finished the season with 6 REC for 31 YDS and 41 Punt Return YDS. Philips would find a role in UCLA's offense the following year as he would reel in a career-high 60 catches for 681 YDS and 5 TDS on top of having 180 PR YDS and an additional score. In a COVID-shortened year, Philips would go on to record 38 REC for 370 YDS and 2 TDS en route to being named an All-PAC 12 Honorable Mention receiver by the coaches in the conference. In his redshirt-junior season, Philips would have his best statistical year, despite missing two games, where he would compile 59 REC for 739 YDS and 10 TDS along with 203 PR YDS and another TD. He would also be named a First Team All-PAC 12 wideout. Philips is a winning backup/SLOT receiver & punt returner at the NFL level who wins with his shiftiness, run after the catch ability, and impressive contact balance. He has a chance to move into a starting SLOT role if he continues to improve his route running ability and his hands on passes in traffic, which he will see frequently as a SLOT receiver.
Tyquan Thornton came to Baylor as a four-star receiver from Booker T. Washington High School. His freshman season, Thornton's impact was immediately felt in the deep passing game where he averaged 17.7 YPC en route to having 20 REC for 354 YDS and 3 TDS on the year. The following season, Thornton's role in the Bears' offense increased as he built upon his freshman campaign with 45 REC for 782 YDS, 5 TDS, and 17.4 YPC as well as being named an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. In a COVID-shortened year with a new coaching staff, Thornton struggled during his junior season as he recorded 16 REC for 158 YDS and a career-low 9.9 YPC. Thornton would then go on to rebound from this season as he finished with career-highs in REC (62), YDS (948), and TDS (10) on top of having 15.3 YPC and being named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. Thornton is a winning backup to adequate WR3 who wins with his long speed, deep threat ability, and above the line body control. He will need to improve as a route runner on intermediate routes as well as being able to change direction smoother and put on more muscle to fight through contact better to make his way up the depth chart. His speed will also serve him well on special teams at the next level.
Pierce was a special teams contributor before earning a starting receiver spot as a sophomore. He operates primarily as an outside receiver and fits well in that spot at the next level as well. He became an impact contributor this past season as he was the go-to big-play threat for the Bearcats offense. He puts together a combination of above the line size , speed, and ball skills, that help him be an outstanding threat over the top. He lacks the short area-agility to be a dynamic route runner, as he will probably be a limited route tree guy at the next level. That said, he is very effective at what he does best, stretching the defense and rising up the make catches, as a deep and intermediate threat. He projects best as a complementary starting outside receiver, who can contribute on special teams if he does not see offensive field time right away. right away.
Justyn Ross came to Clemson as a four-star recruit from Central High School. His freshman season, Ross made an immediate impact for the Tigers in their run to a second National Championship in three years as he compiled 46 REC for 1,000 YDS and 9 TDS on top of being named a freshman All-American by 247Sports. In his sophomore campaign, Ross had another solid season for the runner up Tigers as he compiled 66 REC for 865 YDS and 8 TDS in 14 games. Then, adversity struck for Ross as he suffered a congenital fusion condition of his neck and spine that required surgery and forced him to miss the entire 2020 season. After being granted a medical redshirt, Ross came back for the 2021 season where he recorded 46 REC for 514 YDS and 3 TDS; however, Ross was only able to play in ten games as he missed the final three games of the season with a foot injury. Ross is a winning backup/WR3 who wins with his above the line body control, above the line flexibility and bend, and his height and length for the wide receiver position. In order to become a more prominent player in an NFL offense, Ross needs to improve as a route runner, add on more muscle to not only fill out his frame, but also to ward off more physical corners, and he needs to improve his release off of the line, especially with his above the line flexibility and bend.
Prior to arriving at Western Michigan, Skyy Moore was a two-time Offensive Player of the Year in the Allegheny Conference as a QB and a one-time Defensive Player of the Year as a defensive back. Moore made the switch to wide receiver when he got to WMU, and immediately made a huge impact on the Broncos' offense. His freshman season, Moore recorded 51 REC for 802 YDS and 3 TDS on top of being the first Western Michigan receiver to be named to First Team All-MAC since Corey Davis in 2016. During a COVID-shortened season, Moore still made a big contribution to WMU's offense as he compiled 25 REC for 388 YDS and 3 TDS in just five games while also having touchdowns in three-straight games that year. In his final season with Western Michigan, Moore shined as he recorded career-highs in catches (95), receiving yards (1,292), and touchdowns (10) en route to making First Team All-MAC for the second time in his career and tying a school record for touchdowns in a single game with four against Northern Illinois. Moore is a winning backup/SLOT receiver who wins with his shiftiness, explosiveness, and his release off of the line from the slot. Moore will need to add more muscle while also expanding his route tree in order to see the field more from the SLOT receiver position.
Doubs has been one of the most productive players in all of college football over the past two seasons and has been Nevada's best weapon since he arrived as a freshman. He is an explosive athlete with deep speed and a sudden burst out of his cuts. He was able to create separation due to his ability to stretch the defense but should continue to develop his route tree. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands and can be used in a number of different alignments. He has room to grow in his game but projects best an outside receiver with slot versatility at the next level. He will contribute immediately on special teams and has the upside to quickly be a high-level complementary option as a WR2 or 3.
Jalen Tolbert is an X Receiver who is comfortable lining up anywhere and excelled using short crossing routes mixed with vertical routes. He has the prototypical mix of strength, speed, and size for the NFL and is competitive against physical DBs. Catching ability is his biggest red flag.
Wan'Dale Robinson was a four-star recruit when he arrived at Nebraska. During his time there, Robinson was utilized in a number of roles as he not only caught passes, but also lined up in the backfield as a running back. His freshman season, Robinson recorded 40 REC for 453 YDS and 2 TDS while also having 88 CAR for 340 YDS and an additional 3 TDS on his way to being an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention player and Second Team Freshman All-American. In his sophomore campaign, Robinson led the Cornhuskers in receptions (51) and in receiving yards (46) while also rushing 46 times for 240 YDS. Because of this season, Robinson was once again named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention player. Ahead of his junior season, Robinson decided to transfer to Kentucky and proceeded to have his best year as a receiver, totaling career-highs in receptions (104), receiving yards (1,334), yards per catch (12.8), and receiving touchdowns (7) on his way to being named an All-SEC Second Team wideout. Robinson is a pure slot receiver with the versatility to take snaps at RB who wins with his run after the catch ability, shiftiness, and explosiveness. Since Robinson is on the smaller side for a receiver (listed at 5-8 when measured at the Combine), he will need to put on more weight in order to be able to take hits over the middle of the field without concern for potential injuries while also becoming more refined as a route runner to take advantage of the mismatches he will have in the slot.
RS Senior who has started 33 of 52 career games, including all 12 in 2021. Two-star HS prospect at 6'2, 175 as a two-year letterman with NFL father and brother in FBS. Redshirted as a freshman. Immediately became a rotational receiver and worked into frequent starts as a RS sophomore and being named to All-MVC second team for championship-winning team. First-team All-American KR in 2020 and First-Team All-MVC WR, followed by 2021 second-team All-American WR and KR, reportedly reaching 23 mph in-game. Under OC Tyler Roehl (third season) and WRs Coach Noah Pauley (third season), player is a chess piece in a run-first traditional offense, primarily as the outside WR but also taking snaps (and carries) as a RB, a slot WR, and at multiple spots in Bunch. Lacks standout statistics due to scheme & decision-making of QB. Starting outside WR you can win because of in a spread or timing-based offense. Elite size/speed receiver who separates with IQ and speed, flashing high-level ball skills to reel in and motor to do the dirty work. Shows traits and experience to be above-average KR. Slow to get to top speed and lacks COD to separate at break. Inconsistent ball skills and has some injury history.
George Pickens came to Georgia as a five-star prospect from Hoover High School. He immediately made an impact his freshman year for the Bulldogs where he compiled 49 REC for 727 YDS and 8 TDS, including 12 REC for 175 YDS and 1 TD against Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. His sophomore year, Pickens had a solid year where he recorded 36 REC for 513 YDS and 6 TDS, including 7 REC for 135 YDS and 1 TD in the Peach Bowl against Cincinnati. Prior to the 2021 season, Pickens tore his ACL on the fourth day of spring practice, which resulted in him only playing in four games for Georgia where he had 5 REC for 107 YDS. Pickens is a WR3 with WR2 upside who wins with his above the line body control, ability to make contested catches at the high point, and outstanding straight-line speed. Pickens will need to improve in his short-to-intermediate route running along with getting bigger and stronger to be able to not get pushed around as easily by more physical cornerbacks in order to reach his full potential.
John Metchie III arrived to Tuscaloosa as a four-star recruit after a decorated career at both St. James School and The Peddie School. His freshman year, Metchie found a role for himself in a deep receiving group where he compiled 4 REC for 23 YDS and even had a tackle. The following season, Metchie became part of a three-headed monster in the Alabama offense where he recorded 55 REC for 916 YDS and 6 TDS along with winning the Jon Cornish Trophy, which is given to the most outstanding Canadian player in college football. In his junior campaign, Metchie built on his promising sophomore season where he formed one of the top wide receiver duos in college football with Ohio State transfer Jameson Williams. Despite suffering a torn ACL in the SEC Championship Game, Metchie still recorded 96 REC for 1,142 YDS and 8 TDS on top of being named to the All-SEC Second Team. Metchie is a WR3 with WR2 upside who wins with his outstanding route running abilities, his release off of the line, and his ability to get low against more physical corners. In order to obtain a WR2 status, Metchie needs to add weight in order to become a more physical receiver and be able to take hits over the middle on top of needing to improve his hands to make more contested catches at the high-point.
David Bell came into Purdue as a four-star recruit from Warren Central High School. He started in every single game during his career, with the exception of this past year where he decided to not participate in Purdue's bowl game against Tennessee. Immediately, Bell's impact was felt as he stepped up when Rondale Moore got hurt in 2019 and recorded 86 REC for 1,035 YDS and 7 TDS. These numbers helped Bell to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an AP Freshman All-American for the 2019 season. Despite a COVID-19 shortened season, Bell was still able to compile 53 REC for 625 YDS and 8 TDS in just six games, earning himself First Team All-Big Ten honors. 2021 was arguably Bell's best as a Boilermaker as he set career-highs in receptions (93), receiving yards (1,286), and yards per catch (13.8). He was named a First Team All-American, a First-Team All-Big Ten receiver, and he was awarded the Richter-Howard Award for the best receiver in the Big Ten. Bell is a WR2/SLOT who wins with his outstanding body control, above the line route running, and his ability to break leg tackles in the open field. He has a chance to elevate himself if he becomes more proficient in the slot and is able to improve his release off of the LOS.
Treylon Burks came into Arkansas as a four-star prospect from Warren High School. His freshman year, he started in nine out of 11 games and compiled 29 REC for 475 YDS while also being named to the Second Team All-SEC as a kick return specialist. His sophomore year, Burks took a step up as he was able to record 51 REC for 820 YDS and 7 TDS while also making Second Team All-SEC for the second consecutive year. With a lot of hype heading into his junior year, Burks had a career year as he recorded 66 REC for 1,104 YDS and 11 TDS on top of being named a First Team All-SEC receiver and became only the fourth player in Arkansas program history to have over 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. Burks is a WR3 who wins with his impressive body control, outstanding contested catch ability, and his twitch for his size. He has the chance to elevate himself to a high-level WR2 if he works extensively on his route running and builds on his run after the catch ability.
Intriguing prospect who has a slight frame but plays tough, his frame/size is his only real question mark. Played mostly outside vs in the slot (79%/21%) and was Penn State's go to playmaker on offense. 26 of his 92 receptions came on screen plays as he is an explosive player who makes quick decisions after catching the ball and makes players miss with jukes after the catch. Can struggle if pressed but has the speed to run by slower corners and make plays down field with very good hands (only 2 drops this season).
Chris Olave was a four-star receiver from Mission Hills High School when he arrived at Ohio State. In his freshman campaign, Olave played in all 14 games as he made his mark on both offense (12 REC, 197 YUDS, & 3 TDs) and on special teams (1 blocked punt). His sophomore year, Olave broke out for the Buckeyes as he recorded 49 REC for 849 YDS and 12 TDS while also making third team All-Big Ten. Despite a COVID-shortened year in 2020, Olave was still able to play in seven games where he was easily one of the best receivers in the country with a statline of 50 REC for 729 YDS and 7 TDs on his way to making the first of two first team All-Big Ten teams. In his final season with the Buckeyes, Olave finished with his best year in Columbus with 65 REC for 936 YDS and 13 TDs while making first team All-Big Ten for the second year in a row, making second team All-American, and being named a semifinalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award given to the best wide receiver in college football. Olave is a WR2 who wins with outstanding intelligence, instincts, and above the line route running abilities in order to beat defenders on intermediate routes. He has the chance to elevate himself to a WR1 if he builds on a slim frame while also being able to improve his play against more physical cornerbacks at the LOS.
Jameson Williams came into Ohio State as a four-star recruit from Cardinal Ritter College Prep. His freshman season, he played in 11 games for the Buckeyes where he reeled in just 6 REC for 112 YDS and 1 TD. The next year, Williams saw playing time in eight games where he was able to catch 9 passes for 154 YDS and 2 TDS, including one against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. Williams decided to transfer to Alabama where he was immediately eligible to play for the Crimson Tide. The junior broke out in 2021 as he compiled 79 REC for 1,572 YDS and 15 TDS on top of being named a First Team All-American, a First Team All-SEC WR, and the SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Year. He is a WR2 with WR1 upside who wins with his elite vertical threat ability, outstanding speed and explosiveness, and his run after catch ability. He will need to add strength in order to be more effective on immediate routes and to be able to not get jammed by more physical corners off of the line as well as improving his hands in order to not be as much of a body catcher to reach his full potential.
Drake London came into USC as a four-star wide receiver from Moorpark High School who also played basketball during his high school career. His freshman season, London saw action in all 13 games and recorded 39 REC for 567 YDS and 5 TDS. He caught a touchdown in each of USC's final five games of the season and then joined the school's basketball team following the conclusion of football. In his sophomore year, despite there only being six games in the PAC-12 season due to COVID-19, London reeled in 33 REC for 502 YDS and 3 TDS while also making the Second Team All-Pac-12. His junior season was cut short due to a season-ending ankle injury, but not before London was able to amass 88 REC for 1,084 YDS and 7 TDS in just eight games. After his junior year, London was named an AP Third Team All-American, First Team All-Pac-12 WR, and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. London is a WR2 with WR1 upside who wins with his strong contested catch ability, outstanding contact balance, and overall body control. In order to reach an even higher level, London must become more refined as a route runner while also strengthening his lower half.
Garrett Wilson came into Ohio State as a five-star prospect from Lake Travis High School. Wilson wasn't a main contributor his true freshman season in Columbus, but he was still able to play in all 14 games and compiled 30 REC for 432 yards and 5 TDs, setting him up for a bright future as a Buckeye. Wilson built on his promising campaign his sophomore season where he became the second Ohio State player to have four straight games at least 100 receiving yards, leading to him being named an All-Big Ten First Team wide receiver in a COVID-19 shortened year (8 games). As a junior this past year, Wilson was able to make Second Team All-Big Ten and recorded over 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career on top of only having one game with under 70 receiving yards the entire season. He finished the 2021 campaign with 70 REC for 1,058 YDS, and 12 TDs. Wilson is a WR2 who wins with outstanding elusiveness in the open field and ability to make tough catches at the high-point. He has a chance to elevate himself to a higher level if he is able to put on more muscle and polish his route running abilities.
Allen was used primarily as an H-Back/off-ball TE. His height makes it difficult to get underneath defensive linemen and he is much better blocking against LBs and Safeties rotating down into the box. Allen's speed and mental processing when pulling across the formation are both questionable. His lack of speed could get him beat to the sideline by most NFL LBs very easily.
Allen was utilized as an inline tight end, H-back, as well as a slot receiver during his time at Iowa State. He was the primary run blocking TE while his teammate, Charlie Kolar, was used more frequently in the passing game. Overall, Allen is a depth piece that can prove to be a reliable No. 2 TE on a team with his sollid blocking skills as well as his reliable hands. Must add to his frame to be an effective blocker at the next level.
Started 32 out of 35 games over 4 years. 2020 All-Mountain West Honorable Mention. True Y who's extremely comfortable inline. Very stout and technically sounds blocker with toughness and physicality. Versatile enough to line up in the slot as well. Limited receiving ability dampens his upside, but he will maintain value as a blocker, giving him low ceiling but high floor. Immediate backup with utility in early downs and clear blocking sets without much potential to advance beyond that level. Will need to prove some receiving ability and upside to make himself worth rostering over an addition lineman.
True Senior who converted from receiver to the tight end position while at Nevada and appeared in 26 games over 4 years. 2020 All-Mountain West First Team and 2021 All-Mountain West Second Team. Very much an F who lined up inline just under a quarter of his snaps last season. Still needs work on his position change, as his blocking ability isn't sufficient yet. Immediate backup with viability in the red zone and third down passing plays. Versatile enough to line up outside, inline, and in the slot and run routes from all three alignments.
Okonkwo was a playmaker for Maryland this past season. He is raw and still has room for development if his athleticism is used to the best ability. He is a willing blocker and will not go down easily with his speed and toughness. A dynamic pass-catcher who must be utilized in TE screens, short passing game, as well as seam routes. I can see him fitting in a play action style offense, used as a F-tight end. He excels when he runs drag routes on play action plays. Important to get the ball in his hands on short routes in order to get YAC. Project him as a reliable number 2 tight end who can be used frequently in two-tight end sets in the play action game.
Played in 31 games over 4 years with 2 different programs. Retired in November of 2019 because of concussion problems before returning in August of 2020 and transferring from Oklahoma to SMU. 2021 All-AAC Second Team. F who plays mostly in the slot, though he did play inline significantly more at SMU than ever at Oklahoma. Impressive route runner and solid receiving weapon, but not a blocker. Backup with the ability to immediately contribute on passing downs in schemes that allow their TE to play out of the slot.
Transferred from Golden West Community College and played three seasons at San Jose St. Aligned in-line and in the slot. Mainly used in the slot, which leaves some question marks about his in-line blocking. His father played in the NFL as an offensive lineman, so there are bloodlines there. Has the strength and competitiveness to block and the reliable hands and radius to be a solid number two tight end at the next level. He has a lot of room to grow and could get better with some good coaching. Must refine his blocking technique and route running. Does a variety of things at an "average" level and won't be a consistent starting TE in the league. Project him as a late 5th, early 6th round pick.
A four-year starter who played in 31 games finishing with 91 rec, 1,026 yards, and 9 TDs. Former three-star recruit. All-Pac-12 First Team in 2020. Overall, Otton has the size and capability of being a very reliable pass catcher for a QB for many years. He has been taught well at Washington - as displayed by his technique in run blocking and ability to get open against zone coverages. True run blocking ability and does just enough in the passing game to earn playing time. Won't be a matchup nightmare, but in a play-action scheme, he could prove to be extremely useful. Will need to work on his play strength and aggression if he wants to be a solid starter. Will be solid value in the 4th or 5th round.
Started 17 out of 33 games over 4 years as a Redshirt Junior. 2021 Mackey Semifinalist and All-Pac 12 1st Team. Versatile Y capable of playing inline or in the slot. Productive receiver with athleticism and YAC skills. Average blocking limits his utility right away. Immediate developmental backup or third-string with legit starter potential. Has much to improve, but a high ceiling.
Redshirt Senior who started 36 of 47 career games and each one from his sophomore year on. Father played football at Nebraska and brother played for Wisconsin from 2013-2017. 2020 John Mackey Award Semifinalist. Valuable and consistent in all four of his years at Wisconsin. Still needs further development but can contribute immediately on all three downs. Traditional inline TE, rarely plays in the slot. Should have a floor as a reliable pass catcher and capable blocker. Extremely comfortable in motion and in different alignments. Day one contributor as TE2 at minimum with starter ceiling.
True Senior who has played in 45 games over 4 seasons at Ohio State. Former top-50 recruit and #2 TE in his class. Played only a minor receiving role in the Ohio State offense that doesn't have big usage of TE's. More developed blocker than receiver at this point in time. Comfortable in his impressive frame and knows how to use it. Athleticism is sufficient but not a strength. Technical skills need refinement but have a starting point. Not ready to start but could contribute as depth right away as he improves.
Redshirt senior who started 29 out of 49 games over 4 years. 2021 William V Campbell Trophy Winner and CoSIDA Academic Football Player of the Year. 2019 and 2020 AP All-American 3rd Team. 2020 and 2021 Mackey Award Finalist. Former 3-star prospect and top-50 TE prospect in recruiting. Compiled a 3.99 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. Brother played QB at Oklahoma State. True F TE with versatility. Much better receiver than blocker. Not athletic, but large and can use his size to his advantage. Contested catch guy and red zone weapon. Immediate contributor as a receiving TE but not ready to be in a heavy blocking scheme at this point. Potential TE2 and future starter but needs the right scheme fit.
Wydermyer is a former four-star recruit out of Dickinson, Texas where he was a dual sports athlete in both basketball and football. In his freshman year, he started in 11 of the 13 games he participated in - hauling in 32 receptions for 447 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team as well as the AP All-SEC Second Team. From there, his statistic somewhat plateaued. Wydermyers' 14.0 yards per reception were the highest of his three year career. He was Second Team All-SEC all three years at Texas A&M and was a Mackey Award Finalist in his senior season. Wydermyer projects as a strong receiving tight end who can win in press man to man coverage as well as down the field both outside and along the seams. He is best on deep and intermediate routes where he can hit his break in stride and does not have to start and stop too much. While he is a poor in-line blocker at the moment, he has the build to become adequate with the right coaching.
Relatively new to the tight end position as he was recruited to be a dual-threat QB at Oklahoma State before changing positions.Transferred from Oklahoma State as a grad transfer. He saw his best year with the Cavaliers as soon as he transferred, becoming a reliable target for QB Brennan Armstrong. Lined up all over Virginia's offensive formations - in the slot, outside, and with his hands in the ground. Overall impressive athlete who is a willing blocker and a reliable, big target for his QB. Will likely start as the number two tight end on a team, but will fight to become the starter if he continues to refine his blocking skills as well as getting more consistent with his strong hands in catching the ball. He has a lot of upside considering he is relatively new to the position and with the right coaching and system, he can prove to be a solid TE in the league. Project him as solid value in the 4th round.
True senior with 42 starts. 2019 All-Sun Belt third team and 2020 and 2021 All-Sun Belt first team. 2021 John Mackey Award semifinalist. Named honorable mention or second team for multiple All-American teams. Versatile player who mostly lines up inline but is also capable from the slot or wide. Good receiver and capable blocker who can be a three down starting TE. Scheme adjustment will have an effect coming from a triple option system but receiving skills will certainly translate.
Senior who started 33 games over four years. Former three-star recruit. Two-time All-MWC First Team and one-time All MWC Second-Team. 2021 Mackey Award Winner and Unanimous All-American. Extremely capable and physical blocker, probably the best in this TE class. Not overly athletic but has sufficient athleticism and shows outstanding hands and above the line ability after the catch. Day one starter who can be relied upon as both a blocker and receiver. Should and likely will be the first Tight End off the board.
Monday SR DB at Auburn, was a reserve safety until starting the 2020 and 2021 seasons, starting in 24 games. Sophomore year had surgery on his shoulder at the end of the season. Rated as a four-star recruit coming out of high school according to 247sports while also running track. He is a member of SEC Football Leadership Council. He earned a PFF College all-SEC 2nd team in 2021. In 2020, he earned a 2nd team all-SEC (AP), third (Phil Steele). Achieving this under Bryan Harsin (Head Coach) and Jeff Schmedding (Defensive Coordinator). Overall, this prospect's ball skills, burst to close, and toughness will help him at the next level. He needs to improve on his cover ability, plant and drive, and his hip fluidity in order to show his potential. He is projected to be an in the box or nickel player. Late day 3 to undrafted prospect.
Belton JR DB at Iowa, started in 2020 and 2021 seasons, playing in 30 games for Iowa Hawkeyes. Rated three-star recruit out of high school according to 247sports. while also running track. Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media) in 2020 season. In 2021 first-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) and second-team All-Big Ten (Associated Press and Phil Steele). Achieved this under Kirk Ferentz (Head Coach) and Phil Parker(Defensive Coordinator). Overall, this player shows adequate ball skills and average hip fluidity and burst to close. He needs to improve his plant and drive, back pedal and run support in order to show his potential at the next level. He projects as nickel at the next level and a early to mid Day 3 prospect.
Cole SR DB at Louisville, started all 13 games for Louisville in 2021. Initially started his college career at Alcorn State University, being a two-time HBCU All-American in 2018 and 2019. Cole sat out the 2020 season due to Covid-19. He transferred to Louisville for his senior season. In 2021, earned All-ACC honorable mention. Achieved this under Scott Satterfield (Head Coach) and Bryan Brown (Defensive Coordinator). Cole projects as a backup to practice squad strong safety in the NFL, who can contribute on special teams. Cole has an adequate effort and motor that will track and chase down plays passed the LOS, burst to close is adequate as he shows the ability to come downhill quickly and closing the distance between him and the ball carrier, and Cole demonstrates adequate open field tackling, which saves a lot of big plays from happening by him wrapping up the ball carrier. Overall, Cole needs to improve on his hip fluidity, body control, and plant and drive to reach his true potential in order to become a back up in the NFL. Undrafted prospect.
Corker's a redshirt senior who was a 3 year starter for Kentucky, starting 37 consecutive games. He's rocked up throughout his body and possesses plenty of muscle. However he only shows adequate play strength for his size. He has limited play discipline, something he will need to improve prior to becoming a trusted starter at the NFL level. His lack of athletic ability is concerning for the NFL. He provides a physical body in the box for run support but shouldn't be used in man coverage unless for a last resort due to his aggressive tendencies in coverage and lack of athletic traits to make up for mistakes he makes from being over aggressive. Special teams will be where he makes his impact immediately. He's a backup caliber player who will make his impacts on special teams early into his career and lacks a ceiling higher than a winning backup due to his lack of athletic and mental traits. 7th/UDFA round grade.
Marcelino McCray-Ball is a Graduate Redshirt Senior at Indiana who has featured in 53 career games. Three-star S prospect, No.1606 in the nation in 2016 according to 247 Sports. Immediate contributor in 2016 as a freshman, before getting a medical redshirt exemption in 2017 after a season-ending injury. 2018 was his career-best year, playing in all 12 games at the ‘husky’ position, achieving 3 sacks, 3 PBUs and a 5.6 yds/ per coverage snap rate. Came back with a solid 2019 and then unfortunately suffered a torn ACL in 2020 fall camp, immediately ending his season. Finished out his college career in 2021, earning 6 starts in 12 games in an underwhelming Graduate Senior season. Marcelino McCrary-Ball projects as a Reserve Press Slot Corner/ Robber Safety/ Special Team Contributor in the NFL. While he possesses the build you like to see, his limited off-coverage ability will restrict his usage in an NFL secondary.
Qwuantrezz Knight is a Sixth-Year Graduate Transfer at UCLA who has featured in 57 games across his career at Maryland, Kent State, and UCLA. Three-star S prospect, No.1966 in the nation in 2016 according to 247 Sports. Started his career at Maryland in 2016. However, after a positive start with 27 tackles in 11 games, his usage and production steadily dwindled across 2017 and 2018. Transferred to Kent State for 2019, having a breakout campaign with 41 tackles and 5 PBUs. Enrolled at UCLA in the Summer of 2020 and immediately became the Bruins’ starter at Nickel Back. The highlight of his time in LA was being nominated Second-team All-Pac 12 in 2021. Qwuantrezz Knight is a difficult projection for most NFL defenses due to his limited size, instincts and coverage ability. He's most intriguing as a Slot Corner/ Strong Safety in a nickel package that would heavily use him as a 7th run defender/pass rusher.
Sr. DB who started 31 of 43 games including 10 games in 2021. 2 star athlete from Plaquemine HS, featured an athletic background playing both sides of the ball in football while competing in track and field. Butler aligns at S for Louisiana-Lafayette's multiple defensive scheme, plays best when rolling down into underneath zones. ST starter, plays on punt team as a gunner. Developmental S who you can win with due to his athletic ability. Good speed and explosiveness allows him to break on routes and make a play on the ball while having the ability to play in underneath zones as a robber. Will have extra interest from teams due to his ability to play on ST as a gunner. Needs to develop his hip flexibility and COD in order to play better in deep zones, also needs to work on tackling consistency.
Thomas, JR DB at Georgia Tech, started in all 11 games, with 76 tackles. Played CB until making the transition into safety in 2019. Has excellent experience at the college level playing in 46 career games for Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech's top rated special teams player in 2018 with 12 special teams tackles. Rated a 3-star prospect according to ESPN and 247sports. His brother, Azende Rey plays football at Florida A & M. Honorable mention All-ACC in 2021. Achieving this under Geoff Collins (Head Coach) and Andrew Thacker (Defensive Coordinator). Overall, Thomas is a physical player that plays with urgency and strong during the POA. Shows adequate ability burst to close to close the distance and pursuits well to the football. Thomas has above the line length which helps his ball skills in coverage to create PBUs. Thomas will have to improve his body control, cover ability, eye discipline, and flexibility and bend in order to show his potential. Projected to 6-7 rounds to undrafted. Day 3 talent, that can be an impact on special teams.
Daniel Wright is a Redshirt Senior from Alabama who has featured in 59 career games. Four-star S prospect, No. 122 nationally in 2017, according to 247 Sports. Featured from the outset in 2017 as a special teamer. Suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the fall of 2018 and was granted a medical redshirt. Mostly played a depth role in a stacked Alabama secondary in 2019, and then made the leap to starter for 2020, performing capably with 20 tackles, 4 FINCs and 2 INTs. Reverted to the bench for 2021 and was renowned as a special team stalwart for his performances; he also saw limited time on defense in third downs packages. Daniel Wright will have to excel on special teams to earn his roster spot in the NFL as he will likely only reach a Reserve Free Safety performance level in either a single- or two-high defensive secondary. He’s received good coaching at Alabama, and has played consistently well for the Tide on their special teams units. Would be a sensible late day 3 / UDFA pick for a team building out the backend of their roster.
Lake, SR DB at UCLA, started in all 11 games for UCLA with 53 tackles and 3 interceptions. Lake having an abnormal career starting in all 12 games in 2018, a wrist injury kept him out majority of 2019, and was in covid protocols in 2020 over his 4 years at UCLA. Rated as a three-star talent coming out of high school according to 247sports. His father, Carnell Lake played for the bruins. Went on to play professional football for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Baltimore Ravens. Father was chosen to be on the NFL's All-90s Decade team. Honorable mention All-American in 2021. First team All-Pac 12 in 2021. Achieving this under Chip Kelly (Head Coach) and Jerry Azzinaro (Defensive Coordinator). Overall, this player does not have the wow play on film, but does have a high football IQ. In which helps him instinctively and being in the right spot to create plays. Player needs improvement in run support, plant and drive, footwork, and body control to succeed at the next level. He will be presented as a late round, day 3 talent.
Harvell-Peel, SR DB at OKST, started all 14 games for Oklahoma State with 70 tackles. Outstanding experience with playing in 47 games over the past 4 years. Rated as a three-star talent coming out of high school according to 247sports also doing track and field. His father played football at Texas State. First Team All-Big 12 honors in 2021 and 2019. Named to the Third Team All-America by associated press in 2021. Achieving this under Coach Mike Gundy (Head Coach) and Coach Jim Knowles (Defensive Coordinator). Overall, this player has inconsistencies in reading play design and tackling ability caused big plays which hurt his own team. Closes distance nicely when ball is in the air. Poor angles for run fits, over pursues ball carrier. Leaves feet when tackling rather than breaking down and struggles in the open field. He needs to improve on his run support, burst to close, and breaking down while tackling in order show his true potential. Low-end backup. Cut candidate who becomes a liability with extended play time. Day 3 talent to undrafted.
Brad Hawkins is a Fifth-Year Graduate at Michigan who has featured in 58 career games. Three-star WR prospect, No.425 in the nation according to 247 Sports, who made the transition to Safety once arriving at Michigan. Was only a Special teamer/ returner in 2017, before earning some limited playing time at Safety the following season. Started 10 games at Safety as a Junior and was named to PFF’s All-Big Ten team for his standout performances. Started another 6 games in the COVID shortened 2020, and then finished out his college career on Michigan’s 2021 CFP Semi-Final team as a key starter and one of the defensive leaders. Brad Hawkins projects as a borderline, starting, two-high strong safety in the NFL. In the right scheme that allows him to contribute his above the line burst to close and adequate run defense, while sheltering him from too much man-coverage responsibility, he should be able to provide effective + snaps for an NFL defense.
Fifth-year who has started 46 of 54 career games, including all 12 in 2021. Three-star HS recruit as a CB who was starting by the end of his true freshman season. Played in every game over his five seasons. Moved to safety in 2020. Founded non-profit in 2020, named semi-finalist for Jason Witten Award. In 2021, named Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-Pac-12, won Pop Warner College Football Award and team MVDP, while also being named semifinalist for Campbell Trophy and Jason Witten award. Under DC Peter Sirmon (second year) and DBs Coach Tre Watson (first season), Elijah Hicks typically played as a MOFC safety who came downhill as a robber from Cover 2 shells or pick up the inside receiver in 3x1 sets. Rotational Special Teams player who wins with hustle and toughness. Laterally quick enough to avoid blockers and win in the box, shows a knack for forcing fumbles. Lacks instincts or size to excel on defense.
Bubba Bolden is a RS Senior who has started 17 of 36 games in his career, missed final 5 games of his 2021 campaign due to a shoulder injury. Four star recruit at S out of Bishop Gorman HS, nationally ranked 59th and 7th at the safety position. Originally committed to the University of Southern California before transferred to Miami in 2019 after facing off the field issues and being removed from the USC roster. Awarded 2020 All-ACC Second Team honors with Miami. A FS you can win with, has the versatility to play in multiple coverages, plays with high level athleticism and IQ which will help him make a NFL roster. Projects early as a developmental FS with success as a ST player. Limited in open space as a tackler and lacks responsibility to be last line of defense.
Delarrin Turner-Yell is a Senior at Oklahoma who has featured in 40 career games. Three-star S prospect, No.894 in the nation in 2018 according to 247 Sports. Suffered a knee injury early in his true freshman campaign, but returned to finish the year and feature in 7 of the last 8 games. Started in all 13 games in 2019 and in 8 in the COVID shortened 2020 season. Had a career-best year as a Senior in 2021, where he was nominated All-Big 12 Second Team and recorded 3 INTs, all despite missing three games with a hamstring injury. Delarrin Turner-Yell projects as an adequate-starting Free Safety in the NFL; he could play in either single- or two-high defensive systems, but would be best utilized at Free/Weakside safety away from the LOS where his above the line zone coverage instincts and average run support abilities are at peak balance.
Nolan Turner is a sixth-year graduate at Clemson who has featured in 65 career games. Father, Kevin, played for Dabo Swinney at Alabama before 8 years in the NFL with New England and Philadelphia. Unranked S prospect according to 247 Sports, who picked Clemson over UAB. Redshirted in 2016 and played mostly special teams in 2017. Became a substantial contributor on 2018’s title-winning team’s defense with 15 tackles, and stepped up again in 2019 with two interceptions and 21 tackles. In 2020, he became permanent team captain and was named second-team All-American and PFF All-ACC after snagging 4 INTs and making 27 tackles. Played another solid year in 2021, as the Clemson defense took a significant step back from their previous dominance. Perennially underrated, Nolan Turner, will likely have staying power in the NFL. While he lacks high-end athleticism, his above the line instincts and toughness and all-around adequate athletic and technical ability mean he should be able to survive in an NFL secondary. Preferably would line up as a split-field or C2 free safety but could also operate in single-high C1/C3 scheme if needed.
Joey Blount is a fifth-year graduate at Virginia who has featured in 55 career games. Three-star S prospect, No.1866 in the nation according to 247 Sports. Appeared in all 13 games as a freshman, leading UVA with 15 special team tackles. Saw increased defensive playing time in 2018, making 5 starts with 2 INTs, before a further increased role in 2019 saw him make 11 starts and create 3 INTs. A lower-body injury kept him out of five games in 2020 and led to a stop/start season, but he remained the starter for 2021, where he played another 11 games recording 4 INTs. Joey Blount projects as a borderline, Deep/ Free safety starter in the NFL in either a single- or two-high defensive system. He has the above the line size and ball skills many will want from a gambling/ ball hawk type playmaker, but he’ll likely need to sharpen up his instincts and coverage discipline if he’s to earn a spot in a starting line-up.
Bell, RS SR DB at Florida A & M, started all 12 games for Florida A & M with being the teams leading tackler with 95. Went to three different colleges until he had success. Four-star recruit coming out of High school. Attended Maryland his freshman year in 2017, transferred to Coffeyville Community College in 2018. He earned Hero Sports All-American first team in 2021. He also named FCS stats perform All-American in 2019. Achieving this under Willie Simmons (Head Coach) and Ryan Smith (Defensive Coordinator). Overall, his competition was not elite, seeing that his stats are fluffed. Bell needs to improve on hip flexibility, cover technique, and body control in order to show his true potential. Burst to close is his best attribute and closes the distance with speed well. Takes great angles to the football, flys down hill and isn't afraid to stick his nose in the box. Ability to play on the LOS, which makes him intriguing. Late round, day 3 talent. Can be a steal.
Anderson was a 3 year starter with Toledo, starting in 27 games. He's a super senior and has 5 years of experience playing at the college level and still played special teams snaps in his final season. His frame is intriguing, slender yet possesses good muscle tone but has room for growth but I don't think he needs to grow more. He played a majority of this past season in the slot (335) and projects to be a slot safety in the NFL. His above the line size and movement ability does open the door for him to be moved to cornerback but he may be more valuable as a nickel safety because of his ability to cover a variety of positions, including slot receivers. He struggles shedding blocks but is an above the line tackler close to the line of scrimmage. He projects as a winning backup and starting caliber nickel safety immediately in the NFL with the athletic upside to become a free safety. A middle 3rd round to 4th round grade.
McKinley was recruited as a cornerback out of high school and was an early enrollee in 2018 for Oregon. He moved to safety once he got to Oregon and led the PAC 12 in interceptions in 2019 with 4 and then led the PAC 12 and the FBS with 6 interceptions in his redshirt junior 2021 season. McKinley projects as a winning backup in the NFL. His above the line instincts and burst to close will allow him to find the ball and create turnovers in coverage which will be coveted at the next level. He'll also be effective enough in run defense and has the toughness and physicality to find a role on special teams early in his career. If he can add a little more to his frame and improve his tackling form and ability he can develop into a starting caliber safety.
Senior who has started 28 of 50 career games, including all 14 in 2021. Three-star HS recruit who was primarily on STs as a freshman before getting into the rotation as a sophomore and starting as a junior - which earned him 2020 and 2021 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. Also competes collegiately in track, with PRs of 10.61 for the 100M and 14.19 for 110H. Under DC Ron Roberts (second season) and STC/Safeties Coach Matthew Powledge (second season), player is a FS in a base Cover 3/4, most frequently responsible for deep middle or deep quarter with some snaps of Robber. Developmental outside CB you can win with in a Cover 3 due to plant & drive, size, ball skills, and simplified reads. Size/speed DB who breaks on the ball quickly and has the size & ball skills to compete in the air. Will need a year as a STs-only contributor to improve reads and angles in the secondary, but profiles as core STer due to size, speed, and toughness. Doesn't show instincts to contribute as a center-fielder at the next level and lacks strength to be a consistent tackler.
O'Neal was a three year starter at Texas A&M, starting 32 games over the last 3 seasons. He's a true senior. His athletic profile will make him very intriguing as someone who can develop into a true free safety in the future. He immediately projects as a winning backup in the NFL at the FS position. He's at his best coming down hill and when he's deep enough to have time to diagnose plays before he pursues them. He should be left out of the box because of his limited tackling ability. When he's not given enough time to diagnose, he has a tendency to look like a "chicken with his head cut off." He can contribute as a coverage defender in both man and zone due to his athleticism but his slow diagnosing ability can and will cause him problems in coverage. He can immediately contribute on all special teams units because of his athleticism and experience while at Texas A&M. 3rd round grade with potential to fall due to mentals and character.
Cross JR DB, at Maryland, started 21 games out of 30 games in his career. Rated as a four-star recruit coming out of high school. Cross was coached by current Maryland running backs coach Elijah Brooks in high school. In 2021, earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten team. Achieved this under Michael Locksley (Head Coach) and Brian Stewart (Defensive Coordinator). Was Honorable Mention All-Big Ten team in 2019 and 2020. Cross projects as a backup strong safety or box safety in the NFL with special teams upside due to his outstanding explosiveness, plant and drive, and speed. Has the ability to explode downhill to support in the run, but needs to have more of a breakdown before contact. Struggles to leave his feet when tackling. Above-the-line plant and drive. Makes contact with force and drives his feet with his explosiveness. Above the line speed, pursuit angles in chasing the ball carrier, closing in, and covering ground. Ability to get over the top in deep single-high coverage, which helps make him successful at safety. Needs to develop his instincts, ball skills, and run support in order to become an average starter at the next level. Mid to late 3rd round talent.
Pitre is a redshirt senior who started 32 games throughout his career at Baylor. He has a skinny frame, isn't too rocked up, and lacks length. He took 611 snaps from the slot this year. He projects to be a slot player, dime/nickel safety, or as a limited FS. He's at his best close to the LOS. He plays with physicality close to the LOS which pairs with his above the line twitch very well. He has above the line ankle flexion which allows him to weave through traffic. He can blitz from the slot and his quickness allows him to beat linemen around the edge. He tackles adequately close to the LOS and in between the tackles. He needs to continue to develop his coverage ability to play in the slot but during the Senior Bowl he showed adequate to above the line ability to cover TEs and WRs from the slot despite struggling against them at times during the season. He projects as a winning backup Late day 2, day 3 pick.
Daxton Hill is a former 5-star and top safety from the 2018 recruiting class. He's the brother of current NFL running back Justice Hill. Hill started 23 games during his collegiate career and during his 2021 junior season he earned an All BIG-10 nomination. He played 533 snaps in the slot this past season and projects there at the next level. Hill projects as a starting caliber nickel package safety and as a winning backup at free safety with the potential to develop into an impact caliber starter at free safety or in the slot. Hill has all the athletic traits needed to play free safety at the next level. He needs to add muscle to his frame to help with his block shedding and tackling ability. His experience in both man and zone coverage from the slot will be valuable as he lined up against multiple NFL caliber TEs and WRs while at Michigan and held his own against them. Middle to late day 2 pick.
Cook finished his time at Cincinnati as a one year starter, making 16 career starts. He's a redshirt senior. He has an above the line body profile for the safety position, above the line size with a high cut build. Initially he projects as a special teamer and as a winning backup who is deserving of rotational playing time as a strong safety or as the extra defender in nickel packages. He can immediately come into the NFL and play as a box safety due to his above the line run support ability paired with being a sure tackler. In addition his above the line play strength allows him to get off TE blocks quickly. His above the line twitch and suddenness allows him to react to plays at an above the line level even if he makes a wrong initial diagnosis. He struggles with covering routes that develop downfield but can and will be effective covering RBs and TEs in the flats on shorter routes. Has the potential to develop into a starting caliber strong or box safety but initially will need time to develop his instincts. A 3rd round grade.
Joseph, a senior, has had limited starting time during his college career, logging just 14 starts in 4 seasons, with no significant time lost due to injury. Ran track and played volleyball in high school in addition to football. He will and should add weight at the next level to help him avoid injuries with his lanky and slender frame. He has experience on special teams and should find time on the field at the next level playing teams. He projects as a starting caliber FS as soon as he enters the NFL. He played a majority of his snaps at Illinois at free safety (400+) and has the athletic and movement abilities to cover the field from sideline to sideline. His ball skills will make an immediate impact at the next level because of his above the line instincts, body control, and change of direction abilities. Plays the ball and uses his length well to break up passes before and after a receiver gets his hands on the ball. Late 2nd, early 3rd round grade.
Cine started in 27 games throughout his three seasons at Georgia, becoming a full-time starter for their defense his sophomore season. As a junior in 2021 he was an AP All SEC first team member and an AP third team All-American. He also led Georgia in total tackles. He played the majority of his snaps at free safety (519) and projects to fit best there at the next level. Cine projects as a immediate starting caliber free safety. His above the line athletic ability and range make him an ideal free safety and his instincts allow him to anticipate throws and process plays quickly. He can play both adequate man and above the line zone coverage. He shouldn't play to close to the LOS because of his lankier frame and average play strength but can on occasion. He's a early to middle day 2 pick.
Brisker was a two year starter (21 starts) and current super senior. His thick and rocked up body give him above the line size. He projects best to a strong safety role due to his adequate ability in run support and adequate ability in coverage. He's at his best when he's playing underneath. He tackles best when inside the box and between the tackles. Shows the toughness to take on blockers. Has the athletic profile to cover TEs and RBs in man coverage. As an underneath coverage defender he's at his best when he's able to read a QBs eyes and plant and drive on passes. Can and will get burnt if he continues to be over eager in coverage at the next level. If he's able to control himself in coverage he has above the line ball skills and size to be a nickel defender as well. His athletic profile, physicality, ball skills, and special teams experience give him a higher floor and ceiling than many. Early 3rd round grade and projects as an immediate nickel safety with upside to become a starting strong safety.
Hamilton has started for Notre Dame over his last two seasons, compiling a total of 19 starts over 3 seasons. He was named a team captain for the 2021 season as a junior. He had his 2021 season cut short due to a knee injury but despite the injury made multiple mid and end of season awards lists that include Phil Steele's All American First Team and the Associated Press' All American Second Team. He played 233 snaps in the slot and 124 at free safety this past season. Hamilton's rare size combined with his borderline outstanding athletic ability will allow him to be a chess pieces for defensive coordinators at the next level. He projects as a plug and play impact starter at safety, either free or strong, and has all the tools to be top 10 at the position after his first season. His range and instincts allow him to cover the entire field sideline to sideline. He can play close to the line of scrimmage on early downs. His outstanding plant and drive and burst to close will allow him to make plays behind the LOS. Hamilton is an impact player at the next level. He grades out as a high, day one draft pick.
Cam’Ron Harris is a fourth-year Junior from Miami who has featured in 37 career games. Four-star RB, No. 173 nationally in 2018 according to 247 sports. Started to earn carries in the second-half of his true freshman season, before earning a spot in the rotation proper for 2019, recording 638 yards off 118 carries. Led the Hurricanes into 2020 as the full-time starting running back, still with plenty of rotation at the spot, gaining 660 yards off 127 carries and 10 TDs. 2021 was poised to be a further explosion in production for Harris, but a right knee injury ended his campaign after 6 games. Cam’Ron Harris lacks many elite high-end traits, but he has few weaknesses in his game as well. He projects to be a solid member of an NFL RB room, taking single-digit carries per game and being an active contributor in the pass game, Pass Pro, and on Special Teams.
Calvin Turner is a fifth-year graduate transfer from Hawaii who has featured in 22 career D1 games. Unheralded dual-threat QB prospect coming out of HS in 2017, caught on initially at Jacksonville University in Florida, playing quarterback and defensive back. Made the move to an all-purpose back in 2019, earning all-conference recognition after running for 1,380 yards and 15 TDs at 5.7 YPC. Transferred to the University of Hawaii for 2020, and played a wide-ranging role including RB, WR, Wildcat QB, and Punt/Kick Returner. Was named second-team all-conference at WR his first year following a campaign which included 66 carries for 373 yards and 34 receptions for 552 yards. Produced again in this diverse role in 2021, with 331 yards off 72 carries and 895 yards off 76 receptions. Calvin Turner brings one of the most varied and diverse skillsets of any player in this draft. He doesn’t fit neatly into any one box so will be viewed by the NFL as an offensive weapon in the ilk of Tavon Austin, Cordarrelle Patterson and Deebo Samuel. He projects best to a system where he can do a bit of everything: wildcat, slot WR, gadget player, and of course, running back on 12 or under carries a game.
Vavae Malepeai is a sixth-year graduate from USC who has featured in 50 career games. Four-star RB prospect out of Hawaii, No. 225 nationally in 2016 according to 247 sports. Medically redshirted in 2016 following a broken left shoulder blade in fall camp. Played on special teams and as a reserve tailback in 2017. Saw a doubling of carries to 90+ in 2018 and 2019, contributing 500+ yards and 6TDs+ in each campaign. Continued to be a rotational tailback throughout the remaining years of his career, never surpassing an 11 carry per game average. In the NFL, Vavae Malepeai will likely continue in a similar reserve/ special team role that he played in college. He lacks the high-end athleticism and instincts to be a workhorse reliable no.1 back in the NFL but with adequate toughness and motor, mixed in with Above the Line Pass Pro he’ll have a good chance to earn some regular season snaps.
Stephen Carr is a fifth-year graduate transfer from Indiana who has featured in 44 career games. Five-star RB, No. 20 nationally in 2017 according to 247 sports. All-American in HS by numerous outlets. Originally committed to USC where he became an immediate rotational back, a role he struggled to evolve from in his four-year Trojan career with a season-high of 86 carries. Transferred to Indiana for 2021, seeking an expanded role, but a season-ending ankle injury cut his 2021 season to just 9 games. However, given his extensive starting-role he still generated college career highs in carries (154), yards (589), and TDs (6). Stephen Carr projects as a bubble-roster/ practice squad RB in a gap offensive scheme. Given a lack of high-end AA, he’ll need to develop his inside-running ability or receiving/Pass Pro to earn himself a roster spot and playing time.
Jaylen Warren is a fifth-year, JUCO transfer, who most recently played at Oklahoma State, featuring in 29 career D1 games. Played two years in Junior College at Snow College, leading the nation with 159.4 rush yards per game in 2018. Three-star JUCO RB prospect in 2019, according to 247 Sports, Warren landed with Utah State for 2019 but only managed a rotational role in his two years there, playing just 3 games in 2020 before deciding to transfer to Oklahoma State for his final year of eligibility. Exploded as a Cowboy in 2021 becoming a focal point of their offense, rushing for 1231 yards and 11 TDs, while adding an impressive 246 receiving yards. In the NFL, Jaylen Warren projects as an explosive, third-down back. His outstanding hands and open field ability will make him a tantalizing weapon for offensive coordinators to utilize, but his limited stamina and current Poor Pass Pro will likely keep him in a role of limited snaps for the foreseeable future.
Kevin Harris is a Junior from South Carolina who has featured in 28 career games. Three-star RB prospect, No. 702 nationally in 2019, according to 247 Sports. Eased into action at South Carolina with just 21 carries and 179 yards as a true freshman. Stepped-up as a Sophomore delivering an impressive 2020 season, where he led the SEC in rush yards per game (113.8) and was named first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press. In 2021, was hampered by back and ankle injuries so saw production fall to 659 yards off 152 carries. Kevin Harris likely projects as a practice-squad/roster bubble player in the NFL for 2022. It remains to be seen how much the injuries impacted his 2021 performance, and which player NFL teams will ultimately be getting: the 2021 version or the productive 2020 player? If he can develop his play strength/ instincts and regain his health, he may earn playing time on interior runs to compliment his already interesting capabilities as a receiver.
Tyler Goodson is a Junior from Iowa who has featured in 34 career games. Three-star RB, No. 671 nationally in 2019 according to 247 sports. Saw action in 13 games as a freshman, starting 4, leading the team in rushing yards and attempts. Had his best year in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, being named First-team All-Big Ten as he generated 801 yards off 145 carries. Completed his college career in 2021 with a heavy workload in carries (258), gaining 1,154 yards and helping push Iowa to the Big 10 Championship game. Tyler Goodson projects as a reserve NFL RB in a wide-zone/outside-zone scheme that would offer him additional touches on swings and other RB routes that can enable him to use his greatest attribute, speed.
Tyrion Davis-Price is a Junior from LSU who has featured in 35 career games. Four-star RB prospect, No. 139 nationally in 2019, according to 247 Sports. Significant rotational piece as a freshman on LSU’s 2019 juggernaut offense, contributing 6 TDs and 297 yards. Was again a rotational piece in 2020, with 453 yards and 3 TDs, before breaking out in 2021 as LSU’s lead back. In a down year for LSU, Davis-Price was a consistent performer in 2021 contributing 6 TDs and 1,016 yards that included a dominating 287 yard, 3 TD performance vs. Florida. Tyrion Davis-Price has the physical and mental traits you look for in a lead-back for a shotgun/spread base offense. His receiving ability and Pass Pro will need to improve for him to be a consistent three-down back, but he should immediately be able to come in and be a workhorse back for an NFL team on first and second down.
Jashaun Corbin is a Senior from Florida State who has featured in 37 career games. Four-star RB prospect, No. 261 nationally in 2018, according to 247 Sports. Originally committed to Texas A&M, racked up 509 yards in his freshman and sophomore years, before transferring to Florida State. Rotational back in 2020, with 5 TDs and 404 yards off 82 carries. Almost doubled his production in 2021, with 144 carries, 887 yards and 7 TDs, and was named third-team All-ACC. Jashaun Corbin projects as a middle of the road third-down back in the NFL, best utilized on option routes, angles, swings, screens, outside runs, and in Pass Protection on key passing downs.
T.J. Pledger is a Senior transfer from Utah who has featured in 43 career games. Four-star RB, No. 100 nationally in 2018 according to 247 sports. Began his career at Oklahoma in 2018, starting only 5 games across his 3 years in Norman. 2020 was his most productive year as a Sooner, generating 455 yards but averaged only 10 carries per game over that season. Transferred to Utah for 2021, where he again split touches, recording 699 yards off 105 carries. T.J. Pledger projects as an adequate third-down running back in a wide-zone/outside-zone scheme where he can best ultilize his above the line decision making and adequate outside run ability. Will also be an outstanding asset in Pass Pro and an average player in the receiving game too with scope to develop.
CJ Verdell is a Redshirt Junior from Oregon who has featured in 37 career games. Three-star RB prospect out of Mater Dei, CA, No. 443 nationally in 2017 according to 247 sports. Redshirted in 2017. Dominating run in 2018 and 2019, contributing 1,000+ yards and 8 TDs+ in each campaign, capping it off with Pac-12 Championship game MVP performance in 2019 and an All-Pac 12 second team nomination. After carrying the ball 407 times in 2018 and 2019, saw athletic and performance decline in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, before showing signs of a comeback in 2021. Began his final season with a stunning 168-yard, 3 TD performance in Oregon’s win over Ohio State before a leg injury ended his season. In the NFL, CJ Verdell projects as a rotational back in a Power Spread system that heavily uses inside gap run concepts. He’s capable enough as a receiver and Pass Protector to play on all three downs leading him to likely become an effective and versatile member of an NFL RB room.
Trestan Ebner is a fifth-year graduate transfer from Baylor who has featured in 61 career games. Three-star RB, No. 432 nationally in 2017 according to 247 sports. Rotational/reserve RB across his first four seasons at Baylor, never topping 70 carries and 415 yards in any one season despite not missing much time through injury. Primarily a ST, KR and PR for Baylor. AFCA Second-team all-purpose player of the year in 2020 and Big-12 Special Teams player, KR and PR of the year in 2021. In his final year, had an increased role in the Baylor backfield with 153 carries and 826 yards at a YPC of 5.40. Trestan Ebner projects best as a rotational back in the NFL, utilized in a wide-zone/outside-zone scheme that features plenty of pass-game action for its RBs.
Leddie Brown is a Senior from West Virginia who has featured in 43 career games. Three-star RB prospect, No. 553 nationally in 2018, according to 247 Sports. Played in 11 games as a Freshman with 441 yards and 4 TDs, and continued to contribute as a reserve/ rotational back in 2019. Elevated to starter as a Junior in West Virginia’s wide-open spread attack, running for 1,035 yards, 9 TDs as he went on to be nominated to the All-Big 12 First Team. Returned for his Senior year in 2021 and produced another productive year of 1,106 yards and 13 TDs. Leddie Brown is likely only a borderline roster prospect for NFL teams. He’s been productive in a Power 5 conference for 4 years but will need to show the NFL that he can be a true game-breaker rather than simply a product of West Virginia’s spread attack.
Greg Bell is a Graduate Transfer from San Diego State who has featured in 25 career D1 games. Three-star JUCO RB prospect, No. 26 nationally in 2018, according to 247 Sports. Bell played two years at Arizona Western Community College, where he ran for 2,404 yards and 18 TDs, before he made the jump to D1 football at Nebraska. In 2018, his only action at Nebraska, he played in just 4 games, running for a total of 173 yards before electing to transfer back home to San Diego State. Sat out 2019 as per transfer rules. Made an immediate impression in 2020 with a second-team all-Mountain West nomination and 6 TDs, in a campaign interrupted by injuries. Finally played a full D1 season in 2021, recording 1,124 yards and 9 TDs off 250 carries. However, he also accounted for 6 fumbles. Greg Bell is a borderline roster prospect for an NFL team. He’ll need to continue improving on his all-around game, particularly in the Pass Game, to get playing time opportunities.
Ronnie Rivers is a fifth-year graduate from Fresno State who has featured in 53 career games. Two-star RB prospect, No. 2262 nationally in 2017, according to 247 Sports. Productive five-year player at Fresno State. Immediate contributor in 2017 and 2018, with 500+ yards at 5+ YPC. Following a career-high, 904-yard, 13 TD campaign in 2019 was named second-team All-Mountain West. Produced another very valuable campaign for Fresno State in 2020’s COVID shortened year with 500+ yards in 6 games. Part of a rotation in 2021, his extra year of eligibility, so was certain to have a numerical decline but still earned 816 yards off 170 carries. A durable, productive RB in College, Ronnie Rivers projects to be a low-end, third-down back in the NFL, best utilized on gadget plays, outside runs, screens, swings and potentially more in Pass Protection. Rivers will also bring added value as an average option at punt returner.
Ty Chandler is a fifth-year Graduate Transfer from North Carolina who has featured in 59 career games. Four-star RB prospect, No. 67 nationally in 2017, according to 247 Sports. Started out at Tennessee, making 25 starts over 4 years, leading the Vols in rushing in both 2018 and 2019. Transferred to North Carolina with his fifth year of eligibility and made a significant impact with 1,100 yards on a 6 YPC average. Was named Second-team All-ACC for his 2021 campaign. Ty Chandler, has the outstanding vision/ instincts and adequate athletic ability you look for in a dependable rotational running back. Would best project to a zone-blocking offensive scheme and should see most of his action on first and second down as his Pass Pro/ Receiving abilities are not yet up-to-scratch.
D'Vonte Price played sparingly in the early parts of his FIU career before capturing the starting role in 2020 and 2021. He rushed for over 5.3 yards per carry in back-to-back seasons and was spelled in the passing game. Price has an interesting physical make-up with a strong and well build body but lacks adequate movement skills. His positives come with his ability to use his body effectively to create sustained yardage with power and contact balance. Willing and able to finish runs with toughness behind his pads and is best when running inside the tackles. Doesn't possess the ability to create yardage outside due to a lack of MYM ability and lack of creativity in space. Dealt with a multitude of fumbling issues due to poor ball placement including being loose with the ball into contact point and not switching to outside hand/arm. Price should not be an early contributor and could struggle to keep a roster spot if he goes to a team with depth at the RB position. His lack of ST usage limits his immediate value.
Max Borghi had early success in career following freshman year, was selected as a Preseason PAC-12 Honorable Mention as a Sophomore. Lead back and third leading receiver on the team. Preseason back injury kept Borghi out for the better part of the year during 2020 only playing in the last game of the season. Returned 2021 to have average production, was not used as a receiver nearly as much. Zone scheme runner allowing blocks to climb and gain leverage. Footwork through cuts gets choppy and stalls getting in and out of a move. Top end speed is adequate and is able to pull away from defenders in the open field. Is a willing blocker in pass pro, will need to refine technique. Projected 5th - UDFA back injury and long-term health are concerns.
Tyler Badie was the 3rd down/complementary option on the Missouri offense for years, before fully ceasing the starting role this season. Badie had 7 games of over 20 carries, including 3 with 30+. Badie is a smaller back who could see a role as a 3rd down back in the NFL but is limited in his ability on 1st-2nd down due to consistent traits. Would perform best in a situation where he is asked to run in outside zone, be a one cut back with burst and take the yardage given to him by his OL. Rarely will his long speed cut off pursuit angles as his speed is missing a gear. Badie's value is shown when he is able to get the ball in his hands in space as a pass catcher. He can run dynamic routes in a basic route tree, is a willing blocker, and can MYM in space. He could make a roster early in his career with return ability on special teams and as a 3rd down pass catcher. He will struggle to participate on other downs and in the coverage unit due to size and a lack of ability to run between the tackles. His route running tree was simplistic at Missouri, and he can do more with being split out wide.
Snoop Conner is a Junior from Ole Miss who has featured in 35 career games. Three-star RB prospect, No. 991 nationally in 2019, according to 247 Sports. Rotational, power and goal-line back throughout his three years at Ole Miss. Immediate contributor in 2019 with 512 yards at 6.3 YPC and followed that with 8 TDs and another 400+ yards in 2020. Increased carries by 30+% in 2021 and continued to increase his production with 656 yards and a team-high 13 rush TDs. Snoop Conner projects as a low-end to average Power/Goal-line back in the NFL. Would best suit a Power scheme that heavily utilizes inside gap concepts like dive and lead.
ZaQuandre White began his collegiate career at Florida State University, where he redshirted and then switched to OLB during his Sophomore season appearing in 11 contests making 22 tackles. 2019 White transferred to Iowa Western C.C. where he named first team NJCAA All-America rushing for 109.5 YPG and 10TDs and ranked the #1 JUCO Running Back in the nation. After waiting a full season to become the full-time starter White received the most improved offensive player from the coaching staff at South Carolina heading into the 2021 season. A workhorse mentality when running the ball, ZaQuandre White is a back that provides instant toughness and effort to a room by his willingness to play any position asked. Snaps on ST 3 of 4 seasons, provides value to Whites game. Project a day three 4th - 7th round pick up for a team.
Abram Smith is a true Senior RB from Baylor under Matt Rhule and Dave Aranda. Under Rhule from 2017-2019 he appeared mostly on special teams and as a LB. In 2020, he started the back half of the season at LB. In 2021, Smith moved to RB for the Baylor Bears. This season, after only 12 previous carries, he had 257 carries at 6.2 yards per rush. He has natural movement skills and athleticism. He is a physically imposing players with strength throughout his body and the play temperament to run through contact. He limits his explosive upside by failing to properly sink on all cuts and runs high. He can be eager at the LOS but at the second level dissects well with a strong burst and long speed to cut off pursuit angles. Takes a few too many steps to get up to full speed and combined with a lack of natural pass catching ability, his third down value is diminished. He can immediately play on ST in coverage as he improves at the position, as he is going to be truly only in his 2nd season at RB.
Jerrion Ealy 932nd overall pick of the 31st round in the 2019 MLB Draft. An undersized back with dynamic ability out of the backfield as well as lined up in the slot position. Ealy has great footwork through mesh points as well making moves on defenders in the open field. Top end speed is outstanding coming out of high school was clocked running a 4.48. Pass pro will need to be refined. Project Ealy as a 5th - 7th round talent, but teams could slide up in the 4th if they see strong value.
Kyren Williams was the 2020 ACC Freshman of the year & FWAA Freshman All-American rushing for 1,125 yards on 213 carries for 13TDs. Williams was able to back that performance being named Captain and rushing for over 1,000 yards, with 14TD's, on 208 Carries. A smaller body type of back that is a strong powerful runner showing outstanding motor and overall toughness to handle running against heavier box counts. Is an outstanding receiver out of the backfield, using his hands to catch the ball and possessing the body control to make plays on the tough passes at various angles. Pass pro is above the line, has a willingness to stand in and deliver the contact or cut a downhill threat. Kyren Williams is projected as an early 2nd - 5th round back that can provide stability in terms of 3rd down situations early on during career especially being strong receiving the ball as well as pass pro.
Hassan Haskins, the RB out of Michigan is a converted LB, who spent the beginning of his career on special teams and as a rusher to spell the starter. He averaged about 10 carries per game in his sophomore to junior season. In 2021, he grabbed the starting role scoring 20 rushing TDs and being taken off during 3rd downs with Blake Corum coming into the game. Haskins is a big, physical back that uses his power, and toughness to create yards after contact. He lacks the long speed to be able to cut off pursuit angles. He is able to use good footwork, contact balance and vision to create space in short yardage and sneak into the second level. He is limited in open space, due to his lack of explosiveness and MYM ability. This causes him to be taken off the field on 3rd downs for quicker, more athletic, shifty backs. Early in his career, he could find a similar role to Latavius Murray being used in short yardage and goal line packages. He will make a roster by his ability to play on ST.
The #1 RB coming out of high school in 2018, Zamir White's ability has never been in question. With adequate size and above the line speed, White looks to be dynamic between the tackles. A strong runner with good pad level and forward lean to finish plays White has a chance to make an impact early on in his career and as time goes on with no injuries the ability to be a lead back. White is projected as a 4th-7th round prospect.
James Cook, the brother of Dalvin Cook, has played on a role on the Georgia offense for 3 seasons, with most of his contributions coming on 3rd down and as a complementary back. This past season, he had 130 touches including 27 receptions and 4 receiving TDs. Cook is a premiere pass catching back and has greater value in the modern NFL than 5-10 years ago. With Cooks lack of usage at Georgia with Zamir White most recently, he projects to be a player who can learn to be productive as a rusher as he starts as a difference maker in the passing game. Cook should be a better NFL player than he was a CFB player with his explosion, long speed, and light feet to cut off pursuit angles in open space. Should be used where his offense looks to get him the ball in space. He will be option on 3rd down early in his career because of his receiving ability and ability to create on his own in space.
Sincere McCormick has been the focal point of the Roadrunners offense since the second half of 2019. He has been the lead back and totaled over 550 touches the past two seasons. McCormick is a smaller back that can and has improved his body type throughout his time at UTSA. He is able to use his outstanding footwork and above average instincts to find and create cut back lane, properly chose his gap and continue up field with his plant drive for extra yardage at the second level. While his speed is nothing special, he can use it to win foot races at times despite being tracked down from behind on tape. He has not fumbled in over 550 carries. In the pass game, he is an asset split out wide and on basic routes where he flashes natural hands, ability to create on his own and correct diagnosis at the second level. For his size, he gives maximum effort as a pass blocker but needs to refine his technique and recognition of the proper block. McCormick can contribute immediately as an option in the passing game and on 1st/2nd down, but his smaller stature and lack of special teams snaps could deter teams.
Tyler Allgeier is a 2nd year starting RB out of BYU who started his career as a backup LB and special teams player in college. He transitioned to RB fully going into the COVID season. Has been used in a variety of packages at times as the goal-line back with inside handoffs but plays his best football on outside rushes. Remains patience to find gaps and can sift through bodies at the second level with outstanding contact balance and toughness. Has 3rd down upside despite being very raw in pass protection (is willing) but is a soft/natural pass catcher. With improvement to his strength in his lowers, gap recognition and plant drive/sinking in his cuts, Allgeier could push for RB1 snaps in relief of a starter. He should contribute early and serve value as a premiere ST option with upside at the position as he is semi-new to it.
Pierre Strong Jr. is a four-year starter, amassing over 120 carries each season. Thicker lower body, but has room to add weight to his frame. Soft hands mixed with the willingness to pass protect allows Strong Jr. to contribute as an every down back. With his adequate size and outstanding speed, Strong Jr. projects as a 4th-6th round pick.
Rachaad White transferred from JUCO (Mt. San Antonio College) to ASU in 2019. White gained the starting role this past season in an offense that did not rely on the RB rush. As the season progressed, ASU relied more on him as a runner. He has seen time on special teams as well as a returner. White is well built head to toe and has good size for the position but is an adequate athlete due to his COD and lack of explosive. Does not win by cutting off pursuit angles with his long speed and lacks much explosion. Behind the LOS, he shows patience and good vision but struggles to create outside of structure and at the second level. Surprising light feet but needs to improve flexibility to improve shift. Quick to find holes and shows good quickness getting to the second level. Good balance through the LOS. Struggles to create outside of what is given to him due to lack of power and MYM ability. In the passing game he shows soft hands and fluid movement. White has a lot of upside if he is able to improve his flexibility and bend. He will be able to sink more in and out of his cuts, contribute on 3rd down as a pass protector/receiver and could compete on ST as well.
Dameon Pierce has been underutilized in his career at Florida never topping 106 carries in a season, and split time with many backs. This season, in his reps, he averaged 5.7 yards per carry and was involved in RPO with his mobile QB. Pierce is a solid back without a dominant trait. He is a compact, physical runner with great contact balance and agility. He is an underrated athlete with strong COD. His limitations can be attributed to serviceable but limited speed and burst. Vision can be solid if approach isn't sped up. He is a back who will see the field on 3rd down due to pass protection and receiving skills and can contribute early on ST on kick coverage. Pierce was a winner at the Senior Bowl showing an above average jump cut, receiving ability, and excelled in pass protection. He is a solid 4th round RB who can contribute early effectively, even with increased reps.
Jerome Ford is a RS Junior who has started 15 of 31 career games, including all 13 in 2021. Four-star HS recruit for Alabama who was a backup for two years with only 31 total carries, transferring. Was the top backup to Gerrid Doaks in 2020 and broke out in 2021 after Doaks graduated, named to All-AAC First Team while leading AAC in rushing yards, TDs, and YPA. Under HC Luke Fickell (fifth season) and RBs Coach Darren Paige (first season), player was the lead RB in an shotgun-based RPO offense that preferred Gap and finished #55 for rush offense and #18 for rushing average with a dual-threat QB. Secondary RB you can win with on inside runs. Well-built runner with quick reactions and homerun speed, staying low through the LOS with above the line vision and initiating contact. Two-cut runner who will be better with a higher dose of under center. Takes time to get up to speed and lacks COD to cut up field quickly in Outside Zone. Has fumble issues.
Brian Robinson has been a contributor on the Alabama offense since his freshman season in a limited capacity as a rusher. He sat behind backs such as Josh Jacobs and Najee Harris for multiple seasons before getting a full workload in 2021 with 271 carries and 36 receptions for the Crimson Tide. Robinson is an effortlessly physical and natural power back with underrated AA. Shows strong burst and uncharacteristically light feet in between the tackles and in open space. If he can remain consistent with sinking in and out of his cuts, the yardage displacement on jump cuts is top tier. Impressive ability to maintain speed when going up field and is an underrated option in the passing game. Brian Robinson needs to work on consistency in his bend into contact as he is naturally high with his height and leggy build. In pass pro, he does not lack effort, but can have lapses in processing. He is a player you want out on the field in all situations, but can spell carries to a slighter, shiftier, more elusive back on 3rd down early. Despite a lack of long speed, his burst, power, and skill moves can cut off pursuit angles. Robinson can play right away as an RB1 for a team on all 3 downs as he is strong in pass protection and as a pass catcher. He is a top back in the class.
Kenneth Walker III transferred from Wake Forest after his second year. At Wake was ranked 3rd as a freshman w/ 579 YDS on 98 CAR and 4TD's. As a sophomore tied for 3rd in the ACC w/ 579YDS and 13TDs. Is a good tough nosed runner often times will find the open seam within the box of a defense, can also bounce, and has the speed to gain the edge. Is not going to wow you with MYM ability. Catches the ball well using his hands extended away from his body in pass game leaked out of BF. Mid-2nd - 4th round, possible change of pace back early on. Potential to be an every down back.
Isaiah Spiller started 9 games as a freshman, receiving SEC All-Freshman Team honors. Spiller finished his sophomore year ranked 3rd in the SEC averaging 103.6 yds/game. Prior to the 2021 season Spiller was a preseason Heisman Award Watch List candidate. With the ability to come in and make an early impact for a team, Isaiah Spiller is a 1st and 2nd down back, probably to be replaced early in his career on 3rd due to poor pass protection technique and unsure hands. His MYM ability allows him to create on his own and with dynamic speed/explosiveness to be a threat with the ball at any time. He possesses a strong lower body with room to grow up top and has shown toughness & durability playing through injury. Spiller has solid production vs ranked opponents during his career as a starter, which shows his ability to do it against top tier opponents. Project Spiller as a late 2nd - 3rd round talent that could make an early impact to an NFL teams backfield.
In 2020, Breece Hall led the NCAA in total rushing yards and followed it up with a 2021 campaign in which he rushed for the 8th most yards. He has been a premier back in the BIG 12 for Matt Campbell's offense for two straight seasons. Hall has had over 500 carries combines the past two seasons and close to 700 carries in 3 seasons with the Cyclones. Hall is a sturdy RB with outstanding instincts and patience behind the LOS. He waits for his blocks to develop, hits a hole with burst, and is able to dissect quickly and effectively at the second level. At the second level, he reads the opens on the field and uses his light feet to continue up field after his initial burst. Hall can cut off defenders angles with his speed. His issues arise with his flexibility and bend as he can play high in and out of his cuts which limit the explosion and MYM nature. He can be a value on 3rd down due to his secure blocking and vision in the open field. He does not possess the most complex route tree and was often used schematically as a check down. With improved technique and consistent pad level, Hall will be a three-down player in the NFL as he possesses traits to run in short yardage situations and patience as well as burst to excel in outside rushes. Hall will be one of the top backs in this class and is pro-ready. He can take a jump to the next level with the addition of a more diverse route tree and the improvement of his bend.
Sixth-year who has started 37 of 39 career games at 27-12, including 4 starts of 6 games in 2021 at 0-4. Three-star HS prospect for UCF, taking over as the starter in the third game of his freshman season and leading team to a 6-6 record despite going winless the year prior. Broke out in undefeated 2017, named AAC OPOY and Fourth Team All-America while finishing 8th in Heisman voting. In follow-up 2018, remained undefeated while named AAC OPOY and finished 6th in Heisman voting. Injured right knee, missing two full seasons and transferring to FSU. Returned to field as a backup in the opener, eventually starting 4 games. Under HC Mike Norvell (second season) and OC/QBs Coach Kenny Dillingham (second season), McKenzie Milton led a RPO- and Screen-heavy deep passing attack. Practice squad QB who warrants patience to see if he can continue to recover and re-display the form that got him Heisman votes. Got no help from an FSU offense but continued to fight and compete on every snap. Will be failed by many team doctors, clearly still affected by knee injury and hasn't recovered the basic attributes to play the position.
RS Junior who has started 23 of 24 career games at 13-11, including all 13 in 2021 at 8-5. Three-star HS recruit who started the final four games as a true freshman after an injury to starter Jon Wassink. Redshirted the next season and was the full-time starter each of 2020 and 2021, earning Third Team All-MAC in 2020 and Second Team All-MAC in 2021. Under HC Tim Lester (fifth season) and Co-OC/QBs Coach Eric Evans (fifth season), player was starter in a RPO-heavy offense that ranked 34th for scoring, 18th for rush offense, and 12th for total offense. Low-end backup you can win despite given receivers who can consistently uncover in a timing-based offense. Reads RPOs well and keeps the ball out of danger. Streaky with inconsistent mechanics, lacking for accuracy out of rhythm and failing to create. Doesn't have natural arm strength or mobility.
Sixth year who has started 29 of 51 career games for a 37 -14 career record, including starting all 13 in 2021 at 10-3. Eric Barriere was a three-star HS prospect as an athlete, redshirting in 2016. Played as the primary backup in 2017, taking over as the starter in midseason 2018 and never conceding the job. Three-year team captain. Named third team FCS All-America in 2019. In 2020, was named First Team All-American, finished second in voting for the Walter Payton Award, and won FCS OPOY and Big Sky OPOY. In 2021, named Second Team All-American. Under HC Aaron Best (fifth season) and OC/QBs Coach Ian Shoemaker (third season), Eric Barriere led a run-heavy offense that heavily emphasized Screen and movement passing, frequently caught in third-and-long. Developmental QB you can win despite as a scramble-first passer. Amazing athlete with a fearless streak and flashes of a cannon on his shoulders with a quick release. Fully boom-or-bust on the field, doesn't show the ability to consistently keep the offense ahead of the sticks. Lots of development to go mechanically but may never be accurate or show touch.
RS Senior who started 34 of 36 career games at 20-16, including 11 starts in 2021 at 5-6. Four-star HS prospect who redshirted in 2017. Became a regular starter by the end of 2018, never conceding the role except for injuries. Saw his best statistical production in 2019. Two year team captain who was All-PAC-12 Honorable Mention in 2021. Under HC Justin Wilcox (fifth season) and OC/QBs Coach Bill Musgrave (third season), Chase Garbers leads an under center run-first offense that was well-schemed in Pass, frequently freeing receivers downfield with Bunch formations or Wheel-based concepts. Backup QB you can win despite in a run-based offense that simplifies reads with play action. Team captain who shows feel for the pocket with the mobility to get outside. Flashes the ability to protect the ball and be a distributor as a passer. Lacks any standout traits and has durability concerns.
Senior who has started 46 of 48 career games, including all 13 in 2021. Three-star recruit with MILB father who took over in the fifth game of his freshman season and never conceded the starting job. Won Big 12 FOTY and Honorable Mention All-Big 12 in 2018, followed by 2019 Second Team All-Big 12 and both 2020 and 2021 First Team All-Big 12. Under HC Matt Campbell (sixth season), OC Tom Manning (third season), and PGC/QBs Coach Joel Gordon (fourth season), Purdy led a run-first offense that ran mostly Mesh concepts or Hitch routes in pass. Low-end backup you can win despite in a timing-based offense. Leader who can distribute on-time to other offensive weapons and will protect the ball. Doesn't have desired size, arm strength, accuracy, or mobility.
RS Senior who has started all of 46 career games for a 27-19 career record, including 10 starts in 2021 at 7-3. Two-star recruit who opened his true freshman season as the starter. No reported injuries, but did not play in two games in 2017 following a 3/18 passing display. Named All-SWAC Second Team in both 2018 and 2019, improving to National Player of the Year in Spring 2021 (postponed 2020 schedule) and Fall 2021 seasons. Over career tied for 11th for FCS passing TDs and 14th in passing yardage. Under HC Connell Maynor (fourth season), OC Duane Taylor (fourth season), and QBs Coach Jason Mai (fourth season), Glass leads a shotgun-heavy offense that emphasized runs, Screens, and deep shots with some RPOs incorporated. Developmental QB you can win despite from the pocket. Big, strong passer who has the arm talent to spread the ball across the field. Immobile and needs significant mechanical refinement to improve accuracy and capitalize on arm strength. Doesn't show decision making ability to survey field from the pocket.
RS Senior who has started 20 of 25 career games, including all 10 in 2021 for a 2-8 record and 7-18 career record. Two-star recruit for Boston College, backed up Anthony Brown for two seasons before transferring to Brown and immediately taking over as the starter. Led the nation's best offense in 2019 as a First Team All-Ivy QB, leading the team in both passing and rushing. 2020 season was cancelled. In 2021, named First Team All-Ivy QB, Ivy League OPOY, and Bushnell Cup recipient. Under HC James Perry (fourth season, no relation) and QBs Coach Heather Marini (third season), Perry led a shotgun-heavy offense that spread the defense horizontally with frequent RPO concepts. Backup QB you can win despite when throwing to large catch radii. Prepared passer with complete command of offense. Threatens outside the pocket and as a rusher. Extremely tough, high-motor player. Short passer with lacking arm strength and worrying decisions. Doesn't create YAC with accuracy. Disturbing W-L record.
Sixth-year who has started 26 of 51 career games for a 27-24 career record, including 13 of 13 in 2021 at 9-4. Three-star HS recruit who committed to Arkansas, redshirting in 2016 and starting four games his second year as an injury replacement. Got two more starts in 2018 but transferred after the season to SE Louisiana. Backed up every game in 2019, but took over as the starter in 2020 and broke out, winning the Walter Payton Award and being named an All-American, Southland OPOY, and Second Team All-Conference. Improved in 2021, winning Southland POY and First Team All-Conference. Under HC Frank Scelfo (fourth season) and OC/QBs Coach Greg Stevens (fourth season), Cole Kelley led a spread offense that asked him to make full-field reads while incorporating some RPOs and designed QB runs. Developmental QB you can win despite in a dropback offense that lets him stand and survey the field. Strong-armed, enormous passer who shows surprising touch and a pre-snap command of the offense. Too many bad decisions and shows a lack of mechanical consistency, causing inaccuracy. Debatably too big. Could develop in theory due to physical tools, but a long way to go.
Sixth-year who has started 40 of 45 career games with a career record of 28-17, including 10 starts in 2021 at 7-3. Three-star HS prospect who redshirted as a freshman while winning team's Red Raider Award for scout team contributions. Took over as starter for final four games in 2017, beating #10 school and leading largest road 4QC in school history. Became a regular starter in 2018, named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 in 2019. Under HC Chris Klieman (third season), OC Courtney Messingham (third season), and QBs Coach Collin Klein (fifth season), Thompson leads a shotgun-heavy run-based offense. Developmental QB you can win with from the pocket with half-field or preset reads. Big-armed QB and longtime team captain who flashes high-level throws using velocity and has foot speed and play strength to be sufficient as a runner. Doesn't progress through reads well and makes poor decisions. Very inconsistent mechanics that sap arm strength and accuracy. Panicky against pressure.
Sixth-year who has started 27 of 42 career games for a 25-17 career record, including all 15 starts in 2021 at 11-4. Three-star HS recruit at USF who redshirted in 2016, playing sparingly the next two years. Transferred to Samford, started one season but was benched after the opener in 2020 for Liam Welch. Transferred to South Dakota State and started all 15 games in 2021. Under HC John Stiegelmeier (25th season), OC Jason Eck (third season), and QBs Coach Zach Lujan (fourth season), Chris Oladokun leads a run-heavy offense that offers heavy doses of RPO and misdirection. In Pass, movement-based scheme that emphasizes bootlegs, Screens, and underneath concepts with the occasional deep shot. Backup QB you can win despite. Agile passer who can sling it across the field despite rarely throwing from a set base, evoking Mahomes with mechanical and pocket tendencies. Evaporates from oncoming pass rushers. Shows the foot speed to at least threaten the run. Smaller build and is heavily impacted by pressure, vacating clean pockets and changing throwing motion entirely to avoid contact. Benefitted from a strong run game and a high dose of simplified reads, struggling when caught in long-distance situations.
RS Senior who has started 40 of 40 career games at 23-17, including 11 of 11 in 2021 at 6-5. No-star HS recruit who started every healthy game from the moment he stepped on campus, named CAA OROY in 2017 and was a finalist for National Freshman of the Year. Missed the final five games of the 2018 season and the entire spring 2020 season due to a torn left ACL and a foot injury, respectively Responded in 2021 with Second Team All-CAA. Under HC Tony Trisciani (third season) and OC/QBs Coach Drew Folmar (fifth season), Davis Cheek led a timing-based spread offense with Air Raid principles including frequent empty backfields with Mesh concepts. Backup QB you can win with as a distributor in a quick timing-based system. Smart passer who can make the right decisions and protect the ball, flashing touch to compensate for lesser arm strength and pocket feel for lesser athleticism. Has a low ceiling with both accuracy and mechanical concerns. If he sticks through a preseason, could be a valuable long-term backup.
RS senior who has started 50 of 51 career games, including 14 of 14 in 2021 and a 17-34 career record (9-5 in FBS). Accepted only scholarship offer in HS to FCS Houston Baptist, starting 9 games as a true freshman. Started four years for school, being named 2018 All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention before breaking out in 2019 to rank second nationally for passing per game and first for pass TDs. Continued breakout with 458.3 pass yds per game in abridged 2020 season, including 567 yards and 4 TDs v Texas Tech. Transferred to Western Kentucky with OC/QBs Coach Zach Kittley for 2021, named All-CUSA First Team and CUSA MVP as he set FBS single-season records for passing yards and pass TDs by throwing for at least 275 yards and 3 TDs in every game. Led a shotgun-only pass-heavy offense predicated on using empty sets and WR screens to set up deep shots and inside runs against light boxes. Backup QB you can win with in a vertically-spread offense with explosive playmakers. Distributor of a passer who shows the accuracy and touch to hit his shots, especially deep. Hindered by his height and lacks athleticism or excess anticipation be a creator at the next level. Needs to gain comfort in the pocket and against pressure.
RS Senior who has started 41 of 48 career games, including all 13 in 2021 for an 11-2 record and 30-18 career. Three-starHS recruit who committed to Wisconsin and was a backup as a true freshman. In 2018, earned four starts as injury replacement. Took over as every game starter in 2019 and named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. Missed 2020 season with injury and transferred to Notre Dame, starting every game of 2021, named All-Independent Second Team. Under HC Brian Kelly (12th season) and OC/QBs Coach Tommy Rees (2nd season), Coan leads a pro-style offense that incorporates many different concepts and finished #20 for both scoring and pass offense. Middling backup you can win with given protection and playmaking WRs. Clean passer who can mislead LBs and safeties from the pocket, snapping to an open man and using touch to lead him to space. An "if everything goes right" kind of player, suffering for accuracy and decisions under pressure while lacking the ability to create. Only a decent arm. Could surprise with the right staff and support.
Sixth-year player who has started 40 of 49 career games, including the first three of 2021 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. 31-18 career record. Three-star HS recruit as a dual-threat QB who originally committed to TCU before flipping to Houston. Entered his freshman season as a temporary WR due to injuries, starting 4 games of his 10 played with a 29/228/1 line before transitioning back to QB and sitting out the end of the season. Again moved to WR at the beginning of 2017, starting three games and compiling 29/264/2 before taking over as the starting QB and starting the final four games there. Broke out in 2018, setting the conference TD record at 50 in 11 games and being named All-AAC Second Team before tearing his meniscus. Under a new HC in 2019, chose to redshirt after 4 games and eventually transferred. Broke the FBS record for consecutive games with a rushing TD (16). At Miami, named team captain in 2020 as well as All-ACC Honorable Mention and semifinalist for a litany of QB awards. Returned in 2021, starting the first three games before a season-ending shoulder injury. Under HC Manny Diaz (third season) and OC/QBs Coach Rhett Lashlee (second season), King ran a pass-heavy offense that spread the field horizontally and attacked primarily with Mesh, Hitch, and Crossing Routes while working in some RPOs and Screens. Backup QB you can win with due to toughness, intelligence, and mobility. Tiny passer who makes smart decisions and excels out of rhythm. Plus mobility. Huge injury risk that will prevent reliance as a starter. Needs to better engage lower body mechanically, likely to improve accuracy.
RS Junior who has started 27 of 37 career games with a 20-17 record, including all 13 in 2021 at 10-3. Four-star HS recruit who redshirted in 2018. Started first four games in 2019 but was injured and did not reclaim starting role from John Rhys Plumlee upon return. Won the job back in the offseason and started every game in 2020 and 2021, named 2020 Third-Team All-SEC and 2021 Second Team All-SEC while winning 2021 Conerly Trophy. Under HC Lane Kiffin (second season) and OC/QBs Coach Jeff Lebby (second season), player was starting QB in an extremely RPO- and Screen-heavy offense. Mid-tier backup QB you can win with given WRs who can separate with large catch radii. Intelligent passer with relatively clean mechanics and good touch. Too inaccurate and fumble-prone for consistent success, failing to elevate his supporting cast.
Redshirt junior who has started 31 of 32 career games, including 12 of 12 in 2021 and a 21-11 career record. Missed senior year of HS due to injury but was still three-star recruit. Redshirted his freshman season and took over as starter to start the 2019 season. Earned 2020 and 2021 MWC OPOY. Under HC Ken Wilson (fifth year) and OC/QBs Coach Matt Mumme (fifth year), player led nation's 17th-ranked scoring offense and 6th-best pass offense (with 8th-highest completion percentage, sixth-most pass TDs per game, and 37th-highest EPA/pass play). The offense uses a pass- and shotgun-heavy West Coast scheme that spreads the field and primarily attacks outside the numbers with Outs, Gos, and WR Screens. Starter you can win with independent of scheme given pass-protecting IOL and WRs that can threaten deep. Tall, thick boom-or-bust QB with phenomenal arm strength to create windows on the outside or thread the needle up the seam. Team leader with feel to move in the pocket. Significantly hindered by knee injury and needs medical eval, with little mobility and no run threat regardless. Struggles when pressured and needs a lot of work on keeping consistent mechanics and speeding up motion.
RS Senior who has started 48 of 49 career games, including 14 of 14 in 2021 and a career record of 44-5. Three-star HS recruit who redshirted his freshman year before taking over the starting job on the third series of the 2018 opener. Named 2018 AAC Rookie of the Year before later earning the 2020 and 2021 AAC OPOY and First-Team All-AAC. In 2021, led the first Group of 5 team in the CFP. Graduated in 2020 (3.5 years) and has a daughter with his girlfriend. Only the 3rd NCAA QB to win 44 games. In 2021, led NCAA's 11th-ranked scoring offense sporting the 11th-most yards per play. Among FBS teams, ranked 44th for EPA/passing play and Under HC Luke Fickell (fifth year), OC Mike Denbrock (fifth year), and QBs Coach Gino Guidugli (fifth year), player operates a motion-heavy offense predicated on spacing the field horizontally and getting the ball out quickly, but also incorporates RPO, designed QB run, and shot play action concepts. Player makes half-field reads and sets the protection pre-snap. Backup QB you can win with given half-field reads, adequate pass protection, and WRs who can adjust well to make difficult catches. Tall QB who plays winning football and avoids mistakes with outstanding decision making and above the line arm strength when mechanically sound. Plus athlete on the ground. ... Inaccurate passer who is susceptible to consistent pressure and doesn't frequently engage full body in motion.
RS Senior who has started 32 of 50 career games with a 20-30 career record, including starting all 14 games in 2021 at 7-7. Two-star recruit who also played basketball and baseball in HS. Took his only scholarship offer to major in Aerospace Engineering, starting two games as injury replacement and leading the team in rushing four times. Saw only backup action as a sophomore in 2018 and lost the starting job to Woody Barrett in the 2019 preseason, but took over midway through the first game and never gave up the starting job again. Named First Team All-MAC in abridged 2020 season, then repeated in 2021 and added the Vern Smith Leadership Award as the top player in the MAC. First Kent St QB since 1974 to lead three consecutive winning seasons. Under HC Coach Sean Lewis (fourth season) and OC Andrew Sowder (fourth season), Crum leads a spread attack almost exclusively from shotgun, with numerous RPOs, Screens, and Mesh concepts in addition to Fly and Hitch routes. Low-level starter you can win with given adequate Pass Pro and multiple options who shows potential to reach mid-tier status given mechanical refinement to improve accuracy. Gunslinger who reads the defense well and makes smart decisions, showing sufficient accuracy, anticipation, and arm strength to move the chains and set up preferred deep shots. A bit undersized and mechanically loose, doesn't figure to have the same success as a runner in the NFL.
Junior who has started all of his 37 career games, including 12 of 12 in 2021 with a 5-7 record and 20-17 career record. Four-star HS recruit and 2018 NC Gatorade POY who started all of his seven years in HS and college. The first true freshman to start a season-opening game for North Carolina. Named Freshman All-American, All-ACC Third Team, and ACC Rookie of the Year in 2019, All-ACC Second Team in 2020, and All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2021. Graduated in 2.5 years. Under HC Mack Brown (third year) and OC/QBs Coach Phil Longo (third year), player led an RPO-heavy Air Raid offense that was 2021's 19th-best scoring offense and 10th-total offense (including the 7th-most yards per play) despite losing most of prior season's offensive talent in the draft. Low-end starting QB you can win with pending a season of mechanical development and transition to a pro-style system. Highly-competitive, thick QB who has plus scrambling ability and has superb underneath accuracy and velocity. Height is an issue as is repeated contact as a runner. Needs to show the ability to be accurate deep.
RS Senior who has started 23 of 35 career games, including all 13 in 2021 for a 17-4 career record as a starter and 27-6 total record. Three-star athlete in HS who signed with Auburn and played sparingly behind Jarrett Stidham for two seasons before transferring to Liberty and sitting out the 2019 season due to transfer rules. Opened the 2020 season as the starter and led the program to their first AP ranking as he was awarded the Dudley Award in both 2020 and 2021. Uncle, James Anderson, was 11-yr NFL vet as a LB. Under HC Hugh Freeze (third season), co-OC Maurice Harris (third season), and co-OC/QBs coach Kent Austin (third season), player led the country's 25th scoring offense that sported the 27th-most yards per play. Starting QB you can win because of pending development in a misdirection-based offense that emphasizes YAC. Highly-mobile passer who is accurate on underneath to intermediate throws, even on the run or off-platform. Needs significant mechanical refinement to increase consistency. Will miss reads, especially over the middle, and plays hero ball in clutch situations.
Redshirt senior who has started 49 of 52 career games, including all 13 in 2021 for an 11-2 record and a 32-20 career record. Three-star HS recruit from an athletic family - father was a DII All-American LB, mother and sister played collegiate soccer. As a true freshman, became first true freshman QB to start for Pitt since 2007 in the season finale, a win over #2 Miami where he was named ACC Rookie of the Week. Started every healthy game for the next four years. Broke out in 2021, named the 2021 ACC POY and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Under HC Pat Narduzzi (seventh season) and OC/QBs Coach Mark Whipple (third season), player led pro-style tempo offense (27% under center) that started the Biletnikoff-winning WR and finished 4th for scoring, 11th for completion %, 7th for pass offense, 5th for pass TDs, and 8th for total offense. Starting QB you can win with who flashes potential to win because of in a timing-based scheme pending development of pass progression. Precise QB with incredible anticipation and clean mechanics. Highly competitive and at his best through the air in scramble. Doesn't consistently work through progression and lacks top-end arm strength.
Matt Araiza redshirted in his first year at SDSU while sitting behind All-Conference kicker John Baron II. In 2019 he handled all kicking duties outside of punting and was named honorable mention All-Mountain West. Took over all kicking duties in 2020 and was named honorable mention All-Conference for a second time. In 2021 he led the nation in punt yards and kicks downed inside the 20, was 2nd in punting average with 50.5 yards/punt. Had 18 punts of 60 or more yards with two traveling over 80 yards. Named a unanimous All-American and won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top collegiate punter in 2021. Projects as a starting level punter at the next level who can pull double duty on kickoffs. Will be an extremely valuable weapon in terms of flipping the field. Improving his technique will allow him to be a more effective pooch punter and truly unlock his potential.
Jordan Stout began his career at Virginia Tech where he played in all 13 games as a freshman, handling kickoff duties. After transferring to Penn State he took on kicking duties in 2019, added the punting duties in 2020, and place kicking responsibilities in 2021. Played in a total of 34 games for Penn State over three years. Has not been tasked with holding in his career, and will need to learn to do so at the next level. Can handle kickoff responsibilities with no issue. Can fill in as an emergency place kicker, but only as a stop gap option until a true placekicker can be brought in. Projects as starting level punter and kickoff specialist at the next level, and his ability to contribute will increase by improving his directional punting.
Camarda won the starting job in preseason camp of his freshman year and never looked back. Appeared in all 53 possible games during his four seasons at Georgia. Handled punting and holding responsibilities in 2018 and 2019, and took over kickoff duties starting in 2020 after the departure of Rodrigo Blankenship. Is a two-time First Team All-SEC selection, Third Team All-American, and one of three 2020 Ray Guy Award finalist. Georgia's career leader in punting average with 45.78 yards, replacing 2009 Ray Guy Award winner Drew Butler atop the list. Was never needed or asked to handle place kicking duties at Georgia, but was a top rated place kicking recruit out of high school and could potentially do so in an emergency situation. Projects as a middle of the road starting level punter and kickoff specialist early on, and will need to improve his ability to eliminate roll and prevent touchbacks to pin opponents deep.
Kevin Jarvis was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan State, starting 39 of his of 44 games played. He played 3 of the 5 OL positions for the Spartans, which included 25 games at RG, 11 at RT, and 3 at LT. While he performed fairly well versus his B1G competition, there are question marks on whether his length and AA will translate to the NFL level. His arm length and limited hip explosiveness will be his main causes for concern, as that could leave him succeptible to 1-on-1 matchups vs physically superior players. All concerns aside, his versatility should serve his well on team's draftboards, and should mostly likely find his way onto the backend of an NFL roster or PS as a guard in a gap scheme.
Dare Rosenthal was a highly-touted DT in high school who made the switch to LT in college. He redshirted his freshman season at LSU, then proceeded to start in 8 of his 12 appearances the next two seasons. Missed time in 2020 after being suspended for "undisclosed team violations". He transferred to Kentucky in 2021 and started in all 12 games he appeared in, earning 3rd team All-SEC. Was a consensus 4-star prospect, ranking as the 24th best DT and 305th OVR prospect in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports. Rosenthal is an intriguing prospect who has the size and some of the physical tools teams are searching for in their tackles; however, he is incredibly raw and will need the help of a good OL coach to help him hone his craft. At this point in time, he is a developmental project with starting upside at LT, especially if he gets the right coach and can add on some muscle.
Ryan Van Demark is 4 year starter for the University of Connecticut, starting 43 of his 46 total games played. While he started his entire freshman year at RT, he finished his final 3 years on the left side. Did not play in 2020 due to COVID cancelling UConn's season. Was a two-star recruit out of high school, ranking as the 362nd OT and 3150th OVR prospect by 247Sports. A team captain his senior year, he is a player who has shown consistent growth with every season for the Huskies. While he now possesses NFL size, he will certainly need to get stronger in his lower body and become more technically sound to keep himself on an NFL roster. One of the biggest concerns for Van Demark is his inability to dominate the level of competition that he faced in college, as he didn't particularly flash too often on tape. All things considered, Ryan Van Demark should find his way as a developmental backup tackle in a zone scheme and is worthy of a late-round pick.
Obinna Eze finishes his college career having started 25/31 games at Memphis before transferring to TCU in 2021 and starting in all 12 games he appeared in. Obinna Eze is a day 3 tackle who possesses the physical size and length that NFL teams covet but he needs a lot of work on his technique and will need to build up more strength before he will be ready to play. He best fits an offense that does not require him to be an open field blocker but instead allows him to work downfield on gap/power runs allowing him to use his immense size and length to overwhelm defenders. As of right now he can be a swing tackle for a team looking for depth and could maybe provide a solid spot start for a team if injury occurs. He could develop into an adequate starting tackle due to his physical traits but he needs a lot of work and should not be relied on to start for the first year.
Initially from England, this was Olaseni's first season as a starter. He was Second Team All-Pac12. He is a large tackle that has not played much football and there will be room for improvement. His 2021 tape showed noticeable improvement from his first start to his last. He initially projects as a backup tackle that will probably have to earn a spot at camp.
2021 First Team All-Mountain West and 2020 Second Team All-Mountain West. Thomas has some skills that could translate well to the NFL. His run blocking is raw and shows promise, but his pass blocking needs more work. This might suggest a move to guard at the next level. He will fit best in a zone run scheme where his speed will be a great advantage. He initially projects to be a backup in the NFL.
Tucker has a large frame and shows some promising aspects in his pass protection. His overall athleticism hinders him in the run game and that is going to need much improvement. Overall, he will have a shot to make a team in camp due to all around potential. He initially projects as a fringe contender to make a team.
Tenuta is a two year starter and All-ACC Honorable mention along with an invitee to the Shrine game. Tenuta's large frame should allow him the opportunity to earn a spot in camp with a team. His size will keep him out at tackle and he will need to work on developing a better punch with his hands and keeping his pads lower in all phases of his game.
Fifth-year Senior who has started 37 of 37 career games, including 11 of 11 in 2021 as a team captain. No-star recruit who started 8 games as a true freshman (7 at RT). Has started every game since, with honors including 2018 Second Team All-Patriot League, 2019 First Team All-Patriot League and Lansing Trophy (as team's top lineman), 2020 First Team All-Patriot League in abbreviated season, and 2021 First Team All-Patriot League. Under OC/QBs Coach Kevin Decker (third season) and OL Coach Alex Huettel (second season), player is LT in a pass-heavy offense that attacks all three levels with three-WR sets and uses primarily Gap runs. Developmental OT you can win despite in a slide-heavy scheme, likely based on bootlegs or quick game. Sizeable OT who wins quickly with lateral agility and punch speed. Candidate to move to OG due to immobility north-south. Has to answer serious questions about not dominating at lower level of competition. Hasn't shown body control to fully use his play strength.
First Team All-ACC and Second Team All-America by Phill Steele. Tom initially projects to move back inside to center, where he spent the 2019 season. He is a very durable player - started 36 out of a possible 37 games. He plays the game with good instincts and is very technically sound. He plays with solid footwork , good power angles, and uses his hands and leverage well. He needs to add more aggression to his blocking to develop into a starter at the next level.
Redshirt Junior who needs a lot of work. Frame isn't sufficient for the NFL level and will need to add weight and still likely slide inside to guard. Athletic limitations limit his ceiling and needs technical refinement as well. Would struggle immensely if put in a position to play immediately and needs time and effort put into his development. Needs a scheme that won't rely on his mobility and ability to move and block in space and instead accentuates his ability to stationary block.
Kellen Diesch is an outstanding athletic prospect with special team’s value. He ran the fastest 40 time among offensive linemen at the 2022 NFL Combine (4.89). His size and athletic traits make him a project prospect who will need to add value through special teams. He needs to get tougher in the run game and stronger in his ability to anchor in the pass game.
Andrew Stueber is a graduate student at the University of Michigan who has appeared in 34 career games, starting 20 games at RT, and 2 at RG. 18 of his starts came from 2020 and 2021. Stueber missed all of 2019 with a torn ACL, which he suffered in training camp. Andrew Stueber started every game in 2021 at RT for in their run heavy gap scheme, and the Michigan OL was awarded the Joe Moore Award (top OL unit in the country). He was awarded All-Big Ten Honors, was an All-American (American Football Coaches Association), and was voted an alternate team captain by his teammates in 2021. Stueber is a player who plays with above the line instincts and has an adequate motor. He is a better run blocker than pass blocker. Stueber projects as a backup RT who fits best in a gap run scheme. His instincts allow him to be pushed to guard if needed.
Austin Deculus, LSU's all-time leader in games played, started in 46 of his 61 games for the Tigers. Was a consensus 4-star prospect, with ESPN ranking him the nation's 5th best tackle and 14th best overall prospect. Having experience at both tackle positions, his ideal fit is at the RT position in a gap scheme. His mental and technical abilities currently outweigh his AA, where his lack of lateral explosiveness and waist-bending habits make him especially vulnerable to faster and stronger NFL talent. With that said, you will see him in more of a backup and/or ST role for the beginning of his career. Should he continue to improve the physical limitations (especially in his lower body), expect his durability to translate to longevity at the NFL level.
Sean Rhyan started all 31 games he played in. He has the frame and durability. His run blocking is pretty well developed as I see him more favorably in a gap/power scheme offense. His athleticism and lack of arm length means he will probably slide into guard, with the ability to go back out to tackle. His pass blocking should benefit on the inside better as well being in a more enclosed space. He will definitely need to develop his second level abilities along with hand placement and change of direction in pass sets. He will be a solid back up with potential to develop into a starter. Day 3 pick.
Jones was Honorable Mention All Big Ten in 2019. He is a massive tackle that shows promising traits to his game. He initially projects as a backup tackle who will have to earn his spot in camp. He will need to work on overall athleticism, specifically footwork and mobility.
RS Senior played most of his career at LT position, following a couple of spot opportunities to play RT as underclassman. All-Big Sky First team (2021), Third team (2019). AP FCS First Team All-America selection. Voted team MVP at end of the season (2021). Football and basketball player in high school. Shows flashes that are enticing as a OT prospect at the next level, lacks overall consistency. Will need to dedicate time to improving physique, adding muscle mass and capitalizing upon overall solid pass blocking fundamentals. Will likely have a tough time finding the field early in career, next level of athlete will likely cause problems in both run and pass pro situations.
Myron Cunningham is a project prospect. He has adequate size and average technical skills that will allow him to improve and compete for playing time. His effort and disposition will need to improve if he is going to get better technically as an offensive lineman.
Made history as the first 4-star prospect to ever sign with UTSA. NFL pedigree, cousin of LaAdrian Waddle (NFL OT), Sam Hurd (NFL WR). Second-team All-Conference USA (2020), honorable mention All-Conference USA (2019). The true 4 year senior started 43 of 45 career games, as an underclassman played LG and moved to LT for junior and senior season. Local San Antonio kid that wanted to put the city on the map and help establish the program over schools such as Army, Bowling Green, Texas Tech and Kansas. The #25 OT prospect and #51 prospect in Texas in his recruiting class. A developmental OT prospect that you will be able to win with down the line. Has solid fundamentals and traits that will serve him well as his body continues to fill out. Has demonstrated versatility and been effective playing inside and outside at the collegiate level, could fill a role as a swing o-lineman early on in career filling in during times of injury. Spent time in 2019/2020 on XP unit, will need to be willing to step in and contribute in ST situations as called upon.
Tyler Vrabel, son of Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, has started in 34 of his 36 games played for Boston College. A consensus 3-star OT out of high school, he was ranked the 128th OT and 1386th overall player in the 2018 class by 247Sports. Redshirted his first year after playing 2 games. He has experience at both tackle postions, playing RT in his RS sophomore year and LT his RS freshman and RS junior seasons. Given his AA and technical profile, he is best suited as a swing tackle in a zone scheme, however, coaches might see more potential with moving him inside. While he has starter potential, expect him to begin his career as a backup while he continues to get stronger with an NFL training regiment.
Rasheed Walker was a 3-year starter at left tackle for the Nittany Lions, starting in 32 of his 36 total career games. A consensus 4-star prospect, he was ranked the 47th overall prospect and 3rd offensive tackle by 247Sports. While he showed promise and growth in his first two seasons, his performance regressed in his final season at PSU, as his performances were extremely inconsistent. While he solely played LT at Penn State, you could argue that he can make the move to RT, if necessary. He has the physical tools to be an above the line starting tackle in a zone scheme at the next level, but will need sufficient coaching to improve his technique. Points of emphasis that will need to be addressed include his ability to read defenders off the snap and his tendency to lunge at opponents. All in all, Walker can see significant playing time early with the right coaching staff.
Tyler Smith is an undrafted free agent candidate. He does not display the traits needed for a draftable prospect. Although he has average to adequate measurables, he does not show the traits of a prospect that will improve.
Waletzko projects as a back-up left tackle in year one with the ability to develop into a moderate starter. He shows promising run blocking leverage and tenacity when in-line blocking and has the ideal length of a left tackle. He will need to obtain more gurth in his legs/core and learn to use proper leverage in all blocking situations in order to become a consistent starter. Overall, Waletzko has the physical tools and good enough flexibility to become an eventual starter once he fills out his frame.
After redshirting his freshman year, Abraham Lucas played in and started all 42 possible games for Washington State prior to opting out of the 2021 bowl game. Played almost exclusively at right tackle, with a negligible number of snaps at guard over four years. Was a Freshman All-American in 2018, Second Team All-Conference three three times, and finished his career with a First Team All-Conference season in 2021. Projects as a backup right tackle at the next level, and has the potential to develop into a low end starter with improved hand use and explosiveness.
Mitchell is a R-JR who started 37 games switching between both tackle positions in his career. He projects as a back up swing-tackle his first year that needs to develop his strength/weight for the NFL level. He has the feet, agility and instincts to be effective but is missing the power/strength to have an immediate impact.
RS-S who started 39 games for Kentucky in his career. He was named 2021 1st-team All-SEC. Kinnard projects as a low-end starting right tackle with potential position flexibility to guard in a gap scheme run game. His explosive run blocking and quick sets give him the tool to play on the interior. Kinnard will need to work on his foot speed and pace during his vertical sets in order to really excel at the next level. Overall, he is a violent run blocker who brings a toughness to the OL but can needs development in pass protection.
Goedeke projects as a late day two pick with the ability to play right tackle or guard his rookie year. He would benefit from sitting and developing his technique to get the most out of his initial start. He has the athleticism and strength to be effective at this level but needs to refine his footwork and vertical sets to be prepared for intricate NFL passing attacks. Goedeke has a moderately high athletic ceiling but will need to work on his footwork to take his game to the next level.
Raimann projects as a moderate level back-up left tackle in his rookie year for a team that would utilize him in a pass heavy, zone blocking offense. During his career he started 11 games at TE before making the switch to OT in 2020. He ended up starting 18 games at LT between the 2020 and 2021. At the next level, Raimann will have to develop his play strength and core stability to become more effective. He will need to improve his run blocking technique/leverage in order to make the transition to the NFL. He is a player who will need time to develop to a relatively new position but has some athletic traits that make him a prospect with upside.
Faalele projects as a low end starting tackle in his rookie year. His length, size and athleticism fit better on the right side of the line. He needs to improve his pad level when run blocking and become more fit to move better all around. Faalele is a huge bodied offensive tackle who would fit into a gap run scheme offense at the next level.
Nicholas Petit-Frere is a versatile lineman that has all the traits to be able to make a roster and be productive. He has an outstanding disposition that will allow him to be a swing player between the two tackle positions. Nicholas Petit-Frere has elite effort that will allow him to improve throughout his career.
Thayer Munford has outstanding size which makes him a project prospect. His experience at Left tackle (38 games), Left guard (11 games), and Right tackle (8 games) gives him value as a prospect. His film shows a better understanding of defenses from the tackle position rather than the guard position. At tackle all of his mental and technical traits improve. He plays quicker and anchors better from the tackle position. Whether playing tackle or guard he lacks power and movement at the point of attack in the run game.
Penning projects as a 1st year starter at left tackle in his rookie year. He would excel in an offense that would optimize his agility in a zone blocking scheme and use him on vertical sets on deep pass concepts. Overall, Penning is a taller tackle with nimble feet for his height who needs to work on his knee bend and drive in the run game.
Cross initially projects as a starting left tackle at the next level in primarily a zone blocking run scheme. His combination of length and athleticism on the edge gives him the tools to develop into a pro bowl caliber player. He will need to develop his anchor/core strength in order to become more stout against stronger defenders. Cross is overall an above the line athlete for the position and shows a lot of promising tools as a prospect.
Ekwonu projects as a starting left tackle at the next level with position flexibility to play guard. He has high end athletic traits that are present in his agile feet and overall mobility. He is a tone setter for an offensive line in the run game with devastating finish on his blocks. His pass blocking ability is corner-stoned by strong hand fighting, mobile feet and sturdy core strength. Overall, Ekwonu is a slightly shorter, highly athletic OT who has the traits to excel in a zone blocking run scheme.
Evan Neal projects as starting left tackle in his rookie year with the potential to become a pro bowl caliber player. His unique combination of size, length and athleticism give him the tools to develop into a book-end left tackle in the NFL. His skill set would best work in a zone blocking run scheme which would allow him to use his play strength more effectively. Evan Neal is an outstanding pass blocker who needs to work on his run blocking technique and leverage in order to get to most out of his physical traits.
Blaise Andries finishes his career at Minnesota starting in 46/46 games he appeared in. Blaise earned AP All Big Ten Second Team in 2021 and All Big Ten Third Team (coaches vote) in 2021,2020 and 2019. He also was an Academic All Big Ten in 2021,2020,2019 and 2018. 4 Star recruit out of high school and universally regarded as the number 1 recruit in Minnesota. Blaise is late day 3/PFA prospect who will bring the team that drafts him an extremely versatile and experienced player as he has starting experience at every position along the offensive line besides center. His best fit is with a team that allows him to get into space and block while also executing reach blocks on wide/outside zone runs. Although he is not a day 1 starter, he shows the effort size and physical ability to potentially develop into a solid 6th OL for a team and maybe even an average starter for a team. He will need to work on his strength and tenacity as well as developing a better pad level as he will struggle against NFL competition.
Paul has been a four-year player at Tulsa. He has been a starter at both guard spots and RT over the last two years. He has the size and length to be effective at any spot on the OL. His length and power allow him to anchor in the pass game and move defenders in the run game. That said, his lack of athleticism and balance create issues in pass protection and when playing in space. He plays high which limits some of the movement he gets in the run game. Despite playing tackle over the last two years, he projects best as a guard at the next level, where his deficiencies of playing in space can be covered up. His game has much room to grow, as he projects best as a developmental OG with some positional versatility.
Rivas is a great fit for a gap scheme OG, reach blocking will take a while to fully master. Late Day 3 Pick with upside (and the perfect size) to work with. Redshirted in his freshman season, played a rotational role in his sophomore season, and has since been a 2 year starter at the LG position. Earned a Second Team All Big-12 (AP) in 2019 and All Big-12 Honorable Mention for his 2021 season. Needs work to clean up defender identification and general athletic ability should be improved before being considered as a starter at the next level. Will be intriguing to see if NFL teams identify his size and see some potential to shift outside to OT.
Logan Bruss finishes his career at Wisconsin starting in 35 of the 42 games he played in although he did not earn any awards, he still was an extremely durable and reliable linemen for the Badgers throughout his career. Bruss is a day 2 prospect who will bring versatility to an NFL team having played at both tackle and guard throughout his college career although he is more suited to play guard at the next level, he can play tackle for a team in a pinch. He will be best suited for an NFL offense who prioritizes athletic offensive linemen who can get out in space and block and with some refinement to the angles he takes in space he can be a great fit for them. He can be a day 1 starter but would benefit more being the swing guard backup while he develops with an NFL strength program. He eventually can develop into a highly capable guard who can be a reliable solid starter for a team and although he may never reach an All Pro/Pro Bowl level he can be rock solid for a team looking to solidify a guard position on their team.
Brown finishes his career with a serious biceps injury that required surgery, while also requiring another surgery weeks later. Started in every game he played in (40). Brown is a late day 3 UDFA who has a lot of work to do to become a solid backup guard in the NFL. An NFL team who values size length and attitude for their guards while employing a heavy downhill power scheme will be a good fit. He still has a lot of work to do and will probably be a practice squad player in year 1 and should not be expected to be a solid backup/starter.
RS Senior has started 37 of 44 games at Virginia Tech mostly at LG with the occasional fill in at LT. Honorable mention All-ACC (2019,2020). He missed 1 game in 2021 due to injury and opted out of team's bowl game vs Maryland. An OG prospect that you can with in running situations. Will need more time to develop pass blocking techniques and fundamentals. Best suited for run heavy/RPO/quick release offense. Much more polished and instinctual in running situations.
Seltzner will be leaving Wisconsin starting as a walk on and eventually starting 19/45 games for them. Started 4 games for them at RG in 2019. Then played the rest of his career at LG earning 1st Team All Big Ten and 3rd Team All American in 2021. Josh Seltzner is a late day 3 guard who comes from a pro style offense and will suit a gap running scheme that places an emphasis on power runs and duo blocks. He will struggle on heavy outside zone run teams that place an emphasis on blocking in space and reach blocking defenders. Should not be relied on to come in and contribute on day one. While he does have the frame that can add more strength and weight, he will need a lot of work on his feet and hand placement while also developing a good punch. Could eventually develop into an average starter but should be viewed more as a swing OG who will spend most of his career as a backup.
Xavier Newman-Johnson finishes his career at Baylor starting in 37/47 games he appeared in while being named a Big 12 Honorable Mention offensive linemen in 2021 helping pave the way for the nations 10th ranked rushing attack. Newman-Johnson is a day 3 pick who projects well to an NFL team who values athletic offensive lineman that operate well in space while also bringing positional versatility as he had starts at all 3 interior positions. Should not be relied on to start day 1 but could develop into a solid starter in the future after being in an NFL strength program. At the worst he is swing guard who brings valuable depth.
Marcus McKethan finishes his career at North Carolina starting in 37/43 games he appeared in, while being named an All-ACC Honorable Mention in both 2020 and 2021 while helping block for the 18th ranked running game in the country which was 2nd in the ACC in 2021. McKethan is a day 3 guard who is an incredibly raw but talented prospect who will fit well with a team that will allow to him use his overwhelming size and strength to dominate defenders in the run game. He should not be relied on to start day one but with some time to develop his technique and an NFL diet that allows him to lean out and gain some more explosiveness he can develop into a quality starting guard who brings value to his team as a reliable starter. As of right now he can provide solid depth and be an adequate fill in if injury occurs in front of him.
Hayes finishes his career at Oklahoma earning an All Big 12 Second Team Selection and an Academic All Big 12 First Team honoree in both 2020 and 2021 while starting in 37/40 games he played in. Hayes is a late day 2 guard prospect who best projects to an NFL team team that emphasizes strength and size over athleticism. Although he is not a day 1 starter, he can provide quality depth for the team that drafts him and could eventually develop into an average starter for an NFL team.
5th Year Senior who started 27 games and played in 53 during his whole time at Georgia. Earned All-SEC Second-Team (2021) and All-SEC Third-Team (2020) honors as well as being part of the 2021 National Championship winning UGA team. Has played both LG and RG and to speak on his play - there are constant mistakes that he needs to clean up such as overbalancing, hand strike and footwork but the intentions are there and there are solid traits especially in the run game to work with. Developmental, late Day 3 pick to be a backup covering both OG spots - and with some development could be a starter in a couple of years.
Played 35/51 possible games at LSU, picking up multiple undisclosed injuries, and one ankle injury requiring surgery. Day 3 Developmental Pick as an OG (who can be used as a backup Center having played there for LSU), best used in a gap run/RPO heavy offense. Zone blocking will take some time to learn, so Wide Zone offenses are ruled out if they require a competent starter. Would suit a lighter body by 10-20lbs to aid his ability to move and change direction in open space. Injuries may be of concern to NFL teams, and will need some time to develop AA traits to be a high-level starter.
Parham, a RS Senior started all 51 games in which he played at Memphis with great versatility after playing 2 seasons at LG, 1 at RT and the most recent 2021 season at RG. Went to Memphis as a TE and converted to an OL during 2018 Spring drills. Earned First-Team All AAC award in 2021 and AAC All-Academic Team (2017-19). Building blocks are there for a developmental IOL pick, nice compactness with strike and footwork, good work in space and shows good instincts. Simply doesn't make a lot of errors. Needs to add weight to his frame to compete as a starter at the next level. Day 3 Pick.
Started his college career with Georgia, making 18 starts in 25 games across the OL before transferring to Tennessee for 2020 where he was an instant success. He started all 17 games (6 RG, 11 RT) during his career with the Volunteers, and was named to the 2018 SEC All-Freshman team and was a Freshman All-American. Also claimed Second Team All-SEC honors in 2021. Most of his games are at RT, but he projects well on the interior OL where he gets more matchups against bigger rushers to have more favourable matchups in short sets. Initial backup projection, but a player you could win with, has versatility to cover across the OL which increases value but with development to contact balance and athletic ability could see him become a starter within 1 or 2 years.
Ingram was a 4* OG from HS and ranked 11th OG in the country. Started 45/55 games during his time at LSU and earned Second-Team ALL-SEC Honors in 2021. He has a frame that appears capable of adding some weight if required. Ingram projects as an immediate backup with potential to be a starter at OG if he impresses early on - currently restricted to a gap running scheme as to play in a zone-blocking scheme would require a lot of work to improve footwork and being more explosive out of his stance to gain ground laterally.
Salyer played 47/53 games during his time at Georgia (including 23 starts; 2 RT, 1 LG, 20 LT) and was a Second-Team All American and Second-Team All SEC in 2021. Doesn't have ideal length for an OT in the NFL and his game projects well on the interior OL with his stout build, strong anchor and punch being utilised a lot more. Potential starter as OG in Year 1 who can also serve as a backup swing tackle - likely Day 2 pick.
Started 44/48 games for Chattanooga with starts at LT and C (where he took reps and impressed at the Senior Bowl), but primarily playing at LG. Spent 6 years at Chattanooga as a Super Senior and earned 4x All-American First Team Selections as well as All-Southern Conference selections and multiple Academic All-SoCon selections over the years. A potential starter or great backup at OG or Center, showed a lot of promise at the Senior Bowl against bigger DL, answering some questions about his anchor. Great player for any zone blocking scheme and can play a role anywhere on the offensive line due to his versatility. NFL teams will look to add some weight onto his frame and try and get him to at least the league average weight for an OG. Likely a late Day 2 or Early Day 3 Pick.
Leaves Boston College as a Grad Student after starting 30/36 games for Boston College, after transferring from Davidson College where he started 19/22 games at the FCS level. Played 2020 season at LT, but in his other 2 seasons as BC, played at LG where his play-style is suited to. Johnson won many accolades at Boston College: 2x All-ACC Academic honors, All-American Second team honors (2021), First team All-ACC (2021), Third team All-ACC (2020), Second team All-ACC (2019), First team All-PFL (2018). Johnson is a Round 1 OG who is made for the NFL, coming from a pro-style offense but would suit a gap-running scheme just as well as he does in a zone-blocking scheme. Has the body and the technique to develop into a long-term starter at IOL for years to come, especially if he maintains that mean streak to finish reps as well as he does. Took reps at Center at the Senior Bowl and will be interesting to see if he takes any more reps there with the team that drafts him as a development to his skillset - can also play to a competent level as an NFL OT if required.
Started all 35 games at Texas A&M, hasn't missed a single game due to injury. Started at RG for his freshman year, then LG for the whole 2020 COVID-affected season, before playing all 4 OL positions except Center in 2021. Arm length is not conducive to playing OT as a long-term position, but he can fill in and be effective if required. Projects best on the interior where he can make best use of his broad frame and power against bigger defenders, especially in the run game. Year 1 starter at OG who could be a backup OT if required. Suits a wide-zone, play-action heavy offense. Projected Round 1 Pick.
Wattenberg finishes his career at Washington as an honorable mention All-Pac-12 Center in both 2020 and 2021, while also starting in 48/54 games he appeared in. He also brings versatility as he started at Left Guard in 2018 and 2019 and had 3 starts at Left Tackle in 2017. Wattenberg is a late day 3/UDFA prospect who could provide depth for a team that values experience and athleticism in their OL. He also is on the older side for an NFL prospect as he will be 25 years old by the time the regular season begins. He will struggle vs NFL strength and will need to develop more strength before he can develop into a viable solid backup. He can develop into a quality backup but has a lot of work to do before then.
Deaton finishes his career at Texas Tech as a two time All Big 12 second team selection (2020, 2021) and three-time First Team Academic All Big 12 Honoree while also starting 37/47 games he played in. Deaton is a day 3 pick that only has experience at Center but would fit for an NFL team that prefers athletic offensive linemen who can get out into space quickly. He would fit for a team that prefers using Outside zone schemes as well as heavy screen teams that allow him to use his above the line athleticism. Will struggle vs NFL strength and power at first and should not be asked to be a day 1 starter but down the line he may develop into a strong backup/average starter who can provide quality depth for the NFL team that drafts him.
Senior who started 37/44 games during his career at Boston College. Medical Redshirt in his freshman year when he joined BC for spring practice in 2017, RS Freshman again in 2018 and then found himself a starting role from 2019 onwards. Brother of Chris Lindstrom who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1st Round of the 2019 Draft. All ACC First-Team honors in 2020. During 2020, Boston College shifted away from their gap-running scheme and focused on being a pro-style, zone blocking offense. Lindstrom is well suited to a wide zone gap scheme and is likely to compete for a starting Center role, but is an extremely competent back up.
West finishes his ASU career earning a Second Team Pac 12 Center. Versatility was one of his strongest assets as he had starts at all 3 interior OL while finally settling in at center his last year at ASU. Going into the NFL he has the experience and ability to play all 3 positions on the inside which will immediately be attractive and useful for NFL teams. West will fit well with any offense but will especially be strong in a quick passing downhill rushing team that allows him to use his explosiveness to quick set anchor and lock out pass rushers in the pass game while generating push and movement on duo blocks in the run game. He is a Mid Round 2 to Round 3 pick and can start from day 1. While he may never be a perennial all pro player or pro bowler, he should earn a few pro bowls in his career and ultimately be a rock-solid starter that an NFL team knows they can rely on.
Senior who started 31/32 games in his 3 years as a starter at Nebraska after making the transition from TE in his redshirt freshman year. Won multiple accolades during his time at Nebraska (Third-Team All-Big Ten - 2021, Nebraska Offensive Lineman of the Year - 2021, Academic All-Big Ten (2021, 2020, 2019). Light in the pants and doubts over how much weight he can add to frame while maintaining his current level of athleticism, while still having the functional play strength to cope in the NFL. Jurgens projects best in a zone-blocking scheme, but could work well in a gap scheme too with some development. Solid Day 2 pick up with great value, potentially very early Day 3.
6th Year Graduate Student who started 36/55 games during his time with Kentucky. He achieved a backup role at LG in 2017 and broke through as a starter in the 2018 season. He then started every game he played from 2019 onwards and moved to RG in 2019 before switching between the OG spots in 2020, and then Center in 2021 where he was a Team Captain and earned Second-Team All-SEC Honors. Kentucky's scheme was a mixture of gap and zone runs and plays from shotgun and under-center, which aided the versatility of Fortner and his value as a useful piece for either system at the next level. Starting Guard or Center at the next level in either gap or zone scheme (but zone seems to fit slightly better due to his reach blocking and lateral explosiveness). Has the frame to add weight to, but needs to maintain the current speed and explosiveness he possesses.
Linderbaum was a US Army All-American and comes from a strong wrestling background which is very evident on film, the way he constantly replaces hands and fights to win leverage. Named to leadership group as 1 of 7 sophomores in 2020. He Redshirted his Freshman year, initially starting on the defensive side of the ball before converting to offense during that 2018 season and since, the 3-year starter who has started all 36 games, without missing one - an incredible feat for an Interior O-Lineman. Linderbaum is the prototypical zone-blocking Center and offers experience in a pro-style offense which will be attractive to NFL teams. He is a Round 1 pick, and is an immediate starting Center in the NFL with potential to earn honors if he plays up to potential.
Silver took over the snapping duties as a sophomore after redshirted his freshman year. Handled FG and punt duties for every game after becoming the starter for a total of 47 games. Projects as a camp invite long snapper at the next level. Will need to improve overall athleticism and thus his coverage ability to make a roster.
Adomitis was Pitt's starting long snapper from the first day he set foot on campus. Handled punt and FG duties in all 64 possible contests. Brother is All-Ivy League TE and captain for Princeton. Served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Projects as a middle of the road starting long snapper at the next level.
Jeremiah Gemmel is a RS Senior who has started 38 of 42 career games, including all 13 games in 2021. Three-star HS prospect who redshirted as a true freshman and played sparingly as a RS freshman. Started every game his final three seasons under co-DC Jay Bateman (third season) and co-DC/ILBs coach Tommy Thigpen (third season), including the final two seasons as a team captain. As a 4-3 WLB, he was responsible for a single gap and asked to get sideline-to-sideline against Run, with both spot drop Zone, pattern matching, and some true Man assignments against Pass for the country's #105 scoring defense and #94 total defense. Situational 4-3 WLB you can win despite in pass-heavy situations as a Man defender. Small LB who shows the range to shut down outside runs and WR screens and the mirror to stick to most TEs and RBs in Man. Needs to play outside the tackles due to lacking physical toughness and inability to sort through traffic, as well as develop processing to cover in Zone.
Nephi Sewell comes from a football family. He is the brother of Detroit Lions OT Penei Sewell, Oregon LB Noah Sewell, and former Nevada LB Gabriel Sewell. He also has two uncles that played in the NFL (Isa’ako Sopoago and Richard Brown). He began his career as a defensive back at Nevada where he appeared in 23 games with 19 starts. After the 2018 season he transferred to Utah and was originally a walk-on before earning a scholarship. In his three years at Utah, he appeared in 3 games with 1 start as a defensive back, and 18 games with 17 starts as a linebacker. He aligned primarily in the box as an off-ball linebacker in Utah's 4-3 defense and would occasionally bump into the slot or up to the line of scrimmage as an edge. Projects as a practice squad player or bottom of the roster backup whose primary use is as a special teams contributor, as his size and strength will be detrimental to the defense inside the box at the next level.
D'Marco Jackson is a Redshirt Senior LB who has appeared in 53 career games, making 32 starts over that time. Contributed on special teams before securing the starting job. Earned 1st Team All-Sun Belt honors in 2020 and 2021, and was the Sun Belt DPOY in 2021. Aligned as the MIKE backer for Appalachian State, and was primarily a hook/curl defender when in coverage. Projects as a low end backup two-down MIKE at the next level, and will not contribute much in passing situations due to his average change of direction limiting his coverage ability. Has the requisite toughness and straight line speed to contribute on coverage and return units, and will need to succeed in that role in order to remain on an NFL roster.
Brandon Smith played in 34 career games with 21 starts. Aligned primarily as the MIKE linebacker for Penn State in 2021 after playing primarily as an outside linebacker in the slot in 2020. Projects as a backup coverage backer in a 3-4 scheme at the next level. Has the physical tools to develop into a larger role, but with need to drastically improve his consistency and strength at the point of attack. Can contribute as a core special teamer while he develops.
Aaron Hansford began his career as a wide receiver at Texas A&M before switching to linebacker prior to the 2019 season. He played in 9 games as a receiver before the switch, and appeared in 34 games with 21 starts after the switch. Projects best as a two-down backup MIKE or depth level backer that is removed in favor of better coverage or pass rushing options in passing situations. His inability to shed blocks consistently and his struggles with change of direction wil limit his ability to contribute in a significant role on the defense. He possesses the long speed and toughness to be a contributor on coverage and return units, and he will need to perform in that role to stick on NFL rosters.
Jack Sanborn was an immediate impact from the moment he set foot on campus at Wisconsin, beginning his career as a core special teams contributor before becoming a starter as a sophomore. Father was played for Oregon in the early 80s and younger brother is also a linebacker for Wisconsin. He appeared in 45 career games with 34 starts in his four seasons. He aligned almost exclusively in the box as an off-ball linebacker in Wisconsin's 3-4 defense and was used as both in coverage and as a rusher in passing situations. Projects as a backup two-down linebacker whose primary role is special teams. His overall athleticism hinders his ability to contribute in coverage and outside of the tackles against the run, and will severely limit his ability to contribute on a modern NFL defense.
Malcolm Rodriguez boasts one of the more decorated resumes in the country over the past 5 years at the position. With 50 starts, 408 career TOT, All-Big 12 accolades each of the past 3 years, and a team captain patch leading a top 5 ranked unit in the country, teams will be hard pressed to find a body of work that screams "football player" quite like Rodriguez. Regardless, undersized build and top end movement skillset limitations generate major scalability concerns with respect to starter ability at the NFL level. Must be protected in the box with mass or movement up front allowing for true see ball get ball opportunities; coverage reps should be limited in volume with a wall/leverage maintenance emphasis in mind. Projects as a core special teamer with a reliable depth/win-in-spite-of floor at Will LB in a 3-4 scheme.
Appeared in 49 career games at Auburn, starting 23 of them. Saw extensive action on special teams throughout his career. Finished the 2020 season as the SEC's third leading tackler. Aligned primarily in the box as one of the middle linebackers in Auburn's nickel defense and would bump out into the slot or out wide to cover tight ends if the situation called for it. Projects as a scheme versatile backup linebacker, and can gain a more significant role by improving his angles in pursuit and his ability to release from blocks. Has the mentality and physical play style to be a core special teams player and will need to perform in that role to remain in the NFL.
Mike Rose a school record by starting every single one of the 49 games he played in, only missing two possible games due to injury in 2021. Comes from an athletic pedigree with a grandfather who played at Notre Dame, a brother who played DII, and another brother who played DI baseball. Immediate impact as soon as he set foot on campus as a Freshman All-American. The two-time 1st team All-Big 12 selection and 2020 Big 12 DPOY was named a finalist for the Lombardi Award in his final season with the Cyclones. Played as an outside backer for Iowa State but will need to slide inside as a MIKE backer at the next level due to his deficiencies in coverage. Projects as a backup two-down run stopper that is taken out in passing situations.
Sterling Weatherford appeared in 41 career games, making 30 starts as a safety. He spent most of his snaps aligned as a high safety. He would also line up in the box or directly over in-line tight ends as dictated by the offensive formation. His size and athletic profile project better to playing linebacker than safety at the next level, where he will be a serviceable backup option. He fits best as sub-package coverage linebacker and special teams contributor. He lacks the instincts and strength to be an effective run stuffer as a linebacker and will need time to develop. Spending more time in the position and adding functional strength will be critical for his overall career path.
Terrel Bernard appeared in 45 games with 23 starts in his 4 years at Baylor. Played as the WILL linebacker aligning primarily in the box, but also aligned in the slot on occasion. Named 2nd Team All-Conference twice and 1st Team Academic All-Conference four times. Projects as a backup WILL linebacker whose main role is contributing as a core special teams player. He does not have the play strength and block shedding ability to be a significant contributor between the tackles. He will need to add functional weight and strength in order to gain a more meaningful role than a backup on an NFL defense.
JoJo Domann began his career as a safety before switching to full time linebacker in 2019. He played in 51 career games with 26 starts as a linebacker. Was used more as a nickel safety than a true linebacker in Nebraska's defense and spent most of his time aligned in the slot with coverage responsibilities. He was named Nebraska's Defensive MVP and was selected as a Second Team All-American and All-Big Ten for the 2021 season. Has the physical tools necessary to be a successful linebacker at the next level but will need to improve the mental aspects of his game to do so. Projects as a sub-package coverage linebacker that you can win with while he develops and will be a core special teams player immediately.
Brian Asamoah was a productive college player, playing MIKE in the Oklahoma defense but is likely better suited for a different position at the next level. He is a very raw player in the run game and in coverage but is a very high-level athlete. He is undersized at the MIKE position and has undisciplined eyes, and underdeveloped block shed techniques. That said, he has freakish burst, sideline to sideline range, and the physicality to finish. In coverage, he is inexperienced, but has the athleticism to be much more successful at the next level given proper development. He projects best as a developmental Will backer in a 4-3 with a major special teams impact right out of the gate. He has room to grow into a high-level starting, every-down player.
Damone Clark appeared in 50 career games over his four seasons at LSU, including 20 starts. Was primarily a special teams player as a freshman while sitting behind current Tampa Bay LB Devin White. Appeared in all 15 games with 3 starts during the 2019 championship season and was 6th on the team in tackles. Appeared in all 10 games in 2020 and led LSU in tackles with 63 despite only starting 5 games. Had a breakout season in his first full year as a starter in 2021 which culminated in him being named a Butkus Award finalist. Was a second team All-SEC selection while leading LSU and ranking second in the nation in tackles with 135, which ranks as the 4th most in a single season in LSU history. Aligned almost exclusively in the box as an off ball LB. Will miss the entire 2022 season while recovering from spinal fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. The extent of his recovery will dictate his career path and length. Assuming a full recovery with no further complications, he projects as a rotational 4-3 Will and core special teamer in the NFL. Can develop into an average level stater by improving his short area athleticism, instincts, and flexibility.
Darrian Beavers began his career at UConn where he appeared in 24 games with 6 starts. Transferred to Cincinnati in the spring of 2019 where he appeared in 38 games, starting 34 of them over his three seasons. Earned 2nd Team All-AAC in 2020, and followed with a 1st Team selection in 2021 along with being named a Butkus Award finalist. Projects as a versatile backup backer in a 3-4 scheme, where he can be further used on both the inside and outside depending on the team's needs. He will initially be a two-down run stopping player that gets removed in favor of coverage or pass rush specialists, but improving his consistency as a pass rusher will increase his ability to contribute at the next level by virtue of his positional versatility. He has the speed and toughness to be a core special teams contributor while he works on developing his technique.
Channing Tindall is a senior who appeared in 50 games of a possible 53 during his four seasons at Georgia, starting none of them. Saw limited action on defense while being a four-phase special teamer in his first three seasons on a deep Georgia roster. Broke into the LB rotation for his senior season and saw increased action as the season went on while still serving as a major special teams contributor. Finished the season as Georgia's third leading tackler in spite of his limited role for most of the season and was an AP 2nd Team All-SEC selection. Aligned almost exclusively in the box as a part of Georgia's hybrid defense and excelled in his assigned rotational role. Projects as a quality backup off ball linebacker that you can win with while he gets more game reps under his belt. Potential to develop into an average level starter with time to improve the mental aspects of his game. Will be an immediate impact special teams player due to his athletic ability and experience.
Leo Chenal appeared in 29 career games, starting 18 of them in his three collegiate seasons. Aligned as an off-ball linebacker in Wisconsin's base 3-4 defense. Led the Badgers in total tackles and sacks during the 2021 season despite missing two games with a positive Covid-19 test. He is an old school thumper against the run with limited ability to contribute against the pass due to his deficiencies in open space. Projects as a MIKE linebacker you can win with who is either taken out in favor of better coverage options or tasked with blitzing to generate pressure in passing situations, and will be a significant special teams contributor. Improving his lateral mobility will increase his opportunities.
Christian Harris was an immediate impact player for Alabama after arriving on campus, playing in all 41 possible games with 40 starts. Aligned primarily as an off-ball backer in the box for Alabama and would occasionally line up as a standup end in blitzing situations. He also has experience bumping out into the slot to align over tight ends and running backs. Was named a Freshman All-American in 2019 and was a two-time Butkus Award Semi-Finalist. Projects as a rotational off-ball linebacker that you can win with. Fits best as a WILL in a 4-3 scheme where he can stay clean and pursue to the football. Has the potential to develop into a starter by improving his consistency and the mental aspects of his game while being a significant contributor on special teams.
Chad Muma appeared in 43 career games over 4 years at Wyoming, with 20 starts. Father was a two-time letterman for Wyoming in the early '90s. Contributed immediately on special teams while working his way into the role of full-time starter. Saw a jump in his level of production in every season, culminating in a 1st Team All-Conference worthy final year that saw him finish as one of the nation's leaders in total tackles and be named a Butkus Award finalist. He aligned almost exclusively as an in the box, but would occasionally slide out to the slot against TEs or to the edge as an overhang. Projects as a scheme versatile inside linebacker at the next level whose main contributions will come as a punishing two-down run defender. Can have an immediate special teams impact while he develops and competes for a starting spot.
Troy Andersen is a RS Senior who has played in 50 career games on both sides of the ball during his Montana State career. Father played college basketball and cousin is a pitcher in the Chicago Cubs organization. Was a 1st Team All-State level player as both a safety and quarterback in high school and was the state DPOY as a Senior, while also competing in basketball and track (10.88s 100M, 22.11s 200M, 20'11 Long Jump, and 47'4 Shot Put). He began his career as a two-way player making starts at both LB and RB as a true freshman and was named Big Sky Freshman of the Year. Was Montana State's starting QB as a sophomore and took snaps at RB and LB while dealing with a broken bone in his hand. Named 1st Team All-Big Sky QB, 3rd Team All-American All Purpose, and FCS Sophomore of the Year. Switched back to LB as a Junior and started three games on both sides of the ball while being named 1st Team All-American at LB. As a senior was a unanimous 1st Team All-American, as well as the Big Sky and FCS DPOY. Also named to the NFF All-Scholar Team as the only FCS honoree and was a three-time team Captain. Projects as a WILL in a 4-3 scheme you can win with while also contributing on special teams early on in his career. Has the potential to develop into a high-level starter in that role once he has a better feel for the position and adds strength while fine tuning his technique.
Quay Walker is a Senior who appeared in 51 of 52 possible games in his four seasons at Georgia, starting 17 of them. Was a major contributor on special teams in all four seasons. Aligned almost exclusively in the box for Georgia's hybrid defense, and only occasionally bumped out to the slot for coverage purposes. Finished the 2021 season tied for third on the team in tackles. Projects as a scheme versatile off-ball backer that you can win with, who can contribute on all three downs in several ways. Will be an immediate special teams impact player while he competes for an early career starting spot and improves his technique and refines his instincts to get to most out of his physical tools.
Nakobe Dean appeared in all 39 possible games during his time at Georgia, making 25 starts in the process. Was one of four permanent team captains, as voted on by his teammates. Led Georgia in TFLs while also being second on the team in total tackles, sacks, and QB pressures. Aligned primarily in the box and was the designated play caller for the Georgia defense. Was named a Unanimous 2021 First Team All-American and All-SEC selection while winning the Butkus Award, and being a finalist for the Lott IMPACT trophy as well as a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik award. Was also named the captain of the AFCA Good Works Team for his commitment to community service. Projects as a 4-3 Will linebacker who will be a three-down starter at the next level.
Devin Lloyd played in every possible game either on special teams or as a contributor on defense after redshirting his freshman year. He made 47 career appearances with 32 starts for the Utes. He aligned primarily as an off ball backer in the box, and would occasionally line up on the edge as a stand up end. Was Utah's leading tackler every season he was a full time starter, and his production increased with each season. He was a three-time All-Pac-12 selection, was the conference's DPOY in 2021, and was a two-time Butkus Award finalist. Scheme versatile off-ball linebacker you win because of who can contribute immediately at the next level as a three-down starter.
Jonathan Garibay began his career at Riverside City College where he handled all kicking duties, appearing in 24 games at the JUCO level. After transferring to Texas Tech he proceeded to redshirt during the 2019 season, and would win the starting kicker role late in the 2020 season. Appeared in 17 total games for Texas Tech, handling mainly FG/PAT duties while also spending some time as a kickoff specialist. Hold the record for the longest kick in NCAA history with under a minute remaining for a 62 yard walk off FG in 2021. Set a school record for career FG accuracy. Named First Team All-Big 12 and was a Lou Groza semifinalist in 2021. Projects as a starting kicker at the next level who handles exclusively FG and PAT duties. Has the raw power to be able to handle kickoffs if he can clean up his approach, and should be able to do so with more coaching and practice.
Cade York took on the role of starting kicker for LSU immediately upon setting foot on campus. He appeared in 37 career games over three seasons. As a freshman, he led all kickers nationally in total scoring with 152 points, which was second nationally among all players regardless of position. Was named to the freshman All-Conference team. As a sophomore he was named first team All-SEC and second team All-America while ranking sixth nationally in made FGs. Earned second team All-SEC honors in 2021. Was a two-time semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award honoring the nation's top place kicker, and holds the LSU program records for longest FG, most 50+ yard FGs in a season, most 50+ yard FGs in a career, points by a kicker in a season, and is the only LSU kicker to record two made FGs of over 50 yards in a single game. Projects as a middle of the road kicker at the next level due to his near automatic production inside of 40 yards, and can improve to a high end place kicking option by improving his accuracy at longer distances. Has the power and hangtime to be a potential option for kickof duties with some extra practice.
Gabe Brkic appeared in 38 career games for Oklahoma and handled both FG/PAT and kickoff duties. Was a freshman All-America and second team All-Big 12 selection in 2019 as a redshirt freshman. First team All-Big 12 as a sophomore and ranked third nationally in FG per game with 2.0 and second nationally among kickers with 10.6 points per game. In 2021 he tied for the national lead in made FGs of 50+ yards and was a second team All-Big 12 selection. Was a two-time semifinalist and a 2021 finalist for the Lou Groza Award honoring the nation's top place kicker. Projects as a low end kicker at the next level that can serve as an injury replacement. Needs to improve his accuracy on FGs and his power on kickoffs to develop into a larger role in the NFL.
Mevis began his career at Fordham where he played his first three seasons before his fourth was canceled due to Covid-19. Played in 33 games doing double duty as the place kicker and punter before transferring to Iowa State. Handled kickoffs, FGs, and PATs for the first half of the season before taking on additional punting duties at the midway point. Brother is a kicker at Missouri. Was named a Lou Groza award semifinalist in 2021. Can handle kickoffs as well as FGs, but will need more power on kickoffs to handle them full time. Can fill in at punter in an emergency. Projects as a low end kicker at the next level, likely a camp invite for competition purposes.
Dicker was an immediate impact for Texas, taking over the kicking duties from day one. Played in all 49 possible games during his career. Handle FG, PAT, and kickoff duties for his first three seasons. Added punting duties to his resume in 2021. Led the Big 12 and was 9th nationally in punting average as the First team All-Big 12 punter, also honorable mention All Conference as a place kicker. Scored more points than any place kicker in Texas history, and is 3rd on the schools all-time scoring list regardless of position. Was named a semifinalist for both the 2021 Ray Guy Award and NFF Campbell Trophy (Academic Heisman). Can handle kickoffs and place kicking duties at the next level, and can serve as a punter in an emergency if needed. Projects as low end place kicker at the next level. Will need to improve accuracy on kicks over 40 yards to gain a starting role.
Redshirt senior with 27 starts in 48 career games. 2021 All-Big 10 Honorable Mention. Football genes: Brother, Cameron, plays for the Steelers with 4 Pro Bowl nods and 2 All-Pro accolades and father, Craig, played 11 NFL seasons with 1 Pro Bowl nod. Played Running back and occasionally returned kickoffs until the 2021 season, when he switched to TE/H-Back. Size will limit him to a fullback role at the next level. Versatile player with some athleticism and technical skills. Rotational fullback capable of chipping in on special teams.
Redshirt senior who played 35 games over 4 years. Projects at fullback at the NFL level. 2020 and 2021 All-Big 12 Coaches 1st Team and 2019 and 2021 All-Big 12 AP 2nd Team. Solid blocking fullback with some athletic ability and potential. Contributes on special teams as well. Rotational player capable of contributing in short yardage plays and on special teams immediately.
Kyron Johnson is a fifth year senior from Kansas who has started 39 of 57 career games. He was a three star LB coming out of HS. He split time as an off ball LB, and as an ED in 2018, and played almost exclusively as an off ball LB in 2019. He moved to ED in 2020 and played there in 2021 as well. He was on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in 2017. He was an All-Big 12 honorable mention (LB) in 2020, and an All-Big 12 second team selection by PFF. Johnson's size is going to make it hard for him to play as a DE. He projects best as a 3-4 OLB, who may need to move to WILL in a 4-3 scheme if he is unable to put on weight and create pass rush production. He projects as an average backup player who you can win despite of. He will be able to contribute on special teams immediately.
Sam Williams Sr. is a 5th year SR from Ole Miss who started 27 of 35 career games at Ole Miss. He and his siblings were taken away from their mother's custody when he was around 6 years old. He was expelled from HS due to him and teammates playing with a knife at a football camp. He grew up with his grandmother and then aunt. He lived on the floor of a friend's house at one point of his life, and he moved in with a teacher for his senior year of HS. He only played one year of HS football, due to his initial focus on basketball. Williams had poor academics in HS which forced him togo the JUCO route. He played two seasons at Northeast Mississippi C.C. prior to transferring to Ole Miss. Williams saw time at off ball LB and DE in 2019 and 2020 before moving to DE full time in 2021. He was named First Team All-SEC, and was named an All-American by some outlets in 2021. He was also a participant in this year's Senior Bowl and Combine. Williams was arrested for sexual battery in 2020, but the charges were dropped. Williams fits best as a 7T-9T in a 4-3 scheme who can play with his hand in the dirt, or as a standup DE. Also has scheme versatility to play as a 3-4 OLB. Williams projects as an adequate rotational pass rusher, who has the ability to contribute on special teams.
DeAndre Johnson is a Graduate Senior Transfer at Miami who has featured in 51 career games. Three-star edge prospect coming out of high school, rated No.787 in the nation by 247Sports. Spent four years at Tennessee before Miami, starting 9 games and recording 10 sacks in his four-year career at Tennessee. Transferred to Miami with his extra year of eligibility and posted career highs in sacks (5), tackles (13) and tackles for loss (5) in 2021. DeAndre Johnson will likely to struggle to land on an NFL roster given his age and lack of high-end skillset. He projects best as a reserve weakside edge prospect, where he’d be utilized in pure edge rush and in shallow zone coverage.
Zach VanValkenburg is a Graduate Senior Transfer at Iowa who has featured in 34 career games. Started career at D2 Hillsdale College (Michigan), where he redshirted in 2016 before becoming a starter in 2017. Broke out in 2018 with 8.5 sacks, and eventually transferred to D1 at Iowa. Sparsely used in 2019. Had a solid redshirt senior season in 2020, recording 4 TFLs and 6 sacks (per PFF) with another decent year of production in 2021. Named Second team All-Big Ten in both his final two years. Zach VanValkenburg likely lacks the dynamic pass-rush ability to be starter at the NFL level. He projects best as a reserve base 43 defensive end that’s used exclusively on traditional run downs.
LaBryan Ray is a Redshirt Senior at Alabama who has featured in 44 career games. Five-star edge prospect coming out of high school, rated No.28 in the nation by 247Sports in 2017. Best performances came early in his career: a solid true freshman season followed by a career-best 7 TFL/ 3 Sack campaign in 2018. Suffered season-ending foot injury early in 2019, and was subsequently redshirted. Was limited again by injury in 2020 with only three stats in a mostly rotational role. 2021 was a similar story with just two starts, 1 TFL and 1 sack. LaBryan Ray projects as a roster-bubble 3-tech IDL prospect who has scope to fill in at strongside defensive end in certain heavy fronts. Will need to refine his pass rush technique and anchor at the POA vs. the Run to warrant extended playing time. Moreover, he’ll need to prove he can stay healthy and show hope he can return to his intriguing 2018 performance level.
Luiji Vilain is a Graduate Junior Transfer at Wake Forest who has featured in 26 career games. Four-star edge prospect coming out of high school, rated No.57 in the nation by 247Sports. Started his career at Michigan in 2019, where he struggled to get on the field and produce with zero sacks in his first two years. Transferred to Wake Forest in 2021 and broke out with a 10-sack campaign. Vilain projects as a reserve/roster bubble 43 defensive end in the NFL. Will likely be an adequate run defender from day one, but is unlikely to develop into a prolific, 10+ sack a year defensive end.
Tre Williams is a Graduate Redshirt Senior at Arkansas who has featured in 55 career games. Three-star defensive end coming out of high school in 2016; was rated No.530 in the nation by 247Sports overall and No.51 at Defensive End. Began his career at Missouri where he redshirted in 2016, before seeing action in 11 games in 2017 recording an impressive 3 sacks. Made 6 starts in 2018 contributing another 3 sacks, and returned to start in 2019 and 2020, making a limited impact with 1 and 2 sacks respectively. Transferred to Arkansas with his 6th year of eligibility and broke out as the go-to rusher for the Razorbacks, recording 6 sacks across the year. While he has outstanding length and an average get off, his limited pass rush and run defense mean Tre Williams projects to the NFL as a backup-level/roster bubble 43 defensive end. He could emerge as an average rotational pass rusher in obvious pass situations from day one, but likely won't be an every-down starter in his career.
Markaviest (Big Kat) Bryant is a Graduate Senior Transfer at UCF who has featured in 60 career games. Four-star defensive end coming out of high school, rated No.189 in the nation by 247Sports. Started his career at Auburn, where he immediately featured as a true freshman in 2017, being named to the All-SEC Freshman team. Was a backup in 2018, before becoming a starter with only modest production in 2019 and 2020. Transferred to UCF for 2021, with his extra year of eligibility, and produced a career-best season featuring 14 TFLs and 7 sacks. Bryant projects as a situational, EDGE rusher in the NFL. His limitations in the run game and apparent issues with stamina/ motor likely prevent him from being an every-down starter but has enough twitch/ suddenness and explosiveness to create some pass rush on limited snaps.
Jeffrey Gunter is a Redshirt Senior at Coastal Carolina who has featured in 48 career games. Two-star edge prospect coming out of high school, rated No.178 in the nation at his position by 247Sports. Started well in 2017 and 2018, recording a 7-sack campaign as a sophomore where he was named All Sun Belt first team. After initially transferring to NC State for his junior year, where he sat out 2019, he opted to return to Coastal Carolina for 2020 and continued to produce. Another All Sun Belt first team performance with 8 sacks in 2020 was followed up by a 7-sack/ 11 TFL year in 2021. Jeffrey Gunter projects as a reserve/ rotational NFL strongside end prospect who can provide adequate snaps vs. the Run and average vs. Pass in relief for Pass-first edge starters.
Jeremiah Moon is a Graduate Redshirt Senior at Florida who has featured in 46 career games. Legs were bow-legged as an infant which forced him to wear metal leg braces for over a year. Went on to have a solid high school career and became a four-star EDGE prospect ranked No.307 nationally in 2016 by 247 Sports. When healthy, featured as a rotational LB/EDGE for most of his 6-year career. His best season came in 2019 with 7 TFLs and 3 sacks, but alike 2016 and 2020 that campaign ended with a season-ending injury. Durability is a serious concern due to the injury history and his average frame. Given that plus his age, it's likely Moon won't develop into a base starter for most NFL defenses. He projects best as a reserve 34 outside linebacker in a zone-blitz scheme that can best utilize his length, closing speed and open field tackling. Should also become an adequate special teamer, particularly on the Punt and Kick Coverage units.
Benton Whitley is a Graduate Senior at Holy Cross who has featured in 43 career games. Played in two games as a freshman in 2017, before seeing action in 10 games as a Sophomore recording 6 TFLs and 3 sacks. Was named All-Patriot League in 2019, with 5 sacks and 7 TFLs, and again in the COVID shortened 2020 season. Finished his college career with highs in pressure rate (15.2%), TFLs (12) and sacks (6) in 2021. Benton Whitley has above the line ability vs. Run but likely lacks game-breaking pass-rush. He projects best as a 43 base edge defender that’s used primarily on early/run downs.
Jacub Panasiuk is a Graduate Senior at Michigan State who has featured in 57 career games. Three-star DE prospect, No.539 in the nation in 2017 according to 247 Sports. Saw limited time in all 13 games as a freshman, before becoming a core player with 11 starts as a Sophomore. In 2019, recorded 5 TFLs and 6 sacks in 13 starts, and in 2020 had another solid year in the COVID shortened season. Was named Second team All-Big Ten in 2021 following an impactful career-best, 11-sack campaign. Jacub Panasiuk projects as a low-end, rotational 43 strongside edge defender. An all-around average player with few weaknesses, Panasiuk should be able to make an impact in both run and pass situations.
Zach McCloud is a Sixth Year Senior at Miami who has featured in 64 career games. Four-star linebacker coming out of high school, rated No.317 in the nation by 247Sports. Featured immediately in 2016 and has been a reliable starter for the Hurricanes ever since without ever statistically impressing. Had a career year playing EDGE in 2021, his extra year of COVID eligibility, recording 6 sacks. Zach McCloud, despite his LB background, possesses the requisite explosiveness, bend and play strength to create edge pass rush in the NFL. He projects as a rotational weakside edge defender in a 34 system where his LB abilities to cover in the flats and shallow zones could be best utilized.
Tyree Johnson is a Redshirt Senior at Texas A&M who has featured in 47 career games. Three-star edge coming out of high school, rated No.493 in the nation by 247Sports. Redshirted in 2017. Played a reserve role in 2018, before becoming the starter as a sophomore in 2019, recording 2 sacks in 10 starts. Achieved 4 sacks in 2020 before a production leap in 2021, his final year, recording 10 sacks (per PFF) and earning an AP All-SEC Second team nomination. Tyree Johnson projects as a rotational weakside edge in the NFL in either a base 43 or 34, where he could be utilized as a designated pass rusher on 3rd down/ obvious pass downs with pure edge responsibility.
Alex Wright is a Junior at the University of Alabama-Birmingham who has featured in 35 career games. Wasn't highly regarded out of high school; rated as a three-star prospect and No.1957 in the nation by 247Sports. Made an immediate impact as a true freshman in 2019, securing 5 sacks on the way to being named in the Conference USA All-Freshman team. Took a step back in 2020, with limited production in the COVID-19 interrupted season, before bursting back in 2021 with 6 sacks and 10 TFLs and an impressive 21.0% pressure rate; was named PFF C-USA defensive player of the year for his 2021 performance. Wright is a physical EDGE defender with above the line twitch and explosiveness to be a factor in the run game. He projects to the NFL as a rotational piece day-one, with scope to be an adequate, starting-caliber 43 defensive end who can move inside and play 3-technique on pure-pass downs. With development, he could also be an intriguing fit as a 34 defensive end.
Christopher Allen is a Redshirt Senior at Alabama who has started 12 of 34 career games. Four-star ILB/OLB coming out of high school. Was rated No.104 in the nation by 247Sports and won US Today's Defensive Player of the Year in Louisiana as a Senior. Saw limited time at EDGE as a Freshman in 2017, before a training camp Torn ACL ruled him out for the entire 2018 campaign. Returned from injury in 2019, featuring as a rotational/backup Defensive End. In 2020 was promoted to starting DE and flourished, being named Second-Team All-SEC, as Alabama went on to win the National Championship. Elected to return to school for Redshirt Senior 2021 campaign, but a fractured foot in the season opener vs. Miami caused him to miss the remainder of the season. Allen is an instinctive, well-coached and dependable EDGE defender that has started on successful Alabama defenses under Head Coach Nick Saban. He projects to the NFL as an adequate, starting-caliber 43 defensive end or 34 outside linebacker for a team that needs an above the line run defender to compensate for a lighter/ pass-first defensive front. He likely won't wow with pass rush or sack totals but projects to be a robust, reliable, and consistent EDGE for an NFL defense.
Cameron Goode is a Graduate Redshirt Senior at Cal who has featured in 38 career games. A three-star linebacker coming out of high school, rated No.1859 in the nation by 247Sports. Redshirted in 2016, before being named starter in 2017. Suffered season ending injuries in both 2017 and 2018 (foot). Had a breakout campaign in 2019, recording 8 sacks and was listed as an All-Pac12 honourable mention. Little playing time in 2020 due to the COVID-reduced season and followed it up with another 8-sack, and 5 batted-passes campaign in 2021. Goode projects as an average-to-adequate, hybrid 43 Sam Linebacker in the NFL, where his primary responsibilities are in coverage and as a second-level pursuit defender in the run game.
RS Senior who has started 22 of 43 career games, including 11 of 12 in 2021. Four-star HS prospect who redshirted in 2017 and slowly increased play time. Became a regular starter in 2020, named second-team All-Big 12 each of next two years. Under DC Alex Grinch (third season) and DL Coach Calvin Thibodeaux (sixth season), player was a versatile 1-gap DL, playing everywhere from 2i to the occasional 9-tech. Most frequently at 2 and 5 in a flexible 3-4/4-3 defense. Rotational 4-3 DE you can win despite in a 1-gap system. Sizeable DE with sufficient strength and instincts to fill a role, especially against Zone Run teams. Lacks burst/COD to be a primary pass-rusher or win in space.
Eyioma Uwazurike is a Graduate Redshirt Senior at Iowa State who has featured in 60 career games. Three-star defensive end coming out of high school, rated No.820 in the nation by 247Sports. Redshirted in 2016 but has been a steady contributor for Iowa State ever since. Earned honourable Big-12 mentions in both 2019 and 2020, before breaking out in 2021 with a dominating 10 sack campaign in the Cyclones 3-3-5 stack defense. An EDGE/DT hybrid, Uwazurike possesses a dynamic, disruptive skill set that Defensive Coordinators would love to get their hands on. He projects as an above the line, starting-calibre defensive end in a 3-4 defense, who can disrupt in the pass game and capably handle two-gap responsibility vs. Run. Has flexibility to play inside in a 4-3 or as a strongside 4-3 under defensive end.
RS SR who has started 33 of 49 career games, including 12 of 12 in 2021 (2021 Phil Steele All-Independent 1st Team, 2021 Nagurski Trophy Watch List, 2021 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List, 2021 Polynesian College Player of the Year Watch List). Also has a good leadership profile (2021 Team Captain and 2021 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Nominee). In 2021, Notre Dame went 11-2 and lost vs. Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl. Shrine Bowl attendee. 3-Star prospect (#472 overall, #18 SDE according to 247 Composite) out of HS (Kapolei HS, HI). Played under HC Brian Kelly (12th season), DC/LB Coach Marcus Freeman (1st season), and DL Coach/Recruiting Coord. /RGC Mike Elston (12th season). Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa projects as a 1st 2 Down, 4-3 DE that nearly strictly plays hand-down 5-Tech. He has limited versatility to play in other defenses due to inability to add weight effectively (wouldn't be beneficial for him to lose weight either) and limited length (couldn’t be a 3-4 DE/OLB nor could he slide to 4-3 IDL). UDFA who will add value initially as a practice squad player. Could survive due to his motor and leadership qualities that he displayed while in college. Concerned about if he really has a role in the NFL long-term.