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2013 NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH: PRO DAYS WEEK 2 RECAP

Pro Days continued with a number of top schools and prospects showcasing their skills for scouts this past week including Florida, Oregon, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Alabama. Top prospects on display included Eric Fisher, Chance Warmack and Geno Smith.

MARCH 11: Central Michigan

There were representatives from 28 NFL teams at Central Michigan’s pro day, the majority of which were there to see projected top ten pick Eric Fisher. The Left Tackle has put together one of the best pre-draft seasons of any prospect rising from a possible late first-rounder to a potential #1 overall pick. His pre-draft success continued at his pro day where he decided to stand by his excellent Combine numbers and instead focused on running through various offensive lineman drills with Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach George Yarno. Teams came away extremely impressed with Fisher yet again.

MARCH 12: Florida, Syracuse, UCLA

Always a routine stop on the pro day tour, the Florida Gators played host to reps from all 32 teams, including a number of noteworthy decision-makers like Pittsbugh Steelers Head Caoch Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert, Jacksonville Jaguars new Head Coach Gus Bradley and General Manager David Caldwell, along with prominent members of the Colts, Bengals and Rams coaching staffs. Weather conditions were far from ideal with rain coming down and a soaked field to deal with. Potential late first round pick SS Matt Elam focused solely on positional drills where he looked great and the same went for linebacker Jon Bostic. OT Xavier Nixon ran thorugh offensive lineman drills despite a nagging hamstring injury, along with putting up 19 reps on the bench press. RB Mike Gillislee and FS Josh Evans were unable to improve their times in the 40, but that portably had more to do with the rain-soaked turf they had to run on. LB Jelani Jenkins looked excellent and very fluid in linebacker drills and put up solid measurables. WR Frankie Hammond, TE Omarius Hines and DL Earl Okine put up solid numbers in drills. Finally K Caleb Sturgis showed off a terrific leg, including hitting a 58-yard field goal despite the wet turf and might be the best kicker available. Three players chose not to workout on Tuesday including projected top five pick Sharrif Floyd, Lerentee McCray and Jordan Reed. They will run through drills on March 22 instead. There was no real reason for why Floyd chose not to workout aside from being advised by his agent to wait until later in the month, although teams were given notice beforehand. McCray and Reed were nursing minor injuries.

There were reps from 28 NFL teams on hand to watch Syracuse’s pro day featuring a number of Day 2 prospects including QB Ryan Nassib, SS Shamarko Thomas and OG Justin Pugh. Nassib stood by his numbers from the Combine and chose to just throw for scouts. The New York Jets appear to be the most interested in Nassib of any team. Thomas added a 6.84s three-cone drill to his Combine numbers, while Pugh added 22 reps on the bench press to his Combine workout.

Datone Jones and Johnathan Franklin were among 16 UCLA prospects that ran though workouts in front of reps from 15 NFL teams. Jones stood by his solid Combine numbers, but looked fantastic running through defensive lineman drills and projects as one of the better 4-3 defensive ends in the draft and a late first round pick. Franklin also stood by his Combine numbers and looked great during drills, particularly in catching the ball out of the back field. There were a couple of other interesting prospects on the field for the Bruins including TE Joseph Fauria and left-footed P Jeff Locke, who may be the best punter in the draft and is considered to be just as good as 2012 third-round pick Bryan Anger. Not that anyone should spend a third round selection on a punter though.

MARCH 13: Alabama, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Washington

As with Florida, Alabama is a routine stop for NFL teams and all 32 were in attendance for the Crimson Tide pro day. New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese and Jets General Manager John Idzik were among those in Tuscaloosa. Australian-born DL Jesse Williams stole the show with an incredible workout including a 4.84s in the 40, 30 reps on the bench press and a 7.69s in the three-cone drill, while weighing-in at 6’3”, 326lbs. His movement and footwork in drills was just fantastic as well. He is probably a first-round pick now. Highly rated OG Chance Warmack and OT D.J. Fluker both looked great while competing against one another. They both showed terrific strength and power. Warmack ran the short shuttle and three-cone dill, while Fluker will go through drills on April 11. They should both be first round selections. RB Eddie Lacy did not work out as expected, but has yet to schedule a his own pro day, while decorated OL Barrett Jones was still in a walking boot, but managed to throw up 27 reps in the bench press, along with weighing-in. CB Dee Milliner was in attendance, despite his shoulder still being in a sling following surgery. He didn’t really need to work out after a great Combine.

While there were reps from 30 NFL teams at the Oklahoma pro day, surprisingly none were offensive line coaches despite rising left tackle prospect Lane Johnson in attendance. Because of that, Johnson chose to just get measured and weighed. Quarterback guru George Whitfield ran Landry Jones through passing drills that included 70 throws with a focus on middle to deep passes. Jones complete 66 of the 70 throws and only one was said to have been bad. Jones chose to stand by his good Combine numbers where he was the top performer among quarterbacks in multiple drills. Steelers QB coach Randy Fichtner and Jaguars QB coach Frank Scelfo were in attendance. Jones spoke with seven different teams, most of which are in the market for a new quarterback. WR Kenny Stills improved his times in the short shuttle and three-cone drill and also caught the ball well from Jones all day. FS Tony Jefferson and LB Tom Wort both had to call it a day early after pulling up lame with hamstring injuries.

All 32 teams were represented at the Rutgers pro day and were witnessed to an outstanding performance by LB Khaseem Greene, who added 11 pounds and improved on his numbers from the Combine. He was also fantastic in positional drills, although numerous scouts said his workout didn’t quite do justice to his fantastic game film. He’s moving up and should come off the board in the second round. CB Logan Ryan chose not to attempt to improve his disappointing 40 time form the Combine and probably paid for it as his teammates and fellow cornerbacks Marcus Cooper and Brandon Jones put it very good performances. Cooper also measured in at an impressive 6’2”, 190lbs. His size and athleticism could make him one of the better sleeper picks of the draft. RB Jawan Jamison didn’t help his stock by running another slow 40 time. It’s looking more and more like Jamison should have returned to school after forgoing not just one, but two years of eligibility remaining. Although the NFL Advisory Committee did give him a third round grade prior to making that decision.

Washington CB Desmond Trufant continued his rise up draft boards with another phenomenal workout at the Huskies pro day and no one should be surprised if he comes off the board in the first round.

MARCH 14: West Virginia, Oregon, Michigan, California

Perhaps there is a quarterback worth taking in the top ten after West Virginia QB Geno Smith put on a show completing 60 of 64 passes in drills led by former NFL QB Chris Weinke. All seemed to be highly impressed with Smith’s performance. He displayed great touch and zip on the ball and looked throwing it deep. Smith actually worked out earlier in the week in an unrehearsed, full-scale passing workout for the Philadelphia Eagles, although high-ranking reps form the Chiefs, Jags, Raiders, Browns, Cardinals and Bills were allowed to attend. Most notable was Buffalo G.M. Buddy Nix.  Following his pro day performance, Smith met with Jags Head Coach Gus Bradley in a long, private interview. WR Tavon Austin was almost as popular as Smith and also looked excellent in positional drills and received attention from multiple teams. Smith and Austin are both coming off the board and probably earlier than most people seem to think. WR Stedman Bailey also looked good during positional drills, although he did have a pair of drops.

There were reps from 27 NFL teams in Eugene to take in the Oregon pro day, including Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid, along with his entire defensive staff and General Manager John Dorsey. The Philadelphia Eagles were also well represented as were linebacker coaches from multiple teams. Top prospect and projected top ten pick Dion Jordan was unable to perform after undergoing shoulder surgery following the Combine. S John Boyett also did not work as he is still recovering from knee surgery on both knees that caused him to miss basically the entire season. RB Kenjon Barner, LB Kiko Alonso and OL Kyle Long all turned in great workouts and improved on a number of their Combine scores.

Former Michigan QB Denard Robinson continued his transition from quarterback to a new position following his collegiate career choosing to workout at the Wolverines pro day as running back after going through wide receiver drills at the Combine where he struggled for the most part. He looked impressive in running back drills and finally earned himself some good reviews.

California WR Keenan Allen was unable to workout due to a knee injury, but is scheduled to hold his own pro day on April 9.

MARCH 15: Arkansas

There were 28 prospects, 23 of which were representing the Razorbacks on the field for reps from 29 NFL teams to see. The main attraction was QB Tyler Wilson, who looked excellent throwing the ball displaying better than expected arm strength in hitting every throw possible. He should come off the board on Day 2. Reps from the Buffalo Bills met with him.

Written By: Mark Scott



2013 NFL DRAFT: SENIOR BOWL PRIMER

Most of the top senior prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft have been in Mobile, Alabama all week showing off for NFL front offices and scouts at the annual Senior Bowl, the preeminent post-season pre-draft prospect all-star game. There are a number of storylines to follow at the event this week with the culmination happening Saturday as the North squad takes on the South team in an extremely important game for the prospects involved. Futures and draft stocks are on the line and a whole lot of money is there for the making or losing. The Senior Bowl goes down Saturday at 4 pm EST on the NFL Network.

1.  The Quarterback Competition

The biggest storyline of the week has been the ongoing competition between the six quarterbacks at the event. All six came to town as part of the second tier of quarterbacks in the draft class behind West Virginia’s Geno Smith and Matt Barkley of USC, but with both of them not at the event it’s given this group a chance with all eyes watching to elevate their stock and even surpass Smith and Barkley on some draft boards. While none of the quarterbacks blew scouts away this week in practice all six showed off their strengths and weaknesses with Mike Glennon, Tyler Wilson and Landry Jones emerging as the top guys at the event, although they didn’t impress everyone as scouting reports differ around the league. Glennon showed off the strongest arm of the group and has been described as the most complete of the six by ESPN’s Todd McShay, although he was much taller (6’6 ¾”) than expected and looked stiff and robotic at times. Wilson has also drawn good reviews as the top quarterback at the event and was described by NFLDraftScout.com’s Rob Rang as having the best combination of size, arm talent, toughness and experience. Every year quarterbacks start moving up draft boards around this time and both Glennon and Wilson seem to be doing just that as they are starting to be talked about as real first round possibilities. Landry Jones has also elevated his stock with a good week of practice and looks like he might have potentially secured a spot in the second round. EJ Manuel, Ryan Nassib and Zac Dysert didn’t show nearly as well and will probably be mid-round selections.

2.  First Round Left Tackles

Two of the most impressive prospects at the Senior Bowl this week have been a pair of left tackles in Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher and Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson. Fisher has been this year’s unknown small-school prospect being talked about as a first round talent, but after an exceptional performance all week long competing against his North squad teammates (a more talented group of pass-rushers than the South Team) he won’t be an unknown anymore and appears to have locked down a potential spot in the top fifteen of the draft as the second highest-rated left tackle behind Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M. Lane Johnson looks to be a first rounder now after this week, but that could depend on his performance Saturday when he has to face the more talented pass-rushers from the North Team like Datone Jones. Either way he has helped his stock immensely, while other offensive tackles like Oday Aboushi and Justin Pugh struggled and discussions about moving them inside to guard are now being had.

3.  Dominant Nose Tackles

Georgia’s John Jenkins cemented his place as a first rounder this week with an absolutely dominant performance in practice. He blew everyone away with his mammoth size at the weigh-ins and then continued to do so on the field by displaying his rare athleticism. He mauled everyone that stepped in front of him and handled double-teams with ease. He did seem to get winded as the practices wore on, so the scouts will definitely be watching for how we plays late in the game on Saturday. North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams was a bit of a forgotten man with such a talented defensive line class this year, but he too was dominant during the week and showed off impressive athleticism and instincts as did Kawann Short of Purdue. Williams and Short could sneak into the late first round, but appear to be second round locks now.

4.  Impressive Pass-Rushers

UCLA’s Datone Jones appears to have made some money this week. He was awesome in practice often taking on the top offensive tackle at the event in Eric Fisher and looks to have completely shed the tweener label he came to Mobile with by showing he can be an effective 4-3 edge rusher. He displayed a non-stop motor and overwhelmed offensive linemen with his strength and power. Texas pass-rusher Alex Okafor was also good this week and most likely secured his spot in the second round. He doesn’t appear to be a star, but does look like he could be a solid, productive starter for years to come.

5.  Raw Athletes Struggle

BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah and Margus Hunt of SMU came to the Senior Bowl as two of the guys scouts were most looking forward to watching. Both are exceptional athletes with rare athletic abilities, but are still raw football players after only playing the sport for a few years. They were both two of the biggest disappointments so far this week as they struggled in drills and failed to flash the potential scouts wanted to see often enough. They all love Hunt’s size and length, but his lack of a burst off the snap has really stood out. Saturday is the most important day for these two if they want to hold on to their lofty draft stocks, especially Ansah.

6.  Emerging Cornerbacks

Washington’s Desmond Trufant may have made as much money as any prospect this week with his performance in practice. The younger brother of pros Marcus and Isaiah showed off tremendous skills as a potential shut-down corner and was clearly the best at the event at his position. He was excellent in matching the wide receivers in Mobile stride for stride and is now being talked about as a possible first round pick. Having Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks out of the event with an injury has only helped Trufant with more eyes on him. California’s Marc Anthony and San Diego State’s Leon McFadden have also helped their stock this week as did a pair of FCS prospects in William & Mary’s B.W. Webb and SE Louisiana’s Robert Alford.

7.  Big Play Wide Receivers

A number of wide receivers stood out this week and improved their draft stock with good performances. Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton and Terrance Williams of Baylor were the best of the bunch. Wheaton displayed fantastic speed and quickness often separating from defensive backs. He also showed off some strong hands and an ability to make catches in traffic and tight windows. He shown great all-around skills and has moved himself into the top group with the likes of Keenan Allen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter and Terrance Williams. Speaking of Williams, he displayed better than expected speed and quickness to go with his terrific hands and showed scouts that he is a legit big-time downfield threat. Wheaton and Williams weren’t the only wide outs who looked good this week as Marquise Goodwin (Texas), Quinton Patton (LaTech) and Tavarres King (Georgia) put in great performances.

8.  Denard Robinson’s Transition to WR

Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson’s transition to wide receiver has been one of the main ongoing storylines during this year’s draft process and it hasn’t gone well. Robinson’s playmaking ability as a quarterback has been slow to translate to the wide receiver position. He still looks good in the open field, but has struggled to run routes and catch the ball even with lowered expectations from scouts. A right elbow injury has not helped his case. He came to the event as a potential mid-round selection, but unless he plays well on Saturday he appears to have fallen into the last couple rounds and may even go undrafted. It has not been a good week for him.

9.  Those Who Aren’t Here

Every year a certain number of prospects decide to skip the event for one reason or another and unless it’s due to injury it ticks front offices and scouts off to no end. This year’s group has been especially annoying as seven of the eight notable prospects not at the event could be first round picks. Geno Smith has received the most heat for not showing up. As the top rated quarterback, but one with a lot still to prove, scouts wanted to see him here this week, especially after a dreadful performance in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Syracuse. While his stock hasn’t suffered that much, it was a fantastic opportunity for him to show he’s worthy of a high draft pick, even the first overall spot to the QB-needy Chiefs. Instead other quarterbacks like Mike Glennon and Tyler Wilson have gained on him and the pressure to perform at the Combine next month will be extremely high. Others that have not pleased scouts with the absence include Star Lotulelei, Manti Te’o, Kenny Vaccaro, Jonathon Cooper, Chance Warmack and Tavon Austin, who really ticked scouts off by pulling out within 72 hours of the event. Montee Ball also skipped the event, but hasn’t received the wrath of scouts as he has very little to prove after over 1000 touches in his four year career at Wisconsin. As a non-first round prospect there was no need for him to take any more hits. Notable injury absences include Matt Barkley, Johnthan Banks, Tyler Eifert, Dion Jordan and Jesse Williams.

Written By: Mark Scott



2012 NFL Draft Watch: Bowl Games Part 4 (DEC.30)

Written by: Mark Scott

Bowl Mania continues and while the day will start out slowly with just one possible first-round talent in Rutgers WR Mohammed Sanu along with a handful of mid to late round prospects in the early games, the day and number of top prospects will quickly get better when Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Iowa take the field. Prospects like DT Fletcher Cox, OT Riley Reiff and QB Landry Jones will all be first round picks and possibly even Top Ten selections in Reiff’s and Jones’ case.

All rankings attained from CBSSports.com/NFLDraftScout.com, SI’s Tony Pauline and ESPN’s Todd McShay.

 

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, December 30/2011

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Brigham Young Cougars

There are just three notable prospects playing in this matchup between Tulsa and BYU, including one who now probably wishes he had entered the draft last year. That prospect is Cougars’ rSr OT Matt Reynolds.  The Left Tackle passed on the 2010 draft to play his final season at school, a decision he likely regrets after he struggled through a very disappointing season that saw his draft stock plummet from a Top 100 selection, even getting some first round buzz, to now falling as low as the fifth round grade he is currently receiving from most sources. Reynolds is a large, thick-bodied athlete that looks more like an NFL Right Tackle or Guard, where he’ll most likely end up playing in the pros, than the Left Tackle position he’s played for the majority of his career. He has been successful for the most part playing on the blind side because of his quickness and a very good set of feet that allows him to handle the faster pass rushers coming at him. He is a very experienced and mature player with the size and skills to play in the pros, he just needs to get his game back on track to live up to the expectations bestowed upon him. BYU’s other top prospect is another extremely large man, but on defense. A former USC-transfer, rSr NT Hebron Fagupo is massive at 6’1, 331lbs. and knows how to use that size to his advantage. Fangupo takes up a ton of room in the middle and is very good at stopping the run and taking on multiple blockers. He is still a bit of project right now, but has a ton of upside and could end up being a lot better than most of the other twenty Defensive Tackles currently rated above him. For Tulsa, only Jr FS Dexter McCoil appears to be draft-worthy, though he could return to school for another year to try to improve his fifth-round rating. McCoil is a big, hard-hitting safety that is exceptional against the run, while also having the ball skills to be effective in pass defense as evidenced by his 4 interceptions and 10 pass breakups. He has a lot of upside and could see his stock move up the board as the draft nears.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, December 30/2011

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Like the Bowl game that plays before it the matchup between Rutgers and Iowa State will also feature three notable players that will be in the 2012 NFL Draft. It all starts with Scarlet Knights Jr WR Mohammed Sanu, who obliterated the school and Big East conference single-season record for receptions with 109 catches this year in being named to the 2011 All-Big East First-Team. The big wide receiver has a great set of hands that allows him to make the tough plays over the middle and the highlight-reel catches deep, while being a serious threat in the red-zone. He’s not Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd, but he is quickly moving into late first round discussions along with the likes of Kendall Wright and Alshon Jeffrey and won’t last past the second round.  The Scarlet Knights also have two players in rSr OG Desmond Wynn and rSr OLB Manny Abreu, who could work their way into the seventh round. The other two notable draft eligible prospects in this game come from Iowa State’s side of the field in rSr OG Kelechi Osemele and Sr CB Leonard Johnson. A Day 2 prospect, Osemele is a huge athlete with big-time potential and a ton of experience playing in all 49 of Iowa State’s games over the past four seasons and was named to the 2011 All-Big 12 First-Team. He has the strength and talent to play right away and has the ability to destroy oncoming defenders, although he does seem to take plays off from time to time and will need to change that. He’s played at both Left Tackle and Guard during his time in school and is probably best suited to play on the interior of the line in the NFL. Sr CB Leonard Johnson is a complete corner that can cover and tackle with good ball skills that plays with an edge. Scouts love him, though his lack of height will hurt him from going earlier in the draft, but he still should be selected by the late third round.

 

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, December 30/2011

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

There are two early rounds studs playing in this game for the Bulldogs, while both teams also have a couple of mid to late round prospects each. Mississippi State Jr DT Fletcher Cox is skyrocketing up draft boards all the way up to the middle of the first round ahead of players like Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy and Clemson’s Brandon Thompson after a career year in the SEC. Named to the 2011 All-SEC First-Team after a season is which he recorded 49 tackles, 12.5 for loss (most by any SEC DT) and 4 sacks, Cox staked his claim to being the best Defensive Tackle in the entire SEC. An exceptional athlete with the strength, size and speed to fit into any defensive scheme at a multitude of positions along the defensive line, Cox is still getting better and might have more upside than any other defender in the draft. A for sure first-rounder, teams will be clamoring amongst each other to get him. One of the top corners in the draft, Jr CB Jonathon Banks has scouts salivating at the chance to plug him into their defensive backfield. Along with the size NFL teams want, Banks is a complete corner with elite skills in all areas as evidenced by his fantastic season that saw him record 64 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 3 sacks, 5 interceptions (1 INT TD return) and 9 pass breakups, as well as displaying returner skills with 16 punt returns for 166 yards and a score. He may find his way late into the first round, but will definitely come off the board early on Day 2. Along with Cox and Banks, Mississippi State has four other player that should be drafted in the mid to late rounds in Sr RB Vick Ballard, rSr C Quentin Saulsberry, Sr OT James Cameron and Sr SS Charles Mitchell. Ballard a tough, physical runner and could go as early as the fourth round. For Wake Forest, rJr WR Chris Givens and Sr OG Joe Looney could be drafted in the third round or early on Day 3, while rSr OLB Kyle Wilber will get seventh round consideration. Givens really came into his own with a great season this year that saw him make 74 catches for 1276 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. He has the size and receiving skills to be a productive third wide out in the pros. Looney is big with great agility that has displayed a solid work ethic while being a very productive lineman for the Demon Deacons throughout his collegiate career. An intelligent, hard-working guy, Looney is a player that teams can play right away and not have to worry about him doing something stupid or being out of position.

Insight Bowl, December 30/2011

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

The game of the day, Sooners versus Hawkeyes will feature two of the top prospects in the draft in Landry Jones and Riley Reiff, along with a large contingent of others from these two big time programs. Oklahoma’s rJr QB Landry Jones appears destined for the Top Ten of the draft should he choose to enter it. While his stock has taken a hit over the past two months since his safety net and go-to wide receiver Ryan Broyles got hurt, Jones should still be drafted very early with so many QB-needy teams among the Top 15 of the draft. Remember that in last year’s draft, teams reached for players like Jake Locker and Christian Ponder, who had similar grades to Jones.  The Oklahoma product is a pocket-passer with the NFL prototypical size that teams want, as well as a good enough arm to make all the throws necessary in the pros. He does however struggle with his accuracy at times and still needs to improve his decision-making when facing pressure. He has the strong will and the skills to become an NFL starter, he just needs to polish his game up a bit and become more consistent. The Sooners also feature two outstanding outside linebackers, Jr Ronnell Lewis and rSr Travis Lewis. Although he will sit out this game due to academic issues, Ronnell Lewis is still worth mentioning as he could be taken in the late first round, but will probably come off the board early on Day 2. Lewis is an extremely athletic pass rusher that makes a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage, but also has the ability to chase down ball-carriers all over the field. He appears to just be finding his form and only stands to get that much better with more experience. Due to his lack of size, he probably fits best as pass-rushing 4-3 weak side linebacker similar to the type of role Denver’s Von Miller plays, he’s just not as explosive. Travis Lewis has had scouts drooling since he stepped on the Oklahoma campus, reminding folks of the legendary Brian Bosworth, minus most of the flash. He does possess the same physical abilities as Bosworth with excellent speed, strength and agility. Lewis may be the definition of a complete linebacker as he can play any and all of the linebacker positions without missing a beat. He is an intelligent player with fantastic instincts and great tackling ability. He can explode through the gaps to stop the run and has no problem dropping into pass coverage and chasing down speedy wide receivers. Lewis won’t last long on Day 2. After both linebackers, Oklahoma has a trio of possible Day 3 selections in rSr CB Jamell Fleming, rSr WR Ryan Broyles and rSr OT Donald Stephenson. While Stephenson will have to work his way into a late spot in the draft, Fleming and Broyles should be selected somewhere in the fifth or sixth rounds. One of the most successful receivers in Sooners history, Broyles appeared to be well on his way to earning a second round grade, but a devastating knee injury has left his future in doubt and if he can’t show that he is healthy or on his way to being healthy in pre-draft medicals, he could unfortunately go undrafted, though some team probably will take the risk on him that he will return to his former self when fully recovered. Just like Oklahoma, the Hawkeyes feature an amazing six draft eligible prospects starting with early first round pick rJr LT Riley Reiff, the next in a long line of star offensive linemen from Iowa. Reiff is excellent in pass protection and continues to get better as a ferocious run blocker. He’s athletic, nasty and agile with solid footwork and a ton of upside as a long-time franchise Left Tackle. After Reiff is a group of Day 3 selections in Sr CB Shaun Prater, rSr OLB Tyler Nielsen, rSr WR Marvin McNutt, rSr OT Markus Zusevics and rSr Mike Daniels. Prater is a speedy corner that is solid in coverage with good ball skills and can make tackles in open space. McNutt is the most interesting prospect among the group  as a big, strong possession wide receiver that can make all the tough catches over the middle, while still being able to beat his man deep from time to time.