2017 Player Ratings. Part I.

Updated 04/18

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




*Myles Garrett- 6-5, 270, (U) 4.46,38.5" Vert,  9'5" Broad, #15


Texas A&M

09/2016: He is much stronger than he looks. "Pretty much it looks like he was created in a video game to rush the passer," Auburn OLG Kozan said. "He's long, athletic. He can bend. Great pass rushing talent, and he's improved as a run defender. So a very talented player, and it's going to take our best effort against him." He can put his helmet right in the chest of the OLT and: bull him back, shed him, and sack the quarterback, like he did against UCLA.  

He just seems to be able to do whatever he wants. "Haven't seen very many players like him with his skill set in our league since I've been in this league. So he's definitely an impact player that we're going to have to be ready for.," Auburn HC Malzahn said. "You try to use things in the past and look. But every year is different, like I said. Shon's in the NFL right now." He can rush up field, read the Draw, and then set the edge and make the tackle. 

They listed him at 270, which is up 5 to 10 pounds from last year. "Heís a leader, one of the guys that comes to work every day," A&M WR Seals-Jones said. "He's making sure his skills are better. If you see him doing it, why not do it yourself? He comes every day with the attitude, 'I'm going to get better.'" He has a scarily explosive inside burst. 

He lines up standing up a lot, and he can play in a 3-4 and 4-3 and anywhere in between. "Smarter than last year," Garrett says, when asked about the differences with this team "It's good to know that we can do things on the fly, that we don't need to worry about, are we going to get this fixed? Is this going to be something that's going to be abusing us the rest of the game? We can start eliminating those weaknesses and weak spots and push them into our game." He has garnered 24 sacks in only two seasons at A&M. 

He has also shown nothing but top character so far. "All anybody says is, 5Ė0 and then they drop, they go into a slump, they're not prepared for the big guys," Garrett said. "All right, we'll win one more. Then one more and one more, and keep it going. That's how you prove you belong. You just keep on winning. Keep on doing your thing. They can't say anything then, if you get the job done." He is so good against the run as well. 

He has elite speed that is usually only reserved for DBs and WRs. "He's at 19-20 mph," Sumlin said about Garrett being clocked on radar running between 19 and 20 MPH in drills on the field. "That's where you start talking about receiver-DB speed." He also has a terrific inside move, and a nice violent elbow shove. 

09/2016: He is a great passrusher. Reminds me of Clowney as a Soph. When Clowney was a Sophomore he was one of the best I've seen on the D-line. Garrett was that good last year sometimes. Only he isn't taking his Junior year off. 

"I just tell them thatís in the future," Garrett said about the NFL. "All I can do is handle whatís around me at this time right now. Thatís making sure I have a good season. Keep on working hard during the summer with fall camp coming up. With fall camp coming up, I have to make sure Iím working on my technique so Iím prepared for the first game, and I can make a big impact." He wasn't taking downs off against UCLA.

2015 (SOPHOMORE): Reigned as one of the most disruptive defenders in college football in his second season ... earned first-team All-America honors from Walter Camp and the Football Writers ... Rotary Lombardi Award and Ted Hendricks Award finalist ... finished the regular season as the SEC leader in QB sacks (12.5 for -71 yards), tackles for loss (19.5 for -101 yards) and forced fumbles (5) ... was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week twice -- after filling the stat sheet with seven tackles, a sack for a loss of seven yards, two total tackles for loss of yardage (-8 yards), a forced fumble and a batted down pass against MSST and after contributing five tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss, a blocked punt, a batted down pass and a QB hurry against ALA ... matched his career high with 3.5 QB sacks vs. NEV ... led the Aggiesí defensive line unit with 59 tackles, including 37 solo stops ... led the team in QB sacks, TFLs, forced fumbles and QB hurries ... also contributed an interception (return of 4 yards), two batted-down passes and a blocked punt.
2014 (FRESHMAN): Posted one of the most impressive first seasons by a Texas A&M freshman defender in school history ... led the team in QB sacks (11.5), tackles for loss (14.0) and QB hurries (9), and also was second among defensive linemen with 53 tackles ... posted at least two tackles in every game and had at least a sack in six games ... Garrettís exploits made him a consensus second-team All-SEC pick, as well as consensus freshman All-American and All-SEC ... named the teamís Defensive MVP at the annual team banquet ... his 11 QB sacks broke the school and SEC freshman record ... Garrett matched the old Texas A&M QB sack record of 5.5 (held by All-Americans Damontre Moore and Sam Adams) by the third game of the season and took sole ownership in game 6 of 2014 ... in the ninth game of 2014 (fifth start), Garrett broke South Carolinaís Jadeveon Clowneyís SEC freshman record of 8.0 sacks ... Garrett also owns Texas A&Mís freshman standard for single game sacks with 3.5 against Louisiana-Monroe ... had a season-high 10 tackles vs. Mississippi State ... also made a game-changing special teams play when he blocked a field goal try by Auburn and the ensuing live football was returned 65 yards for a touchdown by Deshazor Everett ... saw action in 12 games, with eight starts, while missing the Missouri game due to an injury.



*Jamal Adams- 5-11 3/4, 214, (U) 4.38,  



08/2016: Very physical Safety. When he bumps WRs they fall down. Superior athlete. Great instincts going after the ball carrier. Great hitter. He tackles through the ball carrier. Knocks guys down all over the field. Lines up like a Nickel linebacker sometimes, and can get into the backfield and make the tackle. Over aggressive bursting into the backfield sometimes. Likes to attack the ball. Doesn't like to get into position and let ball carrier come to him. He will run himself out of the play coming downhill too often. 

Rare athlete who lacks discipline, and gets over aggressive too much. He can turn and run with the big tight end down the field, and out play him for the ball. Likes to read the QB. He can play spy in the flat, and leap up and knock the ball down. 

Not a free safety, yet. Needs to play smarter. He will play Safety-CB in the slot, and line up 10-yards off. Gives up catches, but will punish WRs after. When he guesses right he can meet the RB in the hole and knock him backwards. Protects the edge well. 

Spots RBs fast and heads to the hole. Runs around blocks a lot. Gets out of position sometimes looping around blocks. He can make plays in the backfield. When he hits guys, even bigger guys, they go down. He can bounce off bigger blocks, retreat, and still hold position in front of the RB. 

He will make mistakes in coverage sometimes. Takes bad angles sometimes. Inconsistent eyes. He reads it so well sometimes, and flashes to the ball carrier so quick. But also misreads the play sometimes, and doesn't have any idea where the ball is. 

He will line up at FS sometimes, and when he is the last line of defense he will play with some discipline. He had an INT against Arkansas in the endzone, when he was the last line of defense.

OUTLOOK: One of the top defensive backs in college football heading into the 2016 season Ö Tenacious defender with a knack for always being around the football Ö Plays with a great deal of confidence, emotion, and swagger, much like that of former LSU All-America Tyrann Mathieu Ö Earned Freshman All-America honors in 2014 and followed that with second team All-SEC honors in 2015 Ö A vocal leader both in the locker room and on the field Ö Heads into 2016 with 133 career tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and four interceptions Ö Expected to thrive under first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and will likely be in line for national honors this year Ö Dad played college football at Kentucky and was first round draft pick of the New York Giants in 1985.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): Played and started all 12 games at safety for the Tigers Ö Earned second team All-SEC honors from both the league coaches and the Associated Press Ö Finished third on team with 67 tackles, including 47 solo stops Ö Added 5.0 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and four interceptions Ö Had best statistical game against Western Kentucky with 11 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception in the win over the Hilltoppers Ö Had seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, recovered a fumble and returned an interception 23 yards against Arkansas Ö Other interceptions came in wins over Auburn and Eastern Michigan Ö Had 10 tackles, all solo, against Alabama for the second of his two double-figure tackle games in 2015 Ö Capped season with seven tackles and a pass breakup in bowl win over Texas Tech.

9.9 (FS)


**Solomon Thomas-6-2.5, 273, (U) 4.7, S-1.66, 30-Reps, 10'6"Br! 4.28 SS! 6.95 3C! 35"V



01/2017: Thomas has declared his intentions to declare for the Draft. "Since pulling out a symbolic Stanford tree and donning nerd glasses on National Signing Day in 2014, I have had the most amazing time of my life," Thomas declared. " I have grown and matured more than I ever could have imagined. I arrived at Stanford somewhat shy and uncertain; now I stand a curious, intelligent, dedicated, and motivated man who is ready to take on any challenge, including the NFL. With the support of my family, I have decided to forgo my last years of eligibility at Stanford and enter the 2017 NFL Draft."

Great Bowl game against UNC. "I never stop playing," Thomas said. "I can stop the run on first and second down and I can rush the passer on third down. I just play as hard as I can and Iím going to give nothing short of my best on the field." He was relentless after Trubisky.

He has terrific strength and explosion right in the middle of the line. "Solomon is explosive, strong, athletic, relentless," Coach Shaw said. "And he's worked extremely hard to put himself in the position to be an early draft pick. He's ready for the next challenge. I'm looking forward to hearing his name called early in the 2017 Draft." He was the best player on the field in the Sun Bowl.

He is the new type of D-linemen in the NFL, who is a little smaller but can hit the QB. "Heís not 6-5, 300 pounds but when he hits you, thatís what it feels like," Shaw said. "The great thing for us is that you typically donít see an interior defensive lineman disrupt games and thatís what you see from Solomon." Great versatility to move all over the line to take advantage of mismatches.

12/2016: I don't know if he is coming out, but everyone seems to think so. "I try to lead by example, but there are times when Iíll get really pumped up," Thomas said. "If I see people slacking off, Iíll get them going. Iím not talking 24/7, but Iíll talk when I need to."  However, Stanford guys tend to stay in school. 

He got a bit of a late start in football, because he live in Australia for five years. "[He was formidable] once he got really comfortable with what we were doing on defense," coach Shaw said. "Heís a high-effort person, anyway. The combination of him, Aziz Shittu and Brennan Scarlett was so special." He has been even better this year.

But he also loved to watch Ndamukong Suh when he discovered American football. "Iíll defend him," Thomas said. "I have a big poster of him in my room. Watching him at Nebraska, he was so dominant every single play. Never took a play off. Just throwing dudes around. It looked easy for him. I want to be at that level one day." He wants to play like Ndamukong. 

He has such a great blend of athleticism and strength. "Coach Hart was amazing," Thomas said. "He taught us how to work and overcome adversity. Coach Reynolds is more technical. Weíve already seen the improvement; the young guys are looking great. Itís amazing how fast heís teaching us." He could go in the 2nd Round if he has a great off season. 
As a Junior (2016): Morris Trophy Award winner. FWAA All-America second team. AP All-America third team. USA Today All-America second team. All-Pac-12 first team. Pac-12 All-Academic second team. Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason first team. Athlon All-Pac-12 preseason first team. Chuck Bednarik Award watch list. Chuck Bednarik Award candidate. Two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 26, Oct. 17). Four tackles (0.5 sack) vs. Kansas State. Three tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss vs. USC. Three tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, 42-yard fumble recovery for touchdown at UCLA. Five tackles (three solo) at Washington. Three solo tackles and one sack vs. Washington State. Game-high 12 tackles (10 solo), 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble at Notre Dame. Seven tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss vs. Colorado. Four tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss at Arizona. Two solo tackles (1.0 tackle for loss) vs. Oregon State. Three tackles and one fumble recovery at Oregon. Four tackles (three solo) at Cal. Five tackles (two solo), 1.0 tackles for loss vs. Rice.




*Marshon Lattimore- 6', 193, (U) 4.36-4.39, 38.5" Vert, 11" Broad, 



01/2017: He showed he was an elite athlete at the Combine. "Thereís a lot of talent here from top to bottom. A teamís going to get a great player in the fourth round just like they would get one in the first round," Lattimore said. "Itís a deep draft and Iím honored to be considered one of top cornerbacks in the draft and just coming from where I came from, itís a blessing." After running a 4.36 he pulled up lame, and everyone thought it was the hamstring.

But he claims it was his hip. "That's the first thing they asked me: How are my hamstrings," Lattimore said. "[I] tell them about my hamstring situation, but I'm 100 percent fine right now." 

"The previous two years, I didn't make it through three days of practice," Lattimore said at the beginning of the season. "So just to make it through the whole camp, I knew I had good hopes of a good season." He didn't finish his Combine workout.

But he luckily stayed on the field all last season. "It's not luck at all," Lattimore said. "I did yoga. I did extra stretching exercises and all that. It's not luck. I knew [it was] going to come up. So I'm not annoyed. I'm just enjoying the process right now. That was a key part of it I feel like." He stayed on the field all season.

He garnered 4 INTs and 9 PBU. "Heís smooth," an exec said. "A good athlete with good ball skills. Thereís not a lot bad to him. Heís a 1st rounder." However, he does come with some concern. He struggled to stay healthy, and had hamstring issues at Ohio State.

He is elite on Tape. "I've studied the top cornerbacks coming out and he's the best I've seen," a director of player personal said. "He's so athletic that he can just post up under the receiver's chin and shadow him all over the field. And he's tough, too. He'll be one of the top cornerbacks pretty quickly." He was the best at shadowing WRs I saw this past season.
His doubling up on 4.3s in the Forty was eye opening. "Heís big, strong, athletic, good ball skills," a scout said. "But you still feel like you need to see more. Because he only has 11 career starts, and they rotate three guys. You want to see his speed. I donít know if heíll run 4.4, and he hasnít been tested like he will this weekend." He could go as high as two to San Fran.

CAREER: Ohio State Overview: Marshon Lattimore is in his third season with the Buckeyes ... he is a talented skill player who was sidelined by a surgery as a true freshman in 2014 and ultimately red-shirted the season ... he came back to play in seven of the team's first eight games last season, but then did not play after the Rutgers game as he was re-experiencing his prior leg issues ... Lattimore did compete in the 2016 spring drills and enters fall camp battling for one of the starting cornerback positons ... he was an OSU Scholar-Athlete in 2014-15 and is majoring in sport industry.
2016 Season (Sophomore): First team All-Big Ten by the coaches and second team by the media ... ranks second on the team and sixth in the Big Ten in interceptions with four ... had three tackles and an INT in the road win at Maryland ... recorded two pass break-ups in the win over Bowling Green ... recorded two INTs and returned one for a touchdown in the win over Tulsa ... six tackles and 2 PBUs in the win over Indiana ... two tackles and 2 PBU at Penn State.



**Malik Hooker- 6-2, 205, RS-Soph


Ohio ST 

01/2017: Hooker has declared for the NFL Draft. "The thing Malik has learned how to do is prepare," Ohio ST DC Schiano said. "We talk all the time about humble confidence. Those gifts he didn't have a lot to do with, but his preparation had everything to do with it. He's become really proficient at preparing each week, and that's exciting to see as a coach." He could go higher than Jamal Adams.

He is just learning how to prepare for the game, which leaves so much growth potential for him. "I said that early last spring when I saw some of the things he could do in our winter conditioning and spring practice," Schiano, who coached Ed Reed at Miami said. "When I arrived at Miami, Ed was a really young, talented player who learned how to prepare. Malik was in the same jumping-off spot." He looked like Reed this past season.
He had six picks, which he returned for 181-yards and 2 TDs. "As time progressed on, he helped me prepare better than probably anything I've ever prepared for in my life," Hooker said. "So I feel like I've got a different approach to the way I prepare for things, and he definitely helped me grow up to be the player that I am." He should be a good one.

12/2016: Great ball skills. "Dude is the best player on the field," an anonymous scout said. " I like him better than both safeties last year. 1st-rounder. Physical, quick, fast and explosive with a great nose for the ball." He might have the best ball skills in this Draft. 

Plus, he does a nice job coming up fast and aggressive in the run game. He can make tackles from sideline to sideline. "As good as he wants to be," Schiano said. "He can be the best there is, if he keeps working at it." I'm just not sure he comes out. It is tough for a Redshirt Sophomore to leave school for the NFL. But if he does he will be a 1st Round pick.

Ohio State Overview: Malik Hooker is in his third season with the Buckeyes and heís on the cusp of earning a starting spot at one safety position Ö he came through spring drills listed as the teamís No. 1 safety, a position he grabbed and held right from the start as the coaches seek replacements for NFL-bound, two-year starters Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell Ö Hooker, who red-shirted the 2014 season as a true freshman, is majoring in sport industry.



Jonathan Allen- 6-3, 294, #93



07/2016: He had an All-SEC season in 2014 and was better in 2015. "I think when you can affect the quarterback, that's always important in a game," Saban said. "I was really pleased with the job we did in that regard." But he also grew and grew from and edge rusher to an inside rusher, who can still hit the QB. Played 5-Tech as well last season.

He is a terrific interior rusher. "Our game plan is always to dominate the line of scrimmage and make them one-dimensional," Allen said. "We've always got room for improvement," Which is why I didn't label him with a position. He can be a bull inside, because he is so thick and jacked. But he will also turn the corner on an OLT on the edge. He has a great first step, which he can use to dip past the Tackle on either side.

09/2015: He had three sacks against Mississippi State, and went on to celebrate by hitting his coach. "Those good pass rushers that we talk about all the time? We knew we were gonna have to sub really, really fast," the HC of the ACT said. "So when it was third down and we call Dime Rabbits, those big guys come barreling off the sidelines. Well, Jonathan Allen barreled right into me one time. The athlete that I am, I was able to keep my feet." He just likes to hit everything on the field.

OUTLOOK: A proven pass-rushing, run-stopping defensive end that has done it all for Alabama in 2015 ... Candidate for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nationís best defensive end ... The junior leads the Crimson Tide in sacks with 9.0, ranking eighth in the nation and second in the SEC ... All nine sacks have come against Power 5 competition and eight against ranked teams ... Has a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss (-67 yards), ranking seventh in the SEC ... Added four pass breakups, five quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles ... SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Mississippi State) ... Three-time Alabama Defensive Player of the Week (Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Mississippi State) ... Key cog in an Alabama defense that ranks second nationally in rushing defense (77.1 ypg), fourth in total defense (278.1 ypg), seventh in pass efficiency defense (100.61) and seventh in scoring defense (15.3 ppg)..
JUNIOR (2015): One of the most productive defenders and best pass rushers along the Tide's vaunted defensive front ... named to the All-SEC First Team defense by the conference coaches and the Associated Press ... ranked 17th nationally and second in the SEC in sacks with .80 per game (12.0 sacks) ... recorded 36 tackles on the season with a team-leading 14.5 tackles for loss (-92 yards) ... added four pass breakups and six quarterback hurries ... all 12 of his sacks came against Power 5 competition with 11 coming against ranked teams ... named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week following the Mississippi State game ... named one of the Alabama coaching staff's defensive players of the week for his efforts against Wisconsin in the season opener, at Texas A&M, at Mississippi State, at Auburn and against Michigan State.




**Marlon Humphrey- 6' 1/4, 197 (U) 4.41-4.46,



09/2016: He was the best CB I've seen so far this year. Great physical specimen. He is the most physical CB in the Draft this year. Helped shut JuJu out of the USC game. He hit a USC WR out on the edge and popped him right off his feet and straight back on his butt.  He did the same thing to the tight end a few plays later, though the safety was holding him. 

Most physical CB I have seen in a while. He shuts guys down. Plays off very well. He plays Off against elite speed. He had a great return of a tipped ball INT for a TD. Very aware in coverage. The ball was tipped by the LB, and he came off coverage and snagged it.

07/2016: He got a little ding in Champ game. "He hurt his toe in the championship game," Saban said. "It's not surgical. He'll be in a cast for a couple of weeks and then they'll rediagnose and see what he can do from there." Not a problem.

He is a track guy as well. I always say that running Hurdles is one of those things that really translates to the football field. In high school he placed 1st in 400-meter hurdles and 110-meter hurdles in the 2013 World Youth Track And Field Trials.

He redshirted his freshen year. "A lot of people have [redshirt] here," Humphrey said. "I know here is a lot different from other places. Most places, even if you're not going to play, you'll play special teams and things like that. But once I soaked up the idea that this would just be a year I could learn and get better. I knew it was going to be a complicated defense. But it's about what I thought." Started as a redshirt freshman last year at CB, and on special teams.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2015): The Crimson Tide's starting corner ... selected to the Freshman All-SEC Team ... totaled 45 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss (-16 yards), three interceptions, two forced fumbles and eight pass breakups in his 15 starts ... his three interceptions ranked second on the team. Wisconsin: Earned the start at corner in his first collegiate game ... recorded three tackles, all unassisted, by night's end. Middle Tennessee: Made his second start at corner in as many weeks ... notched four tackles along with one pass breakup and a forced fumble. Ole Miss: Recorded a career-high six tackles, including a half of a tackle for a loss (-1 yard). ULM: Made three stops, including two for a loss (-13 yards), with one pass breakup ... helped limit the ULM offense to just 92. Georgia: Left Athens with his first career interception while adding three total tackles ... the pick stunted a possible late drive by the Bulldogs. Arkansas: Tallied two tackles and one pass breakup against the Razorbacks. Texas A&M: Broke up two passes and notched two tackles in College Station ... helped limit the Aggies to a season-low 23 points and force a season-high four picks. Tennessee: Recorded two tackles against the Vols ... helped limit the UT aerial attack to only 171 yards. LSU: Collected one tackle on the night ... helped limit the Tigers to 128 yards passing and only six completions. Mississippi State: Picked off his second pass of the season, returning it for 29 yards to seal the victory and end any chance for a comeback by the Bulldogs ... also had three unassisted tackles. Charleston Southern: Forced his second fumble of the season while collecting two tackles in his lone half of play. Auburn: Matched his career high for tackles with six stops ... provided insurance on the outside, making most of his tackles on sweeps and runs ... his coverage played a huge part in limiting the Tigers to a lowly 3-of-15 on third downs. Florida: Recorded his third interception of the season to end Florida's final drive of the third quarter ... added three tackles on the day. Michigan State: Did not record a tackle against the Spartans but did break up one pass. Clemson: Notched five tackles, including one for a loss (-2 yards), while adding two pass breakups ... caught Adam Griffith's perfectly placed onside kick in the fourth quarter to help the Crimson Tide regain possession and momentum on the way to UA's record 16th national championship.



*Leonard Fournette- 6' 1/2", 240,  (U) 4.51-4.52, 28.5" Vert, 



09/2016: He was injured in the first game of the season. "We should see him back healthy pretty quick," Les Miles said. "Iíd like to tell you how he feels, but I donít necessarily have that one either," Miles said. "Heís happy his team got victory. Heís now in a position where he can step forward in conference play and letís play." He played in the second game.
He showed a new dimension by catching a deep pass in the opening game before he got hurt. "I think Leonard was 235 or 233 during the spring," Miles said. "We want him right around 225. So that his strength and speed are kind of maximized. He's an elite guy and he wants to be in an elite body as he goes into the fall." He showed some speed and hands in that long pass that I hadn't seen before.

07/2016: This guy is the man. he is an instant impact to any offense. "Fournette is a unique talent. In an era of backfield by committee, he's the type of back that can carry a heavy workload," Jeremiah said. "He can grind out tough yards, but he's also capable of popping a long run at any moment. Comparisons are tough for Fournette. I see a mix of Todd Gurley and a young Frank Gore. After Fournette rushed for 212 yards and scored five touchdowns in LSU's 56-27 Texas Bowl victory over Texas Tech, one veteran personnel man gave me a different comparison: LeBron James." He is a bigger better back than Elliot. He runs over guys with the power of Peterson, and then like Peterson turns on the jets and he is gone. 

As great as he was in 2015, and he was one of the best I ever saw, he could be better in 2016. Though I'm not sure, as his O-line was decimated by the Draft this year. I would not be shocked if Dalvin Cook had better stats than Fournette in 2016. However, I still think I would take Fournette of Cook anyway, because of Cook's injury history, CC, and size. Fournette has the size speed ratio of Adrian Peterson.

OUTLOOK: Widely considered one of the top players in college football for the second straight year heading into 2016 Ö In just two years at LSU, has already climbed to fourth-leading rusher in school history with 2,987 yards Ö Has played in 25 games with 18 starts Ö In 25 games, has rushed for at least 100 yards 15 times and has gone over the 200-yard mark four times Ö Tied for fourth in school history with 32 rushing TDs Ö Was the fastest player to 2,000 yards in school history and will become the fastest player in LSU history to 3,000 yards when he reaches that mark Ö Only player in LSU history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons Ö Became first player in the SEC to lead the nation in rushing since 1949 with an average of 162.8 yards per game in 2015 Ö Possesses great instincts, superior vision, breakaway speed, can turn on a dime, and is one of the toughest and strongest players on the team Ö Proven to be a workhorse out of the backfield by averaging 19.5 carries a contest Ö Versatile enough to also catch the ball out of the backfield, help in pass protection when needed, and has shown game-breaking ability in the kickoff return game.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): Consensus First Team All-American in what was a phenomenal sophomore campaign Ö Led the SEC and nation in rushing with 162.8 yards a contest Ö Finished season with 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns Ė both LSU single-season records Ö Averaged a staggering 6.5 yards a carry Ö Tied the school record with 10 games of at least 100 rushing yards and set LSU mark with four 200-yard games Ö Added 19 receptions for 253 yards and a TD Ö Capped season with a NCAA bowl record-tying five touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving) to go along with 212 rushing yards in LSU's 56-27 win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl Ö Broke LSU single-season rushing record when he ran for 159 yards against Texas A&M, surpassing Charles Alexander's 1,686 yards in 1977 ... Became the fastest player in LSU history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a season as he did it in five games ... Became only the 10th player in FBS history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in the fifth game of a season ... On his 87-yard TD run vs. South Carolina, Fournette not only crossed the 1,000 yard mark for the season, but he also surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards ... Is the fastest player in LSU history to reach the 2,000 rushing yard milestone, accomplishing the feat in only 303 carries and 18 career games ... Fournette's 834 rushing yards were the most by an LSU player through four games in school history and the most by any FBS player through four games since at least 2000 ... He is the first player in SEC history to rush for 200-plus yards in three consecutive games doing so in wins over Auburn (244 yards, 3 TDs), Syracuse (244 yards, 2 TDs), and Eastern Michigan (233 yards, 3 TDs).




OJ Howard- 6-5 3/4, 251, (U) 4.51-4.56, 30" Vert, 



09/2016: He is one of those guys who is a phenomenal athlete, but didn't put it all together on the field last season. "My sophomore year, I didnít do a lot of blocking in the offseason, so thatís something I worked on with my coaches," Howard said. "For my junior year, we worked more on the running game. This season, Iím continuing to be a tight end. The position has been about progression." Then he was suddenly a star.

He didn't always look like he knew what he is doing in passing game, but he is a phenomenal blocker. "I think heís definitely someone who is a threat and should be developed as a threat in our offense and should be used as such and would certainly like to do that," Saban said. "We have other players that are outstanding, whether itís Calvin Ridley or ArDarius Stewart or maybe the running backs that weíve had, and hopefully weíll develop and have success this year. So, we want to feature all of the players on our team that have a chance to be successful, and O.J. Howard should be a guy that should certainly create mismatches and do some good things stretching the field." When they finally featured him he came through in the Champ game.

He was a star in the Playoffs last season. "I think O.J. has improved and developed as a blocker each and every year, which, being an athletic guy, sort of a taller, thin-bodied type guy, that has been a challenge for him," Saban said. "But he has worked so hard at that and improved dramatically at that to be very effective blocker. And I thought last year was his best year in that." And was still one of the best blockers on the team. 

Saban even admitted last season that he should have featured him in the passing game. "But as a receiver, he is a fabulous receiver," Saban said. "Heís got great hands. Heís got speed to stretch the field. He can make the tough catch. He can separate from man to man. So, he has been an effective receiver, one that we probably, as we talked about before, need to use more, because of his ability to make plays." He was the best player on the field for Alabama in the Champ game.

Now he has to take that next step up, and play to that level consistently. "O.J. has been an outstanding player for us and a very unselfish guy in terms of the things heís done and how he has contributed to our team," Saban said. "Heís contributed to our team in a fantastic way. It doesnít always get recognized because it seems like itís always recognized on how many big plays you make or how many passes you catch, and he had several really big games for us." The coaches at Alabama need to help this kid out, and call some more plays for him. Because they were calling plays for him to start this season.

09/2015: His explosion in the Champ game should make him a 1st in 2017. "O.J. quite honestly, should have been more involved all year long," Saban said. "Sometimes he was open and we didn't get him the ball, but I think the last two games have been breakout games for him in terms of what he's capable of and what he can do. I would say it's bad coaching on my part that he didn't have the opportunity to do that all year long, because he is really a good athlete, and he's improved tremendously as a player this year." He had 267-yards receiving in the two Alabama Playoff games.

It was so odd that they never threw him the ball in the regular season. "As far as (showing good patience) goes, you can't get frustrated when you're not getting the ball," Howard said. "I know how that works. You get frustrated you start messing up plays and then you're getting other guys hurt. If you're missing a block, you're definitely not going to get the ball if you're pouting about it. You've just got to be a good team player and play hard every down. So that's what I'll continued to do." He has great hands and never drops the ball when they actually throw it to him.

JUNIOR (2015): Gave Alabama a dynamic option at the tight end position, providing a mismatch for most defenses in the passing game ... collected 38 catches on the season for 602 yards for a team-high 15.8 yards per catch average ... 24 of his catches converted first downs for the Tide with nine of 20 yards or more ... named one of the UA coaching staff's offensive players of the game for his performance against Wisconsin in the season opener. Wisconsin: Started the season opener against the Badgers, reeling in three passes for 37 yards with a long reception of 21. Middle Tennessee: Caught a career-best four passes for 68 yards, including a 42-yard gain in the third quarter ... three of his catches converted first downs for the Tide. Ole Miss: Reeled in four catches for 70 yards including a long of 30 on the Tide's first offensive drive of the game.  Arkansas: Finished the day with three catches for 17 yards, including a long of seven ... also notched his second tackle of the season, making the stop on a Razorback interception return. Texas A&M: Hauled in three passes for 35 yards with a long reception of 24 ...  Michigan State: Hauled in three catches, his most since Tennessee, for 59 yards with a long of 41 yards ... all three receptions resulted in a first down for the Crimson Tide. Clemson: Earned Offensive MVP honors for his career day against the Tigers ... finished with five catches for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns ... all five catches converted first downs while going for at least 15 yards ... hauled in a career-long 63 yard reception before being pushed out of bounds late in the fourth quarter ... his 208 yards were the most in a bowl game by any single player in Alabama history and were the most by any player in a national championship game.




*Derek Barnett- 6-3, 259, (U) 4.88, S-1.74-1.70, 



09/2016: Players started taking notice of him last year. "He's gonna be a great player," OK OLT Thompson said. "I'm not even surprised. He played with a lot of tenacity. Some linemen give up when you stop their initial move, but he kept trying to counter the moves and he's got some good strength in him. "I wish I would've had a lot more film on him." He just keeps coming play after play.
He's a relentless passrusher. "He just plays really hard," Ole Miss OL coach Matt Luke said. "If you stop his first move he gives you another one, he gets off blocks, he keeps coming. He didn't play like a true freshman. He gave Laremy some problems. He's not just a pass rusher. He's big enough to play on a tight end and tackle and stop the rush. Usually most guys are either good against the run or good pass rushers. He's both." He garnered 4 sacks and 10 tackles, on the road in Mississippi last season. 
He can run all the way around the OLT and tackle the RB on the opposite side on a dive. "Hustling to the football has always been my thing," Barnett said. "I just don't want anybody to outwork me because I feel like even if I make a mistake, if I'm hustling to the ball, I can make up for it. I take a lot of pride in my conditioning. In the fourth quarter that's when you can make some big plays, because those O-linemen are bigger guys and they get tired. Everybody plays hard at the beginning of the game." Nice job dipping under the OLT. 
He can not only hold the double team up at the point, he can then split them and make the tackle. "He's one of the most driven individuals I've ever been around," Jones said of Barnett. "From not only his play on the field but what he does off the field, in the classroom, in the community. Derek is a great symbol for what's happening here with the transformation at Tennessee." Lines up with his hand down in odd fronts a lot.  He was so much better against the run at V-Tech than he was in 2015. 
2015 SOPHOMORE: Started all 13 games in 2015 at right defensive end, third on Vols in tackles (69) with team-best 10.0 sacks and 12.5 TFLs (second on the team). Tied for eighth in career sacks at Tennessee with 20. Third in SEC in sacks with 10.0, which is tied for seventh-most in a season in Tennessee history. Had at least one sack in five consecutive games (six sacks) from Oct. 10-Nov. 14. Nine sacks in eight-game span from Oct. 10-Jan. 1 to finish season with sacks in seven of eight games. 35 tackles over last six games of season. Posted eight tackles with a sack, tackle for loss and forced fumble in Outback Bowl win over Northwestern (1/1). Closed regular-season with two sacks as part of five tackles vs. Vanderbilt (11/28); posted first-career safety on a 5-yard sack for Vols first safety since Aug. 31, 2012. Five tackles in win at Missouri (11/21). Eight tackles with 2.0 TFLs and a sack vs. South Carolina (11/7). Seven tackles, including two sacks for two TFLs at Kentucky (10/31). Two tackles with a 5-yard sack at #8 Alabama (10/24). Posted 100th career tackle as part of seven tackles, with a 6-yard sack in win over #19 Georgia (10/10). Three tackles vs. Arkansas (10/3). Three stops with one TFL at Florida (9/26). Career high 15 tackles, including 1.5 TFLs and sack vs. #19 Oklahoma (9/12).



Christian McCaffrey-5-11 1/4, 202, 6.57 3-C! (O)4.48, 4.22 SS! 37.5"V, 10'1"Br, 11.03-60!



01/2017: I mean, if you want to give the Pats the most versatile and dynamic weapon in the Draft, we will happily take him, LOL (and yes that was a maniacal laugh).

11/2016: Great rare athlete. "The guy just does special things every single week and his team rallies around him," Sanford HC Shaw said. "You have some situations where a guy gets all the publicity and there could be some resentment. These guys love the fact that Christian is a work hard, team first guy. So they want him to have success as well." He might have the quickest damn feet I ever saw. 

Great receiver out of the backfield. "I'm like 'Please god, donít throw it to him'. And they did. I'll never forget it as long as I live," the HC of USC Helton said about the 67-yard pass McCaffrey caught against USC last year. "Usually you see a runner, or you see a receiver. When youíve got the combination of both, youíve got to make the decision." Not sure he can be a feature back at his size, but I'm he can be the best 3rd down back in the NFL in a few years. 

Elite top end speed. "[I'm not trying to say heís going to get more yards than he did last year. thatís not what Iím talking about," Shaw said. "Iím talking about a young man who is just maturing. Heís a year older. He hasnít started taking classes in his junior year. So his body is still maturing. Heís stronger. Heís faster. He knows the offense better." That is scary.

Good blocker in the backfield. He will give a good low hit, but doesn't have power to sustain. "He does things that you can only see once in a lifetime," Stanford O-linemen Marx said. "Itís great to block for him because heíll set up my blocks. He makes my job and the linemenís job so much easier." When he gets beat in pass pro, he fights to get back into position to protect his QB. 

This guy just glides on the field. He gets even with DBs, and then runs away from them by yards. Simply scary on screens. Great punt returner. His short area explosion and hops are elite. His ability to make guys miss is small areas is elite. 

He makes moves at speeds that other players can't reach, never mind make a lateral burst at full speed. "Football is a game of very very quick decisions and reactions," coach Shaw said. "You donít have time to think, and if youíre not mentally and physically trained to react in those situations and play a physical and brutal game, as this is, I donít know that you can play it at a high level. Weíre going to tackle and weíre going to hit, and itís going to be hard-nosed football on Saturdayís, which means we have to do that on Tuesday and Wednesday." Plays the wildcat QB sometimes. 

His game in Stanford's Bowl game was one of the most dominate games by an RB I ever saw. "Iím just focused on this season, what I can do today to help our team win games," McCaffrey said. "Whether weíre No. 1 in the nation or not ranked. We approach each day the same way, and thatís to focus on us and what we can do to execute." Not sure you want him playing special teams in the NFL, but he is best returner in this Draft as well. 

Runs with ridiculous power inside. Incredibly elusive. "The best thing about Christian, you get the same thing every single game," Shaw said. "[You get] all heís got every single play. He tries to make every single play a touchdown. But he doesnít sacrifice what we are trying to do on offense. So itís not about being selfish, itís about maximizing every single touch." Knows how to hide behind blockers on inside runs and follow their momentum down field. He will put his hand on he OL's back, and then cut off his block. I always want RBs who do that. 

Great moves in pattern. Gets open running patterns out of the backfield. "Christian came to our spring camp before he came in as a freshman, I thought I knew this kid," Shaw said. "I had it in my mind that, 'This kid is different, this kid is special.' But after four runs in camp, I thought, 'Oh my god, I haven't seen that on this field since Glyn Milburn. Or maybe even Darrin Nelson.' Do you understand? This was freaky stuff, scary stuff!" Great instincts with the ball in his hands. Sometimes it seems you can't touch this. One of the most natural runners I have ever seen.




*Dalvin Cook- 5-10.3, 210, 10'5" Vert, 9'8" Broad, (U) 4.5-4.5, 22 reps,  



09/2016: Nice blitz pick up blocker. When he gets low, he can stick his shoulder pads into the blitzers gut and stone him. Terrific natural hands swinging out of the backfield. Then he is a nightmare out in space with his speed. Best blend of making guys miss and pure speed in the Draft. Plus, he runs behind his eyes as well as Fournette. He sees those blocking schemes and cutback lanes as well as any RB I've seen.

He ran for a 75-yard TD the first time he touched the ball against Clemson. "They (Clemson defense) did a great job against Florida State outside of three plays," Clemson HC Dabo Swinney said. "And they were going against as good a player as there is in the country in Dalvin Cook, That guy is a freak. They couldn't have done a better job, but he made three plays in that game that won the game." He had a 36-yard run the next time he touched the ball, against a defense that only allowed one other RB over a hundred yards rushing last season.

FLA State was really focused on getting him the ball in the Passing game, in the first game of the season. "It's like comparing Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. They're both really good, but if you can only pick one, I'm taking Dalvin Cook. They're both phenomenal players, and I've seen [Fournette] a good bit," Swinney said. "Maybe it's just more style of play. I haven't seen everybody, but they're the two best guys I've seen out there." He was incredible catching the ball out of the backfield against Ole Miss.

He is the top ACC RB, but SEC coaches are taking notice. "He doesnít remind me of (Fournette)," the HC of Ole Miss Freeze said. "I am trying to think of one. We didnít play Georgia last year, but he is probably similar to their guy (Chubb). He has a lower center of gravity and makes you miss in space a bit more than the ones you have mentioned it seems to me." I think it should be the other way around, Chubb should be compared to him.

08/2016: If he stays healthy he could come out on top in the race for top RB taken in 2017. "It's like comparing Jameis Winston to Marcus Mariota," Dabo Swinney said. "Both are great, but I'm taking Cook." Cook has the best long speed I have ever seen. He consistently breaks free outside and beats everyone to the corner.

However, I would have to go with Fournette, because he has been invincible at LSU. "It's a matter of what you're looking for. Fournette is a straight-line runner with long speed, but he won't create as much for you as Cook," NFL Draftnic Zierlein said. "If you want a downhill guy in a power scheme, Fournette is your guy. If you're looking for more of a guy who can fit into any scheme, create yards, Cook is more elusive with better burst. I think it makes him an every-down back. Cook is like a bigger Devonta Freeman, and he's as legitimate as anyone if his size checks out. Cook will be more intriguing to more teams, but Fournette will be more valued by some teams." Meanwhile, Cook played through two injuries last season, and had two serious off the field issues in 2014.

2015: Registered one of the finest seasons by a Seminole tailback in school history during his sophomore campaignÖrecipient of the Jim Brown Award Ė given to the nationís top running back by the Touchdown Club of ColumbusÖgarnered first and second team All-America honors, while claiming first team All-ACC accolades from both the media and coachesÖfinished seventh in the 2015 Heisman Trophy votingÖbecame FSUís all-time single-season leader in rushing yards (1,691) and all-purpose yards (1,935) in 2015...eclipsed the single-season rushing mark in his ninth game of the season vs. NC State surpassing Warrick Dunnís 20-year record of 1,242 yards...passed Larry Keyís single-season all-purpose yards record (1,821) in FSUís road victory at Florida...tallied 1,691 rushing yards on 229 attempts in 12 games, good for an average of 140.9 yards per game and 7.4 yards per carry...his 19 rushing touchdowns finished one shy of tying Greg Allenís single-season record of 20 rushing touchdowns set in 1982Öled the ACC in six offensive categories including rushing yards/game, rushing yards/carry, all-purpose yards, total rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and scoring...finished the year as the only player nationally to rank in the top 10 in the following offensive categories: rush yards/carry (2nd), rushing yards/game (5th), all-purpose yards (6th), rushing yards (6th), rushing touchdowns (8th) and scoring (10th)Öended the regular season leading the nation with 168.2 yards from scrimmage/game, 194.3 yards/game vs. FBS teams with a winning record and yards vs. Top 50 rushing defenses tallying 1,031 yards on 154 carries with 11 touchdowns in seven game




**Gareon Conley- 6', 195 (U) 4.45-4.48,  


Ohio ST 

01/2017: Very nice size, He looks like he is over 200-pounds now. Great feet moving backwards off the snap. Great ball skills. He can reach and grab the ball out of the sky. Terrific job using his great feet to stay in front of the WR and not let him get going. He can disrupt the timing of he pass just using his feet moving backwards. Vey physical corner in the run game. He can give a good hit. 

Terrific blitzer from the slot. He can find the angle to the QB, and give him a good shot. "I really didn't play football. In high school" Conley said. "I was a basketball player so once there was like a Big Ten school that came across I was like, 'Oh, I'm going to jump on it because I probably won't get anything better.' Then more schools started coming so I wanted to explore my options. I wanted to explore all of my options and they threatened to pull my scholarship if I did, so that's why I de-committed." He has more upside than any other CB in this Draft. 

Smart kid who sees to get it. "Coach Coombs, he said he wanted all three starters at corner to be on the field at the same time," Gareon said. "It was a great challenge to learn that spot, but I'm getting used to it now and we're just going to keep improving on what we do. You still play man. You play man on the outside and man inside. But it's different, because you've got a lot of field on the inside. It's different from corner, but it's not dramatically different." I'm vey impressed with him physicality as well.

Ohio State Overview: Itís athletic and talented Gareon Conleyís turn to lead the Ohio State cornerbacks, a position group that has seen its last three leaders drafted into the NFL with Bradley Roby and Eli Apple each first-round picks (Roby in 2014 to Denver and Apple this year to the New York Jets) and Doran Grant a fourth-round pick of Pittsburgh in 2015 Ö Conley is the only returning starter in the defensive secondary and heíll leverage his 28 games played and 1,158 plays of experience with his younger teammates who are in the same position Conley was in this time last year: fighting for playing time Ö a fourth-year member of the team, Conley has played in every game the past two seasons, including 13 starts last year for the 12-1 Buckeyes Ö Conley has nine career passes defended Ė seven break-ups and two interceptions Ė and 65 total tackles Ö with a red-shirt year in 2013 behind him, Conley is a fourth-year member of the team and a two-time letterwinner Ö he is majoring in sport industry.
2016 Season (Junior): All-Big Ten second team pick by the coaches and a third team selection by the media ... third on the team with three INTs ... made the game-clinching interception late in the fourth quarter in the win at Michigan State ... recorded two tackles and one PBU in the 77-10 win over Bowling Green ... three tackles and one INT in the win over Tulsa ... recorded two PBUs in the win over Indiana ... three tackles and an INT in the win at Wisconsin.



*Deshaun Watson- 6-3, 215, #4



09/2016: He is running too much this season, but he has everything you want in an NFL QB. He has the arm, the brain, the heart. I had him as the number one prospect ever since he kept coming back after Alabama in the Champ game. Clemson may have lost that game, but Watson never quit. And, he was throwing the ball! He almost brought them back to win, by throwing the ball. He threw for over 400-yards and 4 TDs.

"He's going to have his degree in December in three years," Swinney said. "He just missed graduating in two-and-a-half years by five hours. So he took 20 hours this summer. A lot of people are trying to do the least that they can, and he's always looking for more. Just last night, I got a text. I had already showered, I was over here eating dinner, and I was about ready to head into our coaches meetings, and I get a picture, and itís a picture of Deshaun Watson from my brother. Heís like youíre not going to believe this, heís still out on the field by himself, nobody around, doing some individual work on his own. Thatís just how he is. Heís a special breed, for sure, and sure am proud that weíve had the opportunity to have him around here for a few years."

I just would wish they would stop calling all those QB Draws. That does nothing to show his NFL potential. Shotgun Draws help teams win in college, but they are a lose-lose situation in the NFL. I know Sweeney has to do it to win. Watson is the best running QB I have seen since Vince Young played USC in the Champ game, and we saw what that did for Young. He needs to start throwing the ball from the pocket early and often.

"Heís a quarterback thatís what he is," Swinney said. "People will say weíre looking for a dual threat quarterback. I promise you, Iím not looking for a dual threat quarterback. Iím looking for a good person first, a good quarterback second, and I need that quarterback to be a guy that can move around and create and make some plays with his legs. But I donít go and recruit athletes and try to make them quarterbacks. Iím recruiting quarterbacks and he is. Whatever you need a quarterback to do, Deshaun Watson can do it, you can rest assured of that. But Iím so proud of him. He gets it. I think when itís all said and done, people will realize, the world is going to get to see what Iíve seen for three years, especially as he gets to advance his career."

He should be the top pick in this draft, but they need to let him throw. He has to learn that NFL QBs win by throwing in the NFL. He has to learn all those intricacies of the passing game, and start doing it now. He has the WRs to throw too. Throw it. I took him out of the number one spot specifically because he has been running too much this season.

Like against Auburn. "Using his feet too much against Auburn. So far he is too much of a shotgun Draw QB. When he three steps, and keeps his eyes down field, and then throws, he looks like a top NFL QB." But when he runs all day he looks like an NFL bust.

07/2016: He was the best QB in college football in 2015. His grit, toughness, and leadership almost lead Clemson to an impossible championship. He is one of the those rarest of rare QBs who is a pass first QB, but once he decides to run he is one of the top running QBs as well. 

OUTLOOK: Junior quarterback who put up record numbers and led Clemson to No. 2 final national ranking and 14-1 record after an appearance in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game ... one of the most decorated players in the nation despite undergoing surgery in December 2014 for a torn ACL ... wears jersey #4, a number worn by former Tiger quarterback Steve Fuller; the number is retired at Clemson, but Fuller allowed the number to come out of retirement for Watson ... Clemsonís first Heisman Trophy finalist; finished third in the 2015 balloting with 148 first-place votes ... has 18-2 record as a starter, and Clemson is 17-1 when he finishes healthy ... preseason first-team All-American by Athlon, ESPN the Magazine, Lindyís, Phil Steele and Sporting News ... top Heisman Trophy candidate by several publications ... member of the preseason Maxwell Award watch list ... No. 1 quarterback in the nation in the preseason according to Lindyís and Phil Steele ... believed to be the first quarterback in FBS history to pass at least 37 hours and throw 35 or more touchdown passes in the same academic year ... a clutch player, he is 67-94 (.713) for 817 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions in the fourth quarter over his career ... owns 39 Clemson records ... co-recipient of Bank of America Hamilton MVP on offense with Wayne Gallman for 2015 ... Deanís List student in the spring of 2016.
2015: Member of the preseason watch list for the Manning Award, Davey OíBrien Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award ... listed No. 7 Heisman candidate by Lindyís and No. 10 by Athlon ... preseason ACC Player of the Year and first-team All-ACC by a vote of the leagueís media. Davey OíBrien and Manning Award winner as the nationís best quarterback, he was Clemsonís first winner of both prestigious awards ... won the Archie Griffin Award, named after two-time Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State and presented annually to the most valuable player in college football by the Touchdown Club of Columbus ... finalist for the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year ... first-team All-American by AFCA, Associated Press, CBS Sports, ESPN.com, Football Writers Association and USA Today ... second-team All-American by Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and Walter Camp ... ACC Player-of-the-Year and ACC Offensive Player-of-the-Year (media, coaches) ... first-team All-ACC (media, coaches) ... ACC Championship Game Most Valuable Player ... Capital One Orange Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player ... four-time ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week, more than any other player ... four-time Manning Award Star of the Week ... first player in FBS history with at least 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season ... fifth nationally in completion percentage away from home (67.9) and fifth in overall completion percentage (67.8) ... third nationally among quarterbacks with 1,105 rushing yards.

CHAMP GAME: Set National Championship Game record with 478 yards of total offense, including a passing total of 405 yards ... tossed four touchdown passes, including two to Hunter Renfrow in the opening quarter ... also rushed for 73 yards against Alabamaís stout defense ... shared player-of-the-game honors from coaches with Renfrow.

9.7 (QB)


*Mike Williams- 6-2, 303, #7



12/2016Williams was much better this season. "Mike Williams is a monster," Dabo Swinney said at the Playoff presser. "He's a game changer, every snap, whether he gets the ball or not. When he lines up on the field he impacts the game. the D-Coordinator is hoping it doesn't go to #7. He's just that type of guy. Unbelievable football player. He's a better player this year, than he would have been last year, and he would have been amazing. But I just think his mindset, his mentality. his appreciation for his opportunity. The fact that he was able to sit and learn last year. I think that fire was burning hard [inside of him], and intense for him coming into the season. He's had an unbelievable year. Very smart player. He's a problem [for other teams]. He's a match up problem. Everybody knows it, and he has a quarterback who can get him the ball. That's certainly a plus when you got a guy like that on the field." He is the only WR who is a lock in the 1st.

08/2016: He is a big, athletic and strong WR who missed last season. "Iím really hungry right now and excited for this year," Williams said. "Watching from the sideline you see the whole field. You get to read defenses better. While I was out I took time just to make my game better in that area. Iím a lot stronger and a lot faster so Iím really excited about that." I question his instincts at WR.

They thought he was going to replace Sammy Watkins as the #1 WR last year. "Very excited to get him back," WR coach Jeff Scott said. ďHe was a guy if he had stayed healthy last year he probably was a guy who was going to be on the move. Iíve been telling people Ė just imagine having Sammy Watkins or DeAndre Hopkins back for a fourth year. Thatís what youíre getting ready to get with Mike Williams. Heís been working really hard." His route running still needs work. 

He needs to be more than an elite athlete with size to take the next step. "To have him back ready to play is huge," Swinney said. " It just changes the dynamics of the game from a defensive standpoint as far as how people try to defend you. Youíve got to have an answer for number seven. He brings a presence that weíre excited to have back on the field. Thatís a pretty good duo right there, Mike Williams, and a sophomore Deon Cain, who has been there and played and got some experience, the same thing with Ray-Ray and Artavis. Youíve got a couple of guys with some really good experience." But he can go up and get the ball over any DB, especially deep down field.

As a Sophomore he garnered 1,030 yards and 6TDs on 57 catches, and almost all of last season with s freak neck injury. "I know this has been a difficult year for him to stand on the sidelines and watch this special season and not be a part of it," Jeff Scott said. "Like we told him he got us off and running with the first touchdown of the season. I know his teammates are excited to get him back on the field." He plays to his great speed, as his 18 YPC shows. 

He should put up some great stats this season with the top NFL prospect at QB throwing to him. "Iím a football player, so itís part of the game," Williams said about getting hit. "Iíve got to get tackled. So Iím ready for that. "I donít want them to hold back. I want the best. Iím ready to see that." He also has great hands.

He looks bigger and stronger this year. "It is great, for us we had him back in the spring," Swinney said about Williams. "He really did everything in the spring, he was knocked around and on the ground and dove so in my mind he is really just picking up where he left off in the spring. To have him back and ready to play is huge, he just changes the dynamics of the game from a defensive stand point as far as how people try to defend you because you have to have an answer for number seven. The strength that he brings into our corps. The depth that we will have." He will be a 1st Round pick. 

OUTLOOK: Redshirt junior who was the teamís best deep threat before suffering a season-ending injury in the 2015 opener ... has 79 receptions for 1,366 yards and 10 touchdowns in 1,165 snaps over 27 games (15 starts) in his career ... seventh in school history in yards per reception (17.3) ... preseason first-team All-American by Phil Steele ... member of the preseason Maxwell Award watch list ... rated nationís No. 2 wide receiver in the preseason by Phil Steele and No. 5 by Lindyís.
2015: Suffered fracture in his neck after colliding with the goal post padding on Clemsonís first drive of the season, on his four-yard touchdown catch ... redshirted.



**Jabrill Peppers- 5-10.7, 213 (U) 4.47-4.46,  35.5" Vert! 10'8" Br!  19 Reps, 



08/2016: He plays CB. He plays Safety. "I said it in the spring and Iíll just continue to say it. 'weíre going to give this guy a lot to do,'" Michigan DC Brown said. "Heís going to have different jobs based on package. Calling him just a linebackerís probably not fair. Calling him a hybridís probably not fair. íCause weíll ask him to do a lot of stuff. But thatís the beauty of it." He even plays some nickel linebacker.

Lines up in Off a lot. He will line up outside and in the Slot. Plays more like a FS in coverage. Not sure about his instincts. Needs to see it to move fast. Doesn't always read plays as quick as he needs to. He returns punts and kicks. He is a better kick returner, as he is at his best when he can use his straight line speed. But, when he has an outside lane on the punt return he can sure look fast. When drops back like a FS and sees the run develop in front of him, he can get to the RB in the backfield. He comes up fast to support the run. When he sees the RB in front of him, he gets there fast. Avoids contact sometimes in run game. 

He can play anywhere he damn well wants. "I can think of five different positions he could be really good at," Harbaugh said. "Can somebody be the Willie Mays of football: the five-tool player? The five-position player? Maybe that'll end up being Jabrill Peppers." He will line up in the backfield sometime like an RB, and go out for the swing pass.

It is not a coincidence that he is compared to the incomparable Charles Woodson. "They stack up differently," Big-10 football analyst Marcus Ray said. "Charles is a long 6-1. His posture is more narrow with longer arms, and he probably could jump higher. Jabrill is more put together physically. When he takes his shirt off, he looks like a Masters of the Universe action figure." He is a physical marvel. 

I think they move him around too much, and that makes his role a little too convoluted. "You want him to have one of those games that people look back on and say: 'This is one of the greatest games a Michigan athlete has ever played,'" Woodson said. "He tested it out in spring ball, and the rest was history." He would be better served in a more singular role, but the team might not.

When they line him up in front of a Bunch, he can get very aggressive. He can fight through the front two WRs, and take out the 3rd behind them on the WR screen. "Charles ain't gonna like this, but I think Jabrill has him," Ray said. "He runs an honest 4.38 and Charles is 4.42. Charles has a lot of football speed. But in a track meet, I think Jabrill would win. [both are listed at 6-1] but Peppers is more like 5-11 1/2 with his shoes off." When they put him up on the line and let him be aggressive he looks like a top ten pick. 

They will line him up in the slot on offense, and run a Jet-sweep to him. When he turns the corner he is gone. "He's a phenomenal athlete," Woodson says. "He brings a lot of passion to the game, which is what we need at Michigan." Elite speed with the ball in his hands.

He will line up as the FS on the seam sometimes. "When Jabrill comes in the game, he dictates what the defense will call," Ray says. "He's a step faster than anyone. At running back, he reminds me of Reggie Bush. If he was on offense for 10 to 15 plays a game, Michigan (9-2) might be undefeated." They will line him up in the slot, and throw it too him outside.

He can turn and run with anyone in the slot. Big enough to cover tight ends. I don't like him in off. He tends to wait for the WR where he stands, and bump and run where he breaks. I don't like him when he is not moving or flat footed. But he does have that knack for instantly turning and running with the WRs when they break to either side. He is such a rare athlete. He gets a little too physical downfield in coverage sometimes. When he is on the line he gives a great one armed jam, and can play aggressively off of it. 


(Jack of all trades)


Chidobe Awuzie- 6', 205, (U) 4.44, 



Combine Notes: He might be the best run defender of all the CBs in this Draft. He has played every position in the secondary. Super smart. Super instinctive. Elite athlete. He is a fierce player and leader. He just ran himself deep into the 1st with a 4.44. He reminds me physically of Revis. He doesnít have Revis's ball skills and hands, but he shut guys down in college. He does have good ball skills.

12/2016: He sounds like a Patriot. "We have our heels on the cliff right now and we can go forward or we can fall down," Awuzie said. "Weíre the first class that Coach [Mac] brought in so we have that mindset of whatever it takes." He is going to be a team captain in the NFL someday.

I love the way he moves on the field. "Weíre competitive," Chidobe said. "Itís made us real hungry. We donít back down to nobody. Losing, as bad as itís been, itís built a mindset that we donít want to do this any more. We donít want to lose any more. We want to do whatever it takes to win." He reminds me of Revis at Pitt.

Great team guy and captain for Colorado. "I came in with a class, a lot of those guys mean a lot to me. And [head] coach  Mac means a lot to me," Awuzie said. "We have a good thing going and I want to see the progress finish and us get to a bowl game. We need to find a way to get it done." He has great feet and loose hips.

His only question for me is his Forty. "He wasn't ready," Leavitt said about last years Draft. "I am not saying he is not a hell of a player, because he is, but he'll really be ready after this year [to enter the Draft]. He'll be more mentally ready. He'll be at the top of his game. So he made a good, smart move coming back. He is extremely valuable, a real key piece to our defense. He is just a great young man that really wants to be good. He competes all the time. I really think a lot of him." I also have to question his ball skills a little, because QBs are afraid to test him.

He also misplayed a pass in the Champ game that led to a Ross TD. "Sometimes in the past I kind of loafed," Awuzie said. "That is something I look back at on film and it makes me sick to my stomach. As time has gone on, I kept working on my conditioning. Hopefully I have it to where I am giving 100 percent effort every play." It was odd play where the QB was being hit and the ball loafed up in the air, so it was not as bad as it seemed.

He shut Ross out for three quarters. "We're going to move him around," Colorado HC MacIntyre said, "We're going to play him at corner. We'll play him at nickel, too. It is going to depend on, when we go into a game, what the other team does best. If they have a guy they are going to throw to a lot, we'll put him out there [on him]. If we feel like they are going to run the ball, we might put him inside and blitz him some more. And we might [have him do other things] throughout the course of a game, too." He was the best player on the field for Colorado in the PAC-10 Champ game. 

11/2016: He just needs to make a few more plays on the ball. "If he could have just two or three more, because he is around the ball so much, those can be game changing plays," MacIntyre said. "I look for him to be a guy the other team is worried about as a turnover magnet. He had a pick today (Monday) and he had some pass breakups. He is a really good player." He is the best CB at shadowing guys all over the field and not allowing any space for the QB to throw into.

He played wide receiver in high school. "For sure. It is nothing new to me. Back when I was in high school, I played defense and offense," Awuzie said. "Now I am just moving around to different positions on defense. I am comfortable with it. Whatever it takes to win, I'll do." His high school coach wanted him to play offense, and once forbid him from playing defense.

Like Revis he doesn't get a lot of opportunities to make plays on the ball, because he shuts college WRs down. "I am not worried about the NFL right now," Awuzie said. "I am just worried about playing good defense. My mentality is 'see ball, get ball'. No matter where I line up. That is my job, to get turnovers and make sure they don't score." He is just a physical freak with the smarts to take advantage of his elite athleticism. 

Career: He finished his career with 273 tackles, 22nd all-time at Colorado, with his 226 unassisted tackles the seventh-highest figure and his 26 tackles for loss the most by a defensive back (as were his nine quarterback sacks).  He also finished second in career third down stops (47) and fifth in pass deflections (35).  One of the most versatile players in recent memory at CU, as he played all four positions in the secondary: cornerback, free and strong safety and nickel as well as some outside linebacker. He has accepted a bit to participate in the 2017 Senior Bowl.

2016 (Sr.): Co-recipient of CUís 2016 Zack Jordan Award that goes to the Most Valuable Player (with quarterback Sefo Liufau).  He earned Associated Press first-team All-Pac-12 honors (second-team by the league coaches and Phil Steeleís College Football).  Marquee player in CU's secondary that ranked No. 3 in the country in pass efficiency defense at 98.1 while opposing quarterbacks completed just 48.3 percent of their passes averaged only 182.5 yards per game, ranking as the 13th-best passing defense in the FBS.  He finished the year with 60 tackles (48 solo), four sacks (tying his own single-season record for the most by any CU defensive back), two forced fumbles and his 13 passes broken up.  He also had one interception and 19 third-down stops, ranking second on the team in that category.  He played 849 snaps on defense, ranking third on the squad, and led CU in special teams points with 27.  In the season opener against Colorado State he led the team in tackles with eight, had one tackle for a loss, broke up a pass and recorded an interception which he returned 14 yards. In week three at No. 4 Michigan, his sack of quarterback Wilton Speight forced a fumble that the Buffs recovered and returned 18 yards for a touchdown to give CU a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. He finished the Michigan game with five solo tackles, one third down stop and a pass breakup in addition to his sack and forced fumble. In win over Arizona State, he recorded the seventh sack of his career (second of the season), which made his CUís all-time quarterback sack leader Ė among defensive backs.  In the 10-5 win at Stanford when CUís defense held the Cardinal to just 263 yards, he had six tackles, a tackle for a loss, two third-down stops and two pass breakups. On Nov. 3 against UCLA, he had five tackles (all solo), a sack that went for a loss of 10 yards and also blocked a Bruin field goal attempt in the 20-10 victory. The blocked field goal was CUís only of the season.  He was a candidate for postseason hardware such as the Jim Thorpe Award (he was one of 39 on the official preseason watch list for the top defensive back in the nation), as well as the two honors presented to the nationís top defensive player (one of 88 on the list for the Bronko Nagurski Award and was one of 90 nominated for the Chuck Bednarik Award). He was also listed as the No. 89 player overall in the Top 100 College Players by nfl.com, the 19th-ranked defensive back and the No. 11 cornerback. He was the co-recipient of the Eddie Crowder Award as selected by the coaches for his outstanding leadership during spring practices.  



**David Njoku- 6-4, 246, (U) 4.7-4.64,  RS-Soph, 



01/2017: He has declared for the Draft. "After discussing it with my coach and teammates, I chose to enter the 2017 draft," Njoku said. "Itís kind of bittersweet leaving my team a couple years early, but I feel like itís best for me. It hurts, but this decision that I had to make, was mostly about myself and my family. Itís going to be upsetting that Iím leaving my team a little early, but I think they understand." He has a shot in the 1st.

But he is going to have to work harder than he ever has. "Nothingís going to happen unless I work," Njoku said. "Iíve got to get working." Great natural athlete. 
He has the body to play in the NFL. "Obviously, I was thinking about it a lot," Njoku said. "Itís like a dream to go to the NFL. I guess it just clicked. I said, 'You know what? I think Iím ready.' I talked to my coach about it." And that was that.
He has a chance to be a very good in the NFL. "He has it all," Miami FS Rayshawn Jenkins said. "The size, the speed, the ball skills. I feel like the league is turning more to those tight ends because they can really run and get open in space." He has good hands.
I'd like to see him block a little better. "Heís a freak," Miami TE Standish Dobard said. "He does a lot of things well, and now heís becoming one off the great blockers too. Not just a pass-catcher. Heís a complete tight end now. So heís going to be a star." We will see soon enough.

12/2016: He should stay in school. "I'm just trying to stay focused for West Virginia, you know what Iím saying?" Njoku said. "Weíll worry about that afterwards." He needs to get bigger and stronger.
He is terrific running with the ball after the catch. "David had a phenomenal day," Kaaya said, about Njoka's 76-yard TD catch against Duke. "They were trying to mess around with some of their coverages and disguise stuff. [So I said] 'to hell with their coverage.'" He make the big plays that win games like he did against Duke: 2 catches, 134-yards, and 2 TDs. 
He reminds me of Ben Watson. "That guy, he is a pretty thing," Mark Richt. "He can run and he has a really good ability to run after catch. He has a great stiff arm and great balance." He is such a smooth athlete running down the field.
But he is a bit of a body catcher sometimes. "A lot of guys can catch," Richt said. "But not many can have that ability to run fast, and have some ability to make people miss. He has a determination to score. A lot of guys are just happy to catch it. He loves to try and score." He is a beast in the Redzone.
He is terrific going down the Seam. "You can get a little bit of an idea," Richt said. "But I think right now they are considering it, but I donít think anybody is a slam dunk that they are staying or going. I think they are going to keep an open mind and listen to all the information and go through the process and do what is best in the end." He is also a good blocker, who just needs to get a little stronger to be a great blocker.

2016 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started season opener against Florida A&M (Sept. 3) and hauled in two passes for 15 yards...Caught two passes totaling 49 yards against FAU (Sept. 10)...Recorded long reception of 46 yards against Owls...Caught three passes totaling 69 yards with one touchdown in road win over Appalachian State (Sept. 17)...Had nine-yard touchdown in first quarter and added 54-yard reception in third quarter...Started against Georgia Tech (Oct. 1)...Recorded three catches in start against Florida State (Oct. 8)...Totaled career-best 82 yards on four receptions against North Carolina (Oct. 15), including long reception of 33 yards...Registered 69 yards against Virginia Tech (Oct. 20)...Caught three passes, including long catch of 48, against Hokies...Four-catch, 41-yard performance at Notre Dame (Oct. 29) included athletic touchdown catch of two yards...Had first multi-touchdown performance of career in win over Pittsburgh (Nov. 5)...Caught career-best six passes totaling 86 yards against Panthers, including touchdown catches of 12 and five yards...Recorded touchdown in third straight game in win at Virginia (Nov. 12)...Caught three passes for 16 yards against Cavaliers, including 7-yard TD...Tied career-high mark with six catches and totaled 72 yards in start at NC State (Nov. 19)...Both receptions in regular season finale win over Duke (Nov. 26) went for long touchdowns: career-long 76-yard touchdown in third quarter and 58-yard touchdown in fourth...Totaled career-high 134 yards on two receptions.



*Cam Robinson- 6-6, 327, #74



11/2016: He beat the crap out of Miles Garrett in the big A&M game. He wasn't as effective blocking down on A&M's big DT. As soon as they had him blocking down on DT, Garrett got into the backfield and got to the QB. It was an option run, and he smashed into the RB and took down. Terrific kickslide as fast as Garrett getting outside, when he is focused. He can gallop back two slides, and catch the rusher and stop him cold. Nice job sealing Garrett outside to start the game. He can grab the shirt of the top passrusher, and shake him with his hands as he holds on. He can catch the power rusher on inside move, and pull him back out side with his hands. He can catch the DE going low, and turn him and seal him outside. He dominated Garrett in the 1st Quarter.

09/2016: He is a big OLT who can dance backwards like a bear. Great long arms and feet. Ton of experience in the run game. He will be a top ten pick. Seals the DE outside nicely. He will over extend and can get pulled off balance when he does. When he keeps his feet moving he plays with great power. He can push rushers to the ground from the side, while shuffling into position with his feet, while his hands are in the DE's shirt.

07/2016: He got in some trouble this off season when he was pulled over by a cop. But.. "Cam Robinson and Hootie were not charged with anything," Saban said. "I think that the facts that we have are a little different than some that were advertised. Both players have done a significant amount of things to change their behavior whether it was police ride alongs, whether it was community service or juvenile groups that need positive role models and influence to make better choices and decisions. So we have viewed this as if these guys do these things to change their behavior and help other people, and that is ongoing, if they continue to do that, that will be how this matter is handled internally." This incident will not effect his draft stock at all.

SOPHOMORE (2015): Finished his sophomore season as one of two returning starters on the Tide's offensive line ... named to the All-SEC first team by both the conference coaches and the Associated Press ... played his best football late in the season, helping open holes for 199.9 rushing yards per game that ranked 32nd nationally and third in the SEC ... had 46 knockdown blocks that ranked third on the team ... blocked for 17 100-yard rushers in his career and 10 in 2015 ... named one of the UA coaching staff's offensive players of the week for his performance at Mississippi State.



Takkarist McKinley 6-2, 265, (U) 4.59, S-1.61, 



12/2016: He was incredible against USC. He took all his strength and passion and put it on the field and was relentless. He was a force against the run. I like UCLA's OLT Conor McDermott, and McKinley ate his lunch. He was a force in the rush against him. 

08/2016: UCLA had to switch to a 4-3 this season, because of depth issues. "It was honestly my first time doing that; it was new to me," McKinley said. "I just had to suck it up and do it for the team. In the 4-3, thereís more space and I can use my speed more. Get to show why Iím going to be the best pass-rusher in the country." He has shown his great speed more on the field this season.

He has is showing that he can play in a 4-3 or a 3-4. "Me and Deon talk all the time about who is going to get the most sacks," McKinley said. "Last year, we didnít do as good as we wanted to do. We know we can do much better. Weíre both aiming for 10-plus, 15-plus sacks, easy." Nice job fighting through the tight end to get up and outside on toss plays.

He can blast off up field past the QB with his great initial burst, and then spin back inside and get an angle on the QB. "He came in as a raw athlete," UCLA D-line coach McClure said. "I seem to think he's improved every day since he's been there. We've asked him to do different things in his career. Last year he played a 4i and on the edge, and this year he's played more on the edge and feels more at home. I think his physical development, he came in at 225-230 and he's about 255-260 now. He's gotten more physical. He's a lot more physical than he was three years ago." He has that knack for hitting the quarterback. 

He has been playing through injuries this season. "Speaking of Takk, he's a blood and guts guy," McClure said. "He's all heart and any time you get a combination of an elite athlete with a big heart, you'll get an exceptional player. I think he's really become a leader on this team and his teammates witness it every day. He's had injuries since camp and he's fought it through. He never wants to come out, he's always in there wanting to make plays. He's a leader on this team." It is all mental for him. Because he is a freak athlete, and he will show it at the Combine.

He can get sideways to set the edge. See the QB kept it off the play action, and go and sack the QB. He had back to back sacks against Utah. He ripped under the ORT. Smashed into the QB, and ripped the ball out of the QB's hands as he hit him. Then he amazingly tucked the ball away like an RB, as he spun in midair and he fell to the ground. That was one of the most incredible defensive plays I have ever seen.

He is a JuCo kid, who is in his third year at UCLA. "At first, I was getting thrown around like a little íol rag doll," McKinley said about his added weight and strength "It gives me a better chance to stay in my gap, plug that hole." He has been a different player this year.

2015: Appeared in 13 games and made 12 starts along the defensive line ... Tied for 10th on the team in tackles (35) ... Third on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks ... Also was credited with four pass breakups ... Made a season-high six tackles in the win at Utah ... Had five games each in games vs. Colorado and at Oregon State (3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks).
2014: Entered UCLA in the fall quarter of 2014, after joining the team for game four of the season ... Saw action in 10 games, with one start (at California) ... Saw his first action in game four against Arizona State ... Credited with six tackles, 3.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks ... Had two tackles, one for loss, at Cal ... Had one sack each in back-to-back games at Washington and vs. USC.



*John Ross- RS-Jr, 5-10 3/4 188, (O) 4.22! 



03/2017: He ran himself into the 1st at the Combine. "My pro day plan was pretty much going to be based off the combine," Ross said. "So fortunately I was able to show enough there, so I'll pretty much just be running routes and catching balls at pro day." He has elite feet running patterns. 
He can make guy whiff running patterns. "It happened on a block a pretty crucial block. I got a pancake, but I felt the shoulder pop when I took the guy to the ground," Ross said. "It was pretty painful, but every Saturday, my adrenalin would help me overcome it." Better combination of speed and quickness than Brandon Cooks.
But he just can't stay healthy. "He came up and told me all I had to do was believe in myself. I had run a 4.3 on laser timing in training, and I told him I wanted to get that down," Ross said. "He said by the time the combine comes, with the adrenalin you'll have, you'll run faster than that. That's hard to believe because you feel like you've given your all in training, but he was right." His talent is undeniable, but he is risk to any team that takes him.

11/2016:  I am putting him here because if he runs a 4.29 than he should go as high as Will Fuller did last year. "From the start weíve said very, very impressive," coach Peterson said. "He, within the first week, I was impressed with that guy in terms of his mentality. And Iím like 'I donít know if heís going to be able to be this positive. Itís going to hit him in another month.' And it probably did, but he did a great job of masking that. I was as proud of him for how he handled that as anything heís done on the field. Well, kind of. I like what he does on the field a lot. But it was impressive, Iíll tell you that." He is so great at running deep patterns that it is easy to forget that he does have the quickness and burst to get open short on patterns. 

He Redshirted in 2015  due to an injury suffered in the spring, and played injured early in 2016. "We tell our guys all the time, I mean, youíre probably going to get hurt, and youíre going to play when youíre not full speed, and thereís a good probability that youíre going to miss a game or two in your career here," UM HC Peterson said. "And thatís if youíre lucky. Thatís just the game of football. So your job is to get as healthy as you can as fast as you can and be positive about it. Thereís nothing we can do to change it except you rehabbing it, and when you hit a setback like John Ross had, those are the hardest ones, a year injury. That's a hard slug in the gut." Teams have to play so far off him that he will run a five-yard stop and be ten yards open. 

He was injured early in the season. "John Ross is doing real well, and we need him to be able to take the next step for us to do what we want to do," Peterson said. "But he's doing good. But we've got some players there that I think can do the job if we continue to progress, and John is one of those guys. He's played very little receiver, but he stays healthy, he'll get where we need him." He reminds me of Fuller because of his size as well. 

He is also smart enough to yell at his QB before the play and point out that the CB is playing 15-yards off. They will line him up all alone on the left, and force a one on one where all the CB can do his grab him and draw the flag.

2016: Returned to the field after a year off in a big way in the win over Rutgers, scoring three TDs in the win ... returned his fourth career kickoff for a touchdown, breaking the UW record (formerly 3, Jim Krieg, 1970-71) ... scored on a 92-yard return, his fifth career scoring play of 90 yards or more ... also caught touchdown passes of 38 and 50 yards ... finished the Rutgers game with a team-high five catches for 90 yards ... named the team's offensive player of the week for the Rutgers game ... career-high seven receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns in the Husky win over Idaho ... had one catch for 10 yards in the win over Portland State ... scored on a 32-yard run and on a 12-yard reception in the win at Arizona ... had four catches for 28 yards vs. the Wildcats ... caught four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in the win over No. 7 Stanford ... career-high nine catches and three touchdowns (tied for second-most in UW history) on 94 yards in Washington's victory at Oregon ... 4 receptions for 115 yards in Washington's win over Oregon State ... caught four passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns in the win over No. 17 Utah ... named the coaches' offensive player of the game and the Pac-12 Player of the Week after a huge game at Cal, when he piled up 208 receiving yards and three touchdowns on six receptions ... enters the USC game second in the NCAA-FBS in receiving touchdowns, with 14.




Kevin King- 6-3, 192, 6.56 3-C! 3.89 SS! (U) 4.41, 11.14 60-YS! 39.5"Vert! 32" Arm, 11 Rep,



01/2017: King is another guy whose game I just like. "We're a competitive unit," King said. "I think each one of us wants to be leading in picks. We have a pick board that we tally up and at the end of the year, we give out a little award for who got the most picks." But so much depends on his speed. 

He is a true senior who has seen everything. "True senior. Don't a tremendous job developing his talent [and] leadership abilities and really excited to see what he's going to do this fall," Petersen said. "I'm always interested to see what the seniors are going to do. Everybody wants to talk about young guys coming up. I always think it starts with your seniors." He can be a force against the run.
He played safety early in his career. "It would be harder to go from corner back to safety," UW DB-coach Lake said. "He went from safety to corner and really knew what the job was of both the corners, the nickel, and the Wil linebacker. Now it's just the technique part of it. He's grown and has a ways to go, but I really like the path he's on right now." He can get real physical at the line. 
He has great long arms he can use on the jam and when the ball is in the air. "It definitely gives me a huge advantage," King said. "I'm long and if a guy has a step on me that's not really having a step. Jamming guys at the line with my long reach means they can't get their arms on me as much as I can get on them." His speed will determine where he is taken. 

2016: Made seven tackles, including two for a loss, in a start vs. Rutgers ... notched a pair of tackles in a start vs. Idaho ... two tackles, including half of a tackle for loss, in the win over Portland State ... recorded one tackle and had an interception in the win at Arizona ... one stop in the win over No. 7 Stanford ... five tackles in the Huskies' 70-21 win at Oregon ... six tackles, plus a key pass break-up, in the win at No. 17 Utah ... credited with a tackle and three pass break-ups in the UW win at California ... two stops vs. USC ... made a highlight, one-handed interception in the end zone with the Huskies leading by just 3-0 in the win over Arizona State ... also had two tackles vs. the Sun Devils ... four stops in the Apple Cup win over Washington State ... two tackles and two pass break-ups in the UW's Pac-12 Championship Game win over Colorado ... won the Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award at the team's postseason banquet.
2015: Played in 11 of 13 games, starting eight ... made honorable mention All-Pac-12 ... had an interception in each of Washington's first three games ... saw extensive action at cornerback vs. Boise State ... two tackles and an interception vs. the Broncos ... second straight game with an interception in the win over Sacramento State ... also had five tackles, including a tackle for loss, vs. the Hornets ... three tackles, plus a pick, in the win over Utah State ... served as a game captain vs. California, when he started and finished with four tackles ... started in the win at USC, finishing with five tackles, including one for a six-yard loss ... three tackles, half of a tackle for loss, vs. Oregon ... two tackles at Stanford ... missed the Arizona game due to injury ... returned to action vs. Utah, recording three tackles ... started at Arizona State ... two tackles in a start at Oregon State ... team-high nine tackles, including two for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, in the Apple Cup win over Washington State ... sat out the bowl game due to injury.



*Evan Engram- 6-3.3, 234, (U) 4.43-4.42!  


Ole Miss 

09/2016: Fantasy geeks will like this, he reminds me of Julius Thomas. "Youíve seen glimpses of his best," Freeze said this spring. "But we need to find ways to get him the football a little more next year. Hopefully that will help him have a very solid senior campaign." Only he can stay healthy. 

Voted team captain after deciding to stay in school for his senior season. "I take pride in it," Engram said. "Just being a captain of this team, being a leader. That makes me better, because I hold others to a standard, and that means I have to hold myself to an even higher standard." He is going to catch a lot of passes in the NFL.

He can get open deep. "The chemistry is really good with Chad," Engram said after the Alabama game. "I think Chad is a big confidence guy. He likes to believe in his guys and wants to trust his receivers and thatís what we worked on as a corps, as an offense this offseason." He had a 63-yard TD pass against Alabama, where the ball went 33-yards in the air, and garnered 9 catches and 138-yards in that game.

They like to run play action to the left, and then run him out to the right. "Heís a freak athlete, and he has great hands," Kelly said. "He makes plays when the ball is in his hands. I think this year weíve really got to get him the ball a lot more." Dynamite pass catching H-back. 

They have really been featuring him this season. "Every week we are moving him around a good bit." Hugh Freeze said. "The second part to that is they have other things to worry about than just Evan. We have some pretty good receivers. If you want to double him inside then there are some people outside that are in one-on-one situations. You've got to feel really good about that, when [Stringfellow] and Lodge and Van [Jefferson] and  Pack and Quincy [Adeboyejo] and those other guys. You've got to decide and I think that Evan benefits from that. I think it is a combination of us moving him around and the way our receivers are playing." He has responded so far.

CAREER: All-time Ole Miss leader in receptions (97) and receiving yards (1,394) by a tight end ... Tied for fifth all-time among Ole Miss TEs with seven touchdown catches ... Three-year starter. Really took ownership of his role as team leader this spring ... Has improved his blocking and his ability to read and recognize coverages.
2015 JUNIOR: An All-SEC second team pick (Coaches, Athlon, Phil Steele), earning all-league honors for the third straight year ... Greatly improved his blocking skills as a junior ... Tied for second on team with 38 catches, fifth with 464 receiving yards and sixth with two TD catches ... Helped the Rebel offense shatter the majority of single-season school records, including most total yards, points, touchdowns and passing yards ... One of four team captains ... Started 12 of 13 games ... Earned third letter ... vs. UT Martin (9/5/15): Made one catch for 5 yards in start ... at #2 Alabama (9/19/15): Caught one pass for 22 yards in start ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/26/15): Hauled in three passes for 41 yards and made one tackle on an interception, in start ... at #23 Florida (10/3/15): Caught three passes for 41 yards in start ... vs. New Mexico State (10/10/15): Caught two passes for 28 yards in start ... at #22 Memphis (10/17/15): Four catches for 24 yards in start ... vs. #15 Texas A&M (10/24/15): Caught four passes for 35 yards and his first TD of the year in start ... at Auburn (10/31/15): Hauled in four catches for 36 yards in start ... Made a key fourth-down grab and then made the block that sprung Akeem Judd to a 25-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 10-10 in the 2nd quarter ... vs. Arkansas (11/7/15): Had three catches for 35 yards in start ... vs. #15 LSU (11/21/15): Caught a team-high five passes for 58 yards and a TD in start ... at #21 Mississippi State (11/28/15): Caught two passes for 43 yards ... Sugar Bowl vs. #16 Oklahoma State (1/1/16): Caught a game-high six passes for a game-high 96 yards to help Ole Miss to its first Sugar Bowl win since 1970 and its most points (48) and yards (554) in any bowl game in school history.




Haason Reddick- 6-1 1/2, 237, (U) 4.52-4.53, S-1.6, 



01/2017: He showed up at the Senior Bowl a little shorter than expected, but an elite athlete. "Heís really got good genetics. He can run and jump and heís probably the second-fastest guy on our starting defense as a defensive end," Temple DC Phil Snow said. "He has all those skills, and he never really translated them over to making a lot of plays until this year. Everything now is starting to gel. Heís made a lot of plays doing a lot of different things for us. Heís really been a versatile player for us." He has some great instincts in pass coverage. 

He showed he could cover RBs and TEs, and make plays on the ball in pass coverage. "Yeah, I started off as a defensive back and just kept getting bigger and stronger," Reddick said. He showed his DB instincts on the field when he was in coverage. 

He can really move to the ball on the field. "The two things that stood out are his motor and his instincts. His pursuit in both the pass rush and the running game are insane," Paul Hudrick said. "He clearly carries the chip of being a walk-on with him when he plays. His ability to play with his hand in the dirt or out of a two-point stance stands out. For a pass rusher, he understands the scheme and is able to diagnose plays and pursue like an inside linebacker. He can be a nice piece with the right coach in the right scheme. It's tough to come up with an NFL comparison, but hybrids are all the rage." It is remarkable that he was DE at Temple, and could cover like he did at the Senior Bowl. 

He is a convert DE, who is going to have to play off the ball LB in the NFL. "Heís definitely evolved as a leader and player," Temple FS Sean Chandler said. "At one point, Coach Rhule and the staff pulled up film from his freshman year and all the seniorsí freshman year and we saw how heís come and how far theyíve all come, whether it was leading or just playing football. We saw they have grown up a lot. We saw, for the most part, how he and they all got bigger. They were some skinny guys. We can tell they are just way better football players." He garnered 9.5 sacks and 21.5 TFL as a senior. 

He has that knack for hitting the quarterback, and will be a nasty A-Gap blitzer in the NFL. "I took it is as a challenge," Reddick said. "I wanted to conquer it, so my thing was to come here and prove I could do it. I came here with a chip on my shoulder. I wanted to show everyone that I'm one of the best players on the field no matter where you put me, and I think I did that this week." He has been compared to Lawrence Timmons.

He played LB at the Senior Bowl, and was the best LB in coverage drills at the SB. "I talk to a lot of people, some people like me for inside or outside," Reddick said. "I can see playing inside 'backer first and second down, maybe let me rush on third down, long situations. I can do both. I'm versatile." He showed he could not only chuck the RB, but dive in front of him when the QB throws the ball, and knock it down. That play alone may have gotten him into Day Three. 

Honors: 2016: Senior Bowl invitation ... Fourth Team All-American (Phil Steele) ... First Team All-American Athletic Conference (AAC, Phil Steele) ... ECAC First Team All-Star ... Burlsworth Trophy semifinalist (Most Outstanding former walk-on) ... Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List (Best College Football Defensive Player) ... Reese's Senior Bowl Defensive Player of the Week (Tulane) ... AAC Defensive Player of the Week (SMU) ... AAC Honor Roll (Memphis, UCF) ... Eastern Football/Metro NY Football Writers Defensive Lineman of the Week (UCF) ... Defensive Production Player of the Week (SMU, UCF) ... Special Teams Effort Player of the Week (Navy) ... OwlSports.com Player of the Month (September) ... 2015 - All-Conference Honorable Mention by American Athletic Conference ... All-American Athletic Conference Third Team by Phil Steele.
2016 (Redshirt Senior): Awarded a single-digit jersey given at the end of camp (changed from 58 to 7) ... Temple awards single digits to the toughest players on the team as voted on by the players ... was a game captain and started vs. Army ... recorded half a sack vs. Stony Brook ... recorded first pass breakup of the season) at Penn State ... had a career high in sacks (2.0), forced two fumbles and had a fumble recovery on a deflected punt vs. SMU ... had a career-high in tackles (11), tied the conference record with 5.0 TFL, and tied for a career-high in sacks at Memphis ... second in the conference in sacks (9.5) and leads the nation in TFLs (21.5) ... he trails only Dan Klecko as Temple's all-time leader in career TFLs (65.0) and TFLs in a season (22.5) ... recorded his first career interception in the AAC Championship against #19 Navy (12/3).




Reuben Foster- 6-1, 240, #10



07/2016: When he hits the RB he goes backwards. "Reuben played a lot of good football for us last year but I think he'll be the first one to tell you that there are things he can improve on," Saban said. "And certainly we're going to focus on every one of those things this spring." He is a great blitzer up the gut. He can find the RB in the backfield with a great run blitz. 

He makes the checks and calls for the defense. "Heís a leader over there," OJ Howard said. "He calls the plays, calls the signals for them. Heís moving sideline to sideline very well. Heís a field general. Iíve seen a lot of improvement in Reuben." Field fast. Fast thinker, and moves to the ball fast when he see it.
Slides over in front of the RB so well. Very aware in zone drop. "He came in as a raw, talented guy. [He was] a little undisciplined, who kind of ran around and made plays," ex-Alabama DC Kirby Smart said. "And now heís playing with better discipline, better eye control. Heís fitting things better. He takes pride in his performance like a pro guy. Heís like, ĎI know I have to play better coach,í and every week he wants to learn. He wants you to teach him. When you have a guy whoís really talented and heís coachable, itís kind of why we do this as coaches." Again, teams are looking for Collins and Hightower type LBs. Who can: stop the run, blitz up the middle and hit the QB, cover, and lead a defense. He can do all four.

He is getting better and better at taking on blocks. "Reuben played very well for us last year," Saban said. "I donít think we have any players that are good players who canít make improvement. Michael Jordan and [Steph] Curry are probably two of the most dominant players in basketball and any time you watch a video about either one of these guys, all they talk about is what they have to do to get better. Thatís the expectation we have for any player on our team regardless of what theyíve done in the past or how good theyíve been... Thatís knowledge of the position. Thatís consistency in performance. Itís better tackling. Itís better pass coverage, becoming a better blitzer. We can go on and on and on and I think every player can improve. Reuben played a lot of good football for us last year, but I think heíll be the first one to tell you that there are things he can improve on, and certainly weíre going to focus on every one of those things this spring." He can take on the back in the hole, shed him, and flush the QB.

Great job eyeing the running QB, and once he makes a move outside, Foster charges outside to threaten him. Nice job covering the tight end on the Out route. Terrific job coming off coverage to track down and hit the scrambling QB. Terrific blitzer up the gut. When he reads a Toss, he can shot across the line, and make the tackle deep in the backfield fast. Nice job covering the RB out of the backfield.

JUNIOR (2015): An instinctive linebacker and big hitter who earned the starting job at inside linebacker as a junior ... finished second on the team with 73 total tackles, eight for a loss (-24 yards), with two sacks (-7 yards), three quarterback hurries and nine pass breakups ... named one of the UA coaching staff's defensive players of the week following Mississippi State and Auburn. Wisconsin: Made his presence known against the Badgers, finishing with four tackles, including one for a loss (-2 yards) from the will linebacker spot ... helped limit the Badger rushing attack to just 40 yards rushing on 21 total attempts. Middle Tennessee: Collected six tackles in his first start of 2015 while also adding two pass breakups ... exited the game early after suffering an upper body injury. Ole Miss: Earned the start at will linebacker and tallied three total tackles ... helped limit the Rebel rushing attack to just 92 yards on the ground. ULM: Racked up five tackles, including one for a loss (-2 yards) ... started for a defense that limited the Warhawks to only 92 yards of total offense. Georgia: Made his presence known in the middle of the Tide defense, finishing with three total tackles by day's end ... part of a Tide defense that kept the Bulldogs to 299 yards on offense, nearly 200 yards below their season average. Arkansas: Notched four tackles to rank third in stops for the game, while adding one pass breakup ... helped limit the Hogs to only 220 yards, more than 250 yards below their season average entering the night. Texas A&M: Finished the day in College Station with three tackles, including one for a loss (-3 yards), and one pass breakup ... was key in limiting the Aggie offense to just 32 yards on the ground and a season-low 23 points scored. Tennessee: Had arguably the best game as a member of the Tide, recording a career-high 11 tackles, including two for a loss (-8 yards), his first sack of the season (-6 yards) and one pass breakup ... his 11 tackles ranked second on the team ... was a key part of the UA pass rush that recorded five sacks and eight quarterback hurries against the Vols. LSU: Recorded one tackle on the night ... helped limit LSU to 182 yards of total offense, nearly 250 yards below the Tigers average entering the game. Mississippi State: Led the Crimson Tide in tackles with his second double-digit tackling game of the season, making 10 stops against the Bulldogs ... also added two quarterback hurries and two pass breakups, both career highs ... helped limit the MSU offense to no touchdowns and only six points. Charleston Southern: Recorded two tackles in his limited playing time against the Buccaneers. Auburn: Tied for second on the team in tackles with six ... added one quarterback hurry and a pass breakup ... led a Crimson Tide defensive front seven that limited the Tigers to only 91 yards rushing, including one total yard on the ground in the second half. Florida: A force at linebacker, notched two tackles, both for a loss (-4 yards), to help limit the Gator offense to just 15 yards rushing and only 180 yards total. Michigan State: Totaled four tackles with one pass breakup against the Spartans ... played a significant role in limiting MSU to 239 yards of total offense, 158 yards below their season average. Clemson: Collected nine tackles to rank second on the team in the national championship matchup ... notched one stop for a loss of five yards.




Ryan Ramczyk- OLT 6-5, 314, #65



03/2017: He had Hip surgery. "I'm healthy enough to play. I've been healthy enough to play all season. It's kind of a thing that's just annoying, so we'll see what I've got to do after the season.," Ramczyk said. "There's a lot of information to be gathered yet. I've got to do that and see what's the pros [are]. What's the cons. And weigh all that and see what the surgery, if I have to have it, see what that's about. How long I could be out." Hips worry me more than any other injury.

10/2016:  He is flying up the charts, and I must admit that I agree. When I saw him play early in the season against Ohio State, I didn't really know who he was. However, I thought he looked like a legit OLT that no one was talking about. This is what I wrote: 

"I think he is an NFL OLT. I would take him in the 3rd and try to develop him (and this was before anyone had him on Day Two, and it would have been considered a big reach). He can also play ORT. So he has great versatility. He should minimally be a very nice swing tackle that all teams need. But he looks like an NFL OLT to me. He is so smooth moving backwards. He is so smooth moving from one rusher to the outside rusher, and stuffing both. He can shove off the DE, when he is being held and wants to get to the second level, and then go and take the LB out on the second level. Nice job moving laterally outside while blocking the DE."

He played two years at a lower level of college football. "People tried to run around him, and you couldn't do that because he's so big," Division III UW-Stevens Point HC Tom Journell said. "They tried to counter him and he was just so athletic to stay in balance that, 'Nah, I'm not going for that move. I'm just going to hang in here inside and protect my quarterback.' He's special." So he is essentially a JuCo kid.  

He redshirted in 2015, which allowed him to grow both physically and mentally. "It just goes to show you the growth of the individual is as important as the growth of the player," the WB OL and OC Joe Rudolph said. "He worked his tail off last year. He got the most out of every opportunity he had." His hard work showed up on the field.

Now? He is a freak. "He's a freak, man," WB RB Ogunbowale said. "He's a very athletic guy. Even last year, Schobert would talk about how Ramczyk was just a beast down on scout team." But he is a one year starter at OLT.

He still has one year of eligibility, as he is a Redshirt Junior. "I think he's going to shock a lot of people," WB Center Dan Voltz said. "The kid is naturally a freak athlete. Like one of the most athletic offensive linemen I've ever seen personally. Not many people know about him now, but I think that's going to change pretty soon." If he comes out, he will be a first round pick in 2017.




Forrest Lamp- 6-3, 300, RS-Sr, #76


W. Kentucky 

01/2017: He played OLT at W. Kentucky but that is not going to happen in the NFL. "I was real small in high school, around 6-2 and weighed 265 pounds, so I was smaller than what the bigger schools were looking for," Lamp said. "But you can never project how much progress a player makes in college. I got to accomplish everything I wanted at Western Kentucky and if I could, I would do it again." He has grown into a very wide OG.

He is not an Offensive Tackle. "It makes you feel proud and happy, but the media, no offense to you, it doesn't mean anything," Lamp said. "The majority of the people who write that stuff, they barely know what they're talking about. For all the mock drafts and the predictions, they're nice and they're something cool to look at, but you can't put too much emphasis on them. It's not like they're coming from NFL coaches." There are some predictions that put him in the 1st, but I see him as a Day Two guy.

Huge guy for an OG. "He's a very athletic kid," Venice HC Peacock said. "And along with that, he's got a nasty demeanor about him. I think all of that stuff together makes him very appealing. He's a tough kid." He would seem to fit in with what Denver, NJG, and Green Bay like to do.

He is a plug and play OLG, with 31" arms. "First thing I look for is scheme and tendencies of the defense," Lamp said. "The second thing is I look at the individual player. In pass protection, Tim Williams and Jonathan Allen are two completely different players. And my pass-set depends on who I'm going against. With Williams, I know I'm going straight back versus his speed. With Allen, I can go with more of a vertical set because he's more of a power guy and I need to protect versus the bull rush. Watching film and knowing your opponent are the most important traits to being successful in pass protection." His plan really worked, because he was exceptional against Alabama.

Plays with great technique. "The number one goal at the Senior Bowl is to play and practice well," Lamp said. "I want to prove myself like Marpet and Eric Fisher, and others who came from 'smaller schools' and prove myself like I did against Alabama and LSU. I want to show I can play against anyone." He certainly did do that.

2015 (r-Jr.): WKU's top offensive lineman heading into 2015, Lamp exceeded expectations as a redshirt junior with another stalwart season on the left side. A First Team All-Conference USA performer, Lamp extended his consecutive start streak to 39 games, including 36 straight at left tackle. Lamp was a Second Team All American by ProFootballFocus.com which regularly labeled the tackle as one of the country's best, including the top tackle from the Group of 5 leagues. As a junior, Lamp did not allow a tackle and just 11 quarterback pressures while also anchoring a line that finished the year No. 19 nationally in Sacks Allowed, with just 16 despite 554 dropbacks, the seventh-best percentage nationally and second among teams with 500 or more passing attempts. He was voted a team captain as a junior by his teammates.

9.7 (OG)


Jarrad Davis- 6-2, 230, R-SR, #40



01/2016: He was actually working as a coach when he wasn't able to play because of ankle injury. "It brought me to a new territory," Davis said. ďIt showed me a lot of things that I didnít know about and I kind of appreciate what the younger guys did and how they took me even though I was down, they took everything I was telling them and they used it on the field." He called assignments to the underclassmen, and pushed them in drills.
He is the clear leader of that defense. "Very instinctive, very tough and then you meet him and heís even better," Muschamp said. "Heís a better person than he is a player and I think heís a heck of a football player." He sets it up and finds the ball.
He has improved as a leader every year. "I canít say enough good things about this guy," Jim McElwain said. "How heís built and how heís wired. How important the real things are in life to him. Thatís a guy that you want in your locker room." He just  has to stay health. 
He has a chance to be a Hightower like leader. "Oh, man, we love JD," Jalen Tabor said. "It's just something about him that you just gravitate toward the guy. He's all about getting better and helping other people. Not really a me guy. Even when he could be a me guy, he's not a me guy. He could have easily sat down and not played anymore. The top linebacker in the country, he could have easily sat down. That shows who he is as a person and what he's about and what he does for other people?" Played through a bad ankle.
Smart, studies film, and a great leader.  "He's the emotional leader, the verbal leader, the guy that guys listen to and count on," Appleby said. "Not only because of that, but his actions, the way he works. Whether he's in the training room, doing extra workouts, on the field running, watching film, he's the ultimate professional. I've developed a special bond with him, just because of what a good dude he is. That's why he has the respect of his teammates. It helps that he's one of the best players in the country, but he's one of the best dudes in the country because of the way that he cares about his teammates. He knows every single guy on the team. And he's just developed a bond where guys trust him and they know he cares about them. They would go to war with him. I know I would do anything for him because he'd do anything for me." He also plays with great speed.

2015: Played in 14 games and started in 12ÖFinished second on the team with 98 total tacklesÖThird on the team with 11 tackles-for-loss and also had 3.5 sacksÖHad seven quarterback hurries and broke up four passes, also intercepting one passÖNamed Second Team All-SEC by Gridiron NowÖTotaled a career high two sacks against Florida Atlantic.



*Adoree' Jackson- 5-11, 185, #2



01/2017: He declared for the NFL Draft, but is still working to get his degree at USC. Role Model.

09/2016: Very fast. Returns kick-offs. Voted team captain. Great hands on kicks. He can catch the ball over his head with the Gunner in his face. He can catch the RB going down field on the opposite sideHe is the best CB in finesse press in this Draft. He shut down the field on the left side of the QB against Alabama. 

He might be the best CB in the nation, but he has the best long speed. "I donít feel like Iím an ordinary type of player," Jackson said. "I mean, I love football. I watch film all the time. But Iím not going to be sitting here saying, 'Oh, I watch football 24/7.' Youíve gotta have some other outside activities." CBs with his speed always go earlier than they should.

He is not just a track guy playing football. "He's got a lot of work to do to get to that caliber of a jumper," Sarkisian said. "But we'll attack that when the season's done. We're going to have a pretty good idea what the numbers are. If you're not jumping 27 feet, you're going to have hard time making the Olympic team." He was a good enough long jumper to tryout for the US Olympic track team. 

Now he has to put all his focus on learning his craft, on the football field. "Now, being a smart person, is he electric with the ball in his hands? Yes, he is," Helton said. "Are there going to be situations throughout the season where we'll need him to return a ball or two? Yes, in the kicking game, yes. Is there a special play that can be designed offensively for him to help us put points on the board? Yes. But I think right now going into training camp, his primary focus will be on the defensive side of the ball, trying to help our defensive line." He still has growing to do on the football field.

One of the few players for USC who was impressive against Alabama. "It's going to be fourth down, and you're going to be lined up on the best wideout in the country, and to be able to perform on that level on the grandest of all stages, that can only help you when you get back to football," Helton said. "To be able to have him now, he's got basically from now to Sept. 3 to now transition back to football. I'm so happy for him and so proud of him that he got the opportunity to do it and he was so successful being a Pac-12 champion, being a finalist at the Olympic trials." He has to put that track crap behind him now.
If he wants to be a professional athlete, it will on the football field. "Just look what he did out here at USC with Marqise Lee, got him a Biletnikoff [Award]. [Former USC receiver] Robert Woods and then you have [former Alabama receiver] Amari Cooper," Jackson said. "All those guys are top-tier receivers. Coach Kiffin is going to get the ball in [Ridley's] hands as much as possible." Helton said. "You just have to study the film on how he likes to run his routes and how Coach Kiffin likes to get him the ball and try to be a dominant player. Hats off to him. He's a great player. It's the same thing when we're in our conference; you try to always be matched up against the best player." He has the potential to be a long time #1 Corner on the QB's right, and shutdown that side of the field.
CAREER: In his career, he has 84 tackles (4 for losses), 18 deflections and an interception for a TD on defense, 37 receptions for 552 yards (14.9 avg) with 5 TDs and 8 carries for 41 yards (5.1 avg) on offense and 53 kickoff returns for 1,374 yards (25.9 avg) with 2 TDs and 26 punt returns for 263 yards (10.1 avg) with 2 TDs on special teams. In his career, he has scored a touchdown via reception, interception, punt return and kickoff return. He is fourth on USCís career kickoff return list (1,374 yards). He has 24 career starts (21 at cornerback, 1 at safety, 1 at wide receiver and 1 concurrently at cornerback and wide receiver).
2016: Jackson, perhaps the most exciting player in college football, is a candidate for All-American and the Thorpe and Hornung Awards as a junior in 2016. He returns for his third year as a starting cornerback and also makes an impact as a wide receiver and returner. USCís first 3-way player in nearly 20 years, he has drawn comparisons with former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson (they have posted comparable statistics). Jackson also is the 2-time defending (2015 and 2016) Pac-12 long jump champion for USCís track team and he was fifth at both the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Meets to twice earn All-American status. He missed 2016 spring football practice while focusing on track.
2015: Jackson returned in 2015 as a starting cornerback and a dangerous kickoff returner, plus he saw significant action at wide receiver. Overall in 2015 while starting 12 times at cornerback (all but Utah and UCLA), once at safety (versus UCLA) and once at wide receiver (versus Utah), he had 35 tackles, 8 deflections, a forced fumble and an interception for a TD on defense, 27 receptions for 414 yards (15.3 avg) with 2 TDs and 7 carries for 36 yards (5.1 avg) on offense and 30 kickoff returns for 690 yards (23.0 avg) and 24 punt returns for 251 yards (10.5 avg) with 2 TDs on special teams. He was the only player nationally with at least 400 yards receiving, 600 in kickoff returns, 200 in punt returns and 30 tackles. He was second nationally in punt returns TDs (2, first in Pac-12) and 25th in punt returns (10.5, third in Pac-12). He had 157 plays on offense, 657 on defense and 157 on special teams in 2015.

He was a finalist for the 2015 Hornung Award. He made Phil Steele All-American third team (as a defensive back and all-purpose player) and SI.com All-American honorable mention. He made the 2015 All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and second team (as a return specialist), AP All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and second team (as a punt returner). He was USCís MVP.



Corey Davis- 6-2, 205, SR, #84


W. Michigan

09/2016: He plays on a lower level, but he can completely take over a game. "I would have taken him in Tampa Bay after his sophomore year as our third receiver," WV HC Fleck said, who was an assistant coach for the Buccs. "Corey Davises donít come along very often. If they have one talent, then they really lack something else. Corey's really the complete package." The all-time leading WR in the FBS, and the season is just half over.

Consistently doubled, especially in the Redzone. "[He's] extremely rare," Fleck said. "Itís the reason why heís being talked about in the first two rounds. When you find one, you draft him. There might be guys that can do it, but to do it very well, thatís another thing." They will give him the ball, and let him throw the ball on the end around. He actually has a nice arm.

He has some great quicks with the ball in his hands. "Coreyís got a little more quickness to him," Fleck said. "But Vincentís 6-5 1/2. Heís got that rare, elite length. Coreyís got length but he doesnít have that length. Vincent was huge and he could run like Corey. Vincent worked on his game to become more of a medium-range to vertical passing game threat. Corey's got even more of the underneath stuff very well." Getting compared to Vincent Jackson is not a bad thing.

He runs excellent patterns. You can see he takes his craft very seriously. You can see that he pays attention to detail. Nice fake inside, and then some interesting suddenness in his shoulders when he burst back outside, on the outside release. Runs a terrific deep In. Gets his hands up and snags the ball between three players fearlessly. Does a nice job getting his hand up over his head, and will hop up and grab the ball crossing at full speed.

2015: Named 2015 First-Team All-MAC Ö active leading receiver in FBS with 3,785 career yards Ö currently 26th in FBS history and fourth in MAC history just 400 yards away from the all-time record in MAC career yards (Jordan White, 4187) Ö leading active receiver in FBS with 33 career receiving TDs Ö he finished 2015 fifth in the country and second in the MAC with his 1,436 receiving yards Ö averaged 6.9 receptions per game in 2015, good for third in the league and 11th nationally Ö his 12 receiving TDs in 2015 was third in the league and 11th nationally Ö ended the season with seven straight 100-yard games and nine for the year Ö hauled in 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown against Michigan State (9/4) Ö added six catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns against Murray State (9/19) Ö had six catches for 42 yards at Ohio State (9/26) Ö brought in seven catches for 113 yards vs. Miami (OH) (10/24) Ö went over 3,000 career receiving yards at Eastern Michigan (10/29), having seven catches for 105 yards at the Eagles Ö named MAC POTW for having seven catches for a season-high 163 yards and three touchdowns vs. Ball State (11/5) Ö had career-high 13 catches for 159 yards vs. Bowling Green (11/11) Ö caught seven balls for 123 yards including 72-yard catch for touchdown at Northern Illinois (11/18) Ö scored two receiving TDs on six catches for 139 yards at Toledo Ö his first TD was career-high 76 yard catch and run Ö in the bowl game against Middle Tennessee he had eight catches for 183 yards and an 80-yard touchdown (12/24).



Derek Rivers- 6-4, 248, 


Youngstown St

01/2017: He is a small school explosive rusher off the edge. He played mostly OLB, and has that knack for hitting the Quarterback. He is very well liked by certain teams. "The Steelers have already met with him twice, and given that the Steelers have a history when it comes to prospect meetings and who they draft, Rivers very much looks like their guy." I have him going to the Steelers in the 1st right now.  

He made a great decision going to the Senior Bowl. "The main reason for deciding to attend the Senior Bowl was to get that FCS mark off my back," Rivers said. "When you get a guy coming from the FCS level, a lot of scouts want to see if you can play with FBS level. That was really the main reason but I mean itís the Senior Bowl. Itís something you dream about and youíre playing against guys you would see on TV. Youíre playing up against some 1st round guys like O.J. Howard and then of course some 2nd and 3rd round guys as well so youíre really getting to go up against some good competition." He looked like an NFL rusher there.

He impressed a lot of coaches at the Senior Bowl. "They understand what we go through, and they coach you real hard," Rivers said about the Bears coaches at the Senior Bowl. "And they're patient, which is something that sometimes you don't see a lot. It made us better. [They were] preparing us for what we're going to do at the Combine and the rest of our [meetings with teams]." He is not going to make it to Day Two.

He went to a Military Academy out of high school before he went to Youngstown. "FUMA was cool I liked it a lot," Rivers said. "I went there in 2012 because I wanted to go to Virginia Tech like my dad and they ended up coming and recruiting me but I was small, I was 182 lbs. my junior year [of high school]. I was tall and skinny and I could run but nobody really pulled the trigger so I went to FUMA for more exposure and to get my SAT score up. It was different though; you go from having freedom to being in that military lifestyle and itís definitely different. But, Fork Union was probably the best decision I ever made it was a blessing and God has a plan for everybody so it was awesome." He was great at Youngstown.

He helped turn them into a winning program. "It was a blessing," Rivers said about going to Youngstown. "(We) hadnít been to the playoffs in 10 years so to be able to go to the playoffs and not only get to the playoffs but also get to the National Championship was a blessing. It was something that we enjoyed and something that we were able to bring back to the city just because Youngstown has a history of National Championships. It was awesome to go back and bring that back to the city because itís a city thatís kind of struggling right now. That game kind of reenergized the whole city and it was an awesome experience." 

9.6 (small school)


Adam Shaheen- 6-6, 278, (U) 4.79, 33"A, 24 Reps! 10'1"BR, 32.5"Vert, 7.09 3-C, 4.28 SS



09/2015He can raise his hands up over his head, catch the ball on the sideline, and get his feet in. "I watched him for two games and turned the tape off, because I want to see him live in Indy before I develop any more of an opinion of him," a scout said. " I saw some things that has me very excited." For a guy his size that is very impressive. 

He showed some speed chasing the ball deep at the Combine. "I thought what I did in college was obviously enough to potentially be drafted and be on a team," Shaheen said. "I knew I was going to get a knock by playing against lesser competition. I felt like I had done what I needed to do at the Division-II level." He is no where near Gronk as a blocker.

2015: Ashland's breakout offensive standout as a redshirt sophomore...Set a new program standard for tight ends with 70 catches, also good for the highest total for any tight end at any NCAA level in 2015...Added 803 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving...Following the season, earned American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches' All-America, D2Football.com honorable mention All-American, College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) Academic All-American Division II second team, Don Hansen All-Super Region Four second team, Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) All-Super Region 4 second team, CoSIDA Academic All-District, All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team and GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team honors.

9.7 small school

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