Evaluating the 2017 NFL Draft prospects from the Senior Bowl

Every year the Senior Bowl has the best senior prospects for the NFL Draft. This year was no different, but there were also several off-the-radar players who impressed and are now rising up draft boards.

Several players stood out at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 28.

Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson and his staff led the South team to a 16-15 win over the North squad coach by Chicago Bears coach John Fox and his staff.

California quarterback Davis Webb was named the MVP of the game, but did not look like an NFL-ready quarterback. Webb wasn’t the only quarterback who failed to impress in Mobile as none of the six played particularly well.

Players who helped themselves the most in Mobile were East Carolina receiver Zay Jones, Eastern Washington wideout Cooper Kupp, Toledo running back Kareem Hunt, Saint Francis safety Lorenzo Jerome and Temple linebacker Haason Reddick.

Jerome was one of several small school players on the Senior Bowl rosters that were loaded with seven Michigan players, more than any other school.

As the combine begins and everyone around the NFL is focused on the draft, familiarize yourself with the best senior prospects with player capsules and evaluations.


Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah – The 6-4, 315-pound Asiata got off to a great start in Mobile before aggravating his hamstring on the first day of practice. He is a powerful run blocker and was voted by Pac-12 defensive linemen as the best offensive lineman in the conference. Asiata has good reactive quickness, but can sometimes get too aggressive and lose hand placement. Asiata is likely a third-round pick, but could go higher if a team is satisfied his hamstring issue is behind him. He did an impressive 35 bench reps of 225 pounds at the combine.

Zach Banner, OT, USC – Banner is enormous at 6-8, 361 and a powerful run blocker with plenty of experience. He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection and made 38 starts for the Trojans. He’s smart with a good work ethic, but got off to a rough start in Mobile, though he did improve as the week went on. That said, Banners has to learn how to use his hands better to avoid grabbing, especially against speed rushers. That can be helped by improving his technique and footwork as he showed some lumbering feet in Mobile.

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Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard

C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa – Beathard has good size at 6-3, 219 and is an intelligent, natural leader. He has a high football IQ after being around football his entire life as the grandson of former Redskins and Chargers general manager Bobby Beathard. He threw for 5,562 yards with 40 touchdowns and 19 interceptions over his career at Iowa. Beathard is not an athletic quarterback and is an extremely inconsistent passer. He completed just 58 percent of his passes, mostly because he’s a hesitant thrower who waits for a guy to come open before trying to lead his receivers. Beathard has to anticipate throws and improve his almost non-existent pocket awareness.

Adam Bisnowaty, OL, Pittsburgh – Bisnowaty may have been a four-year starter at Pitt and a first-team All-ACC selection last season, but it’s tough to see him as an NFL player, even though many draft analysts believe him to be a top-100 player. The 6-6, 307-pound tackle has good size and length, but very sluggish feet. He’s also not very strong for the position, which is a problem at tackle or guard. Bisnowaty had a pretty rough week in Mobile and was completely out of his depths during the game, in which he was badly beaten on nearly every snap. He struggled against speed and did not handle power rushes well either. While Bisnowaty know how to use his hands, he has to get stronger to be effective as a dependable NFL offensive lineman.

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Wisconsin running back Corey Clement

Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin – Clement is a strong runner with good size at 5-10, 221. He showed more patience in Mobile than he did at Wisconsin, where he bounced back from a tough 2015 season to run for 1,375 yards and 15 touchdowns last season to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors. While he was not asked to be a receiver at Wisconsin, he is underrated as a pass catcher and caught the ball very well in Mobile. He’s a north-south runner with good vision and is an excellent one-cut runner with acceleration. He is solid in pass protection, but knows he has to improve. There are durability concerns and got dinged up a bit on his first carry of the Senior Bowl, though he did return to run for 26 yards on three carries. He posted a disappointing 40-yard dash time at the combine, which will not help his draft stock.

Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan – A native of Sierra Leone, the 6-2, 215-pound Darboh emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 7 with his siblings after their parents were both killed during the Sierra Leone Civil War. They settled in Iowa and Darboh earned a scholarship to Michigan, where he developed into a productive receiver. Darboh caught 151 passes for 2,062 yards and 14 touchdowns over his career, ending with 57 receptions for 862 yards and seven scores last season to earn All-Big Ten honors. He moves well in open space and is a smooth route runner. Darboh has an incredible work ethic to go with excellent size, though he does have some difficulty getting off press coverage.

Julien Davenport, OT, Bucknell – Davenport is an athletic, 6-7, 310-pound former basketball player with a lot of upside as an NFL prospect. But he’s definitely a developmental player from an FCS school. Davenport was a four-year starter for the Bison and FCS All-American last season. He has good feet and superior length to help him handle speed rushers. He lacks ideal NFL strength and got pushed around a bit by bull rushes in Mobile. He bends well and is a solid blocker and should find himself in an NFL camp and then on the practice squad to develop into a possible every-day starter in a couple of years.

Dion Dawkins, OG, Temple – Dawkins was a first-team All-AAC selection as a left tackle for the Owls. But the 6-4, 317-pound lineman projects as a guard in the NFL and could be a very good one. He has long arms and a good punch to knock pass rushers off balance. Dawkins moves his feet well, can anchor down, and has excellent hand placement. He had a very good week in Mobile while consistently keeping the pocket clean and opening holes for the running backs. Dawkins could be a Day  2 selection in April’s draft.

Matt Dayes, RB, North Carolina State – Dayes is a strong, physical runner, who gained 1,166 yards and 10 rushing TDs last season. The compact 5-9, 207-pound running back can get small through the hole and is good in pass protection. He’s underrated as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Because of his physical style of running, he can sometimes get careless with the ball and fumbled during the Senior Bowl.


Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs

Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee – Dobbs took coaching better than any other quarterback in Mobile and showed off a strong arm whipping the ball around the field. Dobbs is athletic with good size at 6-3, 216, and went 3-0 as a starter in bowl games at Tennessee. He started 35 games for the Volunteers, throwing for 7,138 yards with 53 touchdowns and 29 interceptions while rushing for another 2,160 yards and 32 scores. The most frustrating thing about Dobbs is his inconsistent accuracy. He can make every throw and even dazzle with passes that thread the proverbial needle. But then he’ll come back to miss a wide-open receiver. Dobbs has to improve his footwork, which should help with his accuracy, and he has to develop a better pocket presence instead of scrambling at the first sign of pressure. If he can learn how to move the pocket to allow him to go through his progressions, he could carve out a good NFL career.

Jessamen Dunker, OG, Tennessee State – Dunker is a big, strong 6-4, 306-pound lineman who keeps a nice center of gravity. He is a road-grading run blocker, but has lumbering feet in pass protection. He uses his hands well to keep defenders off balance, but could be a liability as a pass blocker.

Travin Dural, WR, LSU – Dural has good size at 6-1, 206 and is an excellent route runner who can cut on a dime. He had 100 career receptions for 1,716 yards and 13 touchdowns. Dural can make the great catch, but also had multiple drops. He shies away from contact and lacks the toughness you’d like to see from an NFL prospect.

Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram

Evan Engram – TE, Ole Miss – The 6-3, 236-pound Engram could present matchup problems at the next level. While he’s undersized as a tight end and not a strong run blocker, Engram is a polished receiver, catching 65 catches for 926 yards and eight touchdowns last season with 162 receptions for 2,320 yards and 15 scores over his career. He’s extremely athletic and should shine at the combine. He is a very good route runner with good speed and, while he isn’t a great run blocker, he has shown a willingness to stick his nose in there against defensive linemen. The 22-year-old has tremendous upside  and should be the second tight end taken off the board, possibly late in the first round.

Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse – Etta-Tawo was a one-year wonder with 94 catches for 1,482 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Orange after transferring from Maryland. He had several drops at Maryland and his questionable hands showed up again in Mobile. A dislocated finger on the second day of practice could have been a factor and Etta-Tawo did not play in the Senior Bowl game. He has good size at 6-1, 200 pounds with excellent speed, but does not do well with contact. Someone will take a flier on Etta-Tawo on the final day of the draft because of his speed, hoping to mold him into a competent NFL receiver.

South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett

Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama – The 6-3, 227-pound Everett is a lot like Engram and will probably come off the board shortly after the Ole Miss tight end. Everett could also sneak into the first round following an excellent week in Mobile, but is most likely a second-round pick. He began his career at UAB, but finished at USA after the Blazers briefly shut down their program. Everett has very good hands and excellent athleticism. His 90 catches over the last two seasons earned him a pair of first-team All-Sun Belt selections.

Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana – Feeney had a fine week in Mobile to punctuate what was a very good senior season that saw him selected as a first-team All-American. He was a tackle and Indiana, but has experience at every offensive line position. The versatile 6-4, 304-pound lineman could be a second-round pick and Day 1 starter. There is some concern, however, after a month with a concussion.

Kyle Fuller, OL, Baylor – Fuller is a 6-5, 306-pound center with limited athleticism who does not bend well and struggled against power. He was consistently out-leveraged in Mobile. That’s not to say he didn’t have his moments, flashing the ability to anchor and use his long arms to keep pass rushers at bay. He was a three-year starter at Baylor and two-time second-team All-Big 12 selection.

Troy tackle Antonio Garcia

Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy – Garcia was one of the stars in Mobile, showing a nastiness that earned him first-team All-Sun Belt honors. He did not allow a single sack last season, which included a game against Clemson and its impressive front four. Garcia was a four-year starter at tackle for the Trojans. He’s a tough road grader on the ground and anchors well with a good power step in pass protection. He slides well, but if he has a weakness, it’s that he will sometimes get beat on an inside move. Garcia has good length at 6-6, though, at 293 pounds, could put on some weight.

Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt – Holden earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl following a very good week at the East-West Shrine Game. He improved his stock in St. Petersburg and even grabbed a fumble to return it 7 yards. Of course, the fumble came on a sack he allowed. While he started 37 straight games for Vanderbilt, primarily at left tackle, if he becomes a starter in the NFL, it would likely be on the right side. He is strong, but has short arms for his 6-7, 312-pound frame. His limited athleticism was exposed against speed rushers in both all-star games. That said, Holden is a smart player and could have a long career as a swing tackle.

Alabama tight end O.J. Howard

O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama – Howard was the best player in Mobile. He has very good size at 6-6, 249 and showed off great hands. He should be the first tight end selected and is considered by some as a possible top-10 pick. Howard, who is solid as a blocker, can line up anywhere on the field and could be a matchup chess piece. He has good speed for his size and showed up in big games for the Crimson Tide. Howard had 114 career receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns, with nine catches for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the last two national championship games.

Kareem Hunt, TB, Toledo – Hunt is another player who made some money in Mobile. He dropped some weight from college, coming in at 5-11, 216 pounds, and was very quick at the Senior Bowl. He capped a solid week with a huge game with 118 yards on just 15 carries. Hunt ran for a school-record 4,945 yards over his career and is a good pass catcher with 73 career receptions for 555 yards and a score. He’s tough and elusive with quick feet and great balance. He may have worked his way into the second round of the draft and could be the fifth running back selected.

Danny Isidora, OG, Miami, Fla. – The 6-4, 311-pound Isidora was one of the more unheralded players in Mobile. He had a solid week and is a good run blocker with a high motor. He’s strong and anchors well while keeping himself square with good balance. He started 39 straight games at Miami and was the best player on what was an unimpressive Hurricanes line. He should be a mid-round pick and can be a solid NFL player.

East Carolina receiver Zay Jones

Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina – Jones states his case as the best receiver in this year’s draft class. He’s certainly the most accomplished receiver. Jones, the son of former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Robert Jones, set the NCAA single-season record last season with 158 receptions for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns. Of his 158 catches, 91 of them were for first downs. He is the NCAA’s all-time leading receiver at the FBS level with 399 receptions for 4,279 yards and 23 touchdowns. He had a great week of practice in Mobile and then shined in the game with six catches for 68 yards and an acrobatic touchdown. He had another incredible catch in the back of the end zone that didn’t count, but he showed off his excellent hands and athleticism. Jones was among the fastest players in Mobile, to go with very good size at 6-2, 202 pounds. He has explosive acceleration off the line and is a smooth and precise route runner to with reliable hands. Jones just about every tangible and intangible quality NFL coaches love. Don’t be surprised if Jones gets selected in the first round.

Kyle Kalis, OG, Michigan – Another monster inside, Kalis is a 6-4, 308-pound road grader. Kalis is very strong and great in a gap-scheme system. While he’s strong as an inline blocker, Kalis does have limitations in pass protection and that will push him down and into the late rounds of the draft. He does re-anchor well and was invited to the Senior Bowl afer a good showing at the East-West Shrine Game. Kalis is a fierce competitor and was a two-time All-Big Ten selection. Kalis has aspirations of being a professional wrestler once his football career is over.

Eastern Washington receiver Cooper Kupp

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington – Jones may have the FBS record for receptions, but Kupp is the NCAA leader with 428 receptions for 6,464 yards. He also scored 73 touchdowns during a career that saw him selected as a first-team FCS All-American four times. He can also return kicks, with three punt returns for touchdowns. Kupp impressed at the Senior Bowl as a precise route runner with sticky hands. He’s 6-2, 198 pounds and, if he runs well at the combine, will continue to rise up draft boards. He’s tough and isn’t afraid to catch the ball in traffic. Kupp was even productive against Pac-12 teams, with 27 catches and six touchdowns against Oregon and Washington.

Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky – Lamp was the highest-rated offensive lineman in Mobile, but unfortunately sprained his ankle on the first day of practice and sat out the rest of the week. He played tackle at Western Kentucky and played extremely well against Alabama. He should be able to boost his stock this week at the combine. He’s strong, bends well, anchors his weight, has good feet and excellent hand placement. In short, Lamp does everything well. He’s projected as a guard at the next level because of short arms, but should be a first-round pick, especially after showing off his strength with 34 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the combine.

Sefo Liufau, QB, Colorado – Liufau is an excellent athlete with prototypical size at 6-3, 240. He throws well on the run and is the career passing leader at Colorado with 9,763 yards to go with 60 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. One of the most decorated players ever at Colorado with 98 school records. Liufau added 939 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. Liufau was seemingly always injured at Colorado, though he did play through most of the injuries. He has a long release and improper footwork, which leads to poor accuracy. He does throw a good deep ball, but the intermediate throws are where he struggles with a lack of touch on short passes. If he somehow carves out an NFL career, it will be primarily as a backup.

Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA – The ability is there with McDermott, who is huge with great length at 6-8, 305. He just has to put it all together, which is where a good offensive line coach could help develop him into an eventual NFL starter. He’s a strong, solid run blocker and can handle power rushers. While he doesn’t have great feet, he knows how to use his hands, but does not do well against speed. He doesn’t bend well and is susceptible to inside moves.

Jordan Morgan, OG, Kutztown – The 6-3, 313-pound Morgan came on late and was very good in the game. He’s strong with an excellent base that allows him to anchor. He was the Division II offensive lineman of the year and said he made monumental progress working with the Bears coaching staff in Mobile. The 22-year-old Philadelphia native was a four-year starter and three-time All-American selection. The arrow is pointed up for Morgan, who is considered a mid-round prospect but move higher with a good showing in Indianapolis.

Taylor Moton, OL, Western Michigan – Moton was a 6-5, 330-pound tackle at Western Michigan, but could be moved inside at the next level. He has a good anchor and is fundamentally sound, but his limited athleticism is exposed against speed rushers.

Tyler Orlosky, OL, West Virginia – Orlosky is an undersized center at 6-3, 292 with short arms. But he’s a tough, fiery competitor who was a team leader at West Virginia. He understands the game and, despite his physical limitations, was a second-team All-American. If he hits the weight room and gets a bit stronger, Orlosky could have a nice NFL career.

Pitt quarterback Nate Peterman

Nate Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh – Peterman has the size at 6-3, 225 and understands the quarterback position. He was perhaps the only quarterback in Mobile who had any sort of pocket presence. He was a two-year starter at Pitt after transferring from Tennessee and was a solid game manager. He threw for 2,855 yards with 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions last season. Peterman finished his college career with 5,236 passing yards and 47 touchdowns to 17 picks. He has good arm strength, but not great as he struggles to push the ball outside or downfield with accuracy. He’s fairly accurate on intermediate routes, but, even then, is inconsistent. Peterman is mechanically sound and could be a longtime backup. He was the best quarterback in Mobile, but the cupboard was pretty bare.

Antonio Pipkin, QB, Tiffin – Pipkin might have the most upside of the six quarterbacks in Mobile. He made 44 straight starts at Division II Tiffin and was the GLIAC player of the year last season after completing 65 percent of his passes last year for 2,534 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. Pipkin is an athletic, 6-1, 225-pound quarterback who has enough arm strength to make any throw. He threw for 10,940 yards with 88 touchdowns and 32 interceptions over his career and added 25 rushing touchdowns. While he can make plays with his legs, Pipkin does understand how to go through his progressions. He puts some zip on the ball and is accurate on intermediate routes, but loses accuracy when trying to throw it deep. He has a good feel of the pocket, but has to take care of the ball when rushed. He had a solid week of practice, but is not yet ready to play in the NFL. He will need an adjustment period on the practice squad to grasp an NFL offense.

Ethan Pocic, C, LSU – Pocic is maybe the most versatile linemen in the draft class. He played every offensive line position at LSU and does not get beat with leverage inside despite being 6-7, 302 pounds. He anchors well with a solid base, has good hand placement, and is a strong run blocker. He had one of the more impressive weeks in Mobile and should be an asset to an NFL roster.

San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey

Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State – While Ron Dayne would disagree, Pumphrey is technically the NCAA FBS rushing leader with 6,405 yards and 62 touchdowns. He may be tiny at 5-8, 169, but he’s tough and never missed a game at San Diego State. He was a workhorse back with reliable hands for the Aztecs and added 99 career receptions for 1,039 yards and five touchdowns. He ran for 2,133 yards and 17 touchdowns last season and can also return punts. Pumphrey has excellent vision, which helps him avoid the big hits. The Las Vegas native is quick and explosive and can get skinny through a hole. While he’ll never been a ground-and-pound player in the NFL, Pumphrey could find a spot as a Darren Sproles-type change-of-pace running back.

Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M – Reynolds caught 61 passes for 1,039 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and finished his career at Texas A&M with 164 receptions for 2,788 yards and 30 scores. While the athletic 6-3, 187-pound San Antonio native caught a lot of passes for the Aggies, he dropped several balls in Mobile. Reynolds had a very poor start to the week, but got better as it went along and ended with a very good game as he caught six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Reynolds is strong with very good feet and field awareness, but has to be a more consistent pass catcher. While you’d like to see him add some weight, Reynolds could be a viable deep threat, but has to improve his hands or he’s destined to be the next Sammie Coates.

Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo –Roberts has very good size at 6-4, 261 pounds. When you look at his productivity with 45 catches for 533 yards and a school-record 16 touchdown passes and it’s hard not to love the guy as a red-zone threat. Roberts sees and tracks the ball well and uses his huge catch radius and giant hands to make difficult grabs in a crowd. He has quick feet, though not great long speed and does need to develop into a better run blocker. But this guy should shine at the combine. He’s also an extremely hard worker, driven to succeed following a difficult childhood full of adversity. Following an excellent week at the East-West Shrine Game, Roberts had a solid week in Mobile.

Sam Rogers, FB, Virginia Tech – Fullback may be a dying position, but Rogers might be the best one in this draft class.He is a very good blocker in pass protection and an excellent receiver out of the backfield. He was a high school quarterback who walked on at Virginia Tech. He ran for 692 yards and four scores in his career, with his best game coming last season against rival Virginia. Rogers ran for 105 yards and a pair of scores on just 15 carries and caught two passes for 29 yards against the Cavaliers. Rogers has 72 career receptions for 802 yards and seven touchdowns. He did have a fractured elbow late in 2014, but played in every game over the last two seasons.

Mississippi State receiver Fred Ross

Fred Ross, WR, Mississippi State – Ross has good hands and size at 6-1, 203. He’s a very good route runner with big-play ability. He caught 72 passes for 917 yards and 12 scores last season. While his total receptions and yards dipped from 2015 when he had 88 receptions for 1,007 yards while developing a great rapport with current Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Ross’ 12 touchdowns last season were two more than he had in the previous three years combined. He’s a smooth and fluid runner who is elusive in the open field. He will have some drops and has to get stronger, especially against press coverage, but he could become a solid slot receiver and could be a steal late in the draft.

Artavis Scott, WR, Clemson – Scott is only 5-10, 193, but is smart, quick and can cut on a dime. He became Clemson’s all-time leading receiver with 245 catches for 2,480 yards and 19 touchdowns in just three years. Scott was the first-ever true junior to play in the Senior Bowl after completing his degree a year early. Scott is a solid route runner, but does have a limited route tree. He’s definitely smart enough to expand that. Scott has good hands and the slot receiver could be a nice pickup early on the final day of the draft.

Justin Senior, OT, Mississippi State – Senior was a trainwreck for most of the week at the Senior Bowl. The 6-5, 322-pound lineman was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, but was consistently beaten during practices in Mobile. As much as he struggled during the week of practices, he was worse in the game. He got shoved back into Dobbs on a bull rush by Youngstown State linebacker Derek Rivers to cause an interception. Senior has sluggish feet and his hand placement is too high, which leads to multiple holds.

De’Veon Smith, RB, Michigan – Smith is 5-11, 228 pounds and is a strong runner – his legs never stop churning to move the pile – but has to be more patient if he’s going to succeed in the NFL. He doesn’t have great vision and tries to create own lane instead of following blocks. While he has good hands out of the backfield, with 36 career receptions, and a passion for the game, he lacks the explosiveness NFL teams crave. He had a good week at the East-West Shrine Game before receiving an invitation to the Senior Bowl, but failed to impress in either game. He is a north-south runner, but his lack of patience and vision still result in too many negative runs.

Eric Smith, OG, Virginia – The 6-5, 300-pound Smith was a late add to the Senior Bowl and was inconsistent during his two days there. He does not have good balance or footwork, which caused him to struggle against power pass rushers. He is a good run blocker who understands how to turn a defender to seal him from the hole.

Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas – Sprinkle has excellent size at 6-5, 256 pounds. He has good hands and caught 33 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns last season. He’s got stiff hips, however, and is not a fluid route runner. He struggles as a pass blocker and has to get stronger, but also improve his footwork. There are also off-field concerns, with the biggest red-flag incident coming in December. Sprinkle was suspended for the Belk Bowl after getting busted for shoplifting during a bowl-sponsored shopping spree. Sprinkle does have natural ability and will get drafted, but it might not be as high as he had expected. Look for Sprinkle to come off the board sometime in the late fifth or early sixth round.

Jamari Staples, WR, Louisville – The 6-3, 190-pound Staples runs like a deer with long strides. He’s a natural pass catcher, but has to develop as a route runner. Despite obvious athleticism, he has to improve his footwork to get in and out of break with fluidity. Staples began his college career at UAB before transferring to Louisville. He finished his career with 113 receptions for 1,901 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also returned kicks, which should get him into an NFL training camp this summer; it will just likely be as an undrafted free agent.

Freddie Stevenson, FB, Florida State – Stevenson is strong with a good punch in pass protection. But he does need to improve as a pass blocker because he doesn’t bend particularly well. What he does do run is run with toughness and catch the ball. He didn’t touch the ball much at Florida State with just 25 carries for 132 yards and 19 receptions for 160 yards with seven total touchdowns over the course of his career. He got to show off some of his ability at the Senior Bowl. Though not many NFL teams still employ a fullback, the 6-foot, 236-pound Stevenson could find a spot.

North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer

Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina – Switzer is small at 5-9, 179 pounds, but used his speed to become North Carolina’s all-time leading receiver. Switzer caught 96 passes for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns last season to finish his UNC career with 244 receptions for 2,907 yards and 19 scores. His ideal fit is as a slot receiver because he struggles to get off press coverage. He had a solid week at the Senior Bowl and, despite his small size, is surprisingly good at blocking downfield. Switzer is a polished route runner with big-play ability. He uses his speed to create separation and knows how to work the scramble drill, coming back to the ball to help bail out his quarterback. He’s also an excellent punt returner and should find a spot on an NFL roster.

Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky – Taylor is a determined competitor who can stretch the field with his speed. The 5-11, 198-pound Louisville native caught 98 passes for 1,730 yards last season and has scored 17 touchdowns each of the last two years to earn first-team All-CUSA honors each time. Despite his productivity for the Hilltoppers, Taylor’s hands are not great. His drops continued in Mobile, where he also showed a limited route tree.

Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech – Like Switzer, Taylor had a very good week at the Senior Bowl. He’s just 5-7, 177, but fast, quick, with shifty feet. Taylor led FBS with 1,803 receiving yards on 136 receptions with 12 touchdowns. He had a Louisiana Tech school-record 327 career receptions for 4,179 yards and 32 touchdowns. He’s tough and a natural pass catcher with an ideal spot as a slot receiver.

Jon Toth, C, Kentucky – The 6-5, 308-pound center had a rough week of practice. Toth made numerous mistakes and was consistently beaten in one-on-one drills. He did play better once the game rolled around. Toth was a four-year starter for the Wildcats and is a solid run blocker, though he has a hard time staying on his blocks.

California quarterback Davis Webb

Davis Webb, QB, California – Webb is nice and tall at 6-5, though a bit lean at 229 pounds. The former Texas Tech quarterback is a natural leader with a strong arm, but is far from NFL-ready. He was uncomfortable under center, botching several snaps, and has to improve his footwork. Webb threw for 4,295 yards with 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season. Those yards were a result of throwing the ball an average of 52 times per game. He’s inconsistent with his accuracy as his passes tend to sail on him. He did complete 11 of 16 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown in the Senior Bowl to earn MVP honors. The good news for Webb is the potential is there and he does have a great work ethic. In a quarterback-thin draft, he will get selected much higher than he deserves, possibly in the fourth round.

Chad Williams, WR, Grambling – Williams is 6-1, 204 with quick feet. He’s a natural pass catcher and is explosive off the ball. He’s an excellent route runner and was very productive at Grambling. Williams caught 210 passes for 3,062 yards and 28 touchdowns during his career with the Tigers. He also had 13 catches for 152 yards last season against Arizona. Williams is a feisty competitor, but does have some off-field concerns. He has tremendous upside, but will likely make his way to an NFL camp as an undrafted rookie.

Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU – Williams is a 6-foot, 211-pound power-running, tackle-breaking machine. He ran for 1,375 yards and 12 TDs last season despite missing three games. He stepped away from football in 2015 to take redshirt year after needing a mental break from football. That does raise some red flags and there are durability concerns. He does not catch the ball well as a receiver, but is a solid pass blocker. He has a nice burst and acceleration through the hole. As one-cut runner with good vision and balance, Williams, who is BYU’s all-time leading rusher with 3,901 yard, is perfect for a zone-scheme system.


Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams

Montravius Adams, DL, Auburn – Adams was sometimes unblockable at the Senior Bowl. He’s strong with powerful hands and moves well for a guy who’s 6-3 and 308 pounds. He’s explosive off the snap and consistently won one-on-one drills. He was then dominant during the game, with great penetration to alter runs or disrupt pass plays. The Georgia native had 8 1/2 tackles for loss and 4 1/2 sacks last season to go with 15 quarterback hurries. He also blocked a pair of kicks last year, giving him added value on special teams.

Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama – Anderson is a high-motor, instinctive linebacker who is also solid in coverage. While the 6-2, 258-pound Anderson did not play in the game because of a thumb injury, he had a very good career for the Crimson Tide with 19 sacks, nine of which came last season. He also had 19 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown last season. Anderson is a pretty much a lock for the second round.

Alex Anzalone, ILB, Florida – Anzalone was all over the field in Mobile. He was the most consistent defensive player at the Senior Bowl, showing off excellent lateral range. He’s quick with good size at 6-3, 240, and good vision. He’s an aggressive and instinctive player who can diagnose plays and is almost always around the ball. While he’s an athletic, sideline-to-sideline player, there are some injury concerns. He played in eight games last season, the most in any one season at Florida, and had 53 tackles with three sacks. The durability issues will push him down, but Anzalone could be a steal if he can stay healthy.

Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio – Basham was one of the stars at the Senior Bowl with a great week of practice. He an athletic 6-4, 259-pound pass rusher with an explosive burst and can convert his speed to power. His best fit is as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he could be a 4-3 defensive end. He’s an excellent edge rusher and is physical against the run, though his aggression does sometimes result in losing contain on outside runs.

Wisconsin pass rusher Vince Biegel

Vince Biegel, OLB, Wisconsin – Biegel is a 6-3, 242-pound natural pass rusher with an excellent motor and get off. He lives in the backfield and can be a disruptive player on every down with 15 career sacks and 28 1/2 tackles for loss over his career. He’s tenacious with good vision and instincts and has quick feet to go with excellent footwork and an effective spin move. He was primarily a pass rusher at Wisconsin, but showed at the Senior Bowl he can drop in coverage. His best fit in the NFL is as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

Ben Boulware, ILB, Clemson – Boulware may be a bit undersized at 6 feet and 236 pounds, but his is a passionate natural leader who was extremely productive at Clemson with 116 tackles last season for the national champions. His superior football IQ and instincts help compensate for limited athleticism. Boulware can still get sideline to sideline and takes excellent angles to the ball. He’s a very coachable player who may not measure out well, but is just a damn good football player.

Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston – As a former college basketball player, the 6-3, 244-pound Bowser is a very good athlete and has good pass-rush ability. He had 8 1/2 sacks in eight games last season, but there are some off-field issues. He missed a month last season with a broken orbital bone after getting to a fight with one of his Houston teammates. He had a productive career with 27 1/2 tackles for loss and 22 1/2 sacks over his career. The athleticism and upside are there is he can convince teams to trust him off the field.

Keionta Davis, DE, Chattanooga – Davis is an athletic 6-3, 274-pound pass rusher with an impressively quick burst off the snap. But he has to get stronger and learn how to split double teams because he was demolished on Mobile. He played all right in the Senior Bowl with a sack and tackle for loss, but, because he was manhandled in one-on-one blocking drills, Davis will be lucky to be a late-round pick.

West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas

Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia – Against the best receivers in Mobile, Douglas played extremely well. He has great size and length at 6-2, 204 pounds, and excellent ball skills. He led the nation last season with eight interceptions and breaks very well on the ball. He likes to play physical and is adept at press coverage, especially after a good jam of the receiver at the line. He has good recovery speed, but does tend to grab when beaten. He’s a bit stiff in his change of direction, but Douglas is one of the better cornerbacks in the draft and could sneak into the bottom of the second round.

Corn Elder, CB, Miami, Fla. – The 5-10, 179-pound Elder is a good athlete with added value as a returner. But as a cornerback, he doesn’t have great footwork or change of direction. He got spun around a bit in Mobile and grabs when beaten. He did play well for the Hurricanes with 158 career tackles, six sacks, five fumble recoveries and three interceptions during his 42 games (21 starts) for the Hurricanes.

Ukeme Marcus Eligwe, OLB, Georgia Southern – The 6-2, 239-pound Eligwe might be the best special teams player in the draft, but comes with some baggage after getting kicked out of Florida State. He wound up at Georgia Southern, where he excelled in coverage and was an All-Sun Belt selection last season after registering 104 tackles with 11 for loss, and three forced fumbles. He won’t get drafted, but could wind up as a special teams star.

Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M – Evans should be a second-day pick. He’s 6 feet, 193 pounds with good range and excellent ball skills. He gets out of breaks extremely well and is twitchy and quick. He had 78 tackles last season, one for loss, with an interception and three pass breakups. Evans can also contribute as a kick returner

Michigan linebacker Ben Gedeon

Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan – Gedeon is another player with good instincts and vision who is better in coverage than some would think. He’s also a solid tackler, even in the open field. With a non-stop motor, Gedeon flies all over the field and led all players with nine tackles in the Senior Bowl. He’s a 6-2, 243-pound sideline-to-sideline player who might not test off the charts, but is a solid football player who racked up 94 tackles, 15 for loss, and 4 1/2 sacks last season.

Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska – The are some off-field concerns with Gerry after two suspensions while at Nebraska – he was also ruled Academically ineligible for the 2016 Music City Bowl – but the 6-2, 214-pound safety does have some talent. He’s not a smooth athlete and can be rigid in his movement, but is more than solid against the run and is a sure tackler with very good vision.

Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan – Glasgow is the 6-3, 299-pound brother of Detroit Lions center Graham Glasgow. The younger Glasgow has an excellent burst and his strong week in Mobile could have boosted him into the third round. He’s an aggressive player with a good burst off the snap, which makes him a force against the run. He had 43 tackles last season with 9 1/2 for loss and four sacks.

Texas A&M defensive end Daeshon Hall

Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M – Hall has great length at 6-5, 265 and a nice burst off the ball. He does a good job of using his hands to shed blocks. Hall was a bit overlooked because of bookend pass rusher Myles Garrett, who could be the first overall pick in the draft. But you shouldn’t forget about Hall, who can use his speed rush to get to the quarterback and is strong enough for a bull rush. Hall had 50 tackles, 13 for loss, and 4 1/2 sacks last year.

Connor Harris, LB, Lindenwood – Harris is the latest Division II star to come out of tiny Lindenwood, just west of St. Louis. Harris is the NCAA all-division leader in tackles with 633 and is solid in coverage. He struggled at times in Mobile because he lacks high-end speed and athleticism, but he compensates with excellent vision, a high football IQ and very good instincts.

Jordan Herdman, LB, Simon Fraser – It wouldn’t be a Senior Bowl without somebody from Canada and Herdman was one of the best in the Great White North over the last four years. The 5-11, 238-pound linebacker has very good vision and is a solid tackler who plays downhill. He was the two-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and is the GNAC all-time leading tackler with 428 career stops.

Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami, Fla. – Jenkins is a bit of a hothead, but the 6-1, 220-pound safety is strong against the run. He had a career-high 76 tackles last season with a sack-and-a-half and two interceptions. He doesn’t have very good ball skills, but will find a spot on an NFL team because he has the size, speed and strength coaches love.

Saint Francis safety Lorenzo Jerome

Lorenzo Jerome, S, Saint Francis (Pa.) – Jerome got invited to the Senior Bowl thanks to an MVP performance at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He had two picks in the NFLPA Bowl and added two more interceptions and a forced fumble in the Senior Bowl. The 5-11, 185 pound safety has excellent ball skills and is extremely athletic. He was the first player in Northeast Conference history to be a four-time first-team all-conference selection. Jerome had 18 career interceptions, including six last season. He was also a first-team all-conference return man and had four career returns for touchdowns. Jerome would be the first Saint Francis player in the NFL since 1952.

Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa – Johnson was a two-time All-Big Ten selection after registering 15 1/2 tackles for loss and 11 1/2 sacks over the last two seasons. He has quick feet for a guy who’s 6-3, 309, but he has to do a better job with his hands to shed blockers. He also doesn’t give himself a wide base and loses balance and leverage inside. He is long and strong though and has a motor that does not shut off. Coaches can work with a guy like that and he could develop into a starter at nose tackle in a 3-4 system.

John Johnson, S, Boston College – Johnson is a versatile 6-1, 205-pound defensive back who had 77 tackles and three interceptions last season as a cornerback. But his best fit is as zone safety. He’s not good in press coverage, but does have good ball skills. Johnson is a fluid, smooth athlete with range and speed and can be a contributor on special teams. His stock is rising and he could work his way into the middle rounds.

San Diego State cornerback Damontae Kazee

Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State – Kazee is one of the most aggressive cornerbacks in this draft class. He loves to play press coverage and jam receivers at the line, but he does get a bit too handsy. He was a two-time All-Mountain West selection and had a very productive career for the Aztecs with a school-record 17 interceptions. Kazee is lean at 5-10, 183 pounds, but a fluid athlete who trusts his eyes to read the quarterbacks and is instinctive with superior ball skills. He has excellent recovery speed and footwork to break on the ball. He changes direction very well and is even a solid tackler.

Desmond King, CB, Iowa – King was the 2015 Thorpe Award winner and had 14 career interceptions as a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes. He’s a 5-10, 206-pound DB with very good ball skills. He could be on an island outside or play nickel in the slot, which would be his ideal fit. While he does have excellent ball skills and good vision, he is tight in the hips, which is why moving him inside would be the right move for whichever team were pick him in the second round.

Villanova defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon

Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova – Kpassagnon is a physical specimen with a ripped 6-7, 280-pound body. He has great length and athleticism and might be the smartest player in the 2017 draft class. After injuries slowed his first two years of college football, Kpassagnon was an all-conference selection in 2015 with 9 1/2 tackles for loss and 6 1/2 sacks. He upped those numbers last season with 21 1/2 tackles for loss and 11 sacks to earn first-team FCS All-American honors. While Kpassagnon has explosive athleticism, he doesn’t have a good burst off the snap and too often gets muscled by offensive tackles. Though he’s not strong against the run, he does have a history of blocking kicks, which adds value for the next level. Kpassagnon has a lot of upside because of his athleticism, but will have to improve his technique and balance and overall strength.

Harvey Langi, LB, BYU – Langi had a solid week of practice in Mobile, showcasing his natural instincts and superior field vision. He has good size at 6-2, 252 and, while he’s not the fastest player, he’s a versatile athlete who saw time at defensive end and inside linebacker and even played some running back with a pair of rushing touchdowns last season. He finished his career with 139 tackles, 11 1/2 for loss, and 6 1/2 sacks, along with two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar – Langley has good length, but is lean at 6-0, 199. He has good speed and ball skills, evidenced by six interceptions last season at the FCS level, but he didn’t track the ball well in Mobile. Despite some limitations as a cover corner, Langley did have a solid week and was invited to the combine. He moves well and has long arms, but he lacks long speed and got beat several teams on deep passes. Langley has quick feet and is an athletic player, but tries to guess too much and it burns him.

Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan – A first-team All-American last season, the 5-10, 188-pound Lewis has excellent feet and is a very good press corner. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl and showed off outstanding ball skills. Lewis had 25 tackles and two interceptions last season and would be ideal as a nickel corner to cover the slot. He’s likely an early second-round pick.

Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu

Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut – Melifonwu was one of the standouts at the Senior Bowl. He has incredible length at 6-4, 219 and is an athletic, rangy safety with good speed and instincts. He has very good ball skills and can be used as a matchup piece against tight ends or tall receivers. He’s also a solid tackler, making 118 stops to go with four interceptions last season, and has created a nice buzz heading into the combine. He should show well in Indianapolis and could be a first-round pick in April.

Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte – Ogunjobi is quick, relentless and powerful. The 6-3, 304-pound run stuffer was a first-team All-CUSA selection after starting all four seasons at Charlotte. He is technically sound with a good burst off the snap to be disruptive in the backfield. After recording 65 tackles, 13 1/2 for loss, with three sacks and 10 quarterback hurries last year, he boosted his draft stock in Mobile and could be a second-round pick.

Aarion Penton, CB, Missouri – Penton is another versatile DB who can play anywhere in the secondary. He had a good week of practice at the East-West Game to earn an invite to the Senior Bowl. The 5-9, 195-pound St. Louis native had an outstanding senior season with five interceptions. He’s instinctual with excellent ball skills and quick feet. He should get picked somewhere in the fifth round as his height will push him down a bit. Penton is a competitive player who tracks the ball well in the air.

Carroll Phillips, OLB, Illinois – Phillips has to get stronger, but he has a great burst off the snap and extremely quick closing speed. At 6-3, 237, he’s best suited as a 4-3 outside linebacker because he gets overpowered by NFL-caliber tackles and might not be effective as a 3-4 pass rusher. He did have nine sacks last season and could develop into an effective situational player.

Temple linebacker Haason Reddick

Haason Reddick, LB, Temple – Aside from Zay Jones, there was not another player in Mobile who helped himself more than Reddick. He is a natural pass rusher with a great burst off the snap. But he also showed the ability to cover in space, making him versatile as a possible 3-4 linebacker. Reddick can stack the line at the point of attack and also blitz from depth. He had 65 tackles last season with 22 1/2 tackles for loss and 10 1/2 sacks to earn first-team All-ACC hoors. He’s explosive with good vision and diagnoses plays well with excellent instincts and athleticism. With an ability to also play special teams, Reddick will likely be a second-round pick, but could sneak into the bottom of the first round.

Duke Riley, LB, LSU – Riley closed a solid week in Mobile with an excellent game. He led the South team with seven tackles in the Senior Bowl thanks to good vision and nice closing speed. He had 93 tackles last season, nine for loss, with 1 1/2 sacks and an interception for the Tigers. While undersized at 6-1, 231, Riley is versatile with good lateral range and is trending upward leading into the draft.

Derek Rivers, OLB, Youngstown State – Rivers was extremely productive at the FCS level as a three-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection. He closed his career with a school-record 37 1/2 career sacks, adding 56 1/2 career tackles for loss. He’s a quick 6-4, 250-pound edge rusher who capped a quiet, but solid week of practice in Mobile with a dominant showing in the Senior Bowl. If he performs well at the combine, he could be a second-day pick.

Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force – Air Force may be known for running the ball, but Robinette stood out as a receiver. He set the school record for receiving yards at Air Force with 35 receptions for an incredible 959 yards and six scores. That’s an average of more than 27 yards per reception. Robinette is 6-3, 218, and has big play written all over him thanks to his athleticism and excellent hands. He finished his career with 120 receptions for 2,697 yards and 18 touchdowns. He had two catches for 82 yards and a touchdown in 2015 against Big Ten champion Michigan State. Robinette might have to complete two years of military service before he can play in the NFL, but the ability is there. He showed well enough at the East-West Shrine Game to get an invite to the Senior Bowl, where he did struggle a bit with press coverage.

Ezra Robinson, CB, Tennessee State – Robinson doesn’t backpedal well and struggles with quickness. He has long arms, but his hand placement is not very good. He has to improve his footwork. Robinson, who is 5-11, 185 pounds, began his career at Michigan State before transferring to Tennessee State as a sophomore. He’s likely headed for the priority free agent route following the draft.

Isaac Rochell, DE, Notre Dame – Rochell brings some versatility as either a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive end. He has a good inside move with an excellent burst off the ball. He has good size at 6-4, 282 and is strong with good feet. He had seven sacks last season, though he does not possess elite pass-rushing ability. He’s stronger against the run, but could be a late steal in the draft if he can develop better pass-rushing skills.

Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane – Smart doesn’t have the ideal size at 6-1, 296 of an interior defensive lineman, but what he does have is a quick burst and pass-rush ability. He’s strong and tenacious and uses his hands well to get off blocks. He flashed NFL ability, with 183 career tackles, 39 1/2 for loss, and 9 1/2 sacks, but has to be more consistent. He doesn’t generate leverage well inside and gets overpowered by in-line blocks. He’s a developmental guy who could become a solid backup for years.

Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois – The 6-3, 255-pound Smoot has a quick burst with good speed as an edge rusher. He’s able to convert speed to power and had 29 1/2 tackles for loss and 12 sacks over the last two seasons. Smoot relies too much on his athletic ability and has to develop technique to beat NFL-caliber linemen. He did show flashes at the Senior Bowl and should be a late-round pick with some upside with the right coaching staff.

Jordan Sterns, S, Oklahoma State – Sterns has good vision and instincts, but does not tackle well in the open field. He’s 5-11, 196 and improved over his career, especially his ball skills. All five of his career interceptions came in the last two seasons. He had over 100 tackles in each of the last three seasons. He’s athletic, but not strong, and won’t be a top pick. But he could be a solid backup as a nickel safety.

Tennessee defensive back Cameron Sutton

Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee – Sutton battled various injuries at Tennessee, but when he was able to play, he was excellent. He has good length at 5-11, 182 pounds, with excellent speed and ball skills. Sutton is quick and instinctive, breaks well on the ball and is a solid tackler. He also has three punt returns for touchdowns on his resume. Sutton has huge upside as a cover corner if he can stay healthy.

Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama – Tomlinson was just a one-year starter at Alabama with 62 tackles and three sacks last season. But the 6-3, 312-pound lineman is a smart, hard-working player who has overcome a lot of personal adversity to get to where he is. NFL doctors at the NFL Combine will definitely want to check out his knees after two ACL injuries – one in 2011 while in high school and another in 2013 at Alabama. He was a consistent player for the Tide and ate double teams. He’s an excellent athlete for his size and a former wrestler who understands how to use leverage and can collapse the pocket, recording seven quarterback hits last season.

Damarius Travis, S, Minnesota –Travis has good size at 6-2, 215 with nice ball skills. He’s a solid tackler who will play downhill against the run. Randall is a physical player who earned All-Big Ten honors last season with 83 tackles, five for loss, two interceptions and five pass breakups. He does not change direction well, however, with tight hips and poor lateral quickness. If he can improve his footwork, Travis could be a valuable find late in the draft, especially as a special teams ace.

Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, DT, USC – The 6-1, 350-pound Tu’ikolovatu is an excellent run stuffer who has the ability to collapse the pocket. He’s strong and powerful with a good burst off the snap. He had a very good week in Mobile and showed he could fit well as a 3-4 nose tackle. He’s a passionate player who probably wouldn’t be on the field much for third downs, but is a reliable two-down player in the middle.

Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan – Wormley has excellent size and length at 6-5, 297 pounds, but does not have the speed to be an edge rusher. His best fit is as a 3-4 defensive end who can set the edge. He has a nice burst and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season with 40 tackles and six sacks. He has a narrow base and gets knocked off balance by strong offensive linemen. Wormley fell off a bit last year following an outstanding junior season that saw him record 14 1/2 tackles for loss and 6 1/2 sacks. His hand placement has to improve to get off blocks, but Wormley is a mid-round prospect who could eventually develop into a starter.

UCLA defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes

Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA – Vanderdoes is pretty agile for a guy who is 6-3, 320 pounds. He has good footwork and is athletic. Following an inconsistent career at UCLA and a torn ACL in 2015, Vanderdoes improved his stock at the Senior Bowl with an excellent week. He has a great burst off the snap and was trending upward heading into the combine.

Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson – Watkins is quick, explosive and strong. The 6-4, 312-pound defender was a disruptive force while leading Clemson’s outstanding defensive line. Watkins had 82 tackles, 13 1/2 for loss, with 10 1/2 sacks last season. He had an excellent week at the Senior Bowl and should be an early second-round pick.

Marquez White, CB, Florida State – White is an inconsistent player who flashes excellent coverage ability, but then will get beat on double moves. He’s a good athlete who trusts his eyes, sometimes too much, but has a very slight frame at 6 feet, 184 pounds and has to get stronger. He’s a finesse player who doesn’t like contact and will have to improve his technique to make an NFL roster.

Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU – White was one of the standout corners at the Senior Bowl. The 5-11, 191-pound All-SEC selection improved immensely from his junior year to his senior season and could work his way into the first round of April’s draft. He has very good footwork and ball skills. He anticipates throws with natural instincts and breaks well on the ball. He’s almost always in a good position with excellent technique and had 35 tackles to go with two interceptions last season as quarterbacks rarely threw his way.

Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis

Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State – Willis had a great game with two sacks and two forced fumbles to be named the South MVP. He has position flexibility as long and powerful 6-4, 255-pound pass rusher. He had 11 1/2 sacks last season to be named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Willis has good balance, a great burst and high motor and should come off the board in the second round.


Zane Gonzalez, K, Arizona State – Gonzalez is the best kicker in the draft and should be the only one selected, possibly as high as the third round. The 2016 Lou Groza Award winner isn’t small, either, at 6-1, 201. He made all three of his field-goal attempts in the Senior Bowl after kicking the most field goals (96) in FBS history. He’s reliable and accurate and was a first-team All-American last season while closing his career with an FBS record 494 points scored.

About Ron Clements

Wisconsin native, former Marine, Summa Cum Laude graduate of East Carolina University and a working sports journalist since 1999.