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QB Sam Darnold & RB Saquon Barkley Head Classes Entering NFL Combine

QB Sam Darnold and RB Saquon Barkley Head Offensive Classes Entering NFL Combine

Offensive Skilled Positions

Sam Darnold, Josh Allen & Josh Rosen Head Strong QB Class

Sam Darnold ranks the #1 QB prospect entering the NFL Combine. He stated today, though he will not throw at the NFL Combine this week. He is currently the only passer of the 19 QBs invited to the NFL Combine expected to sit out the throwing drills. He is the top QB in our Top 12 rankings who is expected to sit out the throwing and running drills. He will throw at the Southern Cal Pro day on March 21st.

 Quarterbacks – Top 12 Prospects – Pre-NFL Combine
1 * Sam Darnold – USC
2 * Josh Allen – Wyoming
3 * Josh Rosen – UCLA
4 Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
5 * Lamar Jackson – Louisville
6 Mason Rudolph – Oklahoma St
7 Mike White – Western Kentucky
8 Luke Falk – Washington St
9 Kyle Lauletta – Richmond
10 * Chase Litton – Marshall
11 Riley Ferguson – Memphis
12 Kurt Benkert – Virginia

Barkley Heads Talented Deep Running Back Class

Saquon Barkley is our #1 running back entering the NFL Combine workouts. Barkley is a blue-chip prospect and the clear #1 back entering the workout phase of the scouting process. He is a complete back with the well-rounded talent to be the biggest impact performer in this rookie class. This year’s RB group is a very deep class and should produce several interesting rookie pros through the middle into the late rounds. The NFL Combine workouts at this position will have a huge effect on the free agent running back group that will test the open market on mid March.

 Running Backs – Top 12 Prospects – Pre-NFL Combine
1 * Saquon Barkley – Penn St
2 * Derrius Guice – LSU
3 * Ronald Jones – USC
4 Rashaad Penny – San Diego St
5 * Kerryon Johnson – Auburn
6 Sony Michel – Georgia
7 Royce Freeman – Oregon
8 Nick Chubb – Georgia
9 * Josh Adams – Notre Dame
10 * Bo Scarbrough – Alabama
11 Akrum Wadley – Iowa
12 * Mark Walton – Miami




Chiefs Deal Pro Bowler Marcus Peters to Rams

Chiefs Deal Pro Bowler Marcus Peters to Rams

         Rams Trade Two Draft Picks for Young Pro Bowl Corner

Frank Coyle/ Head Scout

Early Trades Will Impact Upcoming Free Agent Market and NFL Draft

The Kansas City Chiefs made their second major trade since the close of the 2017 season last week, dealing Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams. The deal will become official on March 14th when the new NFL year starts for Free agency and trading period starts. The Rams have agreed to a deal where the Chiefs will receive two undisclosed draft choices, one of which may be a conditional pick in the NFL Draft 2019. Landing a player of Peters’ talent with potentially two more years under contract at $1.8 million for 2018 and a possibly fifth year option at a reasonable increase is a rare opportunity. It was reported by NFL.com that Peters and a 6th round pick this year goes to the Rams for a 4th round selection this year and a 2nd round pick in the NFL Draft 2019. The Rams can exercise the 5th year option in Peters’ contract for another season (2019). The Rams do not own a 2018 2nd round pick, traded earlier to Buffalo in the Sammy Watkins deal.

The Rams acquired the Pro Bowl CB Marcus Peters to replace young Pro Bowl corner Trumaine Johnson who is expected to explore free agency in mid-March and sign with the highest bidder. Peters is a two-time Pro Bowl performer who is only in his 3rd year as a pro and has become a major playmaker for the Chiefs and ranked as a rising NFL shut down cover man. He already has 19 career interceptions which is the most in the league since 2015, his rookie season. The only defender in NFL history with more in their first three year career is former Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed. Peters earned Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015, giving the Chiefs a true #1 cover man. The talented Peters though has a long history of off-field character issues, dating to his college days at Washington. The final compensation for the deal will be announced on March 14th. Peters was a former #1 pick by the Chiefs. Trades cannot become official until new league year beings on March 14.

Peters is one of the best corners in the league, showing ball-hawking skills from day one as a pro. In addition to his 19 career interceptions, he has totaled 55 passes defended. Despite his talent on the football field, the Chiefs became discussed by his continuous bad behavior both on and off the field. The team suspended him for one game last season for his actions during and after a loss to the Jets. He tossed a referee’s flag after a play, then left the field without being ejected. As a former #1 pick, he has a four-year deal which his club can exercise a 5th year extending the original contract. With only three years into this deal, the Rams can retain Peters by exercising their option next March and retain him for a 2nd season. In addition to probably losing CB Johnson next month, the Rams lost Pro Bowl corner Javoris Jenkins two years ago to the Giants while earning Pro Bowl honors his first season in 2016.

Earlier this offseason, the Chiefs agreed to ship QB Alex Smith to Washington for a #3 pick and rising corner Kendall Fuller. The two year corner was essential in the deal for Smith. The Chiefs also recently signed young veteran corner David Amerson from the Raiders. Those moves gave the Chiefs the talent and depth to listen to offers for Peters. The Rams moved quickly to replace their expected loss of young corner Trumaine Johnson in free agency. Johnson should be one of the highest paid free agents this offseason. The Rams may use their franchise tag on safety Lamarcus Joyner who is also up for free agency, though not the cost of the coveted Johnson.

The two trades change both the Free Agency and NFL Draft plans of a few clubs especially the Chiefs, Rams, Redskins and Raiders. With both the Browns and 49ers losing out on the bidding for Peters, those clubs have a huge salary cap cushion that puts them at the forefront in the bidding for Trumaine Johnson.

The start of the new NFL year March 14th should be exciting time with the trade market most likely active, in addition to the usual headlines provided by the Free Agency period. The NFL office will announce the new salary cap limit for clubs within two weeks. As usual, expect a number of veteran players released and placed on the market as ‘Street’ free agents.




NFL Awards 32 Compensatory Picks for NFL Draft 2018

NFL Awards 32 Compensatory Picks for NFL Draft 2018

Additional Round Brings Total Draft Selections to 256 Overall Choices
Frank Coyle – Head Scout / Publisher

The NFL awarded 32 compensatory picks for the 2018 NFL Draft to 15 teams. Four teams, the Bengals, Cowboys, Raiders and Packers each have received four additional draft picks. The 32 compensatory picks brings the total draft selections for the NFL Draft 2018 to 256 choices. The Atlanta Falcons will have the final selection, ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ which is #256.

The Arizona Cardinals earned the best value for their three additional selections, with a 3rd (#97) and 4th round (#134) picks, in addition to a 7th (#254) round selection. The Cincinnati Bengals added picks in the 3rd (#100), 5th (#170) and 7th (#252 & 253) rounds.  The Dallas Cowboys received selections in the 4th (#137), 5th (#171 & 173) and 6th (#208) rounds. Green Bay Packers four selections were similar to Dallas when they added picks in the 4th (#133), 5th (#172 & 174) and 6th (#207) rounds. The Oakland Raiders were awarded four choices, all in the 6th round (# 210, 212, 216 & 217).

Teams losing more or high rated veteran free agents than it signed from the previous FA class are eligible to receive compensatory draft picks the following spring. The draft selections are determined by factors like salary, playing time and postseason honors. The additional 32 selections create an overall 8th Round for the NFL Draft with 256 total selections annually.

List of Compensatory Choices (32) Awarded for the NFL Draft 2018

Cardinals
Third-round pick (#97th overall), Fourth-round (#134th overall), Seventh-round (#254th overall)

Texans
Third-round pick (#98th overall), Sixth-round picks (211th & 214th overall)

Broncos
Third-round (#99th overall)

Bengals
Third-round pick (#100th overall), Fifth-round pick (#170th overall), Seventh-round (#252nd & #253rd overall)

Cowboys
Fourth-round pick (#133rd overall), Fifth-round picks (#171st & #173rd overall), Sixth-round (#208th overall)

Giants
Fourth-round (#135th overall)

Patriots
Fourth-round (#136th overall)

Packers+
Fourth-round pick (#137th overall), Fifth-round picks (#172nd & #174th overall), Sixth-round (#207th overall)

Raiders
Sixth-round picks (#210th, 212th, 216th & 217th overall)

Vikings
Sixth-round picks (#213th & 218th overall)

Chiefs
Sixth-round (#209th overall)

Ravens
Sixth-round (#215th overall)

Chargers
Seventh-round (#251st overall)

Buccaneers
Seventh-round (#255 overall)

Falcons
Seventh-round (#256th overall)
Final pick in the draft – ‘Mr. Irrelevant’




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Offense
Offensive Skilled Positions
Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen & Josh Allen Head Strong QB Class

Quarterbacks

1 * Sam Darnold – USC
2 * Josh Rosen – UCLA
3 * Josh Allen – Wyoming
4 * Lamar Jackson – Louisville
5 Mason Rudolph – Oklahoma St
6 * Jarrett Stidham – Auburn
7 Luke Falk – Washington St
8 Riley Ferguson – Memphis
9 Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
10 * Jake Browning – Washington
11 * Nick Fitzgerald – Mississippi St
12 J.T. Barrett – Ohio St
13 Kurt Benkert – Virginia
14 Matt Linehan – Idaho
15 Quinton Flowers – South Florida
16 Jeremiah Briscoe – Sam Houston St
17 Brandon Silvers – Troy
18 Danny Etling – LSU
19 Logan Woodside – Toledo
20 * Tanner Lee – Nebraska
21 * Steven Montez – Colorado
22 * Clayton Thorson – Northwestern
23 Max Browne – Pittsburgh
24 Mike White – Western Kentucky
25 Kenny Hill – TCU

Barkley and Guice Head Talented Group of Running Backs
Running Backs

1 * Saquon Barkley – Penn State
2 * Derrius Guice – LSU
3 * Ronald Jones – USC
4 Nick Chubb – Georgia
5 Royce Freeman – Oregon
6 Akrum Wadley – Iowa
7 * Bryce Love – Stanford
8 * Bo Scarbrough – Alabama
9 * Kerryon Johnson – Auburn
10 * Damien Harris – Alabama
11 Sony Michel – Georgia
12 * Josh Adams – Notre Dame
13 * Mike Weber – Ohio State
14 * Myles Gaskin – Washington
15 Kalen Ballage – Arizona State
16 Justin Jackson – Northwestern
17 * Jacques Patrick – Florida State
18 * Kamryn Pettway – Auburn
19 * L.J. Scott – Michigan State
20 Rashaad Penny – San Diego State
21 * James Williams – Washington State
22 * Bradrick Shaw – Wisconsin
23 * Chris James – Wisconsin
24 * Rodney Smith – Minnesota
25 Lavon Coleman – Washington
26 Kyle Hicks – TCU
27 Jordan Chunn – Troy
28 Jarvion Franklin – Western Michigan
29 Ralph Webb – Vanderbilt
30 * Jordan Scarlett – Florida
31 * Mark Walton – Miami
32 * Terence Williams – Baylor
33 Justin Crawford – West Virginia
34 Nick Wilson – Arizona
35 Terry Swanson – Toledo
36 * Ryquell Armstead – Temple
37 * John Kelly – Tennessee
38 Phillip Lindsay – Colorado
39 Roc Thomas – Jacksonville State
40 Chase Edmonds – Fordham
41 * Shannon Brooks – Minnesota
42 * Soso Jamabo – UCLA
43 * Jalin Moore – Appalachian State
44 * Jon Hilliman – Boston College
45 * Ty Johnson – Maryland
46 James Butler – Iowa
47 Keith Ford – Texas A&M
48 Larry Rose – New Mexico St.
49 Jeffery Wilson – North Texas
50 Demario Richard – Arizona State
51 Ray Lawry – Old Dominion

Fullbacks

1 Dimitri Flowers – Oklahoma
2 Jaylen Samuels – North Carolina State
3 Khalid Hill – Michigan
4 * Winston Dimel – Kansas State
5 Daniel Marx – Stanford
6 Austin Ramesh – Wisconsin
7 Garrett Dickerson – Northwestern
8 Nick Sharga – Temple
9 Henry Poggi – Michigan
10 Joe Protheroe – California Poly
11 John Lovett – Princeton
12 Dallas Rivers – Vanderbilt
13 Ray Hudson – California
14 Drew Van Maanen – Wyoming
15 George Frazier – Colorado

Kirk, Ridley, St. Brown and Sutton Head Young Group of Receivers
Wide Receivers

1 * Christian Kirk – Texas A&M
2 * Equanimeous St. Brown – Notre Dame
3 * Calvin Ridley – Alabama
4 * Courtland Sutton – Southern Methodist
5 James Washington – Oklahoma State
6 D.J. Chark – LSU
7 Michael Gallup – Colorado State
8 * Deon Cain – Clemson
9 * Parris Campbell – Ohio State
10 Dante Pettis – Washington
11 Darren Carrington – Utah
12 Allen Lazard – Iowa State
13 Anthony Miller – Memphis
14 Bryce Bobo – Colorado
15 * Simmie Cobbs – Indiana
16 * Jaylen Smith – Louisville
17 * Antonio Callaway – Florida
18 * Auden Tate – Florida State
19 Jaleel Scott – New Mexico St.
20 * Van Jefferson – Mississippi
21 * Deebo Samuel – South Carolina
22 * Trenton Irwin – Stanford
23 * Deontay Burnett – USC
24 * Stanley Morgan – Nebraska
25 Jake Wieneke – South Dakota State
26 Cam Phillips – Virginia Tech
27 DaeSean Hamilton – Penn State
28 Cody Thompson – Toledo
29 Robert Foster – Alabama
30 Ka’Raun White – West Virginia
31 Marcell Ateman – Oklahoma State
32 * Jalen Hurd – Baylor
33 * Nyqwan Murray – Florida State
34 * Malik Turner – Illinois
35 * DaMarkus Lodge – Mississippi
36 * KaVontae Turpin – TCU
37 * Tre’Quan Smith – Central Florida
38 * Ventell Bryant – Temple
39 * Preston Williams – Colorado State
40 * DeAndre Thompkins – Penn State
41 * Richie James – Middle Tennessee State
42 Jester Weah – Pittsburgh
43 J’Mon Moore – Missouri
44 Devonte Boyd – Nevada-Las Vegas
45 Cedrick Wilson – Boise State
46 Austin Proehl – North Carolina
47 * Chico McClatcher – Washington
48 * Jonathan Giles – LSU
49 * Quadree Henderson – Pittsburgh
50 * Ray-Ray McCloud – Clemson
51 Saeed Blacknall – Penn State
52 Brandon Powell – Florida
53 Ricky Jeune – Georgia Tech
54 Emmanuel Butler – Northern Arizona
55 Shay Fields – Colorado
56 Armanti Foreman – Texas
57 Braxton Berrios – Miami
58 Garrett Johnson – Kentucky
59 Marques Valdes-Scantling – South Florida
60 Eldridge Massington – UCLA
61 Devin Gray – Cincinnati
62 Nate Brown – Missouri
63 Dylan Cantrell – Texas Tech
64 Charles Nelson – Oregon
65 Michiah Quick – Fresno State
66 Dorian Baker – Kentucky
67 Corey Willis – Central Michigan
68 Jeff Badet – Oklahoma
69 Nacarius Fant – Western Kentucky
70 Jonathan Duhart – Old Dominion
71 Jared Cornelius – Arkansas
72 Janarion Grant – Rutgers
73 Emanuel Thompson – Troy
74 Jazz Peavy – Wisconsin
75 Davon Grayson – East Carolina
76 Steven Dunbar – Houston
77 LaQuvionte Gonzalez – Southeastern

Gesicki & Thomas Emerging as Top Tight Ends
Tight Ends

1 Mike Gesicki – Penn State
2 Ian Thomas – Indiana
3 * Dalton Schultz – Stanford
4 * Mark Andrews – Oklahoma
5 Troy Fumagalli – Wisconsin
6 * Hayden Hurst – South Carolina
7 * Alize Mack – Notre Dame
8 * C.J. Conrad – Kentucky
9 Adam Breneman – Massachusetts
10 Dallas Goedert – South Dakota State
11 Deandre Goolsby – Florida
12 Christopher Herndon – Miami
13 Tyler Conklin – Central Michigan
14 * Jacob Breeland – Oregon
15 * Tyrone Wheatley – Michigan
16 * Tommy Sweeney – Boston College
17 Durham Smythe – Notre Dame
18 Marcus Baugh – Ohio State
19 * Foster Moreau – LSU
20 Ethan Wolf – Tennessee
21 Ian Bunting – Michigan
22 David Wells – San Diego State
23 Cam Serigne – Wake Forest
24 J.D. Moore – LSU
25 Jeb Blazevich – Georgia
26 Nate Wozniak – Minnesota
27 * Brandon Fritts – North Carolina
28 * Ryan Izzo – Florida State
29 Brandon Lingen – Minnesota
30 Donnie Ernsberger – Western Michigan
31 Tyler Hoppes – Nebraska
32 Ben Johnson – Kansas
33 * Tyler Petite – USC
34 * Drew Sample – Washington
35 * Milan Richard – Clemson
36 Jake Roh – Boise State
37 Ryan Yurachek – Marshall
38 Andrew Vollert – Weber State
39 Nathan Marcus – Vanderbilt
40 Jordan Feuerbacher – Baylor
41 Metuisela Unga – Hawaii
42 Andrew Caskin – William & Mary
43 Blake Mack – Arkansas State
44 Steve Baggett – East Carolina
45 Gabe Schrade – Texas State
46 Shane Wimann – Northern Illinois
47 Tommy Myers – Connecticut
48 Troy Mangen – Ohio
49 Alec Bloom – Connecticut
50 Ryan Smith – Miami (Oh)

Offensive Tackles

1 * Orlando Brown – Oklahoma
2 Mike McGlinchey – Notre Dame
3 * Connor Williams – Texas
4 Martinas Rankin – Mississippi State
5 * Isaiah Prince – Ohio State
6 * Mitch Hyatt – Clemson
7 Chukwuma Okorafor – Western Michigan
8 Braden Smith – Auburn
9 Tyrell Crosby – Oregon
10 Jamarco Jones – Ohio State
11 Zachary Crabtree – Oklahoma State
12 Brandon Parker – North Carolina A&T
13 * Trey Adams – Washington
14 * Dalton Risner – Kansas State
15 * Martez Ivey – Florida
16 * Tyree St. Louis – Miami
17 * Drew Richmond – Tennessee
18 * Geron Christian – Louisville
19 Timon Parris – Stony Brook
20 * Brian O’Neill – Pittsburgh
21 * Calvin Throckmorton – Oregon
22 * Brock Ruble – Florida State
23 * Max Scharping – Northern Illinois
24 * Toby Weathersby – LSU
25 David Bright – Stanford
26 Jeromy Irwin – Colorado
27 A.T. Hall – Stanford
28 Ike Boettger – Iowa
29 Alex Cappa – Humboldt State
30 Brett Kendrick – Tennessee
31 Rick Leonard – Florida State
32 Bentley Spain – North Carolina
33 Jake Campos – Iowa State
34 Andrew Nelson – Penn State
35 Christian DiLauro – Illinois
36 Cole Madison – Washington State
37 Joseph Noteboom – TCU
38 Casey Tucker – Stanford
39 Aaron Cochran – Oklahoma State
40 Gabe Brandner – Duke
41 Leon Johnson – Temple
42 Derek Edwards – Central Michigan
43 Marcell Lazard – Boston College
44 Tyler Howell – Missouri
45 Reggie Bain – Florida Atlantic
46 Kyle Meadows – Kentucky
47 Jamar McGloster – Syracuse
48 David Knevel – Nebraska
49 Aaron Stinnie – James Madison
50 Korey Cunningham – Cincinnati
51 Jaryd Jones-Smith – Pittsburgh
52 Jack English – Virginia
53 Zach Golditch – Colorado State
54 Layth Friekh – Arizona
55 Jordan Rose – Idaho
56 Sandley Jean-Felix – Marshall
57 Maurice Porter – Baylor
58 Sunny Odogwu – UCLA
59 NaTy Rodgers – Houston
60 Dennis Finley – Michigan State
61 Justin Spencer – Youngstown State
62 David Reese – Montana
63 Brandon Smith – East Carolina

Guards

1 Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame
2 Tyrone Crowder – Clemson
3 * Ross Pierschbacher – Alabama
4 * Beau Benzschawel – Wisconsin
5 * Bobby Evans – Oklahoma
6 * Damian Prince – Maryland
7 Will Hernandez – Texas-El Paso
8 K.C. McDermott – Miami
9 Austin Corbett – Nevada
10 K.J. Malone – LSU
11 Isaiah Wynn – Georgia
12 Brian Allen – Michigan State
13 Sean Welsh – Iowa
14 Skyler Phillips – Idaho St
15 Hunter Bivin – Notre Dame
16 * Maea Teuhema – SE Louisiana
17 * Ryan Bates – Penn State
18 * Jordan Sims – Mississippi
19 * Larry Allen – Harvard
20 * Nick Gates – Nebraska
21 Wilson Bell – Auburn
22 Jashon Robertson – Tennessee
23 Viane Talamaivao – USC
24 Dyshon Sims – Georgia
25 Tony Adams – North Carolina State
26 Archie Lewis – Boise State
27 Brendan Mahon – Penn State
28 Wyatt Teller – Virginia Tech
29 Kenny Lacy – UCLA
30 Cory Helms – South Carolina
31 Kyle Bosch – West Virginia
32 Chuma Edoga – USC
33 Evan Lisle – Duke
34 Alex Officer – Pittsburgh
35 Trevor Darling – Miami
36 Boone Myers – Iowa
37 Jake Raulerson – Arkansas
38 Tuni Kanuch – Brigham Young
39 Darius James – Auburn
40 Jacob Alsadek – Arizona
41 D.J. Park – South Carolina
42 Salesi Uhatafe – Utah
43 Ului Lapuaho – Brigham Young
44 Gerrad Kough – Colorado
45 Andrew Kirkland – Washington
46 Matt Pryor – TCU

Centers

1 Billy Price – Ohio State
2 Mason Cole – Michigan
3 * Michael Deiter – Wisconsin
4 Frank Ragnow – Arkansas
5 Coleman Shelton – Washington
6 Bradley Bozeman – Alabama
7 * Jake Hanson – Oregon
8 * James Daniels – Iowa
9 * Drew Kyser – Memphis
10 Scott Quessenberry – UCLA
11 * Will Clapp – LSU
12 * Alec Eberle – Florida State
13 Erick Wren – Oklahoma
14 Austin Schlottman – TCU
15 * Brendan Moore – Maryland
16 * T.J. McCoy – Florida
17 Austin Golson – Auburn
18 Toa Lobendahn – USC
19 Jake Bennett – Colorado State
20 Coleman Thomas – Tennessee
21 * Sam Mustipher – Notre Dame
22 * Nick Linder – Miami
23 Alan Knott – South Carolina
24 Cameron Dillard – North Carolina
25 * Jesse Burkett – Stanford
26 Austin Kuhnert – North Dakota State
27 Brad North – Northwestern
28 Patrick Kugler – Michigan
29 Jake Pruehs – Ohio
30 Alex Thompson – Monmouth
31 Jon Baker – Boston College
32 J.C. Hassenauer – Alabama
33 A.J. McCollum – Arizona State
34 Jonathan Huckins – Colorado
35 Eric Gallo – Virginia Tech
36 Brad Lundblade – Oklahoma State
37 Andy Dodd – McNeese State
38 Andrew Marshall – Georgia Tech
39 Austin Davis – Duke
40 Mason Hampton – Boise State

Defensive Prospects
Underclassmen dominate front seven top prospects
Ends

1 * Arden Key – LSU
2 Bradley Chubb – North Carolina State
3 Harold Landry – Boston College
4 * Sam Hubbard – Ohio State
5 * Clelin Ferrell – Clemson
6 * Dylan Jackson – Stanford
7 Tyquan Lewis – Ohio State
8 Duke Ejiofor – Wake Forest
9 * Dorance Armstrong – Kansas
10 Marcell Frazier – Missouri
11 Chad Thomas – Miami
12 Marcus Davenport – UTSA
13 Ebenezer Ogundeko – Tennessee State
14 * Byron Cowart – Auburn
15 * CeCe Jefferson – Florida
16 * Jonathan Ledbetter – Georgia
17 * Jaylon Ferguson – Louisiana Tech
18 * Austin Bryant – Clemson
19 * Jabari Zuniga – Florida
20 Andrew Brown – Virginia
21 K.J. Smith – Baylor
22 Andrew Trumbetti – Notre Dame
23 Jarrett Johnson – Texas A&M
24 Justin Lawler – Southern Methodist
25 Jacob Pugh – Florida State
26 * Zach Allen – Boston College
27 * Freedom Akinmoladun – Nebraska
28 Kylie Fitts – Utah
29 Jalyn Holmes – Ohio State
30 Jordan Sherit – Florida
31 Chikwe Obasih – Wisconsin
32 Jesse Aniebonam – Maryland
33 Joe Ostman – Central Michigan
34 Paul James – Auburn
35 Eric Cotton – Stanford
36 Nick Thurman – Houston
37 Demetrius Cooper – Michigan State
38 Luke Carrezola – Connecticut
39 Kemoko Turay – Rutgers
40 Dajaun Drennon – North Carolina
41 Ade Aruna – Tulane
42 Xavier Thigpen – Southern Mississippi

Tackles

1 * Christian Wilkins – Clemson
2 * Dre’Mont Jones – Ohio State
3 * Da’Ron Payne – Alabama
4 Derrick Nnadi – Florida State
5 * Vita Vea – Washington
6 * Carlos Davis – Nebraska
7 * Raequan Williams – Michigan State
8 Lowell Lotulelei – Utah
9 Maurice Hurst – Michigan
10 * Trenton Thompson – Georgia
11 * Dontavius Russell – Auburn
12 Da’Shawn Hand – Alabama
13 * Jerry Tillery – Notre Dame
14 * Greg Gaines – Washington
15 * Robert Landers – Ohio State
16 * R.J. McIntosh – Miami
17 B.J. Hill – North Carolina State
18 Deadrin Senat – South Florida
19 * Kahlil McKenzie – Tennessee
20 * Rasheem Green – USC
21 * Khalil Davis – Nebraska
22 * Harrison Phillips – Stanford
23 Justin Jones – North Carolina State
24 Folorunso Fatakasi – Connecticut
25 * Kendrick Norton – Miami
26 * David Moa – Boise State
27 Filipo Mokofisi – Utah
28 Christian LaCouture – LSU
29 Steven Richardson – Minnesota
30 James Looney – California
31 Kentavius Street – North Carolina State
32 P.J. Hall – Sam Houston State
33 Michael Hill – Ohio State
34 Drew Bailey – Louisville
35 * Khairi Clark – Florida
36 * Daylon Mack – Texas A&M
37 * Andrew Williams – Auburn
38 * Demarcus Christmas – Florida State
39 Frank Herron – LSU
40 Taylor Stallworth – South Carolina
41 Scott Pagano – Oregon
42 Zaycoven Henderson – Texas A&M
43 Joshua Frazier – Alabama
44 Nathan Bazata – Iowa
45 Kendal Vickers – Tennessee
46 Conor Sheehy – Wisconsin
47 Greg Gilmore – LSU
48 Poona Ford – Texas
49 Parker Cothren – Penn State
50 Mike Hughes – UNLV
51 Bilal Nichols – Delaware
52 Matt Elam – Kentucky
53 Nifae Lealao – Vanderbilt
54 Dalton Keene – Illinois State
55 Henry Mondeaux – Oregon
56 John Atkins – Georgia
57 Abdullah Anderson – Bucknell
58 Tyler Lancaster – Northwestern
59 Bijhon Jackson – Arkansas
60 Matt Dickerson – UCLA

Outside Linebackers

1 * Malik Jefferson – Texas
2 * Tremaine Edmunds – Virginia Tech
3 * Jerome Baker – Ohio State
4 * Josh Sweat – Florida State
5 * Hercules Mata’afa – Washington State
6 * Roquan Smith – Georgia
7 Uchenna Nwosu – USC
8 * Christian Miller – Alabama
9 Marquis Haynes – Mississippi
10 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – Oklahoma
11 Tre’ Williams – Auburn
12 Dante Booker – Ohio State
13 * Porter Gustin – USC
14 Javon Rolland-Jones – Arkansas State
15 Fred Warner – Brigham Young
16 Shaquem Griffin – Central Florida
17 Matthew Thomas – Florida State
18 Mike McCray – Michigan
19 Garret Dooley – Wisconsin
20 Chris Worley – Ohio State
21 Lorenzo Carter – Georgia
22 Darius Leonard – South Carolina State
23 James Hearns – Louisville
24 Joey Alfieri – Stanford
25 Joel Lanning – Iowa St.
26 * Joe Giles-Harris – Duke
27 * Te’Von Coney – Notre Dame
28 Skai Moore – South Carolina
29 Davin Bellamy – Georgia
30 Tegray Scales – Indiana
31 Andrew Ankrah – James Madison
32 Travin Howard – TCU
33 Dorian O’Daniel – Clemson
34 Koron Crump – Arizona State
35 Emmanuel Beal – Oklahoma
36 Devante Downs – California
37 Trevon Young – Louisville
38 Demarquis Gates – Mississippi
39 Robert Spillane – Western Michigan
40 Mike Needham – Southern Utah
41 Airius Moore – North Carolina State
42 Jalen Brooks – Maryland
43 Sione Teuhema – Southeastern Louisiana
44 Ben Niemann – Iowa
45 Greg Menard – North Dakota State
46 Leon Jacobs – Wisconsin
47 Asantay Brown – Western Michigan
48 Naashon Hughes – Texas
49 Chris Frey – Michigan State

Inside Linebackers

1 * Cameron Smith – USC
2 * T.J. Edwards – Wisconsin
3 Shaun Dion Hamilton – Alabama
4 Micah Kiser – Virginia
5 Josey Jewell – Iowa
6 Rashaan Evans – Alabama
7 Azeem Victor – Washington
8 * Leo Lewis – Mississippi State
9 * Natrez Patrick – Georgia
10 * Kendall Joseph – Clemson
11 Jason Cabinda – Penn State
12 Kenny Young – UCLA
13 Jack Cichy – Wisconsin
14 Donnie Alexander – LSU
15 Nick DeLuca – North Dakota State
16 Auggie Sanchez – South Florida
17 Nyles Morgan – Notre Dame
18 * Andre Smith – North Carolina
19 * Jordan Jones – Kentucky
20 Quentin Poling – Ohio
21 Andrew Motuapuaka – Virginia Tech
22 Keishawn Bierria – Washington
23 Connor Strachan – Boston College
24 Reggie Carter – Georgia
25 Genard Avery – Memphis
26 Chad Whitener – Oklahoma State
27 Ro’Derrick Hoskins – Florida State
28 Peyton Pelluer – Washington State
29 Taylor Young – Baylor
30 Junior Joseph – Connecticut
31 Eric Boggs – Appalachian State
32 Jordan Williams – East Carolina
33 Matthew Adams – Houston
34 Eric Beisel – Missouri
35 Jermaine Carter – Maryland

Cornerbacks

1 * Tarvarus McFadden – Florida State
2 * Denzel Ward – Ohio State
3 * Jaire Alexander – Louisville
4 * Kevin Toliver – LSU
5 * Iman Marshall – USC
6 * Damon Arnette – Ohio State
7 * Joshua Jackson – Iowa
8 Anthony Averett – Alabama
9 Tony Brown – Alabama
10 * Donte Jackson – LSU
11 * Quenton Meeks – Stanford
12 * Isaiah Oliver – Colorado
13 Brandon Facyson – Virginia Tech
14 Darius Phillips – Western Michigan
15 Duke Dawson – Florida
16 Deatrick Nichols – South Florida
17 Deion Harris – North Dakota
18 Jordan Thomas – Oklahoma
19 Greg Stroman – Virginia Tech
20 M.J. Stewart – North Carolina
21 Rashard Fant – Indiana
22 Siran Neal – Jacksonville St
23 Christian Campbell – Penn St
24 Chris Jones – Nebraska
25 Heath Harding – Miami (Oh)
26 Danny Johnson – Southern
27 * Shaun Crawford – Notre Dame
28 * Adonis Alexander – Virginia Tech
29 * Carlton Davis – Auburn
30 Bobby Fulp – East Carolina
31 Alameen Murphy – Stanford
32 D’Montre Wade – Murray St. (Ky)
33 Joshua Kalu – Nebraska
34 Chandon Sullivan – Georgia St
35 * Juan Thornhill – Virginia
36 * Chris Westry – Kentucky
37 * Isaiah Langley – USC
38 Jalen Davis – Utah St
39 Dee Delaney – Miami
40 Marcell Harris – Florida
41 JaMarcus King – South Carolina
42 Taron Johnson – Weber St
43 * Eric Lee – Nebraska
44 * D.J. Reed – Kansas State
45 Michael Joseph – Dubuque
46 Kamrin Moore – Boston College
47 * Nick Nelson – Wisconsin
48 * Kareem Orr – Chattanooga
49 Arrion Springs – Oregon
50 Shaq Wiggins – Tennessee
51 Davontae Harris – Illinois State
52 Avonte Madox – Pittsburgh
53 Alijah Holder – Stanford
54 Grant Haley – Penn St
55 * Mark Fields – Clemson
56 * Rashaan Gaulden – Tennessee
57 * Holton Hill – Texas
58 * Mook Reynolds – Virginia Tech
59 * Vayante Copeland – Michigan State
60 * Ryan Pulley – Arkansas
61 Aaron Davis – Georgia
62 Trumaine Washington – Louisville
63 Malkom Parrish – Georgia
64 Mike Jones – Temple
65 Tre Dempsey – North Dakota State
66 Andre Chachere – San Jose State
67 Trevon Mathis – Toledo
68 Justin Martin – Tennessee
69 Nick Orr – TCU
70 Priest Willis – Texas A&M
71 Amari Coleman – Central Michigan

Safeties

1 * Derwin James – Florida State
2 * Minkah Fitzpatrick – Alabama
3 Marcus Allen – Penn State
4 * Ronnie Harrison – Alabama
5 * Justin Reid – Stanford
6 Quin Blanding – Virginia
7 Damon Webb – Ohio State
8 Armani Watts – Texas A&M
9 * Tanner Muse – Clemson
10 Tray Matthews – Auburn
11 * Jordan Whitehead – Pittsburgh
12 * Jessie Bates – Wake Forest
13 * Chase Hansen – Utah
14 * Terrell Edmunds – Virginia Tech
15 * Andrew Wingard – Wyoming
16 * Brandon Bryant – Mississippi State
17 Todd Kelly – Tennessee
18 Kieron Williams – Nebraska
19 Godwin Igwebuike – Northwestern
20 Trayvon Henderson – Hawaii
21 Trey Marshall – Florida State
22 Chris Hawkins – USC
23 Kysir White – West Virginia
24 Steven Parker – Oklahoma
25 Sean Chandler – Temple
26 * Drue Tranquill – Notre Dame
27 * John Battle – LSU
28 * Marvell Tell – USC
29 * Mike Edwards – Kentucky
30 * Javon Hagan – Ohio
31 * Van Smith – Clemson
32 Chucky Williams – Louisville
33 Nick Washington – Florida
34 Donovan Wilson – Texas A&M
35 Dominick Sanders – Georgia
36 Jamar Summers – Connecticut
37 Mike Basile – Monmouth University
38 Donnie Miles – North Carolina
39 Tyree Robinson – Oregon
40 Jaleel Wadood – UCLA
41 Ed Paris – LSU
42 Evan Berry – Tennessee
43 Hootie Jones – Alabama
44 Erick Smith – Ohio St
45 Oren Burks – Vanderbilt
46 Cole Reyes – North Dakota
47 D’Cota Dixon – Wisconsin
48 Miles Taylor – Iowa
49 Stephen Roberts – Auburn
50 Max Redfield – Indiana (Pa)
51 Nate Andrews – Florida State

Placekickers

1 Daniel Carlson – Auburn
2 Tyler Davis – Penn State
3 * Eddy Pineiro – Florida
4 * Emmit Carpenter – Minnesota
5 Lane Clark – Tennessee State
6 Matt Anderson – California
7 Drew Brown – Nebraska
8 Michael Badgley – Miami
9 Gary Wunderlich – Mississippi
10 Matthew McCrane – Kansas State
11 Canon Rooker – Middle Tennessee State
12 Andrew Gantz – Cincinnati
13 Kody Kroening – Fresno State
14 Austin MacGinnis – Kentucky
15 Aidan Schneider – Oregon

Punters

1 J.K. Scott – Alabama
2 * Mitch Wishnowsky – Utah
3 Johnny Townsend – Florida
4 * Michael Dickson – Texas
5 Joseph Davidson – Bowling Green
6 * Steven Coutts – California
7 Spencer Smith – Memphis
8 Will Gleeson – Mississippi
9 Shane Tripucka – Texas A&M
10 Ryan Anderson – Rutgers
11 Ryan Santoso – Minnesota
12 Trevor Daniel – Tennessee
13 Ryan Winslow – Pittsburgh
14 Nick Walsh – Kansas State
15 Austin Barnes – East Carolina
16 Jonny Linehan – Brigham Young
17 Michael Carrizosa – San Jose State

Longsnappers

1 Ike Powell – Auburn
2 * Ben Makowski – Purdue
3 Kaleb Smith – Texas
4 Scott Sypniewski – Vanderbilt
5 Tanner Carew – Oregon
6 Stephen Gabbard – Florida State
7 Daniel Zeigler – Georgia State
8 James Fisher – North Dakota State
9 Trent Sieg – Colorado State
10 Wesley Horky – Oklahoma
11 Alan Lucy – Rutgers

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 November 2017 
* Underclassmen – True Juniors, 4th year Juniors & 3rd year Sophomores

 Index

Important Dates                     pgs. 1-2                                       Pro Prospects from 2017 season                 pgs. 4-8
NFL Selection Order             pgs. 2-3                                       Top 100 Pro Prospects                                  pgs. 8-10
Two Round Mock Draft        pgs. 3-4                                       Top 20 Redshirt Sophomore Prospects    pgs. 10-11

January All-Star Games 2018 Postseason Schedule

Jan. 14 – Tropical Bowl – FBS All-star Game – Daytona Beach, Florida
http://www.tropicalbowl.com/
Jan. 20 – NFLPA Collegiate Game – Los Angeles, Ca.- FS1
Jan. 20 – East-West Shrine – St. Petersburg, Florida – 3 pm est – NFL Network

*** Senior Bowl Game – Jan 27, 2018 Mobile, Alabama – 1:30 pm CT- NFL Network ***
Weigh-in- Practices – Monday Jan 22nd thru Thursday Jan 25th

Important NFL 2018 Dates

NFL Postseason
December 13 – League Meeting, Irving, Texas.
December 31 – Final NFL week 17 regular season

2018 Postseason
January 1 – Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts.
January 1 – Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for First- Round Selections from the 2015 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after January 1, 2018, but prior to May 3, 2018.

January 6-7 – Wild Card Playoffs.

January 7 – Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.

January 13-14 – Divisional Playoffs.

January 14 – Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.

January 15 – Deadline for college players that are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of players who are accepted into the NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on January 19.

January 20 – East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Jan 20 – NFLPA All-Star Game, Los Angeles, Ca.

January 21 – AFC and NFC Championship Games.

January 27 – Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.

January 28 – NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida.
January 28 – An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

Feb 5 – **** Super Bowl LII **** U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota.

Feb 20 – First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

Feb 27-March 5 – NFL Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, In.

March 6 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., NY time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 12-14 – During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 12th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.
March 14 – The 2018 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2018 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
March 14 – Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m. est time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.

March 25-28 – Annual League Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
April 2 – Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2017 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 16 – Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 20 – Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
April 25 – Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

**** NFL Draft 2018 – April 26-28 ****

Thursday through Saturday – Dallas will host draft at ATT Stadium in Arlington Texas

NFL Draft 2018 Selection Order – The Browns are ‘On the Clock’! (Who else)
* Playoffs – Conference & Super Bowl games determine final positions

# Team / W-L / Opp W-L %
1 Cleveland 0-11 .528
2 San Francisco 1-10 .534
3 NY Giants 2-9 .511
4 Denver 3-8 .483
5 Indianapolis 3-8 .489
6 Chicago 3-8 .557
7 Cleveland (Houston) 4-7 .511
8 NY Jets 4-7 .517
9 * Miami 4-7 .551
10 * Tampa Bay 4-7 .551
11 L.A. Chargers 5-6 .455
12 Cincinnati 5-6 .472
13 Arizona 5-6 .483
14 * Dallas 5-6 .489
15 * Oakland 5-6 .489
16 Washington 5-6 .517
17 Green Bay 5-6 .540
18 * Detroit 6-5 .500
19 * Buffalo 6-5 .500
20 Seattle 7-4 .472
21 Baltimore 6-5 .460
22 Buffalo (Kansas City) 6-5 .477
23 Jacksonville 7-4 .443
24 Tennessee 7-4 .443
25 Atlanta 7-4 .557
26 L.A. Rams 8-3 .489
27 Carolina 8-3 .540
28 New Orleans 8-3 .551
29 Pittsburgh 9-2 .460
30 Minnesota 9-2 .500
31 New England 9-2 .494
32 Philadelphia 10-1 .426

Team tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft
If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs: The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game that in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, when applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.

NFL Draft 2018 – Two Round Mock Draft – November, 2017

* Underclassmen expected to declare for the NFL Draft 2018
Exact draft order to be determined at close of season and postseason

1st Round
1 Cleveland 0-12 – * Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6-4 220
2 NY Giants 2-10 – * Sam Darnold QB Southern Cal 6-4 225
3 San Francisco 2-10 – * Saquon Barkley RB Penn State 5-11 225
4 Denver 3-9 – * Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma 6-8 360
5 Indianapolis 3-9 – * Arden Key DE LSU 6-6 240
6 Chicago 3-9 – Bradley Chubb DE NC State 6-4 275
7 Cleveland (Houston) 4-8 – * Carlton Davis CB Auburn 6-1 205
8 * Tampa Bay 4-8 – * Derwin James S Florida State 6-3 210
9 NY Jets 5-7 – * Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6-5 235
10 * Miami 5-7 – * Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 6-1 205
11 L.A. Chargers 6-6 – Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 6-8 315
12 Cincinnati 5-6 – * Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 6-3 200
13 Arizona 5-7 – * Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame 6-5 205
14 Washington 5-7 – Christian Wilkins DT Clemson 6-4 310
15 * Dallas 6-6 – * Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6-4 215
16 * Oakland 6-6 – * Connor Williams OT Texas 6-6 320
17 Green Bay 6-6 – Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 6-5 330
18 * Detroit 6-6 – * Derrius Guice RB LSU 5-11 215
19 * Buffalo 6-6 – James Washington WR Oklahoma St 6-0 205
20 Buffalo (Kan City) 6-6 – * Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6-1 195
21 Baltimore 7-5 – * Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6-1 190
22 Atlanta 7-5 – * Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson 6-5 265
23 Seattle 8-4 – * Denzel Ward CB Ohio State 5-10 190
24 Jacksonville 8-4 – * Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma 6-5 255
25 Tennessee 8-4 – Anthony Miller WR Memphis 5-11 190
26 Carolina 8-4 – Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St 6-5 305
27 L.A. Rams 9-3 -* Kolton Miller OT UCLA 6-8 310
28 New Orleans 9-3 -* Roquan Smith LB Georgia 6-1 225
29 Pittsburgh 9-2 – Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5-11 200
30 Minnesota 10-2 – * Bryce Love RB Stanford 5-10 190
31 New England 10-2 – Vita Vea DT Washington 6-5 345
32 Philadelphia 10-2 – Chukwuma Okorafor OT Western Michigan 6-6 330

2nd Round
33 Cleveland – Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6-2 285
34 San Francisco – * Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech 6-5 240
35 NY Giants – * Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6-1 190
36 Denver – Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St 6-5 230
37 Indianapolis – Harold Landry LB Boston College 6-3 250
38 Chicago – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo LB Oklahoma 6-1 240
39 Houston – * Ronald Jones II RB Southern Cal 6-1 195
40 * Tampa Bay – * Taven Bryan DT Florida 6-5 295
41 NY Jets – * Jaire Alexander CB Louisville 5-11 190
42 * Miami – * DeShon Elliott S Texas 6-2 205
43 L.A. Chargers – * Kevin Toliver CB LSU 6-3 205
44 Cincinnati – Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6-4 285
45 Arizona – * Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama 6-2 310
46 Washington – Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 6-0 215
47 * Dallas – * Parris Campbell WR Ohio State 6-1 205
48 * Oakland – * Jeff Holland DE Auburn 6-2 250
49 Green Bay – Uchenna Nwosu LB USC 6-2 240
50 * Detroit – * Mitch Hyatt OT Clemson 6-5 295
51 * Buffalo – * Malik Jefferson LB Texas 6-3 240
52 Kansas City – Billy Price C Ohio State 6-4 310
53 Baltimore – Braden Smith OG Auburn 6-6 305
54 Jacksonville – Dorian O’Daniel LB Clemson 6-1 215
55 Tennessee – * Deon Cain WR Clemson 6-1 210
56 Atlanta – Derrick Nnadi DT Florida State 6-1 315
57 Seattle – Royce Freeman RB Oregon Sr 5-11 235
58 L.A. Rams – Will Hernandez OG Texas-El Paso 6-3 330
59 Carolina – Michael Gallup WR Colorado St 6-1 195
60 New Orleans – * Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State 6-2 195
61 Pittsburgh – * T.J. Edwards LB Wisconsin 6-1 245
62 Minnesota – Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon 6-5 320
63 New England – Josey Jewell LB Iowa 6-2 235
64 Philadelphia – Kameron Kelly CB San Diego St 6-2 195

NFL Draft 2018 Scouting – Regular 2017 Season Report:

Offensive Players
All underclassmen have until Jan. 15th to declare f or the NFL Draft 2018. Players then have three days to rescind their decision and return to school and retain their college eligibility. Most of the junior passers will probably declare after the 2017 college season. Most will be tempted to declare once given a very high draft projection this winter. The rookie salary cap changed significantly with the collective bargaining agreement. That should be a huge influence on borderline underclassmen declaring for the NFL with another record number of prospects opting to enter the NFL Draft 2018.

QB Josh Rosen, 6-4, 220 of UCLA is a highly regarded junior passer who excelled over his late career yet struggled at times over his final season. He has a tendency to be too aggressive too often and throw into heavy coverage. He has the fire scouts love, but needs to develop the discretion to make better decisions. He still remains our top ranked QB player overall. He needs a big postseason to sustain that ranking. QB Sam Darnold 6-3, 225 of USC struggled early in the season with a new supporting cast. He played more within himself over the 2nd half of the season and lead the Trojans to a few huge victories. With the expected entrance of a few high-quality underclassmen QBs, Darnold has the talent to be the best in this class, though needs to impress in workouts thru April to retain a high ranking.

QB Mason Rudolph, 6-5, 230 of Oklahoma St displays a strong arm and the accuracy to make deep throws. His postseason workouts will be critical to his final grade, but he has the tools that will warrant a long look by an NFL staff. QB Baker Mayfield, 6-0, 215 of Oklahoma played very well in his two seasons with the Sooners after transferring from Texas Tech. He has responded vs top competition with the ability to make all the throws. He has a strong arm and frame with good mobility. He shows the development to read coverage quickly and picking up secondary receivers. QB Josh Allen, 6-4, 220 of Wyoming made significant strides over his junior season. He shows fine pocket presence and touch on his passes. He has learned to go through his progressions better and let routes develop. He is nursing a shoulder injury currently.

QB Luke Falk, 6-3, 215 of Washington St is a fast rising highly regarded passer with a high grade currently and possible top round selection if he declares in January. He needs to show well at the NFL Combine and his pro day. He has a live arm with good accuracy and the physical and mental skill set to star in the NFL. QB Riley Ferguson of Memphis made tremendous strides this season that included finding secondary receivers and reading coverage. He is a kid with the physical tools to start in the NFL with some development on his throwing motion and further work on reading coverage. QB Logan Whiteside, 6-2, 205 of Toledo has drawn much interest off some nice late career improvement. He is a savvy accurate passer with good leadership skills. He has above average arm strength and find touch that allows him to make all the throws. He needs to add muscle to hold up to the physicality of the game. He will be heavily evaluated during the postseason.

RB Saquon Barkley, 5-11, 225 of Penn St is having a great 2017 season. He is a huge talent with size, speed and power to be one of the premier backs in the game. He has proven durable over the past two seasons and has the skill set to be a three down performer from day one. RB Bo Scarbrough, 6-1, 230 of Alabama is a big power runner who has been highly successful in the Tides’ balanced offense. He is a tough runner between the tackles with the package to be a workhorse feature back. He is an adequate receiver with average long speed. RB Akrum Wadley, 5-11, 225 of Iowa was a dominant runner in the Big Ten. He has a burst to the hole to use his strong frame to make the tough yardage with above average speed to break the play. He is a reliable pass catcher, though needs work as both a receiver and blocker. RB Ronald Jones III, 5-11, 190 of USC has been one of this season’s most exciting and productive runners that rank him as one of fasting rising prospects on our board. He displayed toughness for his size with the talent to be a key difference maker. He combines a nice skill set of natural instincts, quickness, compact size with speed and surprising power. RB Nick Chubb, 5-10, 225 of Georgia was one of the best backs in the country this fall and gives a club a strong inside runner with a nose for the end zone. He should be one of the top backs off the board with natural running skills and the ability to consistently break tackles. He has the deceptive speed to break long gainers with the size to run inside and make the tough yardage. RB Justin Jackson, 5-11, 195 of Northwestern is a tough back who has progressed nicely in his career with multiple 1000 yard+ rushing seasons. He has a nice level of development to be ready for the pro game as a feature back. Fast developing receiving skills.

RB Royce Freeman, 6-0, 235 of Oregon played through nagging injuries as an underclassman. He proved durable in 2017 and this season put up high production in many games. His natural playmaking ability as a runner and receiver makes him one of the most exciting prospects and one who can impact a club in several roles. RB Myles Gaskin, 5-10, 190 of Washington is a pounder who can play that role player. He carries a good grade as a 1A type back. He needs work as both a blocker and receiver and was a productive back in the talented Pac-12. RB Derrius Guice, 6-0, 215 of LSU had a strong 2017 performance in his most extensive career playing time. He has the speed that allows him to hit the home run with the quickness and vision to be one of the more honest runners in the nation. He hopes to impress at the NFL Combine and is deciding to turn pro. RB Bryce Love, 5-10, 190 of Stanford is having an outstanding 2017 performance where he showed the ability to run inside, in addition to making the big play. He runs with an explosive burst with the quickness and long speed to be one of the best playmakers in this class. His game-to-game durability has impressive this season.

WR James Washington, 6-2, 205 of Oklahoma St is having an amazing 2017 season and benefitted from staying for his final season. He has shown impact ability consistently over his last few seasons despite double coverage often. He can be a difference maker as a pro, combining speed, quickness, power and running skills. He has intriguing skills for the NFL with big play ability as a #1 receiver. WR Anthony Miller, 5-11, 190 of Memphis has been an impact weapon and one of the nation’s premier performers during the 2017 season. He has the big-time separation speed to be a top-flight pro with a high level of development in the passing attack. He ranks as the top senior receiver in this draft class entering the critical postseason. WR Allen Lazard, 6-5, 225 of Iowa St is having a good year performance that has been instrumental in the Cyclones fine season. He has very good size with fine hands and the speed to get deep. He is a tough intermediate playmaker who takes a hit and makes the difficult catch. WR Michael Gallup, 6-0, 210 of Colorado St has been a difference maker in the Rams’ offense over his long career, with high production despite average QB play. He has good speed with natural hands and running skills to be dangerous after the catch. He is dangerous in the red zone where his skills make him a tough matchup. He is expected to attend the Senior Bowl in January. WR Dante Pettis, 6-1, 190 of Washington has been one of the hottest receivers in the nation this season with high production. He runs precise routes, shows sure hands and is a tough runner after the catch. He is a deep threat receiver plus a game changing return specialist. WR Calvin Ridley, 6-2, 210 of Alabama is an intriguing prospect. He has blue chip athleticism and measureables that will rank him among the top seniors. He has a high level of development as a route runner with keen adjustments to coverage. He is a big fast tough receiver who creates a huge matchup problem for most cover men and a fine threat in the red zone. WR Courtland Sutton, 6-4, 215 of SMU is a blue-chip underclassman with fine skills. He has imposing size with fine hands and leaping skills to win most matchups. He carries a high grade if he decides to declare in January. He is currently undecided about turning pro. WR Simmie Cobbs, 6-5, 215 of Indiana has been one of the dominant performers from the Big Ten. He had a strong 2017season after missing time last fall. He looks to impress at the Senior Bowl next month. With a strong week at the Senior Bowl, his stock could rise significantly with a nice showing. WR Parris Campbell, 6-0, 200 of Ohio St shows his big play ability as both a receiver and returner. He is both fast and quick and has fine openfield running skills to impress NFL scouts. He has the package to be a fine Wild Cat weapon in a pro offense and is a rising prospect. WR D.J. Chark, 6-3, 200 of LSU has impressive measurables with limited production. He is a big fast playmaker with impact ability. WR Christian Kirk, 6-0, 195 of Texas A&M is a polished receiver who developed nicely in a spread offense. He has fine size and top speed to change games. He is a refined route runner who reads coverage well.

TE Mike Gesicki, 6-5, 255 of Penn St. is a tough well-rounded prospect who gets to show what he can do with NFL caliber passers at the Senior Bowl week. He has fine hands and body control with adequate speed. His inline blocking is good and he has the frame to fill out further. TE Troy Fumagalli, 6-5, 245 of Wisconsin has had an excellent final season, showing improved blocking along with his developed receiving skills. He can move up further with an impressive Senior Bowl performance where he hopes to display his well-rounded skill set. TE Mark Andrews, 6-5, 255 of Oklahoma has blue chip athleticism and he has shown nice production working with QB Baker Mayfield. He is a first round talent who will have to impress in workouts to earn that selection. TE Ian Thomas, 6-5, 255 of Indiana is a raw blue-chip athlete. He has intriguing upside potential as a pro especially as a receiver in the deep game. He is a tough drive blocker who has the talent to be a complete NFL starter. TE Adam Breneman, 6-4, 250 of Massachusetts has been one of the most productive receivers at this position with the deep speed and natural talent to be a factor in a pro offense early in his career. He moves very well, catches everything and can run after the catch. He ranks among the nation’s top receiving tight end prospects and hopes to improve his draft status in the postseason. TE Dallas Goedert, 6-4, 255 of South Dakota is a huge receiver who is a natural receiver with big play ability. He needs work as a blocker. He gets a chance to shine at the Senior Bowl week. TE Hayden Hurst, 6-5, 250 of South Carolina had a fine 2017 senior season. He is well rounded and showed nice awareness in the passing game. He looks to impress this offseason after declaring in January. TE Chris Herndon, 6-4, 255 of Miami was a big factor in the Hurricanes’ early season success. He is a good receiver with sound blocking talent at the point of attack and on the move. He is developed and very versatile to give an offense a unique weapon for many sets.

OT Orlando Brown, 6-7, 340 of Oklahoma has excelled in the tough Big 12, manning the left side in pass protection. He could be one of the premier tackles in this class if he declares after his bowl game. He must have a strong week at the NFL Combine to earn a high first round grade. He has good feet and shows very good technique, overall strength and powerful hands to win most matchups. OT Martinas Rankin, 6-5, 310 of Mississippi State will be watched closely over the postseason especially at the Senior Bowl. He has the physical skills and experience to start early as pros at the left tackle spot. He projects first to left tackle where his fine technique and agility has graded out high vs top competition. OT Mike McClinchey, 6-8, 315 of Notre Dame moves well and delivers a wallop with his quick hands. He has the physical package to be a strong blocker and has the package scouts seek in a tackle prospect and is well suited for both sides. OT Connor Williams, 6-6, 310 of Texas is expected to declare for the NFL Draft 2018. He combines size, reach, power and agility and could be one of the better left tackles available from this class in time with further experience. He has the skill set to be an NFL starter, though his ability to handle NFL caliber speed will be tested. OT Tyrell Crosby, 6-5, 320 of Oregon is a long agile tackle who has performed well in a pro offense. He needs a big Senior Bowl week to move into early rounds. OT Jamarco Jones, 6-5, 310 of Ohio St is a quick senior tackle with improving technique and power to finish. He looks to impress in the All-star action to elevate his stock.

OT Brandon Parker, 6-7, 310 of North Carolina A&T is a fast rising prospect off a strong senior season. He moves well with left tackle agility and the power to fit either outside role. His performance at the Senior will determine his level of play vs top competition. OT Kolton Miller, 6-8, 310 of UCLA is a massive tackle with long reach and surprising agility to trap or get to the second level. He protected QB Josh Rosen’s blindside nicely over his short career. OG Quenton Nelson, 6-5, 330 of Notre Dame is a physical blocker who is well developed to plug in as a rookie. He is a relentless blocker who moves well to adjust to counter moves with the power to anchor. OG Braden Smith, 6-6, 310 of Auburn is a quality prospect who dominated over his final few seasons. He has been a top interior lineman at guard and recommended for the Senior Bowl. With a strong week in Mobile, Al, he could guarantee himself an early round grade. OL Cody O’Connell, 6-8, 360 of Washington St is a huge lineman who displays great power and projects best on the interior. He looks to impress at the Senior Bowl to earn an early round selection. OC Billy Price, 6-4, 310 of Ohio State had a fine season in the pivot. He can play all three interior spots and is a sound technician with an early NFL starting grade. OL Frank Ragnow, 6-5, 315 of Arkansas was injured at midseason. He hopes to perform in an All-star game in January to showcase his NFL starting talent.

Defensive Players

DE Sam Hubbard, 6-5, 265 of Ohio St faces a big decision after the 2017 season. He is an imposing athlete with very good triangle numbers and the skill set to be a powerful and quick pass rusher who can bend the corner and bull rush to make key sacks. He shows the ability to stack at the point of attack and capable of playing both up and down. DE Bradley Chubb, 6-4, 275 of N.C. St is a huge versatile defender with the physical and mental talent to play a few positions in both a 4-3 and 3-4 set. He has played in both fronts up and down which will help his stock. He had an impressive 2017 season where he faced double team blocking consistently. He needs to impress at the NFL Combine and his pro day. DE Arden Key, 6-6, 265 of LSU has been a strong edge rusher over his SEC career and has been a force at times. His play at times is outstanding while showing prototypical athletic skills and smarts. He shows an elite burst off the edge with the ability to bend the edge consistently, but must show durable for the NFL game. DE Harold Landry, 6-3, 25o of Boston College is a tweener defender with intriguing upside potential. He needs his pro position defined but has the burst off the edge to change games. His positional versatility probably puts him on every clubs’ radar and probable early round defender. DE Duke Ejiofor, 6-4, 275 of Wake Forest is a blue-chip athlete who can change a game as a pass rusher. He shows explosiveness off the edge and wins with both power and speed. He needs a big Senior Bowl performance to warrant an early round selection. DE Marcus Davenport, 6-7, 255 of UTSA has come on strong over his senior season. He displays great length and further growth potential. He has the burst off the edge to harass the passer and all pro defensive teams covet his rushing talent. He could guarantee a high draft selection with a big week at the Senior Bowl.

DT Christian Wilkins, 6-4, 310 of Clemson is an explosive athlete who saw special attention at times over his late career. He has played well vs top linemen and performed well over his long career. He is a highly-regarded prospect with well-developed pass rushing technique. His ability to stack vs the top competition may earn him a rookie starting grade. DT Da’Ron Payne, 6-2, 310 of Alabama had a strong 2017 performance that has him flying up charts. He stacks well with the speed to pursue down the line. He can win as both a speed and power rusher and is a rising underclassmen prospect. DT Maurice Hurst, 6-2, 285 of Michigan is an explosive defender who recognizes plays well and has the quickness and power to get to the ball and finish to make tackles and sacks. He holds up well in the physical part of the game after seeing double team blocking often as an underclassman. DT Derrick Nnadi, 6-1, 310 of Florida St can be a force from the inside and projects to the three-technique role for the NFL game. He will be a prospect that is highly coveted especially from 4-3 defensive clubs. He could solidify an early selection with a strong All-star week performance at the Senior Bowl. DT Deadrin Senat, 6-1, 305 of South Florida has shown fine run stuffing ability despite facing double team blocking often on the inside. He projects to the 4-3 pro front and is a rising defender on NFL boards off an impressive senior season. His quickness and power make him a disruptive force early on the down with nice pass rushing skills.

LB Tremaine Edmunds, 6-5, 250 of Virginia Tech is a tweener defender with upside potential. He needs his pro position defined with the burst off the edge to make big plays. His positional versatility probably puts him high on the 3-4 clubs list of edge rushers as a game changer. LB Malik Jefferson, 6-3, 240 of Texas is a well-developed prospect who runs well with keen instincts and finishes with strong tackling that should earn him a top selection and probable early round selection if he declares. LB Fred Warner, 6-4, 230 of BYU has been a leader and core defender for the tough Cougar defense. He is a tweener defender with the prototypical numbers NFL scouts love in an attack linebacker. He has been very productive in a number of roles and has the versatility to play in either pro scheme, but better suited for playing up off the edge. LB Christian Miller, 6-4, 240 of Alabama is a physical Bama defender. He plays both up and down and fits the outside backer role best. He stacks the run well and shows the ability to push the pocket. LB Uchenna Nwosu, 6-2, 240 of USC shows developed talent and his final season probably pushes him into the top rounds. He combines quickness, power, speed and ball instincts and was considered a blue-chip talent for the 4-3 scheme. LB Josey Jewell, 6-2, 235 of Iowa has been a force this season with clutch plays weekly. He is a good Mike defender who fills very well inside in either scheme. He has the speed to get to the flanks, though he needs development in coverage. LB Lorenzo Carter, 6-5, 245 of Georgia finished strong as a senior and elevated his stock nicely. He is very instinctive and finishes with sure tackling that gives him the versatility to play a few positions especially as an edge rusher. He plays both up and down and will be scrutinized by the 3-4 clubs extensively.

LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, 6-1, 235 of Oklahoma is a developed outside backer who plays best in space to run free to the ball. He has been a leader and highly productive over his late career. He flashes striking ability and the technique to get off blockers and finish. Look for him at the Senior Bowl.

CB Jaire Alexander, 5-11, 190 of Louisville is a savvy cover man who graded out high vs ACC talent. He has developed quickly in his three seasons and is leaning towards declaring after the Tigers bowl game. CB Duke Dawson, 5-11, 200 of Florida is a fast developing cover man who can start early in his pro career. He is physical and a sure tackler and capable of playing both outside and in the slot. CB Kevin Tolliver, 6-3, 205 of LSU is a big agile cover man with fine athleticism. He needs some work on reading routes, but has the raw talent to be a shutdown cover man. CB Anthony Averett, 6-0, 185 of Alabama is a nice prospect with the athleticism and the experience to be an NFL cover man. He looks to impress in Mobile, Al Senior Bowl. CB Isaiah Oliver, 6-1, 195 of Colorado is a highly-regarded underclassman who impressed over the 2017 season. His strong performance as both a cover man with impact ability. His current level of development will warrant early playing time with the skill set to be a top-flight NFL corner. CB Jordan Thomas, 6-0, 190 of Oklahoma is an interesting prospect with developed skills vs NFL talent in big game situations. He has responded well over the past two seasons with fast development in most schemes. He can earn an early round grade with a strong performance over the week’s practices in Mobile, Al. CB Joshua Jackson, 6-1, 195 of Iowa has been a chief contributor to the Hawkeyes’ season. He has very good ball skills and the hands to make the key interception. He is very tough and will come up and support the run and make tackles with the size to matchup well in man situations. He is leaning towards declaring after the bowl game. S Derwin James, 6-3, 210 of Florida St is one of the best players in the country. He played a few roles and may fit best at free safety after time as a corner and safety. He can be an impact performer and is expected to declare. S Minkah Fitzpatrick, 6-1, 205 of Alabama is a savvy versatile defender with experience at both corner and safety. He is a smart hard tackling defender who is well developed after starting the past three seasons. He can matchup with wideouts and break on the ball to make plays. S Marcus Allen, 6-2, 210 of Penn St is has had a very impressive 2017 season. He is capable of big plays in run support or coverage. Though he needs work on his ability to recognize routes and make quick adjustments in the transition, he has the athleticism, range and instincts to matchup with receivers. He is a well-rounded prospect with the skill set to be an every down pro defender. S Armani Watts, 5-11, 205 of Texas A&M has been consistent over his Aggie career. His week at the Senior Bowl will have to answer questions about his man coverage skills. He can a force in run support, but must prove he can cover in man situations and reads routes quickly.

Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2018

November, 2017 – * underclassmen eligible to declare until Jan 15, 2018

Pro Prospect      Pos      School    Ht/ Wt
1 * Saquon Barkley RB Penn State 5-11 225
2 * Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6-4 220
3 * Sam Darnold QB Southern Cal 6-4 225
4 Bradley Chubb DE NC State 6-4 275
5 * Derwin James S Florida State 6-3 210
6 * Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma 6-8 360
7 * Arden Key DE LSU 6-6 240
8 * Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6-5 235
9 * Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 6-1 205
10 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 6-8 315
11 * Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 6-3 200
12 * Carlton Davis CB Auburn 6-1 205
13 Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 6-5 330
14 * Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6-4 215
15 * Derrius Guice RB LSU 5-11 215
16 James Washington WR Oklahoma St 6-0 205
17 * Kolton Miller OT UCLA 6-8 310
18 * Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame 6-5 205
19 * Denzel Ward CB Ohio State 5-10 190
20 Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St 6-5 305
21 Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5-11 200
22 * Bryce Love RB Stanford 5-10 190
23 * Connor Williams OT Texas 6-6 320
24 * Roquan Smith LB Georgia 6-1 225
25 Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6-2 285
26 * Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma 6-5 255
27 Christian Wilkins DT Clemson 6-4 310
28 * Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6-1 195
29 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo LB Oklahoma 6-1 240
30 * Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6-1 190
31 Vita Vea DT Washington 6-5 345
32 Chukwuma Okorafor OT Western Michigan 6-6 330
33 * Taven Bryan DT Florida 6-5 295
34 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St 6-5 230
35 Anthony Miller WR Memphis 5-11 190
36 * Ronald Jones II RB Southern Cal 6-1 195
37 * Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6-1 190
38 * DeShon Elliott S Texas 6-2 205
39 * Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson 6-5 265
40 * Mitch Hyatt OT Clemson 6-5 295
41 * Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech 6-5 240
42 * Deontay Burnett WR Southern Cal 6-0 170
43 * Jeff Holland DE Auburn 6-2 250
44 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 6-0 215
45 * Jaire Alexander CB Louisville 5-11 190
46 Dorian O’Daniel LB Clemson 6-1 215
47 Harold Landry LB Boston College 6-3 250
48 Billy Price C Ohio State 6-4 310
49 Uchenna Nwosu LB USC 6-2 240
50 Michael Gallup WR Colorado St 6-1 195
51 * Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama 6-2 310
52 Braden Smith OG Auburn 6-6 305
53 * Parris Campbell WR Ohio State 6-1 205
54 Derrick Nnadi DT Florida State 6-1 315
55 Kameron Kelly CB San Diego St 6-2 195
56 Will Hernandez OG Texas-El Paso 6-3 330
57 * Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn 6-0 215
58 Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6-4 285
59 Josey Jewell LB Iowa 6-2 235
60 * Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State 6-2 195
61 * Kendall Joseph LB Clemson 6-0 230
62 Royce Freeman RB Oregon Sr 5-11 235
63 Marcus Davenport DE UTSA Sr 6-7 255
64 Nick Chubb RB Georgia Sr 5-10 225
65 * Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6-3 215
66 * Malik Jefferson LB Texas 6-3 240
67 Mike Gesicki TE Penn State 6-6 255
68 Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon 6-5 320
69 Jaylen Samuels TE NC State 5-11 225
70 Royce Freeman RB Oregon 6-0 235
71 Lorenzo Carter LB Georgia Sr 6-6 245
72 * Dre’Mont Jones DT Ohio State 6-3 295
73 Rashaan Evans LB Alabama 6-3 235
74 Duke Ejiofor DE Wake Forest 6-4 270
75 Ian Thomas TE Indiana 6-5 250
76 Mason Cole OL Michigan 6-5 305
77 * Quenton Meeks CB Stanford 6-2 205
78 * Deon Cain WR Clemson 6-1 210
79 * Kevin Toliver CB LSU 6-3 205
80 * T.J. Edwards LB Wisconsin 6-1 245
81 Marcell Ateman WR Oklahoma St 6-4 220
82 * Austin Bryant DE Clemson 6-4 265
83 * Cameron Smith LB Southern Cal 6-2 245
84 * Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State 6-5 265
85 Marcus Allen S Penn State 6-2 205
86 * Bo Scarbrough RB Alabama 6-2 235
87 * Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina 6-5 250
88 * Damien Harris RB Alabama 5-11 220
89 Kolton Miller OT UCLA 6-8 310
90 Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St 6-4 260
91 * Simmie Cobbs Jr. WR Indiana 6-4 220
92 * Martez Ivey OT Florida 6-5 315
93 * Hercules Mata’afa DE Washington St 6-2 255
94 Armani Watts S Texas A&M 5-11 205
95 Dante Pettis WR Washington 6-1 195
96 Micah Kiser LB Virginia 6-2 240
97 Lowell Lotulelei DT Utah 6-2 320
98 * Josh Sweat DE Florida State 6-5 250
99 Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin 6-6 250
100 * Dorance Armstrong DE Kansas 6-4 245

Top 20 Redshirt Sophomores

Players must be 3 years removed from high school to be eligible for the NFL Draft.
They have until mid January 2018 to choose to declare for early entry.

Position /Prospect / Ht. Wt / School
1 – QB Sam Darnold – 6-4, 220 – USC
2 – QB Jarrett Stidham – 6-3, 214 – Auburn
3 – S Derwin James – 6-3, 211 – Florida State
4 – DE Clelin Ferrell – 6-5, 265 – Clemson
5 – DT Dre’Mont Jones – 6-3, 295 – Ohio State
6 – OT Isaiah Prince – 6-7, 310 – Ohio State
7 – DE Dylan Jackson – 6-6, 266 – Stanford
8 – RB Mike Weber – 5-10, 214 – Ohio State
9 – DT Carlos Davis – 6-2, 295 – Nebraska
10 – QB Steven Montez – 6-5, 225 – Colorado
11- DT Raequan Williams – 6-4, 300 – Michigan State
12 – CB Damon Arnette – 6-0, 195 – Ohio State
13 – S Tanner Muse – 6-2, 220 – Clemson
14 – OT Drew Richmond – 6-5, 309 – Tennessee
15 – LB Leo Lewis – 6-2, 235 – Mississippi State
16 – RB James Williams – 5-11, 195 – Washington State
17 – WR Van Jefferson – (6-2, 195 – Mississippi
18 – S Jessie Bates – 6-2, 195 – Wake Forest
19 – WR Jonathan Giles – 6-0, 193 – LSU
20 – LB Joe Giles-Harris – 6-2, 230 – Duke

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2018 Newsletter – December

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December 2017 Newsletter

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Index

Important Dates                     pg. 1                                                 Pro Prospects from 2017 season      pgs. 4-8
NFL Selection Order             pg. 2                                                 Underclassmen Declared                  pgs. 8-9
Two Round Mock Draft        pgs. 3-4                                           Top 100 Pro Prospects                       pgs. 9-11
Top 25 Small College Prospects       pgs. 11-12

January All-Star Games 2018 Postseason Schedule

Jan. 14 – Tropical Bowl – FBS All-star Game – Daytona Beach, Florida
http://www.tropicalbowl.com/
Jan. 20 – NFLPA Collegiate Game – Los Angeles, Ca.- FS1
Jan. 20 – East-West Shrine – St. Petersburg, Florida – 3 pm est – NFL Network
For Complete East-West Shrine All-star Game info including updated Roster acceptances
Go to http://www.shrinegame.com/

** Senior Bowl Game – Jan 27, 2018 Mobile, Alabama – 1:30 pm CT- NFL Network **

        Weigh-in- Practices – Monday Jan 22nd thru Thursday Jan 25th
       For Complete Senior Bowl info including updated Roster acceptances
       Go to https://www.seniorbowl.com/

Important NFL 2018 Dates

NFL Postseason

December 13 – League Meeting, Irving, Texas
December 31 – Final NFL regular week 17

2018 Postseason

January 1 – Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts.
January 1 – Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for First- Round Selections from the 2015 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after January 1, 2018, but prior to May 3, 2018

January 6-7 – Wild Card Playoffs.
January 7 – Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.

January 13-14 – Divisional Playoffs.
January 14 – Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.

January 15 – Deadline for college players that are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of players who are accepted into the NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on January 19.
January 20 – East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Jan 20 – NFLPA All-Star Game, Los Angeles, Ca.

January 21 – AFC and NFC Championship Games.

January 27 – Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.

January 28 – NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida.
January 28 – An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

 Feb 5 – **** Super Bowl LII **** U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota.

February 20 – First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

Feb 27-March 5 – NFL Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, In.

March 6 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., NY time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 12-14 – During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 12th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.
March 14 – The 2018 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2018 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
March 14 – Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m. est time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.

March 25-28 – Annual League Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
April 2 – Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2017 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 16 – Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 20 – Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
April 25 – Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

**** NFL Draft 2018 – April 26-28 ****

Thursday through Saturday – Dallas will host at ATT Stadium in Arlington Texas

NFL Draft 2018 Selection Order – The Browns are ‘On the Clock’!

Once again, the Cleveland Browns are On the Clock with the first overall selection for the NFL Draft 2018. It marks the second consecutive year the Browns earned the top overall draft choice. The last team to accomplish this was the… Cleveland Browns in 1999 and 2000 during their early expansion years. Not much as changed in almost 20 years. The Browns are just the 5th team to earn this back to back year accomplishment. They have been one of the worst teams in recent memory in all major sports with ongoing poor results despite or because of a constant turnover in their front office and coaching staffs. Their draft decisions have beem atrocious with several trades out of the top early selections, especially passing on a chance of either QBs, Carson Wentz or Jared Goff just two years ago. This Sunday they can tie the Detroit Lions as the only teams to go 0-16 during the regular season with a loss to the Steelers. Head coach Hue Jackson will complete his second season this weekend after going 1-15 last season. His 1-30 two-year record stands by itself as one of the worst in NFL history.

The Browns are in position to make major strides this April. In addition to the top overall pick, they also hold the Houston Texans #1 choice, currently the 4th overall selection. Rarely does a club hold two #1 picks let alone two in the top five overall choices. The Browns also hold three #2 picks, one #3 and two #4 selections, a boatload of top 100 draft choices to address several major need areas. New GM John Dorsey came aboard midseason 2017 and has had a few months to evaluate the current roster, in addition to their salary cap. He is in position to bolster a decent roster that has some young players in place, though needs players in key positions and leadership roles on both sides of the ball. The Browns upcoming decisions in both veteran Free Agency and the NFL Draft 2018 will dictate the movement of many players this offseason especially among the premier selections.

Playoffs – Conference & Super Bowl games determine final positions
x – division winner y – playoff berth

# Team W-L / Opp W-L % # Team W-L / Opp W-L %

1 Cleveland 0-15 .517 17 Buffalo 8-7 .492
2 NY Giants 2-13 .533 18 Detroit 8-7 .496
3 Indianapolis 3-12 .483 19 Dallas 8-7 .500
4 Cleveland (Houston) 4-11 .508 20 Seattle 9-6 .488
5 Tampa Bay 4-11 .558 21 Tennessee 8-7 .438
6 Denver 5-10 .483 22 Baltimore 9-6 .438
7 San Francisco 5-10 .521 23 Buffalo (x Kan City) 9-6 .479
8 NY Jets 5-10 .521 24 Atlanta 9-6 .550
9 Chicago 5-10 .558 25 x Jacksonville 10-5 .425
10 Cincinnati 6-9 .467 26 x LA Rams 11-4 .500
11 Oakland 6-9 .508 27 y Carolina 11-4 .538
12 Miami 6-9 .542 28 y New Orleans 11-4 .538
13 Arizona 7-8 .488 29 x Minnesota 12-3 .500
14 Washington 7-8 .538 30 x Pittsburgh 12-3 .450
15 Green Bay 7-8 .538 31 x New England 12-3 .488
16 LA Chargers 8-7 .463 32 x Philadelphia 13-2 .458

Team tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft

If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs: The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game that in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, when applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.

NFL Draft 2018 – Two Round Mock Draft – December, 2017
* Underclassmen expected to declare for the NFL Draft 2018

       Exact draft order to be determined at close of season and postseason
       x – Division winner y – made playoffs

1st Round

1 Cleveland – 0-15 – * Sam Darnold QB Southern Cal 6-4 225
2 NY Giants – 2-13 – * Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6-4 220
3 Indianapolis – 3-12 – * Saquon Barkley RB Penn State 5-11 225
4 Cleveland (Houston)- 4-11 – * Derwin James S Florida State 6-3 210
5 Tampa Bay – 4-11 – * Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma 6-8 360
6 Denver – 5-10 .483 – * Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6-5 235
7 San Francisco – 5-10 – Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 6-8 315
8 NY Jets – 5-10 – * Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6-4 215
9 Chicago – 5-10 – * Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame 6-5 205
10 Cincinnati – 6-9 – Bradley Chubb DE NC State 6-4 275
11 Oakland – 6-9 – * Arden Key DE LSU 6-6 240
12 Miami – 6-9 – * Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 6-1 205
13 Arizona – 7-8 – * Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 6-3 200
14 Washington – 7-8 – * Derrius Guice RB LSU 5-11 215
15 Green Bay – 7-8 – * Roquan Smith LB Georgia 6-1 225
16 LA Chargers – 8-7 – * Connor Williams OT Texas 6-6 320
17 Buffalo – 8-7 – Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St 6-5 230
18 Detroit – 8-7 – Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 6-5 330
19 Dallas – 8-7 – * Carlton Davis CB Auburn 6-1 205
20 Seattle – 9-6 – * Denzel Ward CB Ohio State 5-10 190
21 Tennessee – 8-7 – * Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6-1 195
22 Baltimore – 9-6 – * Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech 6-5 240
23 Buffalo (Kan City) – 9-6 – * Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6-1 190
24 Atlanta – 9-6 – Christian Wilkins DT Clemson 6-4 310
25 x Jacksonville – 10-5 – * Kolton Miller OT UCLA 6-8 310
26 x LA Rams – 11-4 – Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5-11 200
27 y Carolina – 11-4 – James Washington WR Oklahoma St 6-0 205
28 y New Orleans – 11-4 – Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 6-0 215
29 x Minnesota – 12-3 – Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St 6-5 305
30 x Pittsburgh – 12-3 – * Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma 6-5 255
31 x New England – 12-3 – Chukwuma Okorafor OT Western Michigan 6-6 330
32 x Philadelphia – 13-2 – * Jaire Alexander CB Louisville 5-11 190

2nd Round

33 Cleveland – * Ronald Jones II RB Southern Cal 6-1 195
34 NY Giants – * Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson 6-5 265
35 Indianapolis – Derrick Nnadi DT Florida State 6-1 315
36 Tampa Bay – * DeShon Elliott S Texas 6-2 205
37 Cleveland (Houston) – Anthony Miller WR Memphis 5-11 190
38 New England (San Fran) – Vita Vea DT Washington 6-5 345
39 NY Jets – Harold Landry LB Boston College 6-3 250
40 Chicago – * Mitch Hyatt OT Clemson 6-5 295
41 Denver – * Malik Jefferson LB Texas 6-3 240
42 Oakland – * Bryce Love RB Stanford 5-10 190
43 Miami – Braden Smith OG Auburn 6-6 305
44 Cincinnati – Billy Price C Ohio State 6-4 310
45 Washington – * Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama 6-2 310
46 Green Bay – Ian Thomas TE Indiana 6-5 250
47 Arizona – Will Hernandez OG Texas-El Paso 6-3 330
48 Buffalo – * Taven Bryan DT Florida 6-5 295
49 Detroit – Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6-2 285
50 Dallas – * Parris Campbell WR Ohio State 6-1 205
51 LA Chargers – * Leighton Vander Esch LB Boise St 6-4 240
52 Tennessee – Mike Gesicki TE Penn State 6-6 255
53 Baltimore – Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon 6-5 320
54 Kansas City – Uchenna Nwosu LB USC 6-2 240
55 Atlanta – Duke Ejiofor DE Wake Forest 6-4 270
56 NY Jets (Seattle) – * Kevin Toliver CB LSU 6-3 205
57 Jacksonville – * Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State 6-2 195
58 Carolina – * Austin Bryant DE Clemson 6-4 265
59 San Fran (New Orleans) – * Deon Cain WR Clemson 6-1 210
60 Buffalo (LA Rams) – Michael Gallup WR Colorado St 6-1 195
61 Pittsburgh – Harrison Phillips DL Stanford 6-4 295
62 New England – Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St 6-4 260
63 Minnesota – Royce Freeman RB Oregon 6-0 235
64 Cleveland (Phil) – * Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6-1 190

NFL Draft 2018 Scouting Report – Regular 2017 Season
Offensive Players

All underclassmen have until Jan. 15th to declare f or the NFL Draft 2018. Players then have three days to rescind their decision and return to school and retain their college eligibility. Most of the junior passers will probably declare after the 2017 college season. Most will be tempted to declare once given a very high draft projection this winter. The rookie salary cap changed significantly with the collective bargaining agreement. That should be a huge influence on borderline underclassmen declaring for the NFL with another record number of prospects opting to enter the NFL Draft 2018.

QB Josh Rosen, 6-4, 220 of UCLA is considered a possible #1 overall selection. He worked through a few minor injuries this season. He sat out the Bruins Bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft once he declares to turn pro which is expected. He has the components scouts love, but needs to develop the discretion to make better decisions. He still remains our top ranked QB player overall. He needs a big postseason workout at NFL Combine or his pro day to sustain that ranking. QB Sam Darnold 6-4, 225 of USC finished strong after some early season inconsistencies. He led the Trojans to a few huge victories. With the expected entrance of a few high-quality underclassmen QBs, Darnold has the talent to be the best in this class, though needs to impress in workouts thru April to retain a high ranking.

QB Mason Rudolph, 6-5, 230 of Oklahoma St displays a strong arm and the accuracy to make deep throws. He had a strong bowl performance vs Va. Tech. His postseason workouts will be critical to his final grade, but he has the tools that will warrant a long look by an NFL staff. He hopes to elevate to a first round grade. QB Baker Mayfield, 6-0, 215 of Oklahoma played very well again this season, earning the Heisman Trophy. He has responded vs top competition with the ability to make all the throws. He has a strong arm and frame with very good mobility and could rise to a first round selection with an impressive postseason. He shows the development to read coverage quickly and picking up secondary receivers. He accepted a Senior Bowl invitation. QB Josh Allen, 6-5, 225 of Wyoming made significant strides over his junior season and declared after his bowl victory. He shows fine pocket presence and touch on his passes. He has learned to go through his progressions better and let routes develop. He returned from a shoulder injury to make all the throws is his finale vs Toledo in the Famous Potato Bowl.

QB Luke Falk, 6-3, 215 of Washington St was a rising highly regarded passer with a high grade entering the 2017 season. He had a hot and cold season, though remains a possible early round selection with a strong postseason. He needs to show well at an All-start week, the NFL Combine and his pro day. He has a live arm with good accuracy and the physical and mental skill set to star in the NFL. QB Riley Ferguson, 6-4, 220 of Memphis made huge strides this season that included finding secondary receivers and reading coverage. He is a kid with the physical tools to start in the NFL with some development on his throwing motion and further work on reading coverage. His All-star performance will determine if he moves into the early rounds. QB Jarrett Stidham, 6-3, 210 of Auburn shows premier skills, though limited reps after transferring. His upside potential will earn an early selection, though his level of development needs time at the pro level. QB Tanner Lee, 6-4, 215 of Nebraska has drawn interest off some nice late career improvement. He declared in December and is a savvy accurate passer with good leadership skills. He has above average arm strength and his fine touch allows him to hit receivers in stride. He needs to add muscle to hold up to the physicality of the game and will be heavily evaluated during the postseason.

RB Saquon Barkley, 5-11, 225 of Penn St had a great 2017 season. He is a blue chip talent with size, speed and power to be one of the premier backs in the game. He has proven durable over the past two seasons and has the skill set to be a rookie three down performer. He is expected to declare in January. RB Royce Freeman, 6-0, 235 of Oregon proved durable in 2017 after playing through nagging injuries as an underclassman. His natural playmaking ability as a runner and receiver makes him one of the most exciting prospects and one who can impact a club in several roles. He looks to impress at the Senior Bowl. RB Bo Scarbrough, 6-1, 230 of Alabama is a big power runner who has been highly successful in the Tides’ attack. He is a tough inside runner with the package to be a workhorse feature back. He is only average receiving skills and long speed. RB Akrum Wadley, 5-11, 195 of Iowa was a dominant runner in the Big Ten despite coming in under 200 lbs. He has a burst to the hole to use his strong frame to make the tough yardage with above average speed to break the play. He is a dependable pass catcher, though needs work as both a receiver and blocker. RB Ronald Jones III, 5-11, 190 of USC has been one of this season’s most exciting and productive backs. He displays deceptive toughness for his size with the talent to be a playmaker in several roles. He combines a nice skill set of natural instincts, quickness, compact size with the long speed to break plays. RB Nick Chubb, 5-10, 225 of Georgia was one of the best backs in the country after returning from an injury riddled 2016 season. He is a strong inside runner with a nose for the end zone. He should be one of the top backs off the board with natural running skills and the ability to consistently break tackles. He has the deceptive speed to break long gainers with the size to run inside and make the tough yardage. RB Justin Jackson, 5-11, 195 of Northwestern progressed nicely in his career with several 1000 yard+ rushing seasons. He has a nice level of development to be ready for the pro game as a feature back or high quality 1A type. Fast developing receiving skills.

RB Bryce Love, 5-10, 190 of Stanford had an outstanding 2017 performance where he showed the making the big play and rare toughness. He runs with an explosive burst with the quickness and long speed to be one of the best playmakers in this class. His game-to-game durability was impressive this season as he played through ongoing ankle issues. RB Myles Gaskin, 5-10, 190 of Washington is a pounder who can play that role. He carries a good grade as a 1A type back. He needs work as both a blocker and receiver and was a productive back in the talented Pac-12. RB Derrius Guice, 6-0, 215 of LSU had a strong 2017 performance in his most extensive career playing time despite missing some time due to injuries. He has the speed that allows him to hit the home run with the quickness and vision to be one of the more honest runners in the nation. He needs to impress at the NFL Combine and his pro day. He probably prepares to turn pro. RB Mark Walton, 5-9, 205 of Miami declared in December. He is a compact tough back with natural talent to earn a role as a 1A type. He needs a strong postseason to earn a middle round selection.

WR Anthony Miller, 5-11, 190 of Memphis has been an impact weapon as one of the nation’s emerging performers after a strong the 2017 season. He has the big-time separation speed to be a top-flight pro with a high level of development in the passing attack to line up inside or outside. He ranks as one of the top senior receivers in this class entering the critical postseason. WR Allen Lazard, 6-5, 225 of Iowa St had a good year performance that was instrumental in the Cyclones fine season. He has very good size with strong hands and deceptive speed to get deep. He is a tough intermediate playmaker who takes a hit and makes the difficult catch. WR James Washington, 6-2, 205 of Oklahoma St hadg an amazing 2017 season and benefitted from staying for his final season. He has shown impact ability consistently over his last few seasons despite double coverage often. He can be a difference maker as a pro, combining speed, quickness, power and running skills. Teammate Marcell Ateman, 6-5, 220 of Oklahoma State has intriguing skills for the NFL with big play ability as a top #2 receiver. He displays excellent hands and body control.

WR Calvin Ridley, 6-2, 210 of Alabama is a blue chip athlete that ranks him among the top seniors. He has a high level of development as a route runner with keen adjustments to coverage. He is a big rangy tough receiver who creates a huge matchup problem for most cover men and a fine threat in the red zone. WR Michael Gallup, 6-0, 210 of Colorado St has been a difference maker in the Rams’ offense over his long career, with high production despite average QB play. He has good speed with natural hands and running skills to be dangerous after the catch. He is dangerous in the red zone where his skills make him a tough matchup. He is expected to attend the Senior Bowl in January. WR Dante Pettis, 6-1, 190 of Washington was one of the hottest receivers in the nation this season with high production. He runs precise routes, shows sure hands and is a tough runner after the catch. He is a deceptive deep threat plus a game changing return specialist. WR Courtland Sutton, 6-4, 215 of SMU is a blue-chip underclassman with fine skills. He has imposing size with fine hands and leaping skills to win most matchups. He carries a first round grade and decided in December to declare. WR Christian Kirk, 6-0, 195 of Texas A&M is a polished receiver who developed nicely in a spread offense. He has fine size and top speed to change games, though his production was marginal with average QB play. WR Simmie Cobbs, 6-5, 215 of Indiana had a strong 2017season after missing time last fall. He looks to impress in the postseason workouts. With a strong postseason his stock could rise significantly with a nice showing. WR Parris Campbell, 6-0, 200 of Ohio St displays big play ability as both a receiver and returner. He is both fast and quick and has fine openfield running skills to impress NFL scouts. He has the package to be a fine Wild Cat weapon in a pro offense with further development. WR D.J. Chark, 6-3, 200 of LSU has impressive measurables which should elevate his stock during the workout phase. He is a big fast playmaker with impact ability, but needs to impress at the Senior Bowl.

TE Dallas Goedert, 6-4, 255 of South Dakota is a huge receiver who is a natural receiver with big play ability. He needs work as a blocker. He dominated the lower level and gets a chance to shine at the Senior Bowl week. TE Mike Gesicki, 6-5, 255 of Penn St. is a tough well-rounded prospect who gets to show what he can do with NFL caliber passers at the Senior Bowl week. He has fine hands and body control with adequate speed. His inline blocking is good and he has the frame to fill out further. TE Troy Fumagalli, 6-5, 245 of Wisconsin has had a very good final season, showing improved blocking along with his developed receiving skills. He can move up further with an impressive Senior Bowl performance where he hopes to display his well-rounded skill set. He lacks top speed. TE Mark Andrews, 6-5, 255 of Oklahoma has blue chip athleticism coupled with soft hands and good route running with top production working with QB Baker Mayfield. He is a first round talent who will have to impress in workouts to earn that selection. TE Ian Thomas, 6-5, 255 of Indiana is a raw blue-chip athlete. As a pro, he has intriguing upside potential especially as a receiver in the deep game. He is a tough drive blocker who has the talent to be a complete NFL starter in time. TE Adam Breneman, 6-4, 250 of Massachusetts has been one of the most productive receivers at this position with the deep speed and natural talent to be a factor early in those roles. He moves very well, catches everything and adjusts nicely to catch outside the box. TE Hayden Hurst, 6-5, 250 of South Carolina had a fine 2017 senior season and declared for the NFL Draft. He is well rounded and showed nice awareness in the passing game. He looks to impress this offseason with more muscle and technique work to improve as a blocker. TE Chris Herndon, 6-4, 255 of Miami was a big factor in the Hurricanes’ early season success. He is a good receiver with sound blocking talent at the point of attack and on the move. He is developed and very versatile to give an offense a unique weapon for many sets. He sustained a late season knee injury that may limit him through the postseason.

OT Connor Williams, 6-6, 310 of Texas declared for the NFL Draft 2018 in December. He combines size, reach, power and agility and could be the best left tackle available from this class in time with further experience. He has the skill set to be an NFL starter, though his ability to handle NFL caliber speed will be tested. OT Orlando Brown, 6-7, 340 of Oklahoma has excelled in the tough Big 12, manning the left side in pass protection. He could be one of the premier tackles in this class if he declares after his bowl game. He must have a strong week at the NFL Combine to earn a high first round grade. He has good feet and shows very good technique, overall strength and powerful hands to win most matchups. OT Martinas Rankin, 6-5, 310 of Mississippi State will be watched closely over the postseason especially at the Senior Bowl. He has the physical skills and experience to start early as pros at the left tackle spot. He projects first to left tackle where his fine technique and agility has graded out high vs top competition. OT Mike McClinchey, 6-8, 315 of Notre Dame moves well and delivers a wallop with his quick hands. He has the physical package to be a strong blocker and has the skill set scouts seek in a tackle prospect and is well suited for both sides. OT Brandon Parker, 6-7, 310 of North Carolina A&T is a fast rising small college prospect off a strong senior season. He moves well with left tackle agility and the power to fit either outside role. His performance at the Senior Bowl will determine his level of play vs top competition. OT Tyrell Crosby, 6-5, 320 of Oregon is a long agile tackle who has performed well in the Ducks pro-style offense. He needs a big Senior Bowl week to move into early rounds, though has the level of development to move up significantly with a big week in Mobile. OT Jamarco Jones, 6-5, 310 of Ohio St is a quick senior tackle with improving technique and power to finish. He looks to impress in the playoffs and All-star action to elevate his stock. OT Brian O’Neill, 6-6, 310 of Pittsburgh is a huge prospect with reach, footwork and power. He looks to impress in workout after declaring in December.
OT Mitch Hyatt, 6-5, 300 of Clemson is a fast rising prospect off a strong 2017 season. He moves well with left tackle agility and the power to fit either outside role. His performance in the playoffs and postseason will determine his level of play vs top competition. OT Kolton Miller, 6-8, 310 of UCLA is a massive tackle with long reach and surprising agility to trap or get to the second level. He protected QB Josh Rosen’s blindside nicely over his short career. OG Quenton Nelson, 6-5, 330 of Notre Dame is a physical guard who is highly developed to plug in as a rookie starter. He is a relentless blocker who moves well to adjust to counter moves with the power to anchor. OG Braden Smith, 6-6, 310 of Auburn is a quality prospect who dominated over his final few seasons. He has been a top interior lineman at guard and recommended for the Senior Bowl. He also lined up at right tackle. With a strong week in Mobile, Al, he could guarantee himself an early round grade. OG Will Hernandez, 6-3, 325 of Texas-El Paso is a mobile wide body guard with excellent power. OL Cody O’Connell, 6-8, 360 of Washington St is a huge lineman who displays great power and projects best on the interior. He anchors well in pass protection and looks to impress at the Senior Bowl to earn an early round selection. OC Billy Price, 6-4, 310 of Ohio State had a fine season in the pivot. He can play all three interior spots and is a sound technician with an early NFL starting grade. OL Frank Ragnow, 6-5, 315 of Arkansas was injured at midseason. He is a physical blocker who gets consistent movement at the point. OL Mason Cole, 6-5, 310 of Michigan is a versatile blocker with extensive experience over his four starting years. He looks to perform in an All-star game in January to showcase his NFL starting talent and rare versatility.

Defensive Players

DE Bradley Chubb, 6-4, 275 of N.C. St had a huge season that probably elevates him into the top 5 to 10 draft selections. He projects to play a few positions in both a 4-3 and 3-4 set with experience there. He is a three down defender with the development to provide impact early in his career. With an impressive postseason, he can earn a top 5 selection, best for the 4-3 front. DE Eric Allen, 6-5, 275 of Boston College had a strong 2017 season and declared for the NFL Draft. He has a big strong frame and ideal for the five technique role. He handles the double team block well, and shows the ability to push the pocket as a bull rusher. DE Arden Key, 6-6, 265 of LSU is a strong edge rusher over his SEC career and has been a disruptive force at times. He can change games with one play and an elite burst off the edge with the ability to bend the edge consistently. He has missed too many games and must prove durable for the NFL game. DE Sam Hubbard, 6-5, 265 of Ohio St is an imposing athlete with very good triangle numbers and the skill set to be a powerful and quick pass rusher who can bend the corner and bull rush to make key sacks. He shows the ability to stack at the point of attack and capable of playing both up and down. He declared in December. DE Harold Landry, 6-3, 250 of Boston College is a tweener defender with intriguing upside potential. He needs his pro position defined with the burst off the edge to change games. His positional versatility probably puts him on every clubs’ radar and probable early round defender especially for the 3-4 clubs. DE Duke Ejiofor, 6-4, 275 of Wake Forest is a blue-chip athlete who can change a game as a pass rusher. He shows explosiveness off the edge and wins with both power and speed. He looks to impress at the Senior Bowl with a strong performance to warrant an early round selection. DE Breeland Speaks, 6-3, 290 of Ole Miss declared for the NFL Draft after a strong finish in 2017. He is an ideal five technique end who can stack the run and push the pocket. DE Marcus Davenport, 6-7, 255 of UTSA has impressed over his senior season. He displays the burst off the edge to be disruptive. He shows great length and further growth potential. His burst off the edge had drawn attention from every pro defensive team. He could guarantee a high draft selection with a big week at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. DE Chad Thomas, 6-5, 275 of Miami is a blue-chip athlete with intriguing skills. He shows some explosiveness off the edge and wins with both power and speed. He looks to impress at the Senior Bowl with a strong performance to move into the early rounds.

DT Da’Ron Payne, 6-2, 310 of Alabama had a strong 2017 performance that has him flying up charts. He stacks well with the speed to pursue down the line. He can win with both speed and power and is a rising underclassmen prospect. DT Christian Wilkins, 6-4, 310 of Clemson is a powerful n explosive athlete who saw special attention at times over his career. He graded out high vs top linemen and performed well over his long career. He is a highly-regarded prospect with well-developed pass rushing technique. His ability to stack vs the top competition may earn him a rookie starting grade. DT Dre’Mont Jones, 6-3, 295 of Ohio State came on strong over the 2017 season and will decide if he gets a high grade to declare. As a redshirt sophomore he potentially carries a #1 selection if he returns. DT Maurice Hurst, 6-2, 285 of Michigan is an explosive interior defender who recognizes plays quickly and flashes power to get to the ball and finish to make tackles. He holds up well in the physical part of the game after seeing double team blocking often as an underclassman. DT Taven Bryan, 6-4, 295 of Florida was a force in the SEC in 2017. He decided to declare in December and begin his conditioning program. DT Derrick Nnadi, 6-1, 310 of Florida St was a force from the inside and projects best to the three-technique or shade role for the NFL game. He will be a prospect that is highly coveted especially from 4-3 defensive clubs. He could solidify an early selection with a strong All-star week performance at the Senior Bowl. DT Deadrin Senat, 6-1, 305 of South Florida has shown fine run stuffing ability despite facing double team blocking often on the inside. He projects to the 4-3 pro front and is a rising defender who impressed scouts during the 2017 season. His quickness and power make him a disruptive force early on the down with nice pass rushing skills.

LB Tremaine Edmunds, 6-5, 250 of Virginia Tech is a tweener defender with upside potential. His best pro position is the attack backer role for a 3-4 front. He stays clean and gets off blockers well to finish. He has the burst off the edge to make big plays. His positional versatility probably puts him high on the 3-4 clubs list of edge rushers as a game changer. LB Malik Jefferson, 6-3, 240 of Texas is a well-developed prospect who runs well with keen instincts and finishes with strong tackling that should earn him a top selection and probable early round selection if he declares. LB Roquan Smith, 6-1, 225 of Georgia is a fast playmaker with nice versatility to fill a few positions. His athleticism and playmaking abilities makes him appealing to both fronts. LB Porter Gustin, 6-5, 260 of USC flashed big play ability tin 2017. He is a fine fit for the 3-4 clubs and continues to improve with reps. LB Fred Warner, 6-4, 230 of BYU has been a leader for the tough Cougar defense. He is a tweener defender with the prototypical numbers NFL scouts love in an attack linebacker. He has been very productive in a number of roles and has the versatility to play in either pro scheme, but better suited for playing up off the edge or the Sam position. LB Joe Giles-Harris, 6-4, 230 of Duke came on strong over the 2017 season. He displays keen instincts with the quickness to get to the ball and the technique to stay clean and finish. LB Christian Miller, 6-4, 240 of Alabama is a physical Bama defender. He plays both up and down and fits the outside backer role best. He stacks the run well and shows the raw ability to push the pocket. He is capable of a strong workout. LB Uchenna Nwosu, 6-2, 240 of USC is a fast developing talent and his strong final season probably pushes him into the top rounds. He combines quickness, power, speed and ball instincts and was considered a blue-chip talent for either scheme. LB Josey Jewell, 6-2, 235 of Iowa has been a clutch performer weekly. He is a good Mike defender who fills very well inside in either scheme. He has the speed to get to the flanks with good shed and finish ability. LB Lorenzo Carter, 6-5, 245 of Georgia elevated his stock nicely in 2017. He is very instinctive and finishes with sure tackling that gives him the versatility to play a few positions especially as an edge rusher. He plays both up and down and will be scrutinized by the 3-4 clubs extensively. LB Javon Rolland-Jones, 6-4, 240 of Arkansas St shows a quick burst off the edge to make a difference. He pursues well and has learned to drop in short zone coverage. He looks to impress at the Senior Bowl. LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, 6-1, 235 of Oklahoma is a developed backer who plays best in space to run free to the ball. He is a leader and highly productive over his late career. He flashes striking ability and the technique to get off blockers and finish. Look for him at the Senior Bowl vs top linemen.

CB Denzel Ward, 5-10, 190 of Ohio State declared for the NFL Draft. He has the talent to be the top ranked corner with a strong offseason. CB Jaire Alexander, 5-11, 190 of Louisville is a savvy cover man who graded out high vs ACC talent. He has developed quickly in his three seasons and decided to declare in December. He has the skill set to earn a high draft grade and his playoff performances may dictate how high he goes. CB Duke Dawson, 5-11, 200 of Florida is a fast developing slot cover man who can start early in his career. He is physical and a sure tackler and capable of playing both outside and in the slot. CB Kevin Tolliver, 6-3, 205 of LSU is a big agile cover man with fine athleticism. He needs some work on reading routes, but has the raw talent to be a shutdown cover man. CB Anthony Averett, 6-0, 185 of Alabama is a nice prospect with the athleticism and the experience to be an NFL cover man. He looks to impress in the playoffs and at the Senior Bowl. CB Holton Hill, 6-2, 195 of Texas declared after a strong 2017 finish. He hopes to impress during the NFL Combine. CB Isaiah Oliver, 6-1, 195 of Colorado is a highly-regarded underclassman who impressed over the 2017 season. His strong performance as both a cover man with impact ability. He is a good leaper and matches up well vs big physical receivers. His current level of development will warrant early playing time with the skill set to be a top-flight NFL corner. CB Chris Jones, 6-0, 200 of Nebraska returned from an early season injury and helped his cause. He needs a strong postseason to move up the charts. CB Jordan Thomas, 6-0, 190 of Oklahoma is an interesting prospect with developed skills vs NFL talent in big game situations. He has responded well over the past two seasons with fast development in both zone and man schemes. He can earn an early round grade with a strong performance during the playoffs and at Senior Bowl practices. CB Joshua Jackson, 6-1, 195 of Iowa has been a chief contributor to the Hawkeyes’ season. He shows very good ball skills and the hands to make big plays. His toughness and sure tackling allows him to come up and support the run. He tackles well whether at the line or in the secondary. He has the size, agility and speed to match up with #1 receivers and is leaning towards declaring. S Derwin James, 6-3, 210 of Florida St is one of the best players in the country and declared in Decembers. He plays a few roles and may fit best at free safety after time as a corner and safety. He can be an impact performer and early pro starter. S Minkah Fitzpatrick, 6-1, 205 of Alabama is a savvy versatile defender with experience at both corner and safety. He is a smart hard tackling defender who is well developed after starting the past three seasons early as a corner and late as a safety. He can matchup with wideouts and break on the ball to make plays. S Justin Reid, 6-1, 210 of Stanford is a player on the come. He breaks on the ball well and finishes with strong jarring tackles. He is currently 50/50 related to declaring for the NFL Draft. S DeShon Elliott, 6-1, 200 of Texas came on strong in 2017 with many big plays. He moves well, reads routes quickly and has the ability to break on the ball. S Marcus Allen, 6-2, 210 of Penn St has had a very impressive 2017 season. He is capable of big plays in run support or coverage. Though he needs work on his ability to recognize routes and make quick adjustments in the transition, he has the athleticism, range and instincts to matchup with receivers. He is a well-rounded prospect with the skill set to be an every down pro defender. S Armani Watts, 5-11, 205 of Texas A&M has been consistent over his Aggie career. His week at the Senior Bowl will have to answer questions about his man coverage skills. He can a force in run support, but must prove he can cover in man situations and reads routes quickly. S Jordan Whitehead, 6-1, 185 of Pittsburgh declared in December. He moves well with a break on the ball.

Underclassmen – Top Pro Prospects              Declaration date is January 15, 2018
Offensive Players

Quarterbacks
Josh Rosen UCLA
Sam Darnold Southern Cal
Josh Allen Wyoming
Lamar Jackson Louisville
Jarrett Stidham Auburn
Tanner Lee Nebraska

Running Backs

Saquon Barkley Penn State
Derrius Guice LSU
Bryce Love Stanford
Ronald Jones II Southern Cal
Kerryon Johnson Auburn
Josh Adams Notre Dame
Bo Scarbrough Alabama
Kerryon Johnson Auburn
Damien Harris Alabama
John Kelly Tennessee

Wide Receivers

Courtland Sutton SMU
Equanimeous St. Brown Notre Dame
Christian Kirk Texas A&M
Calvin Ridley Alabama
Audon Tate Florida St
Parris Campbell Ohio State
Deontay Burnett Southern Cal
Deon Cain Clemson
D.J. Moore Maryland
Simmie Cobbs Jr. Indiana
Trey Quinn Southern Methodist

Tight Ends

Mark Andrews Oklahoma
Hayden Hurst South Carolina

Offensive Linemen

Orlando Brown Oklahoma
Connor Williams Texas
Kolton Miller UCLA
Mitch Hyatt Clemson
Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh
Martez Ivey Florida

Defensive Players
Linemen

Arden Key DE LSU
Taven Bryan DT Florida
Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson
Jeff Holland DE Auburn
Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama
Zach Allen DE B.C.
Dorance Armstrong DE Kansas
Austin Bryant DE Clemson
Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St
Hercules Mata’afa DE Wash St
Tyquan Lewis DE Ohio St
Josh Sweat DE Florida St

Linebackers

Roquan Smith Georgia
Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech
Malik Jefferson Texas
Leighton Vander Esch Boise St
Jerome Baker Ohio State
Kendall Joseph Clemson
Joe Giles-Harris Duke
T.J. Edwards Wisconsin
Cameron Smith Southern Cal
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi Toledo

Cornerbacks

Carlton Davis Auburn
Denzel Ward Ohio State
Joshua Jackson Iowa
Jaire Alexander Louisville
Isaiah Oliver Colorado
Tarvarus McFadden Florida State
Kevin Toliver LSU
Holton Hill Texas
Quenton Meeks Stanford

Safeties

Derwin James Florida State
Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama
DeShon Elliott Texas
Ronnie Harrison Alabama
Justin Reid Stanford

Jordan Whitehead Pittsburgh

Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2018

     December, 2017 – * underclassmen eligible to declare until Jan 15, 2018

Pro Prospect Pos School Ht / Wt
1 * Saquon Barkley RB Penn State 5-11 225
2 * Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6-4 220
3 * Sam Darnold QB Southern Cal 6-4 225
4 * Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6-5 235
5 Bradley Chubb DE NC State 6-4 275
6 * Derwin James S Florida State 6-3 210
7 * Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma 6-8 360
8 * Arden Key DE LSU 6-6 240
9 * Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama 6-1 205
10 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame 6-8 315
11 * Lamar Jackson QB Louisville 6-3 200
12 * Roquan Smith LB Georgia 6-1 225
13 * Carlton Davis CB Auburn 6-1 205
14 Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame 6-5 330
15 * Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6-4 215
16 * Connor Williams OT Texas 6-6 320
17 * Derrius Guice RB LSU 5-11 215
18 * Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame 6-5 205
19 * Denzel Ward CB Ohio State 5-10 190
20 Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St 6-5 305
21 Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5-11 200
22 James Washington WR Oklahoma St 6-0 205
23 * Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma 6-5 255
24 Christian Wilkins DT Clemson 6-4 310
25 * Joshua Jackson CB Iowa 6-1 195
26 * Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6-1 190
27 Vita Vea DT Washington 6-5 345
28 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 6-0 215
30 * Taven Bryan DT Florida 6-5 295
31 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St 6-5 230
32 Anthony Miller WR Memphis 5-11 190
33 * Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson 6-5 265
34 Chukwuma Okorafor OT Western Michigan 6-6 330
35 Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6-2 285
36 * Ronald Jones II RB Southern Cal 6-1 195
37 * DeShon Elliott S Texas 6-2 205
38 * Kolton Miller OT UCLA 6-8 310
39 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo LB Oklahoma 6-1 240
40 * Mitch Hyatt OT Clemson 6-5 295
41 * Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech 6-5 240
42 Derrick Nnadi DT Florida State 6-1 315
43 Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon 6-5 320
44 * Jeff Holland DE Auburn 6-2 250
45 * Jaire Alexander CB Louisville 5-11 190
46 Dorian O’Daniel LB Clemson 6-1 215
47 Harold Landry LB Boston College 6-3 250
48 Billy Price C Ohio State 6-4 310
49 * Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado 6-1 190
50 * Audon Tate WR Florida State 6-5 220
51 Uchenna Nwosu LB USC 6-2 240
52 Michael Gallup WR Colorado St 6-1 195
53 * Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama 6-2 310
54 Braden Smith OG Auburn 6-6 305
55 * Parris Campbell WR Ohio State 6-1 205
56 * Malik Jefferson LB Texas 6-3 240
57 * Zach Allen DE Boston College 6-4 275
58 * Brian O’Neill OT Pittsburgh 6-7 310
59 Will Hernandez OG Texas-El Paso 6-3 330
60 * Dorance Armstrong DE Kansas 6-4 245
61 * Austin Bryant DE Clemson 6-4 265
62 * Leighton Vander Esch LB Boise St 6-4 240
63 * Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn 6-0 215
64 Harrison Phillips DT Stanford 6-4 285
65 Josey Jewell LB Iowa 6-2 235
66 * Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State 6-2 195
67 * Dre’Mont Jones DT Ohio State 6-3 295
68 * Kendall Joseph LB Clemson 6-0 230
69 Duke Ejiofor DE Wake Forest 6-4 270
70 Nick Chubb RB Georgia Sr 5-10 225
71 * Ronnie Harrison S Alabama 6-3 215
72 Mike Gesicki TE Penn State 6-6 255
73 Royce Freeman RB Oregon 6-0 235
74 Lorenzo Carter LB Georgia Sr 6-6 245
75 * Jerome Baker LB Ohio State 6-1 225
76 Rashaan Evans LB Alabama 6-3 235
77 Marcus Davenport DE UTSA 6-7 255
78 Ian Thomas TE Indiana 6-5 250
79 * D.J. Moore WR Maryland 5-11 210
80 Mason Cole OL Michigan 6-5 305
81 * Deon Cain WR Clemson 6-1 210
82 * Kevin Toliver CB LSU 6-3 205
83 Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St 6-4 260
84 * Josh Adams RB Notre Dame 6-2 225
85 * Justin Reid S Stanford 6-1 205
86 * Joe Giles-Harris LB Duke 6-2 235
87 * Deontay Burnett WR Southern Cal 6-0 170
88 * T.J. Edwards LB Wisconsin 6-1 245
89 * Cameron Smith LB Southern Cal 6-2 245
90 * Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State 6-5 265
91 Marcus Allen S Penn State 6-2 205
92 * Bo Scarbrough RB Alabama 6-2 235
93 * Simmie Cobbs Jr. WR Indiana 6-4 220
94 * Martez Ivey OT Florida 6-5 315
95 Jaylen Samuels TE NC State 5-11 225
96 Marcell Ateman WR Oklahoma St 6-4 220
97 Armani Watts S Texas A&M 5-11 205
98 * Damien Harris RB Alabama 5-11 220
99 Lowell Lotulelei DT Utah 6-2 320
100 Dante Pettis WR Washington 6-1 195

Top Small College Prospects

Prospect Position School Ht. Wt

1 Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota State 6040 250
2 Jake Wieneke WR South Dakota State 6037 213
3 Brandon Parker OL North Carolina A&T 6080 315
4 Siran Neal S Jacksonville State 6010 205
5 Ebenezer Ogundeko DE Tennessee State 6030 253
6 Andrew Ankrah LB James Madison 6040 255
7 Skyler Phillips OG Idaho State 6025 318
8 Bilal Nichols DT Delaware 6040 290
9 P.J. Hall DT Sam Houston State 6010 280
10 Alex Cappa OL Humboldt State 6070 305
11 Chase Edmonds RB Fordham 5090 205
12 Darius Leonard LB South Carolina State 6010 220
13 Davontae Harris CB Illinois State 6000 200
14 Nick Deluca LB North Dakota State 6030 248
15 Jeremiah Briscoe QB Sam Houston State 6030 220
16 Mike Basile S Monmouth 6010 195
17 Jason Baxter CB South Carolina State 6010 195
18 Timon Parris OL Stony Brook 6050 317
19 Reggie Hall CB Jacksonville State 6020 200
20 Darius Jackson LB Jacksonville State 6030 240
21 Deion Harris CB North Dakota 6030 180
22 Max Redfield S Indiana (Pa) 6010 205
23 Bryan Schor QB James Madison 6020 215
24 Emmanuel Butler WR Northern Arizona 6040 220
25 Abdullah Anderson DT Bucknell 6030 295

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Pro Prospect Rankings – NFL Draft 2018

    * underclassmen December 2017 Rankings   
      Dec. 22, 2017         Copyrighted – All Rights Reserved

Offense
Offensive Skilled Positions
Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen & Josh Allen Head Strong QB Class

Quarterbacks

1 * Sam Darnold – USC
2 * Josh Rosen – UCLA
3 * Josh Allen – Wyoming
4 * Lamar Jackson – Louisville
5 Mason Rudolph – Oklahoma St
6 Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
7 * Jarrett Stidham – Auburn
8 Luke Falk – Washington St
9 * Jake Browning – Washington
10 * Nick Fitzgerald – Mississippi St
11 Riley Ferguson – Memphis
12 J.T. Barrett – Ohio St
13 Kurt Benkert – Virginia
14 Matt Linehan – Idaho
15 Quinton Flowers – South Florida
16 Jeremiah Briscoe – Sam Houston St
17 Brandon Silvers – Troy
18 Danny Etling – LSU
19 Logan Woodside – Toledo
20 * Tanner Lee – Nebraska
21 * Steven Montez – Colorado
23 Max Browne – Pittsburgh
24 Mike White – Western Kentucky
25 Kenny Hill – TCU

Barkley and Guice Head Talented Deep Running Back Class
Running Backs

1 * Saquon Barkley – Penn State
2 * Derrius Guice – LSU
3 * Ronald Jones – USC
4 Royce Freeman – Oregon
5 * Bryce Love – Stanford
6 Nick Chubb – Georgia
7 Akrum Wadley – Iowa
8 * Bo Scarbrough – Alabama
9 * Kerryon Johnson – Auburn
10 * Josh Adams – Notre Dame
11 * Damien Harris – Alabama
12 Rashaad Penny – San Diego State
13 Sony Michel – Georgia
14 * Mike Weber – Ohio State
15 * Myles Gaskin – Washington
16 Kalen Ballage – Arizona State
17 Justin Jackson – Northwestern
18 * Kamryn Pettway – Auburn
19 * L.J. Scott – Michigan State
20 * Mark Walton – Miami
21 * Jacques Patrick – Florida State
22 * James Williams – Washington State
23 * Bradrick Shaw – Wisconsin
24 * Chris James – Wisconsin
25 * Rodney Smith – Minnesota
26 Lavon Coleman – Washington
27 Kyle Hicks – TCU
28 Jordan Chunn – Troy
29 Jarvion Franklin – Western Michigan
30 Ralph Webb – Vanderbilt
31 * Jordan Scarlett – Florida
32 * Terence Williams – Baylor
33 Justin Crawford – West Virginia
34 Nick Wilson – Arizona
35 Terry Swanson – Toledo
36 * Ryquell Armstead – Temple
37 * John Kelly – Tennessee
38 Phillip Lindsay – Colorado
39 Roc Thomas – Jacksonville State
40 Chase Edmonds – Fordham
41 * Shannon Brooks – Minnesota
42 * Soso Jamabo – UCLA
43 * Jalin Moore – Appalachian State
44 * Jon Hilliman – Boston College
45 * Ty Johnson – Maryland
46 James Butler – Iowa
47 Keith Ford – Texas A&M
48 Larry Rose – New Mexico St.
49 Jeffery Wilson – North Texas
50 Ray Lawry – Old Dominion
51 Gus Edwards – Rutgers
52 D’Ernest Johnson – South Florida
53 Demario Richard – Arizona State
54 Tre Watson – Cal

Fullbacks

1 Dimitri Flowers – Oklahoma
2 * Winston Dimel – Kansas State
3 Jaylen Samuels – North Carolina State
4 Khalid Hill – Michigan
5 Daniel Marx – Stanford
6 Austin Ramesh – Wisconsin
7 Garrett Dickerson – Northwestern
8 Nick Sharga – Temple
9 Henry Poggi – Michigan
10 Joe Protheroe – California Poly
11 John Lovett – Princeton
12 Dallas Rivers – Vanderbilt
13 Ray Hudson – California
14 Drew Van Maanen – Wyoming
15 George Frazier – Colorado

Sutton, St. Brown, Kirk and Ridley Top Young Group of Receivers
Wide Receivers

1 * Equanimeous St. Brown – Notre Dame
2 * Courtland Sutton – Southern Methodist
3 * Christian Kirk – Texas A&M
4 * Calvin Ridley – Alabama
5 James Washington – Oklahoma State
6 Anthony Miller – Memphis
7 D.J. Chark – LSU
8 Michael Gallup – Colorado State
9 Allen Lazard – Iowa State
10 * Deon Cain – Clemson
11 * Parris Campbell – Ohio State
12 Dante Pettis – Washington
13 * Simmie Cobbs – Indiana
14 Cedrick Wilson – Boise State
15 * D.J. Moore – Maryland
16 Darren Carrington – Utah
17 Bryce Bobo – Colorado
18 * Jaylen Smith – Louisville
19 * Antonio Callaway – Florida
20 * Auden Tate – Florida State
21 Jaleel Scott – New Mexico St.
22 * Van Jefferson – Mississippi
23 * Deebo Samuel – South Carolina
24 Jake Wieneke – South Dakota State
25 Marcell Ateman – Oklahoma State
26 Robert Foster – Alabama
27 * Trenton Irwin – Stanford
28 * Deontay Burnett – USC
29 Cody Thompson – Toledo
30 Armanti Foreman – Texas
31 * Stanley Morgan – Nebraska
32 Cam Phillips – Virginia Tech
33 * KaVontae Turpin – TCU
34 DaeSean Hamilton – Penn State
35 Ka’Raun White – West Virginia
36 * Richie James – Middle Tennessee State
37 Dylan Candrell – Texas Tech
38 Marques Valdes-Scantling – South Florida
39 * Jalen Hurd – Baylor
40 * Nyqwan Murray – Florida State
41 * Malik Turner – Illinois
42 * DaMarkus Lodge – Mississippi
43 * Tre’Quan Smith – Central Florida
44 * Ventell Bryant – Temple
45 * Preston Williams – Colorado State
46 * DeAndre Thompkins – Penn State
47 Jester Weah – Pittsburgh
48 J’Mon Moore – Missouri
49 Devonte Boyd – Nevada-Las Vegas
50 Austin Proehl – North Carolina
51 * Chico McClatcher – Washington
52 * Jonathan Giles – LSU
53 * Ray-Ray McCloud – Clemson
54 Saeed Blacknall – Penn State
55 Brandon Powell – Florida
56 Ricky Jeune – Georgia Tech
57 Emmanuel Butler – Northern Arizona
58 Shay Fields – Colorado
59 Braxton Berrios – Miami
60 Garrett Johnson – Kentucky
61 Eldridge Massington – UCLA
62 Devin Gray – Cincinnati
63 Javon Wims – Georgia
65 Nate Brown – Missouri
66 Justin Watson – Penn
67 Charles Nelson – Oregon
68 Michiah Quick – Fresno State
69 Dorian Baker – Kentucky
70 Corey Willis – Central Michigan
71 Jeff Badet – Oklahoma
72 Nacarius Fant – Western Kentucky
73 Jonathan Duhart – Old Dominion
74 Jared Cornelius – Arkansas
75 Janarion Grant – Rutgers
76 Emanuel Thompson – Troy
77 Jazz Peavy – Wisconsin
78 Davon Grayson – East Carolina
79 Steven Dunbar – Houston
80 LaQuvionte Gonzalez – Southeastern

Andrews, Gesicki, Goedert & Thomas Emerging as Top Tight Ends
Tight Ends

1 * Mark Andrews – Oklahoma
2 Mike Gesicki – Penn State
3 Dallas Goedert – South Dakota State
4 Ian Thomas – Indiana
5 * Dalton Schultz – Stanford
6 Troy Fumagalli – Wisconsin
7 * Hayden Hurst – South Carolina
8 Adam Breneman – Massachusetts
9 * Alize Mack – Notre Dame
10 * C.J. Conrad – Kentucky
11 Deandre Goolsby – Florida
12 Christopher Herndon – Miami
13 Durham Smythe – Notre Dame
14 Marcus Baugh – Ohio State
15 David Wells – San Diego State
16 Tyler Conklin – Central Michigan
17 * Jacob Breeland – Oregon
18 * Tyrone Wheatley – Michigan
19 * Tommy Sweeney – Boston College
20 * Foster Moreau – LSU
21 Ethan Wolf – Tennessee
22 Ian Bunting – Michigan
23 Cam Serigne – Wake Forest
24 J.D. Moore – LSU
25 Ryan Yurachek – Marshall
26 Donnie Ernsberger – Western Michigan
27 Tyler Hoppes – Nebraska
28 Jeb Blazevich – Georgia
29 Nate Wozniak – Minnesota
30 * Brandon Fritts – North Carolina
31 * Ryan Izzo – Florida State
32 Brandon Lingen – Minnesota
33 Blake Mack – Arkansas State
34 Ben Johnson – Kansas
35 * Tyler Petite – USC
36 * Drew Sample – Washington
37 * Milan Richard – Clemson
38 Jake Roh – Boise State
39 Andrew Vollert – Weber State
40 Nathan Marcus – Vanderbilt
41 Jordan Feuerbacher – Baylor
42 Metuisela Unga – Hawaii
43 Andrew Caskin – William & Mary
44 Steve Baggett – East Carolina
45 Gabe Schrade – Texas State
46 Shane Wimann – Northern Illinois
47 Tommy Myers – Connecticut
48 Troy Mangen – Ohio
49 Alec Bloom – Connecticut
50 Ryan Smith – Miami (Oh)

Offensive Tackles

1 Mike McGlinchey – Notre Dame
2 * Orlando Brown – Oklahoma
3 * Connor Williams – Texas
4 Martinas Rankin – Mississippi State
5 Chukwuma Okorafor – Western Michigan
6 * Brian O’Neill – Pittsburgh
7 * Isaiah Prince – Ohio State
8 * Mitch Hyatt – Clemson
9 Tyrell Crosby – Oregon
10 Jamarco Jones – Ohio State
11 Brandon Parker – North Carolina A&T
12 Zachary Crabtree – Oklahoma State
13 * Trey Adams – Washington
14 * Dalton Risner – Kansas State
15 * Martez Ivey – Florida
16 * Tyree St. Louis – Miami
17 * Drew Richmond – Tennessee
18 * Geron Christian – Louisville
19 Timon Parris – Stony Brook
20 * Calvin Throckmorton – Oregon
21 * Brock Ruble – Florida State
22 * Max Scharping – Northern Illinois
23 * Toby Weathersby – LSU
24 David Bright – Stanford
25 Jeromy Irwin – Colorado
26 A.T. Hall – Stanford
27 Ike Boettger – Iowa
28 Alex Cappa – Humboldt State
29 Brett Kendrick – Tennessee
30 Rick Leonard – Florida State
31 Bentley Spain – North Carolina
32 Jake Campos – Iowa State
33 Andrew Nelson – Penn State
34 Christian DiLauro – Illinois
35 Cole Madison – Washington State
36 Joseph Noteboom – TCU
37 Casey Tucker – Stanford
38 Aaron Cochran – Oklahoma State
39 Gabe Brandner – Duke
40 Leon Johnson – Temple
41 Derek Edwards – Central Michigan
42 Marcell Lazard – Boston College
43 Tyler Howell – Missouri
44 Reggie Bain – Florida Atlantic
45 Kyle Meadows – Kentucky
46 Jamar McGloster – Syracuse
47 David Knevel – Nebraska
48 Aaron Stinnie – James Madison
49 Korey Cunningham – Cincinnati
50 Jaryd Jones-Smith – Pittsburgh
51 Jack English – Virginia
52 Zach Golditch – Colorado State
53 Layth Friekh – Arizona
54 Jordan Rose – Idaho
55 Sandley Jean-Felix – Marshall
56 Maurice Porter – Baylor
57 Sunny Odogwu – UCLA
58 NaTy Rodgers – Houston
59 Dennis Finley – Michigan State
60 Justin Spencer – Youngstown State
61 David Reese – Montana
62 Brandon Smith – East Carolina

Guards

1 Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame
2 Braden Smith – Auburn
3 Will Hernandez – Texas-El Paso
4 * Ross Pierschbacher – Alabama
5 * Beau Benzschawel – Wisconsin
6 * Bobby Evans – Oklahoma
7 * Damian Prince – Maryland
8 K.C. McDermott – Miami
9 Isaiah Wynn – Georgia
10 Skyler Phillips – Idaho St
11 Tyrone Crowder – Clemson
12 Austin Corbett – Nevada
13 K.J. Malone – LSU
14 Brian Allen – Michigan State
15 Sean Welsh – Iowa
16 Hunter Bivin – Notre Dame
17 Tony Adams – North Carolina State
18 * Maea Teuhema – SE Louisiana
19 * Ryan Bates – Penn State
20 * Jordan Sims – Mississippi
21 * Larry Allen – Harvard
22 * Nick Gates – Nebraska
23 Wilson Bell – Auburn
24 Jashon Robertson – Tennessee
25 Viane Talamaivao – USC
26 Dyshon Sims – Georgia
27 Archie Lewis – Boise State
28 Brendan Mahon – Penn State
29 Wyatt Teller – Virginia Tech
30 Kenny Lacy – UCLA
31 Cory Helms – South Carolina
32 Kyle Bosch – West Virginia
33 Chuma Edoga – USC
34 Evan Lisle – Duke
35 Alex Officer – Pittsburgh
36 Trevor Darling – Miami
37 Boone Myers – Iowa
38 Jake Raulerson – Arkansas
39 Tuni Kanuch – Brigham Young
40 Darius James – Auburn
41 Jacob Alsadek – Arizona
42 D.J. Park – South Carolina
43 Salesi Uhatafe – Utah
44 Ului Lapuaho – Brigham Young
45 Gerrad Kough – Colorado
46 Andrew Kirkland – Washington
47 Matt Pryor – TCU

Centers
1 Billy Price – Ohio State
2 Mason Cole – Michigan
3 * Michael Deiter – Wisconsin
4 Frank Ragnow – Arkansas
5 Coleman Shelton – Washington
6 Bradley Bozeman – Alabama
7 * Jake Hanson – Oregon
8 * James Daniels – Iowa
9 * Drew Kyser – Memphis
10 Scott Quessenberry – UCLA
11 * Will Clapp – LSU
12 * Alec Eberle – Florida State
13 Erick Wren – Oklahoma
14 Austin Kuhnert – North Dakota State
15 Austin Schlottman – TCU
16 * Jesse Burkett – Stanford
17 * Brendan Moore – Maryland
18 * T.J. McCoy – Florida
19 Austin Golson – Auburn
20 Toa Lobendahn – USC
21 Jake Bennett – Colorado State
22 Coleman Thomas – Tennessee
23 * Sam Mustipher – Notre Dame
24 * Nick Linder – Miami
25 Alan Knott – South Carolina
26 Cameron Dillard – North Carolina
27 Brad North – Northwestern
28 Patrick Kugler – Michigan
29 Jake Pruehs – Ohio
30 Alex Thompson – Monmouth
31 Jon Baker – Boston College
32 J.C. Hassenauer – Alabama
33 A.J. McCollum – Arizona State
34 Jonathan Huckins – Colorado
35 Eric Gallo – Virginia Tech
36 Brad Lundblade – Oklahoma State
37 Andy Dodd – McNeese State
38 Andrew Marshall – Georgia Tech
39 Austin Davis – Duke
40 Mason Hampton – Boise State

Defensive Prospects

Underclassmen dominate front seven top prospects
Ends
1 Bradley Chubb – North Carolina State
2 * Arden Key – LSU
3 * Clelin Ferrell – Clemson
4 Harold Landry – Boston College
5 Duke Ejiofor – Wake Forest
6 * Sam Hubbard – Ohio State
7 * Dylan Jackson – Stanford
8 * Dorance Armstrong – Kansas
9 Tyquan Lewis – Ohio State
10 Marcell Frazier – Missouri
11 Chad Thomas – Miami
12 Marcus Davenport – UTSA
13 Ebenezer Ogundeko – Tennessee State
14 * Byron Cowart – Auburn
15 * CeCe Jefferson – Florida
16 * Jonathan Ledbetter – Georgia
17 * Jaylon Ferguson – Louisiana Tech
18 * Zach Allen – Boston College
19 * Freedom Akinmoladun – Nebraska
20 * Austin Bryant – Clemson
21 * Jabari Zuniga – Florida
22 Andrew Brown – Virginia
23 K.J. Smith – Baylor
24 Andrew Trumbetti – Notre Dame
25 Jarrett Johnson – Texas A&M
26 Justin Lawler – Southern Methodist
27 Jacob Pugh – Florida State
28 Mackendy Cherador – Georgia St
28 Kylie Fitts – Utah
29 Jalyn Holmes – Ohio State
30 Jordan Sherit – Florida
31 Chikwe Obasih – Wisconsin
32 Jesse Aniebonam – Maryland
33 Joe Ostman – Central Michigan
34 Paul James – Auburn
35 Eric Cotton – Stanford
36 Nick Thurman – Houston
37 Demetrius Cooper – Michigan State
38 Luke Carrezola – Connecticut
39 Kemoko Turay – Rutgers
40 Dajaun Drennon – North Carolina
41 Ade Aruna – Tulane
42 Xavier Thigpen – Southern Mississippi

Tackles

1 * Christian Wilkins – Clemson
2 * Dre’Mont Jones – Ohio State
3 * Da’Ron Payne – Alabama
4 Derrick Nnadi – Florida State
5 Maurice Hurst – Michigan
6 * Vita Vea – Washington
7 * Carlos Davis – Nebraska
8 * Taven Bryan – Florida
9 * Raequan Williams – Michigan State
10 Lowell Lotulelei – Utah
11 * Harrison Phillips – Stanford
12 * Trenton Thompson – Georgia
13 * Dontavius Russell – Auburn
14 Da’Shawn Hand – Alabama
15 B.J. Hill – North Carolina State
16 Deadrin Senat – South Florida
17 * Jerry Tillery – Notre Dame
18 * Greg Gaines – Washington
19 * Robert Landers – Ohio State
20 * R.J. McIntosh – Miami
21 * Kahlil McKenzie – Tennessee
22 * Rasheem Green – USC
23 * Khalil Davis – Nebraska
24 Michael Hill – Ohio State
25 Filipo Mokofisi – Utah
26 Justin Jones – North Carolina State
27 Folorunso Fatakasi – Connecticut
28 Poona Ford – Texas
29 * Kendrick Norton – Miami
30 * David Moa – Boise State
31 Christian LaCouture – LSU
32 Steven Richardson – Minnesota
33 James Looney – California
34 Kentavius Street – North Carolina State
35 P.J. Hall – Sam Houston State
36 Drew Bailey – Louisville
37 Bilal Nichols – Delaware
38 * Khairi Clark – Florida
39 * Daylon Mack – Texas A&M
40 * Andrew Williams – Auburn
41 * Demarcus Christmas – Florida State
42 Frank Herron – LSU
43 Taylor Stallworth – South Carolina
44 Scott Pagano – Oregon
45 Zaycoven Henderson – Texas A&M
46 Joshua Frazier – Alabama
47 Nathan Bazata – Iowa
48 Kendal Vickers – Tennessee
49 Conor Sheehy – Wisconsin
50 Greg Gilmore – LSU
51 Parker Cothren – Penn State
52 Mike Hughes – UNLV
53 Matt Elam – Kentucky
54 Nifae Lealao – Vanderbilt
55 Dalton Keene – Illinois State
56 Henry Mondeaux – Oregon
57 John Atkins – Georgia
58 Abdullah Anderson – Bucknell
59 Tyler Lancaster – Northwestern
60 Bijhon Jackson – Arkansas
61 Matt Dickerson – UCLA

Outside Linebackers
1 * Roquan Smith – Georgia
2 * Malik Jefferson – Texas
3 * Tremaine Edmunds – Virginia Tech
4 * Leighton Vander Esch – Boise St.
5 * Jerome Baker – Ohio State
6 * Josh Sweat – Florida State
7 * Hercules Mata’afa – Washington State
8 Uchenna Nwosu – USC
9 * Christian Miller – Alabama
10 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – Oklahoma
11 Tre’ Williams – Auburn
12 Dante Booker – Ohio State
13 Marquis Haynes – Mississippi
14 * Porter Gustin – USC
15 Javon Rolland-Jones – Arkansas State
16 Lorenzo Carter – Georgia
17 Fred Warner – Brigham Young
18 Shaquem Griffin – Central Florida
19 Matthew Thomas – Florida State
20 Mike McCray – Michigan
21 Garret Dooley – Wisconsin
22 Chris Worley – Ohio State
23 Skai Moore – South Carolina
24 Darius Leonard – South Carolina State
25 James Hearns – Louisville
26 Joey Alfieri – Stanford
27 Joel Lanning – Iowa St.
28 * Joe Giles-Harris – Duke
29 * Te’Von Coney – Notre Dame
30 Davin Bellamy – Georgia
31 Tegray Scales – Indiana
32 Andrew Ankrah – James Madison
33 Travin Howard – TCU
34 Dorian O’Daniel – Clemson
35 Koron Crump – Arizona State
36 Emmanuel Beal – Oklahoma
37 Devante Downs – California
38 Trevon Young – Louisville
39 Demarquis Gates – Mississippi
40 Robert Spillane – Western Michigan
41 Mike Needham – Southern Utah
42 Airius Moore – North Carolina State
43 Jalen Brooks – Maryland
44 Sione Teuhema – Southeastern Louisiana
45 Ben Niemann – Iowa
46 Greg Menard – North Dakota State
47 Leon Jacobs – Wisconsin
48 Asantay Brown – Western Michigan
49 Naashon Hughes – Texas
50 Chris Frey – Michigan State

Inside Linebackers
1 * Cameron Smith – USC
2 * T.J. Edwards – Wisconsin
3 Shaun Dion Hamilton – Alabama
4 Micah Kiser – Virginia
5 Josey Jewell – Iowa
6 Rashaan Evans – Alabama
7 Azeem Victor – Washington
8 * Leo Lewis – Mississippi State
9 * Natrez Patrick – Georgia
10 * Kendall Joseph – Clemson
11 Jason Cabinda – Penn State
12 Kenny Young – UCLA
13 Donnie Alexander – LSU
14 Nick DeLuca – North Dakota State
15 * Frank Ginda – San Jose St.
16 Auggie Sanchez – South Florida
17 Nyles Morgan – Notre Dame
18 Jack Cichy – Wisconsin
19 * Jordan Jones – Kentucky
20 Quentin Poling – Ohio
21 Andrew Motuapuaka – Virginia Tech
22 Keishawn Bierria – Washington
23 Connor Strachan – Boston College
24 Reggie Carter – Georgia
25 Genard Avery – Memphis
26 Chad Whitener – Oklahoma State
27 Ro’Derrick Hoskins – Florida State
28 Peyton Pelluer – Washington State
29 Taylor Young – Baylor
30 Junior Joseph – Connecticut
31 Eric Boggs – Appalachian State
32 Jordan Williams – East Carolina
33 Matthew Adams – Houston
34 Eric Beisel – Missouri
35 Jermaine Carter – Maryland

Cornerbacks
1 * Denzel Ward – Ohio State
2 * Carlton Davis – Auburn
3 * Jaire Alexander – Louisville
4 * Tarvarus McFadden – Florida State
5 * Kevin Toliver – LSU
6 * Joshua Jackson – Iowa
7 * Iman Marshall – USC
8 * Damon Arnette – Ohio State
9 * Isaiah Oliver – Colorado
10 Anthony Averett – Alabama
11 Tony Brown – Alabama
12 Darius Phillips – Western Michigan
13 Duke Dawson – Florida
14 * Donte Jackson – LSU
15 * Quenton Meeks – Stanford
16 * Holton Hill – Texas
17 Jordan Thomas – Oklahoma
18 Brandon Facyson – Virginia Tech
19 Deatrick Nichols – South Florida
20 Heath Harding – Miami (Oh)
21 Deion Harris – North Dakota
22 Greg Stroman – Virginia Tech
23 M.J. Stewart – North Carolina
24 Rashard Fant – Indiana
25 Siran Neal – Jacksonville St
26 Christian Campbell – Penn St
27 * J.C. Jackson – Maryland
28 Chris Jones – Nebraska
29 Grant Haley – Penn St
30 Danny Johnson – Southern
31 * Shaun Crawford – Notre Dame
32 * Adonis Alexander – Virginia Tech
33 Bobby Fulp – East Carolina
34 Alameen Murphy – Stanford
35 D’Montre Wade – Murray St. (Ky)
36 Joshua Kalu – Nebraska
37 Chandon Sullivan – Georgia St
38 * Juan Thornhill – Virginia
39 * Chris Westry – Kentucky
40 * Isaiah Langley – USC
41 Jalen Davis – Utah St
42 Dee Delaney – Miami
43 Marcell Harris – Florida
44 JaMarcus King – South Carolina
45 Taron Johnson – Weber St
46 * Eric Lee – Nebraska
47 * D.J. Reed – Kansas State
48 Michael Joseph – Dubuque
49 Kamrin Moore – Boston College
50 * Nick Nelson – Wisconsin
51 * Kareem Orr – Chattanooga
52 Arrion Springs – Oregon
53 Shaq Wiggins – Tennessee
54 Davontae Harris – Illinois State
55 Avonte Madox – Pittsburgh
56 Alijah Holder – Stanford
57 * Mark Fields – Clemson
58 * Rashaan Gaulden – Tennessee
59 * Mook Reynolds – Virginia Tech
60 * Vayante Copeland – Michigan State
61 * Ryan Pulley – Arkansas
62 Aaron Davis – Georgia
63 Trumaine Washington – Louisville
64 Malkom Parrish – Georgia
65 Mike Jones – Temple
66 Tre Dempsey – North Dakota State
67 Andre Chachere – San Jose State
68 Trevon Mathis – Toledo
69 Justin Martin – Tennessee
70 Nick Orr – TCU
71 Priest Willis – Texas A&M
72 Amari Coleman – Central Michigan

Safeties
1 * Derwin James – Florida State
2 * Minkah Fitzpatrick – Alabama
3 * Justin Reid – Stanford
4 Marcus Allen – Penn State
5 * Ronnie Harrison – Alabama
7 Damon Webb – Ohio State
8 Armani Watts – Texas A&M
9 Quin Blanding – Virginia
10 * Tanner Muse – Clemson
11 Tray Matthews – Auburn
12 * Jordan Whitehead – Pittsburgh
13 * Jessie Bates – Wake Forest
14 * Chase Hansen – Utah
15 * Terrell Edmunds – Virginia Tech
16 * Andrew Wingard – Wyoming
17 * Brandon Bryant – Mississippi State
18 Todd Kelly – Tennessee
19 Kieron Williams – Nebraska
20 Godwin Igwebuike – Northwestern
21 Trayvon Henderson – Hawaii
22 Trey Marshall – Florida State
23 Chris Hawkins – USC
24 Kysir White – West Virginia
25 Jamar Summers – Connecticut
26 Mike Basile – Monmouth University
27 Steven Parker – Oklahoma
28 Sean Chandler – Temple
29 * Drue Tranquill – Notre Dame
30 * John Battle – LSU
31 * Marvell Tell – USC
32 * Mike Edwards – Kentucky
33 * Javon Hagan – Ohio
34 * Van Smith – Clemson
35 Chucky Williams – Louisville
36 Nick Washington – Florida
37 Donovan Wilson – Texas A&M
38 Dominick Sanders – Georgia
39 Donnie Miles – North Carolina
40 Tyree Robinson – Oregon
41 Jaleel Wadood – UCLA
42 Ed Paris – LSU
43 Evan Berry – Tennessee
44 Hootie Jones – Alabama
45 Oren Burks – Vanderbilt
46 Cole Reyes – North Dakota
47 D’Cota Dixon – Wisconsin
48 Miles Taylor – Iowa
49 Stephen Roberts – Auburn
50 Max Redfield – Indiana (Pa)
51 Nate Andrews – Florida State
52 Erick Smith – Ohio St

Placekickers
1 Daniel Carlson – Auburn
2 Tyler Davis – Penn State
3 * Eddy Pineiro – Florida
4 * Emmit Carpenter – Minnesota
5 Lane Clark – Tennessee State
6 Matt Anderson – California
7 Drew Brown – Nebraska
8 Michael Badgley – Miami
9 Gary Wunderlich – Mississippi
10 Matthew McCrane – Kansas State
11 Canon Rooker – Middle Tennessee State
12 Andrew Gantz – Cincinnati
13 Kody Kroening – Fresno State
14 Austin MacGinnis – Kentucky
15 Aidan Schneider – Oregon

Punters
1 J.K. Scott – Alabama
2 * Mitch Wishnowsky – Utah
3 Johnny Townsend – Florida
4 * Michael Dickson – Texas
5 Joseph Davidson – Bowling Green
6 * Steven Coutts – California
7 Spencer Smith – Memphis
8 Will Gleeson – Mississippi
9 Shane Tripucka – Texas A&M
10 Ryan Anderson – Rutgers
11 Ryan Santoso – Minnesota
12 Trevor Daniel – Tennessee
13 Ryan Winslow – Pittsburgh
14 Nick Walsh – Kansas State
15 Austin Barnes – East Carolina
16 Jonny Linehan – Brigham Young
17 Michael Carrizosa – San Jose State

Longsnappers
1 Ike Powell – Auburn
2 * Ben Makowski – Purdue
3 Kaleb Smith – Texas
4 Scott Sypniewski – Vanderbilt
5 Tanner Carew – Oregon
6 Stephen Gabbard – Florida State
7 Daniel Zeigler – Georgia State
8 James Fisher – North Dakota State
9 Trent Sieg – Colorado State
10 Wesley Horky – Oklahoma
11 Alan Lucy – Rutgers

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2018 Pro Prospect Rankings – September

Draft Insiders’ Digest – 27th Season                                

Copyrighted –  All Rights Reserved
      “The NFL Draft Publication Pro Scouts Buy”                          1-800 – 776 – 1949

Pro Prospect Rankings – NFL Draft 2018 – September
    * underclassmen September 2017 Rankings
       Underclassmen – True Juniors, 4th year Juniors & 3rd year Sophomores

Sept. 8, 2017

Offense
Offensive Skilled Positions
Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen Head Strong QB Class

Quarterbacks

1 * Sam Darnold – USC
2 * Josh Rosen – UCLA
3 * Josh Allen – Wyoming
4 * Lamar Jackson – Louisville
5 Mason Rudolph – Oklahoma St
6 Luke Falk – Washington St
7 * Jarrett Stidham – Auburn
8 * Jake Browning – Washington
9 Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
10 Riley Ferguson – Memphis
11 * Steven Montez – Colorado
12 * Nick Fitzgerald – Mississippi St
13 Jeremiah Briscoe – Sam Houston St
14 Kurt Benkert – Virginia
15 J.T. Barrett – Ohio St
16 Matt Linehan – Idaho
17 * Tanner Lee – Nebraska
18 * Clayton Thorson – Northwestern
19 * Wilton Speight – Michigan
20 * Daniel Jones – Duke
21 Max Browne – Pittsburgh
22 Danny Etling – LSU
23 Quinton Flowers – South Florida
24 Mike White – Western Kentucky
25 Kenny Hill – TCU
26 Brandon Silvers – Troy

        Barkley and Guice Head Talented Group of Running Backs
Running Backs

1 * Saquon Barkley – Penn State
2 * Derrius Guice – LSU
3 * Bo Scarbrough – Alabama
4 Akrum Wadley – Iowa
5 Nick Chubb – Georgia
6 Royce Freeman – Oregon
7 * Mike Weber – Ohio State
8 * Ronald Jones – USC
9 * Bradrick Shaw – Wisconsin
10 * Myles Gaskin – Washington
11 * Kamryn Pettway – Auburn
12 * Damien Harris – Alabama
13 * Bryce Love – Stanford
14 Kalen Ballage – Arizona State
15 Sony Michel – Georgia
16 Jacques Patrick – Florida State
17 * Kerryon Johnson – Auburn
18 * Josh Adams – Notre Dame
19 * James Williams – Washington State
20 * Chris James – Wisconsin
21 * Rodney Smith – Minnesota
22 Justin Jackson – Northwestern
23 Lavon Coleman – Washington
24 Ralph Webb – Vanderbilt
25 *Jordan Scarlett – Florida
26 * Mark Walton – Miami
27 * Terence Williams – Baylor
28 * L.J. Scott – Michigan State
29 Rashaad Penny – San Diego State
30 Justin Crawford – West Virginia
31 Nick Wilson – Arizona
32 Terry Swanson – Toledo
33 * Ryquell Armstead – Temple
34 * John Kelly – Tennessee
35 Phillip Lindsay – Colorado
36 Roc Thomas – Jacksonville State
37 * Shannon Brooks – Minnesota
38 * Soso Jamabo – UCLA
39 * Jalin Moore – Appalachian State
40 * Jon Hilliman – Boston College
41 Chase Edmonds – Fordham
42 * Ty Johnson – Maryland
43 James Butler – Iowa
44 Kyle Hicks – TCU
45 Jordan Chunn – Troy
46 Keith Ford – Texas A&M
47 Jarvion Franklin – Western Michigan
48 Jeffery Wilson – North Texas
49 Demario Richard – Arizona State
50 Ray Lawry – Old Dominion

Fullbacks

1 Dimitri Flowers – Oklahoma
2 Jaylen Samuels – North Carolina State
3 Khalid Hill – Michigan
4 * Winston Dimel – Kansas State
5 J.D. Moore – LSU
6 Joe Protheroe – California Poly
7 Daniel Marx – Stanford
8 Austin Ramesh – Wisconsin
9 Garrett Dickerson – Northwestern
10 Nick Sharga – Temple
11 Henry Poggi – Michigan
12 John Lovett – Princeton
13 Dallas Rivers – Vanderbilt
14 Ray Hudson – California
15 Drew Van Maanen – Wyoming
16 George Frazier – Colorado

      Ridley, Kirk, and Sutton Head Young Group of Receivers
Wide Receivers

1 * Calvin Ridley – Alabama
2 * Christian Kirk – Texas A&M
3 * Courtland Sutton – Southern Methodist
4 James Washington – Oklahoma State
5 * Equanimeous St. Brown – Notre Dame
6 D.J. Chark – LSU
7 Michael Gallup – Colorado State
8 * Deon Cain – Clemson
9 * Parris Campbell – Ohio State
10 * Jaylen Smith – Louisville
11 * Antonio Callaway – Florida
12 Dante Pettis – Washington
13 Allen Lazard – Iowa State
14 * Auden Tate – Florida State
15 * Van Jefferson – Mississippi
16 * Deebo Samuel – South Carolina
17 * Trenton Irwin – Stanford
18 * Deontay Burnett – USC
19 * Simmie Cobbs – Indiana
20 Anthony Miller – Memphis
21 Darren Carrington – Utah
22 Jake Wieneke – South Dakota State
23 DaeSean Hamilton – Penn State
24 Cody Thompson – Toledo
25 * Jalen Hurd – Baylor
26 * Stanley Morgan – Nebraska
27 Robert Foster – Alabama
28 Janarion Grant – Rutgers
29 Cam Phillips – Virginia Tech
30 * Nyqwan Murray – Florida State
31 * Malik Turner – Illinois
32 * Ventell Bryant – Temple
33 * Preston Williams – Colorado State
34 * DaMarkus Lodge – Mississippi
35 * Richie James – Middle Tennessee State
36 * Tre’Quan Smith – Central Florida
37 Jester Weah – Pittsburgh
38 Bryce Bobo – Colorado
39 J’Mon Moore – Missouri
40 Ka’Raun White – West Virginia
41 Marcell Ateman – Oklahoma State
42 Devonte Boyd – Nevada-Las Vegas
43 Cedrick Wilson – Boise State
44 Austin Proehl – North Carolina
45 * Chico McClatcher – Washington
46 * Jonathan Giles – LSU
47 * DeAndre Thompkins – Penn State
48 * KaVontae Turpin – TCU
49 * Quadree Henderson – Pittsburgh
50 * Ray-Ray McCloud – Clemson
51 Saeed Blacknall – Penn State
52 Emmanuel Butler – Northern Arizona
53 Shay Fields – Colorado
54 Garrett Johnson – Kentucky
55 Ricky Jeune – Georgia Tech
56 Marques Valdes-Scantling – South Florida
57 Brandon Powell – Florida
58 Eldridge Massington – UCLA
59 Devin Gray – Cincinnati
60 Nate Brown – Missouri
61 Dylan Cantrell – Texas Tech
62 Braxton Berrios – Miami
63 Armanti Foreman – Texas
64 Charles Nelson – Oregon
65 Michiah Quick – Fresno State
66 Dorian Baker – Kentucky
67 Corey Willis – Central Michigan
68 Jeff Badet – Oklahoma
69 Nacarius Fant – Western Kentucky
70 Jonathan Duhart – Old Dominion
71 Jared Cornelius – Arkansas
72 Emanuel Thompson – Troy
73 Jazz Peavy – Wisconsin
74 Davon Grayson – East Carolina
75 Steven Dunbar – Houston
76 LaQuvionte Gonzalez – Southeastern

Tight Ends

1 Mike Gesicki – Penn St
2 * Dalton Schultz – Stanford
3 * Mark Andrews – Oklahoma
4 Troy Fumagalli – Wisconsin
5 Ian Thomas – Indiana
6 * Alize Mack – Notre Dame
7 * Tyrone Wheatley – Michigan
8 * C.J. Conrad – Kentucky
9 * Jacob Breeland – Oregon
10 Christopher Herndon – Miami
11 Deandre Goolsby – Florida
12 Durham Smythe – Notre Dame
13 Adam Breneman – Massachusetts
14 Dallas Goedert – South Dakota State
15 * Tommy Sweeney – Boston College
16 * Hayden Hurst – South Carolina
17 Cam Serigne – Wake Forest
18 Jeb Blazevich – Georgia
19 Marcus Baugh – Ohio State
20 * Foster Moreau – LSU
21 Ethan Wolf – Tennessee
22 Ian Bunting – Michigan
23 David Wells – San Diego State
24 Nate Wozniak – Minnesota
25 * Brandon Fritts – North Carolina
26 * Ryan Izzo – Florida State
27 Brandon Lingen – Minnesota
28 Ben Johnson – Kansas
29 * Tyler Petite – USC
30 * Drew Sample – Washington
31 * Milan Richard – Clemson
32 Jake Roh – Boise State
33 Ryan Yurachek – Marshall
34 Tyler Conklin – Central Michigan
35 Andrew Vollert – Weber State
36 Nathan Marcus – Vanderbilt
37 Jordan Feuerbacher – Baylor
38 Metuisela Unga – Hawaii
39 Andrew Caskin – William & Mary
40 Blake Mack – Arkansas State
41 Steve Baggett – East Carolina
42 Gabe Schrade – Texas State
43 Shane Wimann – Northern Illinois
44 Tommy Myers – Connecticut
45 Troy Mangen – Ohio
46 Alec Bloom – Connecticut
47 Ryan Smith – Miami (Oh)

Offensive Tackles

1 * Orlando Brown – Oklahoma
2 Mike McGlinchey – Notre Dame
3 * Connor Williams – Texas
4 * Isaiah Prince – Ohio State
5 * Mitch Hyatt – Clemson
6 Chukwuma Okorafor – Western Michigan
7 Martinas Rankin – Mississippi State
8 Braden Smith – Auburn
9 Tyrell Crosby – Oregon
10 * Trey Adams – Washington
11 * Martez Ivey – Florida
12 * Drew Richmond – Tennessee
13 Jamarco Jones – Ohio State
14 Austin Corbett – Nevada
15 Zachary Crabtree – Oklahoma State
16 * Dalton Risner – Kansas State
17 * Geron Christian – Louisville
18 * Brian O’Neill – Pittsburgh
19 * Tyree St. Louis – Miami
20 * Calvin Throckmorton – Oregon
21 * Brock Ruble – Florida State
22 * Max Scharping – Northern Illinois
23 * Toby Weathersby – LSU
24 Ike Boettger – Iowa
25 Alex Cappa – Humboldt State
26 Brett Kendrick – Tennessee
27 Rick Leonard – Florida State
28 * A.T. Hall – Stanford
29 Bentley Spain – North Carolina
30 Jake Campos – Iowa State
31 David Bright – Stanford
32 Jeromy Irwin – Colorado
33 Brandon Parker – North Carolina A&T
34 Andrew Nelson – Penn State
35 Christian DiLauro – Illinois
36 Cole Madison – Washington State
37 Joseph Noteboom – TCU
38 Marcell Lazard – Boston College
39 Casey Tucker – Stanford
40 Aaron Cochran – Oklahoma State
41 Gabe Brandner – Duke
42 Derek Edwards – Central Michigan
43 Tyler Howell – Missouri
44 Reggie Bain – Florida Atlantic
45 Kyle Meadows – Kentucky
46 Jamar McGloster – Syracuse
47 Leon Johnson – Temple
48 David Knevel – Nebraska
49 Aaron Stinnie – James Madison
50 Korey Cunningham – Cincinnati
51 Jaryd Jones-Smith – Pittsburgh
52 Jack English – Virginia
53 Zach Golditch – Colorado State
54 Layth Friekh – Arizona
55 Jordan Rose – Idaho
56 Sandley Jean-Felix – Marshall
57 Maurice Porter – Baylor
58 Sunny Odogwu – UCLA
59 NaTy Rodgers – Houston
60 Dennis Finley – Michigan State
61 Justin Spencer – Youngstown State
62 David Reese – Montana
63 Brandon Smith – East Carolina

Guards

1 Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame
2 Cody O’Connell – Washington State
3 Tyrone Crowder – Clemson
4 * Ross Pierschbacher – Alabama
5 * Beau Benzschawel – Wisconsin
6 * Bobby Evans – Oklahoma
7 * Damian Prince – Maryland
8 Will Hernandez – Texas-El Paso
9 K.C. McDermott – Miami
10 Brian Allen – Michigan State
11 * Maea Teuhema – Southeastern Louisiana
12 * Ryan Bates – Penn State
13 * Jordan Sims – Mississippi
14 * Larry Allen – Harvard
15 * Nick Gates – Nebraska
16 Hunter Bivin – Notre Dame
17 Wilson Bell – Auburn
18 Isaiah Wynn – Georgia
19 Jashon Robertson – Tennessee
20 Viane Talamaivao – USC
21 Dyshon Sims – Georgia
22 K.J. Malone – LSU
23 Tony Adams – North Carolina State
24 Sean Welsh – Iowa
25 Archie Lewis – Boise State
26 Brendan Mahon – Penn State
27 Wyatt Teller – Virginia Tech
28 Kenny Lacy – UCLA
29 Cory Helms – South Carolina
30 Kyle Bosch – West Virginia
31 Chuma Edoga – USC
32 Evan Lisle – Duke
33 Alex Officer – Pittsburgh
34 Trevor Darling – Miami
35 Boone Myers – Iowa
36 Jake Raulerson – Arkansas
37 Tuni Kanuch – Brigham Young
38 Darius James – Auburn
39 Jacob Alsadek – Arizona
40 D.J. Park – South Carolina
41 Salesi Uhatafe – Utah
42 Ului Lapuaho – Brigham Young
43 Gerrad Kough – Colorado
44 Andrew Kirkland – Washington
45 Matt Pryor – TCU

Centers

1 Billy Price – Ohio State
2 Mason Cole – Michigan
3 * Michael Deiter – Wisconsin
4 Frank Ragnow – Arkansas
5 * Jake Hanson – Oregon
6 Coleman Shelton – Washington
7 * James Daniels – Iowa
8 * Drew Kyser – Memphis
9 Scott Quessenberry – UCLA
10 Bradley Bozeman – Alabama
11 * Will Clapp – LSU
12 * Alec Eberle – Florida State
13 Erick Wren – Oklahoma
14 Austin Schlottman – TCU
15 * Brendan Moore – Maryland
16 * T.J. McCoy – Florida
17 Austin Golson – Auburn
18 Toa Lobendahn – USC
19 Jake Bennett – Colorado State
20 Coleman Thomas – Tennessee
21 * Sam Mustipher – Notre Dame
22 * Nick Linder – Miami
23 Alan Knott – South Carolina
24 Cameron Dillard – North Carolina
25 * Jesse Burkett – Stanford
26 Austin Kuhnert – North Dakota State
27 Brad North – Northwestern
28 Patrick Kugler – Michigan
29 Jake Pruehs – Ohio
30 Alex Thompson – Monmouth
31 Jon Baker – Boston College
32 J.C. Hassenauer – Alabama
33 A.J. McCollum – Arizona State
34 Jonathan Huckins – Colorado
35 Eric Gallo – Virginia Tech
36 Brad Lundblade – Oklahoma State
37 Andy Dodd – McNeese State
38 Andrew Marshall – Georgia Tech
39 Austin Davis – Duke
40 Mason Hampton – Boise State

Defensive Prospects
    Ends

1 * Arden Key – LSU
2 Harold Landry – Boston College
3 Bradley Chubb – North Carolina State
4 * Sam Hubbard – Ohio State
5 * Clelin Ferrell – Clemson
6 * Dylan Jackson – Stanford
7 Tyquan Lewis – Ohio State
8 Duke Ejiofor – Wake Forest
9 * Dorance Armstrong – Kansas
10 Marcell Frazier – Missouri
11 Chad Thomas – Miami
12 * Byron Cowart – Auburn
13 * CeCe Jefferson – Florida
14 * Jonathan Ledbetter – Georgia
15 * Jaylon Ferguson – Louisiana Tech
16 Ebenezer Ogundeko – Tennessee State
17 * Austin Bryant – Clemson
18 * Jabari Zuniga – Florida
19 Andrew Brown – Virginia
20 K.J. Smith – Baylor
21 Andrew Trumbetti – Notre Dame
22 Jarrett Johnson – Texas A&M
23 Marcus Davenport – UTSA
24 Justin Lawler – Southern Methodist
25 Jacob Pugh – Florida State
26 * Zach Allen – Boston College
27 * Freedom Akinmoladun – Nebraska
28 Kylie Fitts – Utah
29 Jalyn Holmes – Ohio State
30 Jordan Sherit – Florida
31 Chikwe Obasih – Wisconsin
32 Jesse Aniebonam – Maryland
33 Joe Ostman – Central Michigan
34 Paul James – Auburn
35 Eric Cotton – Stanford
36 Nick Thurman – Houston
37 Demetrius Cooper – Michigan State
38 Luke Carrezola – Connecticut
39 Kemoko Turay – Rutgers
40 Dajaun Drennon – North Carolina
41 Ade Aruna – Tulane
42 Xavier Thigpen – Southern Mississippi

Tackles

1 * Christian Wilkins – Clemson
2 * Vita Vea – Washington
3 * Dre’Mont Jones – Ohio State
4 * Da’Ron Payne – Alabama
5 * Carlos Davis – Nebraska
6 * Raequan Williams – Michigan State
7 Derrick Nnadi – Florida State
8 Lowell Lotulelei – Utah
9 Maurice Hurst – Michigan
10 * Trenton Thompson – Georgia
11 * Dontavius Russell – Auburn
12 Da’Shawn Hand – Alabama
13 * Jerry Tillery – Notre Dame
14 * Greg Gaines – Washington
15 * Robert Landers – Ohio State
16 * Kahlil McKenzie – Tennessee
17 * Rasheem Green – USC
18 * Khalil Davis – Nebraska
19 * Kendrick Norton – Miami
20 * David Moa – Boise State
21 * R.J. McIntosh – Miami
22 Steven Richardson – Minnesota
23 James Looney – California
24 Christian LaCouture – LSU
25 B.J. Hill – North Carolina State
26 Kentavius Street – North Carolina State
27 P.J. Hall – Sam Houston State
28 Michael Hill – Ohio State
29 Drew Bailey – Louisville
30 * Harrison Phillips – Stanford
31 * Khairi Clark – Florida
32 * Daylon Mack – Texas A&M
33 * Andrew Williams – Auburn
34 * Demarcus Christmas – Florida State
35 Deadrin Senat – South Florida
36 Folorunso Fatakasi – Connecticut
37 Frank Herron – LSU
38 Filipo Mokofisi – Utah
39 Taylor Stallworth – South Carolina
40 Scott Pagano – Oregon
41 Zaycoven Henderson – Texas A&M
42 Joshua Frazier – Alabama
43 Nathan Bazata – Iowa
44 Kendal Vickers – Tennessee
45 Conor Sheehy – Wisconsin
46 Greg Gilmore – LSU
47 Justin Jones – North Carolina State
48 Poona Ford – Texas
49 Parker Cothren – Penn State
50 Mike Hughes – UNLV
51 Bilal Nichols – Delaware
52 Matt Elam – Kentucky
53 Nifae Lealao – Vanderbilt
54 Dalton Keene – Illinois State
55 Henry Mondeaux – Oregon
56 John Atkins – Georgia
57 Abdullah Anderson – Bucknell
58 Tyler Lancaster – Northwestern
59 Bijhon Jackson – Arkansas
60 Matt Dickerson – UCLA

Outside Linebackers

1 * Malik Jefferson – Texas
2 * Jerome Baker – Ohio State
3 * Josh Sweat – Florida State
4 * Tremaine Edmunds – Virginia Tech
5 * Roquan Smith – Georgia
6 * Christian Miller – Alabama
7 * Porter Gustin – USC
8 Marquis Haynes – Mississippi
9 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – Oklahoma
10 Tre’ Williams – Auburn
11 Dante Booker – Ohio State
12 Javon Rolland-Jones – Arkansas State
13 Matthew Thomas – Florida State
14 Mike McCray – Michigan
15 Chris Worley – Ohio State
16 Lorenzo Carter – Georgia
17 Uchenna Nwosu – USC
18 James Hearns – Louisville
19 * Hercules Mata’afa – Washington State
20 * Joe Giles-Harris – Duke
21 * Te’Von Coney – Notre Dame
22 Joey Alfieri – Stanford
23 Skai Moore – South Carolina
24 Fred Warner – Brigham Young
25 Shaquem Griffin – Central Florida
26 Davin Bellamy – Georgia
27 Tegray Scales – Indiana
28 Andrew Ankrah – James Madison
29 Travin Howard – TCU
30 Dorian O’Daniel – Clemson
31 Koron Crump – Arizona State
32 Emmanuel Beal – Oklahoma
33 Garret Dooley – Wisconsin
34 Devante Downs – California
35 Trevon Young – Louisville
36 Darius Leonard – South Carolina State
37 Demarquis Gates – Mississippi
38 Mike Needham – Southern Utah
39 Airius Moore – North Carolina State
40 Jalen Brooks – Maryland
41 Sione Teuhema – Southeastern Louisiana
42 Ben Niemann – Iowa
43 Greg Menard – North Dakota State
44 Leon Jacobs – Wisconsin
45 Asantay Brown – Western Michigan
46 Naashon Hughes – Texas
47 Chris Frey – Michigan State

Inside Linebackers

1 * Cameron Smith – USC
2 * T.J. Edwards – Wisconsin
3 Shaun Dion Hamilton – Alabama
4 Micah Kiser – Virginia
5 Azeem Victor – Washington
6 Josey Jewell – Iowa
7 * Leo Lewis – Mississippi State
8 * Natrez Patrick – Georgia
9 * Kendall Joseph – Clemson
10 Jack Cichy – Wisconsin
11 Rashaan Evans – Alabama
12 Jason Cabinda – Penn State
13 Kenny Young – UCLA
14 * Andre Smith – North Carolina
15 * Jordan Jones – Kentucky
16 Donnie Alexander – LSU
17 Nick DeLuca – North Dakota State
18 Auggie Sanchez – South Florida
19 Nyles Morgan – Notre Dame
20 Quentin Poling – Ohio
21 Andrew Motuapuaka – Virginia Tech
22 Keishawn Bierria – Washington
23 Connor Strachan – Boston College
24 Reggie Carter – Georgia
25 Genard Avery – Memphis
26 Chad Whitener – Oklahoma State
27 Ro’Derrick Hoskins – Florida State
28 Peyton Pelluer – Washington State
29 Taylor Young – Baylor
30 Junior Joseph – Connecticut
31 Eric Boggs – Appalachian State
32 Jordan Williams – East Carolina
33 Matthew Adams – Houston
34 Eric Beisel – Missouri
35 Jermaine Carter – Maryland

Cornerbacks

1 * Tarvarus McFadden – Florida State
2 * Denzel Ward – Ohio State
3 * Jaire Alexander – Louisville
4 * Kevin Toliver – LSU
5 * Iman Marshall – USC
6 * Damon Arnette – Ohio State
7 Anthony Averett – Alabama
8 Tony Brown – Alabama
9 * Donte Jackson – LSU
10 * Quenton Meeks – Stanford
11 Deion Harris – North Dakota
12 Jordan Thomas – Oklahoma
13 Greg Stroman – Virginia Tech
14 M.J. Stewart – North Carolina
15 Rashard Fant – Indiana
16 Chris Jones – Nebraska
17 Brandon Facyson – Virginia Tech
18 Darius Phillips – Western Michigan
19 Duke Dawson – Florida
20 * Isaiah Oliver – Colorado
21 * Shaun Crawford – Notre Dame
22 * Alijah Holder – Stanford
23 * Adonis Alexander – Virginia Tech
24 * Carlton Davis – Auburn
25 Joshua Kalu – Nebraska
26 Deatrick Nichols – South Florida
27 * Juan Thornhill – Virginia
28 * Chris Westry – Kentucky
29 * Isaiah Langley – USC
30 Heath Harding – Miami (Oh)
31 Dee Delaney – Miami
32 Marcell Harris – Florida
33 * Eric Lee – Nebraska
34 * D.J. Reed – Kansas State
35 * Nick Nelson – Wisconsin
36 * Kareem Orr – Chattanooga
37 Arrion Springs – Oregon
38 Shaq Wiggins – Tennessee
39 Davontae Harris – Illinois State
40 Kamrin Moore – Boston College
41 * Mark Fields – Clemson
42 * Rashaan Gaulden – Tennessee
43 * Holton Hill – Texas
44 * Mook Reynolds – Virginia Tech
45 * Vayante Copeland – Michigan State
46 * Ryan Pulley – Arkansas
47 Aaron Davis – Georgia
48 Trumaine Washington – Louisville
49 Malkom Parrish – Georgia
50 Tre Dempsey – North Dakota State
51 Andre Chachere – San Jose State
52 Justin Martin – Tennessee
53 Nick Orr – TCU
54 Priest Willis – Texas A&M
55 Amari Coleman – Central Michigan

Safeties

1 * Derwin James – Florida State
2 * Minkah Fitzpatrick – Alabama
3 * Ronnie Harrison – Alabama
4 Quin Blanding – Virginia
5 Damon Webb – Ohio State
6 Armani Watts – Texas A&M
7 Marcus Allen – Penn State
8 * Tanner Muse – Clemson
9 * Jordan Whitehead – Pittsburgh
10 * Jessie Bates – Wake Forest
11 * Chase Hansen – Utah
12 * Andrew Wingard – Wyoming
13 * Brandon Bryant – Mississippi State
14 Todd Kelly – Tennessee
15 Kieron Williams – Nebraska
16 Godwin Igwebuike – Northwestern
17 Trey Marshall – Florida State
18 Chris Hawkins – USC
19 Kysir White – West Virginia
20 * Terrell Edmunds – Virginia Tech
21 * Drue Tranquill – Notre Dame
22 * John Battle – LSU
23 * Marvell Tell – USC
24 * Mike Edwards – Kentucky
25 * Javon Hagan – Ohio
26 * Van Smith – Clemson
27 Chucky Williams – Louisville
28 Nick Washington – Florida
29 Donovan Wilson – Texas A&M
30 Steven Parker – Oklahoma
31 Dominick Sanders – Georgia
32 Sean Chandler – Temple
33 Jamar Summers – Connecticut
34 Mike Basile – Monmouth University
35 Donnie Miles – North Carolina
36 * Justin Reid – Stanford
37 Tyree Robinson – Oregon
38 Jaleel Wadood – UCLA
39 Ed Paris – LSU
40 Evan Berry – Tennessee
41 Hootie Jones – Alabama
42 Erick Smith – Ohio St
43 Oren Burks – Vanderbilt
44 Tray Matthews – Auburn
45 Cole Reyes – North Dakota
46 D’Cota Dixon – Wisconsin
47 Miles Taylor – Iowa
48 Stephen Roberts – Auburn
49 Max Redfield – Indiana (Pa)
50 Nate Andrews – Florida State

Placekickers

1 Daniel Carlson – Auburn
2 Tyler Davis – Penn State
3 * Eddy Pineiro – Florida
4 * Emmit Carpenter – Minnesota
5 Lane Clark – Tennessee State
6 Matt Anderson – California
7 Drew Brown – Nebraska
8 Michael Badgley – Miami
9 Gary Wunderlich – Mississippi
10 Matthew McCrane – Kansas State
11 Canon Rooker – Middle Tennessee State
12 Andrew Gantz – Cincinnati
13 Kody Kroening – Fresno State
14 Austin MacGinnis – Kentucky
15 Aidan Schneider – Oregon

Punters

1 J.K. Scott – Alabama
2 * Mitch Wishnowsky – Utah
3 Johnny Townsend – Florida
4 * Michael Dickson – Texas
5 Joseph Davidson – Bowling Green
6 * Steven Coutts – California
7 Spencer Smith – Memphis
8 Will Gleeson – Mississippi
9 Shane Tripucka – Texas A&M
10 Ryan Santoso – Minnesota
11 Trevor Daniel – Tennessee
12 Ryan Winslow – Pittsburgh
13 Nick Walsh – Kansas State
14 Austin Barnes – East Carolina
15 Jonny Linehan – Brigham Young
16 Michael Carrizosa – San Jose State

Longsnappers

1 Ike Powell – Auburn
2 * Ben Makowski – Purdue
3 Kaleb Smith – Texas
4 Scott Sypniewski – Vanderbilt
5 Tanner Carew – Oregon
6 Stephen Gabbard – Florida State
7 Daniel Zeigler – Georgia State
8 James Fisher – North Dakota State
9 Trent Sieg – Colorado State
10 Wesley Horky – Oklahoma
11 Alan Lucy – Rutgers

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Index
Important Dates 2018 pg. 1 NFL Combine Schedule pg. 2
NFL Combine Info pgs. 1-3 Players alphabetically pgs. 3-9

Important NFL 2018 Dates

Feb 5 – **** Super Bowl LII **** U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota.

*** February 27-March 5: NFL Combine 2018 ***
Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

February 20 – First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
Feb 27-March 5 – NFL Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, In.

March 6 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., NY time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 12-14 – During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 12th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.
March 14 – The 2018 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2018 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
March 14 – Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m. est time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.
March 25-28 – Annual League Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
April 2 – Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2017 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 16 – Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 20 – Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
April 25 – Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

                                       **** NFL Draft 2018 – April 26-28 ****
Thursday through Saturday – Dallas will host at ATT Stadium in Arlington Texas

The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine is fast approaching, with the event scheduled to begin in a few days. 336 draft-eligible players have been invited to the annual event in Indianapolis, where they will go through the gauntlet of team and media interviews, physical and medical testing, and more.

On the list are all of the top prospects in the draft, as well as many players who will inevitably go undrafted. After all, the NFL Draft has just 256 selections, and there will be additional players who are selected despite not being invited to Indy.

NFL 2018 Scouting Combine

The best college football players are invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year 336 players will show up for extensive testing over a week as a critical part of the scouting progress for the NFL Draft. Top NFL Executives, coaching staffs, Player Personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL.

With increasing interest in the NFL draft, the scouting combine has grown in scope and significance, allowing personnel directors to evaluate upcoming prospects in a standardized setting. Its origins have evolved from the National, BLESTO and Quadra Scouting organizations in 1977 to the media event it has become today.

The NFL Combine 2018 features the national champion Alabama who has the biggest group, with 14 players invited. They are followed by Ohio St (11), Georgia and LSU (10), Florida St and Miami (9) with Penn St (8), Washington (7) and Texas (6) and Oklahoma (6) each. On average, there are 110 NFL Combine players who will go undrafted while on average, 35 non-invited NFL Combine players will be drafted in April.

Athletes attend by invitation only. An athlete’s performance during the NFL Combine can affect their draft status and salary, and their career. The NFL Draft has popularized the term “workout warrior”, whereby an athlete’s “draft stock” is increased based on superior measurable qualities such as size, speed, and strength, despite having an average or sub-par college career.

                   The NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 27 – March 5, 2018

Player Group Combine Schedule:

DAY 1 ARRIVALS: Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (RB)
Tuesday – February 27 – Travel to Indianapolis – Registration/Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays
Overflow Testing – Orientation – Interviews
Wednesday – Feb 28 – Measurements – Medical Examinations – Overflow Testing – Interviews
Thursday – March 1 – Psychological Testing – NFLPA Meeting – PK/ST Workout – Media – Bench
Press – Interviews
Friday – March 2 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) – Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 2 ARRIVALS: Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (TE)
Wednesday Feb 28 – Travel to Indianapolis – Registration/Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays
Overflow Testing – Orientation – Interviews
Thursday – March 1 – Measurements – Medical Examinations – Overflow Testing – Interviews
Friday – March 2 – Psychological Testing – NFLPA Meeting – Media – Bench Press – Interviews
Saturday – March 3 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) – Departure

DAY 3 ARRIVALS: Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Thursday – March 1 – Travel to Indianapolis – Registration/Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays –
Overflow Testing – Orientation – Interviews
Friday – March 2 – Measurements – Medical Examinations – Overflow Testing – Interviews
Saturday – March 3 – Psychological Testing – NFLPA Meeting – Media – Bench Press – Interviews
Sunday – March 4 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) – Departure

DAY 4 ARRIVALS: Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Friday – March 2 – Travel to Indianapolis – Registration/Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays – Overflow
Testing – Orientation – Interviews
Saturday – March 3 – Measurements – Medical Examinations – Overflow Testing – Interviews
Sunday – March 4 – Psychological Testing – NFLPA Meeting – Media – Bench Press – Interviews
Monday – March 5 – On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) – Departure from Indianapolis

* Select players from any Group may arrive one day prior to their scheduled date listed above in order to assist with medical scheduling. This will be based on flight schedules and medical tests only and no players arriving early will have advanced contact with teams.

How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
Participants are determined annually by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft.

Tests/ Evaluations include:

40-yard dash
Bench press (225 lbs. repetitions)
Vertical jump
Broad jump
20-yard shuttle
3 cone drill
60-yard shuttle
Position-specific drills

Interviews – each team is allowed 60 interviews in 15-minute intervals

Physical measurements
Injury evaluation
Drug screen
The Cybex test
The Wonderlic test

NFL Combine 2018 Participants (330) by Position

* Invitations can be extended to new players this week or any time
Workouts begin March 2nd thru March 5th

Quarterbacks (19)
Running Backs (28)
Fullbacks (2)
Wide Receivers (44)
Tight Ends (18)
Offensive Linemen (48)

Defensive Linemen (49)
Ends/ Edge/ Tackles
Linebackers (45)
Cornerbacks (43)
Safeties (27)

Special Teams (12)
Placekickers/ Punters/ Longsnappers

NFL Combine 2018 – Player Invitation List

       Player                                            School      Group /Position
* ADAMS, JOSH                        NOTRE DAME 3 RB01
* ADENIYI, OLA                        TOLEDO 8 DL24
AKINS, JORDAN                       CENTRAL FLORIDA 6 TE01
*ALEXANDER, JAIRE             LOUISVILLE 10 DB01
ALLEN, AUSTIN                        ARKANSAS 4 QB01
ALLEN, BRIAN                          MICHIGAN ST 1 OL01
ALLEN, JOSH                             WYOMING 4 QB02
ALLEN, MARCUS                       PENN ST 11 DB43
* ANDREWS, MARK                  OKLAHOMA 6 TE02
APKE, TROY                                 PENN ST 11 DB44
* ARMSTRONG, DORANCE    KANSAS 8 DL25
ARUNA, ADE                              TULANE 8 DL26
ATEMAN, MARCELL                OKLAHOMA ST 4 WO01
ATKINS, JOHN                          GEORGIA 7 DL01
AVERETT, ANTHONY             ALABAMA 10 DB02
AVERY, GENARD                     MEMPHIS 9 LB01
BADGLEY, MIKE                      MIAMI-FL 1 PK01
* BAKER, JEROME                  OHIO ST 9 LB02
BALLAGE, KALEN                   ARIZONA ST 3 RB02
* BARKLEY, SAQUON            PENN ST 3 RB03
BARRETT, J T                           OHIO ST 4 QB03
* BATES, JESSIE                      WAKE FOREST 11 DB45
BAUGH, MARCUS                   OHIO ST 6 TE03
BAWDEN, NICK                       SAN DIEGO ST 3 RB04
BELLAMY, DAVIN                  GEORGIA 9 LB03
BENKERT, KURT                    VIRGINIA 4 QB04
BERRIOS, BRAXTON            MIAMI-FL 4 WO02
BIERRIA, KEISHAWN          WASHINGTON 9 LB04
BLANDING, QUIN                  VIRGINIA 11 DB46
BRIGHT, DAVE                       STANFORD 1 OL02
BROWN, DREW                      NEBRASKA 1 PK02
BROWN, DREW                      VIRGINIA 8 DL27
* BROWN, ORLANDO           OKLAHOMA 1 OL03
BROWN, TONY                       ALABAMA 10 DB03
* BRYAN, TAVEN                   FLORIDA 7 DL02
BURKS, OREN                        VANDERBILT 9 LB05
* BURNETT, DEONTAY       SOUTHERN CAL 4 WO03
CABINDA, JASON                  PENN ST 9 LB06
* CAIN, DEON                         CLEMSON 4 WO04
* CALLAWAY, ANTONIO     FLORIDA 4 WO05
CAMPBELL, CHRIS              PENN ST 10 DB04
CANTRELL, DYLAN              TEXAS TECH 4 WO06
CAPPA, ALEX                          HUMBOLDT ST 1 OL04
CAREW, TANNER                  OREGON 1 ST01
CARLSON, DANIEL               AUBURN 1 PK03
CARRINGTON, DARREN     UTAH 4 WO07
CARTER, LORENZO              GEORGIA 9 LB07
CHACHERE, ANDRE            SAN JOSE ST 10 DB05
CHANDLER, SEAN                TEMPLE 11 DB47
CHARK, D J                              LOUISIANA ST 4 WO08
* CHRISTIAN, GERON         LOUISVILLE 1 OL05
CHUBB, BRADLEY               NORTH CAROLINA ST 8 DL28
CHUBB, NICK                         GEORGIA 3 RB05
CICHY, JACK                          WISCONSIN 9 LB08
CLAPP, WILL                          LOUISIANA ST 1 OL06
* COBBS, SIMMIE                 INDIANA 4 WO09
COLE, MASON                       MICHIGAN 1 OL07
COLEMAN, LAVON             WASHINGTON 3 RB06
CONKLIN, TYLER               CENTRAL MICHIGAN 6 TE04
CORBETT, AUSTIN            NEVADA 1 OL08
* COUTEE, KEKE                TEXAS TECH 4 WO10
COVINGTON, CHRIS         INDIANA 9 LB09
CRAWFORD, JUSTIN        WEST VIRGINIA 3 RB07
CROSBY, TYRELL               OREGON 1 OL09
CRUIKSHANK, DANE       ARIZONA 11 DB48
DANIEL, TREVOR              TENNESSEE 1 PK04
* DANIELS, JAMES             IOWA 1 OL10
* DARNOLD, SAM                SOUTHERN CAL 4 QB05
DAVENPORT, MARCUS    UTSA 8 DL29
DAVIDSON, JOSEPH         BOWLING GREEN 1 PK05
* DAVIS, CARLTON            AUBURN 10 DB06
DAWSON, DUKE                 FLORIDA 10 DB07
DELANEY, DEE                    MIAMI-FL 10 DB08
DELUCA, NICK                     NORTH DAKOTA ST 9 LB10
DEMBY, JAMIL                    MAINE 1 OL11
DICKERSON, MATT             UCLA 8 DL30
* DICKSON, MICHAEL        TEXAS 1 PK06
DISSLY, WILL                        WASHINGTON 6 TE05
DOOLEY, GARRET               WISCONSIN 9 LB11
EDMONDS, CHASE               FORDHAM 3 RB08
EDMUNDS, TERRELL          VIRGINIA TECH 11 DB49
* EDMUNDS, TREMAINE    VIRGINIA TECH 9 LB12
EJIOFOR, DUKE                     WAKE FOREST 8 DL31
* ELLIOTT, DESHON             TEXAS 11 DB50
ERNSBERGER, DONNIE      WESTERN MICHIGAN 3 RB09
ETLING, DANNY                     LOUISIANA ST 4 QB06
EVANS, RASHAAN                 ALABAMA 9 LB13
FACYSON, BRANDON           VIRGINIA TECH 10 DB09
FALK, LUKE                              WASHINGTON ST 4 QB07
FANT, RASHARD                    INDIANA 10 DB10
FATUKASI, FOLEY                 CONNECTICUT 7 DL03
FERGUSON, RILEY                MEMPHIS 4 QB08
FITTS, KYLIE                            UTAH 8 DL32
* FITZPATRICK, MINKAH    ALABAMA 11 DB51
FLOWERS, DIMITRI              OKLAHOMA 3 RB10
FLOWERS, QUINTON            SOUTH FLORIDA 4 QB09
FLOWERS, TRE                       OKLAHOMA ST 11 DB52
FOSTER, ROBERT                   ALABAMA 4 WO11
FRANKLIN, JARVION            WESTERN MICHIGAN 3 RB11
FRANKLIN-MYERS, JOHN   STEPHEN F AUSTIN 8 DL33
FRAZIER, JOSHUA                 ALABAMA 7 DL04
FREEMAN, ROYCE                 OREGON 3 RB12
FUMAGALLI, TROY                WISCONSIN 6 TE06
GALLUP, MICHAEL                COLORADO ST 4 WO12
* GATES, NICK                         NEBRASKA 1 OL12
* GAULDEN, RASHAAN        TENNESSEE 10 DB11
GESICKI, MIKE                        PENN ST 6 TE07
GOEDERT, DALLAS                SOUTH DAKOTA ST 6 TE08
GOSSETT, COLBY                   APPALACHIAN ST 1 OL13
GRAYSON, DAVON                EAST CAROLINA 4 WO13
* GREEN, RASHEEM             SOUTHERN CAL 7 DL05
GRIFFIN, SHAQ                      CENTRAL FLORIDA 9 LB14
* GUICE, DERRIUS                 LOUISIANA ST 3 RB13
HALEY, GRANT                       PENN ST 10 DB12
HAMILTON, DAESEAN         PENN ST 4 WO14
HAMILTON, SHAUN DION   ALABAMA 9 LB15
HAND, DA’SHAWN                  ALABAMA 8 DL34
HARRIS, DAVONTAE              ILLINOIS ST 10 DB13
HARRIS, MARCELL                 FLORIDA 11 DB53
HARRISON, DES                      WEST GEORGIA 1 OL14
* HARRISON, RONNIE          ALABAMA 11 DB54
HAYNES, MARQUIS               MISSISSIPPI 8 DL35
HEARN, TAYLOR                    CLEMSON 1 OL15
HEARNS, JAMES                    LOUISVILLE 9 LB16
* HENDERSON, QUA             PITTSBURGH 4 WO15
HENDERSON, ZAY                TEXAS A&M 7 DL06
HERNANDEZ, WILL              UTEP 1 OL16
HERNDON, CHRIS                 MIAMI-FL 6 TE09
HICKS, KYLE                           TEXAS CHRISTIAN 3 RB14
HILL, B J                                    NORTH CAROLINA ST 7 DL07
* HILL, HOLTON                    TEXAS 10 DB14
* HINES, NYHEIM                  NORTH CAROLINA ST 3 RB15
* HOLLAND, JEFF                  AUBURN 9 LB17
HOLMES, JALYN                    OHIO ST 8 DL36
HUBBARD, SAM                     OHIO ST 8 DL37
* HUGHES, MIKE                    CENTRAL FLORIDA 10 DB15
* HURST, HAYDEN                 SOUTH CAROLINA 6 TE10
HURST, MO                               MICHIGAN 7 DL08
IGWEBUIKE, GODWIN        NORTHWESTERN 11 DB55
* IYIEGBUNIWE, JOEL         WESTERN KENTUCKY 9 LB18
* IZZO, RYAN                            FLORIDA ST 6 TE11
JACKSON, DARIUS                JACKSONVILLE ST-AL 9 LB19
* JACKSON, DONTE               LOUISIANA ST 10 DB16
* JACKSON, J C                        MARYLAND 10 DB17
* JACKSON, JOSH                   IOWA 10 DB18
JACKSON, JUSTIN                  NORTHWESTERN 3 RB16
* JACKSON, LAMAR               LOUISVILLE 4 QB10
JACOBS, LEON                        WISCONSIN 9 LB20
JAMERSON, NATRELL        WISCONSIN 11 DB56
* JAMES, DERWIN                FLORIDA ST 11 DB57
* JAMES, RICHIE                   MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST 4 WO16
* JEFFERSON, MALIK          TEXAS 9 LB21
JEWELL, JOSEY                     IOWA 9 LB22
JOHNSON, DANNY                SOUTHERN A&M 10 DB19
* JOHNSON, KERRYON       AUBURN 3 RB17
JOHNSON, TARON                WEBER ST 10 DB20
JONES, CHRIS                        NEBRASKA 10 DB21
JONES, JAMARCO                OHIO ST 1 OL17
JONES, JUSTIN                      NORTH CAROLINA ST 7 DL09
* JONES, RONALD                SOUTHERN CAL 3 RB18
JONES, SAM                            ARIZONA ST 1 OL18
JONES-SMITH, JARYD       PITTSBURGH 2 OL19
JOSEPH, MICHAEL              DUBUQUE 10 DB22
KALAMBAYI, PETER           STANFORD 9 LB23
KALU, JOSHUA                     NEBRASKA 11 DB58
* KELLY, JOHN                     TENNESSEE 3 RB19
KELLY, KAM                          SAN DIEGO ST 11 DB59
* KEY, ARDEN                       LOUISIANA ST 8 DL38
KING, JAMARCUS               SOUTH CAROLINA 10 DB23
* KIRK, CHRISTIAN            TEXAS A&M 4 WO17
KISER, MICAH                      VIRGINIA 9 LB24
LACY, CHRIS                          OKLAHOMA ST 4 WO18
LANDRY, HAROLD              BOSTON COL 8 DL39
* LASLEY, JORDAN             UCLA 4 WO19
LAULETTA, KYLE                RICHMOND 5 QB11
LAZARD, ALLEN                   IOWA ST 4 WO20
LEE, TANNER                        NEBRASKA 5 QB12
LEONARD, DARIUS             SOUTH CAROLINA ST 9 LB25
LEONARD, RICK                   FLORIDA ST 2 OL20
LEWIS, TYQUAN                   OHIO ST 8 DL40
* LITTON, CHASE                 MARSHALL 5 QB13
LOONEY, JAMES                   CALIFORNIA 8 DL41
LOTULELEI, LOWELL         UTAH 7 DL10
MADDOX, AVONTE              PITTSBURGH 10 DB24
MADISON, COLE                   WASHINGTON ST 2 OL21
MALONE, K J                          LOUISIANA ST 2 OL22
* MARTIN, TJ                          WASHINGTON ST 4 WO21
* MATA’AFA, HERCULES    WASHINGTON ST 8 DL42
MAYFIELD, BAKER               OKLAHOMA 5 QB14
* MCCLOUD, RAY-RAY         CLEMSON 4 WO22
MCCRAY, MIKE                       MICHIGAN 9 LB26
MCDERMOTT, K C                  MIAMI-FL 2 OL23
* MCFADDEN, TARVARUS   FLORIDA ST 10 DB25
MCGLINCHEY, MIKE             NOTRE DAME 2 OL24
* MCINTOSH, R J                     MIAMI-FL 8 DL43
* MCKENZIE, KAHLIL           TENNESSEE 7 DL11
* MEEKS, QUENTON              STANFORD 10 DB26
MICHEL, SONY                        GEORGIA 3 RB20
MILLER, ANTHONY              MEMPHIS 5 WO23
* MILLER, KOLTON               UCLA 2 OL25
MITCHELL, STEVEN             SOUTHERN CAL 5 WO24
*MOORE, D J                            MARYLAND 5 WO25
MOORE, J’MON                      MISSOURI 5 WO26
MOORE, KAM                          BOSTON COL 10 DB27
MOORE, SKAI                          SOUTH CAROLINA 9 LB27
* NALL, RYAN                          OREGON ST 3 RB21
NEAL, SIRAN                           JACKSONVILLE ST-AL 11 DB60
* NELSON, NICK                     WISCONSIN 10 DB28
NELSON, QUENTON             NOTRE DAME 2 OL26
NICHOLS, BILAL                   DELAWARE 7 DL12
NICKERSON, PARRY            TULANE 10 DB29
NNADI, DERRICK                  FLORIDA ST 7 DL13
* NORTON, KENDRICK        MIAMI-FL 7 DL14
NOTEBOOM, JOE                   TEXAS CHRISTIAN 2 OL27
NWOSU, CHENNA                 SOUTHERN CAL 9 LB28
O’DANIEL, DORIAN              CLEMSON 9 LB29
OKORAFOR, CHUKS            WESTERN MICHIGAN 2 OL28
OKORONKWO, OBO             OKLAHOMA 9 LB30
*OLIVER, ISAIAH                  COLORADO 10 DB30
O’NEILL, BRIAN                    PITTSBURGH 2 OL29
PARKER, BRANDON            NORTH CAROLINA A&T ST 2 OL30
PARRIS, TIMON                     STONY BROOK 2 OL31
* PAYNE, DA’RON                  ALABAMA 7 DL15
PENNY, RASHAAD                SAN DIEGO ST 3 RB22
PETTIS, DANTE                      WASHINGTON 5 WO27
* PETTWAY, KAMRYN         AUBURN 3 RB23
PHILLIPS, CAM                       VIRGINIA TECH 5 WO28
PHILLIPS, DARIUS                WESTERN MICHIGAN 10 DB31
PHILLIPS, HARRISON         STANFORD 7 DL16
PHILLIPS, SKYLER                IDAHO ST 2 OL32
* PINEIRO, EDDY                   FLORIDA 1 PK07
PRICE, BILLY                           OHIO ST 2 OL33
PRINGLE, BYRON                  KANSAS ST 5 WO29
PUGH, JAKE                            FLORIDA ST 9 LB31
QUESSENBERRY, SCOTT   UCLA 2 OL34
* QUINN, TREY                       SMU 5 WO30
RAGNOW, FRANK                 ARKANSAS 2 OL35
RANKIN, MARTINAS            MISSISSIPPI ST 2 OL36
REDFIELD, MAX                     INDIANA-PENN 11 DB61
* REED, D J                                KANSAS ST 10 DB32
* REID, JUSTIN                        STANFORD 11 DB62
RICHARD, DEMARIO            ARIZONA ST 3 RB24
* RICHARDSON, WILL          NORTH CAROLINA ST 2 OL37
* RIDLEY, CALVIN                  ALABAMA 5 WO31
ROBERTS, STEPHEN              AUBURN 11 DB63
* ROBERTSON, KOREY          SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 5 WO32
ROLLAND-JONES, JA’VON   ARKANSAS ST 8 DL44
* ROSEN, JOSH                          UCLA 5 QB15
ROTIMI, BUNMI                       OLD DOMINION 8 DL45
RUDOLPH, MASON                 OKLAHOMA ST 5 QB16
SAM, CHRISTIAN                     ARIZONA ST 9 LB32
SAMUELS, JAYLEN                 NORTH CAROLINA ST 6 TE12
SANDERS, DOMINICK           GEORGIA 11 DB64
SCALES, TEGRAY                     INDIANA 9 LB33
* SCARBROUGH, BO               ALABAMA 3 RB25
* SCHULTZ, DALTON             STANFORD 6 TE13
SCOTT, J K                                 ALABAMA 1 PK08
SCOTT, JALEEL                       NEW MEXICO ST 5 WO33
SENAT, DEADRIN                   SOUTH FLORIDA 7 DL17
SENAT, GREG                           WAGNER 2 OL38
* SETTLE, TIM                          VIRGINIA TECH 7 DL18
SHELTON, COLEMAN          WASHINGTON 2 OL39
SHEPHERD, NATHAN          FORT HAYS ST 7 DL19
SHIMONEK, NIC                    TEXAS TECH 5 QB17
* SMITH, ANDRE                   NORTH CAROLINA 9 LB34
SMITH, BRADEN                   AUBURN 2 OL40
* SMITH, ROQUAN               GEORGIA 9 LB35
SMITH, TRE’QUAN               CENTRAL FLORIDA 5 WO34
* SMITH, VAN                         CLEMSON 11 DB65
SMYTHE, DURHAM             NOTRE DAME 6 TE14
* SPEAKS, BREELAND        MISSISSIPPI 8 DL46
* ST BROWN, EQUANIMEOUS   NOTRE DAME 5 WO35
STALLWORTH, TAYLOR    SOUTH CAROLINA 7 DL20
STEWART, M J                       NORTH CAROLINA 10 DB33
STREET, KENTAVIUS          NORTH CAROLINA ST 8 DL47
STROMAN, GREG                  VIRGINIA TECH 10 DB34
SULLIVAN, CHANDON       GEORGIA ST 10 DB35
SUTTON, COURTLAND       SMU 5 WO36
* SWEAT, JOSH                      FLORIDA ST 8 DL48
* TATE, AUDEN                      FLORIDA ST 5 WO37
TAYLOR, ROD                        MISSISSIPPI 2 OL41
TELLER, WYATT                   VIRGINIA TECH 2 OL42
THOMAS, CHAD                    MIAMI-FL 8 DL49
THOMAS, IAN                         INDIANA 6 TE15
THOMAS, J T                          OKLAHOMA 10 DB36
THOMAS, JORDAN              MISSISSIPPI ST 6 TE16
THOMAS, MATTHEW          FLORIDA ST 9 LB36
THOMAS, ROC                        JACKSONVILLE ST-AL 3 RB26
* THOMPSON, TRENT         GEORGIA 7 DL21
TOLIVER, HENRE’                ARKANSAS 10 DB37
* TOLIVER, KEVIN                LOUISIANA ST 10 DB38
TOTH, BRETT                         ARMY 2 OL43
TOWNSEND, JOHNNY        FLORIDA 1 PK09
TRIPUCKA, SHANE              TEXAS A&M 1 PK10
TURAY, KEMOKO                 RUTGERS 9 LB37
UHATAFE, LEKA                   UTAH 2 OL44
VALDES-SCANTLING, MARQUEZ   SOUTH FLORIDA 5 WO38
* VANDER ESCH, LEIGHTON   BOISE ST 9 LB38
* VEA, VITA                              WASHINGTON 7 DL22
VICTOR, AZEEM                    WASHINGTON 9 LB39
WADE, D’MONTRE               MURRAY ST 10 DB39
WADLEY, AKRUM                 IOWA 3 RB27
WALKER, TREY                      LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 11 DB66
WALLACE, LEVI                     ALABAMA 10 DB40
* WALTON, MARK                 MIAMI-FL 3 RB28
* WARD, DENZEL                  OHIO ST 10 DB41
WARNER, FRED                     BRIGHAM YOUNG 9 LB40
* WARREN, CHRIS                TEXAS 3 RB29
WASHINGTON, JAMES       OKLAHOMA ST 5 WO39
WATTS, ARMANI                    TEXAS A&M 11 DB67
WEAH, JESTER                       PITTSBURGH 5 WO40
* WEATHERSBY, TOBY        LOUISIANA ST 2 OL45
WEBB, DAMON                      OHIO ST 11 DB68
WELLS, DAVID                       SAN DIEGO ST 6 TE17
WELSH, SEAN                         IOWA 2 OL46
WHITE, KA’RAUN                 WEST VIRGINIA 5 WO41
WHITE, KYZIR                       WEST VIRGINIA 11 DB69
WHITE, MIKE                         WESTERN KENTUCKY 5 QB18
* WHITEHEAD, JORDAN   PITTSBURGH 11 DB70
* WICKER, JOJO                    ARIZONA ST 8 DL50
WIENEKE, JAKE                   SOUTH DAKOTA ST 5 WO42
WILKINS, JORDAN             MISSISSIPPI 3 RB30
* WILLIAMS, CONNOR      TEXAS 2 OL47
WILLIAMS, DARREL          LOUISIANA ST 3 RB31
WILSON, CED                        BOISE ST 5 WO43
*WILSON, EDDY                  PURDUE 7 DL23
WILSON, JEFF                      NORTH TEXAS 3 RB32
WIMS, JAVON                       GEORGIA 5 WO44
WINBUSH, ANTHONY      BALL ST 8 DL51
WINSLOW, RYAN                PITTSBURGH 1 PK11
WOODSIDE, LOGAN          TOLEDO 5 QB19
WORLEY, CHRIS                 OHIO ST 9 LB41
WYNN, ISAIAH                    GEORGIA 2 OL48
YIADOM, ISAAC                  BOSTON COL 10 DB42
YOUNG, KENNY                  UCLA 9 LB42
YOUNG, TREVON               LOUISVILLE 8 DL52

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2018 Scouting Glossary

Scouting Glossary
Draft Insiders’ Digest – 27th Season
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Scouting Glossary:

Agility vs. Speed Numbers – Take the 40 yard time of player and subtract .05 and that is what his short shuttle should be. If it is slower, then he is faster than quick. If it is faster, then he is quicker than fast.

Alley – Hole to run through, usually with blocks not only at the line, but also at the second level.

Anchor – Used to describe a lineman’s ability to stand and hold his ground and not be moved.

Arm/Hand punch – A skill used by offensive lineman to get into a defender with his hands and stop their charge.

Back shoulder – the shoulder of a closely-covered receiver that is farthest from the defender covering him

Back side – the side of the center away from which the ball carrier is going; also called “off” side

Bail – movement a cover defender aligns as if to bump a receiver then quickly drops back when the snap occurs

Balance – ball carrier ability to resist getting knocked down when hit by a would-be tackler

Balanced line – offensive line with a guard and tackle on each side of the center

Ball control – play calling designed to get a first down rather than a bigger gain

Ball hawk – A defender who has a knack for disrupting passes. This type of defensive player has outstanding instincts in the passing game, leading to interceptions and pass breakups.

Base block – offensive line block in which the blocker pushes the nearest defender away from the point of attack. Usually in bubble dive, bubble lead and power plays where the C gap is not occupied by a defender

Base defense – defensive alignment used most often by a team; may also have a personnel dimension to it; often used when the offense has 1st & 10. Other defenses are typically defined by the coach in question as modifications of the base defense; an offense that operates at a hurry-up tempo typically hears the opposing coaches and linebackers yelling “Base! Base!” because they do not have time to call a different defense between plays.

Bend and burst – A pass rusher’s ability to turn the corner on a speed rush by maintaining balance and body control.
Bird dogging – A QB’s tendency to lock on one primary receiver, tipping off savvy defenders.

Blast (Iso play – Isolation) – Inside running play where the ball carrier follows the fullback, who blocks the middle linebacker one on one.

Blind side – QB’s non-throwing-arm side; when set to pass, he faces the sideline on his passing-arm side and has his back to the other side preventing him from seeing a rusher coming from that direction. In the NFL, the offensive tackle who plays on a QB’s blind side is considered extra critical during pass plays.

Blitz – This occurs when a defender other than a DL rushes the passer. The concept is generally to outnumber the blockers the offense leaves in to protect the QB. The element of surprise and mismatches are crucial.

Zone Blitz – This occurs when a non-DL rushes the passer and a DL drops back into coverage and the defense plays zone pass coverage. Popular today in the NFL.

Blockers
In-Line Blocker – When a player, generally a TE, is better at blocking players right at the LOS rather
than in space. Generally, these type players are bigger and do better when the block requires more
strength than agility.
One Gap – Defensive system where DL attack off the ball and cover a single gap.
Two Gap – Defensive system where interior DL are each responsible for two gaps. Requires bigger,
stronger players.

Blocking in Space – This is when an offensive player has to go after a defender, usually a OLB or DB, in space. It requires the offensive player to be more mobile and also to be able to hit a moving target. It requires a blocker to move fluidly and maintain contact and body control.

Block tackle – poor tackling technique, i.e., not wrapping the arms around the ball carrier, rather, trying to knock the ball carrier down with nothing but a shoulder block

Body catcher – A receiver that catches the ball in his body rather than snatching it with his hands. Body catching can lead to deflected balls and consistent dropped passes.

Body Lean – Standard ball carrier position, pitched slightly forward, shoulder pads centered above knees. Proper body lean keeps the pad level low and momentum moving forward.

Boundary – the side of the offensive formation where the distance from the ball (before the snap) to the sideline is shortest, as in “the X will always align to the boundary when we are in this formation;” also known as the short side.

Break Down – the ease in which a player gets into the proper playing position, knee bend, wide base etc.

Bubble – refers to the yards between the first and second levels of the defense.

Bubble screen – screen-pass play in which an offensive player initially aligned in the offensive backfield, including a wing or a tight end, immediately runs outward while a screen of blockers is formed by wider receivers

Buck – old-time word for a running back running straight into the line; now called a dive play.

Bucket step – first step of an offensive lineman or back in which he steps at about 4 o’clock or 8 o’clock. The purpose is to begin moving toward the sideline; backward angle is to clear away from an adjacent player in the case of a lineman or for timing purposes in the case of a back. Same as kick step.

Bull Rush – straight ahead, power rush.

Bump and Run – pass coverage technique in which the defender aligns on the inside shoulder of the receiver and immediately strikes him when he first moves. Designed to prevent or delay the release of the receiver on a pass route. Also called press, tight coverage, or bump and run.

C – the gap between the offensive tackle and tight end. Letter used to designate a cornerback in a diagram of a defense. Abbreviation for center.

Catch-tackler – A defender who does not strike through a ball carrier when tackling. A defensive player who accepts contact rather than delivering it.

COD – Change of direction

Check release/ route – running-back pass route that is run only after checking to make sure the back’s pass-blocking responsibility is not blitzing

Chip – similar to brush block only with more force and slightly more duration.

Choice route – pass route in which the receiver decides whether to break north, south, east, or west depending upon the initial movement of the defender closest to him. The QB sees the same defender movement and anticipates correctly which way the receiver will break and throws to him. Called sight adjustment.

Chuck – momentary hit designed to temporarily delay a player from going where he wants to go.

Clearing route – a pass route that is designed to clear an area of the defense.

Climbing the pocket – A QB’s ability to step up in the pocket while under pressure from outside rushers.

Cloud – zone pass coverage in which corners cover passes to the flat. Both cornerback and cloud start with the letter C. Opposite of “sky” coverage, also called “invert”.

Cloud Coverage – corner support coverage. It’s when you high-low the #1 receiver.

Comeback – pass route in which the receiver breaks back toward the line of scrimmage, usually to the outside.

Combination Block – Block on one defender carried out in unison by two offensive linemen.

Contain – each side of all defenses has a player assigned contain responsibilities. That means he is not to allow a blocker or ball carrier from the inside to get outside of him. Usually done by a lineman in a two-point stance or by a linebacker or defensive back at higher levels.

Contain rush – outside-in pass rush by a contain man to prevent the QB from scrambling or dashing out to his side. Contain pass rusher must take a slightly circuitous route to the passer so he comes in from the side, not from the QB’s front. Sound defenses have a player on each side assigned this responsibility

Cornerback – defensive back who covers pass zones on the outer edges of the field or who covers quick receivers who align at the outer edge of the offensive formation. In some defenses, a corner from one side will go over to the other side and cover a slot back.

Corner over – a defensive-alignment rule which has a cornerback go to the other side of the field to cover a slot receiver when there is no wide receiver on his side of the field.

Coverage – either the defensive backs and linebackers or the scheme in which they are utilized.

Cover 0 – pass defense in which all pass defenders are in man coverage. Required when six defenders are rushing.
Cover 1 – pass defense in which all pass defenders but one are in man coverage. The one not in man coverage is usually a free safety who plays a zone defense in which his zone is the entire field. Required when five defenders are rushing; also called “man free” or “man under”.

Cover 2 – zone pass defense with two deep safeties who are responsible for the two deep halves of the field

Cover 3 – zone pass defense where the field is divided into three deep zones which are covered by the free safety (middle) and two corners (sides)

Cover 4 – zone pass defense where the field is divided into four deep zones which are covered by the two safeties (middle) and two corners (sides). Often called “quarters”.

Cover 5 – same as nickel defense

Coverage recognition – offensive drill in which the receivers and quarterbacks practice recognizing the pass coverages (i.e., man, zone, or combination) of the defense and adjusting appropriately to them.

Coverage sack – sack of the QB that takes happens after about 3 seconds after the snap. Caused by inability of the passer to find an open receiver because of excellent pass coverage on the receivers.

Counter – offensive misdirection play involving several steps by the ball carrier and possibly other backs away from the actual point of attack, before he changes direction to go toward the actual point of attack, often involves a pulling lineman who either pulls or executes a trap block. Usually attacks the C gap with the counter trey is one of the most famous plays of this type.

Crab – blocking technique in which the blocker gets down on all fours and shoves the defender sideways with his ribs by shuffling all four limbs in that direction. Only legal in the free-blocking zone

Crackback block – inward block by an offensive player who initially aligned out wide on a defender who initially lined up in the box. Illegal if below the waist. Blocker must take care to avoid blocking the defender in the back

Cross block – two-person block in which the outer offensive lineman blocks inward on the first defensive lineman to his inside while the inner offensive lineman next to him allows the outer offensive lineman to pass, then blocks outward on the first defensive lineman to his outside. The outer offensive lineman always goes first because he is blocking the innermost and therefore most-dangerous-to-the-early-phase-of-the-play defensive lineman. Typically used to block at the point of attack in a strong-side power play or a weak-side B gap lead play.

Crossover step – a lateral step in which the player steps with the foot away from the direction he is going; sometimes used by offensive backs for maximum distance and speed on their first step or to begin a sequence of steps which requires them to cut a particular direction on a particular step. Opposite of open step. Not recommended for players who are near opposing players or for backers reacting to flow.

Curl – deeper version of a hook

Cushion – vertical distance between the receiver and the defender who is covering him. A tight cushion indicates that a fade route or other deep route has an increased probability of success while a large cushion suggests an underneath pass like a hitch, comeback, or slant would work.

Cutback – change of direction by ball carrier when he goes to one side of the center then changes direction heading toward the other side of the center. In some plays gets linebackers moving fast toward initial flow of the offensive backfield. Wide-pursuit assignments must include at least one defender who is responsible for stopping a cutback. Word is often accompanied with “against the grain”.

Cut Block – Block thrown below the knees. Illegal starting in 2016 season
Delayed release – departure of a pass receiver on a route after blocking, typically for a one-or two-count. Purpose is to get the defender responsible for covering the receiver or zone in question to conclude the receiver is not going to run a route on this play and abandon covering him or the zone in which the route will take place. Receivers generally need to be disciplined to get them to wait the required amount of time before releasing. Generally important part of a counter boot play.

Diamond – old defensive formation the full name of which was seven-diamond. It had seven defensive linemen and four guys behind them arrayed in the shape of a diamond, that is, one guy shallow, two guys at medium depth and one guy deep. Mainly unsound,

Dig – shallow or intermediate depth cross route.

Dime back/ package – defensive back substituted into a game in a passing situation to replace a linebacker thereby resulting in a defense with six rather than the five defensive backs of a nickel package.

Double coverage – pass coverage in which two pass defenders cover one receiver.

Double slot – one-back, balanced, offensive formation with no tight ends, two split ends, two slot backs, and a single running back aligned behind the QB and center. This can screw up modern defenses that are used to and designed for a pro set.

Double team – block or pass coverage of one guy by two guys. The double-team block requires a particular technique, not just the addition of a second guy.

Down Block – block thrown from the outside inward across a defender’s feet to cut off his pursuit angle, as opposed to a straight ahead block.

Downhill – Back with good body lean who attacks the line of scrimmage quickly. In coaching, it is the course that attacks the line of scrimmage hard, as opposed to course in which the ball carrier reads the defense or waits for blocks.

Drag – shallow pass route in front of and across the middle of the offensive formation. Often combined with a delayed release by the receiver.

Draw – running play in which a QB drops back as if to pass then suddenly gives the ball to a running back standing next to him or runs with it himself. If a fake run followed by a pass is a “play-action pass” then the draw could be called a “pass-action play”.

Drive block – one offensive player trying to push one defensive player away from the offensive point of attack.

Drop – QB’s initial steps on a drop-back pass play. Always an odd number – common drops are 1-step and 3-step at all levels and 5- at the HS and higher levels and 7- and 9 at the college and pro levels.

Drop Step – An initial short backward step used on many inside runs, drop stepping with the foot opposite the direction of the play gets the ball carrier into better position to quickly attack the line of scrimmage.

East-west – parallel to the yard lines. Toward the sidelines; ball carriers should generally avoid running east-west unless they are much faster than anyone on the defense.

Edge rusher – outside pass rusher who rushes on the edge of the offensive line.

Eight-man front – a defensive formation that has eight defenders in the box. Typically a 4-4 or 5-3. The word “front” does not mean the line. It means both the line and the linebackers.

Empty – an offensive backfield with no running backs other than the quarterback behind the offensive interior line, also called “no back”.
Explosive – Different things to different positions. You want DL to have explosive quickness. You want
WR/DBs to be explosive in and out of cuts. You want LBs to be explosive hitters. Usually a combination
of quickness and power that allows the player gain a fast advantage.

Explosive Index Workout Numbers – Add the Broad Jump, Vertical Jump and Bench Press and if the
number is 70 or more, that is a good explosive number.

Finish the run – correct ball-carrier technique in which a ball carrier who no longer has any daylight to which to run lowers his shoulder and explodes into defenders to gain a few more yards before he is tackled.

Fire – code word that tells scrimmage-kick (punt or field goal) team players that there has been a bad snap or muffed snap. Designated players then run pass routes so the ball carrier can pass to them. Defensive play call word for blitz as in “Mike fire” means to blitz the Mike linebacker.

Fit Position – Proper blocking stance is: Head up, butt down, knees bent, legs spaced, and back flat. This is a must for Fullbacks and Pass Blockers.

Five Technique – defensive lineman that aligns with his nose on the outside shade of an offensive tackle with greater responsibility to stop the run than rush the passer. An ideal 5-technique is in the 6-4, 280 lb. range with 4.9 speed.

Flag route – pass route now called a corner route, the original name stems from the fact that the corners of the end zone were marked by springs that had a flag on them. These have been replaced by day-glo pylons for safety reasons.

Flanker – a wide receiver who aligns one yard off the line of scrimmage on the strong side of the offensive formation, because he is off the line. Permitted to go in pre-snap motion and can be facing any direction at the snap.

Flattens Out – a defender who turns in on the QB.

Flow – Two backs moving in the same direction at the snap.

Fluid in the Hips – player can turn his body with a fluid motion, usually reflects a defender turning back to defend a pass.

Fly – run full speed usually to the ball after a play has been diagnosed by the defense. Pass route that goes straight up the field and is also called a streak or go route.

Forklift – A pass-rushing maneuver in which the defender uses both hands to drive a blocker back into the QB’s lap.

Front – a number of defenders in the box; many mistakenly think it refers only to the front line of the defense. It refers to both the front line and the linebackers.

Freeze – Hesitation for one beat at the snap. It is a technique used in some option offenses and on draw plays, as defenders mistakenly think the ball carrier is preparing to pass block.

Funnell – Hole on sweep or pitch created by a blocking cornerback toward the sideline while pinning other defenders inside.

FF – Forced fumble

FR – Fumble recovery

Gathers – means when a player slows down in order to read himself, usually to change directions.
Gets through trash – A positive trait where a defender is able to sort through a group of players to get to the ball and make the tackle. Demonstrates instincts, agility and awareness.

Gets down the LOS – DL must pursue the football on plays away from them. One part of this is chasing plays down the line of scrimmage. A fast or quick DL can get in on plays away from him and still come up with a TFL if they take good angles and use initial quickness.

Gunner – wide defenders on NFL punt team assigned to immediately go to the punt returner on the snap. Under NFL rules, only two players may go downfield before the ball is punted with receiving teams generally assigning one or two defenders to prevent each gunner from leaving as soon.

Halves – pass coverage scheme in which each safety has to cover half of the field.

Hands Catcher – A receiver will reach out and catch the ball away from his body.

Hat Level – Term referring to how low a ball carrier keeps his helmet to maintain leverage and give defenders a smaller target. It includes running with knees bent, feet properly spread (shoulder width) and good body lead. Ideally, the ballcarrier should keep his helmet about 60 inches from the ground.

Height/Weight – A player listed at 6045, 232 is 6’4 5/8 and 232 lbs. Players height is measured in 8ths of an inch. 5110 is just 5’11. 5113 is 5’11 3/8. We round up and down.

High Cut – High waisted, having long legs and a short upper body.

High motor – Exceptional effort and energy. Relentlessness.

Highest point – altitude at which a receiver or pass defender ought to catch a pass when an opposing player is in the vicinity. The phrase is used by coaches to teach players that when they are not alone, it is a “jump ball” situation and must make sure they out jump the opposing player.

Hitch – pass route in which the receiver runs straight upfield at full speed as if going deep then stops and comes back toward the QB to catch a pass that was thrown before he stopped. Typical hitch pass would have the receiver take five steps then come back while the passer was doing a three-step drop and throwing on time on the third step. Best when the defense is giving the receiver a large cushion.

Hook – pass route in which the receiver goes straight downfield around five steps then abruptly comes back toward the passer.

Hook Block – action of an offensive lineman positioning himself in front of a defender and preventing him from getting outside, often done by a tight end on an outside linebacker. Also called a seal block.

Hook and lateral – offensive trick play in which a receiver runs a hook pattern and after catching the ball, laterals it to a teammate who is running around him to the outside. Also called a flea flicker.

Hot route – a pass route run by a receiver as a result of a designated defender rushing the passer; because no offensive player is assigned to block that rusher. Passer must throw “hot,” that is, very quickly to a receiver who runs a replacement route to the spot the rusher vacated thereby sitting in the opening, replacing the defender there.

Hugging the Double Team – Maneuver in which ballcarrier stays close to double-team block to get into optimal position to find the hole and run to daylight.

INT – Interception

Inside-out pursuit – one or two defenders must be assigned to stop cutbacks by ball carriers. They stay a yard or so inside a ball carrier who is running wide. Usually done by linebackers.

Inside trap – misdirection offensive play like a counter only the misdirection usually involves only one or two steps and the point of attack is usually the A or B gap. Outside of hole is blocked with a trap block and especially effective against an overly hard charging defensive lineman.

Iso – short for isolation play, same as lead play.

Jab Step – Hard step at the start of a play in opposite direction to what the ballcarrier will run. Used to freeze defenders keying on the running back, allowing blockers to get into better position. Often the first step in a counter play.

JAG – An unflattering term used to describe a fringe player – as in “just another guy”.

Jump Cut – Sudden cutback in the openfield. Ballcarrier hops sideways to avoid the defender but must stay low to avoid losing leverage and exposing ball.

Kick-out block – fullback off-tackle block that blocks the defender outward. Correct response by defender is to attack the fullback’s outside jersey number with his inside shoulder.

Kick step – same as bucket step.

Kick and slide – The technique used by offensive tackles in which they kick step and shuffle to stay in front of a pass rusher.

Knee Action – Running style that requires pumping knees to generate power. Most effective when running through the line of scrimmage.

Knee bender – A player who bends his knees rather than his waist; a positive characteristic, especially for offensive lineman.

Landmark – It is the Location the ballcarrier must reach before setting course upfield. The landmark could be a block (Key off OG/OT double team) or a point on line of scrimmage (Aim for outside hip of the TE).

Lead – offensive play in which a fullback goes through a bubble to block a linebacker followed by a ball carrier. Also called an isolation, iso, or blast play. Used to describe a type of option play in which an offensive back goes around the end ahead of the ball carrier to block for him.

Lead option – speed-option play in which the pitchback has a lead blocker.

Leverage player – stays low to the ground to get under an opponent’s pads.

Linebackers – teaching LB’s in 3-4 defense. It is best to teach all the LB’s on your team (vets as well as rookies) the ILB position first before moving them to outside. This teaches them all the run fits and is the best way to teach a defense. In addition, it allows you to cross train and see who can play ILB or not in the event of injury.

Light in the pants – A player that is considered undersized in the lower body. Not strong or powerful enough to get movement.

Long Striders – takes long steps instead of short, quick steps and moves slower in and out of his breaks but usually good long/vertical speed.

Look-in – a slant pass route with no stem. Receiver runs inside at a 45-degree angle starting on his first step after the snap

Loop – defensive stunt in which a linebacker blitzes through a gap that is one or two gaps away from where he was aligned before the snap

LOS – Line of Scrimmage

Loses in Transition – usually a defensive back who loses space and speed as he turns back to the ball.

Low burn – A player that exhibits little, if any, emotion. Displays a lack of intensity.

Man – type of blocking or pass coverage. In man blocking, the offensive player is assigned to block a particular defender by position and he must block that defender no matter what path the defender takes. In man pass coverage, the defender is assigned to cover a particular receiver and must cover him no matter where he goes as long as the play is still be a pass play to that receiver. Called man-to-man.

Man Coverage Sacks /Zone Coverage Interceptions – there is a direct correlation to the amount of sacks and interceptions a defense gets to how much man or zone coverage you play. When you are in man coverage, you get more sack opportunities but less interception opportunities. When in zone coverage, you get less sack opportunities, but more interception opportunities.

Man under – see “cover 1”. The word “under” is superfluous. There is no such thing as “man over”.

Maximum protection (Max protect) – having backs and/or tight ends pass block instead of running pass routes. Solution when the number of possible pass rushers exceeds the number of blockers available.

Mike – nickname of defensive linebacker position than starts with M like middle linebacker or monster.

Misdirection play – a type of offensive play that seems to head in one direction, then goes in another. Reverses, traps, and counters are misdirection plays. It can involve faking to one back going one way and giving to another back going another way or may involve change of direction by a back.

Monster – word used by some coaches as the position name for the strong safety or an inside linebacker
More fast than quick – Self-explanatory. Some players take a second to get going, but run very well once they have a little momentum. Quickness usually creates space.

Most dangerous man (MDM) – common blocking assignment. Vague term but may be necessary in some downfield blocking. Should be replaced with a more specific assignment whenever possible, especially in the blocking of defensive linemen and linebackers.

Motor – The way to describe how hard a guy plays. Lawrence Taylor was very explosive, in addition a relentless non-stop motor. This is the ultimate compliment when a guy is referred to as “high motor” guy.

Move the pocket – an offensive play design in which the protection for the passer is located other than the usual area straight behind the center.

Muff – touching the ball by a receive-team member during a failed attempt to catch a kick. It may be recovered, but not advanced, by the kicking team.

Nickel back – defensive back substituted into a game in a passing situation to replace a linebacker thereby resulting in a defense with five rather than the normal four defensive backs.

Nickel package – the whole defense when a nickel back has been substituted for a linebacker.

North-south – perpendicular to the yard lines and toward the goal line. Ball carriers should generally follow a north-south path as much as possible even to the extent of charging through defenders when necessary. Opposite of east-west. A ball carrier who runs north-south is sometimes called a “salmon” after the habit of salmon to swim upstream.

Nose, nose-guard, or nose-tackle – defensive lineman who aligns on the offensive center or in the gap on either side of the center. The presence of a nose of any of the three types means the defense has an “odd” alignment and an odd number of defensive linemen.
Off Man Coverage – man to man coverage where a defender is backed off the line of scrimmage, as opposed to tight bump and run coverage.

On the hoof – Initial impression of a player at first glance.

Open Step – Initial step toward the sideline in the direction the play is going.

Out – a pass route that goes straight upfield then outward toward the sideline. At times the outward route comes slightly back toward the line of scrimmage.

Outside zone play – see zone play

Over – alignment of a player on the other side of the center from where he normally aligns. Usually refers to a cornerback who aligns on the other side of the center because there is no wide receiver on his side and there is more than one wide receiver on the other side or an interior lineman who aligns on the other side of the center thereby creating an unbalanced line.

PBU – Pass break-up

PD – Pass defensed

Package – group of players or formations and plays. Personnel package might be a pass-defense oriented group of players suited to run a nickel/dime pass defense.

Passing tree – a diagram of all of a team’s pass routes along with their names. Necessary to put the wide receiver routes on one page, the tight end routes on another and the running back routes on a third. It is called a “tree” because most routes have a “stem” above which the routes branch out in different directions at different depths. Slight variations between the passing trees of different teams, though there are more similarities than differences

Pattern – group of individual pass routes used in combination during a particular play. A single receiver runs a pass route, but only two or more receivers can run a pass pattern.

Peelback block – block by a receiver who is downfield against a defender who is closer to the line of scrimmage. Usually the play involves a completed pass to a receiver who is less deep than the blocker or a wide running play. The effectiveness of the block is enhanced by the fact that the defender is focused on the ball carrier and does not expect a blocker to come from deeper downfield. Illegal if below the waist. The blocker must take care to avoid blocking the defender in the back.

Penetration – movement by a defender past the offensive line into the offensive backfield. It blows up some plays like the option, traps and counters

Peter – a word yelled out by a coach to a punt receiver to tell him not to touch the punt.

Pick – an illegal offensive pass pattern in which one receiver blocks the defender covering another pass receiver in order to enable that receiver to get open. Also slang for interception.

Plays until he hears glass break – Positive trait. Goes until the play is over and the whistle is blown.

Plays with his pads too high – Loses leverage by playing too upright.

Playing Under Your Pads – good base and weight balance so as to not overextend.

Pluck/Snatch – When a receiver can quickly move his hands into the air and grab a pass.

Play action – a pass play which starts with a fake running play.

Playside – the side of the center to which the ball carrier is going.

POA/ Point of attack – This is the spot of the defense where a running play is supposed to go. A good defensive player will be strong or stout at the POA and hold up the OL or lead blocker, thus causing the RB to alter his route or slow down.

Possession receiver – receiver who is used frequently to gain the third-down yardage needed to get a first down thereby enabling his team to retain possession of the ball for another series.

Post – pass route in which the receiver cuts inside at a 45-degree or smaller angle after a stem of typically eight yards. So-called because the change of direction puts the receiver on a path toward the goal post. Common route for the middle of three deep receivers against cover two.

Post-corner – pass route in which the receiver fakes a post route momentarily before cutting outward at a 45-degree angle toward the corner of the end zone. Previously called post-flag route because the corners of the end zones were marked with flags mounted on springs.

Power play – offensive lead play that attacks the strong-side C gap. Blocking schemes vary according to coach choice and/or alignment of the defense. Also called off-tackle play.

Pre-snap read – visual evaluation of the alignment and personnel of the defense by the QB or other eligible receiver including running backs prior to the snap. The purpose is to make preliminary decisions about where to go or where to throw the football and/or for the QB to call an audible.

Press – same as bump pass coverage

Pressure Points – Four places on the ball that need to be secured:
1.) Outside top of the ball held firmly with the thumb and index finger.
2.) Inside tip help by the 3 other fingers.
3.) Outside panel secured by biceps
4.) Back panel secured by body.

Prevent defense – defense which has an abnormally high number of defensive backs who often align deeper than normal and a fewer number of pass rushers. Usually used late in the half or game by a leading team against an offense that is outside the red zone. It makes sense to get into a bend-don’t-break, defensive configuration that is optimized to stop big plays.

Pro set – an offensive two-back formation with a tight end and flanker on one side of the center and a split end on the other.

Protection (Pro) – blocking for a play that keeps the ball in the offensive backfield for an extended period of time compared to a normal running play.

Pull – movement by an interior offensive lineman in which he steps slightly backward on his first step while turning 90 degrees then runs along the line of scrimmage to block a distant defender.

Pursuit – movement by all defenders either to designated locations or to the ball after a pass has been thrown, a ball carrier has broken contain, or a tackle has been begun. Precise pursuit includes each defender taking correct paths and angles as well as moving at maximum speed. Good pursuit is a manifestation of a disciplined, well-coached team.

QAB – Quickness, Agility, Balance. This is a key term in regard to judging a player’s movement skills. There are a lot of moments in a game when a player has to make awkward movements. Reaching to make a block, tightroping the sideline or changing direction while pursuing a shifty RB. Scouts need to be able to rate a player’s ability to move under these type circumstances.

Quarters – cover 4 pass defense.
Quick receiver – a receiver who aligns on the line of scrimmage or no more than one yard off the line of scrimmage and outside of the offensive line. Backs in the backfield are not quick receivers. All other receivers are quick receivers

Quick side – weak side.

Quick twitch – A positive. Refers to a player who possesses reflexive muscles that make him more explosive and able to react quickly.

Rag dolled – A player that is easily discarded or tossed around.

RS – Return Specialist – Both a KOR and PR
KOR – Kickoff Returner
PR – Punt Returner

Reach – a type of block in which the offensive player tries to get his helmet to the outside hip of the defender in question. Zone play in which the QB hurries to the running back who is running from the tailback position to the outside edge of the offensive line. QB typically has to reach by extending his arms full length to get the ball to the ball carrier in time. This play typically uses reach or tandem blocks by the playside offensive linemen.

Read – action in which a football player watches one or more opponents in order to make a decision on what he should do next. QBs reading defenders in order to tell whom to throw to or whether to throw at all. Defenders reading behavior of offensive players in order to diagnose an offensive play and the QB’s decisions on whether to give the ball to a back, keep it, or pitch it when running the option play.

Read and React – read the keys of a developing play, and diagnose what is about to happen.

Recovery Speed – the ability of a defensive back to quickly close on the ball or opponent.

Reduced front – defensive line alignment where the defensive end and defensive tackle move inward on the weak side compared to where they would line up on the strong side. The defensive end is on the outside shoulder of the weak side offensive tackle and the weak side defensive tackle is in or shaded into the weak side B gap.

Red zone – from the goal line to the 20 yard line on the defending team’s side of midfield, requires change in tactics by both offense and defense because of the inability to run deep pass routes.

Release – a departure of a pass receiver from his pre-snap position to his pass route. Generally not applied unless the defender is in tight, press or bump-and-run pass coverage which means he is trying to prevent or delay the receiver from releasing. Receivers practice release techniques for escaping such defender tactics.

Replacement route – a pass route in which the receiver replaces a particular defender by running to the spot vacated by the defender when he departed to rush the passer.

Reverse – offensive misdirection play in which a ball carrier goes many steps in one direction then hands or pitches the ball to a quick receiver running the opposite direction. Both inside or outside handoffs.

Rhythmic cadence – cadence in which the silence between words and numbers is constant rather than varying. Standard track and swim starting commands “ready, set, go” are a rhythmic cadence. Rhythmic cadence enables the offense to anticipate the start and thereby get an early start and advantage.

Rip – move by a defensive lineman or a receiver trying to escape tight press coverage. Involves ripping up with the arm closest to the blocker or bump pass defender to prevent him from holding or pushing,

Robotic – A term that describes a player who is not fluid in his movements, exposing his intended direction to defenders. The term typically is used to describe a wide receiver who runs stiff routes.

Roger – right, typically used for line calls or check with me to designate an overloading side of the line or which of two plays that can go left or right is to be used.

Roll-out pass – pass “drop” in which the QB runs medium speed backward and outward wide to one side and throws a pass on the run or after setting up. May involve a play-action run fake handoff.

Roll-up corner – cornerback alignment in which the corner has a small cushion vis a vis the receiver.

Route – pass path run by a single receiver. A pass route is distinguished from a pattern which is the combination of the several routes run by all the receivers on a particular play.

Route tree – diagram that shows all of the pass routes a team has and the name or number of each one. So called because it looks like a tree with the various cuts being branches. Some route trees overlay all the team’s pass routes on one sheet of paper. Others separate into three separate route trees for the wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs because each has a different tree.

Rover – used by some coaches as the position name for a linebacker, often the weak-side inside linebacker

Rub – pass route in which one receiver deliberately gets in the way of, but avoids touching, the defender covering a fellow pass receiver. Legal version of the illegal pick play.

Run and shoot – offense that relies on choice or sight-adjustment passes. Receiver breaks away from defender after reading defender’s initial movement while QB sees the same movement by the defender and anticipates which way the receiver will break from practice experience. Neither receiver nor QB know before the play starts which way the receiver will break. Invented by Glenn Ellison and/or Mouse Davis.

Run-pass option – offensive play in which QB or other ball carrier rolls out to the side and has the option to run or pass the ball on the run.

Run through – lateral movement by a linebacker who changes direction and runs through a gap in the offensive line in an attempt to tackle a ball carrier in the backfield for a loss.

Run To Daylight – Directive to run to where the defenders are not.

Run Behind Pads – runs with good form, base and balance without overextending.

Run-and-chase player – Defender who is at his best pursuing ball carriers from the back side of the field.

Rush end – defensive end whose main job is to rush the passer.

Scrape and Sift – The way a linebacker avoids blockers, as opposed to taking them on.

Screen Passes – work better vs. zone coverage because vs. man coverage there is a guy assigned to the RB or WR to see him leaking out for the screen pass.

Safety valve – pass route typically for a running back in which he moves to a spot near the QB in case the passer cannot find a receiver in a more desirable location to throw to.

Salmon – a ball carrier who “swims upstream,” same as a north-south runner.

Sam – nickname for positions starting with the letter S like strong-side inside or outside linebacker or strong safety.

Scat – pass protection in which a running back is assigned to block one possible rushing linebacker or safety and another potential rushing linebacker or safety is dealt with via a hot pass if he also rushes. Also used in the phrase scat back to describe a small, quick running back.

Scheme – offense, defense, and special teams play books.

Scoop – block by an offensive lineman on a linebacker pursuing from the backside. Because the linebacker is moving laterally upfield from the lineman, he must lead the defender, that is, go to a spot ahead of the linebacker as one would lead a skeet in skeet shooting.

Scout report – written analysis of video of upcoming opponent’s recent games, reverse engineering of upcoming opponent’s play books plus identification of tipoffs, strengths and weaknesses of opposing personnel, opponent tendencies. A team’s weekly game plan is based on the scout report for the game.

Scout team – players on your team who pretend to be the upcoming opponent during the week of practice before playing that team. They align in the formations of the upcoming opponent and run the opponent’s offensive, defensive, and special teams plays they derive from the scouting report.

Scramble – QB running with the ball after first trying to pass. Usually impromptu but may be planned in the case of a QB who is a very good runner.

Scramble block – same as crab block

Scramble drill – pass routes that receivers are assigned to run when the QB cannot throw on time and must scramble behind the line of scrimmage.

Scrape – lateral movement by a linebacker in pursuit of a running play.

Screen pass – pass that does not cross the line of scrimmage. “Screen” refers to a line of offensive line blockers who deliberately let defensive players through then form in front of receiver to lead him downfield. Deceptively hard to throw and must be practiced against air because your own scout team will become too good at recognizing it.

Scrimmage down – down that begins with a snap and the defense permitted to be on the edge of the neutral zone.

Seal – generally refers to an offensive lineman getting in the way of a linebacker who wants to pursue a wide play laterally.

Seam – a border between two pass defense zones. Pass route, usually for a tight end or back out of the backfield, in which the receiver runs upfield along the seam between a cover-3 free safety and corner.

Second level – the second level of the defense starting with the defensive line (first level), the linebackers (second level) and the defensive backs (third level).

Sees ghosts – A term used to describe a QB who imagines pressure that doesn’t really exist. This is also referred to as displaying a lack of poise.

Self-scouting – analyzing your own team as you would an opponent looking for tendencies and weaknesses.

Separation – receiver getting away from a defender who is trying to cover him.

Set – To hold still in your final pre-snap stance. Offensive or defensive formation.

Setting the Edge – defender’s ability to set his feet in the ground, sink his hips and anchor vs the run.

Set recognition – defense team drill in which a scout offense aligns in the formations of the upcoming opponent and the defense practices aligning correctly against the scout offense formations. Includes shifts and motion where the upcoming opponent employs those tactics. The scout offense runs no plays, just formations, shifts, and motions.

Settle – a receiver slowing down or stopping at the seam in a zone pass defense. Also called throttle down.

Seven-man front – a defensive formation that has seven defenders in the box. Typically a 4-3 or 3-4 set.

Shade – an alignment by a defensive player in which his nose is lined up with something other than the gap between offensive linemen or the noses of offensive linemen.

Shift – change in alignment by any offensive player or players who did not have at least one hand on the ground. All offensive players must be set for one second after the shift before the ball can be snapped.

Short field – possession of the ball in the opponent’s half of the field.

Short side – the side of the offensive formation where the distance from the ball (before the snap) to the sideline is shortest. Also known as the boundary.

Short trap – a trap play in which the pulling trap blocker passes only one of his teammate interior linemen enroute to his blocking target.

Shotgun – a type of snap in which the center snaps the ball several yards back on a lob trajectory without looking at the snap target as he does it. His head is up as with a QB-under-center snap so he can see the defender he needs to block.

Shovel pass – very short forward pass usually to a receiver who is still in the offensive backfield and moving sideways

Shuffle – moving laterally by sliding the foot on the side the player is going outward then bringing the other foot close to that foot without crossing the legs. Used by linebackers and sometimes defensive backs to move laterally because it allows them to change direction quickly if necessary. One or Two lateral steps in the backfield, usually before an interior run, that puts the back in better position to receive the handoff and attack the hole perpendicular to the line of scrimmage.

Shuffle/ Shuffle pass – misspelling or more accurately, a malapropism, of shovel pass. The word “shuffle” sounds like “shovel,” but you have to not think about the source of the word to confuse the two. Shovel bears resemblance to the movement involved in the pass. Shuffle, which means to move sideways without crossing your ankles, has no resemblance to the shovel pass play.

Skeleton – competitive passing drill using no interior linemen and possibly fewer than five eligible receivers. Most common skelly format is 7-on-7 drills.

Skinny post – post pass route where the angle of the cut is significantly less than 45 degrees.

Sky – zone pass coverage in which safeties cover passes to the flat. Both safety and sky start with the letter S. Opposite of cloud coverage which has the corner cover the flat.

Slant – a pass route in which the receiver goes inward at a 45-degree angle, usually after a short stem, typically, three steps. Diagonal charge path taken by a defensive lineman or linebacker.

Slide – pass protection in which the offensive linemen step in the same direction and the running back goes in the opposite direction and blocks at the other end of the line.

Slip Screen – A quick developing screen pass in which the back runs to a point on the line of scrimmage vacated by a pass rushing end or outside linebacker, then turns to receive a pass, then cuts upfield.

Slow Screen – Traditional screen pass in which the back sets as if he is pass blocking, then drifts to a spot behind a wall of blockers.

Slot – area between the interior offensive line and the wide receiver.

Sluggo – slant and go pass route.

Smash – compliance pass pattern sometimes erroneously called a route. Series of shotgun formation diagrams that has one to three wide receivers on each side of the formation and showed patterns in which the widest receivers generally ran hitches, the second-widest receivers generally ran in a little, then straight upfield, then outward, and the number three receiver from the outside in, usually a back, ran shallow route across the middle.

Spearing – using the top of the helmet as a battering ram when blocking or tackling. Illegal and extremely dangerous to the player who does it.

Speed cut – 90-degree turn by a receiver using two 45-degree step. So called because the receiver can make the turn faster using two 45-degree steps than he can using one 90-degree step.

Split – short for line split. Also distance between a wide receiver and the nearest interior lineman or tight end.

Split backs – offensive formation with two backs aligned behind the guards or tackles at a depth of about four yards, characteristic of the veer triple-option offense. Often a tipoff that a drop-back pass play is coming when employed by non-veer-option teams.

Split end – a quick receiver who aligns on the end of the line of scrimmage on the weak side of the offensive formation and away from the interior line.

Split Side – wide side of the field. Also known and the field side.

Spread – precise term that seems to refer to one-back or no-back offenses accompanied by the use of the shotgun snap and no tight end. Usually involves three or four receivers.

Spread-option – spread with use of the option running play added.

Sprint draw – trick play in which the QB sprints out to one side. Running back stands motionless with his dominant hand behind his back and as the QB passes the back, he slips the ball into the back’s hand. After remaining for a one count, the back takes off running away from the direction of the QB.

Sprint-out pass – pass “drop” in which the QB runs fast backward and outward (bellies back) wide to one side of the and throws a pass on the run.

Spy – defender who is assigned to cover one offensive player, often a QB who likes to run with the ball.

Stacked Alignment – defensive alignment where a linebacker plays directly behind a defensive lineman.
Also a wide receivers aligned one directly behind the other.

Stalk block – open field, above-the-waist block usually made by wide receivers on defensive backs.

Stay Square – stay in front of an opponent.

Stem – Initial portion of a pass route in which the receiver runs straight upfield before cutting. During the stem, the receiver tries to make the defender think he is running a streak route.
Straight Line Player – runs well in straight line, though struggles to change directions.

Streak – Pass route in which the receiver runs straight upfield from his pre-snap position. Sometimes called a go route or fly route. Also a #9 route.

Stretch – Running play most strongly associated with modern zone blocking offenses. The ball carrier takes a course slanting toward the sideline while reading blocks and choosing to plunge straight into a designated gap, then turn inside, where defenders are often out of position or bounce it outside in search of more running room.

Strong – some coaches use this word to describe an offensive backfield alignment in which the fullback aligns offset to the strong side typically behind the strong guard or strong tackle or B gap.

Strong side – usually the side with the tight end in a pro offensive set. Some coaches define the strong side differently against other types of offensive formations, the side with the most quick receivers. If the offensive formation has two tight ends or no tight ends, double slot or ace, coaches often refer to the field or wide side as the strong side. If the offensive formation is balanced and in the middle hash position so that there is no field side, most coaches designate the offense’s right-hand side as the strong side on the grounds that most people are right-handed and therefore prefer to execute football plays to their right.

Stud – a very good football player who looks like a football player is supposed to be.

Stunt – defensive rush that takes an unusual path or has unusual timing.

Support – run defense by defensive backs.

Sweep – offensive play that goes deep in the offensive backfield in the case of the toss or pitch sweep or shallow in the offensive backfield in the case of a fake-dive handoff sweep.

Swim move – A pass-rushing technique in which a defender uses an arm-over maneuver (resembling a freestyle swimming stroke) to get past a blocker at the line of scrimmage. Involves swinging the arm closest to the opponent downward to prevent the blocker from holding or pushing the player.

Swing – running back pass route in which the back loops out and away from the line before turning toward the line of scrimmage at which time the pass is thrown to him. Often done as a check off route, that is, the running back checks for a blitz by his assigned protection blocking target then runs a swing route if his man does not blitz.

Switch – defensive end and outside defensive back swtich responsibilities when slotback, flanker, or split end cracks back on defensive end preventing him from fulfilling his contain responsibilities. Defensive end then covers the crack back blocker in case he goes out for a delayed release pass and defender who was covering the crack back blocker takes over contain responsibilities.

Tampa 2 Defense – two deep coverage with the subtle difference being the depth in which the mike linebacker has to get on coverage to create almost a cover 3 look. Monte Kiffin is credited as the inventor. Kiffin actually plays lots of man coverage on first and second down. He plays mostly Tampa 2 looks on third downs, especially on third and long. He also likes to run lots of corner blitz looks.

Tandem – combination of a defensive lineman and a linebacker stacked behind him.

Tandem block – block by two offensive linemen in which they initially double-team a defender toward the play side, then, depending upon the behavior of a linebacker behind the defender they are blocking, one of them leaves the double-team block and goes upfield to block the linebacker leaving the other member of the double-team block to block the defensive lineman alone.

Tendency – a habit of running a certain play or defense more than 50% of the time in certain situations. Teams study opponents’ down-and-distance and formation tendencies and when they find a correlation between a situation or formation, they teach it to their players and coaches and respond accordingly in the game plan and in the game. The opposite of tendencies would be random selection of plays and defenses. Always using the same offensive formation eliminates any formation tendencies.

Third level – defensive backs area of the field.

Three Technique – defensive lineman who lines up on the outside shade of the guard (in the B gap) and is considered to be the centerpiece of a 4-3 defense. The ideal 3 technique defender is very quick and possesses better than 4.95 speed and able to penetrate through one gap. Also known as an under tackle.

TFL – tackle-for-loss

Throttle down – Same as settle.

Tip off – behavior by a team on the field or on its sideline that indicates a greater-than-50% probability that a particular play is about to be run. It can include substitutions, alignment of one or more players, where a player looks when he hears the play, body language leaving the huddle.

TRF /Transfer – players who transfer from one college to another.

Trail – when a running play goes toward the D gap on one side of the offense, one defender on the back side of the play must trail it in case the play is a reverse. The job usually goes to the backside contain man. Sometimes, the trail man follows the ball carrier while looking for another prospective ball carrier coming at the first to receive a handoff or pitch. Simply having the trail man “stay home,” that is, remain in place while looking for a reverse play coming back toward him. The trail man’s job is to stop the reverse

Trap – block or play involving such a block on the outside of the point of attack in which the blocker is a lineman who pulls out of the line on the snap and blocks his target lineman outward from the inside.

T-Rex Arms – receiver arms configured like those of a tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur, that is, with the elbows bent less than 90 degrees and held close to the body. Criticism aimed at a receiver who should have extended his arms fully to catch a ball within his reach but who kept his elbows near his body to protect himself against an expected collision with a defender. T-rex arms cause the receiver not to catch a catchable pass. Same as ‘Alligator arms’.

Trey – three receivers on one side when used to describe a formation. Typically, a team will use trey to refer to one type of three-receivers-on-one-side formation and trips to refer to a different such formation.

Triangle numbers – Size, speed and strength.

Trips – offensive pass formation in which there are three quick receivers on one side, usually a tight end, a slot back, and a flanker on the strong side.

Twins – offensive formation in which the weak side has a split end and a slot back.

Twist – defensive line stunt. The defensive equivalent of the offensive cross block. Used to confuse offensive lineman as to whom they are to block or to make it harder for them to block their assigned man.

Two-way go – excusing an outside pass rusher from contain duties thereby allowing him to choose whether he wants to take an outside or an inside path against the blocker trying to stop him. Typically only done when the QB is a lousy scrambler.

Tweener – A player that falls between two NFL positions in a gray area, such as either a defensive end or outside linebacker, defensive end or tackle, corner/safety due to size, speed and scheme factors.

Two Deep Coverage – zone coverage where each safety is responsible for half of the deep portion of the field. This requires a safety to have a lot of range being able to cover receivers to the deep outside.
Two Gap – refers to the ability of a defensive lineman to cover two gaps in the offensive line.

UDFA – Undrafted free agent.

Umbrella defense – pass defense originated in 1950 by New York Giant defensive coordinator Tom Landry. Defensive ends had the option of dropping into pass zones

Upback (U) – offensive back who aligns just behind the A gap in a spread punt formation or offensive back who aligns just behind the interior offensive line in a single wing formation.

Vertical stretch – offensive receiver or decoy who runs a deep pass route to force a defender to cover that area of the field.

Vision – ball carrier ability to see daylight and cut to it, as opposed to tunnel vision. Runners who lack vision run into piles of players when there was an open running lane on either or both sides of the pile. This is either because of tunnel vision or inability to cut sharply enough to go to the open lane.

Waist-bender – Offensive lineman who doesn’t bend his knees when engaging defenders which limits his balance, strength and makes him more susceptible to counter moves. Loses leverage easily.

Walkaway – defensive alignment in which the defender is at a 45-degree angle inside a wide or slot receiver. Used to prevent the receiver from running a quick slant or look-in pass route.

Wall blocking – the best blocking scheme for them is to try to stay in place with zero or very tight line splits and block the area where they stand regardless of whether any defender tries to come there.

Wall off/ Seals blocks – to use body to create a wall so the defenders can not penetrate lanes.

Weak – some coaches use this word to describe an offensive backfield alignment in which the fullback aligns offset to the weak side typically behind the weak guard or weak tackle or weak B gap.

Weak side – usually the side away from the tight end in a pro offensive set

West Coast Offense – horizontal passing game, shorter pass routes with less vertical shots downfield. Easier passes to throw and complete. Using the short pass as an extension of the running game.

Wheel route – running back runs sideways out of the backfield then runs straight up the sideline deep. The connection between the sideways and straight-up-the-sideline legs is in the shape of a quarter circle.

Wide pursuit – pursuit by all defenders of a ball carrier who has broken contain and gotten outside the hash position of the tight end on the play side. The backside contain man is assigned to trail the ball carrier looking for a possible reverse. Most defenders are assigned to get outside the runner taking angles appropriate to their speed and position. Other defenders are assigned to pursue the ball carrier from the inside so as to prevent his cutting back “against the grain” move.

Wide side – the side of the offensive formation where the distance from the ball (before the snap) to the sideline is greatest, also known as “the field”.

Will – weakside linebacker

Wing – offensive back who is one yard off the line of scrimmage and one yard outside the nearest interior offensive lineman or tight end to his inside.

Work the Edges – when a defensive lineman works the fringes instead of attacking a blocker straight ahead.

Wired to blocks – when a defender cannot disengage from an opposing block.
Wrong shoulder – block-shedding technique in which the blocking target hits the blocker with the shoulder on the side away from where the blocker is coming. This necessitates turning to face the blocker if he is a pulling lineman. Many coaches do not allow this technique.

X – one of the quick receivers, most often used as the name of the split end but sometimes the tight end.

Y – one of the quick receivers, most often used as the name of the tight end.

Yards after catch – yards gained by a receiver between where he caught a pass and where he was tackled, went out of bounds, or scored a touchdown.

Z – one of the quick receivers, most often used as the name of the flanker.

Zone blitz – “blitz” in which a defensive lineman drops back into zone pass defense instead of rushing. In contrast to normal blitz which requires the defense to be in a man pass defense because there are not enough defenders who are not rushing to cover all the necessary zones. In a sense, a zone blitz is not a blitz because instead of increasing the number of rushers as is normal with a blitz, only the position of the rushers is changed. One of the defensive linemen does not rush but drops into a short zone instead and a linebacker or back rushes in his place. Requires an agile quick lineman who can also play pass defense.

Zone blocking – offensive line blocking scheme described below under zone play. Not to be confused with area blocking, although many coaches do just that by using the phrase zone blocking to mean the same as area blocking, probably because zone blocking was an interchangeable phrase with area blocking prior to the invention of the zone play.

Zone play – Extremely common, relatively new, one-back offensive play type in the 1990s and 2000s at the college and pro levels. Typically consists of two plays: inside zone that is sometimes called belly and outside zone sometimes called stretch. All linemen take their first step to the play side trying to reach the defensive linemen. This typically results in two or more double-team blocks. During the block, one member of each double team is to abandon the double-team block and block a linebacker. The member of the double-team does that is a function of the success each member of the double team is having with the defensive lineman. Basically, the defensive lineman must be blocked first and it is to be done by whichever of the two offensive linemen double-teaming him can get the job done as determined by the position he has achieved in relation to the defensive lineman as the play unfolds. Then the unneeded offensive lineman goes up to block whichever linebacker he can. In the outside zone play, the offensive lineman who blocks a linebacker blocks the next linebacker to his inside from the outside in. In the inside zone play, he blocks the first linebacker on or outside him inside out. This offensive-line blocking scheme is very similar to the tandem or combo block except that in those blocks, it is preordained that the inside offensive lineman will end up blocking the defensive lineman and the outside offensive lineman will end up blocking a particular linebacker. The zone-play blocking is more fluid and who blocks whom is determined during the play according to who can get the defensive lineman in question and which linebacker the remaining offensive linemen have good blocking angles on. The ball carrier has a different, more inside landmark to run towards in the inside zone from the outside zone. The running back is to run “slow to the hole and fast through the hole.” That is because he is to read the blocks of the offensive linemen on the linemen and linebackers and cut to daylight wherever it is. In the inside zone play, a cutback to the other side is likely and there is no pre-designated point of attack to run to. The point of attack is chosen by the ball carrier based on what he sees as the play unfolds. This requires a ball carrier with vision and linemen who can work together. The theory of the play is that the defense is generally aligned in a sound defense before the snap, but that if the entire offense starts running to one side or the other, the defensive alignment will break down, thereby opening up running lanes. The offensive linemen are to block whom they can the direction they can and the running back is to see the resulting lane and run through it.

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