NFL Draft 2018 – Denzel Ward and Jaire Alexander Head Strong Class of Cornerbacks

NFL Draft 2018 –
Underclassmen Head Strong Cornerback Class 

Cornerbacks – Grade: B+
     Frank Coyle – Head Scout

  Positional Overview:

        CB Jaire Alexander – Louisville

This year’s cornerback class is another excellent group of cover men which is both exceptionally deep and top heavy. There are a few blue chips expected to go at the top of the 1st round, with many through the top 50 overall selections. Six juniors head are prospect rankings with Denzel Ward and Jaire Alexander at the top of the class. They will probably be selected in the top 10-25 overall picks. Ward is also the best athlete at the position and has the skill set and versatility to start immediately. He is another in a long line of Buckeye corners to enter the NFL recently with most highly successful early in their careers. Alexander is a well-developed cover man with an early starting grade. He will probably be selected in the top 15-20 choices. Mike Hughes, Carlton Davis and Josh Jackson could all go in the top round or early 2nd round. Isaiah Oliver, Anthony Averett and Donte Jackson are highly regarded corers and probable mid-2nd day picks off strong 2017 performances. Averett comes off an excellent final season which probably earns him a top 50-60 selection. This is a deep group that will supply many NFL starters well into the 3rd day of the process. There could be at least 10-12 prospects selected in the top 100 choices. There will probably be 15-18 prospects selected in the top 150 picks. There should be a run on corners from the mid-1st round through the early 3rd day. This is an exceptionally strong group of underclassmen which improved the quality of this class. This class has exceptional depth and will provide a number of middle round steals like Duke Dawson, M.J. Stewart and Isaac Yiadom. This position has annually provided the most overall selections and should once again. This class could supply as many as 35 total prospects and another 40+ high priority FA. Small college defenders, Davontae Harris is highly regarded from the lower level and carries a potential starting grade. This deep crop of corners will supply a huge group of big corners with some versatility to also slide to safety in the nickel and dime   packages.

NFL Teams in need:
1 Patriots             5 . Giants
2. Dolphins        6. Redskins
3. Cowboys         7. Bears
4 Seahawks        8. Chiefs

NFL Premier Player
Patrick Peterson
Blue Chip – Denzel Ward
Blue Chip – Jaire Alexander
Red Chip – Mike Hughes
Rising –  Donte Jackson
Falling – Tarvarus McFadden
Underrated – Anthony Averett
Overrated – Isaac Yiadom
Sleeper – Davontae Harris
Boom/Bust – Holton Hill
Biggest Upside – Isaiah Oliver
Hidden Gem – Tony Brown
Over drafted – Kevin Toliver

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Denzel Ward
Best Man Cover – Denzel Ward
Best Zone Cover – Mike Hughes
Best Run support – Carlton Davis
Best Tackler – Anthony Averett
Hands – Joshua Jackson
Best Intangibles – Anthony Averett
Ball Instincts – Mike Hughes

 Top Cornerbacks

1 * Denzel Ward – Ohio St
2 * Jaire Alexander – Louisville
3 * Mike Hughes – Central Florida
4 * Carlton Davis – Auburn
5 * Joshua Jackson – Iowa
6 * Isaiah Oliver – Colorado
7 Anthony Averett – Alabama
8 * Donte Jackson – LSU
9 * Kevin Toliver – LSU
10 Duke Dawson – Florida
11 * Tarvarus McFadden – Florida St
12 Tony Brown – Alabama
13 M.J. Stewart – North Carolina
14 Davontae Harris – Illinois St
15 Isaac Yiadom – Boston College

NFL Draft – CBS Radio Show with Frank Coyle and host Andy Gresh

CBS Radio Broadcast with NFL scout Frank Coyle and CBS host Andy Gresh – NFL Draft 2018 – Pro Prospects

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Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Biletnikoff, Thorpe, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Ridley, Kirk and Moore Head Wide Receiver NFL Draft Class

NFL Draft 2018 

   Wide Receivers – Grade: B

by Frank Coyle / Publisher

NFL Teams in need:
1 Ravens             5 Jets
2 Cowboys         6 Lions
3 Giants              7  Cardinals
4. Rams              8 Titans

Positional Overview:
This year’s group of receivers is a quality class that is not top heavy with blue chip prospects. It does not rank with the recent groups over the past decade, though is a deep position that will provide many NFL starters and playmakers. The addition of numerous underclassmen enhances this class significantly with many of the top 15 players from that group. This class should produce starters into the 3rd day of the NFL Draft. Calvin Ridley and Christian Kirk are blue chip prospects who probably come off the board from the middle of the first round. They will begin a run of at least 10-12 prospects chosen in the top 100 overall choices. D.J. Moore, D.J. Chark and Courtland Sutton could hear his name called late in the 1st or early 2nd rounds. James Washington, Anthony Miller, Deon Cain and Equanimeous St. Brown are solid 2nd day players. This especially deep group should also provide many return specialists, such as Kirk and Dante Pettis. Possibly 20-25 receivers from this position in the top 200 overall picks. The underclassmen will once again play a huge factor for this position with many of our top 150 prospects from that designation. There are a few fast rising prospects like Deon Cain, Tre’Quan Smith and DaeSean Hamilton moving up quickly off impressive postseasons. Highly regarded relatively unknown prospects like Korey Robertson and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will probably go in the early part of the 3rd day and capable of becoming pro playmakers. There will probably be at least 30-35 chosen over the three-day event in another strong deep receiving class.

Wideout Rankings

1 Calvin Ridley – Alabama
2 Christian Kirk – Texas A&M
3 * D.J. Moore – Maryland
4 Courtland Sutton – Southern Methodist
5 D.J. Chark – LSU
6 James Washington        – Oklahoma St
7 Anthony Miller – Memphis
8 * Deon Cain     – Clemson
9 * Equanimeous St. Brown – Notre Dame
10 Dante Pettis     – Washington
11 * Tre’Quan Smith – Central Florida
12 Michael Gallup – Colorado St
13 DaeSean Hamilton – Penn St
14 * Simmie Cobbs –  Indiana
15 J’Mon Moore – Missouri

NFL Draft – Quarterback Prospects – Frank Coyle on WOR New York Radio with Pete McCarthy

NFL Draft – Quarterback Prospects –

Frank Coyle on WOR New York Radio with Pete McCarthy

NFL Draft – Top QB Prospects

Frank Coyle discusses the top QB prospects for the NFL Draft 2018 – Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield.

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Jets Move Up to #3 Overall Shakes Up NFL Draft 2018 – Giants in ‘Catbird Seat’ with the #2 Draft Choice

Jets Move Up to #3 Overall Selection Shakes Up NFL Draft 2018
Giants in ‘Catbird Seat’ with the #2 Draft Choice

Frank Coyle – Head Scout/Publisher

The Jets’ GM Mike Maccagnan pulled off a St. Patrick’s Day blockbuster trade that will have major repercussions in the early selections of the NFL Draft 2018. The Jets’ major deal will affect several teams’ draft strategy, including the Browns, cross town rival the Giants, Broncos, Bills and possibly the Colts again.

The Jets sent the 6th overall pick to the Colts 1st round pick, for the 3rd overall selection. The Jets surrendered three #2 picks – two this year #37 and #49 plus their 2nd round pick in the NFL Draft 2019. It was an excellent move by Maccagnan that puts the Jets in a position to get at least one of the top three QBs at worst in this talented class. Virtually every draft move into the top five choices for a franchise caliber QB always includes a #1 pick the following year. Maccagnan wisely retained the Jets #1 selection next year. He benefitted from having another early pick #37 plus the #49 pick obtained in the trade that sent DL Sheldon Richardson. That deal helped leverage the move to #3 overall this year. Richardson left Seattle after one season and recently signed a one-year deal with the Vikings.

The Browns hold the key to the top four with both the #1 and #4 overall selections. They are reserved to select a QB with one of the choices and waiting to the 4th overall pick would be risky considering the QB need at both the top of the draft, in addition to several other clubs looking for their future starter. They were burnt just two years ago when they traded out of the #2 overall pick with either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz guaranteed on the board. The Eagles landed Wentz and he is their franchise guy going forward with great early reviews despite the late 2017 injury. The Browns are once again back to the drawing board at QB. With that disastrous decision still vivid in their memory, they are very committed to add the QB now and most likely with their top selection. They did overspend and use a #3 pick this year on stop-gap vet QB Tyrod Taylor. The Giants are actually in the ‘Catbird Seat’ at the #2 overall pick. New GM Dave Gettleman is a savvy personnel man with a history with the Giants and instrumental in their recent two Super Bowl teams. He loves value and knows the impact of their last #2 overall pick, Lawrence Taylor had on the franchise for over a decade when they won their first two Super Bowl titles. Their current presence at #2 puts a lot of pressure on the Browns to select a QB with the top pick. The Browns also love running back Saquon Barkley and have considered him at #1 overall, but the Carson Wentz debacle set the franchise back at least three years if not a decade. With the Bills, Broncos and Cardinals still actively trying to move into the top five, the Browns can not afford to lose the #1 QB prospect.

The Giants have many needs and will entertain all offers. The Browns and Bills have multiple top 100 selections, including both teams holding two #1’s along with Cleveland holding three and Buffalo two #2 choices. That’s ammo for moves into the top five with next year’s #1 the final leverage to close any deal. Giants love Barkley and will not hesitate to use the #2 overall pick to select the blue-chip back. With a trade with Cleveland at #4, the Giants probably lose Barkley and would have to like their 3rd ranked QB or another blue-chip prospect to make the deal. The Browns have Barkley high on their list and landing him and a top QB could be franchise changing moves. Their high multiple selections have produced a 0-16 club and the top overall selection again.

The Jets have struggled landing a franchise type QB since the days of Joe Namath. Consequently, they have been a perineal non-playoff club with a constant changeover of the coaching and front office staffs. The St. Patricks’ day draft deal puts them in a position to land the rookie QB they want to lead the franchise and allow him to sit initially. The Jets added young QB Teddy Bridgewater (25) in free agency plus resigned starter Josh McCown. Both signed one-year deals at fair value contracts. Jets hope Bridgewater wins the starting job in training camp after coming off a serious knee injury in August 2016. Maccagnan hopes to address their long-term plans with the 3rd overall pick, but the addition of Bridgewater gives the Jets a chance to capture lightning in a bottle if he proves healthy and returns to his 2015 playing form.

With five weeks until the NFL Draft 2018, the trading market has never been hotter. The Jets blockbuster trade forces the Bills to make a move and at the #12 and #22 picks, they will need to move into the top 10 to realize their QB. They may have to make two moves like the Eagles did to move to land Wentz. Bills will speak to the Colts who are interested in moving back for the right selections. The Colts hold the #6 pick from the Jets and will listen to the Bills who hold two selections in each of the top three rounds. The Broncos have been quiet since signing vet QB Case Keenum who is coming off a career performance with the Vikings. Denver does hold the #5 overall selection which keeps any bidder in the QB mix for the 3rd or 4th overall passer probably available.

The NFL Draft buzz continues to heat up with clubs trying to position themselves to land a blue-chip leader and QB. Stay tuned the upcoming decisions will have a broad base impact on the shape of the NFL divisional races for years to come.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Trading Period Sets Off Veteran Free Agency Market 2018

NFL Trading Period Sets Off Veteran Free Agency Market

For all the Trades for the NFL Draft 2018 go to www.draftinsiders.com

1st round
Buffalo and Cincinnati swapped the 12th and 21st picks OT Cordy Glenn

2nd round
Buffalo from LA Rams for WR Sammy Watkins

3rd round
Kansas City #3 and CB Kendall Fuller from Washington for QB Alex Smith
Buffalo from Cleveland for QB Tyrod Taylor

4th round
Miami from Cleveland thru Philadelphia for WR Jarvis Landry
LA Rams from NY Giants for LB Alec Ogletree
Kansas City from LA Rams for CB Marcus Peters
Cleveland and Green Bay swap 4th round picks for a swap of QB DShoneKizer & CB Damarius Randall

5th round
Seattle from Philadelphia for DE Michael Bennett
Cleveland and Green Bay swap 5th round picks for QB DeShone Kizer & CB Damarius Randall
Denver from LA Rams for CB Aqib Talib
LA Rams from Kansas City for CB Marcus Peters
Cincinnati from Buffalo for OT Cordy Glenn and swap of #1 picks

6th round
LA Rams from Buffalo for WR Sammy Watkins
LA Rams from NY Giants for LB Alec Ogletree
Buffalo from Cincinnati for OT Cordy Glenn

7th round
Philadelphia from Seattle for DE Michael Bennett

Denver from Minnesota for QB Trevor Siemian – teams swap 2018 and 2019 late round selections


NFL Salary Cap 2018 New Team Totals

NFL Salary Cap 2018 New Team Totals

New Salary Cap Per Team Reaches $177.2 Million Total

The NFL’s salary cap is set at $177.2 million per team in 2018, up from $167 million last year that is based on the league’s revenue. Though this is the 5th straight year the salary cap has increased by at least $10 million, the 6.11% increase is the smallest increase for the cap from year to year since 2013.

The NFL new league year starts March 14 with Free Agency and the Trading period the key areas of headlines.
There are three teams over the salary cap and must clear salary space by March 14th. The three teams that are over the cap are the Philadelphia Eagles ($11,210,390), Miami Dolphins ($8,874,165) and Kansas City Chiefs ($3,285,981).

The Cleveland Browns have the most room under the cap, with $108 million to spend in the Free agency market. The Browns hold both the #1 and #4 overall selections in addition to multiple other top 75 selections.

Last year, the salary cap increased by $12 million per teams when they went from $155.27 million in 2016 to $167 million. The jump from 2017 to 2018 marks the fifth straight year the cap has increased by at least $10 million over the previous year.

Free agency begins March 14

NFL Team – available Salary Cap Space 2018
Numbers from OverTheCap.com

Team salary cap total will undergo numerous changes with many players released over the next two weeks. New ‘Street’ free agents have annually become some of the most demanded players on the open market. Redskins’ QB Kirk Cousins will most likely be available next week and be the hottest free agent QB since Peyton Manning hit the open market in the 2012 postseason. Manning led the Broncos to a Super Bowl title, earning his second ring after an illustrious career with the Colts.

NFL Team Salary Cap Space 2018

Cleveland Browns: $108,692,537
New York Jets: $89,259,293
Indianapolis Colts: $72,700,202
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $69,775,263
San Francisco 49ers: $66,290,382
Chicago Bears: $62,546,933
Houston Texans: $62,383,067
Washington Redskins: $47,727,317
Minnesota Vikings: $47,630,443
Tennessee Titans: $45,974,068
Los Angeles Rams: $38,840,349
Cincinnati Bengals: $33,805,793
New Orleans Saints: $30,263,354
Jacksonville Jaguars: $29,048,410
Detroit Lions: $26,660,005
Carolina Panthers: $26,535,393
Buffalo Bills: $24,267,381
New York Giants: $23,036,234
Denver Broncos: $23,021,711
Los Angeles Chargers: $22,341,346
Arizona Cardinals: $20,236,238
Oakland Raiders: $17,355,013
Green Bay Packers: $15,674,151
Atlanta Falcons: $13,864,422
New England Patriots: $13,127,289
Seattle Seahawks: $12,609,911
Baltimore Ravens: $8,896,861
Pittsburgh Steelers: $5,119,024
Dallas Cowboys: $12,247
Kansas City Chiefs: $3,289,981
Miami Dolphins: $8,630,165
Philadelphia Eagles: $11,214,390

2018 Pro Day Schedule

2018 Pro Day Schedule

The NFL Combine 2018 is only a day old and the College Pro Day Schedule is out. It begins tomorrow with the national champion, the Alabama Crimson Tide holding their Pro Day. The Tide has actually held more than 1 Pro Day at times according to the injury status of certain players.

Different colleges will post additional Pro Days and we will add to the current schedule. Some teams will add a 2nd Pro Day if injuries or weather interfere with the original event.

DraftInsiders.com will post Pro Day results on the web site, email list and twitter account along in our 250 in-depth Scouting Reports in the Draft Insiders’ 2018 Yearbook

2018 Pro Day Schedule – Updated

March 12
Ft Hays St (Ks)
Hampton (Va)
Old Dominion (Va)
St. Francis (Pa)
Tennessee St

March 13
Jacksonville St
Kansas St
Richmond (Va)
Wake Forest

March 14
Arizona St
Virginia Tech

March 15
Oklahoma St

March 16
Central Michigan
Charleston Southern
Georgia Tech
James Madison
Oregon St

March 19
Bowling Green
Bucknell (Pa)
Fresno St
Penn U

March 20
Eastern Michigan
Florida State
Penn State
South Carolina
South Carolina St
Texas-San Antonio

March 21
Boston College
Illinois St
Southern Cal
Western Michigan

March 22
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Stanford )

March 23

Arkansas (March 26)
Iowa (March 26)

Iowa State (March 27)
Ole Miss (March 27)
Texas A&M (March 27)

Florida (March 28)
Mississippi State (March 28)
Texas (March 28)
UTEP (March 28)

March 29
Southern Methodist

South Dakota State (March 30)

Boise State (April 3)
LSU (April 4)
SMU (April 5)

NFL 2018 Scouting Combine Starts – Player Schedule

The NFL Scouting Combine – February 27 – March 5, 2018

The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine is here with the early part of the process underway with 336 draft-eligible players in attendance. This has become an annual event in Indianapolis, where they will go through the gauntlet of team and media interviews, physical and medical testing, and more. The results usually have a huge impact on their status for the upcoming NFL Draft.

On this 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.

NFL Scouting Combine – Feb 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

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