Pre Combine Top 32 2/21/18
Updated: 03/09/2018 5:55PM ET
, Penn State
HT: 5110 |
WT: 230 |
The Penn State running back is the perfect storm of running skills, receiving ability, and blocking mastery. He also returns kickoffs and demonstrated his tackling capability after an interception in the Nittany Lions’ recent come-from-behind win over Iowa. Here are some athletic numbers on Barkley from summer conditioning: bench press 455 lbs, squat 650 lbs, power cleans 405 lbs, 40-yard dash 4.33, short shuttle 4.00, vertical jump 38”, and broad jump 10’10”. The Coplay, PA native’s estimated height and weight are 5110, 230 pounds.
HT: 6003v |
WT: 216v |
Fifth-year senior and reigning 2017 Heisman Trophy winner has rewritten the Oklahoma record books. A testimonial to his consistency is his three trips to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist. A touchdown machine, a true dual threat with a competitive streak and passion for the game that couldn’t be higher. A Drew Brees clone coming out of college that not only includes accuracy, ball placement, decision making as well as the same hometown in Austin, Texas..Lack of height forces him to throw through passing lanes. Equally as accurate on the move as he is in the pocket, where he can be innovative and create opportunities on his own. Excels at hitting his target on the move whether he is rolling left or right. Shows nice touch on balls through traffic, fitting balls between different levels of the defense consistently.
HT: 6040 |
WT: 210 |
From Bellflower,Calif.Throws the ball with his feet under him. Always in an athletic position.Missed the final six games his sophomore year after shoulder surgery. Missed games over two years with concussion problems. Led the comeback win over Texas A & M in the first game with four touchdown passes and 296 yards in the fourth quarter overcoming a 35 point deficient. The athletic right handed passer features a snappy release and consistent accuracy. His receivers had several critical drops in numerous games last fall.
HT: 6010 |
WT: 203 |
From Old Bridge, New Jersey. The race for being the first overall defensive player selected in the 2018 NFL Draft is still very much up in the air. Without a dominant edge rusher stepping up via 2017 in-season performance, the focus may end up being on the most versatile defensive back in the nation.
Fitzpatrick, a true junior, has been a staple in the dominant Alabama defenses over each of the past three seasons. He is an equally effective cornerback and safety and with the way they use him, he legitimately projects to both spots in the NFL. His instincts and reaction times are off the charts, thus why the Alabama coaches try to put him as close to the action as often as possible. In coverage, Fitzpatrick can beat receivers up at the point of attack, stick to their hip pocket on underneath cuts, and run downfield with them. There is more than enough quick twitch to hang with the quickest of slot receivers and more than enough speed to run with deep threats. He has also proven to be a playmaker when the ball is thrown in the air, intercepting 6 passes in 2016 with plenty of return yards to boot.
, NC State
HT: 6030 |
WT: 275 |
Three-year starter and two-time team captain from Marietta, Georgia. The productive defender lines up at both right and left end in the Wolfpack 4-3 defense. Younger brother of Brandon Chubb of the Detroit Lions. Has good height, length, and bulk for the position. Good athletic ability with speed, explosiveness, quickness, and balance. Very good run defender who is gap disciplined and plays within the scheme. On the front side Chubb uses a good punch and presses the blocker with explosive play strength and quick hands to shed. On the backside he plays with good effort and has play speed to close. Very effective on slant and angle moves. Solid tackler but he struggles to come to balance and finish with a wrap tackle at times due to his high energy style of play. Must improve on playing the low cut blocks. High motor pass rusher. Has a good upfield burst to threaten the edge. Solid pass rush plan using both a club-rip, and a long arm move.
, Notre Dame
HT: 6050 |
WT: 330 |
Three year starter and captain from Holmdel, NJ. He is competitive, intense, patient, athletic, and explosive in his play at left guard for the Irish. The flexible and stout blocker locks up and controls his target. He moves his feet on contact and can root an anchor defensive lineman out of the running lane. This big man can really move. When he pulls he has good body control and recovery balance in space. He has also been noticed on tape driving a defender 10-plus yards down the field. In today’s football, pass protection is the most important skill of an offensive lineman and this wide-bodied junior has quickness, change of direction, and natural body control. He demonstrates attitude and aggression to engage initial contact with base, balance, and knee bend. Nelson plays square to shadow a rusher and anchor a bull rush. He is smart and aware enough to help his tackle and center as needed.
, Ohio State
HT: 5110 |
WT: 191 |
Smooth fluid pedal with effortless change of direction. Outstanding in transition in all directions. Very good lateral quickness with a burst to close. Sudden break on the ball with no wasted movement with the play in front of him. Outstanding ball skills for the pass break with good hand to the catch point. Fundamentally sound with good eye discipline in man coverage. Maintains focus on receiver and mirrors cuts where it looks like he is running the route. Rarely gets separated on a cut. Maintains inside leverage and is disciplined to react to the double move. Maintains cushion in off man and has a smooth turn and run. Does a good job in zone coverage with proper spacing on multiple routes in a zone. Does a good job zoning off and playing up to a shallow route. Some concern with tackling skill vs bigger receivers. Very good at locking down a receiver. Overall Ward is a solid cover corner with outstanding skill and technique. He projects as a starter who can be an elite player.
, Virginia Tech
HT: 6040 |
WT: 250 |
He is the real deal. Does it all. Solid in coverage with good technique and defensive back like break on the ball. Very good awareness. Can blitz off the edge and close. Excellent change of direction with no wasted movement. Can play in the box or on the edge. Instinctive with good techniques. Uses his hands well and can shed quickly and redirect off a block. Good length and power.
HT: 6040 |
WT: 225 |
A two year starter that could have used another year in college. His redshirt sophomore season was marred by bad decisions,poor footwork and a boat load of interceptions and fumbles.Careless with the ball. Inconsistent accuracy. A flash player that lacks smoothness and rhythm in the pocket. He threw into coverage on a regular basis. Lacks the accuracy,quick release and athletic ability of his college crosstown rival Josh Rosen. Concluded the last five games of his college career with six touchdown passes and three interceptions. In two of the games versus UCLA and Ohio State he did not throw a TD pass and had two picks. Will be drafted high by some team on his potential.
HT: 6010 |
WT: 225 |
Smith is an instinctive ILB that could project as a Will in most schemes. Excellent initial read and react with smooth footwork. Patient in read with a downhill shuffle and outstanding change of direction. Fits inside gaps with precision and can quickly redirect on cutbacks. Lacks great take on ability due to a lack of bulk and can get knocked back. Sometimes is looking for the ball and does not get his hands into the blocker quickly enough. Normally shows sound technique as he plays with knee bend and normally leads with his hands attacking blocks. Shows shed ability on the move. Top level range in pursuit with good angles to the ball. Makes plays sideline to sideline and rarely allows anyone around the corner in pursuit. Adjusts well moving downhill and laterally. Physical tackling skill showing knee bend and explosiveness . Quickness at the snap as a blitzer. Has trouble escaping an edge blocker if he doesn’t win at the snap. Shows elite pass cover ability in both zone and man.
, Florida State
HT: 6030 |
WT: 211 |
Native of Haines City, Florida. Missed most of 2016 with injury but he is a uniquely gifted athlete with size and length along with a versatile skill set that is coveted by NFL teams. He can play deep half and third coverage with outstanding range along with good match up skill on inside receivers and backs. He also will play in the box with linebacker like responsibility. Excellent agility as he is outstanding vs the run in space. Excellent chase ability. Good take on ability using his hands to shed and work to the ball. Used often as an edge blitzer showing a burst to close on the QB. An active and disruptive defender. Will contribute as a kickoff returner and cover player on special teams.
HT: 6050 |
WT: 320 |
Heading in to the 2017 season, Williams was tabbed as the top lineman in the class after Freshman All American 2015 and All American 2016 seasons, respectively. The thick, powerful, yet graceful athlete checked all the boxes when it came to franchise left tackle prospects. However just a few games in to his junior year, Williams suffered a knee sprain and missed the majority of the season. He did return for the final two regular season matchups, but he left 2017 with more questions than answers. Mechanically he shows a great first few steps as a run blocker. He fires out low and fast with his hands ready to bench press his target on contact. There is a sudden jolt seen in the defender when Williams really squares him up. In pass protection, he is patient. He lets the action come to him and usually times his contact well. He can absorb a bull rush with ease. Williams is a very tough guy to beat in a true one on one situation.His knee iinjury that did not require surgery is a concern.
HT: 6005 |
WT: 190 |
The first season Amari Cooper was no longer at Alabama after he ws drafted by the Raiders in the 2015 Draft, Ridley stepped on to the scene and set program record for freshman with 1,045 receiving yards. It looked as if he was going to be the next great receiver to come out of the Crimson Tide factory. Two years later, the junior is now a three time all SEC player but left an underwhelming taste with the idea of what could have been. His talent and NFL readiness is undeniable, but the production never saw a spike upward. This was partially a result of Alabama spreading the ball out so much in addition to the shaky-at-best passing from Jalen Hurts. All in all, Ridley had a successful career but his potential to break out in the NFL could make him one of the top values of round 1. The speed, quickness, and agility are all top notch and it translates to his route running.
HT: 6040 |
WT: 344 |
There are plenty of defensive tackles who can hold the point of attack, there are plenty of defensive tackles who can rush the passer. There may not be one better than fourth year junior Vita Vea at doing both. The high energy, powerful Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year is the main reason Washington led the nation in run defense. He is heading towards a top 15 overall selection.
Elite level pop and power out of his stance. Can stand up almost any blocker with a low center of gravity, hands inside, and ready to pounce. Rangy and athletic, rare speed and quickness for his size. Has an array of rush moves, but excels as a straight ahead bull rusher. Can make things happen away from the ball. Effort is always on and will play through the whistle consistently.
Stamina and endurance are below average. Doesn’t play as much as other defensive tackles, too often needs the rest to stay effective. Not as stout against the double team as he can be, will take himself out position rather than anchoring. Over-hyper and needs to control himself, stick to assignment football.
HT: 6020 |
WT: 320 |
The Birmingham, Alabama native is a bundle of quickness. Hands and feet, are NFL ready. Pushes the pocket from the nose tackle position, sheds and makes plays. Skates down the line like a linebacker keeping tempo on the ball carrier. Plays square with good change of direction. Fights and stacks double team blocks on a regular basis. Explosive initial step. Splits interior blocks with a quick arm over or rip moves. A disruptive pressure player that at times is almost unblockable.
HT: 6020 |
WT: 280 |
First-year starter from Westwood, MA who has played in a rotation his first three years. The explosive interior run stuffer lines up at 0, 1, 2, and 3 technique in Michigan’s multipersonnel defense. Has below average height and a small lower body for the position. Overall has very good athletic ability with great explosiveness, good play speed and change of direction. Solid run defender. Has below average lower strength to anchor, and gets moved versus double teams. At his best as a penetrator or in backside pursuit where he finishes with good burst and effort. Chases the ball downfield. Very good pass rusher, has an explosive upfield burst and likes to work an edge. Very quick hands and likes to use either a club/arm over or club/rip.
HT: 6020 |
WT: 192 |
There may not be a player in the entire class that did as much as Jackson did with only 14 career starts. After playing the nickel role in 2016, Jackson stepped in to the starting lineup this past fall in replacement of Desmond King who left for the NFL. In his 13 games, he led the nation with 8 interceptions and 26 passes defended. He was tested a lot and he passed with flying colors. Jackson carries the desired length for the position with a wiry frame that is fully capable of enough long speed and quick twitch movement underneath. The former wide receiver plays the ball exceptionally well. His production was no fluke, he breaks on the ball as if he were the target. He is very good at forecasting throws and reacting with fluidity. If the ball is anywhere near him, he is going to get his hands on it.
HT: 6057v |
WT: 259v |
Most of the candidates for top edge rusher in the class have significant warts. There is no Jadaveon Clowney, no Myles Garrett, nothing close to that level. Some lack production, others lack burst, others lack size. It is a position that is absolutely vital to defensive success in the NFL, thus there will be multiple teams looking to add a piece to their respective depth chart early and often. While UTSA may not be a household college name, defensive end Marcus Davenport has a combination of tools and an athletic background that scream elite upside. While the risk may be huge, Davenport offers a level of potential that very few in the entire class present.
Has a natural burst out of his stance and when combined with his long strides, his movement alone can be hard to catch up with off the edge. Top tier length with a frame that will easily handle more bulk. Plays with a lot of range because of that length and surprising speed. Chases a lot of ball carriers down from behind. Finishes his hits with violence and aggression, does a nice job of wrapping up. Has showed progression with rush moves and can beat a blocker in multiple ways.
Needs to spend time in the weight room to add bulk and power to his game.
, Ohio State
HT: 6040 |
WT: 315 |
When a coaching staff at Ohio State says”…best ever…”, you have to pay extra attention. That, among other compliments, is voiced when talking about fifth-year senior Billy Price in comparison to the other interior blockers they have ever been around. He hasn’t missed a start since winning the job at guard in 2014, and his career total is already over 50. The All-American made the move to center and is responsible for all of the line calls in addition to rarely receiving help from either side. He is likely going to be the first center taken, but some teams may view him as a guard, as he projects equally to both spots.
Price is much more than an intangibles guy. His play on the field shows dominant traits when it comes to run blocking. He has the power from the base on up to move defenders with his legs. His initial punch is enough to stifle a defender off the snap to a point where he can’t recover or react quickly enough. He has enough speed, body control, and short area burst to pull from his center position and lead the way on outside runs. He is comfortable in space and a bull in traffic. Being built low to the ground with such easy knee-bend flexibility makes him often the low man in his engagements.
HT: 6020 |
WT: 230 |
Alabama has been pumping out pro-caliber linebackers year after year under the Nick Saban era. They simply know how to recruit and develop them. With Reuben Foster well into his career with the San Francisco 49ers, the hole left in the middle of the Alabama defense has already been filled. Senior Rashaan Evans is a two-year starter who has played both inside and outside. He can project to the weak side in the NFL and possibly the middle in some schemes. He may not earn the same grade as some of their better linebackers over the past few years (Foster/Mosley/Hightower) but he may be one of the safest picks in this class in terms of knowing he will be at least a solid contributor.
Unofficially it is a prerequisite to be fast, quick, and physical in order to play linebacker for Alabama. Evans is rangy and brings his power while on the move. He can shadow athletic running backs laterally and shows the ability to patiently pounce on the action. He is a heady player who can get himself in position to impact the play via both instincts and positive initial steps. On third down, Evans can be used as an edge rusher or in coverage, being equally effective in both roles. He is an every down, every situation-type defender.
HT: 6030 |
WT: 211 |
Last year’s winner of the Heisman had an impressive season, especially in the second half of the year. He put up 5261 total yards with 27 passing touchdowns and ran for 18 more. Jackson rushed for 1601 yards. The splendid splinter will get a shot at quarterback first but always has a fall back position of wide receiver with his speed and athletic ability. Jackson,makes defenders look foolish in space with his quickness, vision and running instincts. There may not have been a single player in the country that had more on his shoulders than Jackson.
, Boston College
HT: 6030 |
WT: 250 |
Three-year starter from Spring Lake, North Carolina plays both in a two and three point stance on the edge of the defense. Rarely drops into coverage but has enough athleticism to project to short zone flat coverage. Plays very quick at the snap with a good motor. Hustles in pursuit and is a good chase player. Excellent use of hands to stun and keep blockers off him. Good shed ability, disengages quickly and works to the ball. Will get upright at times but normally plays at a good pad level maintaining leverage on the blocker and the ball. Plays the run well with good agility on the edge and the ability to make plays in space. Tackles well. Powerful at the point of attack. Holds up against strong blockers with good leg bend. Productive pass rusher with a variety of moves. Nonstop hustle helps his cause as he will make plays with second effort as the quarterback steps up or scrambles.
HT: 5110 |
WT: 215 |
Guice runs like he's got something to prove. Runs hard in close quarters.Puts his head down, lowers his pads and gets the tough two and three yard runs. A patient runner that steps through traffic, jump cuts and drives his legs on contact. He may be best on the perimeter where his sharp cuts leave defenders grasping air. Packs a punch on contact. Tallied 2638 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns the past two years in a rotation basis.Good vision and lateral quickness.
, Notre Dame
HT: 6070 |
WT: 312 |
Three-year starter and two-time captain from Philadelphia, PA. The rangy athlete lines up at left tackle in the Notre Dame spread offense. Has spent his entire career under the guidance of former NFL offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. Cousin of Matt Ryan. Has an outstanding combination of height, length, and bulk. Good athletic ability with quickness, balance and explosiveness. Solid pass blocker, Has good set quickness and quick feet to reach his set point. Rarely oversets. Above average use of hands and punch timing to win defender’s chest. Has a very good anchor. When he does get beat, he fails to reach his set point and will panic and lunge. Has the lateral quicks to match angles as a zone run blocker and can create vertical or horizontal movement.
HT: 6010 |
WT: 203 |
The cornerback spot is one of the prime positions in football and if a true lockdown cover man is available at the top of the draft, he will be in the top five overall discussion. In a cornerback class that is very muddy right now in terms of where they rank and project, Auburn’s junior Carlton Davis has as good a chance as anyone to be the top one. The three-year starter is quietly the best player on one of the most dominant defenses in the country. Opposing quarterbacks hate to look his way, as seen with the minimal passes thrown in his direction week after week.
At 6’1 with long arms and upper tier speed, Davis is a cornerback with a ton of range. His reach-radius has been the trend at the position that scouts and coaches alike are always looking for. There is more to him than his size, however. Davis is a very smooth turn and run athlete who can stop, redirect, and burst after diagnosing what his man is doing. For such a high-hipped build, he has plus agility. When he gets matched up in press coverage, the initial jab is powerful enough and he times it very well with his footwork and hip movement. In addition to his ability to factor against the pass, Davis is a plus run defender who will not hesitate to take on a physical downhill ball carrier.
HT: 6030 |
WT: 216 |
Harrison is from Tallahassee, Florida has good size and length for the position showing NFL athletic ability and speed. He plays over the top coverage with good range and proper angles to the ball. Very good in zone coverage in both deep and flat coverage. Will rotate to the short flat and occasionally match up with a back or TE. Demonstrates top level man skill to mirror cuts and stay with vertical routes. Flashes ability in run support with downhill tracking ability. Needs to be more consistent tackling as he will not bend and wrap up.
, Oklahoma State
HT: 6041v |
WT: 229v |
Fourth-year senior from Rock Hill, SC who finished atop the program’s major career passing ranks. After finishing 2016 as the only player to throw for 4,000 yards with less than five interceptions, He has the traditional NFL body and makeup of an NFL starter. Tall, strong, and comfortable in the pocket. Very accurate all over the field that has the proper blend of touch and zip on his passes underneath. Consistently sets his receivers up for postcatch success, leading them into space and throwing them open. At least a part of Rudolph’s production can be attributed to easy throws.
HT: 6010 |
WT: 190 |
Has good size for the position. Solid press corner that can be physical with receivers at the line. Mirrors cuts well and can stay in phase on the deep vertical. Some hitch in transitions at times but shows good recovery ability and body control. Closes ground quickly on passes in front of him. Good off hand jam, combining strength with balance as he re-routes a receiver. Good turn and run with good eye discipline in man cover. Keeps his focus on the receiver and has good hands for the break up. Can be a lockdown corner and usually drew opponents best receiver.
, Texas A&M
HT: 5106 |
WT: 202 |
The junior has caught at least 2 passes in all 39 games of his career and has 7 return touchdowns on his resume (6 PR/1 KR). While his receiving production took a hit (71 catches down from 80+ each of the past 2 years), there are route running and ball skill tool sets that can make him a dangerous weapon right away in the NFL.
Kirk has top tier speed once he gets into the open field, he is a guy that won’t be caught from behind. The burst he shows from a stand still is what makes that speed incredibly dangerous to the opposition. He can go 0-60 as fast as anyone but there is also a ton of wiggle and agility to his game. He can stop and change direction at the snap of a finger. Kirk may not be the biggest or strongest, but he plays a physical brand. He is tough in traffic and will compete hard for the ball. Combine that with outstanding athleticism and he can factor from any receiver position.
Kirk will have stretches where he disappears. He can be beat up at the point of attack if he doesn’t pay attention to his footwork and spacing. At that size, it could be a lasting problem for him in the NFL. Kirk relies more on straight-line opportunities and when it comes to comparing him to other receivers at his size in the league, the looseness in his hips isn’t on the same level. He appears to be more manufactured as a route runner at this point and will need to improve across the board if he is going to be anything more than a slot receiver that can help the return game.
HT: 6047v |
WT: 237v |
Senior Bowl Notes: Big mobile quarterback who had an uneven week of practice and his play on Saturday was a tale of his week and season in Laramie. He made some big time passes on vertical routes, but was inconsistent with accuracy and touch on the underneath and intermediate routes. He caught fire in the second half of the game and completed 9 of 13 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
, South Dakota State
HT: 6044v |
WT: 260v |
Fifth-year senior and three-year starter from Britton, SD. Record setting All-America who has taken over the FCS like a man among boys. His 92 catch/1123 yard season in 2016 had glimpses of Travis Kelce, looking too fast for linebackers and too big for safeties to cover. He has the flare for the dramatic, routinely making one handed catches, leaping above defenders in traffic, and barreling over potential tacklers after the catch. His size and athleticism are hard to find, but his ball skills are what make him a special standout. Has a unique ability to adjust low, behind and high showing competitive toughness in traffic. Has the contact balance to complete the catch with defenders draped around him. The Jackrabbit tight end has catch transition quickness and immediately turns into a runner where he has excellent run strength and contact balance and will use a stiff arm to finish.