By College Football Analyst Josh Buchanan for TonySoftli.Com

Have you ever wondered if drafted players have anything in common?  Does it matter what school you attend?  The answer is NO!  Players have been drafted from all levels of collegiate competition.  Does a player need to do an interview with every draft website?  No! Media attention only helps with marketing and looks good on paper but does not make or break draft stock.  The only visibility a player needs is with NFL teams.

Does a player have to even play as a senior? No again.  It’s unlikely but not impossible for a player to be drafted if they missed their final season.  That will be proven below with Shelby Harris, a 7th round pick.  Harris was dismissed from Illinois State and did not play as a senior.

How about all-star games?  Do they matter?  It helps to go to a highly visible game but in the end a player can get drafted regardless of which all-star game they attend.  Players don’t realize it but if the top 100 draft prospects attended a game considered to be the #4 game then NFL GMs would change their plans and attend.  Usually NFL teams rank the Senior Bowl as the top priority but players can ultimately go wherever and if NFL teams have interest they will follow the talent.

Does a player have to earn all-conference awards? It’s less likely but no.  There have been several players picked who were not all-conference.  Usually there is a circumstance behind it such as an injury or not playing their final year like Harris.

The two things players must have are high visibility in front of a lot of NFL teams and a medical exam.  NFL teams won’t draft a player who they don’t have a medical exam on and one who they believe they can hide from other teams by sneaking him in as an un-drafted free agent.

Below is a complete list of where players typically are given a medical exam or have the strong visibility needed to get drafted.

 

  1. NFL SCOUTING COMBINE

A player doesn’t even have to compete in the on field drills but just going to the combine means that NFL teams like that player and they get a medical exam.  Players don’t get drafted by simply going but majority of draft picks are combine invites because they are all highly thought of, have a medical exam, and it’s known that everyone in the NFL is seeing their performance in person.  Some teams are able to hide some players they like from the combine but in the end those players usually end up at an all-star game, the super-regional combine, or have a great pro day in front of several NFL teams.

 

  1. MAJOR ALL-STAR GAME APPEARANCE

Obviously you can’t just have an invite.  Attending and participating is part of it.  NFL teams will not draft a player without seeing them in person and getting a good look at them.  All-star games often provide a chance for teams to even see a player they did not evaluate in person during the fall.  By playing in an all-star game NFL teams have that experience.  This year the major all-star games were considered to be the Senior Bowl, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Shrine Game, Medal of Honor Bowl, and College Gridiron Showcase.  While the media attends many of these games, there are players drafted from games that were not even on television and didn’t get much media coverage at all.

 

  1. TEAM VISIT AND/OR WORKOUT

Every year there are players who don’t go to the NFL Combine or an all-star game but get drafted.  Those players typically have had a visit to a team facility.  The myth out there is that the more visits and workouts a player has the more likely he is to get drafted and if they have more than 5 they will.  Northern Illinois cornerback Rashaan Melvin had double digit visits and workouts and still did not get drafted.  He was almost taken with Mr. Irrelevant by the Colts but they passed on him due to off field issues, despite that.  It’s interesting to note that while the media may know about these they are not allowed to attend either.

 

  1. BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE AT A MAJOR PRO DAY OR WITH MORE THAN 15 TEAMS IN ATTENDANCE

I have seen small schoolers have a great performance at a small school pro day in front of 2 or 3, or even 7 NFL teams but for a player to almost guarantee it they need more than that.  It helps to attend a FBS pro day or have at least 15 NFL teams at the workout.  If just 3 teams see a great workout they can easily hide and simply recruit against each other to take that player as an undrafted free agent.  If 15 or 20 NFL teams see a player light up a workout then everyone knows the easy way to guarantee getting that combine snub is to bring him in for a visit and draft him, if he is clean medically.

 

2014 NFL DRAFT CHART

Just as an example I took the list above and used it to fill it in for those drafted last year.  Each player either attended the NFL combine, an all-star game, and/or had a visit or workouts and visits.

 

Rd Pick Team Pos First Name Last Name School Combine Div. All-Star
2 62 New England QB Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois yes FCS Senior; Shrine
3 67 Miami OT Billy Turner North Dakota State yes FCS Senior
3 91 Arizona RS John Brown Pittsburg State yes D2 Shrine
3 94 Cleveland OH Terrance West Towson yes FCS
3 96 Minnesota OH Jerick McKinnon Georgia Southern yes FCS Senior
4 125 Miami DC Walter “Walt” Aikens Liberty FCS Senior; MOH
4 127 Cleveland DC Pierre Desir Lindenwood (MO) yes D2 Senior; Shrine
4 136 Detroit DE Larry Webster Bloomsburg yes D2 Shrine
4 137 NY Jets OG Dakota Dozier Furman yes FCS Shrine
4 138 Baltimore FB Lorenzo Taliaferro Coastal Carolina yes FCS Senior
5 143 Tampa Bay OG Kadeem Edwards Tennessee State yes FCS Senior
5 158 Detroit DT Caraun Reid Princeton yes FCS Senior
5 171 Miami OB Jordan Tripp Montana yes FCS Senior
6 184 Minnesota DC Kendall James Maine yes FCS NFLPA
6 190 Miami WO Charles “Matt” Hazel Coastal Carolina yes FCS Shrine
6 195 NY Jets DC Brandon Dixon Northwest Missouri State yes D2 NFLPA
6 196 Arizona WO Walter Powell Murray State yes FCS INJ-NFLPA
6 198 New England DE Zach Moore Concordia St. Paul yes D2 Shrine- INJ
7 226 St. Louis OT Mitchell Van Dyk Portland State FCS College All-Star Bowl
7 234 Miami DE Terrence Fede Marist FCS Visits
7 235 Oakland DT Shelby Harris Illinois State FCS Visits
7 236 Green Bay WO Jeffrey “Jeff” Janis Saginaw Valley State yes D2 Senior
7 250 St. Louis OC Demetrius Rhaney Tennessee State FCS Visits
7 252 Cincinnati DC Lavelle Westbrooks Georgia Southern yes FCS Senior
7 255 Atlanta OB Tyler Starr South Dakota yes FCS Shrine

 

REGULAR SEASON STOCK REPORT

 

Here are my 5 biggest risers and fallers based on play during the regular season only.

 

RISERS

 

OL ALI MARPET, HOBART, 6035, 300, 5.00E

Entering the season some had late round or priority free agent grades on him.  I had a mid level priority free agent grade due to the need to improve flexion, technique, and concerns over the level of competition.  Marpet was even more dominant as a senior and appeared to be quicker and finish more.  Just to show how great he was he was the Liberty League Co-Offensive Player of the Year, a type of award that linemen just don’t win.  Marpet was a solid mid round pick on many boards by the end of the regular season.

 

OL ANTOINE EVERETT, MCNEESE STATE, 6030, 325, 5.30E

Due to his improved play he went from a player I had given a tryout grade to late round grade by November. Everett was named first-team All-Southland and an All-American in 2014.  He played left tackle but projects as a center or guard in the NFL and was picked to play in the NFLPA Bowl.

 

DE/OLB KYLE EMANUEL, NORTH DAKOTA STATE, 6027, 246. 4.70E

In the preseason I had a mid level free agent grade on him but he vaulted to a late round projection after his dominating senior season. Emanuel walked away with first-team All-America honors and won the Buck Buchanan Award (Given annually to the top defender in FCS).  He had 97 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, and nine quarterback hurries in 2014.

 

WR RICKY COLLINS, TEXAS A&M COMMERCE, 5114, 197, 4.55E

I didn’t even have Collins listed entering the season but his hands, athleticism, and production made him a viable late round grade by the end of October.  Collins was somehow snubbed from all the major all-star games.  He finished with 71 catches for 1,187 yards and 14 touchdowns.  While he isn’t as fast as teammate Collins he is a very good player who came up big for Commerce.  The former Kilgore JC and Midwestern State transfer surprised many after sitting out the 2013 season.

 

DE RYAN DELAIRE, TOWSON, 6036, 256, 4.75E

I had the lowest possible free agent grade on Delaire coming into 2014 but quickly upgraded him to a high priority free agent grade by November. After a solid 2013 season where he was named first-team All-CAA he repeated that performance and moved up the board heavily.  At 6’4, 256 pounds with his athleticism he will attract attention from 3-4 and 4-3 teams.  Delaire had 64 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks in 2014.  He was picked to play in the NFLPA Bowl.

 

 

FALLERS

 

SS CALEB SCHAFFITZEL, MISSOURI STATE, 5114, 218, 4.65E

Entering the fall he had a high priority free agent grade but didn’t show very good speed and struggled in coverage.  He appears to be a run stopper who would give effort but lacked great athleticism as a senior.  He is a mid level free agent as of late November.  While he repeated as an All-American he wasn’t as impressive against the run or pass and is limited athletically.

 

WR LARRY PINKARD, BLUEFIELD COLLEGE, 6003, 189, 4.50E

Pinkard was dismissed from Old Dominion after fraud charges and landed at Bluefield College.  He was declared ineligible to play, however, and thus sat out in 2014.  His lack of senior film, his off the field concerns, and all the questions entering the spring dropped him from a priority free agent to mid level free agent grade in by December.

 

WO VENRIC MARK, WEST TEXAS A&M, 5071, 173, 4.40E

Mark was considered a draftable player at Northwestern before he got hurt and left.  He showed up at WTAMU expected to have a big year but only had 293 yards rushing and one TD before going down due to injury in the fourth game.  He went from a late round or priority free agent type grade to a mid level free agent on my board due to injury concerns.

 

QB TRENT HURLEY, DELAWARE, 6030, 209, 4.80E

Hurley was a player I had in my top 100 coming into the season but dropped him out of my top 170 due to very inconsistent play.  He has the tools but just isn’t accurate or highly productive.  He went from a low priority to tryout grade in the fall.  Hurley had a tough senior year with just 13 touchdowns and 14 picks despite completing 65% of his passes.  He threw for 2,275 yards and had four rushing touchdowns.

 

SS KEENAN LAMBERT, NORFOLK STATE, 5117, 218, 4.65E

Lambert had a down year in 2014 after being given a mid level free agent grade in the spring.  I gave him a tryout grade after missing too many tackles, getting lost in coverage, and overall taking backwards steps as a player during his senior season. He was a first-team All-MEAC pick with just three interceptions and nine pass breakups in 2014.

 

 

MEDAL OF HONOR BOWL

 

This game was run well and has become a very solid #4 game option for prospects.  If they can keep it going this is a game I would perhaps suggest above the Shrine and just behind the NFLPA Bowl in the pecking order.

 

Stats

 

American Team MVP (Game)- LB Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina- 6 tackles, 1 interception returned 87 yards for a TD

 

NATIONAL

QB Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State- 5-17 passing, 59 yards, 1 carry, 0 yards

RB Brandon Wegher, Morningside- 14 carries, 90 yards, 6.4ypc

WR Kenny Cook, Gardner-Webb- 1 catch, 8 yards, 1 tackle

S Keenan Lambert, Norfolk State- 5 tackles, 1 TFL

CB Cariel Brooks, Mesa State- 3 tackles, 1 INT, 2 PBU

CB De’Vante Bausby, Pittsburg State- 3 tackles, 1 PBU

DT Jasper Coleman, William & Mary- 2 tackles

DT Cashaud Lyons, Tusculum- 1 tackle

LB Gary Wilkins, Furman- 1 tackle

 

AMERICAN

QB Chris Bonner, CSU-Pueblo- 4-5 passing, 44 yards

WR R.J. Harris, New Hampshire- 2 catches, 23 yards

CB Will Brown, Missouri S&T- 9 tackles, 2 PBU

LB Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina- 6 tackles, 1 INT returned 87 yards for TD

S Jacob Hagen, Liberty- 3 tackles, 1 TFL

CB Terry Johnson, FAMU- 2 tackles, 2 PBU

LB Gabriel Middlebrook, Charleston Southern- 2 tackles

DE Justin Oxendine, The Citadel- 2 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 QBH

DE Alfy Hill, Winston Salem State- 2 tackles, 0.5 TFL

FB Mike Sellers, Winston-Salem State- 2 tackles

LB Michael Gruber, Brevard- 2 tackles

 

 

EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME

 

Stats

EAST

WR Tre McBride, William & Mary- 2 catches, 23 yards

TE Khari Lee, Bowie State- 1 catch, 12 yards

 

WEST

RB John Crockett, North Dakota State- 5 carries, 8 yards

RB Zach Zenner, South Dakota State- 2 carries, 0 yards, 1 catch, 5 yards

 

 

NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL

 

This game really took a step up and became the #2 option for prospects.  Their facilities, weather, location, resources, and the budget for this game are actually the best of any all-star game.  The Senior Bowl is still #1 because of history, prestige, and it is an extremely well run game but the NFLPA has closed the gap and become a very good #2 option.

 

Game MVP- RB Terrell Watson, Azusa Pacific- 9 carries, 55 yards, 1 fumble recovery for TD

 

Stats

AMERICAN

QB Jerry Lovelocke, Prairie View A&M- 5-10 passing, 40 yards, 1 carry, 3 yards

RB Joe Bergeron, Texas A&M Commerce- 2 carries, minus -1 yard

WR Anthony Johnson, West Texas A&M- 3 catches, 40 yards

S Tony Bell Jr., UT Martin- 2 tackles

DE Zack Wagenmann, Montana- 2 tackles, 1 TFL

 

NATIONAL

RB Terrell Watson, Azusa Pacific- 9 carries, 55 yards, FR for TD

RB Malcolm Agnew, Southern Illinois- 8 carries, 53 yards

RB Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette- 4 carries, 28 yards, 1 tackle

FB Channing Fugate, Eastern Kentucky- 1 carry, 1 yard, 1 TD

TE Corey Simmons, Northwestern State- 1 catch, 19 yards

P Patrick Carney, New Mexico Highlands- 8 punts, 353 yards, 44.1ag, 55 long, 2 I20, 2 TB

KR DeAndre Carter, Sacramento State- 1 KR, 29 yards

CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, West Chester- 6 tackles

S Ace Clark, Western Carolina- 3 tackles

S Keeston Terry, Pittsburg State- 3 tackles

CB De’Ante Saunders, Tennessee State- 2 PBU

 

 

SENIOR BOWL

 

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is considered the top game and was a big event as always.

 

Stats

NORTH

RB Tyler Varga, Yale- 4 carries, 31 yards, 2 TDs, 3 catches, 39 yards

P Kyle Loomis, Portland State- 1 punt, 47 yards, 1 inside 20

K Tom Obarski, Concordia St-Paul- 2 of 4 field goals, hit a 49 and 28 yarder, missed from 43 and 44 yards, 8 KO, 502 yards, 62.8avg, 2 TB

 

SOUTH

QB Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana- 5 of 10, 80 yards, 2 INTs, 2 carries, 6 yards

RB David Johnson, Northern Iowa- 10 carries, 43 yards, 1 TD, 1 catch, 16 yards, 3 KR, 82 yards

WR Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas- 3 catches, 59 yards, 1 KR, 18 yards

S Jaquiski Tartt, Samford- 3 tackles, 1 TFL

CB Imoan Claiborne, Northwestern State- 2 tackles

WR Donatella Luckett, Harding- 2 tackles

LB Lynden Trail, Norfolk State- 1 tackle

 

 

ALL-STAR GAME TOP PERFORMERS

 

RB BRANDON WEGHER, MORNINGSIDE (MEDAL OF HONOR BOWL)

The NAIA single-season rushing record holder was among the most impressive players in this game.  He has draftable talent and should at least be a very highly sought after priority free agent.  Wegher is older and a former Iowa transfer who has good vision, runs hard, adequate speed to be a NFL back, and he doesn’t go down very easy.  He can run up the middle or bounce it outside with a good burst.  He ran for 90 yards on 14 carries (6.4ypc) in the game and was the best small school prospect on the field.

 

LB QUINN BACKUS, COASTAL CAROLINA (MEDAL OF HONOR BOWL)

He is a very short linebacker who was not even an early invite by the game and someone who most probably have stayed away from due to his lack of height.  Backus was very active in the game on special teams and defense.  He had an interception return for a 87-yard touchdown and showed to be the best college linebacker of all in the game.  The only question is will he translate to the NFL?  He should get a shot as a free agent and might have gone from someone not on a few boards to a definite option for more teams after the draft.  There were a lot of doubters as to whether he deserved a shot in the NFL and while I was not one of them I believe there are now fewer around the league with his performance.

 

CB CARIEL BROOKS, ADAMS STATE (MEDAL OF HONOR BOWL)

Brooks was very active on special teams making a stop on kickoff and he finished with three tackles, one interception, and two pass breakups.  While he is not very big in stature he is fast enough and has the instincts to warrant a shot as a priority free agent.  He stood out in the game and is one of the top small school performers I saw in the game.

 

CB WILL BROWN, MISSOURI S&T (MEDAL OF HONOR BOWL)

Brown looks the part with good length and height and made a nice pass breakup late in the first quarter showing solid off man skills.  He led his team with seven interceptions in 2014 and showed those ball skills on plays in this game.  He did give up a big gain on a pass just after the first pass breakup and needs to be more consistent as he will get lost on double moves.  He got shaken up on the play and came out but then returned.  He will have to improve his man to man skills to make a roster though as he was inconsistent making a play to stop one and then would give up a big play.  His inconsistency is why he is not rated in my top 150 small schoolers.  He finished with nine tackles and two pass breakups.

 

RB MALCOLM AGNEW, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (NFLPA BOWL)

Agnew may have put himself just one good workout away from getting drafted.  He has good vision, a very good burst, and good lateral agility and quickness.  His 53 yards on eight carries was very impressive and one good pro day could vault him from a 7th round or priority free agent projection to a solid 6th-7th round projection.

 

RB TERRELL WATSON, AZUSA PACIFIC (NFLPA BOWL)

Watson earned MVP honors with 55 yards and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.  He’s a big back who runs with a forward lean.  While he lacks great speed he is tough, runs hard, and has good vision.  He was one of the best running backs in the entire game.

 

WR DEANDRE CARTER, SACRAMENTO STATE (NFLPA BOWL)

Got hurt in the game so those who did not see practice may not know he had a great week.  He showed great quickness, route running, speed, and was one of the best receivers all week.  He should be a late round or priority free agent and what will ultimately determine whether he is drafted or not will be if he is healthy and his 40-yard dash at the Sac State pro day.

 

DE ZACK WAGENMANN, MONTANA (NFLPA BOWL)

He looked very good in the game with two tackles and one tackle for loss. He lacks ideal size at 6’3, 247 pounds but he has a motor, can run, has a good first step, and has a good use of hands.  His ability to beat the tackle off the edge and use his hands makes him a tough pass rusher to stop.  He cemented himself as a draftable grade all week and in the game.

 

CB DE’ANTE SAUNDERS, TENNESSEE STATE (NFLPA BOWL)

Shut down his side of the field when in the game.  Saunders closed well on the ball and had two pass breakups.  He had no interference calls against him and showed the skill set to be a solid nickel or boundary cover corner.

 

RB TYLER VARGA, YALE (SENIOR BOWL)

Varga showed juice in the Senior Bowl with 32 yards and two touchdowns on four carries.  He showed he can pick up big yards, run through tackles, and catch the football.  He was very impressive and showed to be one of the better mid to late round options at running back in this draft.

 

RB DAVID JOHNSON, NORTHERN IOWA

Johnson is a big back at around 225 pounds but has great feet, good vision, and can really run at that size.  He had 43 yards and one touchdown in the Senior Bowl while showing he has return skills.  For someone so big he is nimble, athletic, quick, and has very good body control.  It’s tough to find backs like him and he may have cemented top 100 status in Mobile.

 

WR DEZMIN LEWIS, CENTRAL ARKANSAS (SENIOR BOWL)

The hands were up and down at times on tape but he flashed the ability to haul in tough catches.  He didn’t drop a pass in the Senior Bowl and had three catches for 59 yards.  His physical tools and ability to make contested catches was good for him to help solidify mid round stock.

 

LG/RG ALI MARPET, HOBART (SENIOR BOWL)

The Hobart product struggled on day one but once he settled in he did well, especially at guard.  Marpet showed he can hang with the big boys, which was something I needed to see before I moved him higher than the 7th round.

 

 

ALL-STAR GAME STOCK REPORT

 

Below is a look at those who helped or hurt themselves with their performances in the all-star games.

 

RISERS

 

RB BRANDON WEGHER, MORNINGSIDE (MEDAL OF HONOR BOWL)

His 90 yards (6.4ypc) was impressive.  He moved up the board a little bit with his performance during the week and is just a good combine workout away from getting drafted after this performance.  He is a player who was seen as a high priority free agent who looked more like a 6th or 7th round pick after his performance in the game.

 

RB MALCOLM AGNEW, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (NFLPA BOWL)

Agnew showed the speed and skill set to be a NFL runner.  While most had forgotten him due to his injury during the season he really showed up and impressed.  He ran for over 50 yards and showed the ability to standout against top level competition.

 

RB TYLER VARGA, YALE (SENIOR BOWL)

Yale was well represented as Varga had a great week.  He showed juice and toughness as a runner.  While clearly belonging, he’s a good football player who should be a solid mid-late round projection heading into the NFL Combine.

 

RB DAVID JOHNSON, NORTHERN IOWA

Johnson was a mid round grade on my board going in but left with a third round projection going into the combine.  He’s a big back with great feet and is highly athletic for his size.  He capped a good week with an impressive game.

 

WR DEZMIN LEWIS, CENTRAL ARKANSAS (SENIOR BOWL)

Had a solid game showing he can block, has the tools you look for, and showed good hands.  Lewis was intriguing in practice and showed flashes of a potential 4th or 5th round pick in the game.  He returned a kickoff in the game and had three catches for 59 yards.

 

LG/RG ALI MARPET, HOBART (SENIOR BOWL)

Marpet played all over the line in practice but was a left and right guard in the game.  He showed very well in the step up from competition, which is the big question I had.  I had him as a high priority free agent grade coming into the Senior Bowl but then moved him into the 6th round range after his performance.  He showed good technique, can get to the second level well, and has a good punch.  The biggest weaknesses are just that he needs to keep getting stronger and work on flexion as well as pad level.  His feet and athleticism make him someone who may become even more coveted at the NFL Combine where it’s expected he would run a 5.0 40.

 

FALLERS

 

QB KEVIN RODGERS, HENDERSON STATE (MEDAL OF HONOR BOWL)

Rodgers was 5 of 17 passing and showed a lack of arm strength to make NFL throws.  He will be a camp body but the few who had him as a priority free agent likely dropped him down the board.  He’s a camp body on my board and someone who will move down to a tryout grade if he doesn’t have a good pro day.

 

FB CHANNING FUGATE, EASTERN KENTUCKY (NFLPA BOWL)

Fugate did a good job showing up late but the reason his stock is falling is because it was found out he has a medical condition that makes him a high risk and thus will likely be told to retire when he gets a medical exam from teams.  Based on his play in the game, and at practice, he is a definite priority free agent but sad to say that his play won’t matter because of the medical condition.

 

QB BRYAN BENNETT, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (SENIOR BOWL)

Bennett showed some athleticism as a late add but is not a good passer and it showed in the game.  He threw for two interceptions, no touchdowns, and was 50% passing.  His lack of passing consistency make him a priority free agent only who needs to improve in order to make a roster. The buzz early on was that he was a late round passer who earlier all-star games missed on but it turned out that there were several other quarterbacks who might have been a better option.  He really looked out of place in the game.

 

OLB ZACH HODGES, HARVARD (SENIOR BOWL)

Hodges had a knee issue at the Senior Bowl and there was already buzz that he will go undrafted or late rounds, at best, heading into the event.  He gets near the ball but doesn’t finish plays and needs to get stronger. The Harvard product will have to play linebacker and has the tools to do so but he looked more like a priority free agent than a draft pick, which most people believe he is based on his production at Harvard.  If Hodges can get stronger, improve against the run, and finish plays better he will be adequate in the NFL but still is a priority free agent through the all-star circuit.

 

 

NFL SCOUTING COMBINE

 

Here is the list of those who were invited to the prestigious event and below are their results.

 

Pos First Name Last Name School
WO Dezmin Lewis Central Arkansas
OB Charles “Davis” Tull Chattanooga
DT Derrick Lott Chattanooga
OC Chad Hamilton Coastal Carolina
TE Nick Boyle Delaware
FS Tevin McDonald Eastern Washington
WO Donatella Luckett Harding
OB Zachary “Zach” Hodges Harvard
OC Alexander “Ali” Marpet Hobart
FS Dean Marlowe James Madison
OH Ross Scheuerman Lafayette
DE Zackary “Zack” Wagenmann Montana
OB Edmond Robinson Newberry
DE Lynden Trail Norfolk State
OB Kyle Emanuel North Dakota State
OH Johnathon “John” Crockett North Dakota State
OH David Johnson Northern Iowa
NT Deon Simon Northwestern State
PT Kyle Loomis Portland State
QB Jerry Lovelocke Prairie View A&M
SS Jaquiski Tartt Samford
OH Zachary “Zach” Zenner South Dakota State
QB Bryan Bennett Southeastern Louisiana
TE MyCole Pruitt Southern Illinois
OH Landon “Gus” Johnson Stephen F. Austin
OG Robert Myers Tennessee State
DC Tye Smith Towson
DE Ryan Delaire Towson
WO Douglas “Tre” McBride William & Mary
OH Tyler Varga Yale

 

 

SCOUTING COMBINE RESULTS

 

QB BRYAN BENNETT, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA

HT: 6022

WT: 211

HAND: 9 1/2

ARM: 31

WINGSPAN: 75 7/8

10-YARD: 1.68-1.72

20-YARD: 2.79-2.80

40-YARD: 4.81-4.82

VERTICAL: 37

BROAD JUMP: 10’5

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.20

3-CONE: 7.13

 

QB JERRY LOVELOCKE, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M

HT: 6044

WT: 248

HAND: 10 1/2

ARM: 34 1/4

WINGSPAN: 82 5/8

10-YARD: 1.59-1.75

20-YARD: 2.90-2.90

40-YARD: 4.99-5.01

VERTICAL: 31 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 9’5

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.51

3-CONE: 7.30

 

RB JOHN CROCKETT, NORTH DAKOTA STATE

HT: 5116

WT: 217

HAND: 9 3/4

ARM: 31

WINGSPAN: 75 1/2

REPS: 15

10-YARD: 1.54-1.60

20-YARD: 2.68-2.71

40-YARD: 4.62-4.63

VERTICAL: 40

BROAD JUMP: 10’5

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.25

3-CONE: 7.15

 

RB DAVID JOHNSON, NORTHERN IOWA

HT: 6005

WT: 224

HAND: 9 5/8

ARM: 31 1/4

WINGSPAN: 76 1/2

REPS: 25

10-YARD: 1.57-1.57

20-YARD: 2.61-2.62

40-YARD: 4.50-4.50

VERTICAL: 41 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 10’7

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.27

3-CONE: 6.82

 

RB GUS JOHNSON, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

HT: 5095

WT: 215

HAND: 9 1/8

ARM: 29 5/8

WINGSPAN: 73 1/8

REPS: 26

10-YARD: 1.63-1.63

20-YARD: 2.72-2.74

40-YARD: 4.70-4.73

VERTICAL: 36 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 10’0

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.13

60-YARD: 11.76

3-CONE: 7.09

 

RB ROSS SCHEUERMAN, LAFAYETTE

HT: 5117

WT: 204

HAND: 8 3/4

ARM: 30

WINGSPAN: 73 1/2

REPS: 15

10-YARD: 1.65-1.67

20-YARD: 2.73-2.74

40-YARD: 4.62-4.62

VERTICAL: 33

BROAD JUMP: 10’1

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.11

60-YARD: 11.40

3-CONE: 7.08

 

RB ZACH ZENNER, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

HT: 5114

WT: 223

HAND: 9 5/8

ARM: 32

WINGSPAN: 76 5/8

REPS: 25

10-YARD: 1.64-1.68

20-YARD: 2.71-2.73

40-YARD: 4.60-4.66

VERTICAL: 41

BROAD JUMP: 10’1

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.14

60-YARD: 11.69

3-CONE: 7.08

 

WR DEZMIN LEWIS, CENTRAL ARKANSAS

HT: 6036

WT: 214

HAND: 9 7/8

ARM: 32 1/2

WINGSPAN: 78 1/8

REPS: 16

10-YARD: 1.63-1.66

20-YARD: 2.72-2.73

40-YARD: 4.58-4.59

VERTICAL: 33 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 9’11

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.28

60-YARD: 11.63

3-CONE: 7.11

 

WR DONATELLA LUCKETT, HARDING

HT: 5116

WT: 211

HAND: 9 1/4

ARM: 31

WINGSPAN: 75 7/8

REPS: 17

10-YARD: 1.67-1.68

20-YARD: 2.75-2.76

40-YARD: 4.65-4.66

VERTICAL: 34

BROAD JUMP: 9’10

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.50

60-YARD: 12.52

3-CONE: 7.51

 

WR TRE MCBRIDE, WILLIAM & MARY

HT: 6002

WT: 210

HAND: 9

ARM: 32 1/8

WINGSPAN: 77

REPS: 16

10-YARD: 1.49-1.51

20-YARD: 2.55-2.57

40-YARD: 4.41-4.41

VERTICAL: 38

BROAD JUMP: 10’2

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.08

60-YARD: 11.70

3-CONE: 6.96

 

TE NICK BOYLE, DELAWARE

HT: 6044

WT: 268

HAND: 10 3/8

ARM: 33 3/8

WINGSPAN: 81 1/4

REPS: 20

10-YARD: 1.81-1.83

20-YARD: 2.98-3.01

40-YARD: 5.04-5.04

VERTICAL: 30 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 9’4

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.23

60-YARD: 11.65

3-CONE: 7.13

 

TE MYCOLE PRUITT, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

HT: 6022

WT: 251

HAND: 10 1/4

ARM: 33 1/2

WINGSPAN: 79 5/8

REPS: 17

10-YARD: 1.63-1.64

20-YARD: 2.70-2.71

40-YARD: 4.58-4.60

VERTICAL: 38

BROAD JUMP: 9’10

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.37

60-YARD: 11.85

3-CONE: 7.25

 

OT CHAD HAMILTON, COASTAL CAROLINA

HT: 6020

WT: 292

HAND: 9 3/8

ARM: 34

WINGSPAN: 83

Did not lift or do shuttles, 40s, or jumps. Only did skills drills by choice.

 

OT ALI MARPET, HOBART

HT: 6037

WT: 307

HAND: 10

ARM: 33 3/8

WINGSPAN: 80 1/8

REPS: 30

10-YARD: 1.71-1.72

20-YARD: 2.87-2.87

40-YARD: 4.98-5.07

VERTICAL: 30 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 9’0

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.47

3-CONE: 7.33

 

OG ROBERT MYERS, TENNESSEE STATE

HT: 6046

WT: 326

HAND: 9 1/2

ARM: 33 3/4

WINGSPAN: 80 5/8

Did not bench due to left pec.

10-YARD: 1.82-1.88

20-YARD: 3.10-3.17

40-YARD: 5.44-5.45

VERTICAL: 27 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 7’10

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.91

3-CONE: 8.10

 

DE RYAN DELAIRE, TOWSON

HT: 6041

WT: 254

HAND: 10 3/8

ARM: 32 1/2

WINGSPAN: 79 1/4

REPS: 23

10-YARD: 1.68-1.73

20-YARD: 2.87-2.88

40-YARD: 4.97-5.02

Did not workout due to right groin.

 

DE KYLE EMANUEL, NORTH DAKOTA STATE

HT: 6032

WT: 255

HAND: 9 3/8

ARM: 31

WINGSPAN: 74 5/8

REPS: 27

10-YARD: 1.69-1.70

20-YARD: 2.79-2.79

40-YARD: 4.77-4.78

VERTICAL: 34

BROAD JUMP: 10’0

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.25

60-YARD: 11.78

3-CONE: 7.10

 

DE ZACK HODGES, HARVARD

HT: 6024

WT: 250

HAND: 9 7/8

ARM: 34 1/4

WINGSPAN: 81 7/8

10-YARD: 1.61-1.63

20-YARD: 2.70-2.73

40-YARD: 4.68-4.74

VERTICAL: 33 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 10’5

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.65

Did not lift due to left shoulder and no 3-cone due to left knee bone bruise.

 

DE LYNDEN TRAIL, NORFOLK STATE

HT: 6065

WT: 269

HAND: 10 1/2

ARM: 34 7/8

WINGSPAN: 83 1/4

REPS: 24

10-YARD: 1.75-1.82

20-YARD: 2.89-2.96

40-YARD: 4.91-5.03

VERTICAL: 32 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 9’9

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.48

60-YARD: 12.56

3-CONE: 7.32

 

DE DAVIS TULL, TENNEESSEE CHATTANOOGA

HT: 6023

WT: 246

HAND: 9 3/4

ARM: 31 1/4

WINGSPAN: 77 3/8

REPS: 26

VERTICAL: 42 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 11’0

Only did jumps, no running drills due to left hamstring strain.

 

DE ZACK WAGENMANN, MONTANA

HT: 6031

WT: 247

HAND: 9 1/2

ARM: 33 1/2

WINGSPAN: 80 1/4

REPS: 14

10-YARD: 1.66-1.66

20-YARD: 2.77-2.78

40-YARD: 4.82-4.83

VERTICAL: 37 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 8’8

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.26

60-YARD: 12.00

3-CONE: 7.07

 

DT DERRICK LOTT, CHATTANOOGA

HT: 6040

WT: 314

HAND: 9 1/8

ARM: 33 5/8

WINGSPAN: 81 3/8

REPS: 30

10-YARD: 1.77-1.80

20-YARD: 2.92-2.94

40-YARD: 4.99-5.05

VERTICAL: 26 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 8’10

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.44

3-CONE: 7.30

 

DT DEON SIMON, NORTHWESTERN STATE

HT: 6043

WT: 321

HAND: 10 1/2

ARM: 33

WINGSPAN: 78 3/4

REPS: 35

10-YARD: 1.77-1.83

20-YARD: 2.99-3.05

40-YARD: 5.12-5.21

VERTICAL: 29 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 8’9

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.76

3-CONE: 7.92

 

LB EDMOND ROBINSON, NEWBERRY

HT: 6025

WT: 245

HAND: 10 1/4

ARM: 34

WINGSPAN: 82 5/8

REPS: 20

10-YARD: 1.61-1.68

20-YARD: 2.69-2.75

40-YARD: 4.61-4.67

VERTICAL: 37

BROAD JUMP: 10’1

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.38

60-YARD: 11.81

3-CONE: 7.49

 

CB TYE SMITH, TOWSON

HT: 6001

WT: 195

HAND: 8 3/4

ARM: 32

WINGSPAN: 78

REPS: 15

10-YARD: 1.60-1.62

20-YARD: 2.67-2.74

40-YARD: 4.60-4.70

VERTICAL: 36 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 10’4

SHORT SHUTTLE: 3.96

3-CONE: 6.97

Did not run the 60-yard shuttle by choice.

 

S DEAN MARLOWE, JAMES MADISON

HT: 6014

WT: 203

HAND: 8 3/4

ARM: 31

WINGSPAN: 74 1/8

REPS: 16

10-YARD: 1.62-1.62

20-YARD: 2.68-2.68

40-YARD: 4.58-4.59

VERTICAL: 33 1/2

BROAD JUMP: 9’6

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.18

60-YARD: 11.53

3-CONE: 7.00

 

S TEVIN MCDONALD, EASTERN WASHINGTON

HT: 5113

WT: 195

HAND: 9

ARM: 29 3/4

WINGSPAN: 73 1/4

REPS: 19

10-YARD: 1.60-1.65

20-YARD: 2.69-2.70

40-YARD: 4.63-4.65

VERTICAL: 33

BROAD JUMP: 9’4

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.26

60-YARD: 11.77

3-CONE: 7.01

 

S JAQUISKI TARTT, SAMFORD

HT: 6013

WT: 221

HAND: 9 7/8

ARM: 32 3/8

WINGSPAN: 78 3/4

10-YARD: 1.61-1.63

20-YARD: 2.67-2.70

40-YARD: 4.53-4.60

BROAD JUMP: 10’4

No lift by choice, only ran 40 due to hamstring.

 

PT KYLE LOOMIS, PORTLAND STATE

HT: 6015

WT: 221

HAND: 9 7/8

ARM: 32 1/4

WINGSPAN: 77 7/8

Did position drills only.

 

 

 

 

SCOUTING COMBINE STOCK REPORT

 

Here is look at those who impressed and disappointed during workouts. Some of those who hurt themselves below you can’t blame on them for injury but injury concerns are part of where teams value a player on draft day.

 

RISERS

 

RB DAVID JOHNSON, NORTHERN IOWA

Players like Johnson are a rare breed and he showed it at the combine measuring in at 6’0 5/8, 224 pounds and ran in the high 4.4s on many clocks.  Johnson put up 25 bench reps, a 41 ½ inch vertical, 10’7 broad jump, 4.27 short shuttle, and 6.82 3-cone.  He showed the ability to catch the ball well and good change of direction in position drills.  There are few with his size that moves like him.  He appeared to be a late third round option heading into the combine but could go as high as the late second round after the show he put on.

 

WR TRE MCBRIDE, WILLIAM & MARY

The Tribe All-American product showed why scouts were buzzing on him during the fall as a riser from his junior film.  He ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at 6’0, 210 pounds.  McBride also had a 38-inch vertical, 4.08 shorts shuttle, 6.96 3-cone, and did 16 bench reps.  His hands and routes were good in position drills.  He should find himself in the 4th or 5th round after his combine performance after appearing to be a 6th round projection heading into it.

 

TE MYCOLE PRUITT, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

Combine results for Pruitt were not a huge shock.  On tape you can see that he is fast and athletic and he showed it at the combine.  Pruitt was first among tight ends in the 40-yard dash (4.58), vertical (38), while finishing third in the short shuttle (4.37) and fourth in the broad jump (9’10) at 6’2 ¼, 251 pounds. Based on a few game tapes in 2014 he looked like a 6th round pick but could land in the late 4th or 5th round range after his workout.  If he were 6’4 or 6’5 and a better blocker, he would project in the second or third round.

 

OL ALI MARPET, HOBART

NFL scouts look everywhere for talent and Marpet proves that as they found a nice little gem from a school who had never had a player invited to the NFL Combine before.  After measuring in at 6’3 7/8, 307 pounds he led all offensive linemen with a 4.98 40-yard dash, sixth in bench reps (30), had a 30 ½ inch vertical, 9’0 broad jump, 4.47 short shuttle, and 7.33 3-cone.  His position drills were very good perhaps taking him from a player that was looking more like a 5th or 6th round pick to a potential 3rd or 4th round pick.  I still have a 6th round grade on him after his regular season film and the Senior Bowl but his combine workout will surely have a team taking him higher to ensure they get this high upside athletic test freak.

 

DE/OLB DAVIS TULL, CHATTANOOGA

NFL teams constantly look for pass rushers with twitch and explosion and Tull certainly showed it despite a left hamstring strain that kept him from doing any shuttles or running.  At 6’2 3/8, 246 pounds he posted a 42 ½ inch vertical and 11’0 broad jump.  He also put up 26 bench reps, showing good strength for his size.  I had him in the 5th-6th round range but believe he will go in the late 3rd or 4th round after his workouts, taking into account that I fully expect a sub 4.5 40 at his pro day.

 

DT DERRICK LOTT, CHATTANOOGA

After a strong senior season, Lott did well in the East-West Shrine Game and now followed it up with an impressive combine.  At 6’4, 314 pounds he did 30 bench reps, ran a sub 5.0 40, had a 8’10 broad jump, 4.44 short shuttle, and 7.30 3-cone.  While Lott may be a little stiff and plays high he is fast, explosive, and has the frame to add even more weight.  It’s hard to find big bodies that can move like this and he becomes a viable late round option, despite any off field concerns teams may have.

 

DT DEON SIMON, NORTHWESTERN STATE

Simon weighed 344 pounds last spring and got hurt during the fall so there was concern entering the combine about the type of shape he would be in.  At 6’4 3/8, 321 pounds he ran an impressive 5.1 40, put up 35 bench reps, had a 29 ½ inch vertical, 8’9 broad jump, and a 4.76 short shuttle.  This workout pushed him from a priority free agent to 7th round projection.

 

LB EDMOND ROBINSON, NEWBERRY

NFL teams first noticed Robinson on tape in 2013 when they were watching wide receiver Corey Washington and he then opened their eyes at the junior pro day running in the 4.5s at almost 250 pounds.  Robinson did not really improve in the last year in his testing numbers as far as speed goes but it’s still something to open eyes and make someone reach on him in the 5th-7th round range.  Robinson ran in the high 4.5s on hand held clocks and a low 4.6 electronic 40.  The Newberry product also had a 37 inch vertical, 4.38 short shuttle, 10’1 broad jump, and 20 bench reps at 245 pounds.  While he lacks great instincts and was very average on film, the athletic upside is there and it showed at the combine.  Showing that athleticism was key into guaranteeing he gets drafted, which I believe he definitely will.

 

FALLERS

 

WR DONATELLA LUCKETT, HARDING

During the fall scouts wanted to measure Luckett because he did not attend the junior day but they were told it would be too much just to measure Luckett and that he needed to just focus on the season.  Getting measured is a very small task.  The flag had been raised that he perhaps struggles or can’t handle bright lights as well.  He went to the NFL Combine and confirmed those concerns.  Luckett ran in the high 4.5s on hand held and mid 4.6s on electronic clocks at 6’0, 211 pounds despite expectations in the low 4.5s or high 4.4s, since he is a track guy.  The poor performance did not stop there as he dropped balls in drills, had a 34-inch vertical, 4.54 short shuttle, 7.51 3-cone, and failed to impress in any other drills.  I had him with a priority free agent grade on film but it looked as though he may go in the late rounds.  After this workout he drops to a priority free agent projection needing a strong pro day workout to move back up my board.

 

DE RYAN DELAIRE, TOWSON

After groin surgery back in December Delaire had to turn down an invite to the NFLPA Game and that same injury kept him out of workouts at the combine.  He ran a 4.9 40 but did not do anything else. There was no doubt he was getting drafted at the conclusion of the season but then his lack of health for workouts puts him as 50/50 on my board.  A strong pro day would ensure being selected.