Most NFL teams’ draft boards are 125 or 150 players deep — some smaller, maybe a few larger. Each front office has its own criteria at certain positions that will eliminate a lot of players from consideration.

Without having a specific scheme or culture, compiling a top-300 draft board is definitely a flawed exercise. But it is interesting to stack the players based on general draft grades (from “The Beast”) to see who makes the cut.


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Age: 22Height: 6-1Weight: 214

Williams needs to be more consistent working on schedule from the pocket, but you live with the hiccups because the positives are special with his dynamic passing skills and instinctive ability to create. Though stylistically he is like a really impressive karaoke-style version of Patrick Mahomes, he is truly unique as a playmaker.

Age: 21Height: 6-3Weight: 209

Harrison has dominant receiving traits and can win from anywhere on the field, because of his athletic gifts, route savvy and adjustment/finishing skills at the catch point. He is among the best receiving prospects to enter the NFL in recent memory, and he has the dedication to his craft to be a playmaking No. 1 NFL receiver and future All-Pro.

Age: 20Height: 6-0Weight: 199

Nabers has only average size/strength, but he offers dynamic potential, because of his ability to accelerate/decelerate on command and always make himself available with his athletic catch-point skills. He projects as a playmaking receiver in the NFL.

Age: 21Height: 6-4Weight: 223

Maye needs to cut down on the reckless decisions, but he is a well-put-together passer with the on-field command, athletic instincts and arm talent to create solutions for the problems that NFL defenses present. With his physical gifts and smarts, he is cut from the same cloth as Justin Herbert and has a similar ceiling as an NFL player.

North Carolina Tar Heels


Age: 21Height: 6-8Weight: 321

Alt stays light on his feet with the big-man agility, body control and instinctive recovery skills to become a high-level run blocker and above-average pass protector very early in this NFL career. He projects as a first-year, scheme-versatile starter with the pedigree to be a cornerstone player for an NFL franchise (he is Jake Matthews in Nate Solder’s body).

Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Age: 21Height: 6-2Weight: 212

Odunze is an above-average height/weight/speed athlete with the pass-catching instincts and competitive focus to be a playmaking NFL receiver. He projects as a true X receiver and has the skill level to elevate his quarterback’s play (stylistically similar to Drake London).

Age: 21Height: 6-3Weight: 243

Bowers is an explosive pass catcher who creates mismatches all over the field with speed, ball skills and competitive edge. He has NFL star potential in the mold of George Kittle, if he lands with a play caller prepared to feature his unique and versatile talent.

Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 210

Daniels is a smooth point guard from the pocket when his eyes stay on schedule, and his dazzling run skills make him a problem for defenses. This isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison, but NFL scouts say he forces opponents to defend him like Lamar Jackson.

Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 317

Fautanu is explosive on the move and at contact with the foot quickness, body control and temperament to stack wins in both pass protection and as a run blocker in the NFL. Though he has the talent to remain at tackle, his skill set also projects well to guard and center, and he offers legitimate five-position potential at the next level.

Age: 21Height: 5-11Weight: 189

Arnold offers an ideal blend of cover athleticism and competitive makeup, with the ball skills to make plays at every level of the field. He is scheme-versatile and has the talent to work inside or outside. He can be an NFL team’s No. 1 cornerback, offering a skill set similar to that of the Chicago Bears’ Jaylon Johnson.

Age: 22Height: 6-0Weight: 195

Mitchell is a balanced size/speed athlete who stays in phase up and down the field, doesn’t panic and makes plays on the football at a high rate. His tape and traits show an NFL-ready starter with a bright future.

Age: 21Height: 6-6Weight: 312

Fashanu is a work in progress as a run blocker but above average in pass protection, because of his body quickness, anchor versus power and attention to detail. He projects as a long-term starting left tackle in the NFL with Pro Bowl upside.

Penn State Nittany Lions


Age: 21Height: 6-5Weight: 342

Latham needs to clean up his inconsistent (yet fixable) habits, but he offers elite play strength and functional football movements to stay square and overmatch his opponent. He is an ascending prospect with the talent to win a starting right tackle job as an NFL rookie, although some teams project him best inside at guard.

Age: 21Height: 6-2Weight: 247

Turner is a long, explosive edge rusher with the body twitch, hand usage and play strength to leverage blocks and be disruptive in multiple ways. He has the freaky tools to be a potential impact player in the NFL who should continue to improve as his body and rush attack mature.

Age: 21Height: 6-2Weight: 209

Thomas plays with impressive length, fluid speed and ball-winning athleticism. If his route efficiency catches up with his natural talent, he will be a dangerous weapon in the NFL. He projects as a quality NFL starter with the upside of Tee Higgins.

Age: 21Height: 6-0Weight: 297

Murphy doesn’t have ideal length, but his rare combination of lower-body twitch, natural leverage and power throughout his frame sets his apart. With his disruptive energy, both as a pass rusher and versus the run, he projects as an impact starter who can play shaded nose or three-technique, similar to Grady Jarrett.

Age: 22Height: 6-5Weight: 324

Fuaga has only average play range and can be dinged here and there for minor flaws, but he has the size, core strength and balance to be a plug-and-play starter in the NFL (reminiscent of Taylor Decker). Some teams view him best inside at guard, while others want to keep him at right tackle (Duke Manyweather compares him to Mike Iupati).

Age: 21Height: 6-5Weight: 311

Barton will have adjustments to make as he moves inside, but he has athletic feet and strong hands and works hard to stay attached to blocks through the whistle. He projects as an above-average NFL starter at guard or center (reminiscent of Alijah Vera-Tucker)

Age: 21Height: 6-7Weight: 340

Mims isn’t as far along fundamentally (especially in the run game) as other tackles in the class, but he is a natural in pass protection with above-average length, footwork and body twitch to handle different types of edge rushers. Though there is projection involved with his draft grade, his best football is ahead of him, and he has the talent to become a long-term starter at left or right tackle.

Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 254

When he channels his relentless energy, Verse is as disruptive as anyone in this class, because of his explosive get-off, power through his frame and NFL-quality hand use. His physical traits and competitive football temperament give him a high floor as an NFL starter (reminiscent of eight-year NFL veteran Dante Fowler).

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 21Height: 6-4Weight: 219

McCarthy’s evaluation feels incomplete, which creates even more projection than normal, but his passing skills, pocket athleticism and mental makeup are all ascending and provide optimism for his NFL future. Although bumps along the way should be expected, he has the package of tools to become an NFL starter early in his career.

Age: 23Height: 6-4Weight: 259

Latu’s medical history will play a major part in his draft grade, but he is a pass-rush technician with the instinctive feel and athletic bend to be an impactful “two-way go” rusher in the NFL. His play style and journey are reminiscent of Miami Dolphins 2021 first-rounder Jaelan Phillips.

Age: 21Height: 6-3Weight: 328

Powers-Johnson’s inexperience is reflected in his technique, but he offers a fantastic combination of size, athleticism and toughness, with the skill set that translates to both center and guard. His game reminds me of Ryan Kelly, who won the Rimington Award at Alabama before becoming a first-round pick in 2016.

Age: 21Height: 6-7Weight: 322

Guyton is a work in progress in several areas and a steep learning curve should be expected for his rookie season, but he has the athletic tools and fundamental skills to develop into a high-level offensive tackle. He has the talent to play left or right tackle, although his comfort level is clearly on the right side. As long as he stays motivated and healthy, he will continue on an upward trajectory.

Age: 20Height: 6-1Weight: 173

Wiggins’ slight frame and suspect play strength are legitimate concerns, but he is a fast and fluid athlete with the cover awareness and on-ball production to be a starting perimeter corner in the NFL. He projects as a longtime NFL starter with tools like those of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Age: 21Height: 6-2Weight: 254

Robinson needs to continue developing to prove he isn’t a one-trick pony, but his first-step explosiveness and aggressive hands give him the potential to be the most dynamic pass rusher in this class. He is ideally suited as a wide-nine defender who can be schemed across the front.

Penn State Nittany Lions


Age: 21Height: 6-0Weight: 202

DeJean is one of the best tackling defensive backs in the class and shows playmaking skills in coverage, because of his athletic instincts and competitive makeup. Along with an immediate special-teams role (as a returner and gunner), his NFL starter-quality skill set fits interchangeably at cornerback, safety or nickel.

Age: 21Height: 6-1Weight: 304

Newton’s undersized, compact frame will be a turnoff for some teams. But he is tough to block one-on-one, because of his gap quickness, natural power and nose for the ball. He projects as a dependable starting three-technique in the NFL.

Illinois Fighting Illini


Age: 22Height: 6-5Weight: 311

Morgan struggles to anchor mid-slide versus power, but he is a balanced mover who is well-schooled and physical in all phases. Though he can survive at tackle in the NFL, his skill set projects much better inside at guard, similar to Matthew Bergeron.

Age: 21Height: 5-11Weight: 196

McKinstry doesn’t play with high-level speed or aggression, but he is a long, smooth athlete with the football IQ that should translate quickly to an NFL field. His game reminds me of James Bradberry’s, and he will compete for starting reps as a rookie.

Age: 22Height: 5-11Weight: 186

McConkey’s size and vulnerability to injuries aren’t ideal, but he is a sudden, skilled route runner and uses synchronized shake to tie defensive backs in knots. He is a quarterback-friendly target with the inside-outside versatility to be a quality No. 2 option for an NFL offense.

Age: 22Height: 6-3Weight: 267

Kneeland is still taking classes in the art of the pass rush, but he is charged up into contact and displays twitch throughout his frame, which allows him to defeat blockers in different ways. He projects as a starting base end whose best football is yet to come.

Western Michigan Broncos


Age: 21Height: 6-2Weight: 205

Mitchell needs to become a more detail-focused receiver to fully unlock his talent, but he has the body length, loose athleticism and catch-point skills to be a chain-moving weapon. He projects as a rangy, outside-the-numbers target with the lean, limber body type reminiscent of the late Chris Henry.

Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 315

Frazier might not boast elite athleticism or length, but he is good enough in those areas and will win over NFL teams with his core strength, football IQ, competitive toughness and understanding of leverage. He projects as a quality NFL starting center the moment he is drafted.

West Virginia Mountaineers


Age: 22Height: 6-5Weight: 285

Robinson is straight out of central casting with his frame, length and power at contact, but he needs to introduce better skill and efficiency to his game for quicker sheds versus NFL blocking. He projects as a base end in either an odd or even front who can shift inside in subpackages.

Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 299

Jenkins might never be a high-production interior player, but he is light on his feet and heavy with his hands with the “do my job” mentality that NFL defensive coordinators appreciate. He projects as an NFL starter as a one-gapping tackle on the interior or two-gapping strongside defensive end.

Age: 20Height: 6-3Weight: 213

Coleman must develop more nuance in his route running, but his big-man twitch, physicality and ball-winning adjustment skills allow him to be a difference maker. With continued refinement, he has the talent to be an NFL starter (similar in ways to Courtland Sutton).

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 22Height: 6-3Weight: 322

Beebe doesn’t have ideal arm length that most teams desire, but he is stout, controlled and plays with power at contact. He will fit both gap and zone schemes in the NFL and projects as a high-floor starting guard.

Age: 21Height: 6-1Weight: 215

Hicks is a rangy, intimidating presence, both downhill and on the back end, and he offers the multi-dimensional traits to develop into an NFL starter. He projects as a scheme-friendly safety who should also contribute immediately on special teams.

Washington State Cougars


Age: 21Height: 6-4Weight: 326

Suamataia is still very young and lacks refinement in several areas, but his blend of size, mobility and core power are the foundation of a scheme-diverse NFL starter. He will require a patient coaching staff who can ease his transition to the pro level.

Age: 22Height: 5-10Weight: 185

Wilson is a speedy slot with the hands and competitive makeup to pester defenses and consistently move the sticks. He has the talent to win a starting role for an NFL offense.

Age: 21Height: 6-2Weight: 238

Colson checks a lot of boxes for the next level with his physicality downhill, athleticism in space and iron-man toughness that he brings to work every day. He projects as an NFL starting MIKE early in his career and a more complete version of the Detroit Lions’ Derrick Barnes.

Age: 23Height: 5-9Weight: 182

Sainristil has obvious size limitations that will remove him from some team’s draft boards, but other teams will be more than happy to bet on his outstanding toughness, instincts and ball skills. He will compete for immediate starting reps as a rookie nickel.

Age: 24Height: 6-2Weight: 214

Nix gets in trouble when he plays loose with his technique and his eyes speed up on him, but he understands where to go with the football, and his scrambling can give defenses fits. Though it feels unlikely that he will ever rank among the 15 best quarterbacks in the NFL, he has the tools to become a middle-of-the-road starter.

Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 191

Pearsall wasn’t a home-run hitter on tape, but he is a reliable receiving option with the route quickness and ball skills to quickly become a favorite target for an NFL quarterback. He has the skill set and toughness to work inside or outside and return punts at the next level.

Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 230

Cooper has some undisciplined tendencies and will run himself out of plays, but he is a fast-flowing linebacker who can run and cover. He has the explosive traits to be a regular on special teams as a rookie and grow into a three-down linebacker role in the NFL.

Age: 24Height: 6-2Weight: 317

Haynes doesn’t always play up to his testing numbers, but his play strength, football IQ and finishing mentality make him equipped for battle against NFL fronts. He has the floor of a high-level backup but should compete for starting reps at guard during his rookie season (similar to Kevin Dotson).

Age: 20Height: 6-0Weight: 216

Brooks is a springy, balanced athlete with a feel for lane development and the elusive traits to create his own yardage, both at the line of scrimmage and on the second level. Stylistically, he reminds me of Kenyan Drake, although Brooks has much better vision and big-play potential (assuming he returns to his pre-injury form).

Age: 21Height: 5-11Weight: 183

Rakestraw doesn’t have the desired long speed or build for his position, and his injury history is a concern, but he plays aggressive, sticky coverage with NFL-quality movement skills and confidence. He has NFL starting man-cover talent, if he stays healthy.

Age: 20Height: 5-11Weight: 165

Worthy doesn’t have ideal size, toughness or play strength, but his dynamic speed and playmaking instincts make him a threat as both a wide receiver and return man. He doesn’t have the body of work of DeSean Jackson, but he teases similar flashes.

Age: 22Height: 6-4Weight: 294

Orhorhoro’s undeveloped pass-rush instincts and finishing skills cloud his next-level projection, but he displays intriguing movement skills and force at contact to continue getting better and better. He has NFL starting upside with the scheme-versatility to play multiple positions, both inside and outside.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 216

Penix is inconsistent in several key areas (mechanics, anticipation, pressure reaction), but his arm confidence and willingness to attack every square inch of the field can be a productive formula in the right situation. His mental toughness will be a strong selling point in NFL draft rooms.

Age: 21Height: 5-10Weight: 198

Overall, Bullard doesn’t have ideal size or length, but he is ultra-instinctive and makes his presence felt at all three levels of the field. His skill set fits best as a hybrid nickel defender who can handle box duties, disguise his intentions and drop into space.

Age: 22Height: 5-10Weight: 207

Corley needs to be more controlled in his breaks and tempo to consistently separate as a route runner, but he is dynamic with the ball in his hands. He has the speed, physicality and contact balance ideal for a slot role that uses motions, jet sweeps and quick screens. His NFL comparison is somewhere between Deebo Samuel and Amari Rodgers — which is a wide spectrum.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers


Age: 22Height: 6-0Weight: 194

Tampa gets a little sticky with his footwork at the top of routes, but he doesn’t lose much separation and plays with the size, range and ball skills to be disruptive. He has the tools and potential to be a starting perimeter cornerback in various schemes.

Age: 24Height: 6-5Weight: 313

Puni will get himself in trouble bending at the waist or letting his pads rise, but he plays big, powerful and sends a harsh message with his hands while staying controlled through contact. He can play tackle, if needed, but projects best as an NFL starting guard or center.

Age: 21Height: 6-3Weight: 245

Sanders needs to become “more available” in his routes and improve his reliability as a blocker, but he is a smooth operator with dynamic talent before, during and after the catch. He projects as an F tight end (similar to Gerald Everett) with starting upside in the NFL.

Age: 21Height: 6-1Weight: 176

Franklin’s polish and catch consistency must improve, but he can be a big-play weapon (before and after the catch), because of his linear twitch and gliding acceleration. He projects as a field-stretching Z receiver, similar to DJ Chark.

Age: 22Height: 6-7Weight: 331

Paul has the size and length to keep defenders occupied, but his rhythm breaks down quickly, and opponents will find success until he improves his rudimentary recovery technique and hand usage. Similar in ways to Chukwuma Okorafor, he has the tools to develop into a functional NFL starter, but he might require a redshirt year.

Age: 20Height: 6-2Weight: 299

Hall was more of a flash player than consistent force, but his quick-twitch movements and natural energy are the ingredients of a disruptive gap penetrator. If he stays healthy, he will be an immediate rotation player and eventual starting three-technique tackle in a four-man front.

Age: 22Height: 5-10Weight: 190

Phillips falls short in a few categories, which leads to in-game volatility. He is battled-tested, though, with the athletic instincts and feisty toughness that will translate to any level of football. He won’t be a fit for every team but offers inside-outside versatility with immediate special-teams value, similar to Roger McCreary.

Age: 21Height: 5-11Weight: 187

Lassiter doesn’t have elite physical traits at a position where size and speed are at a premium, but his play recognition and competitiveness are both off the charts. Although he is viewed as a nickel-only by several teams, he has starting talent that is best suited for a zone-match scheme.

Age: 22Height: 5-11Weight: 187

Melton brings explosive speed and attitude to his coverage, which will interest press-man teams. His experience inside and outside (and on special teams) will help him see the field right away in the NFL.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights


Age: 21Height: 6-5Weight: 306

Smith is a traits-based prospect with his size, movement skills and pop at contact, but his inexperience is evident on tape with his inconsistent technique, block recognition and rush plan. NFL teams covet 6-foot-5, 300-pound athletes on the defensive line and those types are in short supply in this draft class, which will only boost Smith’s draft projection.

Age: 22Height: 6-4Weight: 247

Isaac needs to mature his approach to be more than a flash player, but with his length, energy and athletic tools, he can become an impactful edge presence for a defensive coordinator who continues to unlock his potential. Though he projects best standing up in a 3-4, he has something to offer any NFL scheme as a role player with starting upside (similar in ways to the Philadelphia Eagles’ Josh Sweat).

Penn State Nittany Lions


Age: 23Height: 6-4Weight: 313

Coleman needs to improve his technical consistency, but his ease of movement, spatial awareness and length are the building blocks that offensive line coaches covet. He has the traits to stay outside at tackle while also offering position flexibility at guard.

Age: 22Height: 6-3Weight: 251

Braswell is slightly undersized and still a work in progress in several areas, but his first-step quickness and ability to convert speed to power are solid starting points for a developmental pass rusher. He has down-the-road starting potential and reminds me of the Cincinnati Bengals’ Joseph Ossai when he was coming out of Texas.

Age: 22Height: 6-1Weight: 205

Nubin has conservative tendencies in coverage, but he is a four-down player with a coveted skill set, because of his split-field range, playmaking instincts and toughness versus the run. He is ideally suited for a quarters-based, Cover-2 scheme in the NFL and will be a core special teamer.

Minnesota Golden Gophers


Age: 21Height: 6-5Weight: 308

Rosengarten’s pass protection won’t win any beauty pageants, but his feet stay active, and he trusts his handwork and eyes to execute his blocks. He projects as an immediate swing tackle for an offense with the potential to be a dependable starter if he continues to develop (stylistically similar to Garett Bolles).

Age: 21Height: 6-2Weight: 206

Bishop needs to put more impact plays on tape by setting traps for the quarterback in coverage, but he plays with top-down explosiveness and the football IQ to make plays at all three levels of the field. He has NFL starter-caliber talent and is ideally suited for a robber role.

Age: 24Height: 6-3Weight: 292

Fiske doesn’t have a deep arsenal of counters if he doesn’t win early, but he already has a professional mindset, and his twitchy urgency and steady play strength will translate well to the pro game. He projects as a rotational three-technique with versatility to move around an aggressive front.

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 211

Rattler has a methodical play style and needs to be more urgent in his movements/reads, but he has the arm talent, self-confidence and work habits that give him a fighting chance to work his way up an NFL depth chart. He offers upside at the position, but the interview process will be crucial to his draft grades.

South Carolina Gamecocks


Age: 21Height: 6-5Weight: 310

Fisher is a big, athletic finesse blocker who flashes power but falls off too many blocks and needs to introduce more control to his play style before he is ready for NFL competition. He is a developmental prospect reminiscent of Nicholas Petit-Frere (2022 third-round pick).

Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Age: 22Height: 6-1Weight: 203

Polk must continue developing as a route runner, but he is natural athlete addressing the football, with three-level instincts and pro-level toughness. A potential NFL starter, his game is reminiscent of Josh Palmer’s when he was coming out of Tennessee.

Age: 23Height: 6-4Weight: 315

Adams’ play style sets him up to be out-leveraged, but his natural size, strength and mobility, along with his competitive makeup, are the ingredients teams desire in a mid-round developmental lineman. He projects as a backup guard with the potential to be more with continued coaching.

Illinois Fighting Illini


Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 221

Legette needs to continue developing his route proficiency and tempo, but his film gives off DK Metcalf vibes, and he has the explosive speed and physicality to be a matchup weapon. He should be an immediate contributor on special teams before competing for starting reps outside.

South Carolina Gamecocks


Age: 23Height: 5-7Weight: 205

Corum is smaller than ideal for his run style, but he makes quick, urgent decisions with the low center of gravity and burst to bounce runs or maneuver through congestion. His determination to maximize each carry will translate well to an NFL offense, although his effectiveness on third downs will determine his upside.

Age: 21Height: 6-4Weight: 253

Booker is lacking in body mass and overall experience (just 505 career college snaps), but he is an ascending player with the ability to maximize his athletic traits and body length/force with proper biomechanics. With his tools and instincts, he projects as a rotational player in Year 1 with the potential to become an impact starter.

Age: 21Height: 5-11Weight: 202

Kinchens doesn’t have top-tier athletic traits, but he has a well-balanced skill set with the playmaking awareness and ball skills to compete for a starting role in the NFL. He projects best as a split-field safety with range in the post who can drive top down in two-deep shells.

Age: 23Height: 6-6Weight: 259

Johnson has inconsistent college tape and production, but he has A-plus measurements and smooth athletic tools that could allow him to continue developing and become a better pro than college player. Although he is a work in progress, he is a worthy long-term investment for an NFL team.

Penn State Nittany Lions


Age: 21Height: 6-0Weight: 216

Benson’s vision and run instincts tend to be spotty, but he runs hard off tackle with the burst and balance to stay afloat through contact. Cut in the Melvin Gordon mold, he projects best as part of an NFL committee, in which he’d have any-down and big-play potential.

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 245

Trice doesn’t have exceptional edge speed or length and needs to be more consistent in the run game, but his athletic urgency and violent play style will help translate his college disruption to the pros. He projects as a scheme-diverse rotational NFL end.

Age: 21Height: 5-10Weight: 210

Wright needs to develop a better feel for using tempo to maximize what is there, but his run strength, balance and ability to cut/weave at top speed make him dangerous with the ball in his hands. He projects as a scheme-versatile back (stylistically similar to Jerome Ford) who can handle work on all three downs.

Age: 21Height: 5-10Weight: 206

Mustapha doesn’t have the tape of an instinctive ballhawk, but he is a passionate competitor with outstanding range versus the run and disciplined movements in coverage. With a skill set similar to Jordan Whitehead, he should shine on special-teams coverages in the NFL and will push for defensive snaps early in his career.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons


Age: 23Height: 5-11Weight: 175

James won’t be a fit for every scheme, because of his undersized build, but his quick feet will help him maintain phase in coverage. If he can handle big slots and improve his consistency as a tackler, he will compete for a starting nickel role in the NFL.

Age: 21Height: 6-1Weight: 237

Wallace has an attractive collection of traits for today’s NFL, however, the parts are better than the whole at this point and pro coaching will need to get him across the finish line. With more seasoning, he has the talent to compete for starting reps.

Age: 22Height: 6-5Weight: 323

Amegadjie is a raw prospect who needs technical and strength work before he sees live NFL reps, but his physical ingredients and competitive drive are the foundational elements that pro coaches want to develop. He projects as a backup left tackle as a rookie who has all the tools to gradually develop into an NFL starter.

Age: 24Height: 6-3Weight: 233

Wilson’s medicals will be a key factor in his final grade, but he is a rangy and instinctive player who impacts the game in different ways, because of his effort and toughness. His four-down potential will separate him from most linebacker prospects.

North Carolina State Wolfpack


Age: 23Height: 6-6Weight: 249

Wiley is more of a post-up target than a tight end who will consistently create space for himself, but he is a good-sized athlete with blocking toughness and ball skills. He projects as a rotational Y tight end who can gradually work his way to the top spot on the depth chart.

Age: 23Height: 5-8Weight: 191

Washington is undersized and needs to continue refining his route steps, but his explosive movements, rugged toughness and catchpoint skills will make him a factor in the slot for an NFL offense. He also has the skill set to immediately contribute in the return game.

Age: 23Height: 5-8Weight: 220

Lloyd doesn’t have the profile of a high-volume back, but he can spark an NFL offense with his mix of patience, burst and promise as a pass catcher. His tape gives me flashbacks of a thicker version of Duke Johnson when he was coming out of Miami.

Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 283

Dorlus needs to find better consistency on a snap-to-snap basis, but he has the natural power and agility to be a versatile disruptor in an NFL defensive line rotation. He projects best as a base end (in even or odd fronts) who can also reduce inside on subpackages.

Age: 22Height: 6-1Weight: 193

Walker is a vertical/stretch receiver who requires a linear route tree, but he is a big-play threat with a promising catch radius and the speed to climb on top of coverage. He must develop better consistency in his routes and hands to be more than a complementary outside option.

North Carolina Tar Heels


Age: 21Height: 6-2Weight: 248

Elliss is an inconsistent edge setter in the run game, but he is threatening with his upfield burst/motor and skilled with his hands in the pass rush. It is encouraging to think of what he can develop into with a full bag of counters. His pro ceiling is an Alex Highsmith-style edge defender, although a high-end subpackage rusher is his more realistic NFL projection.

Age: 21Height: 6-0Weight: 284

Wingo has a short-armed, squatty body type with an inconsistent anchor, but his first-step quickness and shock in his hands often gives him early advantages. He has NFL starting potential as a three-technique in a four-man front, projecting as a not-as-explosive version of Ed Oliver.

Age: 23Height: 5-10Weight: 197

Taylor-Demerson is undersized, and his aggressive trigger backfires at times, but his explosive post/split-field range jumps off the screen and allows him to make plays on the ball in coverage and run support. His speed and developing instincts give him starting potential as a free safety or nickel cornerback, but the rough edges in his game might never smooth out, which would keep him as a backup and special teamer.

Age: 20Height: 6-1Weight: 235

Allen isn’t overly creative and doesn’t run with as much nastiness as his size suggests, but he is well built with the vision, feet and overall feel to maximize the run design. He has the talent and third-down potential to be a productive NFL tandem back, similar to Tyler Allgeier.

Age: 20Height: 5-11Weight: 222

Estime has the build and run power of a downhill grinder but the vision and cut acceleration of a smaller back, giving him RB1 potential for an NFL team (best in a gap scheme). His body type, run talent and promise on passing downs are reminiscent of former Seattle Seahawks’ RB Chris Carson.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 314

Mahogany needs to play with more control, especially in space, to survive versus NFL defenders, but he plays like a bouncer outside of a club, looking to bash heads with power and forceful hands. He projects as a guard-versatile NFL starter, ideally suited for a downhill run team.

Age: 22Height: 6-0Weight: 196

Burton underperformed in college and still has maturing to do, but he has NFL-level athleticism and ball skills, which make him worth the gamble on draft weekend. He will be a better pro than college player — if he stays football-focused.

Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 247

Stover might never be a top-tier blocker, but he is solid in all phases and will earn NFL paychecks using his coordinated athleticism to finish at the catch point and move the chains. With his defensive mentality, offensive skills and special-teams experience, he projects as an NFL role player with starting upside and valuable versatility.

Age: 22Height: 5-11Weight: 193

Carson needs to prove he can stay healthy and be on the field for a full season, but he has the competitive athleticism and football IQ needed for coverage duties in the NFL. He offers inside-outside versatility and projects as an eventual NFL starter.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons


Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 208

Rice must continue working on the finer points to beat press and get open versus NFL corners, but he has the size/speed athleticism and hand-eye coordination to become a better pro than college player. He projects as a backup X/Z receiver with down-the-road starting potential.

Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 217

Pratt might not have the high-level physical traits to carry an NFL offense, but you don’t see panic in his game, and he has natural sense for where to go with the football. He projects as a quality NFL backup with starting upside in the right role.

Age: 20Height: 6-2Weight: 188

Bullock is a fast, twitchy athlete with split-field range to overlap verticals or spin to the post, but he needs to play with improved discipline and control to cut down on the mistakes, specifically in the run game. Reminiscent of a leaner Trevon Moehrig, he has NFL starting potential as his game continues to develop. He is a cornerback on some NFL draft boards.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 233

Eichenberg isn’t a proven playmaker in coverage, but he understands pursuit angles and displays outstanding key/read/flow skills versus the run. He has the talent, football character and feel for the game to earn a starting job during his NFL rookie training camp.

Age: 21Height: 5-9Weight: 192

Irving is undersized and underpowered, but he has pass-catching skills and instinctive run qualities to quickly sort and make sharp directional cuts to daylight. He projects as a complementary back who can be a productive changeup in a committee (like former North Carolina RB Michael Carter).

Age: 22Height: 6-1Weight: 197

McMillan will need to prove he can handle the physicality of playing inside at the next level, but he has three-level potential as a pass catcher and will be an intriguing option for a team that prioritizes length and speed from the slot. Stylistically, his game reminds me of a juiced-up Jakobi Meyers.

Age: 21Height: 6-4Weight: 303

Bortolini had persistent hiccups on his 2023 tape, but the guard-to-center transition is rarely immediate, and he offers encouraging upside, thanks to his fluidity, intelligence and technical skill. He projects as an eventual NFL starter with position flexibility across the interior.

Age: 21Height: 6-1Weight: 234

Gray might not be exceptional in any one area, but he is equal parts athletic and aggressive and is always in the vicinity of the football. He projects as a rotational NFL linebacker and special teamer who will compete for starting reps as a rookie.

North Carolina Tar Heels


Age: 21Height: 6-3Weight: 250

Sinnott offers some blocking value, but his controlled athleticism and reliable pass-catching traits project him best as a versatile H-back who can be flexed across the formation. All 32 NFL teams will appreciate his football IQ and pro-ready toughness, although he won’t be an ideal fit for every scheme.

Age: 22Height: 5-10Weight: 194

Brownlee’s aggressive nature will be a double-edged sword versus seasoned NFL athletes, but his movement skills and competitive toughness will be attractive qualities for defensive coordinators. He has the right mentality to play special teams and compete for a starting nickel role early in his career (shades of Cobie Durant).

Age: 22Height: 6-4Weight: 298

Van Pran-Granger has NFL play strength, especially in the run game, and his coaches rave about his leadership and smarts, but he might struggle when caught in any situation that calls for him to play in space. He is equipped to compete for immediate starting reps in the right situation.

Age: 22Height: 5-11Weight: 179

Abrams-Draine will fall below the size/strength thresholds for several NFL teams, but he is a light-footed athlete who competes his tail off and anticipates well to position himself for ball production. He projects as a rotational cornerback at the next level, but he might find a permanent home in the slot.

Age: 24Height: 5-8Weight: 211

Davis has racked up a lot of miles and lacks explosive long speed, but his vision, cutting skills and competitive toughness are translatable traits. Although he doesn’t offer much on special teams, he can be a productive rotational back for an NFL offense.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 213

Hampton is undisciplined with his man-coverage responsibilities, but he is an impressive size/speed athlete who diagnoses well from zone and is an explosive striker as a tackler. He projects as a team’s third safety who can impact all three levels of the field and contribute as a gunner/special-teams standout.

Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 190

Pritchett needs to improve his tackling and downfield judgment skills, but his length, speed and football character are traits NFL teams want to bring into the building. He projects as a rotational cornerback for an NFL secondary.

Age: 21Height: 5-11Weight: 206

Shipley has only average size, but he runs with controlled athleticism and competitive urgency in all areas of his game. Though he has the mentality of an early-down grinder, his versatile skills fit best in a third-down role and on special teams.

Age: 24Height: 5-11Weight: 209

Tracy needs to improve his decision-making at the line of scrimmage, but he can create with his quick lateral cuts and contact balance — and he can stay on the field on passing downs. He is a multi-dimensional threat as a rusher, receiver and special teamer, which increases his chances of commanding an NFL roster spot.

Age: 22Height: 6-1Weight: 202

Baker is a loose-striding athlete with ball-tracking skills, although his tape is full of inefficiencies and question marks that didn’t allow him to consistently showcase his talent. He projects as a developmental Z receiver with starting upside.

Age: 23Height: 6-5Weight: 305

Jones is high-cut with signs of stiffness in his movements, but he is strong at contact and maintains his feel on first- and second-level blocks, allowing him to finish his man with punishing hands. He projects best as an NFL swing tackle and a team’s third offensive tackle.

Age: 22Height: 6-4Weight: 302

Limmer must continue to fine-tune his leverage points and play with better overall control, but he has the functional athleticism and finishing demeanor to continue developing. He projects as an immediate backup (center and guard) with starting potential at center, ideally suited for a wide-zone scheme (similar to Jake Brendel).

Age: 21Height: 6-0Weight: 228

Trotter is an instinctive hammer with the pedigree and toughness that will endear him to NFL coaches, although his limitations in space versus NFL athletes could restrict his next level role. His optimistic projection is that he can be like Chicago Bears’ linebacker T.J. Edwards.

Age: 23Height: 5-8Weight: 168

Cowing is limited in areas by his size (smaller catch radius, average play strength), but he can separate vertically and specialize in getting open underneath. He projects as a dependable slot option and can become a regular NFL starter with some route-pacing tweaks.

Age: 23Height: 6-4Weight: 309

McCormick doesn’t consistently play up to his testing numbers, but he has good eyes and feet in pass protection and outstanding physicality in the run game. He projects as a Day 1 backup (at all three interior line positions) who can become a starter with more coaching.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits


Age: 24Height: 5-11Weight: 179

Simpson’s inconsistencies in the run game aren’t ideal for a nickel role, but his reactionary athleticism and ball-hawking instincts are superb and what will drive the discussion when NFL teams put his tag on the draft board. Although he is off some NFL boards because of his size, he projects best as a versatile role player in the secondary and potential special teamer.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 247

Murphy’s lack of length and desired size will be tougher to mask at the next level, but he was a pass-rushing nuisance in college, because of his skilled hands and quick feet. He has the juice to make an impact as a subpackage rusher who can also play on special teams.

Age: 24Height: 6-3Weight: 317

Nourzad might be this year’s Tyler Biadasz, as he lacks overwhelming strength or elite athleticism but maximizes what he has with smarts, physicality and well -schooled technique. He has center-guard experience and should compete for starting reps as early as his rookie season.

Penn State Nittany Lions


Age: 22Height: 6-4Weight: 366

Sweat must continue turning the brilliant flashes into more consistency, but he is a rare athlete for his size, with the power and ingredients to be a dominant force against the run. Though he has the traits to become an impactful NFL starter, he needs to stay conditioned and locked in to reach his potential.

Age: 23Height: 6-4Weight: 319

Laumea is at his best leveraging gaps in the run game, although movement pattern flaws as a pass blocker requires NFL coaching before he sees the field at the next level. He has the versatile experience to play tackle in a pinch but has a guard skill set with down-the-road starting potential.

Age: 23Height: 6-5Weight: 309

Zinter won’t impress with explosion or leverage, but he is big, smart and physical, which allows him to control defenders, especially in close quarters. He can have a Mark Glowinski type of NFL career, although his leg injury puts a discount sticker on his draft projection.

Age: 21Height: 6-4Weight: 315

Glaze’s overaggressive tendencies and lack of explosive traits show on an island, but with his size, strength and smooth movements, a move to guard could be what is best for his NFL future. With continued development, he will compete for starting snaps.

Age: 23Height: 5-11Weight: 186

Green is a polarizing prospect among NFL teams, because he doesn’t have desired size, speed or ball-tracking skills and won’t be a fit for every scheme. But his play personality and ability to quickly find his balance mid-coverage helps him stay connected and will give him a chance to earn a meaningful role in an NFL secondary.

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 23Height: 6-6Weight: 294

Hall boasts disruptive traits (explosiveness, power, length) that jump off the screen, but he is too much of a flash player and needs further development to better impact the game on a down-to-down basis. He projects as a rotational three- or five-technique with starting upside, if he finds better consistency with NFL coaching

Age: 26Height: 6-3Weight: 223

The top-ranked specialist in the 2024 draft class, Taylor set an NCAA-record with 4,479 punting yards in 2023, which earned him unanimous All-America honors and the Ray Guy Award. He also finished his career with the Iowa records for career punts (295) and punt yardage (13,657). Taylor has both the leg strength and accuracy to become one of the better punters in the NFL.

Age: 24Height: 6-4Weight: 317

Wallace needs to continue developing his consistency, but he is a smooth athlete with a wide base, punch-ready hands and improved physicality to finish. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him starting as an NFL rookie at right tackle or potentially inside at guard.

Penn State Nittany Lions


Age: 23Height: 6-6Weight: 231

Wilson has imposing size and stride length for potential mismatch opportunities, but he doesn’t always play up to his frame and currently lacks consistent focus and route precision for what the NFL requires. He reminds me of a lesser version of Devin Funchess (and is considered a tight end by several teams).

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 25Height: 6-5Weight: 244

McLachlan is a good-sized athlete who can shine at the catch point with his strong ball skills, although his development with routes and run blocking will determine his NFL ceiling. He projects as a reserve tight end with a chance to be a long-term contributor.

Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 252

Hunt is overly reliant on his athletic gifts and needs to become savvier with his hands and pass-rush approach, but his explosiveness, body length and willingness to be coached are attractive qualities. He is a draft-and-develop prospect who can fill a subpackage role as a rookie and play special teams.

Houston Christian Huskies


Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 228

Magee’s average play strength will stand out versus pro competition, but his athletic range and competitive play style are NFL-quality assets. He should be an outstanding special teamer as a rookie while he competes for defensive snaps.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 188

Richardson’s inability to consistently make plays on the football is a red flag, but his size/speed traits and ascending talent are tools that defensive coaches will want to develop in the NFL. He projects as a developmental press-man cornerback.

Mississippi State Bulldogs


Age: 22Height: 6-4Weight: 271

Reiman’s inexperience as a pass catcher and blocker is apparent, but he shows promise in both areas and should continue to improve with additional coaching. He will be targeted by “11” personnel offenses looking for a developmental Y/F tight end and special teamer.

Illinois Fighting Illini


Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 302

Carter doesn’t have a true difference-making trait on the field, but he is smart, strong and very active. He might never be a full-time starter, but he will give a team value as a rotational three-technique (even fronts) or five-technique (odd fronts).

Age: 24Height: 6-5Weight: 313

Foster isn’t a great bender, and his footwork and technique must continue to improve. But his size, strength and functional movements are a solid starting point for an NFL team looking for a developmental prospect. He projects as a backup left tackle with a chance to be more.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 216

Oladapo doesn’t have ideal top-end speed or rangy ball skills for deep coverage, but he is a good-sized athlete who trusts his sightlines and enjoys making noise in the run game. He projects best as a down safety who can also earn his paycheck on special teams.

Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 221

Guerendo doesn’t have an impressive body of work, but his build, explosiveness and ability on passing downs (blocking and receiving) suggest his NFL resume will far outshine what he did in college — if he can stay healthy. Along with competing on special teams, he projects best in a one-cut, outside-zone scheme that will give him runways to show off his speed.

Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 202

Hart’s traits are more intriguing than his tape, but his body length and linear twitch are an attractive combination that helps him match up with both size and speed. His versatility as gunner/jammer on punt coverages will boost his NFL chances.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 248

Kamara doesn’t have the ideal size or length, but his physicality and energetic athleticism shouldn’t be discounted for the right role. He projects as a high-effort rotational edge rusher and a poor man’s Ogbo Okoronkwo.

Age: 22Height: 6-0Weight: 203

Brade needs to be more consistent as a ballhawk and tackle-finisher, but his confident, cerebral trigger and athletic mentality are promising traits. He has the tools for an interchangeable nickel/safety role and will play on special teams from Day 1.

Age: 21Height: 6-3Weight: 260

Johnson is still learning how to build an efficient rush sequence, but he has interesting athletic tools, and an NFL team should be able to coach more out of him. Although he might never reach three-down-starter status, he can develop into a serviceable subpackage rusher.

Age: 24Height: 6-0Weight: 236

Ulofoshio might have a capped ceiling in the NFL, but he has overachieved at every other level because of his football instincts and active play style. He has the “all-in” mentality of a core special teamer who can make a living covering kicks while competing for defensive snaps.

Age: 22Height: 6-3Weight: 302

Robinson plays with a rugged, physical demeanor and the play strength to stay connected, but his middling mirror skills in protection will be targeted by NFL pass rushers. He has a chance to provide depth for a power-based scheme in the NFL.

Age: 23Height: 5-10Weight: 202

Smith lacks desired size, but he is a balanced mover and relies on his combination of football instincts, toughness and physicality to make plays. He projects as a rookie special teamer who can grow into a No. 3 safety or nickel role.

Age: 23Height: 5-10Weight: 190

Newton has only average twitch and long speed for tight coverage versus NFL athletes, but he is instinctive and competitive with inside-outside experience. He projects best in a zone-heavy scheme, in which he can work short areas and play the ball in front of him.

Age: 21Height: 6-3Weight: 303

Taylor doesn’t lack for talent, but the raw physical tools aren’t enough and won’t deliver consistent on-field production until he develops a more disciplined approach. While there is untapped potential there, it will require a patient coaching staff and complete buy-in from the player for him to work his way into an NFL rotation.

Age: 23Height: 5-11Weight: 206

Ali needs to improve his forward lean as a runner, as well as his ball security and blocking, but he has burst in his lower half with a breakaway gear once he feels an opening. He projects best in a zone-blocking scheme and has some Marlon Mack to his game, although durability is the key to his NFL future.

Marshall Thundering Herd


Age: 23Height: 6-6Weight: 317

Goncalves has several skills that will translate to tackle in the NFL, but a move inside to guard as a phone-booth blocker should better accentuate his size, strength and play style. He projects as an NFL reserve who can provide depth at multiple positions.

Age: 24Height: 6-3Weight: 194

Jackson is still learning how to be disciplined and read routes, but his improvements in 2023 are encouraging, as are as his competitive spirit and ability to disrupt air space with his rare size. He is at his best as a press-man cornerback who can also be productive on special teams.

Age: 23Height: 5-9Weight: 188

Jackson is undersized and needs to stay off the injury report, but he offers both long speed and short-area quickness, along with the route instincts to create pockets of separation for his quarterback. He projects as an NFL slot with Day 1 value as a punt returner.

Age: 22Height: 5-10Weight: 197

Harden doesn’t offer ideal length or long speed, but he plays quick, confident and is a roughneck competitor in both coverage and run support. With NFL-quality fluidity and ball skills, he can handle coverage duties from multiple techniques (inside or outside) and has the traits to earn a starting nickel job as a rookie.

Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 264

Jackson’s body tightness and lack of balance will follow him to the NFL, but so will his urgent attacking skills and relentless motor. He projects as a rotational edge defender for a scheme that can turn him loose.

Washington State Cougars


Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 254

Ceaser finds himself slowed down by power-based blockers, but he shows variety in his pass rush, and NFL teams should be encouraged by his athletic flashes and football character. He projects as a part-time rusher with promise.

Age: 22Height: 6-5Weight: 332

Thomas has sloppy tendencies and needs to stay off the ground, but he is a smooth mover with strong mitts that help him batter and sustain (when they are well placed). His raw power might be accentuated best at guard in the NFL.

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns


Age: 23Height: 5-8Weight: 174

Gould has a chance to carve out a role for himself in the NFL, because of his speed, but further route polish is needed to help balance out his diminutive size. His punt-return experience helps his chances of staying on a roster, similar to Jakeem Grant.

Age: 25Height: 6-1Weight: 199

Proctor has some hiccups in man coverage, but he sees the field well and offers the range and run-defending skills to work his way up an NFL team’s safety depth chart. He has a skill set that should shine on special teams, although everything will depend on his ability to stay healthy.

Age: 23Height: 6-4Weight: 297

Eboigbe plays with the mentality and fundamental ability to control the point of attack. If he receives clean medical checks from team doctors, he can provide scheme-versatile depth on the defensive line.

Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 198

McCaffrey doesn’t always uncover as easily as his testing numbers might suggest, but he is smart and controlled in his route movements with the tough-minded ball skills to be a steady possession target. His ability to carve out a role on special teams could be the key to him earning a roster spot as a rookie.

Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 187

With 547 career points, Reichard scored more than any other player in NCAA history. He finished his career with the Alabama records for field goals, field goals of 50-plus yards and point-after attempts. Reichard also handled kickoff duties. Alabama hasn’t had a kicker drafted since 1966, but look for that to change in April.

Age: 22Height: 6-1Weight: 243

Jacobs’ lack of physicality is a concern for the next level, but he has subpackage value and will earn an immediate role on special-teams coverages. He projects as a backup and a poor man’s version of the Buffalo Bills’ Terrel Bernard.

Penn State Nittany Lions


Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 228

Hopper needs to be more consistent at the point of attack and as a finisher, but he is a fast-flowing athlete with the pursuit skills and blitzing talent to find a home in the NFL. He projects as a run-and-chase rotational linebacker with the skill set for special teams.

Age: 24Height: 6-3Weight: 326

Leveston needs to introduce more technical control and finesse to his execution, but he has the functional movements and power in his lower half and hands that the NFL requires inside at guard. He projects as an NFL reserve who should continue to see more snaps as he gets comfortable on the interior.

Age: 24Height: 6-1Weight: 185

Jones’ undisciplined tendencies and lack of play strength are concerns, but he has the man-to-man athletic tools that will interest press-heavy teams.

Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 235

Bertrand is sawed-off with only adequate range in coverage, but he processes well with the play-recognition skills and competitive makeup that will endear him to NFL coaches. He projects as a backup linebacker with rotational value in the NFL.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Age: 24Height: 6-4Weight: 308

Ayedze doesn’t have overwhelming size and needs to prove himself against NFL power, but he plays with control and several baseline traits that will translate well. He projects as a developmental guard who can play tackle in a pinch.

Age: 23Height: 5-11Weight: 188

Thrash doesn’t have a true distinguishing trait as a receiver, but his separation quickness and receiving savvy will be lifelines to an NFL career. His inexperience on special teams will need to change quickly once in an NFL camp.

Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 304

Eguakun doesn’t have the length or brute power to overwhelm the man across from him, but he is an assignment-sound blocker with appealing movement skills and an instinctive feel for staying on schedule with his hands. With his leadership and skill set, he projects as a rotational center and should appeal to any scheme.

Age: 22Height: 6-1Weight: 185

McGlothern is an average athlete, and coaches won’t be using his technique for teaching tape. His route anticipation and play confidence, however, are the type of traits zone-scheme teams should target in the draft. He is an interesting mid-round prospect who reminds me of an underdeveloped version of Carlton Davis.

Age: 22Height: 5-9Weight: 174

Washington’s size will immediately turn off some teams, but his competitive focus and playmaking instincts are the “make-it” qualities evaluators desire at the receiver position. He will push for slot and special-teams snaps during his rookie season.

Age: 22Height: 6-3Weight: 301

Lee doesn’t have the power desired by most schemes, but he can handle surface blocks in the run game while staying stout in pass pro, thanks to his quickness and technique. In the right situation, he can secure a backup role and compete for NFL playing time.

Age: 23Height: 6-5Weight: 274

Watts is a frenetic pass rusher and still figuring out how to properly unlock all his power, but the physical traits and competitive mentality are there for him to become a valuable part of a defensive line rotation with additional coaching. He might never put it all together, but he is worth a Day 3 draft pick to find out.

Age: 24Height: 5-8Weight: 202

Schrader doesn’t run with desired tempo or elusiveness, but he is an attitude runner who sets the tone with his physicality and contact balance. There is a place in the NFL for his competitive run style and make-it mentality.

Age: 21Height: 6-6Weight: 251

Barner is lighter than ideal to be an every-down Y tight end and doesn’t have the resume of a playmaking receiver, but he is a solid athlete with pass-catching upside and the play personality to handle run-blocking duties. He can provide depth on an NFL roster as a flex tight end.

Age: 23Height: 5-10Weight: 186

Devonshire is more of an aggressive athlete than true instinctive ballhawk, but his linear burst, speed and length help him make plays in coverage. He is a developmental player with the tools to play man, zone and special teams

Age: 24Height: 6-1Weight: 215

Leary has NFL-level arm talent and the tools required to fight for a reserve role, but the consistency of his timing and accuracy must improve to convince a pro coaching staff he is worth a spot.

Age: 22Height: 5-11Weight: 206

Williams doesn’t have playmaking instincts in the deep half of the field, but he is an energetic field presence with a trigger and toughness that are easy to appreciate. He projects as a backup strong safety and core special teamer in the mold of Alohi Gilman.

Age: 23Height: 6-5Weight: 314

Rouse might not have a distinguishing trait to hang his hat on, but he has NFL size and smarts with passable athleticism and strength to compete for an NFL roster spot. He is a potential swing tackle at the next level.

Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 241

Bell isn’t a dynamic weapon, but he has pass-catching talent, and NFL teams will like his contact balance and competitive chops as a blocker, receiver and after the catch. A similar player to the Houston Texans’ Brevin Jordan, he can earn a No. 2 tight end role.

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 194

Anthony doesn’t have top-tier speed or fluidity, but he is an aggressive athlete, and his physicality and ball skills really shine when he has an opportunity to go make a play. He projects best as a nickel defender who can work underneath and overlap responsibilities in the secondary.

Age: 21Height: 5-11Weight: 190

King is a fluid athlete with the aggressive play personality desired for the position, but his inconsistent tackling, coverage spacing and feel for when to take chances will continue to result in volatility in his game. He is viewed as a possible safety candidate by several NFL teams.

Penn State Nittany Lions


Age: N/AHeight: 6-8Weight: 313

Driskell has towering size, and leverage will always be an area of emphasis for him, but he displays the functional movement skills and encouraging power to earn meaningful snaps in the NFL. Though further development is needed, he has a realistic chance to grow into a swing tackle.

Marshall Thundering Herd


Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 286

Harris is an undersized tackle who can be neutralized versus long-armed blockers, but he has the quickness and instincts to clear creases as a one-gap penetrator. He can find an NFL home as part of a rotation.

Age: 24Height: 6-2Weight: 253

Thomas is a “flash” pass rusher who plays with energetic feet and hands, but his body of work runs hot and cold as both a pass rusher and run defender. He has the talent to earn a subpackage pass-rushing role in the NFL — and still offers upside if he stays locked in.

Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 239

Ford doesn’t play with exceptional burst or speed, but his instinctive approach to the game puts him in position to make plays and hasn’t let him down yet. He projects somewhere between a reserve and rotational middle linebacker in the NFL.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 212

Johnson doesn’t have dominant physical traits or polish, but he has pro tools and should continue to hone his skills with further coaching. He will compete for a rotational outside-receiver role in the NFL.

Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 233

Knight has some coverage limitations, but he is a rabid dog against the run, with the instincts and play personality that directly led to production. He has rosterable talent at the next level and is looking to become UTEP’s first defensive draft pick since 2008 (Quintin Demps).

Age: 24Height: 6-5Weight: 246

Milton has the physical tools that scream first-round pick, but his passing instincts and ability to read the field are undeveloped. He is a project quarterback prospect, and some teams believe he will eventually transition to tight end in the NFL (similar path as Logan Thomas).

Age: 23Height: 6-4Weight: 252

All needs to continue developing his consistency, but he is solid across the board with his athletic receiving traits and willingness as a blocker. If healthy (a big “if”), he projects as a No. 2 tight end on an NFL depth chart, as an F tight end or H-back.

Age: 21Height: 6-4Weight: 324

Cohen is a physical, square-cut blocker who can lock up targets when he stays centered, but he has trouble combating quick defenders on his edges. He projects as a backup with potential to be more.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 234

Liufau has intriguing traits with his length, burst and violence, but he must improve his play instincts to balance out his relentless play style. He should shine as a “core four” special teamer in the NFL while he gets coached up for a chance at meaningful defensive snaps (similar to the Las Vegas Raiders’ Divine Deablo).

Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 200

Travis is a competitive and creative dual-threat quarterback, but the sporadic elements to his game and average size/arm limit his NFL upside. He projects as a No. 2 or 3 option best-suited for a rhythm offense.

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 301

Crumedy’s tape is more sporadic than consistent, but if you grade the flashes, not many 300-pounders have his athletic movements and power potential, which will keep him around if his fire stays lit. He projects as a rotational three-technique in a 4-3 or five-technique in odd fronts.

Mississippi State Bulldogs


Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 227

Carlies has the length and speed that catches your eye, but he isn’t an overly instinctive player and might be stuck between being an oversized safety and subpackage linebacker. For most defensive schemes, he projects best as a box player who can man-up tight ends and blitz (and also play on special teams).

Age: 24Height: 6-3Weight: 316

Lovett is a slow-twitch big man with better flashes than consistency, but he is stout at contact with the God-given length and power to continue getting better as a pass rusher. He has a scheme-versatile skill set and projects as a rotational interior lineman.

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 22Height: 5-11Weight: 213

Vaki plays with the physicality and downhill speed NFL coaches desire at safety, but his fluidity and instincts in coverage don’t match up and will hinder his chances of earning steady defensive snaps at the next level. His potential as a core special teamer could be his ticket to an NFL roster spot.

Age: 24Height: 5-9Weight: 206

Laube might not be a full-time running back or receiver in the NFL, but he has the multi-dimensional skill set that overlaps both positions and offers value on special teams. The Danny Woodhead comparison is a little on the nose, but it best encapsulates Laube’s versatile talent.

Age: 22Height: 6-3Weight: 296

Randolph is missing an explosive element to his arsenal, but he maintains gap integrity with his ability to lock out, track and do his job in the run game. He projects as an NFL backup who offers scheme versatility and depth at multiple positions.

Illinois Fighting Illini


Age: 21Height: 5-9Weight: 184

Smith-Wade must adapt a more disciplined approach in both coverage and run support to mask his lack of elite size, speed and strength, but he is a loose-moving and tough-minded athlete who has yet to play his best football. He projects as a developmental cornerback and could increase his NFL chances with a move inside.

Washington State Cougars


Age: 24Height: 6-0Weight: 202

Flournoy is more athletic than skilled as a route runner, and cornerbacks stick to him at the break point, but he has large, accepting hands with balance and body control before, during and after the catch. He projects as an NFL rotational receiver who can earn playing time with further development.

SE Missouri State Redhawks


Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 246

Solomon has a unique collection of traits in a smaller-framed body, but he is disproportionately long with the bend, burst and motor that make him a pass-rushing pest. He can play on special teams and earn a rotational role on defense, like how James Houston is deployed by the Detroit Lions.

Age: 23Height: 6-5Weight: 318

Gargiulo needs to play with more consistent balance through contact for longer sustained engagements, but he is a fluid, efficient mover with a quick processor and position versatility. He can earn a backup role for a zone-heavy scheme.

South Carolina Gamecocks


Age: 24Height: 6-2Weight: 329

Boyd can get stuck on blocks versus long-armed resistance, but he is a stout run stuffer who eats up space and flashes pass-rush potential. He will interest different schemes as a quality depth piece.

Age: 22Height: 5-11Weight: 190

Jones has an impressive athletic profile, and his inside-outside experience is a plus, but he plays too reactionary and needs to better pick up on route clues to survive in NFL coverage. He projects as a potential reserve and special teamer.

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 22Height: 6-3Weight: 308

Monk doesn’t have elite size and strength, which puts more of a premium on his technique, but his foot quickness and football IQ belong on an NFL roster. He projects best as a backup center who can fill in at guard in a pinch.

Age: 23Height: 5-11Weight: 225

Muasau might not be elite in any one area, but he is a well-rounded linebacker with the play recognition and tackling skills that will translate to any level. Similar in ways to Sione Takitaki, he projects as an NFL backup who can hold his own when he sees the field.

Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 192

Hadden’s lack of desired speed, twitch and durability for the position are red flags, but he plays with the decisive trigger that leads to ball production. He is a prototypical Cover-2 cornerback.

Age: 22Height: 5-11Weight: 204

Stiggers is understandably raw in several areas, because of his lack of experience, but he is an alert ball denier with the size, athleticism and mentality that can be developed. He is worth a draft pick, although it might take a patient coaching staff to get him NFL-ready.

Toronto Argonauts (CFL)


Age: 22Height: 5-9Weight: 190

Smith doesn’t have ideal size or catch radius, but he is an instinctive athlete with the twitchy gear change and competitive toughness to be productive with the ball in his hands. He can be a team’s top punt returner as a rookie, and his offensive skill set shows similarities to Elijah Moore.

Age: 21Height: 6-3Weight: 247

Harrell lacks fluidity and doesn’t fool anyone with his rush plan, but he brings a ton of effort and purpose in all areas. He projects as a subpackage NFL rusher, similar in ways to 2021 Pittsburgh Steelers draft pick Quincy Roche.

Age: N/AHeight: 6-8Weight: 313

Crum needs continued refinement with his technique to mask some of his deficiencies, but he plays quick, stout and experienced. He will compete for a reserve swing tackle role in the NFL.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 233

Watson’s average agility and erratic instincts lead to inconsistencies, but he has size, quick reaction speed and tackling skills to fill up the stat sheet. He will need to shine on special teams to lock up a backup role for an NFL defense.

Mississippi State Bulldogs


Age: 23Height: 6-5Weight: 310

Keegan is an average athlete and lacks a truly distinguishing trait, but he is a physical, blue-collar blocker who made steady improvements as a senior that gave scouts optimism. He will have a chance to earn his keep as a depth piece in the NFL.

Age: 24Height: 6-3Weight: 234

Holker has limited value as a blocker, but his smooth athleticism and adjustment skills as a pass catcher can get him on the field. He projects as an F tight end or developmental H-back, who is at his best working from the slot and on the move.

Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 175

Weaver needs to prove he can produce when working against physicality in the NFL, but he is a quality athlete and route runner with ball-tracking skills. He projects as a backup Z with punt-return potential.

Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 316

Jefferson needs to develop his technical efficiency to be more disruptive, but his burst off the ball and upper-body strength can give him an early advantage into battle. He projects as a rotational lineman on the interior who still has some upside left.

Age: 22Height: 6-0Weight: 213

Perry will occasionally lose his man when left on an island, but his explosive athleticism allows for quick recoveries and shows in the run game, as well. He projects as an NFL reserve with upside to see the field in subpackages and on special teams.

Age: 23Height: 6-6Weight: 317

Glover isn’t an explosive athlete, and achieving leverage will be a constant battle for him, but he also isn’t a slug and looks for ways to unleash his power in all areas. Given his experience at both tackle and guard, he can provide depth at multiple spots on a team’s depth chart.

Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 246

Duke is an energetic speed rusher who has lower body bend to win at the top of his rush, but his lack of ideal length and shed strength might always be restricting against NFL competition. He projects as a developmental Will linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

Kansas State Wildcats


Age: 22Height: 5-11Weight: 217

Johnson is best suited for a complementary role at the next level that showcases his decision-making, traffic burst and diversity on passing downs. Although teams understandably have concerns about his body holding up, he has plenty to offer an NFL offense.

Age: 22Height: 6-4Weight: 309

Henderson has the length and movement skill that NFL offensive line coaches want to work with, but his inconsistent slide tempo and overall feel for balance might put a cap on his pro ceiling. There is some upside there for a zone-blocking scheme to develop.

Age: 23Height: 5-10Weight: 188

Dixon is a feisty man-cover cornerback who is just as likely to lead the team in passes defended as he is coverage penalties. He has the talent to get onto an NFL field (defense and special teams), although he will need to make adjustments to stay there.

Penn State Nittany Lions


Age: 22Height: 6-5Weight: 254

McGregor will need time to become more polished destructing blocks, but he is long, fast and explosive, making him an interesting draft-and-develop target on Day 3. His raw tools and upside remind me of Alex Wright, who was a third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and has grown into a valuable role player for the Cleveland Browns

Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 299

McMahon doesn’t have desirable physical dimensions and is likely a center only in the NFL, but he is unencumbered with his movements and well-versed with his technique, giving him a chance to find a home in a zone-based scheme.

North Carolina State Wolfpack


Age: 21Height: 5-11Weight: 188

Still doesn’t offer the high-end size or speed that most NFL teams target, but he is a smooth-moving athlete with the natural instincts and ball reactions to keep the attention of NFL coaches. He projects best as a nickel in a zone-heavy scheme, in which he can work top down.

Age: N/AHeight: 6-4Weight: 235

A four-year starting punter at BYU, Rehkow finished No. 2 in the FBS with a 48.4 punting average in 2023. If that last name sounds familiar, it is because Ryan’s brother, Austin, spent time with the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts as a kicker.

Age: 24Height: 6-1Weight: 211

Hartman is a Greg Maddux-type of quarterback: He has average velocity and drive power in his arm, but his feel for accuracy when he makes the right read is what makes him effective. He offers the toughness and intangibles to earn a No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback role on an NFL depth chart.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 212

Means doesn’t bring much route deception for easy separation, but he is an impressive height-weight-speed athlete with ball-winning ability downfield. He will compete for a backup role in the NFL and is reminiscent of a discounted version of Cedric Tillman.

Age: 22Height: 6-1Weight: 326

Jackson has a desirable nose tackle body type with his arm length, low center and raw power, but his disjointed hand usage and positional instincts are concerns for his next-level transition. He is a candidate to provide depth as a shade in a 4-3 front.

Age: 22Height: 6-1Weight: 208

Coker has a sizeable jump in competition waiting for him in the NFL, but he is a rangy athlete with the length, body coordination and ball tracking that won’t make him feel out of place. He projects as a rotational receiver capable of making an NFL roster as a rookie.

Age: 24Height: 6-1Weight: 220

Reed is a competitive and instinctive passer with a natural feel for where to go with the ball, although several of his physical limitations will be difficult to overcome versus NFL speed. He projects as a No. 3 quarterback on a depth chart and practice-squad candidate.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers


Age: 22Height: 6-0Weight: 218

Davis isn’t a proven third-down option, but he runs tough and balanced with the feet to pick through the defense on early downs. There is some Alexander Mattison to his game, and his skill set should project well to special teams.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits


Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 301

Davis doesn’t have high-upside traits that NFL teams generally desire, but he reads well, stays active and offers the experience to add depth to an NFL defensive line room. He projects as a rotational nose tackle in the NFL, although it might be tough for him to become much more than that.

Age: 23Height: 5-11Weight: 191

Drew must show better trust in his cover instincts, but he has the length, speed and ball skills to stay on an NFL field. His developmental tools give him a chance, even if it takes some time on the practice squad.

Age: 21Height: 6-4Weight: 231

Williams is more of a tweener athlete than a seasoned football player, but he is a full-throttle enforcer with a unique skill set that will intrigue several NFL defensive coordinators. He projects best in a Robber/Cover-3 scheme and offers versatility in subpackages to blitz or match tight ends.

Age: 20Height: 6-1Weight: 172

No kicker in Arkansas’ program history has been more accurate than Little. He converted 82.8 percent of his field-goal attempts (53-for-64) and never missed an extra-point attempt (129-for-129). Little also earned first team All-SEC honors as a kickoff specialist in 2023.

Age: 24Height: 6-6Weight: 260

Spann-Ford must improve his consistency — especially in the red zone — for him to stay on an NFL field, but he is a smooth athlete with the body flexibility and toughness that translates to the pro game. He will interest NFL teams looking for a promising Y tight end prospect with rotational upside.

Minnesota Golden Gophers


Age: 22Height: 6-5Weight: 329

Ezirim has athletic tools and outstanding size but is inexperienced and will need time with a patient coaching staff that can continue developing his talent and building his confidence on the offensive line. He is a draft-and-stash prospect with developmental traits.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels


Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 229

Chambers needs to continue developing his feel for blocking schemes and cover responsibilities, but his athletic range and play personality are solid foundational traits for the next level. He has the talent to compete for a rotational linebacker and special-teams role in the NFL.

Age: 23Height: 5-9Weight: 213

Edwards is more quick than fast and doesn’t have ideal size, but he is a shifty, change-of-pace runner with promising pass-protection skills. It won’t be a surprise if he sticks in the NFL, because of his run urgency and potential on passing downs.

Age: N/AHeight: 6-4Weight: 324

Bills is a subpar athlete and won’t stand out with his movement skills, but he works well enough in short areas with the heavy hands and toughness to wear down defenders. Although his ceiling might not be very high in the NFL, he offers a functional skill set that can provide immediate interior depth.

Age: 24Height: 5-9Weight: 200

Watson might not have a featured role in the NFL, but his run balance and patient instincts make him a slippery threat with the ball in his hands. Despite his inconsistencies as a pass blocker, he projects best as a third-down back.

Age: 22Height: 6-4Weight: 314

Raym has NFL toughness and instincts, but he might be forced to play with perfect technique/leverage to compensate for his lack of ideal athleticism and length — which will be a tall task versus NFL defenders. He projects as a potential backup who can become more in the right situation.

Age: 23Height: 6-6Weight: 278

Cole is a persistent power rusher with leg drive and elite length, although his immature instincts (rushing the passer and setting the edge) will make him a project in the NFL. His tools are more interesting than his playmaking talent, but he still has room to develop and can give a defense quality snaps as a three-technique or on the edge.

Texas Tech Red Raiders


Age: 24Height: 6-5Weight: 311

Greenfield must make improvements to his anchor and recovery skills to combat NFL opponents, but he is a smooth-moving big man who is at his best on wide and mid-zone plays. He projects as a potential swing tackle in the NFL.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits


Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 208

Watts has elite size and an outstanding athletic profile, but undisciplined tendencies in his coverage likely will push him to safety in the NFL (he saw safety reps during East-West Shrine Bowl practices). His special-teams potential could help keep him on an NFL roster during his likely position change.

Age: 23Height: 6-5Weight: 300

Hanson has functional movements and really focuses on the fundamental details of the position, but he will need to get stronger to outlast defenders in the NFL. He projects as a potential reserve on the interior.

Age: 24Height: 6-6Weight: 312

Pearl is still rough around the edges, but if he can improve his oversetting and lunging tendencies as a pass blocker, he has the size, movement skills and run-blocking ability to make an NFL roster.

Illinois Fighting Illini


Age: N/AHeight: 6-1Weight: 207

Karty set a Stanford record with 23 made field goals in 2023, and he also hit 21 of 21 extra points. He was impressive from distance, too. Of his 23 converted field goals, 11 came from 40-plus yards, and he hit a 56-yarder against Notre Dame.

Age: 23Height: 6-5Weight: 305

Latham’s physical tools are very average, and he needs to play with better control and continue strengthening his core to secure an NFL roster spot. His grit and processing give him a chance to stick in the league and are why some NFL scouts grade him best as a developmental center.

Age: 23Height: 5-9Weight: 179

Williams is an undersized, yet explosive pass catcher with the nifty skills to make something out of nothing with the ball in his hands. He projects as a rotational slot option and punt returner.

Illinois Fighting Illini


Age: 23Height: 6-4Weight: 239

Jean-Baptiste lacks dynamic traits in his play, but he battles and has enough tools that warrant further development. He is worth bringing to camp and possibly adding to the practice squad.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Age: 22Height: 5-9Weight: 179

Hardy has the linear burst and toughness required for slot work, but his lack of size and strength will be tough to mask in coverage and run support versus NFL athletes. His value as a return man can help him stay on an NFL roster while he competes for defensive snaps.

Penn State Nittany Lions


Age: 24Height: 5-9Weight: 193

Jordan is a lightweight runner with questionable durability to secure a meaningful role at the NFL level, but he has the start/stop quickness and natural run instincts to be a change-of-pace option in the right situation. He also brings value as a kick returner.

Age: 23Height: 5-10Weight: 181

Griffin lacks polish as a route runner, but he can be dangerous with the ball in his hands, and his return talent is a strong selling point. He projects as a bottom-of-the-roster receiver or a practice-squad candidate with return upside.

Mississippi State Bulldogs


Age: 24Height: 5-11Weight: 232

Barrett doesn’t have the size teams desire in base and lacks playmaking reaction time, but he plays fast and physically with a forceful demeanor. He is a bargain-bin version of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Nick Bolton and has the talent to earn a role on special teams.

Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 200

Anusiem’s lack of on-ball production is concerning, but he plays with an edge and has the height/weight/speed blend that is coveted by NFL teams. He projects as a rotational press-man corner with zone experience.

Age: 22Height: 5-7Weight: 213

Vidal isn’t the most dynamic in the open field, but his contact balance, run power and pass-pro skills will appeal to a team searching for an instinctive between-the-tackles back. He will have a chance to earn a rotational spot in camp.

Age: 24Height: 6-5Weight: 306

Grable has only been playing offensive line for four years and is understandably undeveloped in a few areas, but the improvements he’s shown in a short time and his athletic upside are promising. He is a developmental prospect (some teams like him best at center) who has yet to play his best football.

Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 183

Prince will have a tough time staying connected to NFL-level route runners, especially in off coverage, but his speed and toughness (on defense and special teams) will stand out once he gets into an NFL camp. He projects best as a press-man corner and will have a chance to make the bottom of an NFL roster or practice squad.

Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 313

Briggs lacks ideal length, and his rush talent is a work in progress, but his mix of one-gap quickness and power could earn him a depth spot.

Age: 23Height: 6-6Weight: 315

Coker is an experienced, wide-bodied blocker with the base fundamentals and toughness to survive in the NFL, but his margin of error will be very small against NFL speed and power. He projects as a depth piece at both tackle and guard.

Age: 23Height: 6-5Weight: 281

Lee is a good-looking athlete with a worker-bee attitude, although his frame and skill set might find him caught in between positions at the next level, limiting his NFL ceiling. He projects best as a reserve base end or three-technique in a four-man line.

Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 205

Whittington’s college career was one of perseverance, and although it will take more than that to carve out an NFL career, his dependable and athletic skill set will speak to pro coaches. He projects as a back-end roster receiver with inside-outside ability and special-teams upside.

Age: 23Height: 5-11Weight: 190

Dial has the ball skills and burst that give him a chance to earn an NFL role, but his undisciplined spacing in coverage must improve to match up with NFL receivers. He could be an option for zone schemes.

South Carolina Gamecocks


Age: 23Height: 5-9Weight: 179

Tipton is undersized and unproven versus high-level corner play, but he is speedy and shifty enough to uncover with quick, focused hands to pluck the football (Tyler Scott-like).

Age: 21Height: 5-10Weight: 221

McClellan lacks a true distinguishing trait to separate him in this running back class, but he has functional size, quickness and contact balance to be a quality backfield option if given the chance. His development as a receiver and blocker might be the difference in whether or not he can claim a permanent NFL role.

Age: 22Height: 6-2Weight: 216

Owens boasts first-round physical traits in his length and explosive speed, but his key-and-diagnose skills have yet to mature and could make him a liability on an NFL field. A move to linebacker might be in his future, and his impact on special teams could be his saving grace to making an NFL roster.

Age: 22Height: 6-5Weight: 300

Turner doesn’t have any dominant traits and needs to improve his composure (pre- and post-snap), but he can create seals in pass pro and the run game when his technique is right. He projects as a center only who will compete for a roster spot if he brings consistency with him to camp.

Age: N/AHeight: 5-10Weight: 173

Johnson works well from off coverage with his wide vision and drive speed, but he is an average-twitch athlete, and his lack of size and strength will be tough to overcome in the NFL. He needs to prove himself in the nickel and on special teams to make a pro roster.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 193

Cephus isn’t a burner and is only average after the catch, but his body control and quarterback-friendly ball skills are better than several pass catchers currently playing on Sundays.

Age: 23Height: 6-4Weight: 306

Barnhart doesn’t have any dominant traits that will help him stand out on an NFL field, but he has a functional skill set and prefers to play a physical brand of football. He projects as a potential NFL backup on the interior.

Age: 24Height: 5-9Weight: 180

Bishop won’t be an option for teams that prioritize length at the position, but his speed and ball skills can help a more forgiving club overlook his lack of inches.

West Virginia Mountaineers


Age: 22Height: 5-7Weight: 206

Bailey might not have ideal size or run power, but he easily strings moves together to create yardage in space and is dangerous when he works in concert with his blockers. His game reminds me of Eric Gray — another former Big 12 back, who was selected in the fifth round in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 244

Tupuola-Fetui isn’t a dynamic athlete, which limits his NFL ceiling, but he allows his violent hands and dogged determination to do his talking, giving him a chance to make an NFL roster. He projects best as a rotational edge rusher.

Age: 24Height: 6-0Weight: 208

I would have liked another season of college tape from Key to see if his conservative trigger could speed up to an SEC level, but he is a smart player with enough size and speed to get a fair shot in the pros. He is a potential backup free safety and special teamer.

Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 206

Taylor is quicker than fast and might have a tough time covering NFL receivers from the post, but his instinctive ball skills and feel for route concepts can help him overcome average range. He reminds me a lot of Damar Hamlin when he was coming out of Pittsburgh.

Age: 23Height: 5-11Weight: 210

DeLoach doesn’t have the size or strength to be an every-down player in the NFL, but he has subpackage potential in the right situation if he continues to develop in coverage. His ability to consistently be the first guy down the field on kickoffs might be his saving grace.

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 23Height: 6-3Weight: 305

Jones is very average across the board, and NFL talent will feast on his inexperience, but he is a strong practice-squad candidate for a team that sees his development potential.

Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 201

Washington is a sleek, speedy athlete with secure hands to be a possession target, but he struggles to create consistent separation and needs to prove himself on special teams.

Illinois Fighting Illini


Age: 24Height: 5-10Weight: 208

Holani isn’t super twitchy, and his injury history might be an issue, but he has outstanding reactive instincts and a well-rounded skill set that NFL coaches will trust in any situation. He can be a depth piece on an NFL roster.

Age: 23Height: 6-0Weight: 230

Casey’s aggressiveness is a classic double-edged sword, as his play style is more attacking than instinctive, which works on some plays and backfires on others. He has the baseline traits and special-teams background to potentially earn a rotational role in the NFL.

Age: 23Height: 6-2Weight: 223

Slovis has the functional skills to be a productive passer when everything around him is going right, but he didn’t put enough on tape to suggest he can elevate an offense when things fall apart around him. He is practice-squad candidate who will have a chance to grow into a backup role in the NFL.

Age: 23Height: 6-7Weight: 349

Dankwah is a work in progress, as he learns how to maximize his gifts and compensate for his tall center of gravity. But his promising movements and God-given size are the foundation of something an NFL coaching staff can mold. In several ways, he reminds me of an FCS version of Dawand Jones.

Age: 24Height: 6-2Weight: 243

Westover isn’t a special athlete or smash-mouth blocker, but he is a well-rounded player in a smaller body who catches the ball really well. His special-teams background will help his chances, and he would fit best in an offense like those found in Miami or San Francisco (or maybe Seattle with the newly hired Ryan Grubb) — schemes that creatively use the H-back position.

Age: 23Height: 5-11Weight: 227

Bethune is a fast-flow linebacker who plays with intent and coverage upside, but his aggressive nature will be used against him at the NFL level. He projects as an NFL backup and special teamer.

Florida State Seminoles


Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 236

Hunter lacks explosive traits and is still refining his key-read process to play faster, but his physicality and pursuit stand out on tape. He will need to play well on special-teams coverages to make an NFL roster.

Age: 21Height: 5-8Weight: 187

Shirden is a smallish, impulsive runner with average run strength, but his short-area quickness and explosive speed are NFL-quality traits. He will need to prove himself on passing downs and special teams to earn his way onto an NFL roster.

Age: 22Height: 6-0Weight: 232

Gibbs doesn’t have the size or athletic profile to be in the same conversation as Logan Wilson or Chad Muma as an NFL prospect, but his instinctive tackle-hunting skills give him a chance. He projects best as a weakside linebacker and special teamer.

Age: 23Height: 6-7Weight: 352

Manu isn’t NFL ready, but he is a highly intriguing developmental tackle with rare athletic tools that might get him drafted.

British Columbia (Can.)


Age: 23Height: 6-1Weight: 298

Nugent is efficient, alert, tough and didn’t have many losses on tape, but sustaining against bigger, quicker defenders will be a daunting task.

Age: 23Height: 6-7Weight: 313

A native of the Dominican Republic, Matos was a standout baseball and basketball player in his youth, and he moved to the United States to further his athletic career. After two seasons on New Mexico’s basketball squad, he transferred to South Florida and came off the bench in 2021. Matos decided to walk on to the USF football team in 2022, despite having zero prior experience. Although he is a project, his testing numbers might get him drafted: 35 1/4-inch arms, 4.90-second 40-yard dash, 1.77 10-yard, 28-inch vertical, 7.64 three-cone.

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