LSU senior G/T Vadal Alexander "is one of the SEC's best linemen and will be a key factor in Leonard Fournette's development at tailback," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
"Alexander is a valuable player wherever LSU has needed him in its physical offense," Brown wrote. "After starting nine games at right tackle as a freshman, he has started 25 games the last two seasons at left guard. Now, he's back at right tackle for his senior campaign, with La'el Collins gone." The college football analyst grades the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Alexander as the No. 69 overall player in the sport.
Vanderbilt senior edge rusher Caleb Azubike's "potential is as great as a night in downtown Nashville," according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.
"He was born in Nigeria and moved from England as a youth, so he's relatively inexperienced," Reuter wrote. "I'll bank on him stepping up his game using his powerful 6-foot-4, 270-pound frame as a senior." He's not the only one. Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason said earlier this month that he believes Azubike (pronounced az-ZOO-bah-KAY) will break out in 2015. "I moved Caleb to outside 'backer a year ago, and really in the 3-4 structure, he's not an outside 'backer. What he is is a 5-technique," Mason said. "But I do know this, now understanding a year later who he is and what we are defensively, it allows me to get him more one-on-one matchups."
Texas Tech redshirt senior OT Le'Raven Clark "boasts the quickness to seal the edge in an offense in which the quarterbacks don't get sacked often, despite the high number of pass attempts," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
"A mainstay on the Red Raiders offensive line, Clark has 38 career starts under his belt, beginning his career at right guard before becoming an All-Big 12 left tackle the last two years," Brown wrote. Brown, who believes Clark could play either G or T in the NFL, ranks Clark as the No. 71 overall player and the No. 10 offensive lineman in the land.
Penn State redshirt senior DL Anthony Zettel "is a prospect I may have underrated," admitted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
"He possesses the measurables and nastiness to be a big time player but really needs to put it together," Pauline wrote. Zettel drew a fourth-round grade from the expert. As a point of comparison, ESPN's Mel Kiper grades Zettel as the No. 3 senior defensive tackle prospect in the nation. The 6-foot-4, 278-pound Zettel started his career at DE but has become a force at DT for the Nittany Lions, adding 25 pounds of muscle to facilitate his transition inside.
Georgia senior edge rusher Jordan Jenkins is "not as explosive of an athlete as teammate Leonard Floyd, but he teams with Floyd and sophomore Lorenzo Carter to form a lethal combination of versatile pass rushers for coordinator Jeremy Pruitt," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
"Playing what's essentially a stand-up defensive end role, the 6-foot-3, 253-pound Jenkins had five sacks, 9 ½ tackles for loss and 70 total tackles last year, making strides while still not reaching his full potential," Brown wrote. The scribe grades Jenkins as the No. 9 linebacker and No. 72 overall player in the sport. Jenkins, a former five-star recruit, earned Georgia's Most Improved Player award in 2014.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian isn't concerned about his players getting overconfident following the media choosing the Trojans to win the Pac-12 in 2015.
"It's somewhat of a beauty contest right now," Sarkisian said. "I really don't think our guys are concerned with it." Oregon has won four of the last six Pac-12 titles, but of course lost Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota (amongst others) while the Trojans return three-year starter Cody Kessler (amongst others). "We don't need all the cameras and we don't need all the spotlight," sophomore linebacker Su'a Cravens said. "That comes with USC, but we don't need it. I think that's what makes us great."
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline disagrees with NFL scouts who grade Michigan State redshirt senior DT Joel Heath as a late-round pick.
"He offers size, growth potential and plays strong football," Pauline wrote. "Heath is equally adept at making plays on the ball handler as well as occupying blockers to create opportunities for teammates. I’m told scouts stamped Heath as a late rounder but I believe he’s middle round worthy and potentially a top 125 player should he turn in a productive senior campaign." The former defensive end moved to tackle in 2013. The 6-foot-6, 296-pounder posted career highs in tackles (29), TFL (five for 22 yards) and sacks (2.5 for 19 yards) last year.
North Carolina senior G Landon Turner "is the best player on an underrated Tar Heels offense, a legitimate NFL prospect with the possibility that he'll be the first guard off the board," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
"A 6-foot-4, 325-pound senior, Turner has excelled as a physical run blocker in 28 career starts," Brown wrote. Brown pegs Turner as the No. 11 offensive lineman and No. 73 overall player in the country. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner made Phil Steele's preseason All-American First Team and ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the top senior guard prospect in the country.