NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Joe Flacco is a better comparison for FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston rather than Cam Newton, who Winston compared himself to.
Winston's "game closely resembles the former Super Bowl MVP's play in the pocket," Brooks begins. "From the A-plus arm talent and long delivery to his footwork and sneaky athleticism, it's easy to see Winston developing like Flacco as a pro." We believe Winston's arm is a bit overrated when discussing velocity (i.e. A-plus), but his best traits by far are eye level and pocket awareness. Winston is working to shorten his delivery this season.
From a physical standpoint, Junior QB Wes Lunt "has the size, arm strength and athleticism that intrigues next level evaluators," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
"From a physical standpoint, Lunt has the size, arm strength and athleticism that intrigues next level evaluators and if he can lead an Illinois squad (without much NFL talent) to some success, it will only help his pro profile," Brugler wrote. The former four-star recruit transferred from Oklahoma State and ended up sitting out last season due to transfer rules. The 6-foot-5, 210 pound QB enters this year as the projected starter for the Fighting Illini, but he'll have to lead an offense without four of the top-five receivers from a year ago.
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman "needs to stay healthy moving forward to show scouts he has NFL durability."
"Coleman has good vision to read blocks and find holes and is at his best in the open field when he can get his momentum going. He doesn't display dynamic explosion in his cuts, but picks up steam as he goes with a second gear to finish runs downfield," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 205 pound Coleman led Indiana in rushing last year with 958 yards playing in nine games, while averaging a whopping 7.3 yards per carry. Unfortunately for Coleman, he missed the last three games of the season due to an ankle injury. The Hoosiers big play threat still managed to end up with 1,275 all-purpose yards on the season.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline urges readers to keep an eye on California senior S Michael Lowe.
The Bears obviously don't boast an embarrassment of future pro riches on their current roster, but Lowe is an exception. "Lowe is the only Cal senior who receives mention in scouting circles," Pauline writes. "Lowe is a legitimate NFL prospect and considering the number of late round safeties the program has put into the league, he’s one to watch." The free safety has "nice size," is "instinctive," takes "good angles" and is a "solid open field tackler," according to Pauline.
If Notre Dame junior DT Sheldon Day can "put it all together" this fall, he could have "an early exit and high-round selection in his future," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.
Day played on the outside in the past two seasons with Louis Nix clogging up the middle. He's expected to shift inside in the Fighting Irish's 4-3 scheme this fall. "Day exhibits an explosive first step, strong hands, and nice closing burst, looking the part of a prototypical 3-technique prospect who has the natural talent to be an elite interior rusher," Stephens wrote. "If he can put it all together this year, an early exit and high-round selection may be in his future."
CBS Sports' Derek Stephens notes that Notre Dame senior Austin Collinsworth boasts "good size, athleticism and improving instincts."
"Boasting good size, athleticism and improving instincts, the son of former All-Pro WR and now NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth rebounded from a season-ending shoulder injury suffered in the spring of 2012, to start 11 games for the Irish as a junior, posting 43 tackles and three interceptions," Stephens wrote. The 6-foot-1, 205 pound safety is also a "dynamic special teams contributor" earning Notre Dame's Special Teams Player of the Year award back in 2011. Collinsworth had a career-high 43 tackles, and had his first three career interceptions for the Irish in 2013.
CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes Notre Dame junior CB KeiVarae Russell "may have the highest ceiling of any 2015 Notre Dame prospect."
Russell was an impact performer from the moment he stepped onto campus in 2012 as a true freshman, earning FBS All-Independent Team Honorable Mention honors twice. He was the first true freshman corner in Fighting Irish history to start an opener, and went on to post 51 total tackles (40 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery and eight pass break-ups as a true sophomore last year. "Has length, quickness and ball skills to be one of the ACCs top CBs this season and could consider early-entry with a strong junior campaign," Stephens wrote.
TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes EMU senior TE Tyreese Russell "looks like a potential move tight end in the NFL."
"Tyreese Russell has his moments on film and looks like a potential move tight end in the NFL. He lacks great size which means forty time will be critical moving towards the 2015 draft and to be honest Russell does not present himself as a vertical threat on film," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 238 pound Russell started all 12 games for the Eagles last season, leading the team in receiving yards with 594 ,while adding three touchdown receptions. The Eastern Michigan prospect earned All-MAC Second Team honors in 2013, and has been named to the 2014 John Mackey Award Watch List.