If Auburn redshirt senior LB Kris Frost can display "a more consistent physicality against blockers during his senior campaign[, it] will improve his stock even more," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.
"Frost displayed a solid all-around game in his first year as a starter in 2014, moving well for his size in coverage, being effective as a blitzer, slipping blocks between the tackles, and hustling down plays from behind," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-2, 234-pounder had one interception, three pass breakups, 10 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and 85 total stops last year.
Eastern Washington redshirt senior G Aaron Neary "departed high school at 245 pounds and coming off an injury, but he has grown into a legitimate NFL prospect with starting potential," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.
It's been quite a ride to NFL Draft relevancy for Neary. "The Big Sky Conference is providing offensive line depth to the NFL nowadays, and Neary appears to be next in line from that group of schools," Reuter wrote. "While general managers watched his teammate, tackle Jake Rodgers (seventh-round pick of the Falcons in 2015), they probably noticed Neary dominating defenders with his upper body and hands." The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder is so athletic that he played occasionally as a fullback in his freshman campaign.
Alabama sophomore OT Cameron Robinson "already looks like a pro tackle, meaning he'll be a coveted player in a couple years," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
"A five-star recruit last year, Robinson made the impressive leap from high school to true freshman starter at left tackle for a playoff team," Brown wrote. "He benefited from enrolling early, and he quickly established himself as one of the SEC's best offensive linemen." Robinson only yielded 1.5 sacks last season as a true frosh. The college football analyst ranks him as the No. 8 offensive lineman and No. 67 overall player in the sport.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline calls Iowa redshirt senior S Jordan Lomax "a Bob Sanders type."
Pauline grades Lomax as a Rd. 2 prospect heading into the season. "Lomax is a Bob Sanders type; height deficient but explosive defending the run while also displaying ball skills outside the numbers," Pauline wrote. It's not surprising that Lomax excels in coverage, as he moved from cornerback to safety during 2013 spring practices. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick last year, posting 92 tackles, including 44 solo stops and 48 assists.
So long as he's healthy this fall, "look for [Utah State redshirt senior OLB Kyler Fackrell] to climb into the second or third round," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.
"This stand-up rush linebacker with length and agility came out the box strong for the Aggies, garnering all-conference honors his first two seasons on campus," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder logged 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks between 2012-2013. "Fackrell suffered a torn ACL in the season opener last year, and now must prove he is strong enough to handle NFL linemen and healthy enough to stay on the field," Reuter wrote.
Colorado redshirt senior WR Nelson Spruce "catches a lot of short passes, but he's a huge asset for this still-developing Colorado offense as one of the most reliable possession receivers in the game," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
"The Buffaloes ranked last in the Pac-12 in yards per play, but Spruce gives them a steady presence who can move the chains," Brown wrote. "With Paul Richardson gone, he jumped from 55 catches to 106 for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns last season." Brown ranked Spruce as the No. 94 overall player in the country. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, who earned Second Team All-Pac-12 honors last year, runs a 4.5 forty.
TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that Maryland junior S Sean Davis' draft evaluation is up in the air at the moment.
"It’ll be interesting to see how teams project Sean Davis at the next level," he wrote. "I have him as a late round safety but I’m told some scouts feel he can line-up at cornerback." As a matter of fact, Pauline only grades Davis as a seventh-rounder at the moment. Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall submitted Davis' information to the NFL Draft Advisory Board over the winter, but he decided to return to school.
NFL Media pegs Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright as the frontrunner to win the Bednarik Award.
The award, given to the nation's top defender, was given to a familiar face in 2014. "Wright is the defending winner and has as good a chance as anyone to take home the honor in 2015," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. NFL Media also lists CB Vernon Hargreaves III and DE Joey Bosa as the other top contenders. "This award has been known to go to a defensive back at times, most recently back-to-back winners from LSU (Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu), so another big year from Hargreaves could have UF's lockdown cornerback squarely in contention late in the year," wrote Goodbread.