Florida T D.J. Humphries "lacks the power you'd like to see in an NFL offensive tackle, but he may have the quickest feet and best overall agility in this class along with Cedric Ogbuehi," observes ESPN's Todd McShay.
Humphries has been compared to D'Brickashaw Ferguson. "That makes him a better fit for a zone-blocking scheme, which can utilize his athleticism and hide his lack of strength," McShay wrote. "His sub-34-inch arms (33 5/8) are a concern at the left tackle spot." Scouts Inc. ranks Humphries as the No. 25 overall prospect. "What made me really take notice was the way he handled Shane Ray when they played. If you can block that guy, you can play in the league," an NFC scout in charge of the SEC told NFL Media.
ESPN's Mike Sando says that it's exceedingly hard to find an adequate comparison for West Virginia WR Kevin White.
"There isn't much precedent for junior college transfers with White's physical ability breaking out the way he did this past season," he wrote. "Cordarrelle Patterson was one. The four other receivers on [Mel] Kiper's Big Board this year played between 37 to 41 games at the major college level, compared to 24 games for White." Those other receivers all had higher yards-per-catch averages and more receptions for first downs by percentage. A team in the top 10 is going to roll the dice on his athletic upside anyway.
Duke OG Laken Tomlinson "has developed into a quality guard who can move and is physical at the point of attack," according to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.
"Duke threw a lot, which helped him develop as a pass protector," Prisco wrote. Tomlinson, of course, moved to the U.S. from Jamaica at age 10, acclimating to the game late. He's made up for lost time and is one of this year's best guard prospects. Tomlinson was a first-team A.P. All-American and first-team All-ACC honoree last year.
Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "could be a victim of the fact that the NFL is becoming increasingly pass-happy," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
If you like your linebackers old school, you're going to love Perryman. If your defense requires a new-agey athlete, perhaps not, as the analyst outlines. "As Perryman's somewhat pedestrian 40-yard dash time indicates, he isn't an elite athlete and can be victimized in coverage," Rang wrote. "He is one of the few linebackers in this year's class, however, who isn't afraid to take on blockers and Perryman consistently wins these battles, showing impressive instincts, strength and toughness."
Alabama WR Amari Cooper "does not match that typical [top-five WR] profile, but to me he is the best receiver in the draft," said an analytics director.
Between 2001-2010, all six wideouts drafted in the top five -- Charles Rogers, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Braylon Edwards and Calvin Johnson -- were at least 6-foot-3. Of course, one could quickly argue that the paradigm is changing. Sammy Watkins (2014) and Justin Blackmon (2011) both have similar dimensions to Cooper. "We love Cooper," Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo said. Cooper is being compared by some scouts to Marvin Harrison, according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.
Utah DB Eric Rowe "has the tools to be a Pro Bowl-caliber safety on the next level," wrote CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.
"In a league where teams are looking for safeties with range, this kid is it," Prisco wrote. "He can make the move inside and really flourish." Rowe shifted to corner last season after playing safety his first three years. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently reported that "quite possibly no defensive back is moving up draft boards faster" than Rowe.
CBS Sports' Pete Prisco reports that a "lot of teams" like Arizona State OT Jamil Douglas better as a guard.
"He played tackle for the Sun Devils last season after playing guard for two years," Prisco wrote. "I think he can move back inside and become a power guard." The reports Prisco is getting from within the league indicate the same. Douglas plays high, but he's athletic and cut.
Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo, Football Outsiders and an analytics director all told ESPN's Mike Sando that Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray was "ranked too high based on several factors."
Ray did acquit himself well in College Football Focus' scouting, but Palazzolo indicated his lack of agility hurts projections. "There are concerns with him translating like Vic Beasley and [Dante] Fowler, who we see as better," he said. FO's SackSEER projection pegged Ray as higher-risk prospect than Fowler and hauntingly compared him to Vernon Gholston (Ray finished his college career with only one pass defensed). Football Outsiders also hated Ray's 7.7-second time in the 3-cone drill, 12th-worst in SackSeer's data.