Tennessee redshirt senior Curt Maggitt saw snaps at five different spots along the defensive front in 2014.
According to PFF's Jack Farrell, Maggitt saw 160 snaps at LDE, 95 at RDE, 167 at LLB, 115 at RLB and 21 at MLB. Maggitt missed the 2013 season due to a torn ACL suffered in November of the previous season. This kind of snap and position versatility could help Maggitt during the draft process. That is, if he shows an ability to win from multiple spots.
Auburn senior WR Duke Williams only dropped two catchable targets last season, according to PFF.
PFF credited Williams with 44 catches (it is 45 in other places), giving him a drop rate of just 4.35. We could not say the same for his former teammate Sammie Coates. It is worth noting that almost every charting service sides with the wide receiver, but good drop rates tend to stay in the good to average range. The JUCO transfer was frequently used in the slot on short and intermediate routes.
USF has added NC State junior WR transfer Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
Valdes-Scantling posted nearly identical stat lines during his two season at NC State, recorded 22 receptions both years for a combined 538 yards and one touchdown. he did start 11 games with the Wolfpack, including eight last season. He will need to sit out the 2015 schedule but has two seasons of eligibility remaining after that.
Michigan State junior RB Delton Williams will likely return to the team, but not on scholarship.
"Williams could face a multi-game suspension -- that may or may not ultimately result in him redshirting -- and he will not immediately be reinstated to scholarship status," beat writer Mike Griffith posted. The running back was suspended back in March after being arrested for brandishing a firearm and was not with the team since the end of the spring semester. The Spartans lost Jeremy Langford to the NFL, and Williams recorded 316 yards on 54 carries last year.
Missouri could win the SEC East if redshirt junior QB Maty Mauk stays healthy, ESPN's Edward Aschoff writes.
"This was not the Mauk we saw a year before, but what we didn't know was that he dealt with a painful shoulder injury during the second half of the season. It impacted his throwing velocity, and caused him to be more frantic with his passes, as he was on the run more trying to avoid contact," Aschoff wrote. The Missouri prospect started out hot last year, throwing for 1,110 yards and 14 touchdowns with four interceptions in the first 4 weeks of the season. However, Mauk closed out the 2014 season with 11 more touchdowns to nine interceptions, and only completed 52 percent of his passes.
ESPN's Brandon Chatmon believes Baylor redshirt senior T Spencer Drango is the Bears most indispensable player.
"Art Briles' program has lost twice, going 20-2, in the past two seasons with Drango as a starter. When he missed the final four games of 2013 with a back injury, his value became readily apparent as the Bears went from undefeated to 2-2 in their final two games," Chatmon wrote. The Baylor prospect is a four-year starter for the Bears, and enters the season with 35 career starts under his belt.
As a pass rusher Auburn junior DL Montravius Adams' "technique needs more work and consistency," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein notes.
"What I see is a player with great pad level off the snap who fights back against double teams and who is athletic enough to work himself back into plays where it looks like he is blocked. He shows flashes of the hands needed to be a substantially better pass rusher, but his technique needs more work and consistency," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-3, 281-pound Adams posted 43 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and three sacks last year. The Auburn prospect led the Tiger's defensive linemen in snaps, with 42.6 snaps per game.
Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche "plays with exceptional athleticism and runs with the fluidity of a defensive end," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein observes.
"He plays with exceptional athleticism and runs with the fluidity of a defensive end. His ability to attack the gaps helps to frustrate linemen who are slow off the snap and his lateral quickness is what helps make the Ole Miss stunts so tough to deal with," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder was First Team All-SEC defense last season. Despite commanding a ton of attention, Nkemdiche still recorded 35 tackles and two sacks in 2014.