Oregon State senior C/G Isaac Seumalo "has the stout frame and natural strength" that helps him "succeed at the point of attack," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.
"Physically-speaking, Seumalo has the stout frame and natural strength that has helped many Polynesian players before him succeed at the point of attack. Seumalo incorporates excellent technique, as well, bending his knees and supplying a strong initial punch in textbook fashion," Rang wrote. Last season, the Oregon State prospect was forced to redshirt, after recovering from a foot injury sustained in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Seumalo has 25 career starts on his resume, with 23 starts at center and two at right tackle. Seumalo flashes the versatility to play any of the five positions across the offensive line, but projects best on the inside at the next level.
TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Indiana senior QB Nate Sudfeld "projects as a back-up at the next level."
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Sudfeld suffered a season-ending injury to his left shoulder against Iowa last October. In 14 career starts, Sudfeld has thrown for 4,306 yards and 34 touchdowns, while completing 60-percent of his passes. Sudfeld currently projects as a potential late-round NFL draft selection.
llinois redshirt senior RB Josh Ferguson is "a shifty third down back that's very effective catching the ball out of the backfield," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes.
The Illinois prospect finished the 2014 season with 735 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards a carry. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Ferguson was also utilized in the passing game, hauling in 50 receptions for 427 yards and two touchdowns for the Fighting Illini.
Four-star 2015 RB recruit Jordan Stevenson, who was denied admission to Wisconsin, will play for Nebraska.
Stevenson will join Nebraska this season, as he is a member of the 2015 class. Up to 13 teams were in on Stevenson after his commitment with Wisconsin fell through. Both schools lost running backs to the NFL and are looking to replace the workhorses with younger players. Stevenson might not factor into the Husker's crowded backfield this season.
Oregon senior DT Alex Balducci is a "classic two-gap run-stuffer capable of anchoring against double-teams and creating a pile," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.
"He comes off the ball low and hard, often winning the leverage battle. He shows good core strength and balance to wrench himself free from opponents and latch on to ball-carriers nearby. Balducci lacks the agility and burst to chase down ball-carriers and requires a clear lane to make much of an impact on the quarterback," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound prospect recorded 18 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, 1 sack and 2 fumble recoveries in 2014. Balducci's 621 snaps ranks second among the Duck's defensive linemen.
Indiana sophomore WR J-Shun Harris will miss the season due to an ACL injury.
Harris caught 18 passes for 168 yards with two touchdowns last season and returned as one of Indiana's top receivers. The passing game will take a step forward with Nate Sudfeld healthy, but the offense could take a step back overall.
Former Oklahoma State QB Daxx Garman has been granted immediate eligibility to play for Maryland in 2015.
Garman will be a part of the quarterback competition. Maryland fans hope their quarterback woes from a few seasons ago are behind them. Garman produced a few solid games while starting for the Cowboys.
Eastern Washington QB transfer Vernon Adams "is sure to draw plenty of comparisons to Seattle Seahawks' star Russell Wilson," CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes.
"Despite his less-than-ideal size and level of competition to this point, Adams is an ideal fit in Oregon's up-tempo offense as a dual-threat quarterback. More importantly, he's a legitimate NFL talent with a combination of mobility and accuracy in and out of the pocket that is sure to draw plenty of comparisons to Seattle Seahawks' star Russell Wilson," Rang wrote. In his three seasons at Eastern Washington, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Adams passed for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns, 31 interceptions, while completing 64.8 percent of his passes.