Offense: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State, Jr
- There are no blatant draft studs on the offensive side of the ball in the ACC, but there are a handful of intriguing prospects, particularly at receiver. NC State’s Kelvin Harmon stands out due to his big play ability. Harmon is a height-weight-speed guy and the leading returning receiver in the conference. His ability to separate from defenders and track the deep ball make him a big play threat. With starting quarterback Ryan Finley returning to the Wolfpack, Harmon is poised for a huge year.
- Pro Comparison: Robby Anderson
- Honorable Mentions: Daniel Jones (QB, Duke), Ryan Finley (QB, NC State), Travis Homer (RB, Miami), Ahmmon Richards (WR, Miami)
Defense: Clelin Ferrell, ED, Clemson, RS Jr
- All the hype in the ACC surrounds Clemson and their dominant defensive line. All four of Clemson’s defensive linemen are NFL caliber players, but Clelin Ferrell leads the way from a talent standpoint. With a huge frame and excellent explosion off the line Ferrell has a chance to be a top 10 pick. Although he lacks bend and flexibility around the edge he makes up for it with consistent hand use and multiple pass rush moves. On top of all of that, Ferrell has a big motor and always gets involved in the run game.
- Pro Comparison: Danielle Hunter
- Honorable Mentions: Christian Wilkins (ID, Clemson), Dexter Lawrence (ID, Clemson), Brian Burns (ED, Florida State), Joe Jackson (ED, Miami), Michael Jackson (CB, Miami)
Offense: Darrell Henderson Jr., RB, Memphis, Jr
- The AAC is a tough conference to find true offensive NFL talent in. Memphis and UCF are above the rest when it comes to playmakers, but even then they don’t have any zero doubt studs. With a trio of running backs who have an NFL chance for the Tigers, Darrell Henderson looks like the guy. He has elite quickness and burst with the ability to create a handful of dynamic plays per game. With natural receiving ability, Henderson looks like he should be able to carve out a niche role as a change of pace runner/receiver in the NFL.
- Pro Comparison: CJ Spiller
- Honorable Mentions: McKenzie Milton (QB, UCF), Mitchell Wilcox (TE, USF), Tony Pollard (WR/RB, Memphis)
Defense: Ed Oliver, ID, Houston, Jr
- Freak alert. Ed Oliver has been touted as an NFL first-round pick since his first collegiate game when he dominated and helped upset Oklahoma. The hype is well deserved and Oliver is almost guaranteed to be a top five pick. He has the explosion and quickness coveted in a 3-tech defensive tackle and looks like a linebacker on the field due to his athleticism. Honestly, he could probably be an All-Conference linebacker for Houston, he’s that much of a freak. On top of that, he understands playing with leverage and busy hands. Nobody in the country can stop Oliver for four quarters because he’s such a complete player. The craziest thing is how non-stop his motor is, despite having all the talent in the world. Oliver is the perfect 3-tech prospect for today’s NFL.
- Pro Comparison: Aaron Donald
- Honorable Mentions: Marquise Copeland (ID, Cincinnati), Garrett Davis (S, Houston), Isaiah Johnson (CB, Houston), Mazzi Wilkins (CB, USF)
Offense: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State, Jr
Iowa State RB David Montgomery even makes the nothing runs look pretty. This is my dude. Hard-nosed runner with elusiveness and power. First-round ability. pic.twitter.com/MNkPN2WeyD
— Rob Paul (@RobPaul54) May 24, 2018
- Everybody knows the running back position has been devalued in recent years, but after Saquon Barkley went second overall it’s having a bit of a renaissance. David Montgomery is one of the runners who has a first-round chance. With a complete running style and a nice build, Montgomery has few flaws. He’s gifted with his instincts, always finding the right hole and making the right move to make a defender miss. Montgomery has a combination of elusiveness and power that is rare to find in most backs. With solid hands and burst, Montgomery can be a playmaker in the passing game if needed. Iowa State’s offense should run through him this season.
- Pro Comparison: Frank Gore
- Honorable Mentions: Collin Johnson (WR, Texas), Rodney Anderson (RB, Oklahoma), Dalton Risner (OL, Kansas State), Marquise Brown (WR, Oklahoma)
Defense: Ben Banogu, ED, TCU, RS Sr
Why isn't Ben Banogu talked about more? He's gifted with his hands. Initial attack of the outside shoulder forces the tackle to overcorrect, Banogu sees that and pulls the tackle as he cuts inside to pick up the sack. pic.twitter.com/bvO94JrQ3j
— Rob Paul (@RobPaul54) July 23, 2018
- One of the best players few people seem to be talking about is TCU’s pass rusher Ben Banogu. With mediocre defensive talent in the Big 12, Banogu is the man who can single handedly destroy offensive game plans. He makes up for a lack of size with an explosive get off and motor that runs hot. He may not always end up with a sack, but it’s hard to find an edge player that provides more consistent pressure than him. The best thing about Banogu is his constant hand use. Most young pass rushers struggle to have violent hands, but not Banogu. He always attacks the offensive linemen with his hands and uses leverage and technique to hide his smaller build.
- Pro Comparison: Melvin Ingram
- Honorable Mentions: Kris Boyd (CB, Texas), Dakota Allen (LB, Texas Tech)
Offense: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin, RS Jr
- The Big Ten isn’t known for their offensive prowess, but boy oh boy do they have offensive linemen this year. Of course, Wisconsin is home to four of the top offensive line prospects and watching them play is a treat. The most exciting of the group is David Edwards. With a big build, Edwards moves like a tight end and has rare athleticism for the position. He has the quickness to get to the second level and punish linebackers in the run game and the athleticism and light feet to keep in front of speedy pass rushers. If he can get stronger with his anchor and clean up some false steps in pass protection, Edwards will be a high draft pick.
- Pro Comparison: Lane Johnson
- Honorable Mentions: Beau Benzschawel (OG, Wisconsin), Michael Dieter (OL, Wisconsin), Clayton Thorson (QB, Northwestern), Alaric Jackson (OT, Iowa), Michael Jordan (OG, Ohio State), Juwan Johnson (WR, Penn State), Tyler Biadasz (C, Wisconsin)
Defense: Nick Bosa, ED, Ohio State, Jr
- Joey Bosa was a freak for Ohio State and is now a Pro Bowl caliber player for the Chargers. His brother’s career shouldn’t be any different. Two players already have elite grades entering the college football season: the first is Ed Oliver and the other is Nick Bosa. Bosa is a lot like his brother with a complete game as a pass rusher and run defender. No prospect has better hand use than Bosa. He’s a sack artist with a whole arsenal of moves and counters. His violent hands combined with his explosion and power, scream double digit sack ability. In the run game he is among the best edge setters in the country and has the motor to make effort plays. Nick Bosa is a future All-Pro.
- Pro Comparison: Joey Bosa
- Honorable Mentions: Rashan Gary (ED, Michigan), Dre’Mont Jones (ID, Ohio State), D’Cota Dixon (S, Wisconsin)
Offense: Devin Singletary, RB, FAU, Jr
- Lane Kiffin quickly turned FAU into the cream of the crop in the Conference USA and Devin Singletary had a ton to do with their offensive success. Singletary nearly rushed for 2,000 yards and led the country in touchdowns with 32 in just his Sophomore season. He isn’t just the product of a system either, he’s a legit NFL player. Singletary is an elusive open field runner with elite quickness to hit and explode through a hole. Despite a smaller build he has enough power to break tackles, and the balance to keep on driving through contact. When involved in the passing game Singletary is a major playmaker.
- Pro Comparison: Gio Bernard
- Honorable Mentions: Chandler Brewer (OG, MTSU), Tyre Brady (WR, Marshall)
Defense: Jalen Young, S, FAU, Sr
- Of course, FAU dominates the NFL talent in the CUSA. Along with the top offensive prospect they have the top defensive prospect in defensive back Jalen Young. Even though Young has a smaller build, he’s a fierce hitter and rarely misses tackles. He can be a force in the run game when near the line of scrimmage. Back in coverage he’s rarely out of position and has the ball skills to capitalize on a quarterback’s mistakes. His football IQ is impressive and he has some of the more notable instincts of the defensive backs in this draft class. His size will create questions, but Young’s skill set and versatility more than make up for his build.
- Pro Comparison: Ricardo Allen
- Honorable Mentions: Azeez Al-Shaair (LB, FAU)
Offense: Alex Bars, OG, Notre Dame, RS Sr
- Last year all the hype surrounded the dominance of Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey along the Notre Dame offensive line. This year Alex Bars will need to hold it all together. Bars is nowhere near the prospect Nelson or McGlinchey were, but he has size and experience. Bars is solid in the run game and makes up for iffy pass protection technique with a strong anchor. He has strong hands and does a good job when latched onto a defender. He’ll need to cleanup his footwork, bend, and get better at reaching the second level to help his draft stock.
- Pro Comparison: Joe Thuney
- Honorable Mentions: Miles Boykin (WR, Notre Dame), Alize Mack (TE, Notre Dame)
Defense: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame, Jr
Ill advised throw from Ryan Finely leads to an easy pick six for Notre Dame CB Julian Love (@julianlove27). Love his ball skills and athleticism. Early comp for him is Janoris Jenkins. pic.twitter.com/x1fPuVaO3v
— Rob Paul (@RobPaul54) July 22, 2018
- The Notre Dame defense should be in good shape this season and Julian Love is a big reason as to why. Love is an explosive athlete with beautiful movement skills. He’s a natural athlete and it shows on tape. When Love is around the ball, he usually makes a play on it. He’s a give and take corner, prone to mistakes, but with great ball skills to create turnovers. If Love can be more physical and technically sound in coverage this year, he could be in first-round talk.
- Pro Comparison: Janoris Jenkins
- Honorable Mentions: Te’Von Coney (LB, Notre Dame), Sione Takitaki (ED, BYU)
Offense: Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo, RS Sr
- You’d be hard pressed to find a receiver more important to his team’s offensive success than Anthony Johnson. There are times Buffalo essentially runs the offense through him, doing anything to get the ball in his hands. Johnson is a talented playmaker who has great ball adjustment skills to make up for iffy hands. His YAC ability allows for him to take short routes and create big plays. The MAC is full of talented offensive players this year, but Johnson is the best bet. He has NFL starter traits.
- Pro Comparison: Mohamed Sanu
- Honorable Mentions: Diontae Johnson (WR, Toledo), Tyree Jackson (QB, Buffalo), Cody Thompson (WR, Toledo), Jonathan Ward (RB, CMU), Riley Neal (QB, Ball State)
Defense: Khalil Hodge, LB, Buffalo, Sr
- Buffalo is full of NFL talent this season on both sides of the ball. The offense will get the hype, but Khalil Hodge will be a menace. Hodge is a bit of a throwback linebacker with a thick build and lacking some athleticism. His consistent tackling, instincts, and motor are what make him interesting. Hodge can be a big time run stopper in the NFL. At times he flashes some sideline-to-sideline ability, but it needs to be more consistent. If he can improve his coverage ability, it will do wonders for his draft stock.
- Pro Comparison: Jerrell Freeman
- Honorable Mentions: Sutton Smith (LB, NIU), Ka’Dar Hollman (CB, Toledo), Javon Hagan (S, Ohio), Jamal Davis II (ED, Akron)
Offense: Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise State, Jr
- As of now the Mountain West is a little weak when it comes to NFL talent. Players will emerge this season, but right now Alexander Mattison looks like the best offensive player. Mattison is a rugged angry runner. He seeks contact and looks to run over defenders. He isn’t the biggest back, but his mean streak stands out. Mattison lacks elusiveness and burst, but his balance and power are solid. He’s one of the better backs in pass pro and if he can improve his vision, he could be a late riser.
- Pro Comparison: Jay Ajayi
- Honorable Mentions: Brett Rypien (QB, Boise State)
Defense: Andrew Wingard, S, Wyoming, Sr
Here's one of many examples of the type of aggressiveness Andrew Wingard brings to the table for Wyoming. He makes hits like this constantly, balls to the wall every play. pic.twitter.com/QzRvjHgKN9
— Rob Paul (@RobPaul54) April 4, 2018
- It’s a strong year for talent in the Group of Five and Andrew Wingard might be the best of the bunch. There might not be a more physical player in the country than Wingard. His aggressiveness and highlight hits are what football guys love. For Wyoming, Wingard plays as a true safety, in the box, and as an overhang defender. His athleticism is a bit shaky, but his instincts are terrific and usually have him in the right place at the right time. In the right role at the next level, Wingard can be a stud.
- Pro Comparison: Troy Polamalu
- Honorable Mentions: Carl Granderson (ED, Wyoming)
Offense: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State, Jr
This is N'Keal Harry, Arizona State's stud WR. He's big and athletic. He also makes adjusting to passes look like child's play. Harry looks like a potential 1st round pick in the 2019 #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/duduWdChkZ
— Rob Paul (@RobPaul54) May 1, 2018
- There probably isn’t a more physically dominant offensive player in the country than N’Keal Harry. He’s a freak at receiver and looks like a future top 10 pick. Harry is the best ball adjustment pass catcher in the country. If the ball is put up near him, he’ll find a way to come down with it. If he’s draped in defensive backs, he’ll find a way to elevate above them and snatch the ball. Harry is also fantastic after the catch, always bullying defenders for extra yards. With his great hands and physical gifts, it’s hard to find flaws. He isn’t asked to run a ton of routes and sometimes will struggle to create separation, which are minor flaws to his game. He makes up for it by adjusting to balls so well and being unstoppable in traffic it. Harry is the WR1 every NFL team is looking for in the draft.
- Pro Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins
- Honorable Mentions: Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon), Nate Herbig (OG, Stanford)
Defense: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington, Jr
- Washington is quickly becoming a defensive back factory. They are one of the most creative teams when it comes to moving secondary players around to take advantage of offenses. Taylor Rapp is perfect for their system and it shows. With good size, solid athleticism, great instincts, and consistent tackling, Rapp thrives for the Huskies. He lines up everywhere from cornerback to linebacker, making him the perfect weapon. His technique in coverage makes up for some stiffness in his hips, but he’s still growing as a player. Rapp is poised to make major strides in his third season.
- Pro Comparison: Antoine Bethea
- Honorable Mentions: Troy Dye (LB, Oregon), Cameron Smith (LB, USC), Renell Wren (ID, Arizona State)
Offense: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama, Jr
- Of course, the SEC has the most talent in the country and they’ll put out a ton of players in the 2019 NFL Draft. Offensively, Jonah Williams is the man to keep an eye on. Williams isn’t the most gifted athlete at tackle, but he’s technically sound and as mean as they come. In the run game he’s a mauler with heavy hands who always finds his way to the second level to make trash of linebackers. In pass pro he struggles with more athletic edge players and he needs to improve his footwork. A strong anchor and big time strength help him reset when he’s initially beat. Williams has the potential to be a top 10 pick.
- Pro Comparison: Andrew Whitworth
- Honorable Mentions: Damien Harris (RB, Alabama), AJ Brown (WR, Ole Miss), Greg Little (OT, Ole Miss), Deebo Samuel (WR, South Carolina), Trayveon Williams (RB, Texas A&M), Jarrett Stidham (QB, Auburn)
Defense: Devin White, LB, LSU, Jr
- Last year the best SEC linebacker was Roquan Smith. Well Devin White might be even better. White is a freak and an early top five player in this draft class. He’s got rare explosion for a linebacker and sideline-to-sideline speed to make plays versus the run and pass. He’s a complete player who can matchup with running backs one-on-one and also rush the passer. White can do anything asked of him at a high-level and his work ethic and motor are what NFL coaches will fall in love with. Even as a more athletic player, White plays with superb aggressiveness and will blow up runners in the backfield and receivers over the middle. If there’s one thing to work on, it would be getting more consistent at shedding blocks.
- Pro Comparison: Bobby Wagner
- Honorable Mentions: Jeffery Simmons (ID, Mississippi State), Deandre Baker (CB, Georgia), Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (DB, Florida), Greedy Williams (CB, LSU)
Offense: Warren Wand, RB, Arkansas State, Sr
- Of the FBS football conferences the Sun Belt lacks the most offensive talent. There’s no player that truly looks like a NFL talent. Warren Wand is the most intriguing of the group. His lack of size is going to have him overlooked, but he runs much bigger than he is with constant leg drive and solid power. His quickness is what separates him from other prospects in the conference. Wand constantly makes up for his size by getting where he needs to be faster than everybody else.
- Pro Comparison: Jacquizz Rodgers
- Honorable Mentions: Lanard Bonner (OT, Arkansas State), Jalin Moore (RB, Appalachian State), Deontae Crumitie (C, Troy), Justice Hansen (QB, Arkansas State), Penny Hart (WR, Georgia State)
Defense: Clifton Duck, CB, Appalachian State, Jr
- Unlike the offensive players in the Sun Belt, they have a real defensive talent in Clifton Duck. Duck isn’t the biggest cornerback, but has some of the best ball skills in the draft class. He’s asked to play all kinds of zone coverages and looks like a natural. Anytime a ball is thrown in his vicinity and isn’t perfect, Duck has a chance to make a play on it. Even with his lack of size, Duck is a willing tackler and isn’t scared to play physical with receivers. As just a true Junior, Duck has shown NFL starter traits.
- Pro Comparison: Brent Grimes
- Honorable Mentions: Justin Clifton (DB, Arkansas State)
Offense: Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State, Sr
- It’s no secret that North Dakota State has been the Alabama of the FCS over the last few seasons. Carson Wentz put them on the mainstream map and now Easton Stick is continuing the dominance. Stick is a bit of a sleeper right now, but in a weak quarterback class he could be a first-round pick. With great accuracy on every level and a solid enough arm, Stick can make all of the throws. His mobility and poise help him extend plays when they breakdown and he never seems to be shaken. Coming from a pro-style at NDSU will help him a lot in the NFL.
- Pro Comparison: Mitchell Trubisky
- Honorable Mentions: Larry Allen Jr. (OG, Harvard), Daniel Cooney (OT, San Diego), Davion Davis (WR, Sam Houston State), Taryn Christion (QB, South Dakota State)
Defense: BJ Blunt, S/LB, McNeese State, Sr
- As of right now no FCS defensive player has really stood out as a potential big time NFL prospect. Players will emerge, but for now BJ Blunt has some traits. Blunt is either a big safety or an undersized linebacker in the NFL. His athleticism is impressive if he makes the move to linebacker. If not, he looks like a special teams player with some box safety ability.
- Pro Comparison: Kavon Frazier
- Honorable Mentions: De’Arius Christmas (LB, Grambling), Rashad Robinson (CB, James Madison), Nasi Adderley (S, Delaware), Jimmy Moreland (CB, James Madison)