Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Small school guy, but Desir made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl, impressing NFL teams there which elevated his draft stock. Great frame for today's NFL corner - 6'1", 200 lbs, runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, Desir plays his size and has excellent fluidity in changing direction and coming in and out of his breaks. A strong player in press coverage, Desir mirrors receivers well, but the only knock is he stood out against weak competition, can he make the leap? Should go early in Round 4.
Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
Was touted to be a first round pick not too long ago, much like his team-mate JaWuan James. A beast of a man, can play both tackle positions but is more suited to be an NFL right tackle. He has experience playing in multiple blocking schemes at Tennessee, which is a big plus. He has a quick first step and great motor. Questions about his technique and footwork are real, but they can be coached up. Should be one of the first names off the board today.
Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
A player many people thought, including myself, would be a great pick in the third round for the Cardinals, but Ellington kept on sliding. Small in height, but is built well. Runs a 4.4 40-yard dash and is your prototypical slot receiver in the NFL. Related to current Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, he has NFL bloodlines. Needs to work on his route running, but is great after the catch. Elusive in space with impressive hands, don't be surprised if Ellington is the first receiver taken today.
Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
Fluid in his movements, Breeland is an excellent athletic corner who projected as a second round pick. His ball skills are second to none, his size and leaping ability enable him to highpoint the ball and rip it away from the receiver. Great closing speed, Breeland can contribute in the run game, possessing great technique both as a tackler and in coverage. He doesn't have the best play recognition skills of the defensive backs, sits back and waits for things to happen and then acts on them, plays the receiver at times instead of the ball. Despite this, physical upside and technique can be coach up, should be an early Round 4 pick.
Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
Another cornerback prospect in a deep draft, Watkins was often overshadowed by inferior CB prospects at Florida, Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy. Height-weight-speed specimen at 5'11", 194 lbs and runs a low 4.4 40-yard dash. Smooth athlete, doesn't lose ground on receiver when changing direction. Can play slot corner and even safety. Has genuine shutdown potential at corner. His skillset and range of potential position and scheme fits in the NFL makes him an intriguing and attractive prospect.
Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
Not everyone's cup of tea, but upside as a passer is there. Needs protection to be efficient in the NFL because he doesn't have the greatest of athletic ability or movement in the pocket. Heavy footwork needs to be addressed, but when given time to step up in the pocket he drops bombs on the defense. Prototypical quarterback size and arm strength, but ACL tear is a worry. Will be redshirted and needs a year or two to develop his technique, but Mettenberger has upside to a team with a steady QB in place and a coach who works well with young QBs.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
At 6'4", 211 lbs and runs a low 4.4 40-yard dash, Bryant right there has the physical traits you look for in an NFL wide receiver. He has good acceleration and long strides which allow him to get open. Succeeds in high-pointing the ball against defensive backs. Limited experience so far in his career and has an issue with drops, having a 12.3% drop rate in college, but if he can put it together, his ceiling is sky high.
DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
Your ideal 3-4 nose tackle. He explodes off the snap and pressures from the middle. He uses his hands very well to gain leverage and shed blocks. He has scheme versatility and can play in three or four man fronts at the next level. Questionable motor, doesn't have a large range of pass-rush moves. Inconsistency is the question for Jones, but he is by far the best DL prospect on the board.