1. Braxton Miller WR Ohio State: Miller has had a good week of practice. His speed and explosiveness have been on full display. Miller is not a true wide receiver but he is a versatile play maker who can be a weapon in any offense. He can line up in the slot, as a wing, split out or in the backfield. A creative offensive coach can do a lot of different things with a player like this. Miller will no doubt be a popular guy today with the scouts.
2. Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State: At 6-6 235, Wentz passes the eye test physically. He has a strong arm and can make every throw in an NFL play book. He’s had a great week at Mobile and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does today. With a solid performance, Wentz could put him in the top twelve.
3. Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky: The former Ohio State defensive end had a tremendous week of practice. Spence showed great burst and explosiveness in one on ones and in team period. If teams get the sense his drug issues are behind him and he proves that he’s matured and past his issues, Spence has the potential to be a top twenty pick.
4. Adolphus Washington DT Ohio State: Washington did not play in the Fiesta Bowl because he violated team rules. The 6-4 290 Washington didn’t get a lot of attention playing next to Joey Bosa the last two years but he put up good numbers and he has the physical tools to be a starting three technique defensive tackle in the 4-3. If Washington plays well today and proves that his character is not an issue, he could go in the second round or higher.
5. DJ Foster RB Arizona State: Foster has intriguing size at 6-0 185. He’s a slasher who runs with good balance and a good pad level and he finishes his runs in space. Foster also has good hands and looks fluid as a route runner out of the backfield. He could really improve his stock today with a good performance. He is a solid day two value.
6. Shawn Oakman DE Baylor: Oakman is massive at 6-9 275. A year ago, he was projected as a first round pick but after a subpar senior season and some attitude issues, Oakman’s stock is down. He has a chance to rebuild his stock in this game. I still think he’s a first round talent but he probably won’t go until the second or third round.
7. Reggie Raglund ILB Alabama: Raglund is a true MIKE linebacker. At 6-2, 232, he has the size and the speed to be a three down backer. Raglund is physical at the point of attack. He finishes his tackles. He does play high. I want to see if you can bend on a more consistent basis. Raglund looks stiff in coverage at times although he can run. I think Raglund is a solid day two value. His combine workout will determine where he goes in day two.
8. Dadi Nicholas DE Virginia Tech: Nicholas is undersized at 6-3 227, but he is an explosive edge rusher who has the athleticism to play outside linebacker. I think Nicholas could be a good fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker if he shows better body control and learns to play in coverage.
9. Sterling Shepard WR Oklahoma: Shepard is a terrific route runner who gets in and out of cuts cleanly. He is explosive and has the consistent straight line speed to get vertical and stack a corner. The one issue I have with Shepard is how easily he gets re-routed. He needs to do a better job of getting defenders hands off of him. With a good performance today, Shepard could elevate his stock and go late in day two.
10. The Other Quarterbacks: I want to see if Louisiana Tech’s Jeff Driskel plays to his size as a pocket passer. Is Jacoby Brissett of N.C State consistent enough throwing the ball out of the pocket. He’s got a big arm but he struggles with accuracy and has a tendency to take sacks. USC’s Cody Kessler can be inconsistent as well and his size is a concern. He’s only 6-1 215. Kessler also took a lot of sacks and he struggled with locating open receivers. Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott has to prove he can transition from a running quarterback to a pocket passer. He can also be inconsistent. Stanford’s Kevin Hogan is tough, super competitive and a winner but he wasn’t always consistent and his accuracy, especially on his deep ball is questionable.