Early look at top Prospects for 2015 draft

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    I know its early but found a few lists of the top prospects for next year and some comments. Some will remain in the top and some will fall but potential players and schools to watch a game or two next year and who to watch.

    Key positions and qty in top 32
    MLB (1), CB (2), S (1), TE (1), several DE's and QB's, OL, some LB

    Source: Fox Sports Top 32
    So let me use this paragraph as a disclaimer: A mock draft in May, a full 12 months before the actual NFL Draft, is by no means the letter of the law. The following 32 players are listed based on casual, preliminary discussions with NFL scouts and personnel men. These 32 names will undoubtedly change between now and next May, and this only serves as a mere blueprint for some players whose names are on the league's radar.
    We've included underclassmen on this list, but that's without any knowledge of whether said players are going to turn pro or remain in school.
    As for the NFL teams and their order, we've decided not to go there this time around. It's stupid. How could we predict accurately not only a full season of football but also free agency as well? We can't. So, it's just a ranking of the top draft prospects heading into the upcoming college football season. Print this out and start tracking these guys now.
    1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon, Junior: Mariota's 6-foot-4 with a better arm than Johnny Manziel. He might have even greater escapability in the pocket. I spoke to multiple people who've been around the Oregon program, and the biggest knocks are his needs to become more consistent and be more of a leader. So he isn't always the most vocal guy, but he'll have the chance to show he's the man in Eugene this season. One scout told me that he believed if Mariota entered the NFL Draft this past year, he would have been the No. 1 quarterback on his board. That's huge.
    2. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA, Junior: Hundley's shown that he can do it all on the college field, but there are questions as to whether his game translates to the pros. They said the same thing about RG3. Give him a good offensive coordinator and let's go to battle. I like Hundley's size (6-foot-3) and athleticism. He was the leader of a good UCLA team last year. I'm higher on him than others.
    3. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State, Sophomore: As one scout put it to me, "You're giving your first-round quarterback the keys to the most expensive car on the lot. If he keeps on getting in fender benders, you'll eventually want to give the keys to someone else." Crab legs or not, Winston needs to stay out of the news this year. As Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow can attest, it's not easy to repeat as a Heisman Trophy winner. Winston has the size and athleticism, and though I know at least one NFL quarterback guru has told me his technique needs some work, he has an accurate arm, too. He's first on some 2015 mock draft boards, but I think there's still so much to see from Winston.
    4. Tre' Jackson, OT/OG, Florida State, Senior: Jackson's a physical beast. A 6-foot-5, 330 pound force, he could be a guard or tackle at the next level. There's potential to rise up draft boards at the same pace as Greg Robinson did a season ago. A first-time All-ACC selection a year ago, he could be the top offensive lineman off the board next season.
    5. Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State, Senior: Another FSU offensive lineman in the top 10? Yes. He's such a raw prospect, but Erving has come along so much since making the move from defense to offense. The Seminoles have been loaded with pros the past few years, and Erving could be the top one coming into the league next May. Needs to work on his technique, but the size and strength and willingness to be that guy are all there.
    6. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska, Senior: The 6-4, 255 pound Gregory transferred from a juco, basically coming out of nowhere, and then burst on to the scene with 10.5 sacks a season ago. He could work out of a 3-4 or a 4-3. He's still such an unfinished product, but if you can get to the quarterback, the NFL will find you. He can certainly do that.
    7. Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson, Senior: Beasley was one of the last underclassmen thought to be pro-ready to decide on his future, and he opted to come back. Recent Clemson pass rusher Da'Quan Bowers saw his stock slip in his senior season. I see the opposite for Beasley, a fearless force who had 23 tackles for loss last season.
    8. Mario Edwards, DE, Florida State, Junior: Again, if you can get to the quarterback, you'll be a hot commodity. And while the 2014 NFL Draft was somewhat light on pure pass rushers, 2015 has a rich class, and if Edwards opts to come out, he'll be one of those guys at the top. He's 6-foot-3, 280 pounds, and can both stop the run and get to the quarterback. He was overshadowed by bigger names on the D a season ago, but he should see his name in lights throughout 2015.
    9. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State, Senior: I like Bennett's game a lot. He played the DT spot last season for the Buckeyes, but might be a little small to do that at the next level. If he puts on some weight, fine. If not, he could make for an awfully good 3-4 defensive end. Bennett had a very productive 2014, recording seven sacks, forcing two fumbles and notching 11.5 tackles for loss. He's awfully nimble for a guy his size. Top-10 pick if he keeps at it.
    10. Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami, Senior: There's a long line of Miami inside linebackers in the pros, but in recent years, that pipeline's dried up quite a bit. Insert Perryman, a guy I thought popped off the screen every time I watched the Canes last season. A 6-foot, 250 pound middle linebacker, his performance against Florida last year was the stuff highlight tapes are made of. I'm told he got a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory board a year ago. He's not the ideal height, but he's a tackle machine. I like the dude. Top 10.
    11. Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State, Junior: I know this may sound crazy, but I actually liked what I saw from Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes more than what I saw from Thorpe Award winner and 24th overall pick Darqueze Dennard. Waynes could still put on a little weight, but he's got the speed, the cover skills and the swagger to be a No. 1 corner at the next level. He's so young, too. There's much more to see from the guy, but there were moments of true flash.
    12. Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia, Junior: Jenkins was supposed to fill in for Jarvis Jones and not miss a step in UGA's 3-4 OLB spot last year. It didn't happen. He had just 4 sacks. But he was just a sophomore and all the talent in the world is there. He tied for the Georgia lead in tackles for a loss with 11, but I'd expect a huge year after an offseason spent training with a speed coach. He can fly. He just needs to figure it all out. Circle this name.
    13. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M, Senior: There's talk that if Ogbuehi came out this year, he would have been taken even higher than teammate Jake Matthews. I don't think he's quite the prospect Matthews is, but there is considerable upside here. How about TAMU -- the new Offensive Tackle U?
    14. Leonard Williams, DE, USC, Junior: Williams worked under Ed Orgeron last year. Orgeron, of course, is responsible for coaching Warren Sapp, Cortez Kennedy and Jurrell Casey in college. An impressive interior defensive lineman, he was the 2012 Pac-12 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
    15. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State, Sophomore: The reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year will be a redshirt sophomore this season. In his first year as a defensive end last season, Calhoun was all over the field. A 6-foot-4, 260-pound Jersey Shore native, he could be a top-20 pick next year.
    16. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa, Senior: Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz has called Scherff the best offensive tackle in all of college football. A 6-foot-5, 315 pound mauler, Scherff is a grinder. Could probably move to guard at the next level if needed. Should be in the running for all the major awards.
    17. Devonte Fields, DE, TCU, Sophomore: Fields was a four-star recruit out of high school, and the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder was a breakout star in 2012. He missed last year and took a medical redshirt, but he'll be back in 2014 and will have the chance to build upon a 10-sack season two years ago. Freak athlete with big upside. Could go as high as the top five if he plays as well as I think he can next year.
    18. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon, Senior: I was a little surprised Ekpre-Olomu returned to school this year, as I thought he'd be a first-round pick if he came out. He'll get his degree and a chance to rise up draft boards. Not a huge corner -- that's the rage now -- but a great one. He's 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, fast and physical.
    19. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor, Senior: Petty is the fourth quarterback in what might be a "three amigos" type quarterback draft class. The three underclassmen are going to get wall-to-wall coverage all year, but watch Petty put up better numbers than all of them. He's got the frame (6-foot-3) and coaching (Art Briles) to tempt several NFL teams to plug him in as a future NFL starter.
    20. Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford, Senior: Montgomery came back to Palo Alto for one more year and potentially a national championship run. The 2013 Walter Camp first-team All-American is a versatile kick return/pass catching specialist. He led the nation in kickoff return average last year and took two kickoffs back for touchdowns. He also caught 61 passes. He's got the size and speed to be a playmaker at the next level.
    21. La'el Collins, OT, LSU, Senior: Collins is a 6-foot-5, 315-pound returning All-SEC left tackle. He's not the sexiest name on the board, but I know more than a few scouts loved what they saw out of him last year. The presence of SEC stars Cyrus Kouandjio, Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews and teammate Trai Turner took a lot of the attention away from Collins. I think he stars in 2014.
    22. Kurtis Drummond, Safety, Michigan State, Senior: Our third Michigan State defensive player in the top 25. Drummond's got the size, the skills and the flexibility to be a first-round safety next May. The likely team captain next year, expect some big hits and a maybe few pick-sixes. Earl Thomas mold.
    23. Devin Funchess, TE, Michigan, Junior: Funchess isn't the athlete that Eric Ebron is and doesn't have the hands of a Jace Amaro, but he's my top tight end prospect for next year. Just a junior this season, there's so much more to see. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound specimen was named the conference's best tight end a season ago, although he played plenty of wide receiver, too. Athletic, hard-working and with loads of potential. Fits the mold for the new brand of NFL tight end.
    24. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri, Junior: This is all about off-the-field stuff. Green-Beckham was dismissed from the team this past April, but -- yes, it's a huge but -- the 6-foot-6, 225-pound pass catcher could be the next Andre Johnson. A towering presence with incredible athletic burst, he was a star for Mizzou last year. He just needs to get his life straightened out off the field.
    25. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama, Junior: Cooper has caught over 100 balls the last two seasons combined and has rare athletic ability. Size -- he's just 6-foot-1 -- may be an issue, but that didn't stop Sammy Watkins from going No. 4 overall. He'll rip it in the 40-yard dash. But let's see how he does without A.J. McCarron throwing him balls.
    26. Carl Davis, DT, Iowa, Senior: Davis, a stout 315-pound run stuffer, probably would have been a Day 2 selection had he entered the 2014 NFL Draft. In 2015, he should go Day 1. Still a lot of room for improvement and already pretty darn good, he'll be in the running for all the defensive line awards next season.
    27. Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State, Senior: You probably haven't read a lot about Mannion as an NFL prospect, but he's my dark horse for next year's class. He's got NFL size (6-foot-5) and NFL accuracy, and he's coached by a former NFL head coach in Mike Riley. Not the most nimble or mobile quarterback, but he's a big body who's won some big games. Someone was throwingBrandin Cooks all those passes; that someone was Mannion.
    28. Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford, Junior: Peat's a big body with a big future. Only a sophomore in 2013, he was overshadowed by teammate David Yankey, but he's a mauler with even bigger NFL potential. He's 6-foot-7, well-coached, and cerebral -- with that combination, he could leave early and be a first-round guy.
    29. Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State, Junior: There will be more smaller-school guys on this list by the fall, but for now, the one mid-major talent I could see rising up boards is Fackrell. Still only a junior, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound pass rusher had five sacks and 12 tackles for a loss last year. Any time you pop on Utah State tape, he stands out. He's all over the field. More to come from this guy. Perfect 3-4 outside linebacker.
    30. Nelson Agholor, WR, USC, Junior: Robert Woods was a second-round pick. Marqise Lee was a second-round pick. I see Agholor, the next USC pass catcher in line, to be a first-round talent. Capable of being a game-breaking kick and punt returner as well as a go-to wide receiver, the 6-foot dynamo caught 51 passes for 824 yards last year. With one quarterback, one head coach and one system, he should see those numbers and his statistics rise dramatically this year.
    31. Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri, Senior: He was overshadowed by Michael Sam and Kony Ealy last year, but Golden still recorded 6.5 sacks and has the size and speed to be an NFL first-rounder. One of the SEC's best edge rushers, he's 6-foot-3, 260 pounds and can get to the quarterback.
    32. Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA, Junior: A 6-foot-5 , 330-pound defensive tackle, McCarthy was primarily a run stuffer in his first two seasons. Year 3 should be the breakout. He already won the team's Most Improved Player award in 2013 after posting four tackles for loss and two sacks. Expect plenty more in 2014.
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    Here is what CBS had for top 100. Looks like they are using draft scout as a source

    Early rankings by NFLDraftScout.com, which includes 42 underclassmen, shows the usual favorite positions among the top 100 -- 15 wide receivers, 13 cornerbacks, 12 defensive ends and nine offensive tackles.
    If this list truly is a harbinger of the next draft, there may be a return to popularity of running backs, that once-important position that has not produced one player in the first round for the past two drafts.
    There are nine listed among this top 100, led Georgia's Todd Gurley. He is one of four running back prospects who appear to be possible first-round candidates.
    But first there is that one detail -- the 2014 season.
    Below are the 100 players to watch (note: 'r' in front of a class reflects a redshirt year; i.e., rJr = redshirt junior):
    Overall/Position Rank, Player, Position, Height, Weight, Class, College
    1/1, Marcus Mariota, QB, 6-foot-4, 212 pounds, rJr, Oregon:
    For college football fans who want their Johnny Manziel fix next season, tune in on Mariota, a full-sized version of J. Football. The most exciting dual-threat quarterback in the country must become more consistent. But don't we all?
    2/2, Jameis Winston, QB, 6-3, 228, rSo, Florida State: Talented with issues. Some would put the Heisman-winner first. Although he stated he plans to play two more seasons, he should consider himself fortunate to get through another great college year without getting into more trouble off the field. If he can do both, NFL teams will clamor for Winston.
    3/1, Leonard Williams, DE, 6-4, 290, Jr, Southern Cal: As subtle as punch in the mouth. The top candidate for the most dominant defensive lineman in the Pac-12, if not the country.
    4/1, Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, 6-5, 300, rSr, Texas A&M: Could be better than former first round teammates Luke Joeckel or Jake Matthews, which is saying a lot. He is expected to become A&M's third top-10 lineman in the draft in three years.
    5/2, Brandon Scherff, OT, 6-5, 315, rSr, Iowa: Never confused with Mr. Nice Guy, Scherf is a heavyweight fighter who will make Hawkeye fans forget their last unanimous All-American tackle, Robert Gallery. Who? Well, see, you forgot.
    6/1, Shilique Calhoun, DE, 6-4, 250, rJr, Michigan State: He is fast-rising prospect in a class full of outstanding defensive ends. Has a way of tackling behind the line of scrimmage, with 14.5 tackles for losses, including 7.5 sacks, and he added 18 quarterback hurries last season.
    7/3, Cameron Erving, OT, 6-5, 320, rSr, Florida State: Moved from defensive tackle to become key a blocker keeping Winston upright. How high he goes depends on how much he improves technique.
    8/2, Devonte Fields, DE, 6-4, 240, rSo, TCU: There is no doubting his ability, but Fields must show maturity and consistency to become a true top-10 candidate.
    9/3, Randy Gregory, DE, 6-5, 255, Sr, Nebraska: Here is a junior college transfer who demanded attention last season by recording 10.5 sacks in only 10 games. Scouts are excited to see if he improves on that.
    10/1, Vic Beasley, OLB, 6-2, 235, rSr, Clemson: NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang likens Beasley to hyperactive Dee Ford, a first-rounder out of Auburn this year. Beasley managed a Ford-like 23 tackles for a loss in 2013.
    Others to watch:
    Overall/Position Rank, Player, Position, Height, Weight, Class, College
    11/4, Mario Edwards Jr., DE, 6-3, 277, Jr, Florida State
    12/1, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, 5-10, 185, Sr, Oregon
    13/2, Jordan Jenkins, OLB, 6-2, 246, Jr, Georgia
    14/1, Tre Jackson, OG, 6-4, 330, Sr, Florida State
    15/1, Amari Cooper, WR, 6-1, 205, Jr, Alabama
    16/2, P.J. Williams, CB, 6-0, 190, Jr, Florida State
    17/1, Todd Gurley, RB, 6-1, 232, Jr, Georgia
    18/1, Ramik Wilson, ILB, 6-2, 232, Sr, Georgia
    19/2, T.J. Yeldon, RB, 6-1, 218, Jr, Alabama
    20/2, Michael Bennett, DT, 6-3, 285, Sr, Ohio State
    21/2, Nelson Agholor, WR, 6-0, 185, Jr, Southern Cal
    22/3, Melvin Gordon, RB, 6-1, 207, rJr, Wisconsin
    23/3, Rashad Greene, WR, 6-0, 180, Sr, Florida State
    24/4, Mike Davis, RB, 5-09, 215, Jr, South Carolina
    25/3, Kyler Fackrell, OLB, 6-4, 245, rJr, Utah State
    26/4, Andrus Peat, OT, 6-6, 312, Jr, Stanford
    27/3, Trae Waynes, CB, 6-1, 185, rJr, Michigan State
    28/4, Ty Montgomery, WR, 6-2, 215, Sr, Stanford
    29/3, Carl Davis, DT, 6-4, 315, rSr, Iowa
    30/5, Lael Collins, OT, 6-5, 315, Sr, LSU
    31/5, Dante Fowler Jr., DE, 6-3, 266, Jr, Florida
    32/3, Bryce Petty, QB, 6-2, 230, rSr, Baylor
    33/1, Derron Smith, FS, 5-11, 200, rSr, Fresno State
    34/2, Isaac Seumalo, OG, 6-3, 305, Jr, Oregon State
    35/5, Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, 6-5, 225, Jr, Missouri
    36/1, Hroniss Grasu, C, 6-3, 298, rSr, Oregon
    37/4, Brett Hundley, QB, 6-3, 222, rJr, UCLA
    38/1, Anthony Harris, SS, 6-1, 190, Sr, Virginia
    39/4, Danny Shelton, DT, 6-1, 327, Sr, Washington
    40/1, Nick O'Leary, TE, 6-3, 248, Sr, Florida State
    41/2, Kurtis Drummond, FS, 6-1, 200, rSr, Michigan State
    42/6, Jaelen Strong, WR, 6-4, 205, rJr, Arizona State
    43/4, Jalen Collins, CB, 6-1, 195, rJr, LSU
    44/2, Denzel Perryman, ILB, 6-0, 240, Sr, Miami
    45/5, Karlos Williams, RB, 6-1, 223, Sr, Florida State
    46/6, Spencer Drango, OT, 6-5, 315, rJr, Baylor
    47/2, Devin Funchess, TE, 6-5, 235, Jr, Michigan
    48/5, Christian Covington, DT, 6-2, 295, rJr, Rice
    49/6, Duke Johnson, RB, 5-09, 196, Jr, Miami
    50/6, Noah Spence, DE, 6-3, 252, Jr, Ohio State
    51/5, Josh Shaw, CB, 6-1, 195, rSr, Southern Cal
    52/4, Derrick Malone, OLB, 6-2, 216, rSr, Oregon
    53/3, Ben Koyack, TE, 6-5, 261, Sr, Notre Dame
    54/6, Arik Armstead, DT, 6-7, 292, Jr, Oregon
    55/7, Antwan Goodley, WR, 5-10, 225, rSr, Baylor
    56/2, Jordan Richards, SS, 5-11, 208, Sr, Stanford
    57/6, Marcus Peters, CB, 5-11, 193, rJr, Washington
    58/5, Ishaq Williams, OLB, 6-5, 261, Sr, Notre Dame
    59/3, Kris Frost, ILB, 6-2, 238, rJr, Auburn
    60/3, Laken Tomlinson, OG, 6-3, 320, rSr, Duke
    61/5, Sean Mannion, QB, 6-4, 220, rSr, Oregon State
    62/7, Ellis McCarthy, DT, 6-3, 330, Jr, UCLA
    63/2, Reese Dismukes, C, 6-2, 298, Sr, Auburn
    64/3, Cody Prewitt, FS, 6-2, 220, Sr, Mississippi
    65/4, Eric Kendricks, ILB, 6-0, 228, rSr, UCLA
    66/8, Deontay Greenberry, WR, 6-2, 198, Jr, Houston
    67/7, Wayne Lyons, CB, 6-1, 196, Sr, Stanford
    68/4, Josue Matias, OG, 6-5, 322, Sr, Florida State
    69/8, Steven Nelson, CB, 5-10, 192, Sr, Oregon State
    70/9, Christion Jones, WR, 5-11, 185, Sr, Alabama
    71/7, Trey Flowers, DE, 6-3, 262, Sr, Arkansas
    72/3, Landon Collins, SS, 6-0, 215, Jr, Alabama
    73/10, DaVaris Daniels, WR, 6-2, 203, rJr, Notre Dame
    74/7, Eric Lefeld, OT, 6-5, 309, rSr, Cincinnati
    75/11, Bralon Addison, WR, 5-10, 182, Jr, Oregon
    76/9, Charles Gaines, CB, 5-11, 176, rJr, Louisville
    77/6, Tyler Matakevich, OLB, 6-1, 230, Jr, Temple
    78/8, Daryl Williams, OT, 6-5, 321, rSr, Oklahoma
    88/7, Corey Grant, RB, 5-10, 205, rSr, Auburn
    79/8, Cedric Reed, DE, 6-5, 258, Sr, Texas
    80/10, Lorenzo Doss, CB, 5-11, 168, Jr, Tulane
    81/8, Ameer Abdullah, RB, 5-09, 190, Sr, Nebraska
    82/8, Brandon Ivory, DT, 6-3, 310, rSr, Alabama
    83/9, Jeremy Langford, RB, 5-11, 206, rSr, Michigan State
    84/12, Tyler Lockett, WR, 5-11, 175, Sr, Kansas State
    85/12, Damian Swann, CB, 5-11, 178, Sr, Georgia
    86/9, Grady Jarrett, DT, 6-1, 295, Sr, Clemson
    87/7, Shaq Thompson, OLB, 6-2, 225, Jr, Washington
    89/11, Blake Countess, CB, 5-10, 182, rJr, Michigan
    90/9, Markus Golden, DE, 6-3, 260, rSr, Missouri
    91/13, Kasen Williams, WR, 6-2, 212, Sr, Washington
    92/6, Andrew Manley, QB, 6-3, 225, rSr, Eastern Illinois
    93/11, Lynden Trail, DE, 6-6, 260, rSr, Norfolk State
    94/5, A.J. Cann, OG, 6-3, 314, rSr, South Carolina
    95/14, Sammie Coates, WR, 6-1, 201, rJr, Auburn
    96/9, Sean Hickey, OT, 6-5, 291, rSr, Syracuse
    97/10, Alvin Dupree, DE, 6-3, 252, rSr, Kentucky
    98/15, Levi Norwood, WR, 6-1, 195, rSr, Baylor
    99/4, Ronald Martin, FS, 6-1, 218, Sr, LSU
    100/3, B.J. Finney, C, 6-3, 303, rSr, Kansas State
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  3. soulman

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    Can't say that this does much good right now but I like the fact that we can go back in time, re-post this next spring, and see how the list and the rankings may have changed. I'm sure a fair amount of the them will still be top 100 players but their rankings may have changed and of course there's always the injury factor that will figure in. Still, it's nice info to have just to see what positions look like they may be the strongest.

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    I agree its way to early to put names to picks as the list will change. I was primarily interested in how many players were in the top at positions we may need. Everyone at this time will have there own opinions on what they may be but a few positions like MLB, S, and CB will potentially be needs if Tillman and Briggs retire and none of the LB's pick up the MLB position. Unfortunately the early look does not show a lot of talent at MLB or S. Hopefully they will have a few more players in need positions climb higher as the college season gets started and progresses. Otherwise we will need to find in FA next yr. Lots of time for change between now and then.
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    Shilique Calhoun ? Cool first name . Destined for greatness .
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  6. soulman

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    You do that too huh? I see certain players names and I think now that guy has a football name. He should be great. Then there are guys with a name like Harold Fleischman and I think, no way. This guy should be a CPA or and insurance company actuary not and OG. Sorry Harold. :alright:
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    Well if I'm correct in my hunch that Bostic will never be an NFL caliber MLB and we'll find better use for Shea at SLB then we really do need to be on the lookout for the next great Bears MLB. It's a tradition worth preserving. This kid Christian Jones is intriguing as far as his basic skills go but he needs a lot of work before he'd be ready to take over that defense at MLB.

    Depending on how the two young DEs, Washington and Bass do, we may be in the market for a good young DE who can rush the passer. We had to go out and buy 3 of them on the open market just to have starters this year so that's not a deal we'll want to do again. Time to grow one or two or our own. We either need the son of Richard Dent or we need to Washington to become him. He's the right size.

    WR, CB, a stud S if there's one there. I don't want to overpay for one in FA if we're still in need by next spring. Looks like we dodged a bullet with T.J. Ward anyway. He rewarded the Broncos generosity by getting himself an arrest warrant issued for a disturbance in a local strip club. Seems he wanted to do an after hours BYOB and when they told him no he assaulted a female bartender with a beer mug. He and Ray Rice should get together and compare notes on how to correctly abuse women.

    Our best players like to donate to charities for Mental Health Awareness but the Bronco Players like to donate to the local trial lawyers association and the Denver County general fund for players who misbehave. This is getting to be a regular thing out here. Somebody's either getting arrested or gunned down in a drive by shooting. Of course when your Director of Pro Personnel just got sentenced to 7 months in jail for running into a cop car while drunk on his ass I guess you get used to these more minor transgressions.

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    October 18

    After a couple of weeks during which the college football world was focused on the super competitive SEC West, the focus shifts to Tallahasse where defending national champion Florida State hosts Notre Dame in a battle of unbeaten, top-ranked teams national powers. And needless to say the battle between the 2nd ranked Seminoles and the 5th ranked Irish also has huge implications for college football's first 4-team playoff at the end of the year. Meanwhile, while the SEC West has been grabbing most of the top college football headlines so far this fall, the Big XII has quietly emerged as a rising power conference with 5 teams ranked among the top 15 teams this week. And two of those teams get a chance to show that they are legitimate contenders rather than pretenders this fall with key road games. Here's a quick preview of who to watch in college football's big games this weekly with an eye toward the 2015 draft.

    #5 Notre Dame (6-0) at #2 Florida State (6-0); 8 PM ET; ABC ... After losing a ton of talent at last May's draft, nobody really expected Notre Dame to be unbeaten and still very much part of the playoff discussion when they headed south to take on the national champs. Indeed, its unlikely that Notre Dame will have a player selected in this year‘s opening round after a 4-year run in which the programhad at least one player selected in the first round. However, the Irish have gotten a huge boost with the return of junior QB Everett Golson (#5, 6-0, 200) who led the Irish to the national title game in 2012, but didn’t play last year because of academic integrity issues. Golson is an athletic dual-threat with a decent arm, but needs to take better care of the football for the Irish to have a chance against the Seminoles. Meanwhile, TE Ben Koyack (#18, 6-5, 265), who figures to be one of the best two-way TEs in this year’s draft class, is a second-day prospect as is junior DE Sheldon Day (#91, 6-2, 285), while veteran OG Christian Lombard (#74, 6-4, 315), a solid interior offensive lineman, although he‘s not a particularly gifted athlete, and CB Cody Riggs (#2, 5-9, 185) are later round candidates..

    The big question in Florida State is just how focused redshirt sophomore QB Jamies Winston (#5, 6-4, 235) will be on the game as he has been dealing with a myriad of off-field issues. Winston, who won last year's Heisman Trophy when he led the Seminoles to the BCS national championship and is considered to be a top 5-10 prospect for the upcoming draft, for example, reportedly will have his hearing regarding an alleged sexual incident on Friday just before the game; to make matters worse, Winston has been linked to the dealer that got Georgia RB Todd Gurley suspended for accepting payments for autographs and other signed memorobilia. Even if Winston somehow doesn't make it to the upcoming draft, Florida State will have arguably the deepest class for the 2015 draft in the country. Junior CB P.J. Williams (#26, 5-11, 195) is also considered to be potential first round pick this coming spring, while DE Mario Edwards (#15, 6-3, 295) and DT Eddie Goldman (#90, 6-3, 315), along with veteran OT Cameron Erving (#75, 6-5, 310) are close. Meanwhile, RB Karlos Williams (#9, 6-0, 225), WR Rashad Greene (#80, 5-11, 180), TE Nick O'Leary (#35, 6-3, 235), and OGs Tre Jackson (#54, 6-3, 330) and Josue Matias (#70, 6-5, 325) are solid second-day candidates.

    #14 Kansas State (4-1) at #11 Oklahoma (#11, 5-1); Noon ET; ESPN ... At the start of the season, the Big XII race looked to be a two-team race between Oklahoma and Baylor. Then Texas Christian got into the act when the Frogs stunned to Sooners a couple of weeks back. And while no one was watching both Kansas State and Oklahoma State have quietly taken care of business and both have a chance to really muddle the conference race when they play at Oklahoma and TCU respectively. However, don't expect either K-State or Oklahoma State to have much of an impact at the upcoming draft. KSU does have a solid pass-and run combination in Jake Waters (#15, 6-1, 210) and WR Tyler Lockett (#16, 5-10, 175). Waters isn't flashy, but doesn't make many mistakes, while Lockett, a late second or early third round pick this coming May, is a sneaky quick receiver with great hands who doubles as an outstanding kick returner. Meanwhile, other Wildcats to watch include steady C B.J. Finney (#66, 6-3, 305) and DE Ryan Mueller (#44, 6-2, 245), while junior OG Cody Whitehair (#55, 6-3, 310) has future potential.

    Interesting story at Oklahoma where the Sooners' best propsect - junior WR Dorial Green-Beckham - may never play a game in Norman. The 6-5, 225-pound DGB was the top recruit in the country a couple of years back when he signed with Missouri, however, he transferred to OU this summer after getting the boot at Missou in the wake of several off-field issues. And Green-Beckham, who won't play this fall while he complys with NCAA transfer rules, is getting increased attention from NFL scouts as a potential opening round pick wit huge upside if he were to declare for the 2015 draft. Meanwhile, the Sooners' best prospect who will actually be in uniform against KSU is junior OLB Eric Striker (#19, 6-0, 225) an undersized blur who reminds many scouts of former Ohio State star Ryan Shazier whom Pittsburgh selected with the 15th pick overall this past May. The Sooners also have an interesting story in TE Blake Bell (#10, 6-5, 240), who drew national attention at QB as the Belldozer, but switched to TE this fall to improve his pro options. Other Sooners to watch include OTs Daryl Williams (#79, 6-5, 335) and Tyrus Thompson (#71, 6-5, 320) who combine with rugged OG Adam Shead (#74, 6-3, 320) to give OU one of the better core offensive lines in the country.

    #15 Oklahoma State (5-1) at Texas Christian (4-1); 4 PM ET; Fox ... At best Oklahoma State has a couple of seniors who could get some late round interest this coming May in DT James Castleman (#91, 6-2, 300) and OT Dan Koenig (#58, 6-5, 300). However, the Cowboy NFL teams are really intrigued by is junior WR/KR Tyreek Hill (#24, 5-9, 185), a junior college transfer with world class speed - he finished 5th in the 200M at the NCAA Indoor championships - who the Cowboys line up all over the field including at RB and in the slot as well as outside. For good measure, Hill has also already returned a couple of KOs for TDs this fall.TCU is also unlikely to have a major impact at the upcoming draft, although SS Sam Carter (#17, 6-1, 215) is a steady third-day type safety, while CB Kevin White (#25, 5-10, 180), OLB Paul Dawson (#47, 6-2, 230) and massive OT Tayo Fabuluje (#59, 6-7, 360) are later round or free-agent candidates.

    Bonus coverage: Interesting Mountain West game on Friday evening when Fresno State (3-4) plays at Boise State (4-2) at 8 PM ET on ESPN. Neither team is going to make the playoff this year, but this game features a number of solid prospects for the 2015 draft including Fresno State FS Derron Smith (#13, 5-11, 200), WR Josh Harper (#3, 6-1, 185) and NG Tyeler Davison (#92, 6-2, 305) along with Boise State junior RB Jay Ajayi (#27, 5-11, 220) ... Speaking of the Mountain West, check out Colorado State OT Ty Sambrailo (#51, 6-5, 310) when the 5-1 Rams host Utah State at 8 PM ET on CBS Sports Network.

    Have a great weekend!!!

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