Here are the top 35 remaining players at positions of at least semi-need for the Green Bay Packers on offense: quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and guards.
Samaje Perine, Oklahoma (5-10 5/8, 233; 4.65 40; 4.37 shuttle): Junior. Perine needed only three seasons to set Oklahoma’s career rushing record. Perine rushed for 1,713 yards (6.5 average) and 21 touchdowns as a true freshman, 1,349 yards (6.0) and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore and 1,060 yards (5.4 average) and 12 touchdowns as a junior to give him a three-year total of 4,122 yards (6.0) and 49 touchdowns. As a freshman, a week after Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon rushed for a FBS-record 408 yards, Perine beat it with 427 yards against Kansas.
Perine started lifting weights when he was 8. Hence, it’s little wonder why he led the running back group with 30 reps on the bench press — seven more than anyone else. His shuttle time would tie Wynn for the slowest of any Packers running back draft pick but he’s 233 pounds, so what did you expect? Combine those two things and you get what you see on film: a powerful runner (with the ability to get skinny) who wins by stinging like a bee rather than floating like a butterfly. There is very little open-field creativity, and if the play is stacked up at the line of scrimmage, Perine is going nowhere fast.
Perine had 40 career catches, with 15 in each of his first two seasons. He’s got good hands, and his size and strength give him the potential to be an excellent pass protector, though he finished only 32nd in PFF’s pass-rushing metric. That gives him the ability to be a poor man’s Lacy as far as being a three-down back. He fumbled twice in 2016 and six times in three years.
Elijah Hood North Carolina (5-11 3/4, 232; 4.63 40; DNP shuttle): Junior. If there’s a late-round “Packers” back, it’s Hood. First off, he’s big. Can he catch? Hood isn’t a dynamic threat but he caught 25 passes during his final season. Can he block? Hood ranked 20th out of 74 in PFF’s pass-protection metric — though that ranked third among our list of the top 16 prospects. Can he make something out of nothing or more out of a little? Impressively, he ranked fifth out of 70 in PFF’s elusive ranking and averaged 3.8 yards after contact per rush, which ranked fifth in our Top 16. He’s smart — an Eagle Scout and all-ACC academic choice.
Hood exploded onto the scene as a sophomore, rushing for 1,463 yards (6.7 average) and 17 touchdowns. He wasn’t quite as productive in UNC’s backfield timeshare in 2016, with 858 yards (5.9 average) and eight touchdowns. His three-year total was 2,580 yards (6.0 average) and 29 touchdowns. His subpar speed and the lack of a shuttle time stem from a pre-Combine hamstring injury, he said. Hood might not be as nifty and as explosive as a healthy Lacy was in the open field, but he’s got a chance to be an effective counterpunching bruiser to a slasher like Montgomery. His hands and protection skill would keep him on the field on third down.
Jamaal Williams, BYU (6-0 3/8, 212; 4.59 40; 4.26 shuttle): Williams set BYU’s career rushing record, beating a record that had stood for 54 years. Williams rushed for 1,233 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore in 2013. Big things were expected as a junior in 2014. However, he was suspended for the opener for underage consumption of alcohol and then the final four games with a knee injury. Then, with the 2015 fall camp under way, he left the team following another violation of team rules. The violation? He had a girl in his dorm room, he said with a laugh at the Combine. Williams returned as a senior and rushed for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns. Perhaps more impressive than the production was that his teammates voted him a captain. His career total: 3,901 yards (5.4 average) and 35 touchdowns on the ground and 60 receptions — 27 of which came as a freshman.
Williams ranks well above average in PFF’s key metrics: 15th in elusive rating and 25th in pass protection. Williams isn’t one to dilly-dally in the backfield. He is one cut and go, with the power and agility to maximize each attempt. Ball security (two fumbles as a senior and five for his career) is a plus, as should be the expectation for a back with 10-inch hands. He appears to be a good schematic fit for the Packers.
Wayne Gallman, Clemson (6-0 1/2, 215; 4.60 40; 4.28 shuttle): Junior. Gallman rushed for 3,416 yards in three seasons, including 1,514 yards (5.4 average) and 13 touchdowns in 2015 and 1,133 yards (4.9) and 17 touchdowns to help the Tigers win the national championship in 2016. He added 66 career receptions to give him a total of 3,902 yards and 36 touchdowns from scrimmage.
Gallman does everything well but nothing exceedingly well. He ranked 20th out of 70 in PFF’s elusive rating and 33rd out of 72 in pass protection. He doesn’t have great power, doesn’t have great speed and doesn’t have great elusiveness but he gets what’s there and usually a little more through effort and attitude. Ball security isn’t an issue with two fumbles in 2016 and five in his career. If Montgomery were a sure thing, Gallman would be a nice No. 2.
Marlon Mack, South Florida (5-11 3/8, 213; 4.50 40; DNP shuttle): Junior. Mack needed just three season to set the school career records for rushing yards (3,609), all-purpose yards (4,107) and touchdowns (33). Mack became the third FBS player in state of Florida history to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. In 2016, he rushed for 1,187 yards and 15 touchdowns while finishing 13th nationally with 6.82 yards per carry. He added a career-high 28 receptions.
The lack of a shuttle time won’t be of concern. Just flip on the film and you can see the change-of-direction agility that is the point of that test. In league circles, he is regarded much more highly than where we have him ranked. He just doesn’t seem like a great fit for Green Bay, where north and south is coveted more than east and west because of the number of bad-weather games at the end of the season. Mack loves to bounce runs outside. It worked in college — he ranked 12th in PFF’s elusive ranking and third in our Group of 16 with 3.9 yards per carry after contact — but it won’t work in the NFL, where everyone is fast. Mack is a superb receiving threat who wasn’t used often in protection. When he did stay into block, he did well, checking in at No. 21 in PFF’s pass protection metric (and fourth in our list of prospects). Mack fumbled four times as a junior and 11 times in three seasons. Mack likely will excel if drafted by a FieldTurf team.
Brian Hill, Wyoming (6-1, 219; 4.54 40; 4.32 shuttle): Junior. First, it must be noted that Hill might not be on Green Bay’s board at all. He’s got 8 7/8-inch hands. The smallest hands for any Packers draft pick belonged to DeShawn Wynn at 9 inches. Small hands and cold weather can lead to fumbles, though he fumbled only once last season and Wyoming isn’t exactly Bermuda.
Hill had a big sophomore season with a school-record 1,631 rushing yards (5.8 average) and six touchdowns. His encore was even better, with 1,860 yards (5.3 average) and 22 touchdowns. That gave him a three-year total of 4,287 rushing yards — 1,300 yards more than any other player in Wyoming history. Hill’s production, however, was more about opportunity that dominance. He ranked 50th out of 70 in PFF’s elusive rating and 38th out of 74 in pass protection. Hill runs with a nice blend of patience and power and could provide the between-the-tackles running game to complement to Montgomery. He caught 20 passes as a sophomore but only eight as a junior; that does not appear to be a strong part of his game.
Corey Clement, Wisconsin (5-10 1/8, 220; 4.68 40; 4.28 shuttle): Clement tallied career highs with 1,375 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior despite, by UW’s lofty standards, a terrible offensive line. Clement averaged only 4.4 yards per carry but had eight 100-yard rushing games, including career-high games of 164 yards against powerhouses Ohio State and Penn State. With 547 yards as a freshman, 949 yards as a sophomore and 221 in four games in 2015 (sports hernia), Clement finished his career with 3,092 rushing yards (5.4 average) and 36 touchdowns.
Based on size and running style, he’s a great fit for the Packers. However, there are two major concerns. First, he was a nonfactor on passing downs, with the Badgers turning to senior Dare Ogunbowale. He caught 27 passes for his career, including just 12 as a senior. Plus, he ranked toward the bottom of PFF’s pass protection metric. Second, he fumbled five times as a senior. Coach Mike McCarthy covets three-down backs who can hang onto the rock. Clement wasn’t that player last year.
Christopher Carson, Oklahoma State (5-11 3/4, 218; 4.58 40; 4.28 shuttle): Carson spent two years at a junior college before arriving at Oklahoma State. As a junior, he led the Cowboys with 517 rushing yards (3.9 average) and four touchdowns and added 17 receptions for 170 yards. He was more productive as a senior. Carson rushed for 559 yards but averaged an explosive 6.8 per carry and scored nine touchdowns. He chipped in 13 receptions for 128 yards. He ranked No. 1 in PFF’s elusive rating, having forced a total of 34 missed tackles on just 96 touches, and third in our Group of 16 with 3.9 yards after contact per carry. Carson caught the ball well during workouts but was terrible in pass protection as a senior, ranking 67th out of 72. He fumbled once in each of his two seasons. Carson is a physical powerhouse but didn’t always run with the power belying his chiseled physique.
Justin Davis, USC (6-0 5/8, 208; 4.60 40; 4.30 shuttle): Davis rushed for 607 yards (5.5 average) and two touchdowns while catching 14 passes for 112 yards as a senior. He missed three games due to injury — right when he was hitting his stride with 126 yards vs. Utah, 123 vs. Arizona State and 92 vs. Colorado, the game in which he suffered a high-ankle sprain. His four-year total added up to 2,465 rushing yards and 19 scores. As a senior, Davis ranked ninth in PFF’s elusive rating, and his 4.0 yards after contact per carry ranks second among our top 16 prospects. The USC coaches lauded Davis for becoming a complete back — “The ball would bounce off his facemask when he first got here,” coach Clay Helton said — but he ranked dead last out of 72 backs in PFF’s pass-rushing metric. He fumbled three times as a senior and nine times in his career. He might be worth stashing on a practice squad to get him up to about 220 pounds so he can break more tackles and protect the passer.
Joe Williams, Utah (5-11, 210; 4.41 40; 4.19 shuttle): What a strange career. Two weeks into Williams’ senior season, he retired. After Utah’s running backs depth chart was slammed by injuries, he returned after a monthlong hiatus and rushed for 179 yards against Oregon State and a staggering 332 yards against UCLA. In the six games after returning to the team, he rushed for 1,110 yards and nine touchdowns.
According to PFF, he ranked 34th out of 70 in elusive rating and 44th out of 72 in pass protection. His 3.4 yards after contact ranked eighth in our top 16 backs. His shuttle time — the best among the backs at the Combine and among our top 16 — hint at some make-you-miss that didn’t always show up.Williams was a two-star recruit. He signed with UConn but was arrested and kicked off the team. From there, he attended Fork Union Military School and then moved onto ASA College, a junior college in New York. That got him to Utah for his final two seasons. The arrest and retirement raised plenty of questions. The five fumbles and five dropped passes are troublesome, too, considering he wasn’t with the team for a few games.
Chad Hansen, Cal (6-1 7/8, 202; 4.53 40; 35 vertical; 6.74 3-cone): Junior. Hansen caught 45 passes at Idaho State in 2013 before transferring to Cal. After sitting out the 2014 season, Hansen made a modest impact in 2015 with just 19 catches. It was a different story in 2016, with Hansen catching 92 passes for 1,249 yards (13.6 average) and 11 touchdowns. How’s this for motivation: After his strong debut at Idaho State — the only school to offer a scholarship — Hansen began contemplating a transfer to a Power Five school. A coach at Arizona State had this to say: “You're not cut out to play at the Pac-12 level. You should just stay at Idaho State and continue your career there. That's probably the best and easiest way to go about things.” Hansen ranked third in our list of prospects in drop rate. Not coincidentally, he was one of seven receivers with 10-inch-plus hands. He was a premier deep threat, catching 16-of-35 for 480 yards and six scores. Like Davante Adams, Hansen overcomes average speed by doing everything else right.
Jehu Chesson, Michigan (6-1 5/8, 204; 4.47 40; 35.5 vertical; 6.70 3-cone): Chesson had a career-best season of 50 receptions for 764 yards (15.3 average) and nine touchdowns as junior, when he was voted team MVP. That made him one of the top senior receivers entering the season. However, due in part to a knee injury suffered in the 2015 bowl game, he slipped back to 35 catches for 500 yards (14.3) and two touchdowns as a senior to give him a four-year total of 114 receptions, 1,639 yards (14.4) and 12 scores. As a senior, he finished 12th in drop rate on our list of prospects. Chesson caught 7-of-15 deep passes for 211 yards and two scores. He’s got the second-longest arms in the receiver class, which means an enormous catch radius. While not a YAC threat, his physicality showed up as a runner (20 carries, 218 yards, three scores during his final two years) and blocker. Along with the testing numbers above, he posted one of the best 20-yard shuttles in the receiver class. Chesson was born in Liberia. From there, it was to the Ivory Coast and, at age 5, St. Louis as an escape the war-torn country.
Austin Carr, Northwestern (6-0 1/4, 202; 4.62 40; 33.5 vertical; 6.70 3-cone): Carr was the nation’s most productive slot receiver last year. He caught 90 passes for 1,247 yards (13.9 average) and 12 touchdowns as a senior, when he was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and won the Big Ten Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year Award. All of that production came from the slot. In our Top 31, Carr finished fifth in drop rate at 4.26 percent. Carr was not invited to the Combine but had a great pro day, which included a 4.07 in the shuttle. Carr started his career as a walk-on. He’s also a composer, singer and pianist, “As with songwriting, you are attuned to the details. In football, there is structure on the field, but there is plenty of room for creativity at my position.”
Mack Hollins, North Carolina (6-4, 221; DNP tests due to hamstring): Hollins led the nation with 24.8 yards per catch as a junior. His senior season, however, ended with a broken collarbone. He caught 16 passes for 309 yards (19.3 average) and four touchdowns. He caught 4-of-10 deep passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns. (In 2015, he caught 11-of-21 for 479 yards and six touchdowns.) Of our top prospects, he ranked 16th in drop percentage. He finished his career with 81 receptions for 1,667 yards (20.6 average) and 20 touchdowns. Hollins went from walk-on to four-year captain. If the Packers are worried about losing Janis, who is a special-teams standout, Hollins had 24 career tackles in the kicking game. Big and fast is never a bad combination. He’ll just need some time to hone his route-running.
Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M (6-2 7/8, 194; 4.52 40; 37 vertical; 6.83 3-cone): Reynolds put up outstanding production in three years at A&M, with 52 catches for 842 yards (16.2 average) and a career-high 13 touchdowns in 2014, 51 catches for 907 yards (17.8) and five touchdowns in 2015 and career highs of 61 catches and 1,039 yards (17.0) along with 12 touchdowns in 2016. He caught 11-of-26 deep passes for 450 yards and four touchdowns. His three-year total was 164 receptions, 2,788 yards and 30 touchdowns. Incredibly, the player who ranks third in SEC history in receiving touchdowns never made an all-conference team. However, he’s rail-thin, which could helps defensive backs neutralize his height and speed. Of our top prospects, he ranked 25th in drop rate.
Josh Malone, Tennessee (6-2 3/4, 208; 4.40 40; 30.5 vertical; 7.05 3-cone): Junior. Malone departed Tennessee following a breakout season of 50 catches for 972 yards (school-record 19.4 average) and 11 touchdowns. He is a premier deep threat, having caught 13-of-23 deep passes for 509 yards and 10 touchdowns. Of receivers who were targeted at least 20 times on 20-yard passes, his 56.5 percent catch rate ranked fourth (and first among our top 31). Malone builds to speed and isn’t a jump-ball artist, so the long-ball production might not carry over to the NFL. Of our top prospects, he ranked 13th in drop percentage. He finished his career with 104 grabs, 1,608 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse (6-1 1/4, 208; 4.40 40; 31 vertical; 6.95 3-cone): Etta-Tawo caught 61 passes in three seasons for Maryland before transferring to Syracuse for his senior season. The fresh start paid off, with Etta-Tawo earning All-American honors with Syracuse records of 94 catches for 1,482 yards and a school-record-tying 14 touchdowns. The yardage mark ranks second in ACC history to Torry Holt’s 1,604 yards in 1998. Among Power Five conference players, only Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook (1,524) had more receiving yards and only Clemson's Mike Williams (98) and North Carolina's Ryan Switzer (96) had more receptions. On deep passes, he caught 15-of-38 for 687 yards and eight touchdowns. But he finished 19th in drop rate. Etta-Tawo was born in Muscat, Oman. The family — father, mother and four sons — came to the United States in 1999 via a visa lottery.
Rodney Adams, South Florida (6-1 1/4, 189; 4.44 40; 29.5 vertical; 6.98 3-cone): Adams opened his career at Toledo, catching three passes in eight games as a true freshman, before returning to his native Florida after his mother died in a car accident. He caught 23 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore, 45 passes for 822 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior and 67 passes for 822 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. As a senior, he had an 84-yard touchdown vs. Florida State and 92-yard touchdown run vs. Memphis. As a junior, he returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. That gave him a four-year total of 137 receptions, 1,982 yards (14.5 average) and 16 touchdowns. Most of his 2016 came in the production, where he lined up more than 80 percent of the time and caught 54 passes. He’s got small hands (9 inches) but was fourth in drop rate. He did his best work underneath; on deep passes, he was 7-of-21 for 282 yards and three scores but all three drops.
DeAngelo Yancey, Purdue (6-1 5/8, 220; 4.53 40; 35.5 vertical; 6.84 3-cone): Yancey provided the big plays for the Boilermakers, with senior-year totals of 49 catches, 951 yards (19.4 average) and 10 touchdowns. According to PFF, he caught only 10-of-29 deep passes but turned those catches into 449 yards and six touchdowns. His four-year total was 141 receptions, 2,344 yards (16.6) and 20 scores. Yancey ranked 15th in our Group of 31 in drop rate. His 21 reps on the bench press at pro day would have topped the fleet of receivers at the Combine. He has visited the Packers.
Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington (6-1 1/8, 203; 4.68 40; 34 vertical; 6.73 3-cone): After catching only seven passes as a freshman, Bourne piled up a four-year total of 211 receptions for 3,130 yards (14.8 average) and 27 touchdowns. That includes a senior year of 79 receptions for 1,201 yards (14.8 average) and seven touchdowns. On deep passes, he caught 13-of-29 passes for 439 yards and five touchdowns. However, he ranked fourth-to-last in drop rate. Bourne’s excellent 3-cone time might not have saved him from a poor 40.
Robert Davis, Georgia State (6-2 5/8, 219; 4.44 40; 41 vertical; 6.82 3-cone): Davis caught 67 passes for 968 yards as a senior. His five touchdowns averaged 43.8 yards. Against Wisconsin, he caught eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown. Of our top prospects, he ranked sixth in drop percentage. He finished his career with 222 receptions for 3,391 yards — both school records — with 17 touchdowns. Davis and Godwin tied atop the bench-press leaderboard at the Combine. Part of this stat is based on quarterback play, obviously, but he caught only 8-of-31 deep passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns.
Bug Howard, North Carolina (6-4 1/8, 221; 4.58 40; 37.5 vertical; 6.95 3-cone): Howard caught 146 passes for 2,048 yards (14.0 average) and 18 touchdowns in four seasons. He saved the best for last: 53 receptions, 827 yards (15.6) and eight touchdowns as a senior. Of our top prospects, he ranked 10th in drop percentage. On deep passes, he caught 10-of-25 for 357 yards and two scores. Johnathan Jamaul Howard is his real name; “Bug” is a moniker he got as a toddler. “It came from my Grandma. She said I used to bug her a lot. It used to be, ‘Bugger,’ but it got shortened down to Bug. That’s how I got that name.”
Jalen Robinette, Air Force (6-2 7/8, 220; 4.62 40; 31.5 vertical; 6.77 3-cone): Robinette provided the big-play element to the Air Force wishbone attack. In four seasons, he caught 120 passes for 2,697 yards (22.5 average) and 18 touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 35 passes for 959 yards (a nation-best 27.4 average) and six touchdowns. He took advantage of defenses focused on the Falcons’ run game by catching 17-of-31 passes for 699 yards and five touchdowns on long passes. Robinette also had the best drop percentage in our group of top prospects. That should come as no surprise, as Robinette has the biggest hands in the receiver class. However, he didn’t do much at the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game.
Jerome Lane, Akron (6-2 1/2, 226; 4.60 40; 35 vertical; 6.87 3-cone): Junior. As a redshirt freshman, Lane had five sacks as a safety and pass-rushing defensive end. Lane moved to offense at the start of fall camp as a sophomore, and caught 39 passes for 782 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015 and 62 passes for 1,018 yards and six touchdowns in 2016. Of our top prospects, he ranked 18th in drop percentage. On deep passes, he caught 9-of-31 for 303 yards and two scores. He is the son of Jerome Lane, who famously had a backboard-smashing dunk while starring at Pittsburgh.
Note: The position listed before the player designates his college position. All of the players on this list project to guard.
G Nico Siragusa, San Diego State (6-4 1/4, 319; 5.35 40; 4.56 shuttle; 28 bench): First thing’s first: No, Siragusa is not related to former NFL defensive lineman Tony Siragusa. Siragusa was a three-year starter at guard and helped power Donnel Pumphrey to the all-time FBS rushing record. Run blocking is his forte. “Heck, yeah, I love run blocking. I love getting around pulling, I love double-teaming, I love being-one-on-one. I feel like I’m the people mover.” With that said, in our group of top prospects, he ranked second in PBE (one sack, three pressures in run-heavy offense). He was first-team all-Mountain West as a junior and senior. His power makes him a stalwart against bull rushes; he’ll have to hone his technique and better harness his athleticism to win against athletic defensive tackles. Siragusa turned down offers to play in the Pac-12 so he could stay home and be nearer to his father, Ramon, who waited for more than seven years before getting a kidney transplant. “He’s all good. I’m just glad he could come watch me play football. For a couple years, I didn’t know if he was going to make it to the end of college.”
G Danny Isidora, Miami (6-3 3/8, 306; 5.03 40; 4.90 shuttle; 26 bench): First, an important note: Isidora improved his shuttle to 4.70 at Miami’s pro day. We’re going with that time because it’s more in line with how he played at Miami. After redshirting in 2012 and missing almost all of 2013 with a foot injury sustained the day before the start of fall camp, Isidora started the final 39 games of his career at right guard. He was a two-time all-ACC selection, including a second-team choice as a senior. He ranked sixth in our group in PFF’s PBE (four sacks, nine total pressures). That’s his forte. Isidora and Siragusa look like third- or fourth-round options. Isidora might be more NFL-ready than Siragusa because of, one, better competition, and, two, his experience in the Hurricanes’ NFL-style dropback passing game. Three, he’s a better second-level blocker than Siragusa. Four, he’s got zone-scheme experience. However, Isidora doesn’t play with Siragusa’s power in either phase of the game. That’s a concern because the Packers can’t afford to have the pocket constantly collapsing.
C Pat Elflein, Ohio State (6-2 5/8, 303; 5.32 40; 4.71 shuttle; 22 bench): Elflein was a first-team all-conference guard as a sophomore and junior. As a graduate senior, he moved to center. Nothing changed. He was first-team all-Big Ten again, winner of the Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, a unanimous All-American and won the Rimington Award as the nation’s top center. Elflein ranked 10th in our group of top prospects in PFF’s pass-blocking efficiency (three sacks, 16 total pressures). A standout high school wrestler who has a wrestler’s tenacity, power and knack for leverage, he landed at Ohio State only because a higher-rated recruit decommitted. Practices at Ohio State got him ready for the big stage. “That’s what you get when you go to Ohio State and I feel like that’s why we were able to get pretty good at times because of the talent you go against in practice. You had Joey Bosa, Adolphus Washington, Johnathan Hankins, John Simon, our linebackers. Everyone is an NFL-caliber player so you go against that talent every day and I think that’s why we have a good track record of guys transitioning well to the NFL playing at a high level.” It’s worth noting the shortest guard or tackle selected by Thompson was Spitz (6-3 1/2).
C Chase Roullier, Wyoming (6-3 3/4, 312; 5.54 40; 4.47 shuttle; 19 bench): In his first season at center, Roullier was named a second-team All-American — the school’s first since 2006. He ranked sixth among our group of prospects in PFF’s PBE (no sacks, eight total pressures) and was an effective run blocker due to his lower-body power. Roullier was a three-time all-Mountain West Conference pick — first team at center in 2016, second-team at guard in 2015 and honorable mention at guard in 2014. Plus, he was a semifinalist for the William Campbell Trophy — aka the Academic Heisman Trophy. His shuttle was unbelievably good, which would be a big asset in a zone scheme if he could get it to translate to the field — which wasn’t always the case. His bench press, however, is an obvious problem, as was level of competition.
RT Collin Buchanan, Miami (Ohio) (6-4 3/4, 316; DNP 40 and shuttle due to hamstring; 23 bench): Buchanan was a three-year starter at right tackle who earned his first all-conference accolades — second-team all-MAC — as a senior. He ranked 11th in PBE (three sacks, 16 total pressures) among our group of top prospects. He’s neither an excellent pass protector or run blocker. Short arms (32 3/8) likely will send him to guard, which should improve his play in both phases of his game. Buchanan is hoping to get healthy enough to work out for teams before the draft, which would fill in that missing shuttle time.
LT Jordan Morgan, Kutztown (Pa.) (6-2 5/8, 309; 5.36 40; 4.73 shuttle; 21 bench): Morgan won the Gene Upshaw Award, which goes to the best lineman (offense or defense) in Division II. Morgan, who started all 43 career games at left tackle, was a two-time first-team All-American, three-time All-American and a three-time all-conference first-team pick. Morgan’s path is pretty incredible. He played one-half a season of football at Germantown High School in Philadelphia. The only reason he wound up at Kutztown is because two teammates were being recruited. When he arrived at Kutztown, he weighed merely 235 pounds. He’s got 34 5/8-inch arms, which could give him guard-tackle flexibility. As a small-school player, PFF does not have any stats. He dominated his level of play based on sheer physical skill but will need a technique overhaul.
RT Aviante Collins, TCU (6-4 1/8, 295; 4.81 40; 4.69 shuttle; 34 reps): Collins started 13 games as a true freshman — 10 at right tackle and three at left tackle. But his career really never took off. Collins started nine games in 2013 (three at left tackle, six at right tackle), only once in 2014 (at left tackle) and had his 2015 end after three games due to injury. He started 13 games at right tackle as a senior but didn’t receive any postseason honors. While Collins was blessed with his size, his father was blessed with athleticism. Billy Collins qualified for the 1976 Olympics. Not surprisingly, Collins was a Combine star with easily the best 40 time among the offensive linemen. That edge didn’t show up often enough on Saturdays. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed four sacks and 33 total pressures, placing him in a tie for 13th in PBE among our prospects.
G Corey Levin, Tennessee-Chattanooga (6-3 7/8, 307; 5.16 40; 4.73 40; 26 bench): Levin was a three-time All-American, including first-team honors during his final two seasons. Levin started 51 career games, including the final 45, earning starts at guard and both tackle spots during that span. He played only left guard as a senior. He faced his best competition while at practice, when he faced 2015 draft pick Davis Tull and likely 2017 draft pick Keionta Davis. PFF does not have data.
Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh (6-2 1/2, 226; 4.82 40; 9 7/8 hands): After throwing only 43 passes in two seasons at Tennessee, Peterman — already with his degree — went to Pittsburgh and flourished immediately. He completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 2,287 yards with 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a junior and 60.5 percent for 2,855 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a senior. The big difference was his yards per attempt increased by 2.0 as a senior. The highlight of his final season: a five-touchdown game in a shocking upset of Clemson.
NFL teams love that he ran a pro-style offense and is capable of moving beyond his first read without searching for the panic button. Peterman ranked 17th in adjusted completion percentage overall but was better under pressure (seventh) and on deep balls (fourth). Peterman comes with plenty of polish and a good-enough arm but accuracy is a big question mark.
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (6-3 3/8, 216; 4.64 40; 9 1/4 hands): Dobbs threw for 2,946 yards with 27 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and 63.0 percent accuracy as a senior. He added 831 rushing yards and 12 more touchdowns. A 35-game starter who ran Peterman off to Pittsburgh, Dobbs finished his career with 7,138 passing yards, 2,160 rushing yards and 85 total touchdowns. Dobbs has the arm strength, athleticism and intelligence to excite talent evaluators. Learning a playbook won’t be rocket science. Dobbs majored in aerospace engineering and interned with Pratt & Whitney, where he worked on the manufacture and service of aircraft engines for the United States government. According to PFF, Dobbs ranked 14th in adjusted completion percentage overall but fourth under pressure and third on deep balls. Hand size is a big issue, and that showed up with a class-high 10 fumbles. He probably wouldn’t be a consideration for the Packers, though he figures to be long gone before Green Bay starts exploring the QB market.
Brad Kaaya, Miami (6-3 7/8, 214; DNP 40; 9 3/4 hands): Kaaya ended his three-year career ranked No. 1 in school history with 9,968 passing yards and third with 69 passing touchdowns. As a junior in 2016, he had career-best figures of 3,532 passing yards, 27 touchdowns compared to just seven interceptions, and 62.0 percent accuracy. Starting as a true freshman, he was the first player in Miami history to top 3,000 passing yards in three straight seasons. Unlike most quarterback prospects, Kaaya played in a pro-style scheme. That will make the learning curve so much easier. Among the top eight quarterbacks, Kaaya’s arm strength probably ranks at the bottom with Peterman's. He’s not a great athlete, either. His accuracy numbers are a concern, too. He ranked 23rd in adjusted accuracy overall, 44th under pressure — a major problem — and 32nd on deep passes.