Stud/Sleeper Prospect Updates
Leonard Fournette, RB - LSU: So many things have gone wrong for LSU this year that it's hard to place the blame on Fournette. Statistically, he's "only" totaled 455 yards, 5.8 YPC and 2 touchdowns through 3 games. The rest he's missed because of an ankle injury. Fournette is still a truly elite prospect.
Jonathan Allen, DE - Alabama: 5 sacks through 7 games and great versus the run. His projection hasn't changed; Allen is likely going in the top 15 picks. Very powerful and quick at 6'3", 290 lbs. Local kid from Ashburn, Virginia.
Ethan Pocic, C - LSU: He's a good player but LSU's offense as a whole has significantly struggled in 2016. Very tall for a center at 6'7" and needs to get stronger. Great reach and mobility in the run game but not much of a nasty streak. After watching more tape of him I don't think he's my first choice in a center or lineman. Not a first-round pick in my opinion.
Jabrill Peppers, LB - Michigan: After somewhat of a slow start to the season, Peppers has blossomed into a triple threat worthy of Heisman consideration. Mainly plays linebacker for Michigan (35 tackles, 8 TFLs, 2 sacks), but also running back (5 carries for 98 yards and 2 TDs) and is the country's best return man (31.7 yard avg. per kick return and 17.8 yard avg. per punt return with 1 TD). For the NFL, think Su'a Cravens on steroids (not literally).
James Conner, RB - Pittsburgh: Far off pace from the gaudy numbers he put up in 2014, but still has put up 728 yards from scrimmage and 9 total touchdowns through 7 games. Is still getting stronger after his return to the field from cancer. Big, imposing player physically with an impressive mental makeup as well.
Deatrich Wise Jr., OLB - Arkansas: Has great size at 6'6", 271 but his production hasn't all been there since an 8 sack campaign in 2015. Through 7 games in 2016, Wise has 3 sacks and 28 tackles. His strength and length will still draw interest from a lot of teams throughout the draft process.
Jon Toth, C - Kentucky: Leader of an offensive line that has allowed only 8 sacks and averaging over 180 rushing yards per game. Great intangibles and size at 6'5" 305.
Xavier Woods, S - Louisiana Tech: Best fit is as a strong safety because of his build (5'11", 219) skills against the run, and hard-hitting ability. Put up really good statistics through 7 games with 50 tackles, 3 INTs and 1 sack. Is one of the more intriguing safeties in the 2016 Draft.
Jamal Adams, S - LSU: Do-it-all safety with old-school, throwback attitude. Built like a sledgehammer at 6'1", 214. Has drawn comparisons to Chiefs' All-Pro safety Eric Berry. Tremendous open-field tackler with instincts in coverage, matching up man-to-man against slot receivers and tight ends. Fires up his teammates with passion on the field. Strong enough to shed blocks and set the edge against the run, which is very rare for his position.
Jaleel Johnson, DT - Iowa: Strong, athletic interior defender that's put together well at 6'4" 310. Adequate, not elite, first-step quickness and continues fighting throughout the play to get to the ball carrier. Has issues playing too high which causes rush to stall out when he loses leverage. Good motor and active hands, with enough speed to penetrate on stunts. 27 tackles and 3.5 sacks through 7 games in 2016. Started the past 21 games and hasn't missed a single start due to injury.
Malik Hooker, S - Ohio State: Excellent range from centerfield position at 6'2", 205. Made several incredibly acrobatic interceptions during season so far (tied for 2nd-most in the country with 4 INTs). Adequate pursuit speed and tackler. From limited tape looks more talented than 2016 2nd-rounder Vonn Bell.
Malik Hooker has been this year (5 Games):— tOSU Recruiting (@tOSURecruiting) October 15, 2016
• 4 INTs
• 117 Yards
• 2 TDs
• 2 TFL
• 1 Sack pic.twitter.com/UsDEn4LUVK
Ejuan Price, OLB - Pittsburgh: His lack of height is going to drop him down draft boards, but he's currently leading the country in sacks with 9. At 6'1", 255 he's very solidly built but still has good first-step quickness off the snap. His low center of gravity gives taller tackles lots of trouble, similar to Elvis Dumervil, although his lack of length allows him to get pushed outside on some plays. Demands extra resources (double teams, running back chips) because of his tenacity and power. Shows a varied arsenal of pass-rush moves from bull rushes to spins. Active hands.
Ryan Switzer, WR - North Carolina: A 5'10", 185 pound white guy playing receiver? Can't we just draft him to the Patriots already? In all seriousness, this dude plays incredibly hard, catches everything thrown at him, runs great routes and has speed and quickness on the field. Switzer will probably be a mid-round pick at best because he lacks ideal size and probably measurables, but he's a really impressive player to watch that always seems to come away with the clutch grabs to extend drives.