Scouting Report: He's a downfield-only target who only had 47 catches in his collegiate career, but Ratley has the easy acceleration and elite top-end speed that can't be taught and has to be respected by opposing safeties. He's a one-trick pony who doesn't have any value as a short or intermediate route runner, but could easily carve out a career as a deep threat specialist.
Scouting Report: A stout back who runs with a low center of gravity, Kelly moves with short, choppy steps and surprising pop when taking on tacklers. He’s not a big-play threat and won’t get much more than what’s blocked for him, but he can carry a load on early downs and is a capable enough receiver and pass protector to stay on the field on third downs.
Scouting Report: Ejoifor won with an unusually advanced set of pass-rush moves at the collegiate level; he’s nuanced, efficient and creative when it comes to hand usage. The question is how well it will work at the NFL level, since Ejiofor is a middling athlete. His draft season has also been complicated by labrum surgery. He carries some risk, but his advanced game might allow him to step in as a quality No. 2 pass rusher.
Scouting Report: Sam is a fluid mover with good size and typically gets to the right spots. He doesn’t have the take-on skills for an inside spot and is a little bit on the fringe athletically as a 4-3 WILL, but there’s enough for him to make a roster, with a future as a low-end starter or high-end backup.
Scouting Report: Size will be an issue at the next level, but Nickerson is among the fastest players in this draft. He has the ability to line up on the boundary or in the slot as a cover man, and he is extremely competitive and exceptional when tracking the ball downfield. The difference between a spot as a No. 3 or No. 2 corner will be how well he can play the run, where he’s feisty but lack of size is a potential problem.
Scouting Report: Fatukasi played across the line at UConn and has a body built for the NFL trenches. He’ll generate a push at the line of scrimmage and has the heavy hands to win in closer quarters, playing with the leverage and functional strength to occupy double teams. He’s sluggish as a pass rusher and only flashed that ability occasionally, but the traits are there for Fatukasi to become a quality early-down rotational player, perhaps with some room to improve as a pass-rusher and become a three-down option.
Scouting Report: While he lacks the pure speed to bend the edge, Fitts is a fluid mover who uses his hands well and brings an advanced array of pass rush moves. Durability is a question mark—he an array of injuries at Utah and ultimately played only 31 games over four years. He can make a roster as a pass-rush specialist, and if he can prove he can play in space a little, he’s a potential starter in a 3-4 front.
Scouting Report: His length (33 1/2-inch arms) will appeal to teams looking for big corners, and his ability to track the ball downfield leaves little margin for error for quarterbacks trying to throw over the top against him. He’s a bit clunky as a mover, lacking the feet to mirror underneath, and his long speed is questionable. He’ll look to stick as a sub-package corner on a team that values size at corner.
Scouting Report: He’s undersized—short-armed with a maxed-out frame—but Jones is one of the better movers in this interior O-line class. He can get out and land blocks on the perimeter, and is quick and coordinated when moving to the second level. Functional strength will be an issue though. He will appeal to finesse teams that run a lot of outside zone, and might have a tough time holding up on the interior of any offensive line.
Scouting Report: He comes into the NFL off a ruptured Achilles tendon that cost him all of last season. When healthy, he was a hard-hitting enforcer in the secondary, though he lacked the kind of fluid movement skills and speed to range very far in zone coverage or match up man-to-man. If he earns his way onto a roster with special-teams contributions, he could be developed as a box safety.
Scouting Report: Cain didn’t have the breakout season some expected in 2017, though that was likely due in part to the downgrade from Deshaun Watson to Kelly Bryant (a less-capable passer) at quarterback. Cain, a high school quarterback himself, offers big upside due to his combination of good size, easy speed and knack for tracking the ball downfield. He’s raw but brings significant upside.
Scouting Report: He’s small and will have a tough time holding up against the run, but Martin is quick and relentless in the pass rush, with the closing burst to finish plays. He needs to add more variety to his pass rush, but he should be able to buy time to develop by becoming a special-teams contributor.
Scouting Report: An elite recruit at Clemson, McCloud was used as more of a gadget player by the Tigers, moving around the field. He’s a sudden mover—quicker than he is fast—and doesn’t have a great feel for the position. He offers value as a return specialist and could catch on as a De’Anthony Thomas-type.
Scouting Report: He has average size and is a subpar athlete for the next level, but Moore is instinctive and a very willing hitter in run support. He’ll fit as a core special teamer, but probably not more than a fourth corner for a zone-heavy defense.
Scouting Report: A physical box safety and a sure tackler, Elliott seems to consistently get to the right spot at the right time. The question is whether or not he can cover at the NFL level. Texas typically kept him near the line of scrimmage—NFL offenses will likely go after him in the passing game early in his career.
Scouting Report: A possession receiver with good size, Cantrell was a security blanket at Tech last season. He’s comfortable working in traffic over the middle, and he shows sure hands and a large catch radius. He lacks explosiveness and doesn’t have the speed to threaten the top of a defense, but could make it as a sub-package option.
Scouting Report: An FCS left tackle, Demby flashed the toughness, raw strength and nasty demeanor that will translate well to the interior of an NFL offensive line. He has long arms and packs pop in his initial punch, and he has good enough raw-movement skills to be an asset climbing to the second level and landing blocks. The jump in level of competition will likely lead to a redshirt year, and he needs to clean up his technique after relying on physical tools to dominate FCS opponents, but there is quality starter upside.
Scouting Report: A converted quarterback who switched side of the ball after tearing his ACL as a freshman, Covington is still a work in progress at linebacker. But he has a good blend of size and athleticism, enough to latch on as a developmental prospect. Instincts and take-on skills are both issues as he enters the league.
Scouting Report: A converted defensive back whose production was non-existent (26 catches over two full seasons at receiver), Gage has some untapped upside. He’s undersized, but offers the foot quickness, explosive movement skills and toughness to be developed into a dangerous weapon—more likely as a gadget player than a traditional slot receiver. If his development as a receiver stalls, he’s a potential special teams ace who should stick in the league for a while.
Scouting Report: An undersized nose tackle who plays a little bigger than his size due to his motor and pound-for-pound strength, Joseph lacks the quickness to make an impact in the pass rush, but he could carve out a role as a rotational lineman capable of occupying blockers on early downs.
Scouting Report: One of the top players in FCS, Smith has the elite speed, good quickness and enough size to play outside in the NFL. He’s a ball-hawk who ended up with five interceptions as a senior despite quarterbacks avoiding him—his ability to click-and-close on throws is outstanding, and he has the strong hands to secure the INT. That gambling could get him in trouble early in his career, as will his tendency to get too physical downfield. But the raw athleticism and aggressive mentality could make him a starter one day.
Scouting Report: He had a tough-luck final two seasons in Tuscaloosa, as Hamilton tore his ACL during the 2016 SEC title game, then missed last year’s playoffs after fracturing his kneecap. He’s undersized, but a cerebral linebacker—a coach-on-the-field-type—who had enough instincts and athleticism (at least pre-injury) to stay on the field on third downs. He has three-down starter potential if he proves healthy.
Scouting Report: The son of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie (full name Reginald Kahlil McKenzie Jr.), Junior has the stout build and strength to hold up at the point of attack. His tape was uneven for his only year as a starter, but he can generate push at the line of scrimmage and can occupy multiple blockers. He’s a non-factor as a pass rusher, but has the potential to become an early-down contributor on the nose.
Scouting Report: Falk is the kind of anticipatory passer who should be able to make the transition to a pro-style system even coming out of Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense. His arm strength is fringy, limiting his upside, but he could make it work in an offense heavy on quick-strike, timing throws. He’s likely a career backup, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he pushed for a starting job down the line.
Scouting Report: A big pro-day performance put him on the draft radar, and Oluokun has the athletic traits to stick on a roster as a developmental prospect. He'll probably have to keep adding size and become an undersized linebacker at the next level, but he might not rise above being a core special-teamer at the next level though.
Scouting Report: A diminutive back, Scott is a slippery runner with the straight-line speed for the next level. He perhaps some untapped upside as a return specialist (he returned 29 kicks and zero punts at Tech) and pass-catcher (only 31 receptions over his two seasons as a starter). He's a developmental prospect with a limited ceiling considering his size.
Scouting Report: Two seasons ago, Cichy seemed on his way to solidifying his stock as a mid-round prospect, but a torn pectoral muscle cut his 2016 season short, then a torn ACL cost him all of last year. When healthy, he has the size, play strength and instincts to play the run, and showed the ability to get home on the blitz or hold his own in zone coverage on third down. He’s looking at a redshirt season in 2018, and will have to prove his worth on special teams.
Scouting Report: Lee has outstanding size along with a big arm. He can power the ball downfield, has the velocity to fit the ball into tight windows and has the functional athleticism to move around and make strong throws off-platform. But the same problems showed up at Tulane and then last year at Nebraska: He’s a slow processor and a see-it thrower with very little nuance to his game. The raw talent makes him an interesting developmental prospect, but Lee is a boom-or-bust prospect leaning heavily toward bust based on the tape.
Scouting Report: He was on a path to stardom before he was derailed by a hip fracture suffered in a bowl game, costing him all of the 2016 season. Young has lost some explosiveness since, but he has the long arms and fluid athleticism to bend around the edge. He’s a starting-caliber edge rusher with star upside if he regains his old form.
Scouting Report: A mauler with the size, power and length to play right tackle or kick inside, Pryor weighed nearly 400 pounds when he arrived at TCU before getting down to about 350 last year, then 328 for his pro day. He needs to keep the weight off, and he also needs to play with more discipline as far as leverage in order to unlock that power, and more tenacity overall. He’s a developmental prospect who has starter potential.
Scouting Report: A size/speed prospect who has some untapped upside, St. Brown’s lack of production last season was surely due in part to Notre Dame’s rotation of shaky passers under center and run-heavy approach. But it was also due in part to St. Brown’s inability to consistently separate against often physically overmatched corners, as well as shaky ball skills. He flashes the kind of rare athleticism for his size to be a star, but he has to prove he can be consistent.
Scouting Report: The son of the former NFL receiver of the same name—the elder Wilson had a seven-year career (2001-07) with the Steelers and 49ers—Wilson is an acrobat down the sideline. He has excellent ball-tracking skills and shows the advanced body control and awareness to adjust to off-target throws and make toe-tapping catches at the boundary. Escaping press coverage could be an issue, as Wilson is not physical and lacks suddenness in his movements, but he improved rapidly during his time at Boise and could end up overachieving at the NFL level.
Scouting Report: A pure slot receiver, Berrios has the short-area quickness to create separation over the middle of the field. He’s tough but especially small—short arms (28 inches), creating a minuscule catch radius, and a thin frame. He’s potentially a pretty good slot machine, but maybe not one who's part of a base offense.
Scouting Report: He’s bordering on offensive tackle size (he played OT, as well as defensive end and basketball in junior college), and Thomas has some explosive athletic traits to go with it. He shows good burst at the snap, and has more speed than you’d expect from a man his size, capable of running away from defenders up the seam. He’s exceedingly raw as a receiver, and not a natural pass-catcher. He also could stand to be a little nastier as a blocker—he’ll steamroll small defensive backs, but too often plays high and struggles when picking on someone his own size. There are a lot of rough edges, but there aren’t many players this big who can move like Thomas can. That alone will keep him in the league for a few years at least.
Scouting Report: A basketball player at Wagner, Senat joined the football team as a junior and became an immediate starter at right tackle. He’s a long-term developmental prospect, but the length and raw athleticism—quick feet and explosive hands—are there. He’s unpolished even for an FCS prospect, and the jump in level of competition will require him to make up a lot of ground fast.
Scouting Report: A rock on ASU’s line who has experience at guard and right tackle, Gossett made 46 consecutive starts to wrap up his college career. He has long arms on a well-proportioned frame, and an understanding of leverage and angles allows him to play outplay his otherwise ordinary physical skills. He doesn’t have star potential, but he does have a chance to be developed into a starter on the interior.
Scouting Report: He has the combination of length and athleticism—as well as experience in a 3-4 front—that teams want in an edge rusher. The production was never there at the collegiate level though, especially after a breakout season as a redshirt freshman. He’s a face-up rusher rather than an edge burner, and he's too easily knocked off-course once a blocker gets hands on him. He’ll be a third pass rusher early on, as a coaching staff looks to unlock some of that upside.
Scouting Report: After playing in the 320-pound range, Bozeman arrived at Alabama’s pro day at 296. Any added movement skills would help,—he was good in close quarters but showed little ability on the move at Alabama. He checks the boxes for toughness and instincts (and play strength, at least before the weight loss), and being a multi-year starter at Alabama speaks for itself. He’ll appeal more to power-running teams.
Scouting Report: Victor struggled coming back from a broken leg toward the end of an all-conference season in 2016, benched for stretches and suspended after a DUI charge. He showed more explosiveness pre-injury, and a team betting he’ll recapture his old form (and that he’ll avoid trouble off the field) could invest in him as a developmental starter, with his strength stopping the run on early downs.
Scouting Report: Coaches will love his instincts and toughness, and Bierria has “quarterback of the defense” smarts. But ultimately, he’s too small and lacks the athleticism to be more than a reserve at the next level. A potential core special teamer, that will be the reason he makes a roster this summer.
Scouting Report: After coming to the U.S. from Nigeria as a high schooler, Aruna was a basketball player who played only one season of organized football before arriving at Tulane. His physical skills are prototypical, as he has long arms and the broad shoulders to keep adding weight if needed. He too often looks like he’s only been playing football for a few years—he has no plan as a pass rusher—but the body, quickness and flexible athleticism make him an exciting long-term project.