Scouting Report: A former top recruit at Purdue who lost his starting job and transferred to LSU, Etling rehabbed his stock a bit in Baton Rouge. He’s a bit underarmed, but has experience in pro-style systems, has the requisite size and has enough on his throws when he has a chance to set his feet. The issue is when he gets moved off his spot—his mechanics break down and he doesn’t have the arm talent to make up for it. He’ll be battling for a roster spot this summer.
Scouting Report: A good athlete with enough arm talent for the next level, McGough was a rhythm passer in FIU's spread offense. He has to become much faster as a processor and has a bad tendency to drift backward when things start to get muddy in the pocket, but he's accurate enough to test tight windows and has the overall skills and competitive demeanor to stick around as a developmental prospect.
Scouting Report: An undersized interior lineman, Taylor has the explosiveness at the snap to shoot through gaps. He missed most of the 2015 and ’16 seasons because of a knee injury, but he broke out late last season including 4.5 tackles for loss against UCF in his final collegiate game, then put together an impressive pro day. Along with the injury history, his relatively thin frame is a concern. But he could end up contributing as an interior pass-rush specialist.
Scouting Report: A big, fluid mover with strong hands, Wims is a contested catch threat on the outside, and one of the better perimeter blockers in this class of receivers. He’s not an explosive mover and doesn’t create a lot of separation, but does enough things well that he should be able to secure a role as a sub-package receiver, with the ceiling to be a No. 2 on a team that values his blocking.
Scouting Report: Ateman is long and coordinated, and he has very good body control for a long-levered receiver—all physical traits that give him starter upside. Inconsistent ball skills in traffic are an issue, especially as he’s unlikely to create a lot of separation against NFL defensive backs. He’s also a work-in-progress after running a limited route tree at OSU.
Scouting Report: Something of a work in progress, Jacobs is more comfortable attacking downhill than moving laterally at this point. There is some promise as an edge rusher, as he has the explosive movement skills and quick, heavy hands to line up and win on the edge. He could fit as a 3-4 OLB, or if he proves move capable of playing in space he could potentially play inside, or as a 4-3 SAM.
Scouting Report: The younger brother of Cowboys reserve O-lineman Joe Looney, James is an odd-front defensive end who wins with quickness more than power. He’ll likely play a similar role in the NFL, as a five-technique for a team that wants its linemen playing one gap and getting upfield. He was never much against the run, but could be a rotational lineman and possibly serve as an interior pass-rusher on third downs.
Scouting Report: Smith is a sturdy, physical, attacking linebacker who has the take-on skills and packs the power as a hitter to appeal to 3-4 teams as a candidate for early downs. A lack of athleticism will force him off the field on third downs, but potential contributions on special teams could earn him a roster spot early on.
Scouting Report: Undersized but extremely athletic, Franklin is one of the better pure athletes in this year’s class of linebackers. The question is whether he brings the functional strength and instincts to get on the field at the next level. He’s a 4-3 WILL prospect with some developmental upside, but more likely fits as a core special teamer and career reserve.
Scouting Report: He’s cut from the same mold as Alabama Heisman winner and current Titans starter Derrick Henry, though Scarbrough comes with a little less wiggle and a much longer injury history. He’s a big, physical runner who can be a handful when he breaks through to the second level, but he’s too often sluggish getting to the line of scrimmage, offers little as a receiver, and has two torn ACLs and a broken ankle in his medical history.
Scouting Report: A converted quarterback (he made two starts at QB as a freshman), Bawden bulked up and became one of the nation’s best fullbacks. He’s a classic lead blocker—physical but also a fluid-enough player to land blocks on the move. He’s limited as a receiver, but he has reliable enough hands when it’s dumped off to him. He’s the best option in this draft class for any team looking for a true lead blocker.
Scouting Report: An underclassmen from Division II, Sieler sealed his stock as a draftable prospect with a big pro day. His production was impressive (33 sacks, 58 TFL over three seasons), and his measurables are outstanding. He has the length to go along with explosive movement skills to translate to the next level. He needs to be more active with his hands and improve his overall technique as he moves to the NFL, and he’s likely looking at a redshirt year or two. But he has the ability to get through gaps and disrupt the backfield, as well as the lateral movement skills and toughness to hold up against the run. He could be molded into a contributor in an odd or even front.
Scouting Report: After 100-catch seasons in each of his first two years at MTSU, James’s 2017 season was cut short by a broken collarbone. He was too athletic for Conference-USA defensive backs and didn’t run anything resembling an expanded route tree. At this point, he’s overly raw as a receiver and translates to merely a gadget player.
Scouting Report: A pure nose tackle with good size and very good movement skills for a big man. He has the powerful lower body to create a push upfield, and even flashes some nifty handwork as a pass rusher. He needs to have a better game plan overall, especially when attacking double teams, but he should enter the league as a rotational lineman with the potential to become a starter.
Scouting Report: Lawler is a high-motor edge rusher who was productive against non-Power 5 competition. He has some suddenness in his hands, but overall he’s too straight-line-ish and plodding to win around the edge at the next level. He’ll be trying to latch on as a third edge rusher.
Scouting Report: A three-year starter who played guard and center at LSU, Clapp is a stout interior blocker with decent movement skills. He’s a fighter in a phone booth, making up for underwhelming physical traits, and consistently holds up against better athletes as a pass protector. He could be a plug-and-play starter as a rookie, even if his long-term upside isn’t particularly high.
Scouting Report: A rotational lineman at Alabama, Frazier brings the size and play strength that will appeal to teams looking for a block-eating nose tackle. He’s limited as a mover, and is probably ticketed for a backup role (just like he had in Tuscaloosa) if he earns a roster spot this spring.
Scouting Report: He’s virtually a non-factor in the passing game, but Izzo might be the best blocking tight end in this year’s class. He’s big and strong throughout, capable of holding his own against defensive ends at the point of attack. Florida State often used him as a lead blocker in the run game, where he showed strength, coordination and nastiness landing blocks on the move. He’ll have a role as a blocking specialist, even if he never has move than a handful of catches in a season.
Scouting Report: A workhorse back who carried a huge load at Northwestern, Jackson brings the vision and creativity to create yardage between the tackles despite less-than-ideal size. His measurables won’t jump out, and his enormous workload (more than 1,200 career touches for the Wildcats) will give some teams pause, but he stands a good chance to stick on a roster.
Scouting Report: Despite the stout build, Taylor has enough length (34 1/4 inches) to fill in at tackle or guard. He’s a bit sluggish as a mover, but he packs enough raw strength and power to compete for a roster spot on a team with a power-running game.
Scouting Report: Something of a poor man’s version of former FSU receiver Kelvin Benjamin, Tate is a box-out specialist who uses his frame effectively and has the strong hands, length and leaping ability to dominate in contested catch situations. He’s a plodding mover and won’t be for everyone, but he could find life as a red-zone specialist.
Scouting Report: An LSU transfer who had a monster season in his only year with the Mustangs (114 catches), Quinn is a pure slot receiver who’s quick enough to separate underneath. He’s built like a running back and has a chance to pick up some yards after catch. He’s not the most explosive athlete and won’t do much downfield—he’s at his best finding soft spots against zone coverage than separating against man-to-man. But he gets where he’s supposed to be and could become as a solid No. 3 receiver.