Brown was highly disruptive this year leading the Texas Longhorns in sacks and tackles for loss. He is very quick in penetrating between the offensive line and has very good football instincts. Along with that, Brown also has the skills to constantly shed blocks and get to the quarterback. One area of improvement is holding up against engaged offensive lineman in the run game. At the next level I believe his best position will be as a 3 technique in a 4-3 Defense.
Scherff played left tackle at Iowa and was an outstanding run blocker during the year. The Hawkeye will be a great run blocker at the next level. The question is if he will be an Offensive tackle or guard. He doesn’t have the best feet and needs to improve his balance. What he does best is work in an enclosed space instead of being out in the open. I think he is a better guard than tackle where he can excel as an excellent run blocker.
Bud Dupree was a great contributor for the Kentucky Wildcats defense totaling 7.5 sacks last year. One of Dupree’s best attributes is his great first step quickness. He is a freak athlete and shows the ability to bend around the corner. He also shows good strength and holds up well in the run game. Pme area of weakness for Dupree is that he lacks a wide variety of pass rush moves and at times his motor runs hot and cold. However, Bud Dupree is known as a high character guy and has the work ethic and traits to develop into a great starting outside linebacker in a 3-4.
Gordon had a tremendous, record-breaking season rushing for 2587 rushing yards as a Wisconsin Badger. As a runner he showed great balance and was a tough runner this season. Gordon may not have great size, but he consistently was gaining extra yards after contact. He also showed enough speed to be a home run threat at the next level. One area that is still to be seen in Gordon’s game is his receiving ability. Wisconsin really did not use him to much in that area of their offensive game plan so it is still to be seen how effective a receiver he can be at the next level. However, his quickness and vision should allow him to be a very good NFL starting Running Back.
Flowers had a great year lining up on the blind side of the Miami Hurricane offensive line. He showed great strength run blocking and continually shows the ability to get to the second level. He has decent feet, but at times was exposed to speedy rushers. An example was when he faced Eli Harold at Virginia as he was constantly exposed. He must improve his foot speed, but the traits as effective run blocker are their. Flowers best position at the next level will be kicking to Right Tackle where he can be an effective starter for years to come.
Arik Armstead is one of those boom or bust prospects this year. He has top ten potential talent, but played very inconsistently for Oregon this past year. He will flash and totally over power an offensive guard like he did against highly rated Tre’ Jackson from Florida State. Armstead then will have a string of plays where he is nowhere to be seen. A defensive line coach will love to have his kind of talent on his football team, but it will just be a question of whether he can put it all together. At 6’7″ 292 lbs. he displays great athleticism and power when engaged with an offensive lineman. He fits best either as a 4-3 DT or as a 5 technique defensive end in a 3-4 Defense.
D.J Humphries was a highly touted high school recruit and now came out as a Junior from Florida. Humphries played this year a little light at around 285 lbs, but has put weight on during the draft process and seems to hold it well. Humphries is a very athletic offensive tackle with a very good kick slide and control. He shows good strength in the run game, even though at times lunges a little bit too much. Humphries plays through the whistle and has a good nasty streak. I see Humphries having one of the highest potential for the offensive tackles, but will just have to continue to develop. He is similar to a poor-man’s Tyron Smith coming out and he has the same pro bowl potential.
Marcus Peters has all the attributes to be a starting corner at the next level as he was very productive at Washington. The best part of his game is his great quickness and change of direction to stick with wide receivers. Along with his quickness he also displays very good ball skills and routinely knocks the ball down or intercepts it. He finished with 11 INTs over his Washington career. Peters plays with good physicality and has good size for a corner. There are plenty of character concerns with Peters however. Marcus Peters was kicked off the Washington football halfway through the season after multiple problems with the coaches. Peters has all the talent to be a starting corner at the next level, it is just a question of character and whether he can keep his act together.
Clemmings made a heck of a jump in only his second year playing right tackle after starting his career at defensive line. He has all the tools you look for to be a tackle at the next level. He is very athletic and does a good job finishing his blocks in the run game. In pass protection he has a nice kick slide but still needs some development with balance and his punch. Clemmings will need some NFL coaching for his raw skills, mostly exposed at the Senior Bowl in Mobile where he struggled. He will be a project, but his upside is a pro bowl left tackle at the next level.
Peat is very agile at his size and shows good movement skills in pass protection. He has the movement tools to be a starting left tackle, but right now lacks the strength. Too many times he loses leverage to pass rushers, but is able to make it up at times with his length. He is decent as a run blocker and will be better with added on power. Peat remains a first round prospect because his ability to move at his size is very rare. He will be a little bit of a project, but has the upside to be a starting left tackle.