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Senior Bowl Accepted Invites

Senior Bowl

Every year the premier senior talent meets in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. The invites are flying out right now as the top seniors around are accepting the trip. So far there have been 41 accepted invites to the 2015 game. Here are the projection for the teams of each accepted Senior Bowl invite:


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Shane Carden, East Carolina
David Johnson, Northern Iowa
Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
Dres Anderson, Utah
Vince Mayle, Washington State
Justin Hardy, East Carolina
Nick Boyle, Delaware
E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State
T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh

Nate Orchard, Utah
Alvin “Bud” Dupree, Kentucky
Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
Louis Trinca-Pasat, Iowa
Carl Davis, Iowa
Mike Hull, Penn State
Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
Eric Rowe, Utah
Quinten Rollins, Miami (Ohio)
Adrian Amos, Penn State
Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
Joe Cardona, Navy


Jamison Crowder, Duke
Ty Montgomery, Stanford
Jake Fisher, Oregon
Robert Myers, Tennessee State
Laken Tomlinson, Duke
Reese Dismukes, Auburn
Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma
Trey Flowers, Arkansas
Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA
Preston Smith, Mississippi State
Grady Jarrett, Clemson
Joey Mbu, Houston
Gabe Wright, Auburn
Stephone Anthony, Clemson
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregonifo
D’Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic
Senquez Golson, Ole Miss
Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
Jaquiski Tartt, Samford

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NFL Draft Fever Big Board

It is getting close to that time of the year again. Here is a quick look at the initial Draft Fever Big Board:

Leonard Williams

  1. Leonard Williams, DT, USC

Williams is an extremely disruptive player on the defensive line with 54 tackles and 4.5 sacks already this year. He does a great job disengaging blockers and finding the ball carrier. At 6’5 and 300 LBS he has the athleticism to be scheme diverse at the next level as a 3-4 DE or a 4-3 DT.

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  1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Has all the tools to be an NFL QB along with his blazing speed. Has a lot stronger arm than people give him credit for. Mariota shows very good poise in the pocket and is a very accurate passer. The question remains how he will adjust to the NFL game coming out of the Oregon offense.

Randy Gregory

  1. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

The best edge rusher in this draft. Shows a great get off and has the knack of getting to the quarterback. He missed the first few games with a knee injury, but has bounced back well. He is scheme diverse at 6’6’ 245 as a 3-4 OLB or a 4-3 DE.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Alabama

  1. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Cooper has everything you want when it comes to a wide receiver. He has great hands and is a great route runner. In Lane Kiffin’s offense he has really shown to be excellent in the open field. He doesn’t have that elite size, but he is an all-around elite wide receiver. Look for Cooper to run a blazing 40 yard dash and be a top ten pick in this year’s draft.

Jameis WInston

  1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Winston will be one of the most controversial prospects in the draft. On the field though he has all the tools to be an NFL Quarterback. He has great size, accuracy and arm strength. He has poise in the pocket and unbelievable anticipation throwing the ball on time. He does sometimes get in trouble trusting his arm too much and forcing the ball. There are also the off the field questions where his maturity is an issue. It should be interesting where he ends up in May.

Cedric Ogbuehi

  1. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

It looks like Cedric Ogbuehi is the next Offensive tackle from Texas A&M to be drafted in the first round. Ogbuehi has great feet and is very good in pass protection. He will need to get a little better on the ground game, as sometimes he lacks power at the point of attack. Ogbuehi has struggled a little bit in the past few SEC games, but I think it is too early to drop him as he has all the raw tools to be a starting offensive tackle in the NFL. He has recently been moved back to Right Tackle.

Todd Gurley

  1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Gurley is one of the most talented running backs to come out in recent memory. He has the size, speed and playmaking ability to make people miss. He is not only a threat on offense, but in the kick return game as well. Don’t expect the suspension to take a hit to his draft stock. Look for Gurley to be a first round impact running back.

Landon Collins

  1. Landon Collins

He is the complete package at the safety position. Landon Collins comes up and plays the run just as good as any safety in the country. He is a viscous tackler and attacks with speed downfield. In coverage he is a ball hawk with playmaking ability. Look for him to be the first safety drafted this year.

Shane Ray

  1. Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri

He is a freak athlete with great speed and quickness. Ray is a high motor player who has great quickness to get around offensive tackles. Shane Ray is an impact player who currently has 12 sacks on the year. He sometimes struggles to disengage off of blockers and gets moved in the run game. Overall he can be a great pass rusher as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

Brandon Scherff

10. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

Brandon Scherff reminds me a lot of current Dallas Cowboy Zach Martin from last year. He isn’t as good in pass protection as Martin, but he is an excellent run blocker. Scherff does an excellent job reaching the second level and has an extremely violent punch. He needs to improve in pass protection and more specifically the ability to anchor. This goes along with his lack of balance, but he is the best run blocker in this year’s draft. He could start off his NFL career at guard before moving to tackle.

NFL First Round Analysis

  1. Houston TexansClowney

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Houston took the best player in the draft when they took Clowney. He can be an instant impact player if he puts in the effort. Clowney possses the size, speed and strength to be a great defensive lineman, but at times can struggle taking on blocks. The Texans have a very talented defensive line now with JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney is the ultimate boom or bust prospect, but has all the talent to be succsessful.

  1. St. Louis Ramsgreg robinson

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Robinson can help the Rams offensive line right away at guard or right tackle. He has amazing raw traits with his size and athleticism and is absolutely great in the run game. The plan can then be for the Rams to develop him into a franchise left tackle with his great tools. He still needs to develop his pass protection, but he can come in right away and be a great run blocker.  The worst case scenario is he is a really good guard at the next level.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguarsblake bortles

Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

The first surprise of the draft, the Jaguars just put the franchise on Blake Bortles right arm. They are a lot higher on Bortles than I am as I wouldn’t pick him until late first round. Bortles has an ok arm, but it can sometimes float in the air on longer throws. He also forces the ball into coverage at times and can be inaccurate with his deep ball. However, he does have good size and has shown at times the ability to drive the ball in a hole in coverage. I believe Bortles will not be ready to start right away and will have a lot of developing to do to be a quality starter. He could be a good starter at the next level, but he could also not develop and be a Blaine Gabbert type quarterback.

  1. Buffalo Bills (From Cleveland)Watkins

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Buffalo traded a lot to get Watkins, but Buffalo gets a playmaking wide receiver that they’ve been lacking. Sammy Watkins is the best receiver in the draft with his speed, great route running ability, and great after the catch ability. What separates him from Evans is his ability to separate with crisp routes. It is a lot to give a first round pick next year, but they do get a very talented wide receiver to add with Robert Woods and Mike Williams. I like who Buffalo picked, however I have never been a fan of giving up a future first round pick.

  1. Oakland Raiderskhalil-mack

Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

Khalil Mack is one of my favorite players in this draft. Mack has great pass rush ability and can beat you with his speed or strength. He can also drop into coverage and has a nose for the football. Khalil Mack can instantly help Oakland’s pass rush and defense in their rebuilding effort. I like the Raiders pick of taking the best player available.

  1. Atlanta FalconsJake Matthews

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Falcons fit a need with an extremely talented offensive tackle. Jake Matthews is one of the safest picks in the draft and gives the Falcons a franchise left tackle along with their franchise quarterback. Matthews is very good technique wise and has good strength in run blocking. Another strength is Matthews great feet and kick slide in pass protection. The Falcons made a focus to keep Matt Ryan protected and upright to get the ball to his playmakers.

  1. Tampa Bay BuccaneersAuburn v Texas A&M

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

The Bucs got a very talented receiver to pair with Vincent Jackson. Mike Evans is a big and fast wide receiver with great hands. He is a little bit raw of a route runner, but has a ton of potential to be a top wide receiver at the next level. He is an offensive weapon that can help out Josh McCown and their offense improve from an average year last year.

  1. Cleveland Browns (From Minnesota)Justin Gilbert

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.

The Cleveland Browns traded up to get their guy in Justin Gilbert. He is a very talented cornerback with all the tools to be great at the next level. He is very fast and can run with any wide receiver. I question his change of direction and he was not my top cornerback, but he does have a lot of potential.

  1. Minnesota Vikings (From Cleveland from Buffalo)anthony barr

Anthony Barr, DE, UCLA

The Vikings get a quality pass rusher to make up for the loss of Jared Allen. He is a raw talent, but has the potential to be a very good defensive end. I thought of him more as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he has the frame to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense. The Vikings also pick up a 5th round selection for moving back a pick. They can pair Everson Griffin and Anthony Barr as their future pass rushers.

10. Detroit LionsEric Ebron

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

I really like this selection as a way to take away extra coverage from Calvin Johnson. Eric Ebron has 4.5 speed, great open field running ability and is an underrated blocker. Ebron has the potential to make a Vernon Davis type of impact with his outstanding speed and receiving ability down the field. The Lions have crossed off a need of adding another receiving weapon.

11. Tennessee TitansNCAA Football: Cowboys Classic-Alabama vs Michigan

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

The Titans pick a quality offensive tackle that could be a good starter for them. Taylor Lewan sometimes gets lazy in technique, but has major upside with athleticism and strength. Lewan has a nasty streak and will improve an offensive line that added Chance Warmack last year. Tennessee may have one of the most talented offensive lines with the addition of Lewan and Michael Oher. I had Zack Martin as the higher rated tackle, but Lewan was very close.

12. New York Giantsodell beckham

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Odell Beckham comes in to the Giants as a replacement for Hakeem Nicks. The Giants need to get their offense back in a rhythm and Beckham can help as a really good wide receiver. Odell is a good route runner with excellent after the catch running ability. He was very productive at LSU at receiver and also at returner. I liked Aaron Donald here as an excellent value and to help from the losses of Linval Joseph and Justin Tuck.

13. St. Louis Ramsaaron donald

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

A very talented interior lineman, Aaron Donald makes the Rams have a star studded defensive lineman with Robert Quinn and Chris Long. I believe Donald is talented enough to come start right away on this defensive line. Aaron Donald did everything right in the draft process, he excelled at the senior bowl, combine, and interviews. Really thought this was a spot the Rams would sure up the safety position with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but Aaron Donald is a very talented three technique.

14. Chicago Bearsfuller

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Chicago has aging cornerbacks with Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings so this was definitely a team need. Fuller was my top ranked cornerback and has all the tools you look for in a corner. He is a physical corner which Chicago likes and excels in man and zone coverage. He is not an elite athlete, but has good speed and plays tight coverage on his wide receiver. Ha Ha could have also been the selection with them struggling in the safety position, but the Bears did still improve the secondary with a very talented cornerback.

15. Pittsburgh SteelersRyan Shazier

Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio St.

The Pittsburgh Steelers put a point of emphasis on adding to their linebacking core. Ryan Shazier is a very athletic linebacker running the forty in 4.38. He can step in and be a good inside linebacker for the Steelers along with Lawrence Timmons. I thought of him more as a 4-3 weakside outside linebacker, but he did spend some time at Ohio State in the middle. I still question how good he will be taking on blocks and I believe C.J. Mosley was the better pick. Shazier is still a very talented player and will have the opportunity to play right away.

16. Dallas Cowboyszack martin

Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

This became the most interesting pick in the draft, would the Cowboys take Manziel or pass? I believe the Cowboys made the smart decision and took a good player to help them now. Zack Martin was one of my favorite tackles in the draft and I think can be a great player at guard or right tackle right away. It wasn’t defense, but my biggest criticism of the Cowboys a few years ago was how they didn’t invest high draft picks in offensive lineman. Now they have taken an offensive lineman in the first round for three of the past four drafts and the first two have worked out well for them. Look for Zack Martin to start right away at one of the guard spots and eventually move to right tackle with Tyron Smith on the left.

17. Baltimore Ravenscj mosley

C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

The Ravens got a great player with the 17th overall pick in the draft. C.J. Mosley captained the Crimson Tide defense and showed the ability to fly all over the field. He shows good instincts and can move well through traffic. If Arthur Brown develops along with Mosley, the Ravens will have two solid inside linebackers in their 3-4 defense.

18. New York Jetscalvin pryor

Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

The Jets took a Rex Ryan type of player in Calvin Pryor. Pryor is best known for being a hard hitter, but also has good coverage skills. The Jets were alright at safety beforehand with Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry, but it now becomes a position of strength. It was a little surprising that they didn’t go with an offensive weapon like Brandin Cooks, but I believe Pryor will be a good hard-hitting safety at the next level.

19. Miami DolphinsJa'Wuan James

JaWuan James, OT, Tennessee

This was the first big surprise for me as I didn’t have a first round grade on JaWuan James. He is a good offensive tackle with good feet as he played on the right side, but I didn’t see him going until the second round. He’s not a dominant run blocker, but could still be a good tackle. The Dolphins filled a major position of need as they’ll look for him to fill in on the Right Tackle spot.

20. New Orleans Saints (From Arizona)Brandin-Cooks

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.

The Saints picked a very exciting player with Brandin Cooks. Cooks has elite after the catch ability with his quickness and 4.33 speed. He also has great ball skills and attacks the ball despite his height. The Saints do not have a player on their roster with the speed and quickness of Cooks and he should be an excellent weapon for Drew Brees.


Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

The Packers did a great job here filling a major need with a major talent. After a season where the Packers safeties did not have one interception, Ha Ha can come in right away as a ball hawk safety. The Packers have not had a safety like Ha Ha since Nick Collins. He should come in and start right away with his coverage skills and instincts to find the ball.

22. Cleveland Browns (From Philadelphia)Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

After a long slide into the late first round, Manziel is a Cleveland Brown. It remains to be seen whether Manziel can be a franchise quarterback given all his questions coming out. He has the arm strength and accuracy to be a good NFL quarterback, but does he have the durability and decision making to be successful at this level. He will also have to understand he can’t out run the defenders in the NFL. He is the ultimate boom or bust NFL quarterback.

23. Kansas City Chiefsdee ford

Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

The Chiefs get a quality outside linebacker that can be a pass rushing specialist his first year. He does just an ok job against the run, but can really bend around the corner when rushing the quarterback. Dee Ford adds depth behind two talented outside linebackers of Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

24. Cincinnati BengalsDarqueze Dennard

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.

The Bengals have to be ecstatic that Dennard fell to them with the 24th pick. Darqueze is a talented corner who helps the Bengals get younger at the position currently with Terrance Newman and Leon Hall starting. Dennard stays tight to his wide receiver in man coverage and is very physical. He may not have the best speed, but he remains a good man cornerback who can develop into a good starter.

25. San Diego ChargersNCAA Football: Texas Christian at Oklahoma

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The Chargers also needed cornerback help and capitalized by picking Verrett. Jason Verrett is a very physical corner with good speed and movement skills. He has everything you want in a cornerback except his size. The Chargers filled a need with this talented cornerback.

26. Philadelphia Eagles (From Cleveland)marcus smith

Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville

Philadelphia needed to add another pass rusher with aging Trent Cole and attempted to fill the need with Marcus Smith. I think this pick is ok but I would have preferred a few other players instead of my 54th rated player in Marcus Smith. Smith is a very talented pass rusher, but can struggle to hold up in the run. It should be interesting if he could develop behind Trent Cole as the Eagles next pass rusher.

27. Arizona Cardinals (From New Orleans)deone bucannon

Deone Bucannon, S, Washington St.

The Cardinals had their eye set on Bucannon and decided that 20 was too rich to take him. So they traded back and got a very hard hitting safety for their defense. Safety was a position of need and they must have preferred him to Ha Ha trading down from their twentieth position. He sometimes doesn’t take the best angles and can get caught in coverage, but overall a very good player. With the safety class not being that deep it was important for the Cardinals to get their safety now.

28. Carolina Pantherskelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida St.

The Panthers picked their biggest need, but it was surprising they took Benjamin over Marqise Lee. Benjamin is a much bigger project and has inconsistent hands. The Panthers went with the upside, but Benjamin may be pushed into action with the Panthers wide receiver depth being very thin.

29. New England Patriotsdominique-easley

Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

A huge injury risk, the Patriots took a chance in the first round on Dominique Easley to solve their aging defensive line. Easley has torn both of his ACLs and missed most of last year due to the tear. When healthy Easley is a great interior pass rusher and disruptor. The Patriots took a huge risk with Easley’s injury history.

30. San Francisco 49ersJimmie ward

Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

The 49ers needed nickel back coverage help and may have found the perfect fit with Ward. Ward can line up at corner or safety and is a good tackler with ball skills. He played safety in college and is closer to cornerback size than safety.  Look for Ward to possibly have an impact early on.

31. Denver BroncosBradley Roby

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio St.

Roby has all the tools you look for in a corner: Good Feet, Fast, quick change of direction, and has good height. However he did not play up to his potential at Ohio State and had quite a few mental lapses in coverage. He also is a bit of a character risk being suspended the first few games at Ohio State. However he the Broncos got him in a good spot late in the first round and they can develop him to fix a need at cornerback.

32. Minnesota Vikings (From Seattle)teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

A great move by the Vikings moving up into the first round and pick my top quarterback in the draft. I believe Teddy Bridgewater is the most ready to play quarterback in the draft with his high football IQ and tools. To add to that he has a good arm and accuracy. A bad pro day caused Teddy Bridgewater to fall in the draft, but I’ll take the three years of good tape over one bad pro day. I believe the Vikings got a steal at the end of the first round.

30 NFL Prospects Attending Draft

It was announced that 30 draft prospects had accepted invitations for the 2014 NFL Draft in New York City. Among the notable players attending include: Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins and Johnny Manziel. Not all the players invited to Radio City Music Hall are expected to go on the first day. Here is the list ranking the prospects going to New York:

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina 

2. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

3. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

4. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

5. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

6. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

7. C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

8. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

9. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

10. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

11. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

12. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

13. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

14. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

15. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

16. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

17. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

18. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

19. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

20. Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

21. Marqise Lee, WR, USC

22. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

23. Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

24. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

25. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

26. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

27. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

28. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

29. Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

30. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Top 5 NFL Draft Risers

  1. Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana


Cody Latimer is a big, fast wide receiver who has jumped dramatically from being a late round pick. At 6’3 215 lbs, Latimer has the ability to attack the ball with great body control and very good hands. Declaring for the NFL as a junior, Latimer was unable to work out for NFL teams for a while due to a broken foot. However recently he ran a 4.44 at Indiana’s pro day. His speed and size have caused him to move up draft boards around the league and there are rumors that he could possibly be a late first round pick. Personally, I see him as a third round pick due to separation concerns and lack of overall explosiveness on tape.

2. Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

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Tom Savage has generated a buzz around the league from being a late round QB to a possible second round pick. Savage has all the tools to be an NFL QB. He has good size at 6’4 228 Lbs, but his biggest asset to his game is his rocket arm. Savage has one of the best arms in the draft and has the capability to make every throw in an NFL playbook. He played in a pro-style offense this past year at Pitt and showed glimpses of being a potential NFL starter. He was beaten up a lot due to a bad Pittsburgh offensive line, but still showed good pocket awareness. He can throw a great deep ball also. A concern I have is he does sometimes force the ball into coverage, but he has everything from the neck down. He just needs to improve the decision making. If you give him 2-3 years with NFL coaching I believe he could contend for a starting job. I see him as more of a mid-round developmental pick than a second round pick.

3. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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Kyle Fuller on tape was one of the best cornerbacks I watched in this class. He has good size for a corner at 6’0 190 lbs. and did a tremendous job this season blanketing top wide receivers. His senior campaign started with a tremendous game against Alabama where he finished with 4 tackles and an interception. He did have to end his season early due to hernia surgery in November. Fuller is physical and shows good change of direction. He also shows good speed running a 4.49 at the NFL combine. There are not really many weaknesses to his game other than not being an elite athlete. He has shot up draft boards around the league due to solid game film and solid workouts. I fully suspect that he should compete to be the number one cornerback and could go somewhere in the mid first round.

  1. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

morgan moses

Morgan Moses has stepped up into a definite first round possibility. At 6’6 315 lbs, Moses shows great moving ability with his size. He is very good in pass protection and uses his long arms well. One of his best traits is handling speed rushers with a very quick kick slide. This is shown when facing speed rusher Jeremiah Attaochu from Georgia Tech. One area that he will need to improve in is his run blocking. He isn’t a premium road grader, but he can still do an effective job in run blocking. Morgan Moses has vastly improved since his junior year and I believe has solidified himself as a top 5 offensive tackle in this class.

5. Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana

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A small school prospect, Jordan Tripp has shot up draft boards to a very good mid round prospect. Jordan Tripp was the leader of the Montana Grizzlies defense and is a very good tackler. He flies around the field and is one of the few linebackers in this draft that excels in coverage. That speed was shown off at the combine where he ran a 4.67. He is not overly big at 6’3 237 lbs. but is strong. He is an all-around very good football player who despite playing at the FCS level should still be a possible third round pick.