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.
He left Oklahoma early as a redshirt sophomore so he will need to be developed, but has the type of talent to be a definite starter. Phillips is huge and moves very well for his size. He excels in pass rush as he has a number of moves to beat the offensive lineman. I believe he is scheme diverse at the next level in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. One area that he needs to improve on as a nose tackle is his ability to hold up against offensive lineman in the run game. At his size he sometimes gets moved when he shouldn’t. Phillips is kind of a boom or bust prospect, as he shows very rare traits for his size.
After being a top junior college recruit, Strong has put two outstanding seasons together as a Sun Devil. Jaelen Strong shows excellent soft hands with the ability to pluck the ball out of the air. Along with the great hands, he also exhibits excellent body control and the ability to win one on one battles. Strong isn’t the quickest, but does show good long speed as a deep threat. With Jaelen Strong’s good size and hands, he has the potential to be a number one receiver in the NFL.
Erving struggled a little bit at left tackle to start the season before he kicked inside to center, but that’s when he really flourished. Erving is a very athletic offensive lineman that can easily reach the second level in the run game. He is a tough run blocker that wins with size and power. In pass protection he has a very strong punch, but at times can get overextended and beat because of poor technique. Erving is the type of player that can step in right away and start at center for a team.