Kevin Hogan, QB
It's surprising Hogan has gone under the radar like this. After all, he was a three-year starter at Stanford, and played in ten games as a freshman on top of that. In his final season, a year in which Stanford finished third in the AP and Coaches Polls, he threw 27 touchdowns to eight interceptions, completed nearly 68% of his passes, and averaged 9.4 yards per attempt. All this while in a pro-style offense, to boot. Hogan isn't an exciting or athletic quarterback, though he did rush for over 330 yards last season, but he has tremendous poise and confidence in the pocket, unafraid to step up for a big throw. As the talent pool continues to fill up with dual-threat quarterbacks and epic statistical legends from spread offenses, Hogan represents what a lot of NFL general managers are looking for, even if the buzz hasn't caught up yet.
Keith Marshall, RB
Good heavens, Keith Marshall is fast. The third-string Georgia running back led the combine with a 4.31 40-yard dash time, and despite not having a great deal of experience on returns, GMs would be foolish not to test him out as the proverbial "home run hitter" running back kick and punt returns. He seems as healthy as he's ever been, and isn't afraid to keep pushing after contact, either. He also had the fourth-most reps among running backs at the bench press, so he could be cultivating a bit of a "Mighty Mouse" vibe.
Keenan Reynolds, RB
He holds the record for most touchdowns from scrimmage, both for a single season and for a career. Nobody has been responsible for more points in a single season or career than Reynolds. Oh, and he's in the Navy. Like, he had to do the training and everything. The guy knows discipline, he mastered the triple option, can run, pass, and catch, and is generally valuable in every sense of the word. Keenan is going to go late in the draft because his success was predicated a great deal on Navy's scheme, and he is transistioning from quarterback to running back, but there's just too much upside to deny. Keenan Reynolds has earned the right to be drafted.
Roger Lewis, WR
A big play receiver of the highest order, Lewis was the favorite target of Matt Johnson, the nation's second-leading passer. Of Johnson's 4,946 passing yards and 46 touchdowns, Lewis had 1,544 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, proving his worth as a number one receiver in a pass-heavy offense. At 6'2", Lewis has the right frame for the pro game, albeit slightly underweight at 199 pounds. There's two main concerns with Lewis, both unfortunately have to do with his character. For one, the simple playbook he ran at BGSU worked when all he was asked to do was "go deep" every time, but combined with past academic issues, it leads one to believe Lewis will have problems adapting to a real pro offense. The other red flag relates to Lewis' past legal issues, particularly two first degree felony charges of rape of the same woman in 2012. Lewis was ultimately acquitted of the first charge but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of falsification and three years of probation after the second charge resulted in a mistrial. Lewis' record has been clean since, and one can hope he's either worked to become a better person or he wasn't guilty in the first place. Lewis has had his "redemption story" written about in the past, so his second chance is firmly in his hands now.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR
Between knee injuries and a couple bad quarterbacks, Mitchell never got to produce like most expected at Georgia. He did, however, made the most of the opportunities he got, often on big plays that showcased his downfield playmaking abilities. While MItchell certainly has the speed to get where he needs to go--he ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the combine--his body control and footwork are what's turning heads. Mitchell has a great eye for the ball and knows how to make things happen, no matter the quality of pass. That should give relief to scouts who noticed his lack of route-running ability. If he can coordinate his body to make big catches, then he should be able to do the same for getting the timing and position right on routes.
Temarrick Hemingway, TE
Once a zero-star wide receiver recruit, South Carolina State's Hemingway has converted his game to become one of the most lethal offensive tight ends in the FCS. At 6'5" and 245 pounds, he's remarkably athletic for the position. He lacks outright strength, but has a huge frame that still allows him to bully some defenders and have tremendous reach. Of course, with so much of his athleticism coming from his size, having to develop into any kind of valuable blocker on the line would require weight gain and likely slow him down.
Austin Blythe, C
Blythe finished his career at Iowa at center, but has also played at right guard and left guard, showing great versatility on the line. His biggest strength are his legs and his stout frame. He's 6'0", 300 pounds and uses that low center of gravity to dig deep into the trenches. He's not going to be pushing a lot of guys off the line, but he can hold his own, and protect his quarterback when the heat is on.
Ken Crawley, CB
Slim and fast, Crawley is a disruptive entity on defense. he's only had three interceptions the past two years as a starter, but much like Richard Sherman, his speciality is in just breaking things up. Causing chaos. Ruining receivers' days. He did great work in college, but Crawley is a beanpole, standing 6'0" and weighing 187 pounds. Crawley will make for an interesting prospect, but his body might not allow him to reach maximum potential in a league dominated by buff stallions.
Drew Ott, DE
A bit inexplcably, Drew Ott filed for medical hardship to gain a fifth year of playing eligibility after being injured in his senior season. The thing is, Ott played as a true freshman, and got four years in uniform. Ott is still in recovery from elbow and knee injuries that limited him to six appearances in 2015, but his talent is very real. While he lacks the same explosion off of the line as some of his contemporaries in this draft class, he does posses a great motor, and his immense power.
Connor Wujciak, DT
Wujcjak plays ugly, and that's considering he plays at the ugliest position, defensive tackle. His 6'2", 300-pound frame gets real low, and he has surprising speed off of the line. 300 pounds doesn't weigh any less the faster it goes, kids. Having said that, he's not going to be making many dents in the offensive line. Instead, he's a run stuffer, a brick wall that can shuffle from side to side and bring down anybody trying to climb over. A wall with arms, ladies and gentlemen. You can't find that even at the highest quality freak show. Or would it be the lowest-quality? Which kind of freak show is going to have the freakier freaks?
Nile Lawrence-Stample, DT
Good golly, we've discussed some big men on here already, but NLS is a genuine mountain. At 6'1" and 320 pounds, he's impossible not to double team. His width alone just gets you caught up in trying to block him. The only knock on him is his lack of actual experience and playing time. He was a linebacker in high school until his senior season and was injured for all of 2014. But he's shown great versatility on the line, though right over center in a 3-4 set seems best for him, and he does great work with his hands and feet. He may not have had a great deal of "stage time" yet, but it's all there for NLS.
Brandon Chubb, ILB
A first-team All-ACC member, Chubb was a bright spot on a dismal Wake Forest defense. Chubb is best known for his intelligence and hustle, which is he'll need a lot of to make up for his small stature. Being 6-feet tall and 230 pounds, Chubb has made the most of that hustle by being a speed demon over the middle, hunting down his prey with no quit at all. He's definitely undersized compared to NFL linebackers, but instead of thinking of him as a small linebacker, think of him as a larger strong safety.
Ochi is a low-profile prospect thanks to coming from a FCS school (Stony Brook) and by earning the label of "tweener" due to his size and having played defensive end in college. But he had 16.5 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks among 47 tackles in 10 games, and absolutely stole the show at the Shrine Game. Ochi is speedy and has plenty of hustle in his game, though he lacks some of the pure athleticism that sets apart the great players from the good. Level of competition aside, Ochi was a consistent performer in college and has the right attitude to succeed in the league.
Shell's look is as classic as his game. At 6'5" and 325 pounds, Shell is a pure mountain of a man, and almost impossible to challenge head-on. He's a dreamboat of a pass blocker, but leaves a lot to be desired as a run blocker. He's not exactly light on his feet, and any offensive tackle is going to have a long day if they can't stop guys from running right around them. All Shell will have to do is get a defender engaged, though. Then it's lights out, and there's nowhere to run.
So we're just going to ignore the fact that Elston was a four-year starter at safety for one of the most dominant defenses in the best conference in all of college football? Elston is getting projected on the very low end, but the footage and his production can't lie. Elston is an explosive defender, whether it comes to laying down the big hit in open field or challenging every catch at the highest point. Throw in his soft hands and ability to catch and it should be a no-brainer to see Elston as highly undervalued talent. He's often been cast as an underachiever and lackadaisical at times, but the list of athletes like that in college who produce in the pros is a mile long. Elston is a low-risk, high-reward pick towards the end of the third day, unless somebody wisens up to his true potential first.
Fairbairn made headlines during the season by kicking a 60-yard field goal in UCLA's win over Cal, and was rewarded at the end of the year with the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top kicker. He finished the season 16-for-16 from 40 yards and beyond, and he's the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer. He's just really, really good at kicking, and I think that deserves some recognition, is all. Have a nice day!