Bryce Petty, Quarterback, Baylor:
Petty came into this season as one of the most talked about prospects at the quarterback position. Coming off a 2013 season where he was the Big 12 offensive player of the year, Petty has all of the intangibles to be a NFL quarterback. Petty came into the year looking like he could push his way into the first round. However, with the recent loss to West Virginia, Petty’s current stock has taken a dip. He is currently projected to be a late second to third-round pick.
Cedric Ogbuehi, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M:
Ogbuehi played great in his first few games, but over the past three he has been getting beat too often. By allowing six sacks in the past three, general managers will be questioning his pass protection ability. Look for Ogbuehi’s stock to continue to fall unless he shows improvement in his pass protection. His current draft stock still has him being selected in the Top-15 of the first-round.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Cornerback, Oregon:
Last year Ekpre-Olomu looked like he would be a late first-round pick, but he elected to return for his senior year. Ekpre-Olomu’s play has been fine so far this season, but due to the new trend of teams wanting bigger corners, he stock may be falling. His 5’10 frame will hurt him when teams envision him lining up across a Calvin Johnson or a Brandon Marshall. Even though Ekpre-Olomu has the skills to play outside, he may be seen as someone who could contribute right away at the nickel position and slowly move outside. He is projected to be a mid-first to early second-round pick.
Brandon Scherff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa:
Heading into the year, many experts thought Scherff had a chance to be the top selection in the draft. Since then, a lot has changed in Scherff’s stock. It has fallen heavily due to his pass protection this season. He was seen as a top prospect due to his technique and run blocking skills, but that hasn’t translated. If Scherff wants his stock to rise again, he will have to improve in that area. Even though his pass protection is in question, his potential is through the roof.
Kevin Hogan, Quarterback, Stanford:
After a great junior campaign, Hogan looked like he could have been a second or third-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Hogan decided to return for this senior year, hoping to push his stock up and become a first-round pick. His decision has hurt him so far, struggling against USC, Notre Dame, and Arizona State. Unless Hogan has a great Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, he may be at risk of going undrafted.
Kevin White, Wide Receiver, West Virginia:
Last week, NFL GMs saw that Kevin White has the skill set to be an NFL-caliber wide receiver. With Amari Cooper seen as the top wide receiver in college football, the second and third best WR is still up for debate. White came into his senior year seen as a middle round draft pick, but his route running skills combined with his speed and hands has improved his draft stock. Look for White to be a late first to early second-round pick.
Dak Prescott, QB Mississippi State:
Coming into this season, Dak Prescott was not on many GMs draft boards, but it looks like he may be the signal caller of a NFL franchise next year. Prescott could have a rise similar to Blake Bortles last season, where a team falls in love with his intangibles. Prescott still has a lot of work, but a team drafting as high as the second or third-round may take a chance on him.
Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State:
McKinney could be the most interesting LB that may enter the 2015 draft. McKinney is a rare LB who can line up at any position on any defense. McKinney currently plays middle linebacker for the Bulldogs, but depending on what team drafts him, he can play on the outside as well. He has the ability to play in the 3-4 defense or the 4-3 defense. The one flaw McKinney possesses is his coverage abilities which may hurt him on passing downs. But with his size and speed, McKinney looks to be a late first to mid second-round pick.
Connor Cook, Quarterback, Michigan State:
Connor Cook came into this season looking like a second-round pick and possibly the fourth quarterback off the board. Now Cook has a chance to be the second quarterback taken in 2015. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is rated as the top quarterback, and the second quarterback off the board will either be Jameis Winston or Cook. The decision between Cook and Winston will come down to character issues. He has to be consistent on and off the field and may be the reason why he he gets the nod over Winston. Cook has proven this season he has the tools to be a NFL quarterback with his height, arm talent, mobility, and his willingness to stay in the pocket.
Cody Prewitt, Safety, Ole Miss:
Coming into the year, Alabama’s Landon Collins was the top safety prospect for the 2015 draft. After Collins, the safety position is wide open but Cody Prewitt is making a case to be the second safety off the board. Primarily a free safety, Prewitt has great ball skills and could be a great addition to a team who has a disruptive pass rush. Prewitt is currently seen as a first-round pick.
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