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Players: Logan Thomas (VT), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Stephen Morris (Miami)
-This group features a lot of guys with potential, but no one who has ever put it all together. Logan Thomas has Cam Newton size and athleticism, but lacks the natural passing ability. Tajh Boyd has been highly effective running the spread system, but he’s struggled versus top defenses and is on the smaller side. Morris is a guy who’s flashed a big arm and some good all-around tools, but had a down senior season. Will any of these guys answer the questions against them this week will be very interesting to watch.
Players: James White (Wisconsin), Charles Sims (WVU), David Fluellen (Toledo), FB Ryan Hewitt (Stanford)
-The running back talent here is better than on the South squad, but it’s still lacking any real top guys. James White and Charles Sims can be mid-round picks and may one day be top back options for some team, but they both appear to have some limitations. David Fluellen has some nice promise, but he is very likely a 6th or 7th round guy.
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Players: Josh Huff (Oregon), Kain Colter (Northwestern), Michael Campanaro (Wake Forest), Robert Herron (Wyoming), Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin), Jeff Janis (Saginaw Valley State), Shaqulle Evans (UCLA)
-Really interesting group of wide receivers. No real top players here, but a lot of intriguing guys or small school guys. Jeff Janis and Robert Herron haven’t gotten a lot of attention, but both have plenty of promise that they could capitalize on with big weeks. Jared Abbrederis is probably the top receiver of the group, but questions will still plague him whether or not he can be a starter at the next level. Guys like Josh Huff and Michael Campanaro are smaller, quicker guys who could be looked at as slot options.
Players: Jacob Pedersen (Wisconsin), C.J. Fiedorowicz (Iowa), Gator Hoskins (Marshall)
-Some really solid mid round tight ends here. Both Pedersen and Fiedorowicz figure to be able to contribute early on to a team as at least number two tight ends. They are well-rounded tight ends who can be effective catching the football, but also block at the next level.
Players: Zack Martin (Notre Dame), Jack Mewhort (Ohio State), Seantrel Henderson (Miami), Brandon Thomas (Clemson)
-This is a really strong and interesting group. Martin could potentially go in the first round and at the very least is a safe pick for the top 50 in the draft. He’s versatile to play both right tackle and guard, but questions remain if he can stay at left tackle in the NFL. If he succeeds this week, he could get a look and that would be a big boost to his draft stock. Jack Mewhort had a strong year with Ohio State and now looks like a good mid-round tackle prospect. Seantrel Henderson came to Miami with a huge amount of hype, but he never quite lived up to the expectations. Here though he has a chance to reinvent himself and prove that at the next level he can reach his potential. Brandon Thomas played both guard and tackle for the Tigers in his career and is probably best suited inside at the next level, but a strong week down in Mobile and teams could give him a shot at RT.
Players: Cyril Richardson (Baylor), Brandon Linder (Miami), Kadeem Edwards (Tennessee State), Michael Schofield (Michigan)
-Another pretty good group of guys. Richardson leads the group and is a borderline first round prospect. He’s a big physical guard, who can be devastating in the running game. Linder and Schofield don’t have that amount of hype, but they look like quality mid-late round guard prospects. Edwards is a smaller school guy, but he’s got some nice buzz, if he holds his own versus the talented DT’s on the North squad he could be really trending upwards.
Players: Weston Richburg (Colorado State), Tyler Larsen (Utah State)
-Richburg is the top center of the group and is arguably the 2nd best center in the draft. He’s strong at the point of attack, but played at a smaller conference school. This could be a big week for him and he could look to jump into the 2nd round discussion. Larsen doesn’t have the highest upside, but he looks like a back-up caliber late round pick.
Players: Trent Murphy (Stanford), Kareem Martin (UNC), James Gayle (Virginia Tech), Will Clarke (WVU)
-Good group here, Murphy has first round potential and looks to be a very good pass rusher. Martin and Clarke are two guys with a lot of potential and great projectable frames. They could be very good starters at the next level if they can have some time to develop.
Players: Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh), Ra’Shede Hageman (Minnesota), DaQuan Jones (Penn State), Justin Ellis (Louisiana Tech), Shamar Stephen (UConn)
-Maybe the most talented position group on either squad. Hageman has a shot to be the top defensive tackle taken, and looks very much like a first round talent. Aaron Donald is a little on the small side, but he’s a big impact guy who just makes plays regardless of who you pit him up against. Jones, Ellis and Stephen are nice mid-round guys with the potential to move up.
Players: Marcus Smith (Louisville), Michael Sam (Missouri), Jonathan Brown (Big Ten), Christian Kirksey (Iowa)
-Not the strongest position group on this squad, but it’s filled with quality mid-round talent. Michael Sam is probably the biggest name and he’s definitely a guy looking to be a pass rusher in a 3-4 system, but the rest of these guys deserve some credit as well. All can play outside in a 4-3 and some could transition inside in a 3-4.
Players: Chris Borland (Wisconsin), Jordan Zumwalt (UCLA)
-Borland is one of the most interesting guys in this draft as he’s highly productive and considered a very cerebral player, but a guy teams are still unsure about. He needs to show strong athleticism this week, but if he does he could be a top 75 pick in a very deep ILB class. Zumwalt is a nice guy with late round potential.
Players: Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska), Marqueston Huff (Wyoming), Dontae Johnson (NC State), Pierre Desir (Lindenwood), Nevin Lawson (Utah State), Dez Southward (Wisconsin)
-Interesting corner group overall. No real stars, but some really long and athletic guys who could rise up draft boards. Jean Baptiste and Southward are the guys who could make the biggest jumps with strong weeks.
Players: Jimmie Ward (Northern Illinois), Deone Buchannon (Washington State), Isaiah Lewis (Michigan State), Ahmad Dixon (Baylor)
-Really quality safety group here. There might not be any top 75 picks, but all four of these guys could go in the next 25-40 selections. Also with a strong week don’t be surprised if any of these guys crack that top 75 list when it’s all said and done.