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Iowa's tradition of churning out NFL prospects along the line of scrimmage was only reinforced in 2015 with the three Hawkeyes selected in May's draft playing there, including No. 5 overall pick Brandon Scherff. Scouts traveling to Iowa this year will find NFL talent on the line again and at other positions, as well.
With the need for a No. 1 target filled due to the trade for All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham, the Seahawks are hoping that the speedy rookie can provide a complementary threat on offense and spark a return game that ranked among the league's worst a year ago.
Indiana has produced top-100 offensive prospects each of the last two years and offensive tackle Jason Spriggs and quarterback Nate Sudfeld could stretch that streak to three straight years in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Trent Baalke invested first round picks in safeties Eric Reid and Jimmie Ward, so why another one with Jaquiski Tartt at No. 46 overall? Tartt, however, could make the most immediate impact for a rookie class that appears largely designed to build for 2016 and beyond.
In a four year span from 2010-13, Illinois had at least four draft picks each season, including six top-50 draft picks like Corey Liuget and Whitney Mercilus. But over the last two years, the Illini have been shut out of the NFL Draft, the first time in program history Illinois has gone back-to-back years without a draft pick.
Northern Iowa running back David Johnson looks like a potential steal in Bruce Arians' pass-happy scheme in Arizona.
Clemson's loss will be the NFL's gain, according to one high-ranking scout who is confident that some club will be willing to invest a pick during July's Supplemental Draft on the 6-foot-6, 290 pound left tackle, who is opting to leave school early due to family obligations.
Keep an eye out for defensive lineman Darius Philon, an early entry from Arkansas, whose burst and effort could help him prove to be a sixth round steal for the Chargers.
On a very young roster last season, cornerback Kevin Johnson was the lone senior bright spot to evaluate for the Demon Deacons, but the 2015 team has more senior talent worth tracking, although none as highly-regarded as the 2015 first round pick.
Amari Cooper and Mario Edwards, Jr. fill big needs in Oakland, but don't overlook third-round pick Clive Walford at TE. The Raiders' new up-tempo offense could make him an immediate favorite of second-year quarterback Derek Carr.
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