Once known as a consistent producer of "freakish" athletes for the NFL, Maryland has seemingly fallen on tough times with just six players selected in the past five drafts. With reigning Lou Groza Award-winning placekicker Brad Craddock and a few young playmakers on defense, however, more success could be on the horizon for the Terrapins.
NFL teams looking for help will get one more opportunity with seven players officially granted eligibility by the league for this year's Supplemental Draft, scheduled for next Thursday, July 9. Former Clemson left tackle Isaiah Battle is the only surefire pick but a few of the others could draw interest, as well.
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.
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.
With only cornerback Justin Coleman currently projected by NFLDraftScout.com to be selected this year, Tennessee's 52-year streak of at least one Volunteer getting selected is in jeopardy. There is reason for optimism, however, with plenty of NFL talent returning to Knoxville.
Rang's Gang is the collective answer to the question I'm most often asked: "If you were running a team and you needed a (insert position), who would you take?" There are only two rules for applicants -- no consensus first-round prospects and toughness (more than elite size or speed) is required.
Representatives from the four clubs included Denver quarterback Gregg Knapp and Tennessee's scout Tim Ruskell, a former general manager. The scouts were on hand to watch Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian, a 6-foot-3, 220 pounder who wasn't able to participate in all-star games or the Combine after suffering a torn ACL in November.