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.
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.
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.
Frank Beamer has sent 95 players to the next level via the NFL Draft, but Virginia Tech has never had two first round defenders drafted in the same year. That could change next spring with CB Kendall Fuller and DE/OLB Dadi Nicolas.
Chiefs fans may be excited about upgrades at WR but they should also be pumped about ex-University of Missouri offensive tackle Mitch Morse, who will prove his value by replacing departing center Rodney Hudson.