Entering the 2014 college football season, there are hundreds of small schoolers on the NFL radar who have an uphill climb to impress pro scouts and prove they're worthy of a draft pick next spring. Harvard defensive end Zach Hodges is up for the challenge and doesn't worry about getting overlooked.
Seeking a team-record fifth consecutive bowl appearance, the Bulldogs offer some intriguing talent for NFL scouts, including junior Benardrick McKinney, one of the most athletic linebackers in the country.
The worst is now reality for the Ohio State Buckeyes: quarterback Braxton Miller is done for the 2014 season. A redshirt is possible, but Miller has long felt ready for the NFL and it seems unlikely that he would return to college and risk further injury
All-SEC safety Cody Prewitt and QB Bo Wallace make up two of the top NFL prospects for Ole Miss, but there is a potential breakout candidate among seniors that scouts are anxious to see this year, as well.
Senior left tackle La'el Collins tops the list of LSU's NFL prospects but given that the Tigers have watched 17 players with eligibility leave early for a chance at the pros, who else should fans (and scouts) already be watching?
As the NFLDraftScout.com staff pored over game tape this summer, it became apparent that despite a record 107 underclassmen leaving early for the NFL, the shelves remain quite stocked with talent. In fact, with even greater talent at the premium positions of quarterback, pass rusher and offensive tackle, the 2015 NFL Draft could actually prove even richer than last year's haul.
Sure, there is a whole season of NFL and college football action left to determine what will happen in the 2015 draft, but given a projected selection order (including a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch), here is how NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Rob Rang envisions the first 32 picks going.
First-year coach Dave Clawson has his work cut out for him in Winston-Salem, but his secondary should be among the least of his concerns as one of the 2015 draft class's best corners in Kevin Johnson enters his senior season with 27 pass break-ups and six INTs over the last two years.