1. OT Walker Little, Bellaire Episcopal, 6-foot-7, 315 – STANFORD: This is how you draw up a LT, but Little wasn’t considered the state’s, and maybe nation’s top player early on, though you could see the obvious upside as a sophomore. When I first saw his film, I thought, “eh, a little clumsy at times but to be expected at his height. Could become a top 100 kid.” Through hard work and physical development, he’s become the LT Vitruvian Man and we expect him to become a future 1st rounder. What’s exciting about Little is he still hasn’t bumped his head on his ceiling; there’s still plenty of room for growth, and he’s extremely coachable. A 5-star in every sense, especially when you factor for the mental side of things.
2. LB Baron Browning, Kennedale, 6-foot-2.5, 225 – OHIO STATE: I went back and forth on who to have #1 this year. For a very long time I had Browning as the state’s top player, and he would be in pretty much any other year. Great size, explosive, fluid, and physical, he can project anywhere from outside, stand-up rusher, to a sideline to sideline inside linebacker. I think you play him to the field and just let him swallow anything that invades his space. His versatility will lend to overall scheme versatility. He’ll be a difference maker as soon as Ohio State needs him to be. He is also a 5-star on the mental side.
3. DB Jeffrey Okudah, South Grand Prairie, 6-foot-1, 190 – OHIO STATE: My first recollection of “Bear” Okudah was of him running down the field on kick off as a freshman. I thought to myself ;that’s a future top 50 player in the nation.’ It was crazy to say that at that point, even crazier is I undersold him. Great length and frame, explosive, easy athleticism, and solid feet. Some question whether he’ll stick at corner or be moved to safety, but he has the athleticism to play anything in the Buckeye secondary. Yet another player with 5-star mental attributes.
4. DT Marvin Wilson, Bellaire Episcopal, 6-foot-4, 330: Wilson’s combination of size and feet make him special in his own right, and he’ll be able to play early regardless of where he signs. He comes ready-made and has the highest floor of any player in the class. If I had to pick one person who is an absolute lock to be drafted from this class, it would be Wilson. Questions I have are how close is he to his ceiling, and will he drop a bit of weight to increase quickness? He’s going to set up over center for 3-4 years and be a constant anchor in a defense at a bare minimum. Great mental attributes once again.
5. WR CeeDee Lamb, Richmond Foster, 6-foot-2.5, 180 – OKLAHOMA: Nobody’s stock rose more over the course of the year in my view, even if Lamb was already well known coming into the season. I still remember watching his sophomore film for the first time and thinking, “this kid makes it look easy like KD Cannon.” Lamb may not have Cannon’s top-end speed, but he’s bigger and much more physical. He’s as smooth in his stride as they come, chewing up grass with ease, and was just playing a different game than anyone else he faced. His ceiling is exceedingly high.
6. RB JK Dobbins, La Grange, 5-foot-10, 200 – OHIO STATE: One of the worst developments of the 2017 season was Dobbins being lost early in the first game. If you knew how hard he works, your heart had to ache for him. About a year ago I joked with him, “you’re going to get too big spending all that time in the gym and lose some speed.” Then he won the SPARQ testing in Oregon last July. Dobbins isn’t just an athlete, he’s an all-around running back. I have to chuckle when I see him listed as an APB; he projects to being a volume carrier because of his dense build and innate running back abilities. Being hyper-explosive is the cherry on top. There are a handful of running backs in the NFL who might be on the shorter side, but they’re anything but small. Dobbins will get to 215 and keep his speed and maybe join guys like Doug Martin and Devonta Freeman.
7. LB Anthony Hines, Plano East, 6-foot-2.5, 225 – TEXAS A&M: What makes Hines so unique is he has the closing speed and range of an outside linebacker while projecting to the inside. So often nowadays we see outside guys being square-pegged into a Mike role, especially in this state. A&M is going to be able to do some interesting things with such a good athlete lining up in the middle.
8. DE K’Lavon Chaisson, North Shore, 6-foot-4, 220: Speaking of allowing schematic versatility, Chaisson is the fox in the hen-house as a pass rusher while also having the fluidity to drop into short zones and the flat. He’s terrifically fluid and flexible which helps him project to an immediate pass-rushing threat. He’ll need to add a good 20 pounds or so, but you don’t want to get him to big and negate his considerable strengths.
9. QB Sam Ehlinger, Austin Westlake, 6-foot-2.5, 215 – TEXAS: Ehlinger is still growing and is nearly 6-foot-3 at this point. This helps him project a bit better as a pocket passer where lanes are easier to find, but this lofty ranking comes from his ability to win games with his head, heart, legs, and arm. I also have him this high because he’s a fantastic fit for the Herman offense. Ehlinger isn’t a facilitator, you can build an entire offense around him. Ehlinger’s leadership abilities and natural feel for the position give him a chance to compete early. My lone concerns are injuries as he seems to think he’s a linebacker at times.
10. OL Jack Anderson, Frisco, 6-foot-5, 300 – TEXAS TECH: It was a tough call to put Anderson over Deculus, I simply think he bends a bit more naturally and is lighter on his feet. I think Jack could end up at tackle; he’s athletic enough.
11. OL Austin Deculus, Cy-Fair, 6-foot-6, 330 – LSU: Deculus is the biggest kid in the class; from ankles to head, this kid is a monster. Heading into this year I thought he was too blocky to be a tackle, but he had a very good year. I think his upside is at guard, and it’s considerable.
12. TE Brock Wright, Cy-Fair, 6-foot-5, 245 – NOTRE DAME: The best blocking TE this state has produced in years, but he’s also a good receiving threat you can line up outside a times. Having Wright on the field is like a permanent tackle eligible because of his blocking strength.
13. DE Earnest Brown, Denton Ryan, 6-foot-5, 240 – NORTHWESTERN: In my opinion the second biggest riser in the state behind Lamb. I liked Brown when I first saw him but he’s light years ahead of where he was a year ago when it comes to his movement skills. He’s all of 6-5 but plays with excellent leverage and quickness. At one point he reminded me of Cedric Reed. His senior year was considerably better than the former Longhorn’s. Expect Brown to hit the scene early on the next level.
14. CB Kary Vincent, Port Arthur Memorial, 5-foot-11, 175 – LSU: Electric athlete with quick feet and elite make-up speed. Vincent also won’t shy away from trading paint, which is important in the conference he’s going to play in. Should be a guy you can put to the field and not be forced to give constant safety help.
15. WR Jalen Reagor, Waxahachie, 5-foot-11, 185 – TCU: Some of the most exciting highlights you’ll find. Reagor isn’t just explosive, his field vision and ability to find daylight is superb. For not being that big, he still attacks the ball like a taller receiver when the ball is in the air. TCU can get creative with how they line him up and get him the ball. The more touches the better.
16. OG Tyrese Robinson, McKinney Boyd, 6-foot-4, 310 – OKLAHOMA: Ultra-athletic for a guard. He’d be a left tackle with more length. Gets out of his stance with ease. Will be great on the pull and getting to the second level.
17. WR Charleston Rambo, Cedar Hill, 6-foot-2, 175 – OKLAHOMA: I have him rated this high because of his considerably high floor while still having room for physical maturity. Rambo is a well-schooled receiver who can line up inside or out, and can run just about any route. He has exceptional hands and ball skills. He’s the frustrating guy who seems to always be open. He had a monster year.
18. WR Tyrell Shavers, Lewisville, 6-foot-5, 200 – ALABAMA: This is all upside here. Shavers is giant with sprinter’s speed and great change-of-direction. Bite on Alabama’s play action at your own peril. He can run by or jump over defensive backs. If his hands are just average and he hones his route running he could be a monster.
19. CB Paulson Adebo, Mansfield, 6-foot-1, 180 – STANFORD: Adebo could play corner or receiver at Stanford but he’ll play defense and that’s the right call. He’s silky smooth and fluid with a great build and above average speed. His offensive playmaking ability will be evident when the ball is in the air. Duane Akina is going to love this guy.
20. RB Eno Benjamin, Wylie East, 5-foot-10, 205 – ARIZONA STATE: Eno provides APB skill in a full-time runner’s body. His best traits are quickness out of cuts, lateral agility, and running with a chip on his shoulder. He’s a fine all-around runner who can play outside or inside.
21. S Robert Barnes, Southlake Carroll, 6-foot-2, 195 – OKLAHOMA: Barnes is a big defensive back with the coverage skill of someone smaller. His range at safety will become tested if he gets too big, but he should be great filling the alley regardless. He was surprisingly fluid playing in off-coverage when I saw him.
22. WR Omar Manning, Lancaster, 6-foot-2, 210 – TCU: Great size and speed combination; Manning can win downfield balls as well as take a short hitch to the house. He has #1 receiver in the state upside if he catches cleanly.
23. RB Toneil Carter, Langham Creek, 5-foot-11, 200 – TEXAS: Home-run hitter out of the backfield, Carter’s quickness to daylight helps him find more of it as he reduces angles to nothing. He also has great hands, something the Texas staff will take advantage of. My big question about him is if he’s a contact runner or not.
24. WR Tylan Wallace, South Hills, 5-foot-11, 180 – OKLAHOMA STATE: Does anyone get more out of a variety of wide receivers than Oklahoma State? They’ll line up smaller guys all over the field and target them. They’ll get the most out of ‘target’ receivers of average ability. They’re going to love Wallace and with their ability to scheme him open, coupled with his speed, he’s going to make a ton of noise in the Big 12. Oh yeah, and he’s tough.
25. S Montrell Estell, Hooks, 6-foot-2, 180 – TEXAS: Estelle is one of the most intriguing prospects in the state because of both his explosive athleticism, as well as his coordinated athleticism. His high school film is entirely unfair. He could easily play receiver in college but he’ll start off at safety. If he takes to the position he’ll be an elite athlete for it. The new scheme will require range from the safeties and Estell has that in abundance.
26. LB Kenneth Murray, Elkins, 6-foot-1, 220 – OKLAHOMA: Great linebacker for the Big 12 because of his ability in coverage. Murray also has experience rushing off the edge in high school, which is what he was doing when he first caught my attention. He has a lot of utility in OU’s scheme.
27. WR Damion Miller, John Tyler, 6-foot-1, 190 – TEXAS: True vertical threat with great acceleration and speed. Because of his ability to get up to speed quickly I see a bright future in the screen game. If he shows the ability to become more well-rounded and exploit the middle of the field he become a big weapon.
28. QB Shawn Robinson, Desoto, 6-foot-2, 210 – TCU: The state champion has some mechanical/accuracy issues to clean up but if he does he’ll have as much upside as anyone. He owns a strong arm and is a very good athlete. If Sonny Cumbie can do for Robinson what he did for Trevone Boykin, TCU will be back credibly contending for the Big 12 crown, and maybe more.
29. QB Chris Robison, Mesquite Horn, 6-foot-2, 190 – OKLAHOMA: I don’t know that Robison is a guy you build an offense around, but I do think he’ll be excellent at taking advantages of all available weapons. He seems to be very smart and to always have a clear idea of where he wants to go with the ball. Lively arm and good enough feet that he can cause damage either behind the LOS while keeping his eyes downfield, or by simply taking free yards. If surrounded with a very strong cast – and he probably will be – Robison could be an awards contender.
30. DL/OL Jayden Peevy, Bellaire, 6-foot-5, 280 – TEXAS A&M: Absolutely fantastic build and I personally think his upside is as at left tackle, but he’s definitely athletic enough for defensive line. I’ll be intrigued to see where he fits because he seems more like a 3-4 end than 4-3. Regardless, his potential is monstrous.
31. DB Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches, 6-foot, 180 – TEXAS: Thompson had a huge year and displayed pretty much everything you look for: closing speed, striking ability, playmaking, nose for the ball, and return prowess. Some of his clips look like that of a top-15 player. Sometimes it’s bad if you don’t know if a guy is a corner, nickel, or safety, but with Thompson it’s good because it could be D) all of the above.
32. CB Chevin Calloway, Bishop Dunne, 5-foot-10, 180: Highly intelligent and aware corner with quick feet, great ball skills, and instincts. He’s going to piss off some QB’s while playing zone because of how well he uses his eyes. May struggle some in man versus true vertical threats.
33. LB Levi Jones, Austin Westlake, 6-foot-2.5, 215: Talking to different coaches, some love Jones, and some aren’t quite as high on him. He has great potential in the right fit but will have to get thicker and more physical to play inside. He may end up as an edge rusher because of his ability to bend and come off the corner.
34. OG Wes Harris, Aledo, 6-foot-4, 290 – TCU: Selflessly played defensive tackle this season to make room for Chuck Filiaga and maximize both lines. His traits on defense will definitely transfer to the offensive side. Played with great leverage and drive as a defender. He’ll have excellent feet for a guard. Great get.
35. OG Edward Ingram, Desoto, 6-foot-4, 325 – LSU: I thought he looked quicker as a junior. He may need to drop some weight and LSU is just the S&C program to get him right. He’ll be a road grader over time and if he gets lighter on his feet he’ll be a good one.
36. OG Chuck Filiaga, Aledo, 6-foot-6, 330 – MICHIGAN: Profiled to many as a tackle but he’s definitely a guard in college. He struggles with quicker edge rushers. He’s an enormous guy with a great head on his shoulders, he just needs to spin inside where his pass protection won’t be a liability.
37. DT Zacchaeus McKinney, Weatherford, 6-foot-4, 300 – OKLAHOMA: This is a total upside ranking. He’s just a big kid who moves like he has a basketball background and shows the ability to play low. Would have been UT’s had OU not offered. Great get. No idea why he’s not more highly thought of.
38. OL Grayson Reed, Cy Creek, 6-foot-4, 300 – TEXAS A&M: Reed missed a lot of time in his high school career and frankly I’m not sure anyone knows how good he can be. When I see him he reminds me of one of the Pouncey twins. If he stays healthy I think he’ll be a three-year starter at guard.
39. QB Avery Davis, Cedar Hill, 5-foot-11, 190 – NOTRE DAME: He has a ton of great traits; like his arm, leadership, toughness, doesn’t just look to run, though he runs rather well. I do question his feel in the pocket.
40. WR Hezekiah Jones, Stafford, 6-foot, 195 – TEXAS A&M: Jones and Miller have a lot of similarities in that they both eat up a lot of cushion quickly, and with one subtle move, are running to open grass. Jones shows the feet to become a complete route runner, something he’ll have to be to maximize his value. I don’t think he’s going to just run by people in college like he did in high school.
41. CB Kobe Boyce, Lake Dallas, 6-foot, 165 – TEXAS: Boyce is an industry miss – and I still might have him too low – because people look at what he is rather than what he’ll be. Assuming he gets up to 180-185 while keeping his lightning quick feet, he’s going to be a fantastic field corner. He’s exceptionally fluid and shows the ability to track the ball well. He’s going to live on the receiver’s hip. I think I have him too low.
42. WR Mannie Netherly, Crosby, 6-foot-2, 185 – LSU: Good speed and intelligent receiver. He played quarterback a lot and showed great coordination doing so. Kind of reminds me of Lorenzo Joe coming out. He could be an inside or outside receiver.
43. DE Dayo Odeyingbo, Carrolton Ranchview, 6-foot-4, 250 – VANDERBILT: His movements are a little out of control but as he gets bigger and stronger he’ll move more efficiently and with more coordination. He’s a good athlete as far as quickness and pursuit. A real steal for Vanderbilt, who inked his brother in 2015.
44. DE Taquon Graham, Temple, 6-foot-3, 260 – TEXAS: Graham was hurt much of this season so I’m not judging him by that. His strength will be versatility to play from 4i on out, and the ability to rush from the outside or shoot gaps to create pressure.
45. WR Shamond Greenwood, Lakeview Centennial, 6-foot-3, 195 – OKLAHOMA STATE: Who the hell is this guy? He’s big and explosive and Oklahoma State will turn him into a big-time player.
46. TE Brian Polendey, Denton Guyer, 6-foot-5, 230 – MIAMI: I could very well have him higher. He’s a very solid dual-threat tight end as a receiver and blocker; strength at the point of attack, fluidity as a receiver.
47. S Derrick Tucker, Manvel, 6-foot-2, 195 – TEXAS A&M: My problem projecting Tucker is he’s a bit of a tweener to me, part safety, part linebacker. He’ll hit and has a good nose for the ball when it’s in the air. He’ll require a clear plan from the staff when he gets to campus. Either get him bigger for linebacker, or get him faster for safety.
48. DE Marqez Bimage, Brenham, 6-foot-2.5, 235 – TEXAS: Bimage’s initial quickness, hip explosion, and strong hands make him a great pass rusher off the edge. He’ll have the chance to also play in space some in the Texas scheme, where some questions are still to be answered with regards to mobility. He likely has those abilities, I just haven’t seen it much because of how he was used in high school. The Texas staff loves him and he’s one of the few guys they had to have upon leaving Houston.
49. QB Bryson Smith, John Tyler, 6-foot, 175 – HOUSTON: There’s a good chance he’s Greg Ward 2.0, and while that’s a bit of a lazy comparison for obvious reasons, it fits. He’s an electric athlete (Ward’s superior, in fact) with a solid arm. If he can improvise and play with the toughness Ward did, Houston will get another steal from East Texas. If not, put him at slot and he’ll still have tons of value.
50. ATH Lakendrick Van Zandt, Henderson, 6-foot-1, 200 – TCU: I absolutely love his film. He’s extremely explosive and runs with energy and heart. He’s a slasher as a running back, so he’s not necessarily nuanced, but his speed makes him lethal. I think his upside is at safety, and by upside, I mean pay day. He reminds me of Brandon Williams a bit. Had Williams switched to DB earlier in his career he would have been quite the college player.
51. DB Myles Jones, Magnolia West, 6-foot-4, 185 – TEXAS A&M: Big corner who moves well for his size, but there aren’t a lot of CB’s his size because of the importance of change-of-direction. That said, he has the quick feet and fluidity of a corner so you can’t rule him out there long term. If he moves to safety that opens up a whole new set of questions.
52. OT Carson Green, Southlake Carroll, 6-foot-5, 285 – TEXAS A&M: The Aggies raised a lot of eyebrows when they offered Green so early but there’s no reason for alarm. Green has a lot of tools and obviously great size. He’s athletic in his kick-step and getting out on the move while keeping his shoulders square. He bends effortlessly to fight for leverage. Should be able to stick at LT with some development.
53. RB Kennedy Brooks, Mansfield, 6-foot, 200 – OKLAHOMA: Volume back with a lot of subtle nuance. Good vision/feel, follows his blockers, patient, and good top-end speed. Good cutback runner.
54. OL Grant Polley, 6-foot-4, 275, Denton (Denton, TX) – COLORADO: Tackle type of athlete but may be relegated to guard because of length. If he plays inside he’ll be a valuable puller. I can see him being someone with the ability to play all five positions before settling in at one.
55. CB Terry Petry, Ridge Point, 5-foot-11, 180 – MISSOURI: Kept a real low profile throughout the process but I’ve always been high on him. Has ‘field corner’ upside which means he’s quick, and can turn and run. He also has offensive ability when the ball is in the air.
56. WR RJ Sneed, Cy Ranch, 6-foot-2, 185 – BAYLOR: Was in a high school offense that didn’t throw nearly as much as other schools but has the tools required to become a complete receiver. I don’t see him being defined by any one route, they’ll use him in myriad ways. Good size and burst.
57. WR Gavin Holmes, Justin Northwest, 5-foot-11, 180 – BAYLOR: Explosive homerun hitter who can play inside or out. He’s also the type you want to involve on sweeps if it’s in the playbook. Possible kick and punt returner as well. If he gets good blocking, he won’t be fun in the screen game either.
58. OL Rashawn Slater, Clements, 6-foot-4.5, 280 – NORTHWESTERN: He really flew under the radar but I love his energy and athleticism. Seems to be well coordinated. His own Hudl lists him as a guard, but he’s a tackle if he has the length. I like how he gets out of his stance and on the move in space. He’ll be a good outside zone blocker or puller. Northwestern quietly had a nice year in Texas.
59. DE Max Cummins, FW All Saints, 6-foot-6, 240 – TEXAS: High ceiling player. Very good athlete with terrific size. He’ll fill out to as much as he needs to with ease. Only played one year of defense. It’s easy to project him to 4i and on out. Cummins blew up late and Texas was able to hold off other regional schools.
60. OL Xavier Newman, Desoto, 6-foot-2.5, 275 – BAYLOR: Really good athlete, especially for guard or center. Seems to have good power in his hips as I’ve seen him handle some big defensive linemen with ease in a camp setting. Can really fire out low in run blocking. Pass protection should become a strength. Needs to get bigger.
61. QB Jason Shelley, Frisco Lone Star, 6-foot, 180 – UTAH: He’s a pocket-dual. He’d prefer to pick you apart but will take off when game situation allows or demands it. Good arm to the outside. Great touch on deep throws. Has the ability to throw players open. Utah has won a lot of games with guys like him in years past.
62. DT Josh Rogers, Houston Christian, 6-foot-5, 280: Raw clay but very intriguing size and movement kills. Giant guy, with giant hands that should help him guide blockers. He played horrendous competition in high school which leads to a lot of questions, but his baseline strengths will translate as long has he puts in the work and loves the game. Could be a steal. Surprised Texas didn’t pursue. His upside is much greater than this ranking, but the questions marks remain.
63. LB Devodrick Johnson, Kimball, 6-foot-1, 210 – TEXAS A&M: Really good athlete for the position — he has great coordination and runs very well, as evidenced by his tape showing offensive ability. Linebacker is a very tough position to evaluate because of the mental capacity and instincts to play the position, and those will be Johnson’s questions. He should redshirt and with good coaching he has a chance to be a very active linebacker with real upside in space.
64. WR Tariq Woolen, Arlington Heights, 6-foot-5, 205 – UTSA: Just a very rare combination of size and burst, perhaps the best in the entire state. I’ve heard he doesn’t have natural hands but he should positively light up UTSA’s competition.
65. OL Will Farrar, Travis, 6-foot-4, 290 – TEXAS TECH: Farrar was one of the early names on the 2017 radar and he’s remained a very fine player. If he was taller he’d have a chance at tackle to give you an idea of how he moves. I think he’s going to become a very fine guard. Nice haul for Tech with Farrar, Jack Anderson, and Dawson Deaton, a player who just missed making the Top 100.
66. OT Stephan Zabie, Austin Westlake, 6-foot-5, 290: About as raw as you’ll find an upper-echelon project but that could excite coaches. At least he’ll arrive with few bad habits. A natural athlete with great size, Zabie has a very high ceiling. His success will depend on how much he applies himself.
67. WR Laviska Shenault, Desoto, 6-foot-1, 200 – COLORADO: Love this guy as a pure football player. I know that sounds like John Gruden ridiculousness, but that’s Viska’s game. He reminds of Anquan Boldin in that he’s not a blazer, but he’s extremely strong with the ball in his hands. I don’t see him killing man coverage on the outside, but I think he can raise hell versus zone. He’s like a running back with the ball in his hands.
68. ATH Chris Miller, Denton, 5-foot-11, 175 – COLORADO: Very explosive athlete who could feature on either side of the ball. He’d be a slot receiver on offense but a potential island corner on defense because of his make-up speed and quickness.
69. WR Kenedy Snell, Waxahachie, 5-foot-8, 170 – TCU: When I talk about fit, this is a prime example. Snell was born to take advantage of the space created by the Air Raid. Very explosive guy who will be tough to match-up and defend, not unlike Jakeem Grant or Kavontae Turpin.
70. OL Derek Kerstetter, San Antonio Reagan, 6-foot-4, 290 – TEXAS: Tons of value as a very versatile, and intelligent player. He does a great job to fight and keep his body in front of more talented or stronger defenders, which suggests a bright future at center. Good base, good feet. Would have a chance to be a right tackle with more length.
71. TE Major Tennison, Bullard, 6-foot-6, 245 – ALABAMA: He’ll be as good as he wants to be and has the best receiving upside at tight end in the state. He runs very well for his size.
72. DE Ryder Anderson, 6-foot-6, 230 – OLE MISS: Senior film matters. I did not care for his junior film all that much, but he’s moving so much better than he did previously. That’s not a surprise as it’s often the case with taller players. They’re on a longer development curve than most. Anderson could become a very good defensive end as he continues to become stronger and more comfortable in his body. This year’s film suggests someone who is improving rapidly.
73. WR Waydale Jones, Beeville, 6-foot-4, 190 – WAKE FOREST: Great catch radius and he uses it by extending and catching away from his body. Great stride and good burst. It’ll be interesting to see how his career evolves. Tons of upside.
74. DT Deionte Watts, Plano East, 6-foot-3, 300 – NEBRASKA: Probably a nose/1-tech, he can play low and I like his lateral agility. He seems to have reshaped his body some. I just assume of all of Mike Riley’s players will maximize so Watts is going to a good place.
75. CB Devin Morris, Caldwell, 6-foot-2, 175 – TEXAS A&M: Good length, fluidity, and ball skills. Morris appears to have great coordination and flexibility. His feet need a lot of cleaning up but they’ll get him right. Some real upside here.
76. S Thabo Mwaniki, Denton Guyer, 5-foot-11, 180 – OKLAHOMA STATE: As a guided missile he’s my favorite type of player — a safety who runs downhill at 100 MPH. He reminds of Jordan Sterns quite a bit. Ok. St. has done great with players like Mwaniki, even before Sterns. I suspect we’ll be hearing more from him over the years.
77. OT Alan Ali, Timber Creek, 6-foot-5, 270 – SMU: Another early name on the OL radar, Ali committed very early to SMU and has stuck with it. I can only assume he’s had many other suitors. He’ll definitely be a tackle. Fires out quickly on seal blocks, and aggressively on drive blocks. Seems to do a good job of bringing his feet with him and not just lunging. This allows you to lock on and push guys out of the screen. Total steal for SMU.
78. WR Trestan Ebner, Henderson, 6-foot, 190 – BAYLOR: Honestly I’d probably have him higher had he stuck with TCU to play safety but props to a great kid for finding the fit he wanted. He’ll be a slot in all likelihood. Good ability in the open field and also quick in close quarters.
79. DE Ondario Robinson, Hutto, 6-foot-4, 245 – TEXAS A&M: My biggest problem with Robinson is defensive fit. He’s not really a ‘bend the corner’ defensive end like the Aggies prefer. He should be good versus the run, however, and I do think he has a good bit of quickness to him. The last thing he probably wants to hear is he might be a great 3-tech, but I can’t rule that out if he can carry the weight.
80. CB Noah Daniels, Clear Creek, 6-foot, 195 – TCU: This one is pretty simple, he has great size and runs extremely well. If you’re a believer in TCU’s ability to develop defensive backs you should be high on this take. Offensive tape displays very solid fluidity.
81. DE David Anenih, Mansfield Timberview, 6-foot-3, 220 – OKLAHOMA STATE: Love this guy. Here’s an end who can bend, dip, and get to the quarterback. His ability to get underneath offensive tackles is going to cause a lot of frustration. If was just a tad bit more explosive he’d probably be known to all. There aren’t a lot of d-ends who can run the arc in this class. I probably have him too low, to be honest.
82. OT Henry Klinge, Southlake Carroll, 6-foot-5, 295 – BAYLOR: Upside, upside, upside. Klinge was set to become a household name but missed his junior season. He bounced back very well this year. Already with great size, Klinge moves well. He’ll need to loosen up his hips a bit, but I think he’ll stick at tackle. His ability to regroup and root-out shorter defenders suggests he could be a guard as well. Baylor with the steal.
83. CB Timarcus Davis, College Station, 5-foot-11, 170 – BAYLOR: One of the most explosive athletes in the entire state, Davis’ senior year was robbed due to injury. He had very entertaining junior year film where his athleticism leapt off the screen. He also showed the willingness to hit and tackle.
84. TE Camron Horry, Katy Taylor, 6-foot-5, 260 – TEXAS A&M: I see his upside on either the offensive or defensive line, rather than tight end. If he adds weight, that future would likely be on the o-line, rather than d-line because of fit. If he remains at TE he should become a very good blocker with the ability to exploit free releases in the flat but he doesn’t project to a seam stretcher.
85. WR Octavius Evans, Center, 6-foot-2, 195 – BOISE STATE: Very good all-around prospect. Kind of reminds me of John Harris with his build and ability after the catch. Evans does a great job of attacking the ball in the air. There’s a coordination to him that’s evident in everything he does. I’m a fan.
86. ATH Lamarcus Morton, Gilmer, 6-foot, 175 – OKLAHOMA STATE: Everything about Morton reminds me of a corner, though he was a very productive receiver for Gilmer. I’m thinking there’s enough Justin Gilbert here to where his upside is on the defensive side of the ball. Great build for corner.
87. DT Damion Daniels, Bishop Dunne, 6-foot-1, 315: He’ll be a run plugger with the ability to anchor and move laterally down the line. I don’t project him to being a force in the back-field, but he does have some nice quickness.
88. WR Beau Corrales, 6-foot-3.5, 205 – NORTH CAROLINA: Great size and a natural, if not overly explosive, athlete. Corrales uses his size well and has great coordination and body control. At worst, he should become a reliable chain mover but his size and ability to attack the ball should make him an interesting down-field target.
89. WR Camron Buckley, Cedar Hill, 6-foot-1, 185 – TEXAS A&M: Buckley’s a slick, underneath target with enough speed to exploit space or slip through cracks. He can create space through quickness even when pressed. Reliable hands.
90. DL Sam Miller, Stratford, 6-foot-3, 260 – NORTHWESTERN: Miller moves very well for his size and depending on where his body goes he can become a very interesting guy for Pat Fitzgerald. As of now he’d be a SDE better suited to playing the run and shooting gaps to get pressure on the passer, rather than running the arc, but I’m intrigued by what happens if he gets to 275-285. He could become a guy who slides inside on passing downs. He uses his hands well and also shows a swim move.
91. WR Roshauud Paul, Bremond, 6-foot, 170 – TEXAS A&M: Aggies are hoping the high school legend can become an approximation of another high school legend, Bralon Addison. While the comparison is fairly apt, I don’t see Paul with the same type of explosiveness. Still, he’s a winner, and intelligent player who can be trouble in space.
92. OL Brendan Jameis, Lake Travis, 6-foot-5, 260 – NEBRASKA: Jamies needs to get bigger and is a bit stiff, but he’s pretty quick and shows good ability as a run blocker on the perimeter.
93. OL Dennis Bardwell, Huffman Hargrave, 6-foot-5.5, 280 – HOUSTON: Bardwell looks like a future World’s Strongest Man competitor, but moves a lot better. I’ll be interested to see if he plays tackle or guard. I’d think guard at this point. Bardwell plays with good strength and impressed the previous Texas staff at camp.
94. RB Trelon Smith, Cy Ridge, 5-foot-8, 180 – ARIZONA STATE: An APB, pin-ball type with homerun speed. Guys like Smith need their touches in space where they can do the most damage. Good burst and long-speed.
95. OG Coy McMillon, Abilene, 6-foot-4, 270 – TCU: Looks a lot like his older brother but with better length. McMillon has very active feet that help him gain leverage in blocking and get out in space to locate defenders. He’ll need to add significant weight but his brother did so with ease. I see him as a guard long-term, yet another similarity to Jake.
96. TE Keynel McZeal, Port-Neches Groves, 6-foot-3, 230 – TEXAS A&M: Tons of athletic upside but questions over hands and how he’ll be used in the offense remain. I wonder if he doesn’t end up rushing the passer. He’s athletic enough to do so for sure.
97. RB Daniel Young, Westfield, 6-foot, 210 – TEXAS: Good downhill runner for a gap-scheme. Runs behind his pads and with good leg drive. Good quickness to the hole, and good feet, though he doesn’t have breakaway speed. If he gets the corner on the outside, he’ll be a load for defensive backs. If you start to see him do that with regularity, I missed this eval by 60 spots. Will carry more weight with ease but they don’t want him to get too big and lose quickness because he already has the power trait.
98. DT Corey Bethley, Katy, 6-foot-1, 290 – TCU: Lacks length but is fluid in his hips and has a little bounce to him. Not overly quick, or powerful, but there’s definitely some ability to work with.
99. DL/OL James Lynch, Round Rock, 6-foot-4, 285 – BAYLOR: I see him very similar to McMillon in that his upside is at guard.
100. QB Xavier Martin, Cibolo Steele, 6-foot, 180 -TEXAS TECH: Dual threat quarterback with a ton of wins under his belt. He’s a ‘slot’ level athlete with good quickness and balance as a runner. Martin has thrown well when I’ve seen him at camps, with good rotation on the ball.