Cam Serigne (TE, Wake Forest) – 52

Serigne seems to have been at Wake Forest for about ten years; he has been a consistently productive player in the ACC, particularly as a pass receiver.  He is particularly adept against zone coverage; he finds the soft spots consistently and is a reassuring target for his QB.  He has strong hands, a decent catch radius and flashes the ability to make the contested catch – evident in the 2016 Delaware game (Q3, 5:46).  He can get open in the red zone and his touchdown numbers are good – at the present time (6th September, 2017), he has scored 14 career TDs.  He is not much of a downfield threat, however, and his potential for yards after the catch is pretty limited.  As a pass catcher, Serigne could have a future in the NFL.  As a blocker, however, he is very limited.  He is a bit better on the perimeter but, as an in-line blocker, he tends to lunge and reach and is strikingly lacking in the stability needed to anchor as a TE.  In the run game, his angles are positively bizarre; there are times when you will see him just turn his body round to try and shield players off with his back.  It seldom works.  As a pass blocker, he is shaky – the bowl game v Temple was a good example of his limitations in this area (see for instance Q2, 4:57).  Given his marginal size (6-3, 245) and his frailties as a blocker, I don’t see Serigne as having a high ceiling in the NFL and, accordingly, I have a late round/UDFA grade on him at this stage.


Kendall Joseph (LB, Clemson) – 79

After an injury-plagued redshirt freshman year, Joseph shone as a sophomore last year, with 124 tackles (13.5 of them for a loss) making him a key component in Clemson’s run to the national championship.  On tape, there is a lot to like about Joseph’s play.  He is very instinctive and athletic – he plays quicker and makes reads faster than a lot of the other LBs in this class.  He is an alert, heady player – see for instance, his forced fumble in the Ohio State game (Q3, 13:22), when he very deliberately pokes the ball out of the RB’s grasp in the act of making the tackle.  He is very comfortable in space; he is assured in zone coverage and has the speed and agility to match up well with TEs.  He is also a technically sound tackler, albeit not a huge hitter.  There is, however, no getting around his lack of size.  Clemson list him as 6-0, 225 and I’d be surprised if he were that big.  This manifests itself against the run; he can use his hands and explosiveness to shed a TE’s block but, all too often, when an OL gets his hands on Joseph, he gets submerged.   Overall, though, I like Joseph’s potential as a WLB in a 4-3 base and I could certainly see a team being interested in him on Day 2 of the 2018 draft, should he decide to declare this year.

Nifae Lealao (DL, Vanderbilt) – 64

Lealao is a big (6-5, 317lb) interior lineman, who is equally comfortable as a 3-tech or lining up over the nose.  The thing that intrigues me most about Lealao is his speed off the ball; given his size, he is strikingly quick off the snap.  Look, for instance, at the 2016 Florida game (Q4, 11:47 is a good example) where he often leaves his teammates in the dust.  He also flashes some pass rush ability – I was struck by the quickness of his hands, when he was able to shed the center and effect the sack in the 2016 Missouri game (Q1, 1:21).  His motor, however, is inconsistent and too often on tape I see him play far too high and lose leverage.  There are definitely traits that suggest that Lealao could have an NFL future but, in the 2017 season, there needs to be a bit more consistency and productivity.  Nevertheless, I have seen enough to suggest that an NFL D-Line coach could be genuinely intrigued by what Lealao has to offer – as such, I think he could be an appealing prospect, midway through day three.

Deadrin Senat (DL, South Florida) – 56

Senat is a short, squat, intense DT who lines up mostly as a 3-tech at USF.  His power is obvious when he plays low to the ground; he can anchor really well against the run and uses his upper body strength to shed blocks and make plays.  The caveat here, though, is “when he plays low to the ground”.  Too often, I saw Senat neutralise his natural ability by rising up too far out of his stance and allowing the guard an easy route into his chest.  He also needs to work on his explosiveness out of his stance – he is not the quickest off the ball.  There are times when he can get skinny – if that’s not an absurd paradox for a 310lb DT – though a gap and disrupt a play and I like his ability to move smoothly down the line without moving backwards.  As a pass rusher, however, he offers very little; he relies on a pretty limited bull rush and, as his stats of 1 sack in three years suggest, it seldom presents a guard or center with too much trouble.  Senat will give you effort and tenacity against the run and is a very sound tackler for a defensive lineman.  At the same time, however, he is not particularly impressive in terms of size and explosiveness and it is hard to see him being much more than a back-up in the NFL.  I would see him as a Day 3 option.

Amari Coleman (CB, Central Michigan) – 46

Coleman is a heady, productive CB who won 1st Team All-MAC honours as a junior.  In the MAC, you can see why; he is an intelligent CB who reads routes well and who will bait QBs into making unwise throws.  Against Ohio, for instance, last year, he had 4 passes defended.  Those quick diagnostic skills were also evident against a higher standard of competition; in his interception return for a TD against Virginia, he read the QB perfectly, stepping in front of a screen pass and coasting to the end zone.  I was most interested, however, in watching Coleman against Oklahoma State’s top tier passing attack and, in this game, his limitations as an athlete were pretty brutally exposed.  He was constantly out of phase with the OSU WRs and lacked the speed and agility to cope with their threat.  I really like Coleman’s effort and intelligence but I just don’t think he has the raw athletic skills or physical presence needed to be an effective contributor at the highest level.  As such, I see him as an undrafted free agent prospect at this point in time.

Nate Velichko (G, San Jose State) – 47

Velichko is an experienced and versatile lineman, who has started at both tackle and guard at San Jose State, on both sides of the line.  He is by no means an elite prospect but I do think that his skill-set, allied to this versatility, might make him a viable practice squad candidate for an NFL team in 2018.  His main strength is his alertness; he recognises his responsibilities and can often be seen shunting off his primary responsibility to one of his teammates in order to pick up a secondary threat.  He has quite a powerful punch and is reasonably athletic, with the ability to move quickly towards the second level.  When he keeps his feet chopping, he is a creditable run blocker and I enjoyed the amount of pancake blocks for which he was responsible – always, for me, a positive sign!  He is, however, a marginal prospect at best at the next level, due to the flaws in pass protection, where he tends to over-extend and lose his balance, forcing him to lunge and lose control of contact situations.  This is, I suspect, partly due to two things: 1) he plays too high – at 6-7, he struggles to gain leverage – and 2) he is a bit slow off the snap and, as a result, lacks the explosion you would really want to see.  A good offensive line coach will smooth out some of these difficulties and, although Velichko is a long-shot to make it in the NFL, I see enough on tape to suggest that a camp invite is feasible.