by Dave Syvertsen, Ourlads’ Draft Analyst
#76 OG Forrest Lamp – 6’4/300
Fifth year senior and four year starter at left tackle, minus a couple games inside his freshman season. Lamp projects at guard in the NFL, as his body type and length are better suited there. Lamp is a strong presence with a powerful initial punch and effective movement in space. In such a pass happy offense, he actually shows plus, well developed run blocking technique. He has NFL-caliber power presence right now and I think he could be an early contributor at the next level. Looking forward to seeing him at the Senior Bowl. 3rd-4th rounder,
#2 WR Taywan Taylor – 6’1/195
Big time production here in an offense that throws the ball a ton. Taylor has been the big play WR in this scheme for 3 years now, averaging over 17 yards per catch since 2014 with 40 touchdowns. Taylor doesn’t have overly exciting speed or quickness, but he is a solid football player with really good hands and ball skills. He can’t catch anything near his body and he shows toughness in traffic. He didn’t run pro routes though and he will likely need extra time to develop once in the league, but he’ll get drafted. Limited upside guy. 5th or 6th rounder.
#2 LB Keith Brown – 6’1/240
Fifth year senior. Played at Louisville up until this season, had an average career there. Finished 2nd in Conference USA this year in tackles with 123. Good downhill force that can be a nice fit within a 3-4 scheme. He can be a solid run defender and blitzer from all angles Liability in coverage. Late rounder.
#20 RB Anthony Wales – 5’10/195
#31 S Brandon Leston – 6’3/205
#46 K Jake Elliot – 5’10/165
Not sure anyone will tune in to watch a kicker, but many think this kid is the top one in the class and has a legit shot at being drafted.
#80 TE Daniel Montiel – 6’3/240