NFL Draft Stock Report Week 12
Calvin Ridley WR, Alabama
Entering this season the distinction of top wide receiver was far from unanimous and while some have emerged and as contenders in my book Calvin Ridley has claimed the top spot all for himself. Ridley has been an impact player for Alabama since the moment he set foot in Tuscaloosa as a true freshman and in recent weeks he has reminded us all why with several clutch grabs in a 171 yard showing against Mississippi State and by gaining 103 yards on only three catches against Mercer. Ridley might not having elite speed but is a polished route runner who is dangerous after the catch and as a deep threat. I fully expect Ridley to be the first wide receiver to be taken in next spring’s draft.
Kerryon Johnson RB, Auburn
Auburn’s offense is predicated on pounding the rock and Kerryon Johnson has been the Tiger’s workhorse this season. Johnson has rushed for over 1,100 yards and a whopping 22 touchdowns this season and has shown up big in key games against Georgia, LSU and Mississippi. With a monster Iron Bowl showdown with rival Alabama looming, Johnson could catapult himself up draft rankings with a big showing in front of a national audience.
Jordan Lasley WR, UCLA
Lasley has emerged as Josh Rosen’s favorite weapon this season. The 6’1’’ junior has missed four games this season but has still amassed 909 yards receiving and is averaging over 18 yards per catch. Lasley went off against rival USC in a losing effort going for 204 yards and three touchdowns on ten catches. He has emerged as an intriguing prospect who will warrant a lot of study if he were to declare for the upcoming draft.
Byron Pringle, WR Kansas State
For all the offensive firepower in the Big 12 Kansas State’s Byron Pringle might be the most explosive player in the entire conference. Possessing great size (6’2’’ 205), explosive speed and a penchant for huge plays Pringle is a bit of an unknown playing in the Wildcat’s run heavy offense. In Kansas State’s upset win over Oklahoma State last weekend Pringle was unstoppable going for 166 yards and three receiving touchdowns as well as scoring on a kick return. Pringle’s big play ability as both a receiver and kick returner is similar to former Wildcat Tyler Lockett.
Mike McGlinchey OT, Notre Dame
Entering the year some saw McGlinchey as a potential top ten prospect and an elite blindside protector. This notion has been put to rest though thanks to McGlinchey’s struggles with top end pass rushers. McGlinchey has been overwhelmed by NC State’s Bradley Chubb, Wake Forest’s Duke Ejiofor and several of Miami’s edge rushers. While still a strong run blocker McGlinchey’s lack of flexibility and athleticism has made him an intriguing prospect as a right tackle but his future as an NFL left tackle is severely in doubt.