Tunsil was set to become the highest-ranked offensive lineman in the country in 2015, but he suffered a fractured fibula in the Peach Bowl. How Tunsil responds to the injury could determine his NFL future. A strong showing this season would ensure his name is called among the top picks in the draft, but any setbacks could delay his future another season.
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Cassanova McKinzy — Auburn Tigers
McKinzy resisted the opportunity to head to the NFL, to instead play under Will Muschamp. Look for Auburn's defense to be led by his bone-crushing hits in what should be a career year under Muschamp's guidance. Any team looking for a speedy inside linebacker will surely have Cassanova at the top of their wish list.
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Laquon Treadwell — Ole Miss Rebels
Possessing a unique combination of size and speed, Treadwell quickly became Bo Wallace's favorite target once arriving on campus in 2013. After he suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle against Auburn, the Rebels offense was never the same. Treadwell appears to be on the fast track to recovery and was recently seen running on the field. If Treadwell fully recovers by season's start, look for him to lead the SEC in receiving this season.
Scooby Wright III — Arizona Wildcats
Two-star Scooby uses his recruiting ranking to motivate himself on a daily basis, and it's Pac-12 offenses that ultimately pay the price. Wright played like a man possessed this season, perfectly combining instinct with talent on his way to winning the Bronco Nagurski, Jack Lambert and Chuck Bednarik Awards last season. Wright piled up 153 tackles, 29 tackles-for-loss and 14 sacks in 2014.
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Jaylon Smith — Notre Dame Fighting Irish
How violent of a player is Smith? He's been given the nickname "The Murder Train" by his teammates. Smith possesses rare speed for a linebacker and completes hits with crushing tackles. Jaylon finished last season with 112 tackles, nine behind the line of scrimmage and was named as a second-team All-American after only his first year as a starter.
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Joey Bosa — Ohio State Buckeyes
The NFL places a premium on pass rushers that can play the run as well. Bosa fits that mold and then some, often coming up big in the games biggest moments. In only two seasons, Bosa has 21 sacks and 34.5 tackles-for-loss. If he can continue that production during another Buckeye playoff run, Bosa's NFL stock will continue to rise.
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Jalen Ramsey — Florida State Seminoles
The five-star recruit really came on last season for the Noles and became arguably their best player. Ramsey played the biggest role in avoiding the upset against Miami. He's an extremely versatile player in the mold of Charles Woodson. If he continues to progress, Ramsey could be the first pick in next year's draft.
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D'haquille (Duke) Williams — Auburn Tigers
Williams combines rare size with a unique skillset that separates him from any defender at the SEC level. Duke recently tweeted out a picture that is sure to have defenders nervous this fall, as he often uses his size to beat man coverage and his hands to catch unreachable passes. Auburn's star receiver surprised many by coming back for 2015; he very well could lead the Tigers to the SEC title this season.
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Ezekiel Elliott — Ohio State Buckeyes
Elliott should buck the trend of running backs not being selected in the first round of the draft. Elliott put up an astounding 696 rushing yards and eight touchdowns over the Buckeyes' last three elimination games, displaying the speed, burst, elusiveness and toughness needed to excel at the NFL level. Elliott may be the fastest and strongest back at the combine next season.
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Myles Jack — UCLA Bruins
How gifted an athlete is Jack? He won the Pac-12's Offensive and Defensive Freshman Player of the Year honors in 2013. The All-American linebacker was forced to switch to running back after several Bruin backs went down. Jack could pursue both positions at the next level, but expect him to shoot up NFL draft boards due to his speed for an outside linebacker. On second though, Jack is dangerous with the ball ...
Vernon Hargreaves III — Florida Gators
NFL teams highly covet shutdown corners, and Hargreaves very well could be the next great cover man in the league. How big an athletic freak is Hargreaves? He squats an astounding 500 lbs to go along with his vertical jump of 41.5 inches. Vernon was the best player at Florida the moment he stepped onto campus and has been named first team All-SEC in his two seasons in college.
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Shawn Oakman — Baylor Bears
A likelycandidate for the top spot in the 2015 NFL Draft, Oakman decided to return to school for his senior season. While most know him for this viral tweet, Oakman played his way onto the AP All-American team, racking up 10 sacks and 18 tackles-for-loss last season. Incredibly, Oakman had 12 tackles-for-loss in 2013 despite not starting a single game.
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Robert Nkemdiche — Ole Miss Rebels
The nation's top recruit in 2013, Nkemdiche legitimized the Ole Miss program under Hugh Freeze the minute he signed with the Rebels. Their defensive dominance starts the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Nkemdiche. The weight room monster has NFL teams drooling over his potential, and he could be the first overall selection in 2016.