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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: Louisville

These are the school's prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-2.

    2/14/15: Parker missed the first seven games of 2014 with a broken left foot. He returned to the field against N.C. State (9-132) and had an impressive game against Florida State (8-214). Parker only played in six games in 2014, but he racked up 43 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns. Parker is a well-rounded receiver with size, quickness, route-running, hands, body control and run-after-the-catch ability.

    8/27/14: Parker played well for Louisville in 2013 despite being hobbled with injuries. He totaled 46 receptions for 743 yards and 11 touchdowns for the year. Parker missed the game against Rutgers with an injury. He is an excellent red-zone weapon and uses his size well to make contested catches. The question with Parker is if he has enough speed.

    In 2012, Parker led the team with 744 yards and 10 touchdowns. His best games came against Pittsburgh (4-153) and Cincinnati (4-120). He struggled to get separation from Florida's quality cornerbacks in the Sugar Bowl. Parker needs to show an improved ability to get open as he will see plenty of double-teams as a senior.

    Personal: Majoring in education. Son of Raneca Parker and Anthony Shelman.

  2. Gerod Holliman**, S, Louisville
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 213.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    2/7/15: Holliman enjoyed a massive 2014 season for the Cardinals. Replacing Calin Pryor, Holliman was one of the breakout players in college football. He led the nation with 14 interceptions. The redshirt sophomore also had 40 tackles with three passes broken up. Holliman had an excellent game against Florida State with two interceptions. He also had two picks against Virginia and Florida International. Holliman returned the one against Florida International for a touchdown. He has both size and instincts, but has to get better at tackling and providing more stable support in the ground game.

    Holliman was a backup to Calvin Pryor in 2013 as he totaled 16 tackles with three pass breakups. In 2012, Holliman played in three games as a true freshman before a season-ending shoulder injury. Holliman received a medical hardship for the season.
  3. Lorenzo Mauldin, 3-4OLB, Louisville
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 244.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    1/31/15: Mauldin was moved to outside linebacker for 2014, and that is the realistic home for him for the NFL unless he can add a significant amount of weight. Mauldin performed well in his position change. He racked up 51 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, three passes broken up and a forced fumble in 2014. Mauldin is quick off the edge with some nice pass-rushing technique.

    8/23/14: Mauldin is a speed rusher who needs to add weight for the NFL. Otherwise, he'll have to move to outside linebacker. In 2013, Mauldin formed a dynamic duo with teammate Marcus Smith coming from the other side. Mauldin had 9.5 sacks, 40 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and four passes broken up. In 2012, he was a backup who totaled 4.5 sacks.
  4. John Miller, G, Louisville
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 311.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.31.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    1/17/15: Louisville had an easy start to the season - during which Miller was a quality blocker. He had some struggles with Florida State lineman Eddie Goldman and Mario Edwards Jr. Miller had issues with Georgia.

    8/27/14: Miller was a Second-Team all-conference pick last year. He was a quality protector for Teddy Bridgewater and opened holes in the ground game. Miller started at left guard as a sophomore and freshman. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the ACC.

    Personal: Son of Ernestine Miller and Johnnie Green.
  5. Charles Gaines*, CB, Louisville
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 180.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-4.

    2/7/15: Gaines recorded 32 tackles, nine passes broken up and two interceptions in 2014. He was impressive in the season opener against Miami and was a solid corner for the Cardinals throughout 2014. Against Florida State, Gaines had eight tackles. He has some coverage skills, but could have used more refinement before coming out.

    8/27/14: Gaines converted from wide receiver to cornerback for 2013 and had an excellent debut at his new position. He totaled five interceptions, seven passes broken up and 22 tackles for the year. Gaines needs to improve his technique in coverage, but he has lot of natural ability. Gaines could also stand to improve his run defense and tackling. Filling out his frame would help with that. He also is a good weapon on special teams.

    Personal: Son of Tonja Prittler and Charles Gaines, Sr. Justice administration major.
  6. Gerald Christian, TE, Louisville
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    2/14/15: Christian made 32 catches for 384 yards and five touchdowns in 2014. He had a strong start to the season against Miami (6-59). In 2013, Christian notched 28 receptions for 246 yards and four touchdowns. He started out his career at Florida before transferring because of a lack of playing time. Christian had a decent week at the East-West Shrine. He has some quickness with athleticism.
  7. Michael Dyer, RB, Louisville
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 213.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    2/14/15: Dyer would be ranked higher if it weren't for all of his off-the-field issues, including a suspension to end the 2014 season. He also missed four games with injuries. Dyer averaged 4.4 yards per carry for 481 yards and five touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 40 yards. Dyer had a huge game against N.C. State (24-173) and Florida State (28-134-3). Following the Florida State game, he recorded only 32 carries across the final three games.

    8/27/14: Dyer played decently in his return to college football while serving in a rotation with the Cardinals' other running backs. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry with 223 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. Dyer came to the team late, and his knowledge of the offensive playbook was said to be a work in progress for most of the season. His carries only surpassed 10 in one game, and he received only one attempt against Central Florida. Dyer missed multiple games with groin and hip injuries. He should be back with Louisville in 2014.

    Dyer started out his career at Auburn before being suspended after providing a gun to teammates who were involved in an armed robbery. He followed Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State where Malzahn became the head coach. Shortly after joining his new program, Dyer was dismissed from the team after police found a gun and marijuana on him at a traffic stop.

    Dyer ran for 1,093 yards with five touchdowns for Auburn as freshman in 2010 and averaged six yards per carry. That broke Bo Jackson's freshman running record with the Tigers. Dyer carried the load for Auburn's offense in 2011 following the departure of Cam Newton for the NFL. Dyer ran for 1,242 yards (5.13 average) with 10 touchdowns. He was a First-Team All-SEC selection alongside Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

    One big question mark about Dyer's game is his receiving ability. He only caught three receptions for 16 yards in two seasons at Auburn.
  8. Jake Smith, C, Louisville
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 307.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    1/17/15: Aside from the game against Virginia, Smith and the Louisville offense played well in 2014. Smith had some struggles with Florida State nose tackle Eddie Goldman.

    8/27/14: Smith is a versatile interior offensive lineman who can play guard or center. He has enough strength to open holes in the ground game and was a reliable pass-protector for Teddy Bridgewater the past two seasons. Smith is a sleeper prospect to watch.

    Personal: Son of Jane Eldemire and Wayne Smith. Marketing major.


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