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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: Louisville

Below are Charlie Campbell's writeups from his position prospect rankings, but this time by school. If they were at the NFL Scouting Combine, their results are here as well.



  1. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 209.
    40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2015): Top-16 Pick.

    4/27/15: At the Combine, Parker ran faster than expected with an impressive 40 time. He is a polished receiver who isn't quite a game-breaker like Kevin White or Amari Cooper. Parker is a well-rounded receiver with size, quickness, hands, body control and run-after-the-catch ability. He needs to learn to run some routes he didn't in college. Some teams grade out Parker similar to White while others feel there is a clear drop off.

    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.

    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.


    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    4.45
    Unoff. 40
    4.45
    10-Yd
    1.56
    Vertical
    36.5
    Broad
    10-5
    Hand
    9 1/4



  2. Lorenzo Mauldin, 3-4OLB, Louisville
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 259.
    40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    4/25/15: 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. At the Combine, he ran slower than expected.

    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.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    4.85
    Unoff. 40
    4.88
    10-Yd
    1.69
    Vertical
    32
    Broad
    9-4
    Arm
    DNP
    Bench
    23
    3 Cone
    7.47







  3. John Miller, G, Louisville
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 303.
    40 Time: 5.33.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-5.

    4/27/15: Miller was a quality blocker for the Cardinals in 2014. He had some struggles with Florida State lineman Eddie Goldman and Mario Edwards Jr. Miller had issues with Georgia, but for the most part, he was reliable in the ground game and in pass protection. Miller helped his stock with a strong performance at the East-West Shrine.

    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.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    5.33
    Unoff. 40
    5.19
    10-Yd
    1.87
    Arm
    33 1/4
    Bench
    29



  4. James Sample*, S, Louisville
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 209.
    40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    4/25/15: All the attention in 2014 went to teammate Gerod Holliman, who led the nation in interceptions. However, Sample also impressed talent evaluators and showed a combination of size (6-2, 209) and athleticism. He notched 88 tackles with eight passes broken up and four interceptions in 2014.

    Sample took a long road to break out at Louisville. He started out at the University of Washington in 2012 and 2011. Sample then played one season at American River College after his stay at Washington and before transferring to Louisville. Sample is a sleeper prospect.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    4.56
    Unoff. 40
    4.56
    10-Yd
    1.6
    Vertical
    32.5
    Broad
    10-3
    Arm
    32
    Bench
    DNP







  5. Charles Gaines*, CB, Louisville
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 180.
    40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-5.

    4/25/15: At the Combine, Gaines ran well and had a good workout. He recorded 32 tackles, nine passes broken up and two interceptions in 2014. Gaines was impressive in the season opener against Miami and was a solid corner for the Cardinals throughout the year. Against Florida State, Gaines notched 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.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    4.44
    Unoff. 40
    4.34
    10-Yd
    1.53
    Vertical
    34.5
    Broad
    10-3
    Arm
    31 3/8
    Bench
    DNP



  6. Gerod Holliman**, S, Louisville
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 218.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-5.

    4/25/15: Holliman enjoyed a massive 2014 season creating turnovers 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 notched only 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. Sources have said that Holliman has graded out for Day 3.

    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 that season.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    DNP
    Unoff. 40
    DNP
    10-Yd
    DNP
    Vertical
    DNP
    Broad
    DNP
    Arm
    32
    Bench
    17







  7. Dominique Brown, RB, Louisville
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 234.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    4/27/15: Brown is a physical running back who can be a load at the point of attack. WalterFootball.com knows of some teams that were very impressed with him at the East-West Shrine. Brown missed five games as a senior, and the Cardinals shared the carries among a stable of backs. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry for 378 yards with four touchdowns. 2013 was his best season as he averaged 5.1 yards per carry for 825 yards with right touchdowns and 24 receptions for 228 yards and a score. Brown looks like a backup power back for the next level.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    DNP
    Unoff. 40
    DNP
    10-Yd
    DNP
    Vertical
    DNP
    Broad
    DNP
    Hand
    9 1/2
    Bench
    17



  8. Jamon Brown, OT, Louisville
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 323.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.35.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    4/27/15: Brown had a strong performance at the East-West Shrine, but unfortunately, an injury kept him from working out at the Combine. He is a big blocker with some power to him. Brown needs to improve his pass protection, but he could be a sleeper who proves to be a steal.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    DNP
    Unoff. 40
    DNP
    10-Yd
    DNP
    Arm
    34 3/8
    Bench
    DNP







  9. Gerald Christian, TE, Louisville
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 244.
    40 Time: 4.87.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    4/27/15: 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, but ran slower than expected at the Combine.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    DNP
    Unoff. 40
    4.87
    10-Yd
    1.73
    Vertical
    DNP
    Hand
    10 3/4
    Arm
    32 1/2
    Bench
    28



  10. Michael Dyer, RB, Louisville
    Height: 5-8. Weight: 218.
    40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    4/27/15: 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.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    4.58
    Unoff. 40
    4.58
    10-Yd
    1.69
    Vertical
    34
    Broad
    10-0
    Hand
    9 1/2
    Bench
    26



  11. Jake Smith, C, Louisville
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 307.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    4/27/15: 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. Smith did not attend the Combine.

    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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