Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
Height: 6-0. Weight: 235. Projected 40 Time: 4.93. Projected Round (2015): 3-5.
4/25/15: Dawson had a good pro day to help his draft stock. He turned in a huge season to lead a tough Horned Frogs defense. Dawson put up a huge stat line with 128 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, five passes batted and four interceptions. Sources tell WalterFootball.com they like how active Dawson is, but he's undersized. That's probably why there is no consensus regarding his draft grade. One team had him in the second round, another said the third, some said in the fourth, and one had him as a sixth- or seventh-round pick. Dawson could go on Day 2 or slide well into Day 3.
At the Combine, Dawson had to answer lots of questions about off-the-field concerns. He also had a terrible performance on the field and ran extremely slowly.
As a junior, Dawson had 91 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, one interception and three passes broken up.
Personal: Son of Terrie Brooks. Majoring in criminal justice.
Kevin White, CB, TCU
Height: 5-9. Weight: 183. 40 Time: 4.63. Projected Round (2015): 3-5.
4/25/15: White had a very slow 40 time at the Combine that could hurt his draft stock significantly. He previously had a strong week at the Senior Bowl to really help his draft stock. White ran with receivers to prevent separation and competed well for the ball. The practice sessions in Mobile were particularly good for his reputation.
White recorded 51 tackles with four tackles for a loss, two interceptions and 11 passes broken up in 2014. He looks like a potential slot cornerback for the NFL. White was impressive with how he defended West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White. The Mountaineer was held to three receptions for 28 yards as the Horned Frogs' Kevin White led the way for TCU's coverage against the star receiver.
White was an honorable mention Big XII pick by the conference's coaches in 2013, but was overshadowed by Jason Verrett. White had 40 tackles with eight passes broken up and three interceptions that season.
Personal: Son of Kevin and Yolanda White. Majoring in criminal justice.
Chris Hackett*, S, TCU
Height: 6-0. Weight: 195. 40 Time: 4.81. Projected Round (2015): 5-7.
4/25/15: Sources say that Hackett has graded out as a late-round pick or an undrafted free agent. They already had speed concerns about Hackett for the NFL, and those were given validity with a terribly slow 40 time at the Combine. The junior totaled 75 tackles with six passes broken up and seven interceptions in 2014. It was a huge season for him, but he probably should have returned for his senior year. As a sophomore, Hackett had 88 tackles with three interceptions. He had 61 tackles with two picks in 2012.
Personal: Son of Michael and Stephanie Hackett.
Tayo Fabuluje, OT, TCU
Height: 6-6. Weight: 353. 40 Time: 5.55. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.
4/27/15: Fabuluje is a massive blocker who can get movement at the point of attack. He struggled at the Senior Bowl in pass protection though. Fabuluje should move inside to guard in a power-man scheme in the NFL. He also should lose some weight to help him take on speed rushers.
Sam Carter, S, TCU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.
4/25/15: Carter racked up 55 tackles, five passes broken up and four interceptions in 2014. He had solid games against Texas Tech and West Virginia. For the Horned Frogs, Carter was the strong safety who played in the tackle box. He is a solid player with instincts, but sources say they have speed concerns about Carter. He had a good week at the East-West Shrine and flashed some ability to play free safety as well as strong safety. Carter is a good player and speed concerns are the only issue from keeping him getting drafted earlier.
8/27/14: Carter has been a productive starter for the TCU defense the past two seasons while providing the Horned Frogs with a lot of splash plays. He has shown nice ball skills and has good size.
In 2013, Carter recorded five interceptions, two passes broken up, 49 tackles, four sacks and 7.5 tackles for a loss. He had 63 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, four interceptions and 10 passes broken up in 2012. Both seasons saw Carter being selected as a Second-Team All-Big XII selection. For the NFL, the senior looks like a nice fit as a strong safety.
Personal: Son of Sam Carter and Dildred Taylor. Majoring in sociology.
Chucky Hunter, DT, TCU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.27. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.
4/25/15: Hunter totaled 44 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and a force fumble in 2014. He didn't participate in the Combine.
8/23/14: After being a backup in 2011, Hunter had a strong debut as a starter in 2012. He was a Second-Team All-Big XII selection as he totaled 36 tackles, six tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. Hunter followed that up with another season as a Second-Team All-Conference pick in 2013. He recorded 43 tackles with six tackles for a loss and two sacks. Hunter is a solid run-defender.
Personal: Son of Charles Hunter and the late Tenia Willis.
While we greatly differ on prospect rankings, something that should be assumed this early in the process, I see great thought was put into each pick and they all make sense when looked at through your perspective on the players. Great job!
Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.