7/10/21: The junior college product Winfrey came on strong for Oklahoma late in the 2020 season. He has a really good skill set with the ability to get upfield. In 2020, he totaled 16 tackles with .5 sacks and three passes batted. Winfrey has a ton of upside to break out in 2021.
7/10/21: Leal flashed for the Aggies in 2020 and 2019, but really looked like things were clicking for him at the end of the 2020 season. As a sophomore, he had 30 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and three passes defended. In 2019, he recorded 38 tackles and two sacks. Leal has a good skill set with a ton of upside.
Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Height: 6-6. Weight: 330.
Projected 40 Time: 5.2.
Projected Round (2022): 1-3. View Ranking History
7/10/21: Davis was a solid run stuffer for Georgia in 2020. He has some talent, but is raw and needs development. Some team sources said they gave Davis a mid-round grade for the 2021 NFL Draft, but he has the upside to rise and made a favorable impression on some advance scouts.
Davis is a heavy nose tackle who is tough to move at the point of attack. He could be a good fit as a zero-technique in a 3-4 defense. Davis showed more ability to make plays in the backfield in 2019 as a sophomore. He has upside to improve and rise as a senior.
7/10/21: Mathis played well for Alabama in 2020, recording 31 tackles with 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defended. It was his first season of serious playing time, so he could rise in 2021 now that he has experience. Mathis has excellent size with athletic upside.
7/10/21: In 2020, Ray was a solid defender for Alabama, but he did not show significant progress as a pass rusher and also dealt with injuries. He was wise to return to Alabama for 2021. Ray has trimmed weight off his frame, and it will be interesting to see if emerges as a serious speed rusher as a result.
Ray recorded nine tackles with a sack and forced fumble during his 2019 season. He went out of the lineup in September because of a foot injury that required surgery. While Quinnen Williams was the star of the Alabama defensive line in 2018, Ray flashed at times for the Crimson Tide and had some nice moments that year. Ray totaled 39 tackles with six for a loss, 2.5 sacks and two passes batted for the season.
7/10/21: The Gators' defense struggled in 2020, but Carter was one of the bright spots, notching five sacks, 36 tackles and two passes defended. Carter has quality quickness and athleticism to get after the quarterback. If he can get to the quarterback more as a senior while holding up against the run, Carter could really rise.
John Ridgeway, DT/NT, Illinois State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 320.
Projected 40 Time: 5.01.
Projected Round (2022): 3-5. View Ranking History
7/10/21: Ridgeway made a good impression on the advance scouts, and they have given him a favorable projection entering the season. Ridgeway has excellent size and strength at the point of attack. He could help himself in 2021 by producing more sacks and impresssing at an all-star game.
7/10/21: Garrett flashed during the shortened 2020 season, and he could rise in 2021, if he builds on his performance. Garrett totaled 20 tackles with two sacks, an interception and a pass defended last season. He is shorter and lacks length, but he is quick and has upside. Now that Garrett has some starting experience, the senior's play could really jump.
Thomas Booker, DT/3-4DE, Stanford
Height: 6-2. Weight: 303.
Projected 40 Time: 5.05.
Projected Round (2022): 3-5. View Ranking History
7/10/21: Booker played solid football for Stanford in its 2020 shortened season. Over his first two seasons, Booker was a solid defender at the point of attack. He had 3.5 sacks with 29 tackles as a freshman and improved in his sophomore year with 50 tackles, four sacks and three passes batted. Booker has quality size to him with upside to develop.
7/10/21: Hall was listed as a defensive tackle on NFL teams' preseason watch list, but at his current size, he would have to move to defensive end in the NFL. Hall has good length and speed, but he is too light to line up every down on the inside. With his skill set taking on easy competition, Hall needs to produce more in 2021.
7/10/21: Cage has not produced a lot yet for Ohio State, but the NFL advance scouts saw enough flashes and felt he played well enough in practice to earn a spot on their preseason watch list with a quality projection as a starting point. Cage has the skill set to rise in 2021.
7/10/21: McCall is a thick and heavy nose tackle who has some surprising quickness for such a huge lineman. In 2020 and 2019, McCall flashed run-stuffing ability. For the NFL, he looks limited as a rotational nose tackle who won't be a pass rusher for the sub package.
Matthew Butler, DT/3-4DE, Tennessee
Height: 6-3. Weight: 290.
Projected 40 Time: 5.1.
Projected Round (2022): 5-7. View Ranking History
7/10/21: Butler was a solid defender for the Volunteers over the past two seasons, contributing in both phases. It would help the senior to show more pass-rush ability in 2021 and to gain some strength for the NFL.
7/10/21: Tagovailoa-Amosa flashed some ability as a junior, making some big plays, and he could rise if he builds on that as a senior. Tagovailoa-Amosa, however, is very undersized and needs to gain weight for the NFL. He lacks the length to move to the edge, so he might need some developmental time in the pros.
7/10/21: Otomewo made modest contributions in 2020. He has a skill set with upside, including some speed to go with size. Over the past few seasons, Otomewo has done a nice job of gaining weight and filling out his frame. Otomewo flashed as a sophomore to earn a spot on NFL teams' preseason watch list, and he has reappeared on their watch list for the 2022 NFL Draft.
7/10/21: Bethley is a short and thick tackle, but he flashed some pass-rush ability for the Horned Frogs in the past. In 2018, he had five sacks, but did not come close to that production in the past two years. He needs to improve his rush production and run defense as a senior.
7/10/21: Farrell originally initially opted out of the 2020 season, but he then re-joined LSU. He had a solid game against Florida and was a quality run defender at the point of attack. Ferrell was a rotational defender for LSU with only three starts as a junior, but he flashed athletic ability with pass-rush potential and was a solid run defender. With Tyler Shelvin moving onto the NFL, Farrell should be a starter as senior. If he can increase his pass-rush production, he could rise.
Other late-round and third-day prospects on NFL team's radar according to team sources
Demetrius Taylor, Appalachian State
Trevon Mason, Arizona
Devonta Davidson, Arizona State
Joshua Pryor, Bowie State
Terrance Lang, Colorado
Manny Jones, Colorado State
Ellison Hubbard, Colorado State
Red Newkirk, Florida
Kevin Atkins, Fresno State
Noah Ellis, Idaho
Roderick Perry, Illinois
Michael Greene, James Madison
Timmy Horne, Kansas State
Ralfs Rosins, Liberty
Glen Logan, LSU
Tayland Humphrey, La.-Lafayette
Jonathan Ford, Miami
Donovan Jeter, Michigan
Kobie Whiteside, Missouri
Dom Peterson, Nevada
Dion Novil, North Texas
Sam Roberts, Northwest Missouri State
Jayson Ademilola, Notre Dame
Israel Antwine, Oklahoma State
P.J. Mustipher, Penn State
Derrick Tangelo, Penn State
Ifeanyi Maijeh, Rutgers
Jabari Ellis, South Carolina,
Kevin Kegler, South Florida
Brandon Pili, USC
Aubrey Solomon, Tennessee
Jayden Peevy, Texas A&M
Desjuan Johnson, Toledo
Jaxon Player, Tulsa
Viane Moala, Utah
Howard Pututau, Utah
Jaylon Haynes, UTSA
Miles Fox, Wake Forest Other late-round and undrafted free agent potential players according to team sources
Chibueze Onwuka, Boston College
T.J. Rayam, Boston College
Eddie Wilson, Buffalo
Marcus Brown, Cincinnati
Lwal Uguak, Connecticut
Valentino Shelton, Florida
Robert Cooper, Florida State
Sebastian Thomas, Florida State
Julian Rochester, Georgia
Zach Van Valkenburg, Iowa
Eyioma Uwzurike, Iowa State
Caleb Sampson, Kansas
Zi'yon Hill, La.-Lafayette
Nesta Jade Silvera, Miami
Markell Utsey, Missouri
Eric Johnson, Missouri State
Ben Stille, Nebraska
Raymond Vohasek, North Carolina
Trevor Kent, Northwestern
Antwuan Jackson, Ohio State
Jordan Whittley, Oregon State
Isaac Hodgins, Oregon State
Prince Emili, Penn
Elijah Garcia, Rice
Kobie Turner, Richmond
Jonah Tavai, San Diego State
Rayshad Nichols, Stephen F. Austin
McKinley Williams, Syracuse
Will Rodgers, Temple
Nick McCann, Texas State
Will Choloh, Troy
Jeffery Johnson, Tulane
Tyarise Stevenson, Tulsa
Antonio Moultrie, UAB
Tyree Turner, UAB
Dashawn Crawford, Virginia Tech
Jared Schiess, Weber State
Ralph Holley, Western Michigan