1) Bobby Brown (DL) - Texas A&M Aggies
No. 5 Texas A&M just missed out on making their first College Football Playoff appearance. Still, the Aggies are full of talent on both sides of the ball. Brown has stood out and looks more than ready to play at the next level.
Brown has steadily improved in each of his three years at Texas A&M. He has posted 20 total tackles, 7.5 for loss and 5.5 sacks this season. Brown’s sheer size (6-4, 325) should strike fear to any opposing offensive lines.
Projected as a mid-round pick, Brown could very well prove to be one of the draft’s best sleeper selections. He could boost his stock a bit more with a nice performance against No. 13 North Carolina in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night.
2) Deommodore Lenoir (DB) - Oregon Ducks
Lenoir has been a defensive leader throughout his four years at Oregon. He’s recorded 148 total tackles, six interceptions, 27 passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in his collegiate career.
Lenoir’s production alone makes him worthy of at least a fourth-round pick. He could be taken even higher if he has a solid outing against a No. 10 Iowa State team that ranks 31st in offensive yards per game.
The No. 25 Ducks will need everyone to step up if they want to pull off the upset over the Cyclones in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday afternoon.
3) Elijah Moore (WR) - Ole Miss Rebels
Moore exploded this season with 86 catches for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns. He was second in the FBS in receiving yards only to Alabama wideout and Heisman trophy candidate DeVonta Smith.
Moore became the fastest player in school history to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards. His best games came against Vanderbilt and South Carolina where he racked up 27 combined catches for 463 yards and five touchdowns.
This two-game outburst included a 91-yard touchdown pass against the Gamecocks, which set the record for the longest passing play in school history. The Rebels will look to get Moore involved early and often against No. 11 Indiana in the Outback Bowl.
4) Emeka Emezie (WR) - NC State Wolfpack
NC State lost their starting quarterback Devin Leary for the season after he suffered a broken fibula against Duke in Week 7. Junior Bailey Hockman stepped up in his place and helped lead the Wolfpack to a top-25 ranking.
Despite the transition under center, Emezie remained productive. He has 42 catches for nearly 700 yards and five touchdowns this season. Emezie’s size (6-3, 220) gives him loads of potential as a deep threat at the next level.
Emezie will likely fall to the later rounds of the draft but his production should not go unnoticed. He could be worth a look to potentially give teams some extra offensive firepower.
5) Alim McNeill (DL) - NC State Wolfpack
McNeill initially planned to sit out this weekend after declaring for the NFL Draft but is expected to suit up against Kentucky. He has been a key piece for a Wolfpack defense that is down to just three defensive starters for the Gator Bowl.
McNeill boasts an impressive resume as an interior defensive lineman with 77 career tackles, 17.5 for loss and 10 sacks throughout his career at NC State. He was a 247Sports freshman All-American in 2018 and has been nothing but consistent since.
One of the most memorable plays of McNeill’s career came this season against Virginia when he tipped an interception to himself and returned it for a touchdown. At 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds he can power through offensive lines and be disruptive. We should see McNeill selected on Day 2 or 3 of the NFL Draft.