The DA Draft Buzz: December 13

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

This is the first of what we intend will be numerous articles featuring insider news and notes surrounding the 2017 NFL Draft. Up today -- the cornerback market is hot as are a pair of offensive linemen from the University of Pittsburgh.

The 2017 draft looks as though it's going to be a rich one at the cornerback position and there will be quality at the top as well as quantity through the rounds. Most teams I’ve spoken with have the same eight cornerbacks at the top of the board; Marlon Humphrey/Alabama, Desmond King/Iowa, Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado, Adoree' Jackson/USC, Sidney Jones/Washington, Cordrea Tankersley/Clemson, Kevin King/Washington and Jalen Tabor/Florida. All grade as top-45 selections and it's not out of the question they all land in Round 1.

Just about everyone has Marlon Humphrey as the top-rated cornerback on the board while some teams grade Desmond King at safety. Noteworthy is four of the eight cornerback prospects come from the Pac-12.

Another Pac-12 corner drawing rave reviews is Fabian Moreau of UCLA. While his grades are scattered, some teams have stamped Moreau as a second-day pick and feel a good combine workout, including a 40 times in the low 4.4s, will secure his position as a top-75 selection. Scouts estimated his 40 speed in the low 4.5s entering the season. Moreau is slated to play in the Shrine Game.

Alabama coaches have been telling sources that every underclassmen on the Tide roster who receives a first-round grade from the advisory committee will enter the draft.

Speaking of first round prospects, yesterday I mentioned defensive tackle Vita Vea is leaning towards staying in school. Since posting the story, league sources tell me if Vea enters the draft he’ll likely be the first Washington Huskie off the board and his name will be called during the top half of Round 1.

People I’ve spoken with are comparing Pittsburgh tackle Adam Bisnowaty to Ricky Wagner of the Baltimore Ravens. Most expect Bisnowaty to be selected earlier than Wagner, who was a fifth-round selection in 2013, but feel Bisnowaty doesn’t wow anyone on film and won’t test off the charts athletically. Subsequently he will be underdrafted much in the same manner Wagner was.

I continue to hear nothing but good things on Bisnowaty’s teammate Dorian Johnson. Most feel Johnson, who grades as our top offensive guard, is NFL-ready and will quickly break in with the starting unit on Sundays.

Zach Banner of USC is drawing the opposite reaction. Entering the season with a second-day grade, scouts have since stamped Banner as a free agent off the 2016 film and it's understandable. While Banner flashes athleticism he’s shown little progress in his game and has yet to prove he’s anything other than a big-bodied blocker who gets by on natural ability.

Two sleeper linebackers scouts have taken a liking to are Tre'Von Johnson of Weber State and Canadian Jordan Herdman of Simon Fraser. Johnson is participating in the NFLPA Game.