Scouting the AAC - South Florida

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The last time USF had a player selected inside the top 60 choices was 2010. In that draft they had two: first-round defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and safety Nate Allen, drafted a frame later. The eight-year streak of no USF player being a top-60 pick could be coming to an end.

We graded Greg Reaves as a fourth-round prospect after the 2016 season, and we saw major improvement in his game last season. Reaves is short but explosive and is effective out of a three-point stance or standing over tackle. He’s a terrific pass rusher with underrated power and an athletic prospect who easily gets out in space to make plays.

True measurables will factor heavily where Reaves is drafted, but I like his game and his upside.

Junior tight end Mitchell Wilcox seemingly has the measurables and comparable athleticism. Wilcox easily moves about the field and flashes brilliance but must put the pieces together and start to produce at a higher level. 

Marcus Norman, another junior, has excellent length, strength and upside from both a playing and growth perspective. He must improve the consistency of his hand usage, but he definitely has next-level potential.

NFL Prospects from USF

Grade

Round

Full Name

Pos

Year

#

3.75

2-3

Greg Reaves

OLB

4Jr

41

3.48

4-5

Mitchell Wilcox

TE

4Jr

89

3.44

5th

Marcus Norman

T

4Jr

77

3.33

6th

Darnell Salomon

WR

3Jr

3

3.33

6th

Tyre McCants

TE

5Sr

8

3.05

FA

Mazzi Wilkins

CB

5Sr

23

3.03

FA

Ronnie Hoggins

CB

4Sr

19

3.00

FA

Kevin Bronson

DT

5Sr

99

3.00

FA

Jaymon Thomas

S

5Sr

18

2.73

FA

Eric Mayes

T

4Sr

55