Scouting the Pac-12 - Stanford

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Stanford has had a lot of success on the field and in NFL war rooms the past eight years. That will continue next April, but expect a debate as to exactly where the team’s top prospect should be drafted.

Bryce Love shocked people when he bypassed the 2018 NFL Draft, and he now enters his senior season graded by league scouts as one of the top upperclassmen in the nation.

Love is a smallish ball carrier with home run-hitting speed and tremendous agility. He’s a patient back with great vision and tremendous cutting skills. Love quickly changes direction, makes defenders miss and can turn it on in a single step to leave defenders in the dust. He consistently beats defenders into the open field and runs to daylight, and he’s also a threat catching the ball out of the backfield.

My concern is the workload he’s experienced in college and the mileage racked up on his frame, which barely measures 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds.

By the end of the 2017 season, Bryce had accumulated 405 carries at the college level, including 263 totes last year. Even with the most conservative estimates, I’ll assume Love moves towards the 2019 NFL Draft with 550 carries under his belt -- a big number and something sure to be discussed in war rooms.

How early is smallish back with that type of workload selected in the draft? It’s going to be an interesting debate.

Junior Devery Hamilton has the ability to become the next big-time offensive line prospect from the Stanford program. Hamilton has good size, blocks with solid fundamentals and stands out in pass protection. He needs to get stronger and must develop a nasty streak but has upside.

One year ago, I graded Alijah Holder as a potential third-round pick entering the 2017 campaign, and he looked good during the first eight games of the season before being sidelined with a leg injury. It was the second year in a row he was lost to injury, as Holder was limited to four games in 2016.

Holder possesses outstanding size, next-level ball skills and good upside. The question is whether or not he’ll pass medical exams in the lead-up to the 2019 draft.

NFL Prospects from Stanford

Grade

Round

Full Name

Pos

Yr

#

4.04

1st

Bryce Love

RB

4Sr

20

3.54

4th

Devery Hamilton

T

3Jr

74

3.52

4th

Alijah Holder

CB

5Sr

13

3.48

5th

Joseph Alfieri

OLB

5Sr

32

3.37

6th

Bobby Okereke

ILB

5Sr

20

3.31

6th

Nate Herbig

G

3Jr

53

3.25

FA

K.J. Costello

QB

3So

11

2.98

FA

A.T. Hall

T

5Sr

75

2.89

FA

Trenton Irwin

WR

4Sr

2

2.81

FA

Brandon Fanaika

G

5Sr

71

2.79

FA

Jesse Burkett

C

5Sr

73

2.75

FA

JJ Arcega-Whiteside

WR

4Sr

19