Underclassmen Tracker: December 26

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Three ultra-productive skill players are headed for the draft, including two we’ve been reporting on for several weeks now, while a fourth is pondering his choices.  Here with the latest news including an update on unheralded offensive tackle Martinas Ranki, is the December 26th edition of our Underclassmen Tracker.

As initially posted on twitter just a short time ago, Louisiana Tech receiver Carlos Henderson will enter the draft.

Though overshadowed at times by teammate Trent Taylor, Henderson had some wow moments on film and proved himself to be a dominant receiver.  He amassed 82 receptions, 1535 yards and 19 TDs in 2016 besides averaging 32.2 yards on kick returns with two more scores.  If he runs well prior to the draft Henderson should slide into the draft’s second day.

Another ultra-productive receiver is considering the draft.

Anthony Miller of Memphis is going through the process of gathering information before making his final determination.  Miller finished the year with 95 receptions, 1434 yards and 14 TD’s.  He also doubled as the teams punt returner.

I continue to receive positive feedback on Martinas Rankin of Mississippi State.  I’m told he received a second round grade from the advisory committee and is weighing his next level options.  Rankin redshirted in 2015 after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast JC then took hold of the starting position this season.  Scouts love his athleticism and upside but are unsure of his offensive tackle measurables.

As first reported here on December 20th, Wyoming running back Brian Hill has officially entered the draft.  Hill finished the season with 1860 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.  He presently grades as a third round prospect on our board.

Additional reports are confirming what Draft Analyst first reported on December 12th; Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols is headed for the draft.  The junior posted 1663 rushing yards with 23 TD’s on the ground this season while adding 32 receptions for 450 yards as a pass catcher.

Opinions on McNichols are mixed.  While we presently grade him as a third round prospect some scouts believe he’s more of a fourth or fifth rounder.