The top 10 prospects to watch at the upcoming NFL draft.
The NHL draft begins Thursday in Philadelphia and will be followed by the MLB draft later this month.
Here are the prospects to keep an eye on during the coming weeks and months.1.
QB Connor Cook, Florida State: The 6-foot-3, 232-pound signal-caller is one of the best passers in the draft class and has impressed in his first year as the Seminoles quarterback.
Cook’s arm strength, speed and quick release off the snap have been on display.
His ability to throw the ball to receivers and to get off quick, accurate throws is impressive.
Cook has also displayed a strong arm-side pocket presence and can run the pocket.
Cook is a project, but he has the talent to be a top-10 pick in this draft.2.
OLB Shaq Lawson, Auburn: Lawson, who grew up in Alabama, is an intriguing prospect with outstanding size, speed, athleticism and balance.
He has a great arm, quick feet and a good sense of direction.
Lawson is a bit undersized at 6-1, 232 pounds, but is considered a good athlete.
Lawson has some issues with a high drop-off on his vertical jump, but those issues are minor.
He also needs to add some strength to his lower-body strength to improve his balance and his acceleration.3.
OT Jack Conklin, Wisconsin: The former Wisconsin quarterback is a natural fit for the Wisconsin offensive line, which is loaded at the position.
Conkman has outstanding strength and a tremendous motor that has allowed him to become one of college football’s best in recent years.
Conks impressive playmaking ability and ability to make plays on the field has led to a national championship in the past two years and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft class.4.
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU: The 5-foot, 186-pound running back is an elite prospect, and he is poised to take a big step forward in his second year in the NFL.
Fournett’s size and burst is a huge asset to an offense that has struggled to move the ball this season.
He can take advantage of mismatches in the backfield and will have the ability to win games in the passing game.5.
TE Corey Coleman, Florida: Coleman is a great athlete and has outstanding size for a tight end.
He’s a natural runner and will need to add strength to be more comfortable playing with a bigger body in the run game.6.
DE/OLB Noah Spence, Missouri: Spence is a long-armed player who is explosive off the edge.
He plays with a ton of speed and is a threat to make a tackle in space.
He is also a big body who can be a force on the edge and can make plays in pass coverage.
He will have to add more weight to his frame and become more physical to become more of an NFL linebacker.7.
QB Cody Kessler, Ohio State: Kessler is an electric prospect with some issues at the pocket, but that can be fixed with better footwork and better accuracy.
He looks to be an elite quarterback and will put up big numbers for the Buckeyes in the coming years.8.
WR Kevin Hogan, Notre Dame: Hogan is a very talented athlete who is a perfect fit for Notre Dame’s offense.
He could be a great playmaker for the Fighting Irish.9.
DT Michael Bennett, UCLA: Bennett is a prototypical defensive tackle and will allow the Bruins to move more inside the box.
Bennett has outstanding speed and has the speed to get to the quarterback quickly and is very athletic.10.
WR Kenny Clark, Washington: Clark has a good size and has terrific hands.
He projects as a playmaker with good speed.
He doesn’t have the size of some of the other receivers in this class, but Clark is a player who will make the team.11.
OT D.J. Humphries, Auburn.
Humphrie has good size for an offensive lineman, but needs to work on his feet and improve his footwork.12.
DE Dante Fowler, Florida.
Fowler’s ability to play inside and outside linebacker is impressive, and his pass-rushing ability could be very valuable for a team looking for a nose tackle.13.
LB Jordan Willis, LSU.
Willis has some of NFL-ready size for his position, but will need some more work on the technique and ball skills.14.
DE Justin Gilbert, LSU (Sophomore): Gilbert is a versatile player who has shown flashes of dominance at the line of scrimmage, but there is some question about his ability to contribute in the middle of the field.15.
DE Aaron Davis, Alabama (Redshirt): Davis is a good, athletic player who can play in the front four or even in the nickel package at Alabama.16.
OT Eric Fisher, Alabama.
Fisher has some nice potential as a pass blocker, but his lack of experience playing