Jaylen Samuels, FB, N.C. State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 223. Projected 40 Time: 4.75. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 1/13/18: Samuels totaled 76 receptions for 597 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. On the ground, he averaged 5.2 yards per carry for 403 yards and 12 touchdowns. Samuels accepted an invitation to participate in the Senior Bowl.
Samuels is a unique prospect for the next level. The senior is listed as a tight end, plays some H-back, takes carries out of the backfield, and also gets split out wide. In speaking with scouts, they like Samuels, and some think that his best fit would come as a third-down running back. They think he has really good hands, is a nice receiver, and could also run the rock in those situations. They think that Samuels could be tried as a fullback as well. Samuels is a good route-runner with subtle quickness and athleticism that makes him a mismatch weapon. Samuels could be a steal as a passing weapon on Day 2.
7/17/17: Samuels has been a productive player for the Wolfpack, but he needs to improve his lead blocking for the NFL. As a junior, Samuels snagged 55 receptions for 565 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 33 carries for 189 yards and six scores. In 2015, Samuels caught 65 passes for 597 yards and seven touchdowns. He also made 56 carries, averaging 6.6 yards per attempt, with 368 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.
Dimitri Flowers, FB, Oklahoma
Height: 6-2. Weight: 239. Projected 40 Time: 4.88. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 1/13/18: Flowers recorded 14 carries for 22 yards with four touchdowns as a runner in 2017. He had 26 receptions for 464 yards and five touchdowns, too. Flowers will participate in the Senior Bowl.
7/17/17: Flowers is thick lead blocker for the Sooners. He had a quality junior year with 115 yards on 22 carries and 200 yards on 11 receptions with four touchdowns. In 2015, he caught eight passes for 130 yards with four touchdowns. Flowers also plays on special teams, and that will be huge for his NFL hopes.
Ryan Nall, FB, Oregon State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 237. Projected 40 Time: 4.72. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 1/13/18: Nall was a power back for Oregon State the past two seasons and has a nose for the end zone. The junior averaged 4.9 yards per carry in 2017 for 810 yards with eight touchdowns. He caught 27 passes for 240 yards and two scores as well. In 2016, he averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 951 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had 22 receptions for 214 yards with two scores that season. Nall could be a functional fullback in the NFL.
Nick Bawden, FB, San Diego State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 245. Projected 40 Time: 4.75. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 1/13/18: It isn't easy for a fullback to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl, as the event only has a very limited number of them competing in Mobile. There are fullbacks all across college football striving to get one of those few spots at the Senior Bowl. One of the fullbacks who earned one of those elusive invitations year is Bawden. Bawden has the size to be a lead blocker in the NFL and is a good athlete, having played quarterback early in his collegiate career. Bawden caught 15 passes per season over the last two years, totaling 240 yards and a touchdown. He could work himself into being a third-day pick in the 2018 NFL Draft with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl.
Khalid Hill, FB, Michigan
Height: 6-2. Weight: 263. Projected 40 Time: 4.71. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 1/13/18: Hill recorded 17 carries for 34 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. He blocked well for Michigan, plus he had five receptions for 62 yards.
7/17/17: Hill had a nice junior season, contributing 16 receptions for 118 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 39 yards on 25 carries and 10 touchdowns as the Wolverines' goal-line back.
J.D. Moore, FB, LSU
Height: 6-4. Weight: 235. Projected 40 Time: 4.83. Projected Round (2018): 7-FA. 1/13/18: Moore totaled one carry for one yard and eight receptions for 69 yards in 2017. He missed seven games during the year.
7/17/17: Moore returned to the field in 2016 and did a nice job as a lead blocker. He also made 10 receptions for 58 yards. Moore was doing an excellent job of paving the way for Leonard Fournette in 2015 before an injury knocked Moore out for the season after six games.