Ben Tate, Running back. Tate helped his cause with fantastic numbers at the NFL Combine, proving to be one of the strongest running backs in the draft and also one of the fastest, not far behind Clemson’s C.J. Spiller, the consensus top back in the draft. Tate could go as high as the second round and should go in the first three rounds.
Walt McFadden, Cornerback. McFadden measured bigger than most people thought (5-10, 181) and has some speed (he ran a 4.39 40 at pro day), making him a likely mid-round pick. The Tigers have had a defensive backs selected in four of the last five drafts.
Antonio Coleman, Defensive end/Linebacker. A tweener, Coleman’s draft stock depends on how teams view him. Some see him as a speed pass rusher in a 4-3 scheme; others as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. But questions persist about the SEC sacks leader after so-so workouts. A one-time second-round pick might go in the later rounds instead.
Jake Ricks, Defensive tackle. Ricks had a rough pro day, tweaking a hamstring that prevented him from doing most drills. But some NFL scouting services see potential in the 6-foot-3, 291-pound tackle. He’s a longshot to get drafted but might go in the seventh round.