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ASU Football: Sun Devils eligible for the NFL Draft to watch this year

We take a look at which ASU players scouts are looking at as they observe practice.

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The new college football season is nearly here.

With that said, along with the scrutiny of fans and critics, players are now under the watch of NFL organizations almost daily.

During the second week of fall training camp alone, the Sun Devils have had scouts from the Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and Washington visit practice.

But who are they looking at exactly?

While the senior talent doesn’t boast the same type of recognizable name power as last year’s class did, there are still some intriguing prospects to keep a watch on throughout the 2016 campaign.

Redshirt seniors in their final year of eligibility

Tim White, WR/RET – 12 (5’11”, 185 lbs)

Edmond Boateng, DE – 97 (6’4”, 265 lbs)

Tramel Topps, DL – 92 (6’2”, 280 lbs)

Frederick Gammage, WR – 89 (5’11”, 185 lbs)

Kody Kohl, TE – 83 (6’3”, 235 lbs)

Stephon McCray, OL – 77 (6’3”, 314 lbs)

Salamo Fiso, LB – 58 (6’0”, 230 lbs)

Evan Goodman, OT – 57 (6’4”, 310 lbs)

Brandon Matthews, LB – 51 (6’0”, 216 lbs

Carlos Mendoza, LB – 43 (6’1”, 231 lbs)

Laiu Moeakiola, LB/S – 28 (6’1”, 215 lbs)

De’Chavon “Gump” Hayes, DB/RET/RB – 16 (5’11”, 190 lbs)

Eric Lauderdale, WR/CB – 14 (6’2”, 194 lbs)

Most Intriguing Names:

Tim White — White pushes Oregon’s Devon Allen and USC’s Adoree’ Jackson for most-athletic player in the Pac-12, if not the entire country. He quickly became ASU’s most dynamic playmaker last season, and if he improves fundamentally as a receiver in 2016 (most notably his hands), he’ll be almost a surefire selection on draft day.

Salamo Fiso — The inside linebacker was highly disruptive in 2015, racking up 20 tackles for loss. He’ll need to replicate that sort of production to prove his numbers aren’t solely a byproduct of scheme as opposed to skill set.

Evan Goodman — Sure, fans will find it near impossible to forget how he was torched against Myles Garrett in his first career start (for what it’s worth, most of the country struggled against him, too). But with experience, Goodman has seemingly grown more and more comfortable, and if he continues to develop, could become one of the better tackles in the conference.

True seniors entering their final year of eligibility

Daniel Groebner, WR – 88 (5’9”, 182 lbs)

Matthew Thompson, LB – 47 (5’11”, 200 lbs)

Ami Latu, NT – 41 (6’2”, 290 lbs)

Frederick Gammage, WR – 89 (5’11”, 185 lbs)

Matt Haack, P – 26 (6’1”, 199 lbs)

Zane Gonzalez, K – 5 (6’1”, 190 lbs)

Most Intriguing Names:

Ami Latu — JoJo Wicker and Tashon Smallwood will soak up the attention, but Latu’s role as the nose tackle is very important to the defense’s success. Latu can move very well for his size, and should his statistical production improve, he’ll be someone to keep a true eye on.

What about the other guys?

Yes, juniors and redshirt juniors are omitted from this list because there’s not many (if any) who would logically forgo their final year of eligibility. Running backs Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage are better suited by staying for their senior years so teams can have more tape of them.

The season could possibly bring some true excitement, but if it doesn’t, don’t expect many juniors to consider moving on to the NFL. However, this senior group has potential, so don’t be surprised if they contribute in a big way for ASU and parlay that into an NFL gig.