2022 NFL Draft: The Best of the Rest of the Mountain West Prospects By School
Offensive guard Julio Garcia was probably one of the Mountain West’s more underappreciated players over the last several years, a primary reason why Charles Williams now owns the school’s all-time rushing record. His punishing aggressiveness and strength in run blocking is reflected in his 80.6 PFF grade, but he may not have the quick-twitch reactions needed (1.98 10-yard split) to keep up with faster athletes.
As for offensive tackle Clayton Bradley, he helped stabilize the Rebels’ line by making three starts at left tackle in 2020 and five more in 2021, but he also lost that starting role as last season progressed and has lots of work to do in order to keep up with NFL edge rushers.
Defensive tackle Kolo Uasike is a sturdy run defender who provided the Rebels a lot of size and a low center of gravity (5-11, 306 pounds). He was also remarkably consistent in his tenure with the team, posting a PFF overall grade between 71.3 and 76.4 in each of the last four seasons, and could earn an invite as someone capable of clogging running lanes with some surprising quickness (1.75 10-yard split).
Aaron Lewis is a cornerback prospect who held down the nickelback position for the last two seasons. He had a 38-inch vertical at the team’s pro day but it’ll be a battle to make a NFL roster at just 5-8 and 186 pounds while having run a 4.64 40 and he may be limited to slot corner duty if he sticks.
Linebacker Vic Viramontes arrived in Vegas with a bit of fanfare as a three-star juco recruit in 2019, but after making one start that year and five more in 2020, the 5-11, 237-pound prospect couldn’t hold on to a starting gig. One of the players who ultimately outpaced him, Kylan Wilborn, actually started three games at the end of 2021 at defensive tackle after transferring from Arizona but is probably maxed out athletically.