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5 Most Intriguing Offensive 2015 NFL Draft Prospects from AAC

American Athletic Conference Offensive Draft Prospects

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The American Athletic Conference has undergone many changes recently. This year, the AAC has added East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa, while losing Louisville and Rutgers. In 2014, Blake Bortles was the only player drafted in round one from a current AAC school; however there are several players to keep an eye on this year. Here are five players to watch on the offensive side of the ball.

5. Eric Lefeld (OT-Cincinnati)

Eric Lefeld
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5. Eric Lefeld (OT-Cincinnati)

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Left tackle Eric Lefeld was a unanimous all-conference selection in 2013 while anchoring the Cincinnati offensive line. Lefeld will be able to show off his run and pass blocking skills in the the Bearcats' pro-style offense. The knock on Lefeld has been his ability to slow down skilled pass rushers. In a conference lacking elite defensive ends, Lefeld will need a strong performance against Ohio State defensive ends Joey Bosa and Noah Spence.

4. Breshad Perriman (WR-Central Florida)

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4. Breshad Perriman (WR-Central Florida)

Breshad Perriman
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Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman has the genes to play in the NFL. His father, Brett, played 10 seasons at wide out. Breshad is quickly becoming one of the best big-play receivers in college football. He averaged over 20 yards per catch in 2013 as a favorite target of now Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback, Blake Bortles. The question on everyone's mind this year is whether or not Perriman can have similar success without Bortles.

3. Shane Carden (QB-East Carolina)

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3. Shane Carden (QB-East Carolina)

Shane Carden
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With East Carolina primarily lining up in a shotgun offense, scouts question whether or not Shane Carden can play under center in the NFL. In order for Carden to garner attention, he needs to surpass his 2013 totals (4,139 yards, 33 touchdowns) and impress against tough pass defenses such as South Carolina and Virginia Tech. If he can do that, Carden should have the opportunity to silence his critics and prove his worth at the combine.

2. Deontay Greenberry (WR-Houston)

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2. Deontay Greenberry (WR-Houston)

Deontay Greenberry
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While the slot receiver role is usually reserved for smaller receivers, such as Wes Welker and Julian Edelman, 6-foot-3 Deontay Greenberry may represent the next evolution of the position. The most impressive aspect of Greenberry's 2013 season, in which he caught 82 passes for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns, was the fact that Houston had a freshman quarterback. Similar numbers in 2014 should place Greenberry in the middle rounds of the draft.

1. Gunner Kiel (QB-Cincinnati)

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1. Gunner Kiel (QB-Cincinnati)

Gunner Kiel
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Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel is one of the biggest wildcards in the country. The former Notre Dame recruit was so highly regarded coming out of high school in 2012, that many scouts ranked him above Jameis Winston. Playing in the Bearcats' pro-style offense along with a schedule featuring 10 games against pass defenses ranked 87th or worse in 2013, Kiel should amass huge numbers. He could be a college football version of the one and done.