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2015 NFL Draft: 5 Most Intriguing Offensive Prospects From Conference USA

Conference USA Offensive Draft Prospects

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Conference USA isn't full of NFL prospects. The league likely won't send any athletes to the green room for the NFL Draft. Despite the lack of elite talent, the conference does have several players capable of making an impact at the next level. Here are five players on the offensive side of the ball worth watching.

5. Jordan Taylor (WR-Rice)

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5. Jordan Taylor (WR-Rice)

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At 6-foot-5, Jordan Taylor is the primary target in the Rice passing game. Taylor began to receive attention after his performance against Texas A&M last year. He hauled in seven passes and caught a touchdown pass off a deflection. While his size is sure to impress scouts, a lack of speed makes it difficult for Taylor to create separation. Being drafted is a possibility, however, Taylor is more likely a priority free agent.

4. Rakeem Cato (QB-Marshall)

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4. Rakeem Cato (QB-Marshall)

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Marshall, not Oregon, led the FBS in plays per game in 2013. QB Rakeem Cato used the plethora of plays to compile 3,916 yards passing and 45 total touchdowns. Currently at 32 consecutive games with a TD pass, he can break Russell Wilson's record of 38 on Oct. 18 against Florida International. The stats may be impressive, but Cato does not have the size or mechanics to warrant anything other than a late pick. He may need to move to WR in the NFL.

3. Kenneth Dixon (RB-Louisiana Tech)

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3. Kenneth Dixon (RB-Louisiana Tech)

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Kenneth Dixon burst onto the scene as a freshman, rushing for 1,194 yards and freshman record 27 rushing touchdowns. As a sophomore last year, knee injuries took a toll on Dixon, costing him about four games. With backup RB Tevin King ready to take on a bigger role, Dixon may see his production slip yet again. Despite injury concerns, Dixon will likely find a role in the NFL as a third-down back due to his pass protection and receiving skills.

2. Cyril Lemon (RG-North Texas)

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2. Cyril Lemon (RG-North Texas)

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Cyril Lemon has been a stalwart on the Mean Green offensive line since arriving on campus. Lemon is the only player in college football to start every game since his freshman season and be named all-conference three times. Although he has experience at tackle, Lemon is best suited at guard in the NFL. Due to the level of play in C-USA, he will need to dominate his opponent every week. Games against Texas and Rice will provide his toughest tasks.

1. Taylor Heinicke (QB-Old Dominion)

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1. Taylor Heinicke (QB-Old Dominion)

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With Old Dominion completing the transition to the FBS, QB Taylor Heinicke will have an opportunity to face tougher competition. As a sophomore, Heinicke won the Walter Payton Award as the best player in the FCS. Last season, he threw for 4,022 yards and 33 touchdowns while completing 70 percent of his passes. Although his arm strength is average, Heinicke can be a reliable backup in the NFL. He compares well to Chiefs QB Chase Daniel.