1. Nic Scourton, EDGE (Purdue)
Everyone and their brother wanted Nic Scourton in the transfer portal. The Purdue edge rusher was one of the most productive defensive players in the Big Ten last season on a unit that was rebuilding, but led by a defensive-minded head coach in his first year.
All Scourton did as a sophomore was post 50 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, three pass breakups, and a forced fumble. It's safe to say that Ryan Walters is kicking himself for losing Scourton.
The top edge rusher in the transfer portal chose Texas A&M where he should come in and compete for starting snaps immediately. OK, I think starting is pretty much locked up, but he should have a major impact defensively that could lead to an All-SEC-type season.
It's tough to say that a guy who came in from a struggling Purdue team is going to have a huge impact on an SEC defense, but Scourton is not your ordinary player. He's a 6-foot-4, 280-pound monster who has dominated Big Ten opponents for the past two years to the tune of 72 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 12 tackles, and two forced fumbles.
I'm buying all the stock in Scourton who should be an NFL prospect after the 2024 season.