Archive for July, 2012

The first player selected from the Sun Belt Conference in the 2012 draft was Louisiana Lafayette cornerback Dwight Bentley who was tabbed by the Detroit Lions in round three.  The Rajin Cajuns are likely to once again have the first player from the conference selected in the 2013 draft.  Again a cornerback.  Again in round three….

Sun Belt Conferece

Rnd Full Name Pos School Yr # Comments
3rdMelvin WhiteCBLa-Lafayette5Sr22Nice sized cornerback that shows a lot of skill in his game. Offers terrific potential and could make a big move up draft boards with a good senior campaign.
5-6Michael DyerRBArkansas St3JrFormer Auburn back hoping to play this season.
7thQuanterus SmithDEWest Kentucky5Sr93Outstanding college pass rusher who is fast off the edge and can chase the action in pursuit.
FANexon DorvilusTEFla Atlantic4Sr9Developing tight end that shows skill in all areas.
FAJavone LawsonWRLa-Lafayette4Sr4Well sized tackle prospect that is effective as a position blocker. Must improve his overall strength. Comes with an upside.
FATaylor StockemerWRArkansas St5Sr2Big, slowish possession receiver with dependable hands.
FASamuel McRoyGFla Atlantic5Sr53Undersized college tackle likely to move to guard in the NFL. Shows great quickness, movement skills and very effective in motion. Potential zone blocking prospect.
FACory HenryOLBFlorida Atlantic3Jr31Athletic, three down linebacker with potential in a variety of defensive schemes.
FAJose CheeseboroughCBFla Int.4Jr27Explosive yet undersized defensive back with good ball skills.
FAJack DoyleTEWest Kentucky4Sr82Consistent and dependable tight end with minimal upside. Potential number three for the next level.
FAJosh JarboeWRArkansas St5Sr3
FAIsaiah NewsomeSLa-Monroe4Sr25Solid safety with a complete game yet physical limitations.
FATourek WilliamsDEFla Int.4Sr97Athletic yet undersized defensive end that gives great effort.
FADon JonesSArkansas St4Sr5Aggressive defensive back best facing the action in a zone system.
FACordian HagansDTLa-Lafayette5Sr93Former offensive tackle who transferred from LSU. Made the switch to defensive line last year and show flashes of ability.
FAJonathan CyprienSFlorida International4Sr25Physical defensive back best facing the action.
FACaylin HauptmannGFlorida International4Sr71Thick, college left tackle that stand out in pass protection. Likely to move inside to guard at the next level.
FABrynden TrawickSTroy5Sr10
FAWinston FraserOLBFla Int.5Sr34Small yet explosive linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline. Potential one-gap linebacker/special teams player.
FANathan HerroldILBArkansas St5Sr40Underrated linebacker that can play three downs.
FAJaron OdomGLa-Lafayette5Sr76Massive right tackle prospect that shows terrific agility and flexibility. Needs to fine-tune his game yet has good size and upside.
FARyan AplinQBArkansas St5Sr16Tough, smart and accurate passer with marginal physical skills.
FAAdam SmithGWest Kentucky5Sr76Massive lineman with the size and strength to engulf opponents. Not a great athlete yet has NFL type size.
FAWes JeffriesGWest Kentucky5Sr77
FAEvan RuizGLa-Lafayette5Sr70

Conference USA produced the 11th pick of last April’s draft when the Kansas City Chiefs selected defensive tackle Dontari Poe.  Marshall’s Vinny Curry was next as the Philadelphia Eagles drafted the pass rusher in round two.  History may repeat itself next April as Marshall will very likely have another player chosen in the draft’s second round.

C-USA Prospects

Rnd Full Name School Pos Yr Num Comments
2-3Aaron DobsonMarshallWR4Sr3Strong, sure handed pass catcher with the physical skills and football ability to develop into a second receiver at the next level.
5tD.J. HaydenHoustonCB4Sr2Quick, smart cornerback with potential as a nickel in the NFL.
6thJa’Gared DavisSMUOLB4Sr56Relatively athletic linebacker goes sideline to sideline and shows ability in space.
6thZach LineSMUFB4Sr48Single back ball carrier that crimes it out on the inside. Displays a lot of toughness and intelligence in his game yet has limited speed.
6-7Jamie CollinsSo MissOLB4Sr8Athletic linebacker that shows a lot of ability in pursuit.
6-7Darius JohnsonSMUWR4Sr3Underrated receiver with good pass catching skills and exceptional ability running after the catch.
FATaylor ReedSMUILB4Sr44Fiery run defender that makes a lot of plays in the box and up the field.
FAPhillip StewardHoustonOLB4Sr42Athletic three down linebacker that shows ability against the run and also effectively makes plays in space. Solid future prospect.
FAReggie TravisMemphisWR3So84
FAMargus HuntSMUDE5Sr92Well sized offensive lineman that flashes skill.
FAVance McDonaldRiceTE4Sr88Terrific pass catching tight end with limited physical skills. Could lineup as a move tight end in the NFL.
FAMarco NelsonTulsaS3Jr20Developing safety with good ball skills and the ability to make plays sideline to sideline.
FATravon VanMarshallRBrSo7Swift, elusive all carrier that creates his own yardage and shows skill as a pass catcher out of the backfield.
FATroy DavisCentral FlaOLB4Sr58Smallish college defensive end that will make the move to outside linebacker at the next level.
FATerry WilliamsEast CarolinaDT3So54Terrific young DT/NT prospect to keep an eye on.
FADexter McCoilTulsaS4Sr26King sized safety that displays solid ball skills between the numbers. Offers the size and growth potential to get consideration at outside linebacker.
FAJordan DavisEast CarolinaG4Jr78Potential zone blocking guard who must improve his strength.
FADominique SullivanSo MissWR3Jr18Big bodied pass catcher who watched his game take off last season. Potential fifth/possession receiver for the next level.
FAMichael BrooksEast CarolinaDT4Sr92Hard working, small area defensive tackle that shows terrific quickness and hustle.
FAChris BakerEast CarolinaOLB4Sr6Relatively athletic linebacker that makes plays up the field or moving in reverse on passing downs.
FALatavius MurrayCentral FlaRB5Sr28Change of pace runner best on the inside.
FABryan BurnhamTulsaWR4Sr88Big bodied, dependable receiver that offers potential on an NFL roster as a fifth wide out.
FANick ChartainMemphisG3Jr76
FAAntavious WilsonMarshallWR5Sr9Somewhat inconsistent pass catcher that flashes skill.
FAWillie CarterTulsaFB5Sr34Terrific pass catcher out of the backfield that will get looks as a West Coast fullback.
FAKorey WilliamsSo MissOLB6Sr42Underrated linebacker that can be used in a variety of positions and makes plays sideline to sideline. Displays good physical skills on tape yet shows questionable instincts at times.
FAMarcus RuckerMemphisWR5Sr18
FAJacolby AshworthHoustonT5Sr76Adequate pass blocking left tackle that must improve his playing strength.
FAQuentin PierceSo MissWR5Sr85Sure handed wide out coming off a disappointing season.
FAJason WeaverSo MissG5Sr52

The SEC placed nine players in the first round of last April’s draft, four alone coming from the Alabama program.  The number of top 32 picks in the 2013 draft will be down comparably for both the Crimson Tide and the conference,  yet there’s still plenty of next level talent in the league.  Missouri & Texas A&M added…


Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Notes
2-3James FranklinQB13JrUnderrated and athletic passer that beat opponents in a variety of ways. Lacks classic signal caller size yet has an good upside.
4thZaviar GoodenOLB255SrFierce, sideline to sideline linebacker who chases the action hard. Shows a lot of skill in his all-around game. Average linebacker size.
5thSheldon RichardsonDT344SrDeveloping defensive lineman with a nice upside. Can be used at a variety of positions up front. Poised for a big campaign.
6-7T.J. MoeWR284SrReliable, tough and resilient pass catcher best running underneath routes.
FAKip EdwardsCB15SrForceful cornerback best facing the action.

Texas A&M

Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Notes
2ndChristine MichaelRB334SrTough, between the tackles runner rarely brought down by a single defender. Shows the skills to be a feature runner at the next level.
2ndJake MatthewsT753JrTerrific right tackle prospect that combines good size, strength and fundamentals.
3rdLuke JoeckelT763JrSolid pass blocking left tackle who plays with good fundamentals. Also effective in motion.
4-5Damontre MooreOLB943Jr3-4 outside linebacker expected to line-up at defensive end this season. Outstanding pass rusher that shows a great degree of athleticism in his game.
6thJarvis HarrisonG513SoDeveloping lineman with a good upside. Possesses size, athleticism and strength.
6thSteven CampbellS24SrTall, athletic safety with a large upside. Effective outside the numbers making plays in coverage and forceful up the field defending the run.
6-7Sean PorterOLB104SrAthletic linebacker that plays with a great degree of explosion. Tough up the field defending the run and effective in space.
7thRyan SwopeWR254SrReliable and tough receiver best running underneath routes.
FAMichael LamotheTE194SrWell rounded tight end that can also be used at H-back.
FAUzoma NwachukwuWR74SrInconsistent pass catcher that needs a lot of work on his overall game.
FAPatrick LewisG614SrTough, small area blocker with a terrific lineman’s build.


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1-2Chance WarmackG655SrStrong offensive lineman that anchors in pass protection while opening holes for the running game. Possesses an NFL body and the potential to be dominant at the next level.
2ndJesse WilliamsDT544SrUnderrated defensive lineman with enormous potential. Athletic, explosive and powerful. Rough around the edges but poised for a big season.
3rdMichael WilliamsTE895SrKing sized tight end that looks like an offensive tackle on the field. Tremendous blocker that does an admirable job catching the ball.
3rdD.J. FlukerT764JrBig, strong right tackle prospect best in a small area.
3rdRobert LesterS375SrUnderrated safety with a complete game. Physical and effective against the run while also showing solid ball skills.
4thDeMarcus MillinerCB283JrFierce cornerback with a developing game that will get a chance to shine this season.
4thBarrett JonesT755SrFormer left tackle that will move to center this season. Minimally athletic but smart and a terrific position blocker.
4thA.J. McCarronQB104JrPoised, patient passer with a great feel for the position. Accurate and effectively leads the offense yet lacks great arm strength for the next level.
5thDamion SquareDE925SrWorkmanlike defensive lineman with a well-rounded game.
5-6C.J. MosleyOLB323JrExplosive weak side linebacker fast moving in every direction.
6thEddie LacyRB424JrStrong, straight line runner that will get a chance to carry the load this year.
6thNico JohnsonOLB354SrAgile, athletic linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline.
FAQuinton DialDE904Sr


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1-2Tyler WilsonQB84SrStrong armed passer that can make all the throws. Relatively accurate and powers the ball through the tight spots. Must develop his game and improve his defensive reads.
2-3Tenarius WrightOLB434JrQuick, explosive college defensive end with outstanding movement skills. Expected to line up at outside linebacker this season.
3rdByran JonesDT543JrExplosive interior lineman that occupies blockers and shows terrific power in his game. More of a straight-line defender.
3rdChris GraggTE805SrAthletic pass catching tight end that makes plays down the field.
3rdKnile DavisRBN4SrFast, explosive ball carrier with good size. Quick to top speed, yet more of a straight-line runner who missed the ’11 season with an ankle injury.
4thAlvin BaileyG674JrExplosive, strong blocker with good size as well as a large upside.
4thCobi HamiltonWR114SrMostly dependable receiver coming off a disappointing campaign. Offers possibilities as a third or fourth wide out at the next level yet must elevate his game.
4-5Dennis JohnsonRB335SrStrong, well sized ball carrier with a burst. Solid receiver out of the backfield that also helps out as a return specialist.
5-6Travis SwansonC644JrLarge, strong blocker on the pivot that stands out in pass protection. Fundamentally sound. Has a nice upside.
6thRobert ThomasDT983JrRelatively athletic interior lineman that flashes skills and has an upside.
6-7Jason PeacockT714SrCollege tackle that has enough skill to play guard in the NFL.
7thEric BennettS143JrDependable safety with a well-rounded game.
FARonnie WingoRB204SrStrong, downhill runner that carries the pile.


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
5-6Chade SladeG623SoDeveloping offensive lineman with good size and athleticism.
6thCorey LemonierDE553JrUndersized pass rusher with good athleticism and speed. Will likely make the move to outside linebacker in the NFL.
6-7John SullenG714SrStrong, tough small area blocker with good size.
7thNosa EguaeDE944JrAthletic defensive end with potential at a variety of positions upfront.
7-FAOnterio McCalebbRB234SrSmall, creative ball carrier that also stands out as a pass catcher. Potential rotational back at the next level.
FAJeffrey WhitakerDT543JrQuick, explosive interior lineman best in a straight line.
FAT’Sharvan BellCB225SrSolid cover corner with good ball skills.
FAEmory BlakeWR804Sr
FAPhilip LutzenkirchenTE434SrServiceable third tight end at the next level that does not stand out in any area.
FAChris DavisCB113JrTough, aggressive cornerback best facing the action.


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
2-3Chaz GreenT753SoTerrific young tackle prospect that stands out as a run blocker and in pass protection. Needs to improve his playing balance yet has a great upside.
4-5Shariff FloydDT733JrExplosive lineman that hustles around the field and plays through pain.
6thJonathan BosticILB14SrSwift, explosive linebacker that goes sideline to sideline. Undersized and best suited for a one gap system.
6thJonotthan HarrisonC724JrStrong, fundamentally sound blocker in the middle of the line that controls opponents.
6-7Jelani JenkinsOLB434JrQuick, explosive linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline. Shows questionable instincts at times yet has an upside.
FAJon HalapioG674JrNasty, explosive lineman always looking to finish plays. Offers potential in a variety of blocking schemes.
FALerentee McCrayOLB345SrAthletic linebacker effective in space. Does a good job in coverage. Potential backup/special teams player for the next level.
FAXavier NixonT734SrFundamentally sound tackle that shows a good degree of athleticism his game. Must get stronger, improve his playing balance as well as the details of his position.
FAJordan ReedTE114JrRelatively athletic tight end prospect with an undeveloped game.
FAJeremy BrownCB85SrSolid cornerback prospect with and upside. Looked good in 2010 yet missed last season with injury.


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1stJarvis JonesOLB294JrUltra talented linebacker developing a complete game. Fierce pass rusher out of a three-point stance or standing up over tackle and also a linebacker that shows skill in coverage as well as in pursuit.
2ndAbry JonesDE934SrUnderrated defensive lineman with potential in a variety of systems. Explosive, athletic and a three down defender.
2-3Sanders CommingsCB194SrSkilled cornerback with the ability to shutdown opponents and play in a variety of systems.
2-3Alexander OgletreeILB93JrDynamic three down defender with a complete game.
4thJohnathan JenkinsDT64SrLarge, wide bodied lineman that must start to do more than just take up room in the middle of the line. Has an upside and a JC transfer with limited big time college experience.  Will make a move up boards with a big campaign in ’12.
4-5Shawn WilliamsS364SrSolid safety effective against the run or covering the pass. Best between the numbers in a zone system.
5thTavarres KingWR125SrReliable pass catching target with average speed.
5thCornelius WashingtonDE835SrExplosive pass rusher that can be used in a three-point stance or stood up over tackle. Never progressed as we thought possible after a terrific freshman campaign.
5thGarrison SmithDE563JrDeveloping defensive end that’s a nice combination of athleticism and quickness.
5thBacarri RamboS185SrImposing looking safety that flashes skill yet for the most part is overrated by many.
6thAaron MurrayQB114JrTough, intelligent quarterback with a great feel for the position. Limited physical skills for the next level.
7-FAKwame GeathersDT994JrBig bodied athlete that must start to play to his level of ability.
FABranden SmithCB14SrSolid cornerback that flashes skill. Will have a chance to be an every down player this fall.
FAMike GilliardOLB354SrSmall yet explosive one gap linebacker prospect who makes plays sideline to sideline.
FAChris BurnetteG684JrDeveloping wide bodied guard that moves very well on his feet.
FAMarlon BrownWR154SrPhysically gifted receiver with a great upside yet a prospect that’s never met expectations.


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
5thLarry WarfordG674SrStrong, stout offensive guard with a good upside.
7thCartier RiceCB355SrTalented cornerback that can play in press or zone coverage.
FALaRod KingWR164SrNice sized wide out with limited quickness and speed.
FAMorgan NewtonQB124JrStrong armed passer that needs a lot of work on his game.
FACollins UkwuDE965SrRelatively athletic defensive end coming off an injury riddled season. Has size and strength limitations.
FAMatt SmithC695SrReliable college center with limited upside.


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1stBarkevious MingoOLB494JrPotentially dominant defensive prospect with a tremendous upside. Can be used in a variety of positions upfront and in a number of several defensive schemes. Has all the makings to grow into a franchise defensive player.
2ndTyrann MathieuCB73JrAthletic and explosive defensive back that’s also a game changing return specialist. Has size limitations and struggles making plays with his back to the ball. Good yet not elite in the secondary.
2ndSam MontgomeryOLB994JrFast, explosive defensive end that can also stand up over tackle. Terrific pass rusher that also shows skill pursuing the action from the back side.
2-3Eric ReidSN3JrHard hitting, run defending safety very effective between the numbers.
3rdChris FaulkT764JrBig, strong left tackle prospect who may be best on the right side.
4thRussell ShepardWR104SrDependable pass catcher that has shown homerun hitting speed in the past. Comes off an injury plagued Junior season and made the best choice returning to school.
5thBennie LoganDT934JrExplosive one gap defensive tackle that plays with a nonstop motor. Shows a little Glen Dorsey in his game.
5thAlex HurstT725SrSmart, fundamentally sound left tackle that may be best inside at guard. Slightly overrated to this point.
5thTharold SimonCB243JrTalented cornerback that flashes skill. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball and may be best backed off the line of scrimmage.
5thKevin MinterILB464JrTough run defending linebacker that also shows skill pursuing sideline to sideline.
5-6Spencer WareRB113JrTough between the tackles runner that is rarely brought down by the first defender. Solid cutting skills for a larger back.
6thJosh WillifordG744JrStrong, slug it out lineman best in a small area.
7thLavar EdwardsDE895SrRelatively athletic defensive end that also show skill standing up and playing in space. Coming off a slightly disappointing season and struggles to see extended playing time on the talented LSU defensive line.
FAJosh DownsDT774SrExplosive one gap/three technique tackle with size limitations.
FAP.J. LonerganC645SrServiceable center with limited upside.

Note: While many have written about or given high grades to LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, I could not, in good faith, give a grade to a signal caller that attempted 11 passes last season.  Hence he was purposely left off the board.


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
FACharles SawyerCB34JrVersatile defensive back that can be used in dime coverage or on special teams.
FAGerald RiversDE905SrRelatively athletic college defensive end that also shows skill when used in space.
FAMatt HallG755SrMassive college offensive guard that also offers potential at tackle. Strong, overwhelming at the point of attack yet a limited athlete only effective in a very small area. Left the ‘Ole Miss program in the spring.
FAWesley PendletonCB64SrPhysical, well sized cornerback with a solid game.

Mississippi State

Rnd Full NamePosNumYrComments
2-3Johnthan BanksCB134SrPotential number two cornerback with nice size. Lacks great quickness and speed but possesses solid ball skills.
5thJosh BoydDT974SrQuick interior lineman that struggles getting off blocks. Potential rotational lineman at the next level.
5thGabe JacksonG614JrLarge, mauling lineman that also displays ability in motion.
6thDillon DayC633SoExplosive, fundamentally sound center with a nice upside.
6thCameron LawrenceOLB104SrQuick, fast linebacker that lacks classic size yet is tough against the run and shows skill in pursuit.
6-7Corey BroomfieldCB255SrInstinctive cornerback best facing the action.
FADarius SlayCB474SrUndersized yet quick defensive back with possibilities in dime coverage.

South Carolina

RndFull NamePosNumYrComments
1stMarcus LattimoreRBN3JrStrong yet creative ball carrier with outstanding vision and instincts. Top running back prospect prior to his injury of last season.
2-3D.J. SwearingerS364SrUnderrated safety with a complete game. Tough run defender that also displays outstanding ball skills. Size and speed may be questioned.
3rdDevin TaylorDE985SrOne time highly rated defensive prospect coming off a disappointing season. Displays a variety of skill as a pass rusher, run defender as well as the ability to play in space. Could make a big move up draft boards if he gets his game back on track.
5thDeVonte HollomanS214SrWell sized safety that intimidates opponents over the middle the field. Best playing downhill and between the numbers.
FAAkeem AugusteCB35SrSpeedy defensive back that could be used in dime packages at the next level.
FAShaq WilsonILB544Sr
FAJustice CunninghamTE874SrAdequate prospect with possibilities as a third tight end in the NFL.
FAT.J. JohnsonC555SrHard-working yet stiff blocker in the middle of the field with limited upside.


RndFull NamePosNumYrComments
2ndTyler BrayQB83JrPhysically gifted quarterback that showed a lot of development in his game last season. Offers the possibility to grow into a franchise signal caller for the next level.
2-3Da’Rick RogersWR213JrTall, fluid game controlling receiver with a good degree of upside. Must complete his game and play to a high-level on every snap but offers potential as a number one receiver at the next level.
3rdDallas ThomasT715SrTerrific tackle prospect with solid footwork, agility and lateral range.
4thJustin HunterWR113JrBig play receiver who season was halted by injury three games into the 2011 campaign.
4thAlex BullardC784JrNotre Dame game transfer that shows the ability to control the middle of the field.
6thJawuan JamesT703JrStrong, developing right tackle prospect.


RndFull NamePosNumYrComments
FAArchibald BarnesOLB155SrUnderrated senior linebacker that shows good movement skills, athleticism and the ability to make plays sideline to sideline.
FAWalker MayDE904JrRelatively athletic college defensive end that can be used at outside linebacker or as a one gap end in the NFL.
FAJordan RodgersQB115SrEfficient, intelligent quarterback that lacks the physical skills for the next level.
FAZac StacyRB24SrTough, interior ball carrier best running downhill between the tackles.

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