The draft board of top NFL prospects from the Mid-American Conference. The conference has a number of draftable receivers from the senior class and a pair of underclassmen from the lines of scrimmage to keep an eye on.
|4-5||Jordan Williams||WR||Ball State||4Sr|
|6th||Kevin Mabon||WR||Ball State||4Jr|
|6-7||Willie Beavers||G||Western Michigan||5Sr|
|6-7||Tony Annese||S||Central Michigan||4Jr|
|FA||Trayion Durham||FB||Kent State||5Sr|
|FA||Chris Gallon||WR||Bowling Green||5Sr|
|FA||Tyree Holder||CB||Ball State||4Jr|
|FA||Ramadan Ahmeti||T||Central Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||James Knapke||QB||Bowling Green||4Jr|
|FA||Darius Conaway||CB||Ball State||4Jr|
|FA||Ronald Zamort||CB||Western Michigan||5Sr|
|FA||Brandon Greer||CB||Central Michigan||4Sr|
|FA||Jalen Schlachter||G||Ball State||5Sr|
|FA||Travis Greene||RB||Bowling Green||5Sr|
|FA||Horactio Banks||RB||Ball State||5Sr|
|FA||Pat O’Connor||DE||Eastern Michigan||4Sr|
|FA||Zach Colvin||DT||Bowling Green||5Sr|
From what I’m told linebacker Jatavis Brown was given free agent grades by scouts, in large part due to poor measurables. That said he’s an explosive linebacker who goes sideline to sideline. I could definitely see him making it at the next level as an 8th linebacker/special teams player.
Quarterback Kyle Pohl was also handed a low grade but I like his poise, QB intelligence and accuracy. He outplayed Christian Hackenberg during the first half of the Zips loss to Penn State last season. Arm strength is a question but Pohl’s intangibles are enticing.
Ball State has a pair of receivers that stand out. Senior Jordan Williams is considered a potential top 100 pick by some area scouts as he’s a big bodied receiver with a fluid style. I rate junior Kevin Mabon slightly lower that Jordan and though he does not have the size of his teammate, he’s a better pass catcher.
Let’s see (and hope) if receiver Chris Gallon can stay healthy this season. Gallon blew me away as a red-shirt freshman as he was a dominant pass catcher that could not be stopped. What eventually stopped Gallon the next two years were knee injuries as he’s played in just seven games since 2012. Gallon, who measures in the 6’ 4.5”/240lb range, could eventually move to tight end if he stays healthy.
Alonzo Russell is another receiver from the conference to watch. He entered his junior season with third round grades on my board and I was told Toledo coaches considered him a “leave early” player. But a disappointing season in 2014, in part due to injury, halted any thought of an early exit to the NFL. Russell can play and he’s got sneaky speed so the potential is there for a move up draft boards.
If there is a leave early player presently on Toledo’s roster its Trayvon Hester in my opinion. The junior is a powerful defensive lineman who flashes play making ability. I grade him as a 5th rounder but I always leave wiggle room and could see Hester move into the third round if he improves his game while remaining dominant.
Count Tajae Sharpe as still another draftable receiver from the MAC. Like many of the wide outs already mentioned, Sharpe is a possession receiver with a smooth style. There’s a lot to like about his game and Sharpe could land in the early part of day three next April.
Left tackle Tyrell Smith has the makings of a starter at the next level. He’s been a two year starter, possesses terrific pass protection skills and does a good job run blocking.
I was glad to hear scouts believe Willie Beavers could be drafted. If you search this site I’ve given Beavers late round grades since the end of his freshman year. He’s and explosive lineman who moves well on his feet. I feel Beavers has the necessary skill to line-up as a zone blocking guard.