GallonThe 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.

 

RndFull NamePosSchoolYr
4-5Jordan WilliamsWRBall State4Sr
5thTreyvon HesterDTToledo4Jr
5thAlonzo RussellWRToledo5Sr
6thTajae SharpeWRUMass4Sr
6thKevin MabonWRBall State4Jr
6-7Willie BeaversGWestern Michigan5Sr
6-7Tony AnneseSCentral Michigan4Jr
7thBlake FrohnapfelQBUMass5Sr
7thTyrell SmithTUMass4Jr
FAJatavis BrownOLBAkron4Sr
FATroy WatsonTOhio4Jr
FARodney MillsFBUMass4Sr
FATrayion DurhamFBKent State5Sr
FAChris GallonWRBowling Green5Sr
FAJohn KlingTBuffalo4Jr
FAKyle PohlQBAkron5Sr
FAJovan Santos-KnoxILBUMass4Sr
FATyree HolderCBBall State4Jr
FAIan WellsCBOhio5Sr
FABryson AlbrightDEMiami-Oh4Sr
FAKhary Baily-SmithSUMass3Jr
FARamadan AhmetiTCentral Michigan5Sr
FAKurt LaseakOLBOhio4Jr
FADevin BassCBOhio5Sr
FAJames KnapkeQBBowling Green4Jr
FADarius ConawayCBBall State4Jr
FARonald ZamortCBWestern Michigan5Sr
FARandall JetteCBUMass5Sr
FABrandon GreerCBCentral Michigan4Sr
FAChaz WhittakerSToledo4Sr
FAJalen SchlachterGBall State5Sr
FATravis GreeneRBBowling Green5Sr
FAHoractio BanksRBBall State5Sr
FAPat O’ConnorDEEastern Michigan4Sr
FARodney CoeDTAkron5Sr
FAZach ColvinDTBowling Green5Sr

Notes

Akron

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

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.

Bowling Green

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.

Toledo

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.

UMass

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.

Western Michigan

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.