The Rutgers program is now at the point of being consistently competitive and must eventually take the next step and fight for a shot in a BCS game.  That probably won’t come until the 2011 season as their top players are true sophomores.  Still, the team has plenty of pro-prospects to keep an eye on this year.

The top senior prospects lie on the defensive side of the ball yet we rank junior guard Art Forst as the top draft eligible player moving towards next April.  Forst is a well sized position blocker who displays strength at the point of attack and the ability to hit a moving target.  He offers a decent upside and could be drafted earlier than we presently rank him.

Safety Joseph Lefeged is an adequately sized defensive back effective against the run and pass.  Effectively reading and diagnosing the action, he consistently puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball.

Jonathan Freeny is an explosive college pass rusher who possesses great first step quickness.  Fast off the edge, he also shows skill in backside pursuit.  Undersized at 238 pounds, he will get looks at outside linebacker.

utgers Pro-Prospects

RoundFull NamePosNumberYear
6-7Art ForstG773Jr
7-FAJonathan FreenyDE994Sr
7-FAJoseph LefegedS264Sr
FAAntonio LoweryOLB504Sr