Northwestern- the little program that could and usually does. They always seem to hang around and make their way into a solid second tier bowl game. That may difficult for Northwestern after sustaining a few loses on offense, primarily their senior signal caller, but the roster does have a number of solid prospects on defense you must keep an eye on.
Quentin Davie is a nice sized linebacker who plays a strong game. Physical, he plays with a nasty attitude, aggressively takes on blocks and stacks well against the run. Davie remains disciplined with assignments and does a better than average job diagnosing the action. He’s not great in pursuit yet displays solid speed to the sidelines. We presently rank Davie as a sixth rounder yet would not be surprised if he makes a move into the fourth round by the time the season’s over.
Brian Peters is an king sized safety with terrific range in centerfield and a developing player effective in all aspects of the game. He needs more experience and polish but possesses a nice degree of upside.
Defensive tackle Corbin Bryant is a long, athletic lineman who seemingly has the skills to be used as a two gap end. He’s fluid, moves well on his feet and just needs to add bulk to his frame.
Junior offensive tackle Al Netter is a prospect that needs more playing time but has an upside. He moves relatively well and flashes skill as a pass protector and run blocker.
Doug Bartels is a lineman built low to the ground with good strength at the point. Explosive, he easily turns defenders from their angle of attack and shows the ability to finish blocks.
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