The next level talent available in April from Conference USA is about to take a quantum leap in 2012 and looks solid for the foreseeable future.  Position players from both sides of the ball will fill the boards around league war rooms in the coming years.

C-USA

Round Full Name School Pos Yr # Comments
2nd Vinny Curry Marshall DE 5Sr 99 Explosive college defensive end that displays outstanding pass rushing skills and ability in pursuit. Quick and very sudden. Likely to transition to a3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. Very good football player.
2nd Kyle Padron SMU QB 3Jr 2 Accurate, quarterback with a big-time arm. Needs to fine-tune the details of his position yet could be a big-time prospect moving forward.
2-3 Kelvin Beachum Jr. SMU G 4Sr 70 Terrific pass blocking college left tackle that projects the guard in the NFL. Must improve his run blocking strength yet offers a lot of potential for the next level.
3rd Emanuel Davis East Carolina CB 5Sr 38 Nice sized cornerback with solid ball skills.
4-5 Kendrick Presley Southern Mississippi S 4Sr 26 terrific safety prospect with a complete game flying under radar screens. Physical and aggressive against the run while also displaying solid ball skills and the ability to get outside the numbers to make plays. Lacks classic size. Surprisingly has not registered in the scouting community.
4-5 Matt McCants UAB T 5Sr 71 Terrific pass blocking left tackle that offers size, footwork and the ability to slide out off the edge. Strong at the point and offers a lot of skills yet must develop a nasty attitude and work harder to finish blocks. Comes with and upside.
5th Cordarro Law Southern Mississippi OLB 5Sr 49 Undersized yet effective college defensive end that consistently and continually makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. Disruptive force also very effective in pursuit. Possesses poor measurable’s yet is a very good football player that can be a pass rush specialist in a 34 at the next level.
5th Jamie Collins Southern Mississippi OLB 3Jr 22 Outstanding athlete that looks imposing on the field and is developing a complete game. Comes with a large upside.
5-6 Austin Davis Southern Mississippi QB 5Sr 12 Solid college passer with a live arm. Offers potential as a second quarterback in the NFL.
6th Ja’Gared Davis SMU OLB 3Jr 56 Smallish 34 linebacker that displays a lot of speed, athleticism and ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage or in pass coverage.
6th Darius Nall UCF DE 5Sr 53 Small but explosive college defensive end that will likely transition to outside linebacker in the NFL. Explosive, fast up the field and tough to knock off his feet.
7th Case Keenum Houston QB 6Sr 7 Highly rated percentage passer that returns for his sixth year of college eligibility. Good prospect that must show no bumps on the road after missing the 2010 season.
7th Margus Hunt SMU DE 4Jr 92 Champion shot put and discus thrower with outstanding size as well as growth potential. Good athlete but must get stronger and learn the position yet a next level prospect that must be monitored.
7th Korey Williams Southern Mississippi OLB 5Sr 42 Underrated 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.
7-FA Damaris Johnson Tulsa WR 4Sr 3 Highly rated prospect that’s coming off a disappointing campaign.
FA Terence Edge UAB G 4Sr 55 Versatile lineman that can be used at tackle or guard. Fundamentally sound, strong at the point and gives effort. Some ability to block in motion.
FA Quentin Pierce Southern Mississippi WR 4Jr 85 Sure handed and reliable underneath receiver that comes away with the difficult reception.
FA Taylor Reed SMU ILB 3Jr 44 Fiery run defender that makes a lot of plays in the box and up the field.
FA Phillip Steward Houston OLB 3Jr 42 Athletic three down linebacker that shows ability against the run and also effectively makes plays in space. Solid future prospect.
FA Dominique Davis East Carolina QB 5Sr 4 Athletic passer with the ability to make all the throws. Puts zip on the outs and can get the ball through the tight spots yet needs to improve the details of his game and show better pass placement.
FA Adam Nissley UCF TE 5Sr 88 One dimensional blocking tight end that looks and plays like an offensive lineman. Moves towards the April draft as one of the premier blocking tight ends available.
FA Kelvin Bolden Southern Mississippi WR 4Sr 17 Speedy wideout that runs solid routes and shows the ability to make plays downfield. Must be more consistent in his game and start to do the little things well but has an upside.
FA Troy Davis UCF OLB 3Jr 58 Smallish college defensive end that will make the move to outside linebacker at the next level.
FA Ronnie Weaver UCF RB 5Sr 35 Hard charging ballcarrier that displays good vision, quickness and the ability to turn the corner. Lacks the size and strength to grind it out on the inside.
FA Patrick Edwards Houston WR 5Sr 83 Reliable pass catcher that runs terrific routes, consistently gets separation from defenders then immediately transitions from making the catch to running after the reception. Outstanding on underneath routes and could be a good slot/fifth receiver at the next level.
FA Ronnie Thornton Southern Mississippi OLB 5Sr 56 athletic linebacker that flashes skill yet needs to pick up at tempo of his game.
FA D’Angelo McCray Memphis DT 5Sr
FA Darryl Freeney East Carolina WR 5Sr 81 A receiver we loved off the 2009 film, Freeney sat on the sidelines with suspension last year but will return to the roster in 2011. Offers a lot of skill and next level potential.
FA Latavius Murray UCF RB 4Jr 28 Change of pace runner best on the inside.
FA Elliott Henigan UAB DT 4Sr 51 Hard-working defensive lineman that’s been used at both tackle and end. Not a great athlete yet competitive and intense.
FA A.J. Guyton UCF WR 5Sr 3
FA Ryan Tillman Marshall T 5Sr 73 Big bodied college left tackle with solid movement skills. Strong at the point and controls defenders once engaged in a block. Needs to improve the details of his position and get stronger in his lower body.
FA Tyron Carrier Houston WR 5Sr 35 Smallish yet quick pass catcher that does a nice job finding the clearing in the defense then making himself an available target for the quarterback.
FA Marcus McGraw Houston OLB 4Sr 55 Undersized linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline and shows ability in pursuit. Lack of size is a limiting factor but could make it as a backup one gap linebacker that helps out on special teams.
FA Patrick Shed UAB RB 4Sr 26 Small yet slippery and elusive ball handler that creates yardage. Terrific pass catcher out of the backfield. Third-down back/situational ball handler for the next level.
FA Lance Lewis East Carolina WR 4Sr 88 Adequately sized receiver that lacks speed and consistency.
FA Terrance Ballou UAB CB 4Sr 2 Speedy cornerback with marginal ball skills. Blows too many assignments.
FA Joe Banyard UTEP RB 5Sr 21 Well-built ball carrier who began his college career at TCU. Best in a straight line and really struggles when he must change direction.
FA Josh Linam UCF ILB 4Sr 50 Hard-working middle linebacker with limitations.
FA Taylor Thompson SMU DE 4Sr 8 Nice sized defensive end that gives effort yet has a lot of limitations.
FA Antwon Blake UTEP CB 4Sr 9 Aggressive cornerback best facing the action. Marginal ball skills and instincts. Possible zone cornerback.
FA C.J. Wood Marshall T 4Sr 75
FA Nick Pieschel UCF G 5Sr 77 Nice sized lineman that lacks strength and blocking balance.
FA J.T. Brooks SMU T 5Sr 79 Terrific pass protector effective blocking in motion.