Northern Illinois has been the class of the Mid-American Conference in recent years and aim for a second BCS appearance. On the other hand Bowling Green returns to the post-season after several seasons of futility.
Chris Gallon*/WR/Bowling Green: BGSU has had a number of super-productive receivers meet oblivion in the NFL but Gallon is poised to break that streak. He’s a big-bodied wide out that dominates opponents and controls games. Unlike prior Bowling Green alumni at the receiver position, Gallon is not a product of the system rather a legitimate next level pass catcher. Unfortunately for Gallon, his season was ended seven games into the 2013 campaign by a knee injury. Just a redshirt junior, Gallon offers third round potential if he returns to full health and gets his game back on track. 3rd Round
Jimmie Ward/DB/Northern Illinois: Ward could be the most underrated defensive back in the nation. Smart with a versatile game, he moved to safety this season after spending his junior campaign at cornerback. His numbers include a team leading 77 tackles and 6 interceptions. Ward also added 8 pass break-ups to his tally this year. At 5-feet, 11-inches and 197-pounds with 4.6 speed, Ward lacks great measurables for the next level but fits in as a dime back/special teams player. 5th round
Dechane Durante*/S/Northern Illinois: Durante is another sleeper in the NIU secondary people should not dismiss. The athletic safety shows the ability to go sideline to sideline, making plays against the run and pass. His computer numbers are lacking yet like his teammate Durrante is a complete defensive back with versatility for the next level. 5th Round
Jerry Gates/DB/Bowling Green: Another secondary prospect that can line up at cornerback or safety, Boo Boo Gates has shown skill covering the pass and defending the run throughout his college career. Best between the numbers, he’s a zone defender who must make his mark on special teams. Free Agent