A pair of teams return to the post-season after a bit of a lay-off. Both Marshall and Maryland have placed players into the draft’s second round recently but its possible neither team has a player selected next May.
Jeremiah Johnson/CB/Maryland: Off the 2012 film Johnson graded as a potential third round pick but a foot injury limited him to just a pair of games this season. At the top of his game Johnson is an explosive cornerback with good speed and skill in man coverage. He’s expected to play against Marshall who line up two explosive receivers. If he gets back to full health and continues to progress he offers top 100 potential in the future. 3rd/5th Round
Cole Farrand/LB/Maryland: The junior linebacker is a smart, instinctive defender who relies on his head and hustle to make plays. Farrand is not a great athlete yet a leader on the field who does a terrific job quarterbacking the defense and staying away from mental mistakes. 7th Round
Tommy Shuler/WR/Marshall: Though slight of height under 5-feet, 7-inches, Shuler was impossible to stop this season. The junior lead the Marshall air attack with 97 receptions for 1097 receiving yards and consistently came up big during the games important moments. Size is a limiting factor though Shuler should flourish as a slot receiver in the NFL. 7th Round
Devon Smith/WR/Marshall: If Shuler is Marshall’s go to guy then Smith is the big play threat. The Penn State transfer combines sprinters speed with receiver skills to outrace opponents down the field. What he needs is more consistency but like his teammate, Smith nicely projects as a slot receiver in the NFL. 7th/FA Round