SaxtonThe Sun Belt is set to undergo numerous changes this season as Western Kentucky departs and four separate programs, including a pair of former IAA teams, enter the league. Here are the top 35 NFL prospects based on the 2013 league configuration plus this year’s add-ons.

 

 

 

 

Arkansas State usually find a way to place a prospect into the later rounds of the draft but I don’t think that’s going to happen next April. I like both underclassmen pass catchers, tight end Darrion Griswold and receiver J.D. McKissic and feel they could develop into late rounders in 2016 if they step up their play.

Georgia Southern makes the jump to IA/BCS play and once again they offer a senior defensive back. The measurables for cornerback Valdon Cooper are below par but he’s a solid player with next level ball skills. His performance in the victory over Florida was impressive, made more so by the fact teammate Lavelle Westbrooks, now with the Cincinnati Bengals, did not play. At present time it would be a reach for Cooper to be a late round selection but I could envision him as a dime back/special teams player in the NFL twelve months from now.

Two of the highest rated prospects on this board come from Southern Alabama. Considering Western Kentucky will be playing in Conference USA this season the pair would now rank as the top two prospects from the Sun Belt.

Several scouts stamped tight end Wes Saxton with a late round grade. He definitely has the size/speed numbers to play at the next level and looks athletic on film. Yet Saxton is also rough around the edges, showing little impact as a blocker and dropping a number of easy passes thrown in his direction. The senior comes with a large degree of upside as a potential move tight end for the next level but needs a good amount of polish on his game.

Melvin Meggs, who missed last season with a knee injury, really impressed me as a sophomore in 2012. He’s a mobile left tackle who I feel will move to guard at the next level. Obviously Meggs is a question mark after missing the entire ’13 campaign but is someone to keep on the radar.

As previously mentioned WKU moves to Conference USA this season. With that said I like the ball skills of Cam Thomas and he ranks as the top defensive back from the program since Jospeh Jefferson. I’m told by sources Thomas, who grades as a solid last day pick, gets the rap of being a little soft in his approach, which won’t sit well with next level decision makers.

Rnd Full Name School Pos Yr

6th

Cam Thomas

Western Kentucky
CB
5Sr

7-FA

Wes Saxton

South Alabama
TE
4Sr
FA
Melvin Meggs

South Alabama
G
4Jr
FA
Cameron Clemmons

Western Kentucky
T
5Sr
FA
Jonathan Battle

Georgia Southern
DT
4Jr
FA
Kendall Lamm

Appalachian State
T
5Sr
FA
Isaiah Newsome

Louisiana-Monroe
S
5Sr
FA
Darrion Griswold

Arkansas State
TE
4Jr
FA
Bryan Holmes

Troy
WR
4Jr
FA
J.D. McKissic

Arkansas State
WR
4Jr
FA
Valdon Cooper

Georgia Southern
CB
4Sr
FA
Alonzo Harris

La-Lafayette
RB
4Sr
FA
Mykhael Quave

La-Lafayette
T
4Jr
FA
Justin Manton

Louisiana-Monroe
K
4Sr
FA
Corey Trim

La-Lafayette
CB
4Sr
FA
Daniel Quave

La-Lafayette
G
5Sr
FA
Terry Johnson

La-Lafayette
G
4Sr
FA
Terrence Jones

Troy
G
5Sr
FA
Tim Gorski

Western Kentucky
TE
4Jr
FA
Brandon Doughty

Western Kentucky
QB
5Sr
FA
Will Corbin

Appalachian State
G
5Sr
FA
Joseph Treadwell

Louisiana-Monroe
T
4Sr
FA
Willie McNeal

Western Kentucky
WR
5Sr
FA
Deuce Robinson

Appalachian State
DE
4Sr
FA
Jamal Robinson

La-Lafayette
WR
5Sr
FA
Charles Henry

Western Kentucky
TE
4Sr
FA
Craig Mager

Texas State
CB
5Sr
FA
Justin Hamilton

La-Lafayette
DE
4Sr
FA
Brandon Bridge

South Alabama
QB
5Sr
FA
Michael Orakpo

Texas State

ILB

5Sr
FA
Terrance Broadway

La-Lafayette
QB
5Sr
FA
Sterling Young

Arkansas State
S
5Sr
FA
Johnathon Forde

Idaho
DE
5Sr
FA
Qushaun Lee

Arkansas State

ILB

5Sr
FA
Valerian Ume-Ezeoke

New Mexico State
C
4Sr