ScherffRankings of 124 NFL prospects from the Big Ten conference based on the league configuration in 2013.  Prospects from the University of Maryland will be included in the ACC listing.

 

 

 

Illinois

There’s not much in the pipeline at Illinois as the program continues on the skids.

Jon Davis flashes much of what the NFL wants in today’s tight end; a big pass catcher who can get down the field and create mismatches. His play is sporadic and Davis needs to pull together a productive season for any chance of being drafted in 2015.

Indiana

The Hoosiers have the chance to pull some upsets and make a bowl this season if things fall their way. Otherwise they may be looking for a new coach at year’s end. The majority of next level talent resides on the offensive side of the ball.

Left tackle Jason Spriggs impresses on film. He’s a fundamentally sound pass blocker who makes great use of angles and body positioning to protect the edge. Spriggs is not the flashiest left tackle prospect but very dependable.

Quarterback Nate Sudfeld has next level size and arm strength but does not play in a pro-style offense and doesn’t project to a read option. That said Sudfeld has the tools necessary to play at the next level as a traditional drop back/pocket passer.

I like what I saw from Tevin Coleman on film and feel he comes with a large degree of upside. I’d like to see him move involved in the passing game but Coleman has a variety of next level skill.

Keep an eye on third year sophomore Ralph Green III. The defensive tackle showed a lot of ability last season and offers a good degree of upside potential. Presently graded as a free agent, Green will most definitely move up draft boards if he develops his game.

Iowa

As posted on twitter back in May, Brandon Scherff was graded as the top senior prospect in the nation by a number of scouts, though many in the scouting community challenge that ranking. I’ve been a fan of Scherff’s game since his sophomore season as he’s a complete tackle, efficient in all areas. Though I would not grade him as high as former Big Ten tackle Taylor Lewan, I do believe Scherff is a top twelve pick with immediate starting potential at the next level.

Carl Davis is very understated at defensive tackle. He plays hard on every down and is more athletic than he looks on film.

Iowa has a history of producing centers and interior offensive linemen who slip through the cracks then go on to have decent NFL careers. I believe this to be the case with Austin Blythe. He’s an efficient center in the Nick Mangold/Weston Richburg mold; a blocker who gets the most from his ability and does not make mental mistakes.

Michigan

I don’t know how I feel about the expected move from tight end to wide receiver by Devin Funchess. It will definitely help the Wolverines offense but will it help his draft stock? Funchess has established himself as a dominant pass catcher who makes the difficult reception down the field. His blocking is the question mark and though not terrible, it needs improving. Funchess has top 12 potential if the measurables are in line.

Watching Frank Clark on film reminded me of former Wolverine first round pick Brandon Graham. Clark, like Graham, is explosive, intense and constantly forcing the action. He’s also undersized and scheme-specific as Graham was. Its not worked out for Graham in the NFL for reasons which can be debated. Regardless, count me as a believer in Clark as a one gap/Dwight Freeney type of defensive end.

The Wolverines have a history of big defensive tackles who peter out as they move towards their NFL careers. Hopefully that won’t be the case with Willie Henry as the redshirt sophomore shows the makings of a top flight prospect if he continues to improve and develop his game.

Count me as a fan of all three Michigan linebackers and I expect the trio to play in the NFL.

James Ross III reminds me of Dhani Jones as he’s slightly undersized but explosive and fearless. Ross has the potential to develop into a three down defender at the next level.

Jake Ryan is a tough, slug it out defender with good measurables. A good senior campaign could push him into the top 120 picks.

Desmond Morgan lacks those measurables but plays smart football and is constantly around the action making positive plays.

Michigan State

If there’s a team that’s going to beat Michigan State for the Big Ten title it’s be news to me.

Shilique Calhoun is the top pro-prospect and has been a good player two years running. He’s an undersized defensive end and natural pass rusher who can come out of a three point stance or stand up over tackle. More than an up the field defender, Calhoun is terrific in pursuit, running down ball handlers from behind.

Kurtis Drummond was graded as one of our top safety prospects entering the 2013 season and while I still like his game I witnessed coverage limitations during film study this summer. Drummond will fit in as a traditional centerfielder but I just don’t know if he’s the type of safety who can be used over a slot receiver.

Taiwan Jones
may be the hidden gem on defense. Scouts grade him as a middle round pick but the 6-foot, 2.5-inch/250lbs linebacker plays with speed, athleticism and solid instincts. He’s not a flashy linebacker but at the same time does not make mental mistakes. I’m told Jones will move to middle linebacker this season which will reduce his playmaking opportunities in the defense run by Michigan State. In the end I think he’ll be under-drafted next April.

The two underrated prospects on offense are running back Jeremy Langford and receiver Tony Lippett.

Langford is a nice sized back (210lbs) with good speed and deceptive quickness. He’s a multi-cut ball carrier with the ability to swing it around the perimeter.

Lippett is also sized well and a natural pass catcher with a fluid style. He does not present himself as a downfield threat rather a reliable underneath receiver.

Minnesota

The Gophers program is headed in the right direction and we can only hope head coach Jerry Kill is able to stay healthy and on the field. There are no first or second day picks for 2015 but a pair of guys to keep an eye on.

Junior Theiren Cockran is slightly undersized but a terrific pass rusher who does not get the credit he’s due. He offers next level quickness, movement skills and the ability to be used, at worse, as nickel pass rusher.

I’m really surprised running back David Cobb gets little to no love in the scouting community as many scouts feel he’s barely camp worthy. Watching Cobb on film one sees a big back (220lbs) with deceptive speed and quickness. Cobb hits the hole hard and is able to make defenders miss. I really like his game and feel he’s a legitimate sleeper at the running back position.

Nebraska

I’m surprised Nebraska has not done better in the Big Ten. I really thought they would beat up on the conference upon arrival but it never happened. Of course the question must be ask; what percentage of the blame falls on the shoulders of coach Bo Pellini?

Randy Gregory is hands down the top prospect on the roster, news to no one. He’s a dominant defender with outstanding size, athleticism as well as explosion and speed. Gregory needs to refine his game but the junior college transfer caught many by surprise last season and has a bright NFL future ahead of him.

Though I like Ameer Abdullah, I don’t grade him as high as scouts, many who feel he’s fringe first round material. Abdullah is a creative runner who beats defenders into the open field but at barely 5-feet, 8.5-inches and 200lbs, is he anything more than a situational runner at the next level?

Northwestern

Northwestern has a history of producing well rounded fullbacks and that’s exactly what I see in Dan Vitale. He can block, catch the ball out of the backfield and looks to have the makings of a goal line ball carrier.

I’m hoping Venric Mark stays healthy this season as he looks like a terrific third down back for the next level. Mark is incredibly elusive handling the ball, shows skill as a pass catcher and should be able to return punts. Factor in the ability to throw the option pass on occasion and I think he’s a legitimate late round pick.

Though I think Ibraheim Campbell is a solid college safety he’s being overrated by many. The senior comes with poor size/speed numbers and a one-dimensional game.

Ohio State

Two juniors lead the list for the Buckeyes on my board, which should come as no surprise since top Ohio State prospects rarely play through their senior season.

Noah Spence is a long, athletic pass rusher who primarily comes out of a three point stance but also looks good off the line of scrimmage playing in space. He’ll miss the first two games this season with suspension but has tremendous upside and could develop into a first round pick.

Taylor Decker was one of the better blockers on a Buckeye line that was stacked last season. The athletic right tackle moves to the left side this year and could make a mad dash up draft boards with a big campaign.

I must say I’m really down on Braxton Miller as he showed me little in the way of development as a passer last year. He’s still more athlete than quarterback, more thrower than passer. Considering the ability he showed as a sophomore in 2012 and the reports from August camp last year its disappointing.

Penn State

Donovan Smith blew me away in 2012 but I did not think he improved all that much last year. Smith is a big, fluid blocker with upside but must start to put the pedal to the metal.

Kyle Carter has the makings of a big time prospect at tight end. He has nice size and the ability to get down the field and make the reception.

Purdue

Akeem Hunt measures just over 5-feet, 8-inches and weighs in the mid-180’s which could leave him on the outside looking in next April. Yet the diminutive ball carrier is a gamer who produces in a variety of ways. Hunt is a legitimate pass catching threat out of the backfield and comes with game breaking speed. Presently I feel he’s worth the roll of the dice in the last round.

Gabe Holmes return to the field is something to watch. The tight end was given a draftable grade by a number of scouts prior to the 2013 season, but was shelved for the year after suffering a dislocated wrist.

Wisconsin

Melvin Gordon ranks head and shoulders above all other Badger prospects. He’s a tremendous combination of size, strength and explosion. Scouts love Gordon and his next level potential. I really want to see how he responds now that James White has graduated to the NFL; if he plays with the same abandon and how he responds being the sole back.

There’s a bit of buzz in scouting circles around tight end Samuel Arneson, graded as a late rounder. Arneson is sized well and times faster in the forty than he plays. Arneson has a chance to prove his next level worth with Jacob Pedersen, last years starter, now in camp with the Atlanta Falcons

Rnd Full Name School Pos Yr

1st

Brandon Scherff

Iowa
T
5Sr

1st

Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin
RB
4Jr

1st

Randy Gregory

Nebraska
DE
4Jr

1st

Devin Funchess

Michigan
TE
3Jr

1st

Shilique Calhoun

Michigan State
DE
4Jr

1-2

Noah Spence

Ohio State
DE
3Jr

2nd

Taylor Decker

Ohio State
T
3Jr

2-3

Benjamin Bennett

Ohio State
DT
4Sr

2-3

Frank Clark

Michigan
DE
4Sr

3rd

Donovan Smith

Penn State
T
4Jr

3rd

Kurtis Drummond

Michigan State
S
5Sr

3rd

Taiwan Jones

Michigan State

OLB

4Sr

3rd

Jason Spriggs

Indiana
T
3Jr

3rd

Carl Davis

Iowa
DT
5Sr

3-4

Jeremy Langford

Michigan State
RB
5Sr

4th

Vince Biegel

Wisconsin

OLB

3So

4th

Nate Sudfeld

Indiana
QB
3Jr

4th

Ameer Abdullah

Nebraska
RB
4Sr

4th

Kyle Carter

Penn State
TE
4Jr

4-5

Jake Ryan

Michigan

OLB

5Sr

4-5

Braxton Miller

Ohio State
QB
4Sr

5th

Willie Henry

Michigan
DT
3So

5th

Jeff Heuerman

Ohio State
TE
4Sr

5th

Theiren Cockran

Minnesota
DE
4Jr

5th

James Ross III

Michigan

OLB

3Jr

5th

Tevin Coleman

Indiana
RB
3Jr

5th

Tony Lippett

Michigan State
WR
5Sr

5th

Blake Countess

Michigan
CB
4Jr

5th

Josh Campion

Minnesota
G
4Jr

5-6

Devin Smith

Ohio State
WR
4Sr

6th

Austin Blythe

Iowa
C
4Jr

6th

David Santos

Nebraska

ILB

4Jr

6th

Doran Grant

Ohio State
CB
4Sr

6th

Michael Caputo

Wisconsin
S
4Jr

6th

Jordan Walsh

Iowa
G
4Jr

6th

Michael Hunter

Indiana
CB
4Jr

6th

Dan Vitale

Northwestern
FB
3Jr

6-7

Erik Magnuson

Michigan
G
3So

6-7

Kyle Kalis

Michigan
G
3So

6-7

Trevon Pendleton

Michigan State
FB
5Sr

7th

Desmond Morgan

Michigan

ILB

4Sr

7th

Venric Mark

Northwestern
RB
5Sr

7th

Kenny Bell

Nebraska
WR
5Sr

7th

Jordan Lucas

Penn State
CB
3Jr

7th

Samuel Arneson

Wisconsin
TE
4Sr

7th

Akeem Hunt

Purdue
RB
4Sr

7-FA

Ryan Russell

Purdue
DE
5Sr
FA
Mark Weisman

Iowa
FB
5Sr
FA
Ibraheim Campbell

Northwestern
S
5Sr
FA
Robert Kugler

Purdue
C
4Jr
FA
Caleb Bak

Minnesota
G
5Sr
FA
Rob Havenstein

Wisconsin
T
5Sr
FA
Louis Trinca-Pasat

Iowa
DT
5Sr
FA
Jesse James

Penn State
TE
3Jr
FA
David Cobb

Minnesota
RB
5Sr
FA
Adrian Amos

Penn State
CB
4Sr
FA
Miles Dieffenbach

Penn State
G
5Sr
FA
Graham Glasgow

Michigan
C
4Jr
FA
Adolphus Washington

Ohio State
DE
3Jr
FA
Dallas Lewallen

Wisconsin
C
5Sr
FA
Raymon Taylor

Michigan
CB
4Sr
FA
C.J. Olaniyan

Penn State
DE
5Sr
FA
Kyle Costigan

Wisconsin
G
5Sr
FA
Sojourn Shelton

Wisconsin
CB
4Jr
FA
Tony Jones

Northwestern
WR
5Sr
FA
Devin Gardner

Michigan
QB
5Sr
FA
Shane Wynn

Indiana
WR
4Sr
FA
Evan Spencer

Ohio State
WR
4Sr
FA
Christian Jones

Northwestern
WR
4Sr
FA
Donnell Kirkwood

Minnesota
RB
5Sr
FA
Alex Lewis

Nebraska
G
4Sr
FA
Bobby Richardson

Indiana
DT
4Sr
FA
Curtis Grant

Ohio State

ILB

4Sr
FA
Joel Stave

Wisconsin
QB
4Jr
FA
Corey Cooper

Nebraska
SS
5Sr
FA
Bill Belton

Penn State
RB
4Sr
FA
Traveon Henry

Northwestern
S
3Jr
FA
Ralph Green III

Indiana
DT
3So
FA
Aaron Burbridge

Michigan State
WR
3Jr
FA
Chi Chic Ariguzo

Northwestern

OLB

5Sr
FA
Chance Carter

Northwestern
DT
5Sr
FA
Warren Herring

Wisconsin
DT
5Sr
FA
Andrew Donnal

Iowa
G
5Sr
FA
Jordan Fredrick

Wisconsin
WR
4Jr
FA
Josh Ferguson

Illinois
RB
4Jr
FA
Timothy Bennett

Indiana
CB
4Sr
FA
Ben Lauer

Minnesota
T
3So
FA
Peyton Eckert

Indiana
T
4Sr
FA
Nick Vannett

Ohio State
TE
4Jr
FA
Trae Waynes

Michigan State
CB
4Jr
FA
Justin Sinz

Purdue
TE
5Sr
FA
Nick VanHoose

Northwestern
CB
4Jr
FA
Mike Sadler

Michigan State
P
5Sr
FA
Jamal Turner

Nebraska
WR
4Sr
FA
Mike Hull

Penn State

OLB

5Sr
FA
Robert Ndondo-Lay

Minnesota
DE
4Jr
FA
Donovonn Young

Illinois
RB
4Sr
FA
John Lowdermilk

Iowa
S
4Sr
FA
Konrad Zagzebski

Wisconsin
DE
5Sr
FA
Jake Rudock

Iowa
QB
4Jr
FA
Zachary Zwinak

Penn State
FB
5Sr
FA
Mason Monheim

Illinois

ILB

3Jr
FA
Gabe Holmes

Purdue
TE
5Sr
FA
Jon Davis

Illinois
TE
4Sr
FA
Derek Landisch

Wisconsin

ILB

4Sr
FA
David Cooper

Indiana

OLB

5Sr
FA
Trevor Siemian

Northwestern
QB
5Sr
FA
Mark Murphy

Indiana
S
4Sr
FA
Quinton Alston

Iowa

OLB

4Sr
FA
Marcus Rush

Michigan State
DE
5Sr
FA
Joel Hale

Ohio State
DT
4Sr
FA
Derek Watt

Wisconsin
FB
5Sr
FA
Kevonte Martin-Manley

Iowa
WR
5Sr
FA
Brandon Vitabile

Northwestern
C
5Sr
FA
Taylor Richards

Purdue
S
4Sr
FA
Brennen Beyer

Michigan
DE
4Sr
FA
Jalani Phillips

Purdue
DE
4Sr
FA
Travis Jackson

Michigan State
C
5Sr
FA
Keith Mumphery

Michigan State
WR
5Sr
FA
Earnest Thomas

Illinois
S
5Sr
FA
Simon Cvijanovic

Illinois
T
5Sr
FA
Collin Rahrig

Indiana
C
5Sr
FA
Andrew Gleichert

Michigan State
TE
5Sr
FA
Landon Feichter

Purdue
S
4Sr
FA
Raymond Hamilton

Iowa
TE
4Sr
FA
Justin Duvernois

Illinois
P
4Sr

ParkerSixty-four rated prospects from the American Athletic Conference based on the 2013 league configuration (making film work much easier).  Teams will be shuffled to their new conferences moving forward.

Central Florida

Expect a hard fall on draft boards from UCF compared to last April’s showing. Receiver Breshad Perriman is the team’s top prospect and while some rate the junior as a middle round choice, I want to see how he responds with Blake Bortles no longer throwing him the ball.

Cincinnati

I don’t see a single draftable senior on the Bearcats roster at present time. I was very high on Eric Lefeld entering the 2013 campaign but the left tackle struggled last season displaying limited agility and athleticism. In my opinion Lefeld lacks the foot quickness and size to protect the blind side and is better off inside at guard at the next level.

I like the potential Silverberry Mouhon displayed on film. He’s an undersized college pass rusher with terrific lateral agility and quickness. A move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment will be a consideration at the next level.

Connecticut

The once proud Huskies program hopes to rebound from what’s been a miserable few seasons.

Cornerback Byron Jones has been stamped as a 4th/5th rounder on my board but could potentially make a Dwayne Gratz type move north with a big senior campaign.

While I like the pass catching skills of Geremy Davis his speed is a big concern. Not just the stopwatch speed but also the playing speed witnessed on film. In the end I think Davis fits in as a fifth receiver at the next level.

Houston

Junior receiver Deontay Greenberry, who I presently grade as a third rounder, has big time potential. He’s not very big but shows vertical speed on the field and reliable hands.

Entering the 2013 campaign defensive tackle Joey Mbu was someone I had high hopes for yet he showed little improvement on the field last season. He comes with average size/speed numbers and really doesn’t make enough plays on the ball.

Louisville

Louisville moves to the ACC this season and while the Cardinals won’t have three first round picks in 2015 as they did last April, there’s still plenty of next level talent.

Receiver DeVante Parker is a large, smooth pass catcher with dependable hands. He’s not field stretcher but a competent possession wide out who can line-up in a variety of offensive sets.

I like offensive lineman Jamon Brown and said as much last summer. Unlike scouts I believe he projects to guard at the next level rather than offensive tackle. This is based off Brown’s size, body type and style.

While Brown gets most of the love in the scouting community I fully expect Louisville right tackle Ryan Mack to make a big move up draft boards. The junior offers terrific size, run blocking skill and underrated athleticism.

Senior defensive lineman Lorenzo Mauldin is the sleeper here. The athletic defender is a terrific pass rusher who moves well in every direction, rushing the passer or pursuing the action. I grade him as a 4th round prospect while scouts think he’s more later rounds. Don’t be surprised if big year pushes Mauldin into the top 120 selections.

Memphis

The outlook for Memphis is promising, the first time since the post Tommy West era. The team has three prospects on the cusp of being last round picks.

Al Bond is a college tackle with the size and athleticism to line up at guard in the NFL. He’s effective run blocking and in pass protection, showing skill on the line of scrimmage or blocking in motion.

Martin Ifedi is a terrific player constantly making plays behind the line of scrimmage (14.5 TFLs, 11.5 sacks last year). He has size/speed limitations and lacks the height most teams want in a pass rushing end. That said he has enough skill to make a roster as a third down specialist in both three and four man lines.

Cornerback Bobby McCain showed flashes of next level ability during what was an injury plagued 2013 season. He comes with average size/speed but solid ball skills and looks like a potential dime back/special teams player for the next level.

Rutgers

Rutgers begins its initial season of competition in the Big Ten Conference and it could be a difficult campaign. Rutgers did not have a player selected in the 2014 draft and a repeat performance next April is possible.

Kaleb Johnson, who contemplated entering last years draft, ranks as the top senior. Johnson received a late round grade from the advisory committee in January and now moves towards his senior season as a free agent. Many believe the move from left tackle to guard last season hurt Johnson. Yet measuring under 6-feet, 4-inches its unlikely any team will project Johnson to blindside tackle.

Tight end Tyler Kroft would get drafted if he leaves after the season. Kroft is a solid pass catcher with nice length yet a prospect who must improve in all areas.

South Florida

For the most past South Florida has a history of placing servicable prospects into the later rounds of the draft and this year is no different.

Andre Davis is an adequately sized receiver with reliable hands but limited deep speed. He’s a potential late round choice and number five receiver at the next level.

Michael McFarland is a big (6-feet, 5-inches/250lbs) tight end with better than average speed but poor production (28 career receptions in three seasons). He has an upside and is a bit of a sleeper but must pull it together as a senior.

Temple

The Owls were disappointing on the field and in war rooms last season, considering the talent on the lines of scrimmage.

Junior Tyler Matakevich is a high effort player and well rounded in all areas of the linebacker position. I like his ability to play in several schemes and he could develop into a middle round pick if he continues to improve.

Cornerback Anthony Robey is a good football player with poor size/speed numbers. He’s the type of prospect who goes undrafted but makes a roster as a nickel back/special teams player.

I’m told Robby Anderson, who has NFL receiver skills but struggles in the classroom and with the playbook, is attending junior college in the state of Florida with the hopes of getting his grades up and resuming his college career, though not necessarily at Temple. Here’s hoping it works out for him.

Rankings

Rnd Full Name School Pos Yr

2-3

DeVante Parker

Louisville

WR

4Sr

2-3

Deontay Greenberry

Houston

WR

3Jr

3rd

Jamon Brown

Louisville

G

4Sr

4th

Lorenzo Mauldin

Louisville

OLB

4Sr

4th

Byron Jones

Connecticut

CB

5Sr

4-5

Ryan Mack

Louisville

T

4Jr

5th

Silverberry Mouhon

Cincinnati

DE

4Jr

5th

John Miller

Louisville

G

4Sr

5th

Breshad Perriman

Central Florida

WR

4Jr

5th

Tyler Kroft

Rutgers

TE

4Jr

6th

Keith Lumpkin

Rutgers

T

4Jr

6th

Tyler Matakevich

Temple

OLB

3Jr

6th

Jake Smith

Louisville

G

5Sr

6th

Gerald Christian

Louisville

TE

5Sr

6th

Ty-Meer Brown

Connecticut

S

5Sr

7th

Torrian Wilson

Central Florida

T

5Sr

7th

Geremy Davis

Connecticut

WR

5Sr

7th

Joey Mbu

Houston

DT

4Sr

7th

Al Bond

Memphis

G

5Sr

7-FA

Kaleb Johnson

Rutgers

G

4Sr

7-FA

Robby Anderson

x-Temple

WR

3Jr

7-FA

Andre Davis

South Florida

WR

4Sr

FA

Michael Dyer

Louisville

RB

5Sr

FA

Martin Ifedi

Memphis

DE

5Sr

FA

Eric Lefeld

Cincinnati

T

4Sr

FA

Rannell Hall

Central Florida

WR

4Sr

FA

Bobby McCain

Memphis

CB

4Sr

FA

Michael McFarland

South Florida

TE

5Sr

FA

Shakim Phillips

Connecticut

WR

5Sr

FA

Betim Bujari

Rutgers

C

5Sr

FA

Anthony Robey

Temple

CB

5Sr

FA

Reshard Cliett

South Florida

OLB

5Sr

FA

Darius Hamilton

Rutgers

DT

3Jr

FA

Jimmy Worton

Central Florida

WR

5Sr

FA

Stephon Sanders

SMU

OLB

4Sr

FA

Jefferson Ashiru

Connecticut

OLB

4Jr

FA

Derrick Mathews

Houston

OLB

4Sr

FA

Efrem Oliphant

Houston

OLB

5Sr

FA

Terrance Plummer

Central Florida

ILB

4Sr

FA

Lorenzo Waters

Rutgers

S

5Sr

FA

Charles Gaines

Louisville

CB

4Jr

FA

Ralph David Abernathy IV

Cincinnati

RB

4Sr

FA

Kevin Snyder

Rutgers

ILB

4Sr

FA

Parker Ehinger

Cincinnati

T

4Jr

FA

Jeff Luc

Cincinnati

ILB

5Sr

FA

Jalen Fitzpatrick

Temple

WR

4Sr

FA

Kenneth Harper

Temple

RB

4Sr

FA

Eli Rogers

Louisville

WR

4Sr

FA

Clayton Geathers

Central Florida

S

5Sr

FA

Der’rikk Thompson

SMU

WR

5Sr

FA

Alexander Mateas

Connecticut

C

5Sr

FA

Darrell Williams

South Florida

T

4Sr

FA

Terell Floyd

Louisville

CB

4Sr

FA

Cory Keebler

Cincinnati

T

5Sr

FA

Ryan Jackson

Houston

RB

3Jr

FA

Quinterrius Eatmon

South Florida

T

5Sr

FA

Adrian Witty

Cincinnati

CB

5Sr

FA

Michael Burton

Rutgers

FB

5Sr

FA

Bradley Harrah

Cincinnati

DE

5Sr

FA

Gary Nova

Rutgers

QB

4Sr

FA

Reggie Travis

Memphis?

WR

5Sr

FA

B.J. McBryde

Connecticut

DT

5Sr

FA

Shawn Moffitt

Central Florida

K

4Sr

FA

Marvin Kloss

South Florida

K

5Sr

 

 

GallonGrading the top 45 NFL Prospects from the Mid-American
Conference

 
Rnd Full Name Pos Yr School

4th

Chris Gallon

WR

4Jr

Bowling Green

4th

Alonzo Russell

WR

4Jr

Toledo

4-5

Titus Davis

WR

4Sr

Central Michigan

4-5

Gregory Mancz

G

5Sr

Toledo

5-6

Treyvon Hester

DT

3So

Toledo

7th

Kyle Pohl

QB

4Jr

Akron

FA

Johnior Sylvestre

OLB

4Sr

Toledo

FA

Willie Beavers

G

4Jr

Western Michigan

FA

Devin Bass

CB

4Jr

Ohio

FA

Dechane Durante

S

5Sr

Northern Illinois

FA

Kurt Laseak

OLB

3So

Ohio

FA

Antwan Crutcher

DT

4Sr

Ohio

FA

Trayion Durham

FB

4Sr

Kent State

FA

Darryl Lynch

ILB

5Sr

Bowling Green

FA

Adam Redden

S

4Sr

Buffalo

FA

Chris Humphrey

WR

4Sr

Kent State

FA

Bronson Hill

RB

4Sr

Eastern Michigan

FA

Justin Currie

S

4Sr

Western Michigan

FA

Leterrius Walton

DT

5Sr

Central Michigan

FA

Jahwan Edwards

RB

4Sr

Ball State

FA

Horactio Banks

RB

4Jr

Ball State

FA

Tyreese Russell

TE

4Sr

Eastern Michigan

FA

Dominique Bowers

RB

4Jr

x-Northern Illinois

FA

Nordly Capi

DE

5Sr

Akron

FA

Eric Patterson

CB

4Sr

Ball State

FA

Jawon Chisholm

RB

4Jr

Akron

FA

Zachary Colvin

DT

4Sr

Bowling Green

FA

Andre Davis

T

5Sr

Buffalo

FA

Luke Eakes

TE

5Sr

Northern Illinois

FA

Kevin Henry

T

5Sr

Central Michigan

FA

Chase Nelson

T

5Sr

Toledo

FA

Kendall Montgomery

DE

5Sr

Bowling Green

FA

Chris Calloway

S

4Sr

Ball State

FA

Casey Pierce

TE

5Sr

Kent State

FA

Gabriel Martin

OLB

5Sr

Bowling Green

FA

Justin March

OLB

4Sr

Akron

FA

Donald Celiscar

CB

4Sr

Western Michigan

FA

Chase Cochran

WR

5Sr

Ohio

FA

Kristjan Sokoli

DT

5Sr

Buffalo

FA

Tim Semisch

TE

5Sr

Northern Illinois

FA

Justin Cherocci

ILB

5Sr

Central Michigan

FA

Mwanza Wamulumba

DT

5Sr

Miami-Oh

FA

Jake Silas

T

5Sr

Buffalo

7th

Bobby McFadden

T

5Sr

Eastern Michigan

FA

Jeremiah Detmer

K

4Sr

Toledo

 

Notes

Akron

Its been a while since Akron had a player selected in the draft, six years to be exact. I don’t predict the school will have any player selected next year but keep an eye on junior signal caller Kyle Pohl. He’s a well sized passer with enough arm strength to play at the next level. Pohl needs to improve his pass placement and cut down on the number of picks he tosses but definitely has late round potential if he continues to progress.

Ball State

Scouts feel running back Jahwan Edwards has late round potential as he comes with terrific size/speed numbers and surprising quickness for a bigger back. And while I like his skills, Edwards is still a little to inconsistent for me to be graded as seventh round pick at this point.

Bowling Green

I’m really looking forward to the return of receiver Chris Gallon. The big, smooth possession receiver was knocked out midway through the middle part of 2013 with a knee injury. That’s not good news as Gallon displayed average speed before the knee issue but has the size and skill to get consideration as the third/fourth man on the depth chart if he gets his game back on track.

Central Michigan

Scouts think highly of receiver Titus Davis and off the film I’ve stamped him as a potential 4th round pick. Inside sources tell me some of his official measurables will fall short of NFL standards and could push him into the late part of the draft.

Eastern Michigan

Tyreese Russell has his moments on film and looks like a potential move tight end in the NFL. He lacks great size which means forty time will be critical moving towards the 2015 draft and to be honest Russell does not present himself as a vertical threat on film.

Northern Illinois

I was blown away after watching the freshman film of safety Dechane Durante during the summer of 2012 but his game has not progressed since. Durante played five games as a sophomore before being shelved with a broken ankle and while he showed flashes last season, he also had his share of mental lapses. The underlying skill is apparent but Durante must improve his consistency and stop blowing assignments.

Tight end Tim Semisch is someone who rarely registers a blip on the scouting radar. In fact he’s only occasionally on the field. Yet he comes with great size and flashes athleticism and dominant blocking skill. Keep Semisch in mind this season. He’s not a draft pick but a free agent who could be the third man on the tight end depth chart at the next level.

Ohio

The Bobcats offer a number of wait and see prospects starting with junior cornerback Devin Bass, who shows the ability to shutdown opponents. At times last season Bass played better than teammate Travis Carrie, the seventh round pick of the Oakland Raiders.

Toledo

Earlier last week I posted about the impressive talent on the Toledo roster. It starts with senior Gregory Mancz, a four year starter that’s lined up at right tackle, both guard spots and may see action at center this season . Mancz is tough as nails, smart and effective both on the line of scrimmage as well as blocking in motion. He comes with good height (6-feet/4.5-inches) and growth potential. I stamped him as a potential 4th/5th round pick but feel a good campaign in 2014 followed up by a solid showing in pre-draft workouts as well as All Star games could move Mancz into the initial 110 picks.

Junior receiver Alonzo Russell is someone who really stands out on film. He’s tall (6-foot/3+ inches) fluid and dependable. Though not a vertical threat, Russell is sneaky fast and stretches it deep on occasion. He’s a future top 100 prospect if he continues to progress.

Treyvon Hester lacks the great measurables yet the sophomore is easy to spot on film as he’s constantly behind the line of scrimmage disrupting the action. I’ll go on record saying he’s a potential three technique tackle and one to watch moving forward.

If there’s a Toledo senior who could make a surprising jump up draft boards this season its Johnior Sylvestre. The linebacker led Toledo in tackles last season and is expected to test through the roof in the lead up to the draft.

Western Michigan

The senior class of prospects at WMU is thin at best and for my money the best next level player is red-shirt junior Willie Beavers. Lining up at the left tackle spot, Beavers is a quick, nimble blocker effective on the move. He must improve his finishing strength but Beavers offers potential as a zone blocking guard in the NFL.

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