2010 NFL Draft Small School Prospect Early Outlook

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    2010 NFL Draft Small School Prospect Early Outlook
    by Josh Buchanan on 05/05/09

    With the success of former small school standouts such as Jerry Rice, Walter Payton, Kurt Warner, Brian Westbrook, Dexter Coakley, Matt Birk, Jared Allen, Tim Hightower, Joe Flacco, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie NFL scouts are paying more and more attention to non FBS programs - and because of that you should too.

    With junior pro days winding down, here is a look some potential prospects that NFL scouts will be paying attention to in the 2010 draft class, sorted alphabetically by position:



    Trevor Harris, Edinboro PA- His production can't be overlooked as a three-time All-PSAC selection and two-time offensive player of the year, he passed for 2,780 yards, 26 touchdowns, and completed 65.9% of his passes as a junior. Harris must bulk up at just 6'2, 210 pounds but has the arm strength, accuracy, production, and intelligence to get serious looks in the postseason as long as he can get to the 220 range.

    Ryan Perrilloux, Jacksonville State- As perhaps the biggest name in this class his off field past and inconsistent play make him a priority free agent. His size (6'2, 223) and arm strength will certainly have the attention of scouts and flashes of his talent showed in his 19 touchdowns, 2,328 yards passing on his way to 2nd team All-OVC honors. He could move up boards with a productive senior season but his off field issues will still be a lot for NFL general managers to get over but could still be given a chance in the late rounds.

    John Skelton, Fordham- Skelton is a big, strong armed passer who can rifle it anywhere on the field. Scouts love his size (6'5, 245), arm, and upside but he must work on his accuracy, consistency, and footwork. He tossed 15 touchdowns and threw for over 2,400 yards as a junior but did not live up to the preseason hype by earning postseason awards. Keep tabs on Skelton has he could be another one to fly up draft boards with a productive and consistent senior year.

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on:

    Billy Cundiff, Ashland
    Bradley George, Texas State
    Matt Hudson, Wabash
    Bryant Lee, Southern
    Matt Nichols, Eastern Washington
    Curtis Pulley, Florida A&M
    Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross
    Noah Shepard, South Dakota
    Sebastian Trujillo, San Diego


    Joique Bell, Wayne State (MI)- Bell had two monster first seasons and then tapered off as a junior due to injuries. He has been named an All-American twice and is a three-time 1st team All-GLIAC selection. He rushed for 1,152 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior and has the size and speed to be a productive big back at the next level. Keep tabs on Bell as he could have a huge senior campaign.

    William Ford, South Carolina State- He lacks ideal size at 5'9, 188 but has good speed (4.4) and has been highly productive throughout his career. Ford was named the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year as a junior with 1,499 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 6.1 per carry. He will have to bulk up this year but will be given a harder look due to his ability on special teams as well. He averaged 25.9 yards per return on kickoffs in '06 and has returned at least one kickoff each of his three seasons with the Bulldogs.

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on:

    Ben Birmingham, Central Oklahoma
    David McCarty, Albany NY
    Tony Nelson, UMASS
    Toddrick Pendland, McNeese State


    Unlike last year there is really not much depth or top end talent in this group.

    Ben Stallings, Delta State- Stallings has adequate speed and runs very hard. His size (6' 1, 240) is intriguing as well. He is one of those knock you in the mouth and bloody your nose type kids and played with a broken hand for most of the year. While he won't be on the draft radar he is a player to keep tabs on as a potential free agent.

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on:

    Anthony Aiono, Missouri Southern State
    Will Croner, Howard
    Bobby McClintock, Portland State


    Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State (QB)- Edwards is known as the QB who beat Michigan but his size (5'11, 181), and speed (4.5E) will likely see a move to WR unless he can bulk up to the 195 range and then he is a possible prospect to run the new wildcat in the NFL. While he is a tweener, he has a stronger arm than expected and is quick, elusive, and fast. He has two national titles, a win over Michigan, and a Walter Payton Trophy and could be adding "NFL player" if he is willing to show his skills at receiver and be as versatile as possible, which is easy with his athletic ability. This will likely be one of the toughest tweener projections that scouts will have to make this year as Edwards would have been a reject in most years but his performance against top flight competition will have scouts taking the time to figure out where he belongs.

    Terrell Hudgins, Elon- Many times you find a h-back at TE but rarely do you find a potential h-back at wide receiver and that is exactly what Hudgins could be. His size (6'1 7/8, 229) and speed (4.7) have the makings of a move to h-back simply because he doesn�t have the height of a Brian Finneran type to stay at WR in the NFL. Increasing his speed will be key at Hudgins has ideal hands, route running, and is a big play threat for the Phoenix. The former East Carolina signee out of high school has been very productive but has to work on his release, change of direction, and quickness. Hudgins posted 1,116 yards and 10 touchdowns on 86 catches to earn Walter Camp All-America honors and 1st team All-SoCon plaudits for the third straight season. His senior year will be evaluated closely as his talent is too good to reject, however, like Armanti Edwards, will be a tougher to project at the next level. He is currently a marginal draft pick who is likely a priority free agent entering the season.

    Marc Mariani, Montana- Mariani (6', 181) runs in the sub 4.5 range and has the size to attract the attention of scouts. With his measurables and production (69 rec, 1,308 yards, 15 TDs) and ability in the return game, NFL teams will surely check out this explosive receiver. He is a true big play threat, averaging 19 yards per catch, and should be considered as a possible late round selection.

    Andre' Roberts, The Citadel- Roberts, a two-time All-American, has not only been dominant on the field but on the track as well as an All-SoCon selection in 2007 and 3rd place finisher in the 4x100m relay. He caught 95 balls for 1,334 yards and 14 touchdowns last year while having one of his best games against Clemson. His size (5'11, 190) is average but helped by the fact he is fast (4.45), quick, athletic, and a big play threat. He could be the first small school player taken next April.

    Pat Simonds, Colgate- Simonds has the ideal physical tools (6'5 3/8, 227) and uses his body well to shield defenders. He also has great hands and runs good routes. His speed does need work, reportedly 4.57, and will have to become more consistent as a blocker. His junior season was very impressive with 65 catches for 1,136 yards and 9 touchdowns. If he can drop .10 off his 40 time he could be a real sleeper to go in the mid rounds because of his physical tools and production alone. Simonds has a 36-inch vertical, 488 squat, and is the most physically ready player they have had for the NFL.

    Kelton Tindal, Newberry- Are you looking for the fastest man at the NFL Scouting Combine? Tindal could be the one as he reportedly ran in the 4.2-4.3 range, with clocks as low as 4.22, as his junior pro day while measuring in at 6'2, 189 pounds. He caught 39 passes for 745 yards and 6 touchdowns while rushing for two touchdowns as well. He needs to bulk up and is considered a pure linear threat at this point but has potential. Keep tabs on this name.

    Harry Von Kann, Kenyon College- Von Kann (6'2, 222, 4.65-4.70) lacks the speed that NFL teams usually look for, however, he has great size, blocks very well, is physical, and has outstanding hands. Due to his consistency as a blocker, outstanding hands, and route running he could be a sleeper to watch. If you can get some tape on Kann make sure to watch for his famous one handed grabs as the youngster constantly makes highlight reel type catches. He caught 64 balls for 847 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior on his way to 1st team All-NCAC honors.

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on. This group is interesting as Lockette, Thomas, and Thompson all run very well. Parker is a FBS transfer with tons of talent.

    Donald Jones, Youngstown State
    Ricardo Lockette, Fort Valley State
    Dexter Manley, Elizabeth City State
    Preston Parker, North Alabama
    Contravious Parks, Stephen F. Austin
    Bobby Sewall, Brown
    Roren Thomas, Tennessee Martin
    Marcel Thompson, Lindenwood (Mo.)


    Clay Harbor, Missouri State- Harbor (6'3, 241) will need to bulk up for the next level but is an adequate blocker and very good pass catcher shown by his production (two-time All-American). He earned 1st team All-Conference honors each of the last two years and despite playing banged up for several games as a junior. If he can stay healthy, improve his blocking, and bulk up � he will have a chance. Keep an eye on him.

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on

    Dan Beaudin, Montana
    Jonathan Hannah, Texas Southern
    AJ Jackson, California PA (WR)
    Nate Overbay, Eastern Washington
    Scott Sicko, New Hampshire


    Vladimir Ducasse, UMASS- He grew up in Haiti before moving to America and went to high school in Connecticut -- a very different climate to say the least. He has good quickness and size (6'5, 328) but is raw in his technique and needs to work on his run blocking. Ducasse, a two-year starter at left tackle, earned 1st team All-CAA honors last year and has draft potential.

    Derek Hardman, Eastern Kentucky- Hardman (6'5, 296) has shorter arms but has a long, lean build that has room to add 10-15 pounds easily. He ran in the 5.25 range in the spring and is an athletic left tackle with tremendous upside. He earned 1st team All-OVC honors at LT last year after playing right tackle as a sophomore. He was all-state in the 110 meter hurdles in high school thus bends very well. With his upside he could really move up the board with a good senior campaign.

    Austin Howard, Northern Iowa- Howard has the ideal size (6'7, 318) but ran poorly at his pro day (5.4) and must improve that to garner serious draft attention. He has a long body and is a former tight end, something that teams like in a tackle. He is raw but has a good use of hands and gets good arm extension in pass protection. He is very inconsistent with angles on defenders and does need coaching but has the upside. He earned 2nd team All-MVC honors last year and is a legit All-America candidate for 2009.

    Edwin "Jared" Veldheer, Hillsdale- Veldheer is a raw but athletic left tackle with good knee bend but is inconsistent at finishing blocks. His size (6'7 5/8, 321), speed (4.9), and flexibility make him an intriguing late round possibility. He is also inconsistent at the second level but has the tools that scouts are looking for. Veldheer was named a 2nd team All-American by D2football.com and 1st team All-GLIAC selection as a junior after earning 2nd team All-GLIAC honors as a sophomore.

    Tony Washington, Abilene Christian- Washington has great size (6' 6, 302), athletic ability, and the body type that scouts look for. Despite a little stiffness, he moves very well, has a presence about him, and is a solid pass blocker, which will make him an ideal left tackle prospect. He earned 1st team All-America honors and LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year plaudits last year for his consistent play. Don't be surprised if he gets look in the late rounds.

    James Williams, Harvard- Williams is an intriguing prospect due to his intelligence, toughness, mean streak, size, and athletic ability. Measuring in at 6'5, 295 pounds he ran in the sub 5.3 range this spring and is coming off a season in which he earned 3rd team All-America honors and 1st team All-Ivy League plaudits. Williams is a two-time All-American and All-Ivy League Selection who will be considered a possible late round or priority free agent type prospect.

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on

    Andre Barbour, Eastern Kentucky
    Keith Buckman, North Dakota State
    Lane Freiwald, Central Arkansas
    Jeff Hansen, Montana State
    Ramone Harewood, Morehouse
    J'Marcus Webb, West Texas A&M


    Matthew McCracken, Richmond- McCracken (6024, 294) did not run in the spring due to injury and will have to show scouts that he is healed 100% in the fall before sky rocketing up the board. His production over the last two years has been as good as any linemen in FCS with back to back All-American seasons and a two-time All-CAA selection as well. In the past he had played both guard spots under Dave Clawson but Mike London has him playing exclusively at the left guard spot and an emergency center. He is a very good run blocker who needs to improve in the passing game but shows the ability to pull and get to the second level. He could be the top rated guard from the FCS ranks in some time.

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on

    Dorian Brooks, James Madison
    Chaz Millard, Eastern Illinois
    Robert Norris, Morgan State
    Moses Punzal, Portland State


    This group is not very top heavy but has some potential free agents.

    Kyle Mutcher, Weber State- He has good size, is tough, and has been named All-Big Sky twice. He is one name to keep an eye on. 2008 Combine Invite Marcus Mailei often ran behind him or All-Big Sky tackle Paul Carpenter last season.

    Austin Steichen, Northern Iowa- Was named 1st team All-MVC in 2008 and has good size at 6'2, 300 pounds. Looks like a potential camp guy at this point.

    Jon Weber, Samford- Weber has great size (6'3 , 306) and was a standout on a very good line that opened holes for 2011 prospect RB Chris Evans.



    This group has outstanding production as a whole with a couple of potential draft picks.

    Danny Batten, South Dakota State- Batten (6'3, 252, 4.61) has interesting measurables as he brings great speed but lacks the size that scouts look for during the draft. He will have to bulk up but shows promise due to his ability to drop into coverage, get to the quarterback, and make plays. He is limited athletically but has a high motor to make up for it. Over the last two years he has produced 26.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks.

    Timothy Knicky, Stephen F. Austin- Knicky looks very marginal in terms of athletic ability but showed outstanding production and has a solid size/speed combo (6'3 1/2, 235, 4.66). He earned 3rd team All-American honors and 1st team All-Southland plaudits with 74 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks. Despite his ideal athletic ability he is a good football player worth a look in the fall.

    Austen Lane, Murray State- Lane is the most intriguing in this group due to his size (6'6 , 259), speed (4.75), and production (22 TFL, 12 sacks). He is a raw talent that must become more consistent but is a good pass rusher with the tools to be an all around defender when all is said and done. He was named a 3rd team All-American and 1st team All-OVC selection while being overshadowed by Buck Buchanan Award Finalist Nathan Williams as a junior. He is a real sleeper to keep tabs on as he could potential be a mid round selection.

    James Ruffin, Northern Iowa- Ruffin put together perhaps the most impressive junior year statistically of anyone at this position despite being banged up for part of the year. On his way to earning 1st team All-America and MVC Defensive Player of the Year honors he tallied 18 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He has been a consistent performer who some might consider a potential draft pick but must improve his timed speed in order to move up the board. Currently he measures in around 6�4, 264, and runs in the low 4.9s.

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on

    Christian Anthony, Grambling State
    Marcus Crump, St. Augustine
    James Ingram, Hampton
    Kevin Linehan, Weber State
    McKenzie Mathews, Bentley
    Chudi Obianwu, Georgetown
    Taylor Scott, Central Arkansas (DT)
    Eugene Sims, West Texas A&M
    Adrian Tracy, William & Mary


    There is not much along the lines of draftable talent but several potential free agents.

    Randy Earl, Minnesota State Mankato- Earl has played end but bulked up this off-season and will move inside to tackle. He measures in at 6'4, 281, and runs in the 4.8 range and is a project. He will have acclimate himself to the end position and develop technique as more of a run stuffer and continue to add bulk but flashes on tape. He earned All-America honors as a sophomore and 2nd team All-NSIC South honors with 40 tackles, 8.5 tackles, and 4 sacks last season.

    Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, Texas A&M Kingsville- His measurables (6'2, 296, 5.00) are very solid and his production (8.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks) earned him 2nd team All-LSC South honors as a senior. He doesn't stand out on tape but flashes every once in a while and has measurables that make him worth keeping tabs on.

    Kommonyan Quaye, South Dakota- Quaye is an ideal athletic, run stopping nose guard that can plug the middle and moves well for his size. He measures in at 6'0 3/8, 301 pounds and runs a sub 4.9 40, benches over 400, and has a 27-inch vertical. Last season he earned 2nd team All-Great West honors with 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and two and a half sacks. His height hurts but his athletic ability and production

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on

    Robert Callaway, Saginaw Valley State
    Sian Cotton, Walsh
    Kyle Harrington, UMASS
    Darryl LaForest, Bentley
    Mychal Savage, Youngstown State


    Larry Hart, Central Arkansas- Hart (6'0, 239) is undersized but has the change of direction, explosion, quickness, motor, and versatility that should intrigue teams. He could possibly project to a 3-4 OLB or be an end in a system similar to the Indianapolis Colts. He ran in the 4.6 range this spring and could potentially run sub 4.6 next spring. Last season Hart showed his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield with 21 tackles for loss and 15 sacks out of just 43 total tackles. The former Holmes CC transfer was named 1st team All-Southland, 1st team All-American, and a Buck Buchanan Award Finalist for his play.

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on

    Dane Fletcher, Montana State (DE)
    Terrance Gaston, NE Oklahoma State
    Lardester Hicks-Green, Delta State
    John Jacobs, Saginaw Valley State
    Chris Johnson, South Dakota State
    Michael Johnson, North Alabama
    Deron Minor, McNeese State
    Mike Morales, UC Davis
    Ryan Routh, South Dakota


    This group has some potential draft picks to keep an eye on.

    Cortez Gilbert, Appalachian State- Lacks ideal size and speed (5'10, 175, 4.55) but has adequate measurables and has been productive. In his first year as a starter, he tallied two picks and 17 breakups to earn 1st team All-SoCon honors. Both of his cousins, Sean Gilbert and Darrelle Revis, played at Pittsburgh thus showing he has the genetics to get a look as a potential free agent.

    C.J. Lovett, Fort Hays State- Lovett has great size (6'0, 195) and speed (4.55) and since transferring from Northern Colorado he has been one of the top dual threats in the MIAA. He has been named All-MIAA the last two years with nine career picks. He earned 1st team All-MIAA honors as a DB and honorable mention as a KR in 2008.

    Josh Morris, Weber State- He transferred from NE Oklahoma A&M and his second year at Weber State he produced five picks and nine breakups on his way to earning 1st team All-Big Sky honors. Morris has good size (5'11 1/2, 183) and runs pretty well (4.5 40). He could be a potential draft pick due to his athletic ability noted by his basketball background and 40-inch vertical.

    Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana PA- His size (6'0, 190) and speed have made him a tough shut down cover corner shown by just 14 tackles but eight picks and 10 breakups as a junior. His ability in the return game just enhances his grade and could make him a sleeper to watch this year.

    Jarvis Richards, Youngstown State- Richards is forgotten by most because he went down early in 2008 with a torn ACL but is back for the 2009 season. His size (5'10, 193) and speed (4.45-4.49), shown when he was a regional qualifier in the 100-meter dash in high school, will create a buzz if he has a productive year. Before his injury he posted 22 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, a pick, and two breakups in four games.

    Kelvin Rodgers, Minnesota State Mankato- Rodgers will need to bulk up (6'0, 177) but has good speed (4.38-4.40) and has been very productive on two sides of the ball. He was named an All-American return specialist (2 KR TDs, 2 PR TDs) and very productive in the secondary with three picks and five breakups. His athletic ability also shows off the field as he won his conference's Indoor Track and Field Long Jump and placed 5th in the 60-meter dash.

    Angelo Williams, Ferris State- He has good measurables (5'11, 193, 4.45) and has the ability to return kicks but likely won't as a senior. He will need improved production but has the measurables to rocket up the board if he stands out this year. Keep an eye on how well he performs early in the year.

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on

    Eddie Calvin, Southeast Missouri State
    Markee Hamlin, South Carolina State
    Terrence Johnson, California PA
    Chris Richards, Stony Brook
    Adarrious Ross, Lindenwood (Mo.)
    Courtney Smith, Central Washington
    Patrick Stoudamire, Western Illinois


    Jeromy Miles, UMASS- Miles is an ideal strong safety prospect with good size (6'2, 218), solid speed (4.57) and the ability to support the run with good range and closing speed. The former Navy transfer left because the military life just wasn't for him but has since then torn up the CAA with back to back all-conference seasons capped by his 1st team All-CAA effort last year with 104 tackles, five tackles for loss, three picks, two breakups, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Keep an eye on this kid as he could rise up the board.

    Ronald "Terrell" Whitehead, Norfolk State- If you are looking for pure production in a prospect Whitehead is the ideal player as a two-time All-American and two-time first team All-MEAC selection heading into his senior year. He tallied 83 tackles, four picks, and 11 breakups as a junior and six picks and four breakups as a sophomore. He shows good ball skills and the ability to play in the box and support the run with good range and speed.

    Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on

    Brian Abshire, Univ. of Cumberlands
    Adrian Arrington, Eastern Illinois
    Chris Assily, Portland State
    Tommy Connors, Southeastern Louisiana
    Gerren Griffin, James Madison
    Taylor Lanigan, Murray State
    Shann Schillinger, Montana

    SPECIAL TEAMS (listed alphabetically)

    The kicker and punter class appears to be thin at this point but there are potential free agents worth keeping an eye on due to production.


    Travis Atter, Chadron State
    Shawn Bibeau, North Dakota State
    Nick Hope, Wayne State (Neb.)
    Taylor Wilkins, Sam Houston State


    Will Batson, North Alabama
    Alex Groh, Occidental
    Ryan Patten, Olivet
    Doug Spada, Southeast Missouri State
    Trevor Ward, Southern Utah


    C.J. Lovett, Fort Hays State- Lovett earned honorable mention All-MIAA honors as a kick returner with one kickoff return and 10 punt returns on the season. He averaged 13.1 yards per punt return and one touchdown, showing a knack for the return game.

    Mike Mariani, Montana- While his value as a receiver his high it is just as high in the return game as Mariani was a first team All-Big Sky selection with 373 yards and two touchdowns on 23 punt returns and 572 yards on 25 kickoff returns.

    Scotty McGee, James Madison- McGee has been banged up throughout this career but finally got healthy in 2008 and showed his big play ability. McGee is an average FCS cornerback but excels in the return game earning Special Teams Player of the Year honors by the CAA with 23 punt returns for 296 yards and three touchdowns and 22 kickoff returns for 640 yards and one touchdown.

    Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana PA- His ability as a return man is one of the first things that scouts probably noticed about his play as he really got hot on defense later in the year. He finished with 13 kickoff returns for 318 yards, averaging 24.5 per return and 20 punt returns for 242 yards, averaging 12.1 per return on the season. He was named 1st team All-PSAC West as a return man and is one of the most explosive returners at the Division II level.

    Andre' Roberts, The Citadel- Roberts is not only a star wideout but one of the best return men in college football. He finished with 24 punts returns for 461 yards and three scores, averaging 19.2 per turn while returning two kickoffs for 31 yards as a junior. He has the potential to score anytime he touches the ball and is one of the most dynamic return men in recent FCS history.

    Kelvin Rodgers, Minnesota State Mankato- Rodgers is an excellent corner but even better as a return man where he was named a second team All-American after returning 31 kickoffs for 841 yards and two touchdowns while also bringing back two punt returns for scores on 15 returns for 239 yards. He is the most dynamic return man in Division II and could be a real sleeper to watch for this fall.

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