JBscouting looks at 5 Potential Prospects from N.A.I.A. schools.

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    NAIA Features Fab Five of NFL Talent
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    Thursday, 08 July 2010 17:44
    Most scouts and media outlets look at the FCS and D2 for future NFL talent but there are always players who fall through the cracks of the top two small school divisions and are worth a look.

    Today we will look at the NAIA which boasts a "Fab Five" you could say of players that are either highly on the NFL radar or should be as they possess talent worth evaluating.

    Bartlett is a 6'1, 245 pound tight end who lacks prototypical NFL size but his style of play is fitting for fullback or h-back because of his impressive pancake style blocking as he has proven to ground opponents time and time again. His hands and athletic ability also make him worth a strong look shown in his production as a AFCA All-American last year with 805 yards and six touchdowns. While some might be skeptical of his transition to the next level he is certainly athletic enough, fast enough, and versatile enough to warrant strong looks as a possible free agent or late round possibility.

    Calvin is a big-body (6'2, 210) who runs in the sub 4.6 range, which is good for him considering he plays like a 4.75-4.80 type guy. His hands, route running, and ability to grab the ball at it's highest point make him a possession type receiver worth looking at. After he transferred from UL Monroe Calvin earned first-team All Mid-South honors with 85 catches for 1,028 yards and 12 touchdowns. If Calvin can play as fast as his timed speed he has the ability to make waves in training camp and last for more than one week.

    Guillory lacks protoype NFL size (5'8, 186) but is quick, agile, and has good vision. This productive runner is not high on the radar because of his lack of size and marginal timed speed (4.6) but has plenty of talent which he showed in just one season. Guillory earned second team All-America honors with 1,679 yards and 18 touchdowns in just 10 games after transferring from Coffeyville Community College. Watch Guillory this fall as he could be worth a camp invite with another strong season.

    Jefferson wow NAIA fans last season when he burst on to the scene as a second team All-American with 74 catches for 1,160 yards and 12 touchdowns after transferring from Northwest Community College. His size (6'5, 235) and speed (4.83) make him a likely convert to tight end at the next level. Jefferson is not highly explosive or fast but has great hands and uses his body well to shield off defenders. Don't be surprised if Jefferson has another strong season and ultimately ends up in a camp.

    There is always a NAIA player who intrigues NFL scouts early enough to warrant a possible late round selection if they can have a strong senior season and somehow get in a postseason bowl game or the combine and impress scouts. Morgan is that player this year with good size (6'1, 181) and speed (4.32) along with his explosiveness which make him a definite draft possibility. Since transferring from Illinois he earned second team All MSFA honor with 664 yards and four touchdowns and won the Long Jump Indoor National Championship this past spring. He is good with the ball in his hands, blocks well, and is blazing fast.


    DT Michael Jasper, Bethel (TN)- Jasper is a massive big body (6'4, 438) who would ideally fit in a 3-4 scheme head up on a center or shaded slightly because he lacks the speed and quickness to be more than a plugger. Don't expect 4-3 teams to be highly interested and his play on the field is not quite dominant enough for him to be more than a borderline free agent at this point.

    OT Quintin Borders, Union- Borders struggled a good bit with Belhaven's speedy ends but was dominant for the rest of the season earning Mid South Offensive Player of the Year honors and is a three-time first team All-Mid South selection at left tackle.

    WR Korey Williams, NW Oklahoma State- Williams lacks the ideal size speed combo (5'10, 181, 4.61) that most teams are looking for but he is fairly quick, has good hands, and made big plays for NWOSU last year. The Paul Quinn College transfer is certainly worth peaking at while most make the trek to evaluate Nate Guillory.

    We will look at Division III prospects later on.

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