Josh Buchanan’s Early Season Small School Report

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    Friday, 25 September 2009 03:23

    Here is a look at the top 10 small school prospects thus far based on the first few weeks of the season with a little bit of movement since the preseason but no major additions… yet.

    Here is my early detailed look at the top 10 small school prospects.



    HEIGHT: 6’1

    WEIGHT: 197

    EXPECTED 40 TIME: 4.45

    2009 STATS: 11 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions, and 2 pass breakups in 4 games.

    POSITIVES: Has great physical tools, productive, and has a lot of upside. Could be the next DRC.

    NEGATIVES: Technique and consistency.

    PROJECTION: Sealed one victory earlier in the year with an interception at the goal line showing he is not the man you want to throw at. Because of his early season play and physical tools he has just about guaranteed himself a spot in the NFL Combine and could earn a Senior Bowl invite. Don’t be surprised if he lands in the top 75 with a solid showing at those events.


    HEIGHT: 6’5

    WEIGHT: 328

    EXPECTED 40 TIME: 5.15

    2009 STATS: Not Available

    POSITIVES: Very athletic tackle that has the girth and feet for tackle and the ability to pull like a guard. Has great upside and could be top small school lineman since Michael Roos.

    NEGATIVES: Technique needs work and must become more consistent.

    PROJECTION: Could really shoot up the board as he entered the season with a mid-round projection and could land in the top 100.


    HEIGHT: 5’11

    WEIGHT: 190

    EXPECTED 40 TIME: 4.45

    2009 STATS: 13 catches, 86 yards, 2 punt returns, 37 yards in 2 games.

    POSITIVES: Has great quickness, hands, and is very versatile. Ability has drawn double and triple coverage from opponents. Caught 10 passes against North Carolina.

    NEGATIVES: Must show he can separate more and become more of a downfield threat.

    PROJECTION: Could slide to the 4th or 5th round if he somehow gets overlooked by the Senior Bowl but should earn an invite and could really impress in front of the best players in America when he is finally single covered instead of blanketed by an entire side of the field. Could rise back into the 3rd round range.


    HEIGHT: 6’6

    WEIGHT: 259

    EXPECTED 40 TIME: 4.70

    2009 STATS: 18 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 hurries, and 1 forced fumble in 3 games.

    POSITIVES: Highly athletic player with great motor. Has ideal physical tools. Very productive.

    NEGATIVES: Needs to become more physical.

    PROJECTION: Because of his size/speed combo he would go in the top 5 rounds right now but could move into the 3rd round range with a combine performance that is expected of him.


    HEIGHT: 6’6

    WEIGHT: 300

    EXPECTED 40 TIME: 5.15

    2009 STATS: Not Available

    POSITIVES: Highly athletic player with a mean streak. Has high upside.

    NEGATIVES: Needs to become more consistent as he occasionally takes plays off. Technique.

    PROJECTION: He landed at ACU for a reason and that reason could give him a mid round ceiling. Should land in the 4th or 5th round.


    HEIGHT: 6’6

    WEIGHT: 300

    EXPECTED 40 TIME: 5.15

    2009 STATS: Not Available

    POSITIVES: Very athletic kid with good feet. Good size. High upside.

    NEGATIVES: Arm length and technique.

    PROJECTION: Has done well early in the season and his performance at Indiana could guarantee himself a spot at the combine and a postseason all-star game as he showed he belongs with the big boys. Late round projection.


    HEIGHT: 6’0

    WEIGHT: 195

    EXPECTED 40 TIME: 4.50

    2009 STATS: 22 catches, 231 yards, 10.5 average, 5 kick returns, 96 yards in 2 games.

    POSITIVES: Great hands, good quickness, fluid, and very polished.

    NEGATIVES: Lacks upside. Must become more consistent.

    PROJECTION: If you missed his performance against Montana you are missing out. It showed his ability to dominate in the passing game. Lack of ideal size or speed could give him a 5th or 6th round ceiling but has shown he can be a dominant player. 6th or 7th round.


    HEIGHT: 6’6

    WEIGHT: 222

    EXPECTED 40 TIME: 4.60

    2009 STATS: 14 catches, 237 yards, 5 tds, 16.9 average, 2 carries, 5 yards in 3 games.

    POSITIVES: Outstanding size and uses it well. Very productive kid who is faster than he looks.

    NEGATIVES: Blocking technique. Route running.

    PROJECTION: Could land in the mid rounds with a 4.5 or better 40 time but looks like a 4.60 type on tape. Currently 6th or 7th round.


    HEIGHT: 6’5

    WEIGHT: 271

    EXPECTED 40 TIME: 4.80

    2009 STATS: 12 catches, 133 yards, 3 tds, 11.1 average in 3 games.

    POSITIVES: Good blocker who is productive

    NEGATIVES: Speed. Lacks upside.

    PROJECTION: Had 7 catches for 62 yards against California. Has been one of the most impressive small school tight ends in recent memory as he has shown out in almost every game. Could land in the mid-late rounds.


    HEIGHT: 6’3

    WEIGHT: 250

    EXPECTED 40 TIME: 4.65

    2009 STATS: 11 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 1 forced fumble in 2 games.

    POSITIVES: Very athletic, productive, and great motor.

    NEGATIVES: Technique, consistency, and DE size.

    PROJECTION: Very interesting player that could play 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB. Watch for him to move up draft boards as the season progresses. Could land in the 5th round.



    OT Vladimir Ducasse, UMASS- Ducasse has been a one man wrecking crew dominating everyone and showing the best feet of all the small school linemen. Might be the best pulling tackle in the draft.


    OT Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale- Could run in the mid 4.8 range at 6’8, 321 pounds and that would make him faster than most tight ends at 50-60 pounds heavier.


    PR Leroy Vann, Florida A&M- Has four returns for touchdowns already this year and some projecting him as a sure fire draft pick. His hands are not great (bobbled or fumbled at least two punt returns), very small, and lacks NFL ability as a cornerback. Pure free agent that some project as a draft pick.

    QB John Skelton, Fordham- Not as good as his numbers so far but still shows the big arm that teams love. Should still get drafted but not in the mid rounds like some are touting. Has ran for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns (pretty good for a pocket passer) while passing for 685 yards and 5 touchdowns but only completed 59.6% of his passes and has thrown 4 interceptions.

    QB Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State- Too many injuries and his thin build likely doom Edwards on draft day but he is sure fun to watch. Missed the entire East Carolina game due to a cut on his foot and started off slow against McNeese State two weeks ago but ran for two touchdowns in the second half.

    DE James Ruffin, Northern Iowa- Was completely shut out of the stat book against Iowa and lacks the motor that NFL pass rushers have. Most have him on the draft board but he could fall completely off the board if he doesn’t impress in the postseason. Despite his play against Iowa he still has 12 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks while forcing 1 fumble all produced in just two games.


    DE Danny Batten, South Dakota State- Nobody is talking about Batten but he is clearly the best DE in the Missouri Valley Football Conference… and remember you heard that here first.

    RB Joique Bell, Wayne State (MI)- Bell has done nothing but dominate and break records all year long but yet nobody is talking about him. Watch out for this kid as he has rushed for 715 yards and 8 touchdowns in just 4 games.


    WR Terrell Hudgins, Elon- Hudgins has gone on an early season tear with 31 catches for 403 yards and 5 touchdowns. Led all receivers against Wake Forest with 13 catches for 113 yards and 1 touchdown. Should finish his career as a 4-time All-American.

    TE Mike Caussin, James Madison- Has good size and better than expected speed. Has already caught 6 passes for 197 yards and 4 touchdowns in just 2 games. Keep an eye on this kid as he could sky rocket up the board.

    RB Pat Paschall, North Dakota State- Leads the nation with 163.0 yards rushing per game with 51 carries for 489 yards and 4 touchdowns through 3 games. For some reason nobody is talking about Paschall but at 6’0, 198 pounds he has the size and, so far, the production, to warrant strong looks.

    WR/H-back Harry von Kann, Kenyon College- Kann can block, has great hands, and has ideal size for an h-back or possession receiver. Kann has hauled in 28 catches for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns and yet nobody knows who he is. Do people not watch Division III ball?

    QB AJ McKenna, Albany State (GA)- McKenna had never played football until this year but has the body that scouts like. Keep an eye on this kid. Through 3 games he has thrown for just 524 yards but has 8 touchdowns and just 1 interception on 32 of 54 passing. Has plenty of upside with his best football ahead of him.


    CB C.J. Lovett, Fort Hays State- Was named the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week the first two weeks. Already has 199 yards and 1 touchdown on kickoff returns and 6 punt returns for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns. Has good size as well and has been a shutdown cover man at CB with 16 tackles, 1 pass breakup, and 1 blocked kick in 4 games.

    WR Mike Chambers, Findlay- This former Minnesota transfer has been unstoppable so far hauling in 26 catches for 583 yards and 5 touchdowns in 4 games. Had 10 catches against Bell and Wayne State last week.

    QB R.J. Archer, William & Mary- You knew the Tribe would develop a good QB as they always do and Archer has not disappointed. He has thrown for 466 yards and 6 touchdowns with just 2 picks and rushed for 114 yards and 1 touchdown in 3 games.

    QB Brian Babin, Southeastern Louisiana- Off to one of the hottest starts in the small school ranks with 853 yards and 8 touchdowns to just 1 interception. Has been very accurate completing 70% of his passes.

    DE Timothy Knicky, Stephen F. Austin- Knicky was not very impressive last season but has stepped his game up and become a hot prospect. So far he has 7 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 1 pass breakup in 2 games.

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    Last Updated on Saturday, 26 September 2009 13:39

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