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Pro Day Report: Small School Prospect Watch

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    Pro Day Report: Small School Prospect Watch
    Written by Josh Buchanan
    Sunday, 01 March 2009 10:21
    PRE-PRO DAY SMALL SCHOOL STOCK REPORT: Small Schools Prove Just as Athletic as FBS schools.

    Every year the NFL Scouting Combine invites small school prospects but nobody truly expects them to steal the show.

    While Connor Barwin of Cincinnati stole the show it is not far fetched so say that the small schoolers made bigger strides than the big boys in boosting their stock.

    This year, we saw three prospects steal the spotlight and show that they are probably more athletic than over 80 percent of the SEC conference.

    When you have a 6’2 ½ 266 pound defensive end running 4.53 on some clocks, a 6’0 185 pound receiver clocking 4.27, and a 5’10 179 pound ball hawking safety expected to run 4.55 or worse and clock 4.40-4.43, you could safely say that they deservedly stole the show.

    Not to mention a Division III QB from Hartwick College, Jason Boltus, ran in the 4.7s and broke the modern day combine record of 26 reps on the bench press to show that he is more athletically gifted than ¾ of the FBS QBs invited.

    While we all know the list of combine invites, there are those who were snubbed but will still find a way to get drafted.

    Only one small schooler was a projected draft pick entering the season and failed to get a combine invite. That does not bode well for those such as Chris Pizzotti, John Faletoese, Andy Schantz, Cecil Newton, etc. who were.

    Now before totally dismissing them I did say that one player overcame the odds and got drafted. It was Villanova tight end Matt Sherry who put on a show at his pro day. For a small schooler to overcome the odds he must heavily impress at all-star games and his pro day to sway the minds of NFL personnel that he is indeed worthy of a draft pick and was underrated throughout the season.

    With that in mind here is a look at some small schoolers who could heavily impress at their pro day and overcome those odds.

    LB Jason Williams, Western Illinois- Williams had a monster senior season and still got snubbed for a combine invite, leading you to believe that he probably had no shot until his performance at the East-West Shrine game. Williams showed he was one of the better defenders there and really boosted his stock. He could potentially run in the 4.4s or low 4.5s at his pro day to possibly improve his stock even more and land as high as the 5th round.

    WR Dobson Collins, Gardner-Webb- Collins probably got snubbed because many teams considered him a PFA early in the year and failed to take another look at the talented senior. His performance against Georgia Tech opened the eyes of many around the league and a 4.4 40 at 6’1 185 pounds at his pro day after an impressive showing at the Texas vs. the Nation game could also help him prove that he should have been a combine invite and hear his named called on draft day.

    DE/DT Everette Pedescleaux, Northern Iowa- He was added to the watch list midway through the process and despite draft grades from some around the league, including myself, he did not get an invite to Indy. Most estimated him in the 5.2-5.3 40 range but there are reports he could blister a 4.9-5.0 in the 40 at 6’5 295-300 pounds and thus could go as high as the 6th round.

    DT John Faletoese, UC Davis- He stands at 6’2, 285 pounds and is expected to run in the 5.00 40 range. Reports are that he works very hard in the weight room and should impress at his pro day. He likely goes undrafted due to his inconsistency and injury history but should get drafted and if so, would land in the 6th or 7th round.

    DT/DE/LB Dan Skuta, Grand Valley State- Skuta stands at 6’2 259 pounds and runs in the 4.6 40 range and shows great athleticism on tape. His performance at the Cactus Bowl combined with an impressive workout at his pro day should land this versatile defender in the late rounds.

    FS Colt Anderson, Montana- There are some who believe that Anderson is a 4.7 40 guy and it is likely he runs in the 4.5-4.6 range at his pro day to boost his stock even more after a solid week at the Texas vs. the Nation game. He is one player to keep an eye on in the 7th round that could surprise and go ahead of some bigger names.

    WR Dudley Guice, Northwestern State- Guice opened some eyes at the Texas vs. the Nation game with his size, hands, and route running. Don’t be surprised if his physical tools translate to an impressive pro day. He is one to watch when the workout results are turned in who could get a late round look as well.

    Here are a few names that have caught the attention of some around the league and in the media who could have a team or two falls in love and draft them late because of their production and how well they could translate to the NFL.

    WR John Matthews, San Diego (must run 4.4s)

    C Cecil Newton, Tennessee State

    DE Pierre Walters, Eastern Illinois

    CB Will Middleton, Furman

    CB Greg Toler, St. Paul’s

    QB Keith Null, West Texas A&M

    WR Charly Martin, West Texas A&M (only if he runs 4.5s)

    Below is a look at my current draft board and how things are expected to shake out heading into the pro days:

    Rank
    Pos
    First Name
    Last Name
    School
    Ht
    Wt
    40 Time
    Rd. Proj.

    1
    DE
    Lawrence
    Sidbury Jr.
    Richmond
    6023
    266
    4.53/4.56
    2nd-3rd

    2
    WR
    Ramses
    Barden
    Cal Poly
    6060
    229
    4.57/4.59
    3rd

    3
    QB
    Rhett
    Bomar
    Sam Houston State
    6022
    225
    4.76/4.78
    3rd-4th

    4
    RB
    Rashad
    Jennings
    Liberty
    6010
    231
    4.45/4.58
    4th

    5
    WR
    Johnny
    Knox
    Abilene Christian
    5114
    185
    4.27/4.32
    5th

    6
    DT
    Chris
    Baker
    Hampton
    6020
    326
    5.02/5.03
    5th

    7
    CB
    Domonique "DJ"
    Johnson
    Jackson State
    6013
    197
    4.57/4.58
    5th-6th

    8
    RB
    Anthony "Bernard"
    Scott
    Abilene Christian
    5102
    200
    4.40/4.44
    5th-6th

    9
    OG
    Roger
    Allen III
    Missouri Western
    6026
    326
    5.35/5.39
    6th

    10
    CB
    Lardarius
    Webb
    Nicholls State
    5096
    179
    4.40/4.43
    6th

    11
    CB
    Don
    Carey
    Norfolk State
    5112
    192
    4.51/4.53
    6th

    12
    QB
    Jason
    Boltus
    Hartwick
    6026
    225
    4.78/4.85
    6th

    13
    OG
    Cornelius
    Lewis
    Tennessee State
    6034
    332
    5.21/5.39
    6th

    14
    OLB
    Jason
    Williams
    Western Illinois
    6010
    241
    4.52/4.59
    6th-7th

    15
    RB
    Javarris
    Williams
    Tennessee State
    5094
    223
    4.53/4.57
    6th-7th

    16
    QB
    Michael "Mike"
    Reilly
    Central Washington
    6030
    214
    4.78/4.81
    6th-7th

    17
    DT
    Sammie Lee
    Hill
    Stillman
    6037
    329
    5.07/5.08
    6th-7th

    18
    WR
    Dobson
    Collins
    Gardner-Webb
    6007
    181
    4.47/4.55
    7th

    19
    OT
    Joel
    Bell
    Furman
    6066
    315
    5.08/5.14
    7th

    20
    DE
    Everette
    Pedescleaux
    Northern Iowa
    6043
    310
    4.95/5.05
    7th

    21
    FB
    Marcus
    Mailei
    Weber State
    5116
    248
    4.89/4.93
    7th

    22
    FB
    Marquez
    Branson
    Central Arkansas
    6021
    247
    4.62/4.69
    7th

    23
    TE
    Jared
    Bronson
    Central Washington
    6037
    253
    4.71/4.76
    7th

    24
    WR
    Dominique
    Edison
    Stephen F. Austin
    6021
    204
    4.44/4.45
    7th-PFA

    25
    QB
    Nathan
    Brown
    Central Arkansas
    6005
    219
    4.97/5.01
    7th-PFA

    26
    WR
    Quinten
    Lawrence
    McNeese State
    5115
    184
    4.35/4.40
    7th-PFA

    27
    OT
    Kyle
    Link
    McNeese State
    6053
    305
    5.25/5.30
    7th-PFA

    28
    DT
    John
    Faletoese
    UC Davis
    6017
    285
    5.00/5.05
    7th-PFA

    29
    ILB
    Andrew
    Schantz
    Portland State
    6007
    235
    4.75/4.80
    7th-PFA

    30
    ILB
    Lee
    Robinson
    Alcorn State
    6022
    249
    4.75/4.79
    7th-PFA

    31
    ILB
    Daniel
    Skuta
    Grand Valley State
    6022
    259
    4.71/4.72
    7th

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