Thursday, June 30, 2011

2012 NFL Draft: Under the Radar Players

These players might be underrated to some following college football but as we get closer to next year’s NFL draft these are some of the players you will be hearing more from.

WR Brian Quick, Appalachian State – Quick is a physical gifted wide receiver standing at 6-4 210 pounds. He has great ball skills and can just go over the cornerback and pluck the football out of the air. The question is going to be his long speed as he needs to improve on his route running, but is someone to watch for sure.

DE Tyrone Crawford, Boise State – Crawford wasn’t a starter for Boise State last year but he had 32 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss which was second on the team and was second on the team with 7 sacks. Crawford has all the physical abilities to be a big time player in the NFL he is 6-4 280 and ran in the 4.7’s in the 40.

WR Marcus Rivers, Buffalo – Rivers is a big, physical wide receiver who is 6-3 215 pounds and has run in the 4.5’s and last season led Buffalo in receiving with 50 catches for 690 yards and 5 touchdowns.

CB Asa Jackson, Cal-Poly – Jackson last season had 55 total tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 9 pass break-ups and 11 passes defended. He also was their punt return guys returning 17 punts for 214 yards, averaging 12.6. In the spring he was 5-10 185 and ran 4.40 in the 40. He has the ball skills and the hips to be a very good cornerback in the NFL.

CB Ryan Steed, Furman – Steed is a tough, physical, smart cornerback who has the ability to play man to man coverage as well as zone both as effective. Last season he had 65 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 2 that he returned for touchdowns, 9 passes broken up and 13 passes defended.

CB Micah Pellerin, Hampton – Pellerin is a solid built cornerback standing at 6-0 190 pounds who last season had 41 total tackles, 2 interceptions, 14 passes broken up and 16 passes defended. Because he is such a good athlete and has good size sometime he gets to high in his back petal and will need to improve on that at the next level which is totally correctable.

QB B.J. Coleman, Tennessee- Chattanooga – Coleman transferred from the University of Tennessee to Tennessee- Chattanooga and is a wild card when it comes to this year’s senior class of quarterbacks. He has the NFL size and arm strength and last year threw for 2,996 yards and 26 touchdowns, but he also threw 13 interceptions and only completed 56 percent of his passes. If he can get his completion percentage up and cut down on his interceptions he could move up his draft stock for sure.

WR Jordan White, Western Michigan – White has gotten a 6th year of eligibility and is coming off a very good season last year in which he caught 94 passes for 1,378 yards and 10 touchdowns. Talking with the coaches at Western Michigan they expect him to catch more balls this season. He has good size at 6-0 215 and reportedly has run in the high 4.3 in the 40.

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