Top 40 Draft Snubs

Please note, you will not see Alabama, Tight End, Mike Williams or CB Demontre Hurst ,CB Travis Howard, RB Dennis Johnson, WR Jasper Collins, or LB Vince Williams those players and several others have been extensively discussed I wanted to focus on some of the players who have not been as thoroughly analyzed.

1. WR Justin Brown, Oklahoma, [Penn State Transfer], In his only year in Norman Brown made you wonder what he could have done with more time there. In 2012 he gathered 73 catches for 879 yards 12 yard average, and added 5 TDs. He can high-point the ball, is surprisingly effective after the catch and he’s able to think along with the QB and make himself available to get the ball. Brown was the second-leading receiver for the Nittany Lions in 2011, with 35 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns. He’s more steak than sizzle at 6’3 1/8” 207 he has a classic WCO WR build, as an NFL comparison he reminds me of Antonio Bryant.

2. WR DeVonte Christopher of Utah has the potential to become an NFL starter; he has good size and speed about 6’0 ¼” and 192, speed reportedly 4.48ish, he’s a former QB and is still developing but at times has shown the hands and body control you want. Since Christopher came to Utah as a highly touted quarterback before switching positions. His background and understanding of defensive coverage has helped. He has a competitive streak and is good with the ball in his hands after the catch. His special teams’ acumen allowed him to win the Sun Bowl Special Teams MVP, my NFL comparison Jimmy Smith or Joe Horn if he maximizes his potential.

3. WR Skye Dawson, TCU- His 10.43 100M speed and at least average skills as receiver make him interesting. Dawson finished third on TCU with 34 receptions for 455 yards this season. He was one of two players in the Big 12 to rank in the top five in the conference in both punt returns (9.4 average) and kickoff returns (23.1 average). Most notably Dawson was a three-time track and field conference champion and 2012 All-American in the 4×100 relay. He won the 2010 Mountain West Indoor Championship in the 60 meters with a 6.69, the third-fastest time in meet history. But the concern, other than his size, a high school junioresque 5’8 ¾” 162 that and his inconsistencies when asked catch passes outside of his frame mean that he’s 1st be seen a return man who may grow into a receiver, NFL comparison Dante Hall.

4. DE/OLB Tremayne Scott, Ohio – Scott is very interesting he’s has the ideal 3-4 OLB build at 6’2 ¾” 257 and he is quick and powerful, if he can stay healthy and improve his mix of pass-rush moves he’ll make a team and contribute. He is a very good athlete, he has been well-coached and he has a very solid work ethic. Hampered by a foot injury suffered in October he was not healthy until the Independence Bowl, he re-introduced himself with five tackles, two for a loss, two sacks and an interception. Scott could be a 3rd day steal due to the paucity of tape on him this season.

5. RB Perry Jones, UVA Jones finished his UVA career No. 9 all-time at UVA with 3,722 all-purpose yards and No. 17 in the Virginia annals with 2,033 career rushing yards. His 129 career receptions ranks No. 5 all-time at UVA and he became the fourth player in Virginia history and the 12th in ACC history to reach 1,000 career yards in both rushing and receiving. As an undersized back that largely makes his impact felt between the tackles it will need to be determined how he can be used at the next level. Versatile and sturdy for his 5’7 3/8” 193 frame this year was not his best, Jones ran for 915 yards and five touchdowns and had 48 catches for 506 yards and three scores last season. He even threw a touchdown pass at Miami.

6. DE/OLB Brandon Thurmond, UAPB I was flabbergasted posting 16.5 sacks, which leads the Football Championship Subdivision. He’s also added 56 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and seven quarterback hurries. Last season, he had just 25 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Thurmond is not just a great raw talent he has a fairly developed repertoire of pass moves and he’s very effective against the run. At 6’0 ¾” 260 Thurmond is on the cusp between being too small to play DE and is not extremely fast he is mostly skilled and determined he really reminds me of NIU DE/OLB Larry English who was drafted in the 1st by the Chargers.

7. DE Mike Catapano, Princeton, Catapano earned unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team. He led the Ivy League with 12 sacks and ended the regular season ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision with 1.2 sacks per game. He ranked second in the Ivy League in tackles for loss with 15.5, which was only a half tackle off the League lead, and ranked ninth nationally in that category. The two-year co-captain ended the season with 41 tackles, and he had five games with at least two tackles for loss, as well as five games with at least five tackles. At 6’3 3/8” 270 and with his relentless style I see a bit of Chris Long in him and Coach Bob Surace invoked the name of Justin Smith whom he coached while with the Cincinnati Bengals.

8. QB Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State, Aplin finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the conference in total offense (3,572 yards) and passing efficiency (155.8) and No. 2 in passing yards (3,129). He broke his own school record for passing touchdowns with 23 and was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week three straight times to end the regular season. Aplin is already the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in career total offense and passing yards. By way of comparison I would offer Jeff Garcia and Tim Rattay, at 6’1” 199 he lacks ideal size and his arm is adequate but not terribly impressive. But Aplin has exceptional toughness and character, inspired by his sister, who has Smith-Magenis syndrome; he’s gone from volunteer to organizer in the Special Olympics and, also through his sister, has become involved in projects for the March of Dimes. He is just the kind of player you want as your back up QB, smart tough and with a little of the playmaker about him.

9. Uzoma Nwachukwu While he’s 5’ll ¼” 198 he plays bigger than that he can go up and get the ball and run crisp routes. By way of NFL comparison I’d offer Earl Bennett. Nwachukwu is fairly complete and is a very good blocker with impressive effort as a blocker in both the pass game and the run game. He doesn’t always plays as fast as he is due to his choppy steps, but as you see him pull away from people you realize he is eating up a lot of ground. Those shorter, choppier steps are one of the reasons he might be successful as a slot receiver. He uses his speed and quickness to get off the line quickly and his footwork allows him to make quick moves against defenders, work the short and intermediate zones, and makes him ideal to catch quick game throws as well as the bubble screen. With Swope around you can see why he didn’t play there but he might in the NFL. His strength also makes him a threat from the slot as he isn’t all that easy to redirect or jam. Nwachukwu also has very good balance. His strength and balance make him very hard to tackle and dangerous after the catch.

10. DE/OLB Willie Jefferson. SFA After beginning his career Baylor the converted receiver/tight end from Baylor transferred after a series of off-field incidents. In his first 15 sacks, blocked 5 passes and picked off two others, both of which he returned for TD for that he The 2011 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year and All-Southland football selection. At 6’5 ½ ” 239 and timed in the mid 4.6 to high 4.7 range he could be as compelling a prospect as Conner Barwin was. Jefferson is still a work in progress and must answer some character questions but he has undeniable talent. He had a target on his back this season still he totaled 24 solo stops and helped on 12 others, added 11.5 TFLs, 8 sacks, 3 passes batted down, 5 hurries and 5 forced fumbles! His build is reminiscent of Ted Hendricks but Chad Brown is the player I think he could play the most like if all goes well.

11.WR Erik Highsmith, UNC Highsmith may be seen by some as a bit of a disappointment, however he finished his career at Carolina 166 receptions, which ranks third all-time. He had at least 24 receptions in all four seasons. Still his early career seemed to promise something greater. Plagiarism scandal aside, I have watched him from his debut season which yielded 425 yards receiving and two touchdowns on 37 catches. This was on a team that featured: Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate and Zack Pianalto as potential pass catchers; his 2011 season produced 51 receptions for 726 yards and five touchdowns and seemed to promise even bigger things. A senior stanza that included adjustments to a new system yielded 54 grabs for 587 yards and 5 scores but fell short of many expectations. Still Highsmith is very close to what NFL teams seek in an ‘X’ receiver and if well coached I could see him as an effective #3 or even #2 in the NFL. The NFL WR he most reminds me of is Jason Hill, though he’s not as fast.

12. WR Zach Rogers, 6’0 1/8” 179. While not the most talented of the targets on Rocky Top in the last few years; he might be the most dependable. Let’s not assume that Rogers is not an athlete, Rogers defeated Randall Cobb in the high school state track meet 100 meter dash. That’s not to say the Rogers has elite speed. In all fairness no part of his game is elite, by the same token no part of his game is a glaring weakness and speaking of weakness he will need to get stronger. Recruited during the ‘Kiffin era’, it took Rogers a while to make his impact felt, but he last year was by far his best with 32 catches for 491 yards an impressive 15.3 yards per catch average and 7 TDs; the NFL player I most see in him is Dane Sanzenbacher.

13. FB/H-Back Ronnie Wingo, Arkansas While most of the attention regarding players affected by the Petrino scandal has been directed at Tyler Wilson, and understandably so, but a player who may have been affected as dramatically is Wingo. Petrino is a formidable offensive schemer and likely he would have found truly creative ways to use the versatile 6’1 ½” 227 pounder who can play as many as 3 positions, inline-Y in a pinch, H-Back and Fullback, he has good hands, is an reliable runner of routes and is a better than serviceable short-yardage ball carrier. He could develop into a Jason Snelling type, in the right offense. He only had 59 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving in 7 injury and team disaster filled games. His 2011 was more representative of his capabilities, his production 253 yards receiving at a 6.2 carry clip, 274 yards receiving on 27 catches, if seen as a pass catching FB I don’t think there are many that should ranked above him.

14. H-Back/FB Willie Carter, Tulsa, Is a ‘Swiss Army Knife’ type his versatility is impressive and if he shows good acceleration and movement skills he could be drafted, he is 6’1 ½” 239 and a bit like Evan Rodriguez. Listed as an H-back, Carter is a hybrid tight end/fullback. He’s mainly used as a pass catcher in the Tulsa offense Carter entered the offseason with a chip on his shoulder after he pulled his hamstring two days before the Armed Forces Bowl and had to sit out a loss to BYU. He added about 15 pounds to his frame and now weighs 239 pounds. In his first season in a starting role, Carter led the team with 61 catches and 868 yards receiving, helping to make up for the dismissal of top receiver Damaris Johnson just before the opener. In his last season he only 37 yards rushing, 49 catches, 382 yard and 3 TDs came via the air. If he pans out he could become a James Casey type.

15. FS/LB Cooper Taylor, Richmond This FCS star was yet another transfer from the FBS level. Taylor found accolades early in his career at GA Tech; he became a Yellow Jacket after a notable career at Marist High School in Atlanta. It may have helped that his father is former Georgia Tech quarterback Jim Bob Taylor. After a promising freshman year, Taylor had posted 69 tackles, forced two fumbles and had 1 pick. That year also included him making a game-saving play in the win against Florida State when he caused a fumble near the end zone; Taylor was one of the starting safeties in the 2009 season.

16. But in the third game against Miami he began experiencing an increased heart rate. He didn’t return to the game and after he was found to have Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which causes arrhythmia. He sat out the remainder of the season and had a corrective operation. He fell down the depth chart and opted to transfer. He made an immediate impact once he became a Spider. In 2011 he started all eight games in which he appeared, recording 63 tackles, including 20 solo and 1.5 for loss, a forced fumble, an interception, a QB hurry and three pass breakups. In 2012 he continued to impress with 78 tackles, 1.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, 9 PBU and four interceptions. I think he’ll be drafted he has good athletic ability and at 6’4 ¼” 229 he’s a monster of a safety, he has been compared to Bernard Pollard, Kam Chancellor and Stuart Schweigert, there’s even some Urlacher in his game, and he has been used as a ‘Wildcat’ back at times.

17. FS Malcolm Bronson, McNeese State Bronson was one of the highest rated prospects in all of FCS football when unfortunately his season ended when he was injured in the third quarter of a 35-21 win over Weber State. Bronson was also a preseason all-American and on the Buck Buchanan watch list for the award presented to the best defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Bronson had nine unassisted tackles and two pass breakups for the Cowboys this past season. Last year he led the Cowboys with 90 tackles a year ago and had three pass interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown in the season finale at Lamar. He also forced three fumbles and recovered one. His uncle, Zach Bronson, was a free safety in the NFL from 1997-2004 and was a four-time first team all-SLC selection and was one of just five in the history of the conference to garner the honor four straight years. It would have been helpful to see if his knee was sound and if he showed the same speed and lateral quickness that made him a stand out. He has NFL ability when healthy Eric Frampton is the NFL player I most think he resembles in his style of play.

18. DE Rufus Johnson, Tarleton, Like most extremely productive DII players the biggest question is how he will acquit himself with the jump up in competition. He tallied 10.0 sacks and 17.5 tackles-for-loss and he has good on-field intensity and pursuit. At 6’5 3/8” 266 he reminds me a bit of Vinny Curry but he might be an even more explosive disruptor. Johnson is still mostly a climb the blockers outside shoulder or arm over style pass rusher, but if he gets stronger and gains variety with his moves he could be special. If he maxes out he could become a ‘Poor Man’s’ Richard Dent.

19. Sean Progar, DE/OLB, NIU Progar was named All-Mac second team after posting 5.5 sacks and 11 TFL as a junior. In 2012 He ranked second on the team with 8.5 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss. At 6’1 ¾” 254 he is most likely going to have to move to OLB in a 3-4 defense. For his career he has 24 sacks and 39 TFL, he occasionally dropped into coverage, the primary concern, other than the transition to LB is that he’s not an exceptional pure athlete and he might never start in the NFL. As a best case scenario he might be a much less athletic Jerry Hughes.

20. DE/OLB Joe LeBeau, At Jackson State he caused some consternation when he was measured at only 6’2 ¼” 220 at the Casino Del Sol Game, still what didn’t shrink was his 40 career TFL with 16 of those solo, this despite the fact that he only played in 23 career games at Jackson State. Now weighing 228 he has worked hard at playing LB and he’s beginning to look like one, in the Casino Del Sol All-Star game LeBeau, who has recovered from a tweaked ankle, finished with two tackles, a tackle for a loss and a sack. If he can get a little bigger, 10-15 pounds, and maintain all his suddenness, then at the least he should be a valuable reserve and situational pass rusher. Joe LeBeau has an outside chance and if he completely maxes out his ceiling could be like Greg Lloyd, which is admittedly less than likely, more likely he’s a special teams and/or situational player.

21. DE Ben Obaseki, Indiana State, While it was clear that the preseason all-conference and All-American was a marked man he still racked up 43 tackles, 25 of them solo, 5.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 8 hurries, a forced fumble and a pass broken up. Last season, Obaseki earned AP first-team All-American honors after compiling 7.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. Unlike some FCS defensive ends Obaseki has enough size at 6’1 ¾” 267 that he might be able to stay a down lineman, but there are many who would been interested in seeing him in LB drills, now they’ll have to wait until his pro day.

22. DT Gilbert Pena, Ole Miss, Pena is a powerful and still improving nose man with a high motor who can hold the point but also has good quickness and can collapse the pocket. He is still developing and is a junior college transfer but he has tantalizing potential. At 6’2 3/8” 334 he could still stand to work on his power, conditioning and setting up his moves, but those are all things he can learn. He has come a long way and not just from Yonkers, NY. After a stellar JC career he spent 2011 making the adjustment he played in 10 games, posted 11 total tackles, including 1.0 TFL. In 2012 he arrived with 34 tackles, 14of them solos, 2 TFL and 6.5 sacks. A fairly close NFL comparison is Clifton Ryan.

23. DT Brent Russell GA At 6’1 ½” 297 size had once been the primary concern some had had, but an arrest late in the season raised what is at least a ‘yellow’ conduct flag. Russell is a three-year All-American and he finished the 2012 season with 44 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. His approach reminds me of Brad Culpepper and his monster 2010: 71 tackles, 18.5 for loss, eight sacks is one of the 5 or 6 best seasons I have seen a DT have at any level.

24. DT William Campbell, Michigan, A large prospect who arrived at Ann Arbor with equally outsized expectations, Campbell might finally be putting it all together, or a cynic might see it as a ‘Dash for the Cash.’ After being a frustrating giant bundle of talent for 3 years Campbell at times flashed dominance at times, controlled the line of scrimmage and collapsed the pocket. This could be maturity, fully grasping technique or newfound motivation. At 6’4 7/8” 318 several teams will want to kick Campbell’s sizable tires. To illustrate how much better he was this year, he had 16 of his career solo tackles this past season, 1.0 of his 3 career sacks and 1.5 of his 5 career TFLs came in 2012, he was also briefly tried on the offensive line earlier in his career. His character, football and otherwise will likely be heavily scrutinized. But there are only so many people on the planet with his size and talent; it’s quite conceivable that he gets drafted. Alan Branch is too obvious a comparison.

25. CB Johnny Towalid, Indiana State, He has been to some extent overlooked throughout his career but he was awarded second team honors from the Associated Press. He was a First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection in 2012 as well as a The Sports Network Third Team All-American. He set a new Indiana State record with three interception returns for a touchdown while also setting the school record with two pick 6′s in a game at No. 1 North Dakota State as well as the career record with four. He was named the MVFC and National Defensive Player of the Week for his two interception returns for a touchdown against the Bison and paced the team with five interceptions on the season, which tied for second-best in the MVFC and ranked tied for eighth nationally. Towalid recorded 34 total tackles, including one for a loss and broke up nine passes, recovered a fumble and blocked a kick. He had a season-best six tackles at North Dakota State and posted multiple tackles in 10-of-11 games. He’s enormously underrated, he lacks a bit of size at 5’9 ¾” 171 but he’s the MVFC’s “Honey Badger”

26. C Dalton Freeman, Clemson I understand that as a prospect Freeman would only appeal to certain teams at 6-4 ¼, 286 pounds, he looks more like a 5-Technique tackle than what most teams seek at center. He has dabbled a bit, in practice, at RT and was an excellent OG in high school; he has a high IQ on and off the field, is a coach’s son and could become a Matt Birk type if given time to get thicker and stronger. A zone blocking scheme might take him in the last couple of rounds and grow him.

27. OT Elvis Fisher Missouri, Fisher is likely a RT at 1st and he’s previously torn his labrum, also his knees are a huge question mark, suffered injuries to both knees in a 14 month period. Despite that if he moves well and bends he will be targeted on day 3. But if he checks out medically and gets stronger at 6’4 ½” 291 he is just big enough, that if he can add 10-20 pounds he could be a valuable depth player with starter potential. He most reminds me of Troy Kropog.

28. OG Blaize Foltz, TCU Foltz is in many ways the classic ‘Power Pig’ he excels in the claustrophobic environs of the pit, especially when all he has to do is attack whatever is directly in front of him. He does struggle in centering up moving targets and dealing with pass rushers who make him redirect. Still teams that want a classic strong man OG would enjoy watching him work in Indianapolis, if only he were there. The player that I see when watching Foltz is Aaron Merz.

29. OG John Sullen, Auburn, Sullen is a big tough and raw OG that some think could play RT; Sullen is a tough, plus run blocker with a bit of a streak in his game. He will need to work on not only his agility, but also his get-off and his technique if he wants to be more than depth in the league. I see some Ryan Durand in Sullen.

30. OT Jeff Nady, Nevada, An intriguing developmental prospect Nady played both tight end and defensive line during his senior season of high school. He came to Nevada weighing 255 pounds and has since added almost 50 he’s now 6’5 ¾” and 302. In terms of on field demeanor he’s a little feisty he has a right tackle’s heart and a left tackle’s frame. If he can improve his core and leg strength he should be at the very least a valuable swing tackle in the NFL.

31. OT/OG Caylin Hauptmann, FIU Hauptmann started every game during the 2012 campaign, and finished his career starting every game played for the Panthers a 37 total games over three seasons. At only 6’3” 302 he is going to have to shift inside to keep playing, if he can play guard and/or center he has a chance to have a successful transition to the NFL, he’s athletic and durable.

32. OT Ryan Schraeder, Valdosta State He graded out at 96 percent on the year and totaled 56 knockdown blocks in 11 games. With his blocking, Valdosta State is on the verge of setting five school records, including three in the run game. He did not play football until college but is a three-time first team All-America selection in three seasons. At 6’6 ½” 307 he looks the part he reminds me of Tom Compton.

33. TE, Jack Doyle, WKU Doyle is a big target was the top receiver for the Hilltoppers this past season. He has a little Ron Egloff, look him up youngsters, he is a bit of a finesse blocker but he gives good effort. Clearly where he excels is as a receiver. He was one of eight semifinalists for the 2012 John Mackey Award, he has the ability to pluck and secure the ball even when awkward positions. While far from fast or very quick he is nimble enough to create necessary separation and he knows how to box out defenders. He’ll need to add muscle to his 6’5 ¼” 254 pound frame and his 53 receptions and 566 yards; with 5 TDs it was apparent why he was a favorite target, his catch radius and savvy made him a QB’s security blanket.

34. D.C Jefferson, TE, Rutgers In his Rutgers career Jefferson played for four tight ends coaches and three offensive coordinators so after four years and 50 games played, 43 of them starts D.C. Jefferson managed just 47 career catches. At 6’5 ¾” 255 and ‘sneaky’ athletic the word is finally getting out about the former QB who was moved to TE in 2009, in fact D.C is a nickname and stands for Daunte Culpepper, to whom he was compared in high school. A very much unfinished product he is coming off a season that saw him produce a career-high 18 catches with one touchdown. I think there are now better than even odds he gets drafted late after an impressive Shrine Game week. Jefferson very much reminds me of Orson Mobley.

35. DT Romney Fuga, BYU At 6’0 ½” 319 the fine former wrestler has a build and approach that screams nose tackle, he is very consistent in creating interior pressure, he uses his low center of gravity to clog the interior and has good agility for his size he as a chance to be drafted if he test well. Fuga just had his best season, recording 42 tackles and 1.5 sacks while dealing with double teams all season long from opposing teams. He is somewhat similar to Shawn Worthen.

36. LB Devan Walker, SE LA Walker earned second-team All-Southland Conference honors as a linebacker in 2012 after playing his first three seasons at defensive end. In his Lions career he played in 42 career games for the Lions and finished with 168 tackles, 37.5 tackles for loss (second in school history) and 15.0 sacks (third in school history). The Baton Rouge native and former Catholic High product recorded 46 tackles with a team-high 12 stops for loss and seven sacks. At 6’1 ¾” 238 it was clear that he’d have to play standing up and he adapted very well to playing OLB, he has made pass drops smoothly even has flashed some ball skills. He is a bit like Adam Heyward.

37. WR, Rico Richardson, Jackson State, Richardson was the only receiver in the SWAC to gain over 1,000 yards receiving this season. The senior from Natchez, led the conference in TD grabs with 10. He averaged 19.3 yards per catch; he finished with 1,153 yards and 11 TDs on the season. He also became just the fifth player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard mark receiving. Richardson has a skillset that harkens back to Matthew Willis.

38. PK Zach Brown, Portland State, Brown is a plus athlete at his position, injured his knee in the first game and missed He played soccer and he has hit a 51 yarder in a driving snow storm, and he holds virtually every Portland State kicking record after a banner career. Brown had just four field goals in a season shortened to five games in 2012. But, he was a consensus first team All-American in 2011 after leading the nation in field goals made (24). Brown holds the PSU career record with 64 field goals made. He is very athletic and was recruited as a receiver, at 5’11 7/8” 204 he is solidly built and can be an emergency punter. He reminds me of Seth Marler.

39. QB Ryan Griffin, Tulane There is now a flavor of the month quality to him, but he was a very consistent and productive quarterback for a struggling program. He is certainly not a perfect prospect; Griffin finished his Tulane career with 9,026 passing yards on 836-of-1,396 accuracy. Griffin threw for 56 touchdowns in his career while throwing 56 interceptions. Some of the interception were misreads or balls forced into danger, however he was often trying desperately to bring his team from behind and during his time at Tulane the running game ranged from mediocre to non-existent. This season, he missed three and half games, with a shoulder injury, but still passed for 2,771 yards and 20 touchdowns, which ranked seventh and 10th, respectively, among the schools single season leaders. The Texas vs. The Nation game raised his profile, showed off his above average arm, ability to read defenses and accuracy. When he is right mechanically and mentally he can look like a top 5-10 QB prospect in this class. His 14-18, 210 yards and 2 TDs, performance in the game was impressive but wasn’t the most impressive thing he did. That was in practice where he dealt better with the offense the elements and the required throws than any other QB there. At 6’3 7/8” 216 he fits the mold and if given the chance to sit for a year you could have something, if he has the right situation he could be as good as Neil Lomax.

40. TE Lucas Reed, New Mexico Reed is the younger brother of Brooks Reed. He’s not the same quick-twitch athlete that his brother is but he is coming off what was statistically speaking, his worst collegiate season in 2012, and tallying only five receptions for 37 yards. He had 22 receptions for 241 yards as a junior in 2011. His most productive year was in 2010, when he caught 33 passes for 459 yards and five scores. Reed caught 17 passes for 212 yards and a score in his redshirt freshman season. The Lobos have not exactly been a juggernaut in his time with them. As a prospect Reed has some Matt Veldman to him at 6’5 7/8” 249 he needs to gain functional strength he’s not enough of a pure athlete to survive unless he improved as a blocker, but if he does he could be a valuable reserve for many years.

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