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After a very poor draft class last year the top end of the board is much better with three players who I view as draftable and a good group of priority free agents.

Grand Valley State defensive end Matt Judon, Ferris State defensive tackle Justin Zimmer, and West Georgia offensive tackle Dominique Robertson are by far the three most talented prospects in this class.

Judon is a projected mid round pick while Zimmer and Robertson are projected late round selections.

Below is detailed look at my top 10:


Nobody has dominated the D2 level on defense as much as Judon has the last two years. He won the Gene Upshaw Award in 2015 and has been named 1st team All-GLIAC the last two years. Judon plays with power and does a good job of using his hands to rip and counter pass rush moves. His ability to beat people off the edge and play with heavy hands made him tough to stop. The one concern is that he went silent at times when they went deep in the playoffs but he can chase plays and has the ability to play in space. He is also a violent hitter who manhandled everyone he faced. I see him as a 4-3 defensive end who can be a quality starter in the NFL because of his ability to stop the run and create a pass rush. It may take a year or so before he can impact but he has the traits to become a starter so he should come off the board by the end of the 5th round.

PROJECTION- 4th-5th round

2. DT JUSTIN ZIMMER, FERRIS STATE, 6-2 5/8, 302, 4.90

Many in the media will make it seem like the big schools missed on Zimmer but that*s not the case at all. He is a homemade and self-made player meaning he was built by his coaches and himself into a prospect and was certainly not a NFL caliber prospect when he came to Ferris State. He redshirted in 2011 and then was a backup in 2012. As a sophomore in 2013 he was named 1st-team All-GLIAC with 57 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss. He repeated that honor and was named a Daktronics All-American with 76 tackles and 12 tackles for loss as a junior at 258 pounds. Zimmer did potentially the best thing he could do over the summer and that was gain a lot of weight and make himself into a tackle prospect for the NFL. I was not a fan of his game in 2014 at all but after watching a few tapes of his 2015 film I became a fan. He*s a big, strong, and fast prospect who is stiff in the lower body but can push the pocket and rush the passer. He is also fairly strong against the run, shown by the fact he tallied an impressive 81 tackles and 26 tackles for loss. He*s also athletic enough to disrupt the passing game and did so with five pass breakups. Zimmer has starter traits and a ton of upside but will need to be more consistent if he wants to become more than a NFL backup. He should go in the 5th-7th round range and be a backup early in his career who a defensive line coach should have a lot of fun molding because of his freakish athleticism.

PROJECTION- 6th round


Robertson is another player who I quickly pushed to the NFLPA and was glad he got selected. This is a tough analysis to write because parts of me say run the other way of this kid but others of me want to draft him in the 4th round and make him into a future Pro Bowler. He was a 3-star recruit who had to go to Riverside CC and then went to Texas Tech. He transferred to West Georgia and was a 1st-team All-Gulf South selection at left tackle. You might be wondering why a talented player transferred so much. Everywhere he has been his coaches have described him as tough to coach. He does his own thing and doesn*t always take coaching. He was suspended for a game at West Georgia for doing his own thing. The reason everyone gives him chances are because he is a mid round prospect in terms of talent and has the physical tools. He may only be 6*4 5/8 but he has an 86-inch wingspan and 36 inch arms. He has good feet and strength to go along with the ability to mirror in the pass game and open holes in the run game. Dominique is raw but has a lot of upside and if he will take to coaching he could be a starter in the NFL one day. If he did not have the off field concerns he would be a 4th or 5th round projection but I think he goes in the 7th round because of the off field past.

PROJECTION- 7th round


This is one of my sleepers because he makes plays in the return game, can take the top off a secondary, and is slippery in space. He uses his 4.4 speed well and has been dominant over the last three years earning first-team All-GLIAC honors. Stewart caught 68 passes for 903 yards and 7 scores last year and had 1,156 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. While the hands are just average and route running is not very good he is a player who could contribute on special teams while he is coached up. His pro day workout was very solid with a 4.4 40 and 1.52 10-yard. He had four visits and thus could get drafted late on the speed and special teams ability. If not drafted, he will be a heavily sought after priority free agent.

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

5. WR/RS TYREEK HILL, WEST ALABAMA, 5-8, 184, 4.28

Back in high school Hill was a track and field All-American but had to take his talents to Garden City CC before he ended up at Oklahoma State where he was named the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year and All-Big 12 with three returns for touchdowns and averaged 5.2 yards per carry. He was dismissed for domestic abuse and then dismissed. When he landed at West Alabama he was dominant from the get go as an all-purpose player. His blazing speed, explosion, quickness, and versatility were very much on display. He averaged 16.3 yards per catch and 9.5 yards per rush as a senior. His past off the field issues are the only reason why I*m not projecting him to get drafted and if he stays out of trouble he is a mid round talent who could be a Darren Sproles in the NFL.

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent


You won*t find many defensive backs as highly decorated as Jordan. He is a two-time All-American and four-time All-MIAA selection who finished with five interceptions and 17 pass breakups in 2015. He is a willing tackler that can track the ball and will go after and win contested balls. The big knocks on him are that he lacks twitch, has tight hips, may have to be a safety, he isn*t a sure tackler, and will give up some catches. His pro day was very solid with a 10*7 broad jump, 4.26 short shuttle, 37 inch vertical, and 6.87 3-cone. I believe Jordan will be a highly sought after priority free agent pickup who could have gotten himself on a lot of draft boards had he ran better than a 4.62 40. Expect Jordan to be a priority free agent with a slight shot at going late in the draft.

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent


Over the last three years Christian has been an impact player in the secondary earning All-Lonestar honors three straight seasons and consensus All-America honors in 2015. He has had just two interceptions over the last two years and needs to show ball skills if he wants to be more than a backup in the NFL but his hard-hitting style and tackling should at least get him on special teams early in his career. With his top end speed he would be ideal on punt and kickoff units. His ability in the box makes him an ideal backup at strong safety while on special teams. He does need to be more consistent if he wants to latch on a roster though. He will likely be a priority free agent with a shot to go late in the draft.

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

8. DE SHANEIL JENKINS, SHEPHERD, 6-2 7/8, 281, 4.78

The 2015 MEC Defensive Player of the Year tallied 41 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, and 13.5 sacks as a senior. Jenkins is a short but thick, powerful pass rusher who often uses a bull rush and his ability to get around the edge as he makes life difficult for quarterbacks. He has a thick core and lower body which allows him to overpower just about everyone at the D2 level. His ability to rush the passer was his biggest strength. The chances of Jenkins making a roster will hinge on if he can contribute on special teams. At the West Virginia pro day Jenkins ran a 4.78 40 with a 32 ½ inch vertical, 4.54 short shuttle, 7.25 3-cone, and did 24 bench reps. While I have projected him as a priority free agent he does have a chance to be a 7th round pick because of his body type and pass rush ability.

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

9. TE GABE HUGHES, FLORIDA TECH, 6-3 1/4, 240, 4.63

After starting his career at Western Michigan, Hughes transferred to Florida Tech where he has been a dominant player over the last three years. He is a three-time 1st team All-Gulf South selection who plays with speed, makes big plays, and is a willing blocker who can play in the slot or inline. He ran in the 4.6s at his pro day along with a 33 ½ inch vertical, 4.25 short shuttle, 10*0 broad jump, and did 22 bench reps. If he can gain some weight and improve as a blocker he could have a nice career in the NFL as a backup.

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

10. TE/QB JASON VANDER LAAN, FERRIS STATE, 6-3 3/8, 241, 4.75

Vander Laan is perhaps the most decorated D2 player in recent memory as a 4-time All-GLIAC selection and 2-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner. Usually when you have a quarterback as big as this kid you expect him to be a quarterback in the NFL but he is a great athlete who runs over defenders and is pretty smooth in space. He lacks the ideal mechanics and arm strength to be a passer but will likely get a chance to play tight end because he has all the tools to make that transition. While it is not expected that he will get drafted he is a potential late round pick if a position coach feels strongly about his upside and doesn*t want to fight other teams for his services. He could be a 6th or 7th round pick but is projected to be one of the most sought after priority free agents out there.

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

Here is the rest of my D2 list with my top 100 prospects.

Rank Pos First Last School Projection
1 DE Matt Judon Grand Valley 4th-5th
2 DT Justin Zimmer Ferris State 6th
3 OT Dominique Robertson West Georgia 7th
4 WR Dez Stewart Ohio Dominican PFA
5 RS Tyreek Hill West Alabama PFA
6 SS Mike Jordan Missouri Western PFA
7 SS Marqui Christian Midwestern State PFA
8 DE Shaneil Jenkins Shepherd PFA
9 TE Gabe Hughes Florida Tech PFA
10 TE Jason Vander Laan Ferris State PFA
11 DE Morgan Fox CSU-Pueblo FA
12 K Brent Wahle Ohio Dominican FA
13 CB Josh Atkinson Azusa Pacific FA
14 RB Cameron McDondle CSU-Pueblo FA
15 CB Sam Brown Missouri Western FA
16 CB Solomon St. Pierre Sioux Falls FA
17 RB Cedric O*Neal Valdosta State FA
18 OLB Josh Gordon Minnesota State FA
19 OT Kennedy Estelle West Alabama FA
20 QB Liam Nadler Gannon FA
21 QB Kyle Washington Angelo State FA
22 OLB Mike Bloomfield Winston-Salem FA
23 QB Matt Soltes East Stroudsburg FA
24 FB Tim Brown West Chester FA
25 WR Kieren Duncan CSU-Pueblo FA
26 OG Herschel Prater Minnesota State FA
27 DT Lee Campbell Indianapolis FA
28 OT Travis Hening East Central FA/Tryouts
29 DE Iosia Iosia West Texas A&M FA/Tryouts
30 DT Clayton Callicutt Angelo State FA/Tryouts
31 FS Bryce Enyard Northwest Missouri FA/Tryouts
32 WR Jon Schnaars East Stroudsburg FA/Tryouts
33 OT Zach Martinez CSU-Pueblo FA/Tryouts
34 WR Montario Hunter Elizabeth City FA/Tryouts
35 RB Geremy Alridge-Mitchell West Texas A&M FA/Tryouts
36 DT Johnny Maxey Mars Hill FA/Tryouts
37 TE Daree Goodwin West Liberty FA/Tryouts
38 WR Reece Horn Indianapolis FA/Tryouts
39 QB James Harris III California FA/Tryouts
40 RB Anthony Bilal Lake Erie FA/Tryouts
41 OG Leon Hill Glenville State Tryout
42 DT Tanner Agen Michigan Tech Tryout
43 CB Jordan Sefon St. Cloud Tryout
44 DT Brandon Yost Northwest Missouri Tryout
45 DE A.J. Page Southwest Minnesota Tryout
46 TE Johnathan Powell Ouachita Baptist Tryout
47 DE Mike Keck UNC-Pembroke Tryout
48 DT Toni Pulu Texas A&M-Commerce Tryout
49 WR Jake Lampman Ferris State Tryout
50 CB Dominique Rouse Midwestern State Tryout
51 WR Kowan Scott California Tryout
52 CB Trevon Hartfield Southwestern Oklahoma Tryout
53 RB Terry Williams Kutztown Tryout
54 CB Eric Rawls Kentucky State Tryout
55 P Matt Klingler Lindenwood Tryout
56 OG Kevin Bowen EastCentral Tryout
57 RB C.J. Ham Augustana Tryout
58 WR Greg Dent Valdosta State Tryout
59 C Bret Piekarski St.Cloud Tryout
60 QB Brady Bolles Northwest Missouri Tryout
61 NT Kaleb Wendricks Minnesota State Tryout
62 QB Jeremy Johnson Charleston Tryout
63 WR Anthony Kelly Kutztown Tryout
64 ILB Taylor McDonnell Newberry Tryout
65 WR Justin Leavy Delta State Tryout
66 WR Andrew Flory Fort Hays Tryout
67 DE Grady Ollison Jr Henderson State Tryout
68 DE Miles Pace Virginia Union Tryout
69 WR Josh Mikes Winona State Tryout
70 DE John Sheehy West Texas A&M Tryout
71 DE Andrew Cohen West Chester Tryout
72 FS Jordan Shaw Shorter Tryout
73 CB Martay Mattox Mars Hill Tryout
74 WR T.J. Lowder Florida Tech Tryout
75 CB Robert Daniels Lincoln (Mo) Tryout
76 RB Brandon Bourbon Washburn Tryout
77 RB John Moscatel Southern Connecticut Tryout
78 OT Aleksandar Milanovic Adams State Tryout
79 OT Zeth Ramsay Colorado Mesa Tryout
80 OT Paul Flores II Azusa Pacific Tryout
81 TE Cole Spurgeon Colorado Mines Tryout
82 OLB Teven Williams Slippery Rock Tryout
83 OT Leonard Wester Missouri Western Tryout
84 FB Ashton Broyld West Georgia Tryout
85 DT Anthony McDaniel Bowie State Tryout
86 OG Jeremy Seaman California Tryout
87 CB Anthony Beaver Jr. Central Washington Tryout
88 WR Greg Coble Lindenwood Tryout
89 RB Chris McClendon Oklahoma Panhandle Tryout
90 ILB Jameel Whitney East Central Tryout
91 WR Deontrae Cooper CSU-Pueblo Tryout
92 QB Jesse Scroggins Lindenwood Tryout
93 WR Dennis Norfleet Tuskegee Tryout
94 RB Ledell White St. Cloud Tryout
95 WR Le*Nard Meyers Tarleton State Tryout
96 OG Jonte Berry Northwestern Oklahoma Tryout
97 TE Sean Binckes LIU Post Tryout
98 RB Jeff Seybold Jr. Pittsburg State Tryout
99 RB Rahmann Lee Glenville State Tryout
100 WR Marcus Tucker Northern Michigan Tryout


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