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2014 DRAFT CLASS FEATURES STRONG D2 PRO HOPEFULS LIST

In the preseason I had 19 players with a grade high enough to make this list and in the postseason 25 have made it.  

A few schools have more than one player on this list led by Bloomsburg and West Texas A&M with three each while Northwest Missouri State has two.  

As of the end of the season the No. 1 rated player on the list was Dixie State tight end Joe Don Duncan but due to the injury suffered late in the season keeping him out of the Senior Bowl and preventing him from working out at the NFL Scouting Combine his status is not quite as certain as it appeared in early November.  

This group is led by Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir who should be the first player off the board after a strong Senior Bowl and combine workout. 

You could interchange the next few names as Howard Jones, Ethan Westbrooks, Zach Moore, and Larry Webster should all come off the board in the 5th-6th round range.  

This year 14 Division II players were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, that’s an all-time high since I have been covering the draft. 

Last year 11 players were selected and we could see as many as 15 taken this year.  

Here is a look at the last six NFL Drafts and how Division II players have fared.   

D2 FOOTBALL- LAST 6 DRAFTS

Over the last 6 drafts there have been 33 players taken and of that 33 there have been 20 who were not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.  

2013 DRAFT

Total (11)

Non Combine (5)

Rd

Pick

Team

Pos

First Name

Last Name

School

Cls

Combine

3

94

Baltimore

DT

Brandon

Williams

Missouri Southern State

Sr.

yes

4

108

Carolina

OG

Edmund

Kugbila

Valdosta State

Sr.

yes

6

170

Kansas City

OC

Eric

Kush

California PA

Sr.

6

183

New Orleans

DE

Rufus

Johnson

Tarleton State

Sr.

6

203

Baltimore

OG

Ryan

Jensen

CSU-Pueblo

Sr.

7

216

Green Bay

WO

Charles

Johnson

Grand Valley State

Sr.

7

217

Cleveland

DE

Armonty

Bryant

East Central

Sr.

yes

7

227

Cleveland

OG

Garrett

Gilkey

Chadron State

Sr.

yes

7

231

Seattle

IB

Ty

Powell

Harding

Sr.

yes

7

233

Oakland

DE

David

Bass

Missouri Western State

Sr.

yes

7

242

Seattle

OT

Michael

Bowie

Northeastern State

Sr.

2012 DRAFT

Total (6)

Non Combine (4)

Rd

Pick

Team

Pos

First Name

Last Name

School

Cls

Combine

2

39

St. Louis

DC

Janoris

Jenkins

North Alabama

Sr.

yes

2

40

Carolina

OG

Amini

Silatolu

Midwestern State

Sr.

yes

6

171

St. Louis

PK

Greg

Zuerlein

Missouri Western

Sr.

 

6

199

San Francisco

OC

Jason

Slowey

Western Oregon

Sr.

 

7

228

Jacksonville

NT

Jeris

Pendleton

Ashland

Sr.

 

7

252

St. Louis

OH

Daryl

Richardson

Abilene Christian

Sr.

 

2011 DRAFT

Total (4)

Non Combine (1)

Rd

Pick

Team

Pos

First Name

Last Name

School

Cls

Combine

4

111

Miami

WO

Edmond

Gates

Abilene Christian

Sr.

yes

6

172

Minnesota

C

Brandon

Fusco

Slippery Rock

Sr.

yes

7

236

Miami

WO

Stephen

Burton

West Texas A&M

Sr.

yes

7

251

Tennessee

FS

Tommie

Campbell

California PA

Sr.

 

2010 DRAFT

Total (5)

Non Combine (3)

Rd

Pick

Team

Pos

First Name

Last Name

School

Cls

Combine

3

69

Oakland

OT

Jared

Veldheer

Hillsdale

Sr.

yes

4

126

Dallas

DC

Akwasi

Owusu-Ansah

Indiana PA

Sr.

yes

6

189

St. Louis

DE

Eugene

Sims

West Texas A&M

Sr.

 

6

194

Baltimore

OT

Ramone

Harewood

Morehouse

Sr.

 

7

218

Chicago

OT

J*Marcus

Webb

West Texas A&M

Sr.

 

2009 DRAFT

Total (6)

Non Combine (3)

Rd

Pick

Team

Pos

First Name

Last Name

School

Cls

Combine

4

115

Detroit

DT

Sammie Lee

Hill

Stillman

Sr.

yes

4

131

Arizona

DC

Gregory

Toler

St. Paul*s

Sr.

 

5

140

Chicago

WO

Johnny

Knox

Abilene Christian

Sr.

yes

6

180

Jacksonville

TE

Zachary

Miller

Nebraska-Omaha

Sr.

 

6

196

St. Louis

QB

Keith

Null

West Texas A&M

Sr.

 

6

209

Cincinnati

OH

Bernard

Scott

Abilene Christian

Sr.

yes

2008 DRAFT RESULTS

Total (1)

Non Combine (4)

Rd

Pick

Team

Pos

First Name

Last Name

School

Cls

Combine

5

140

Kansas City

DC

Brandon

Carr

Grand Valley State

Sr.

 

6

179

Buffalo

OH

Xavier

Omon

NW Missouri St.

Sr.

yes

7

229

Tennessee

DC

Cary

Williams

Washburn

Sr.

 

7

231

Cleveland

DE

Alex

Hall

St. Augustine College

Sr.

 

7

250

Carolina

OG

Mackenzy

Bernadeau

Bentley

Sr.

 

Below are the pro hopefuls profiles and below is my top 50 prospects heading into the draft.

2014 D2 PRO HOPEFULS

Dustin Vaughan
West Texas A&M
QB
6047 (6-5), 230 lbs
4.95-5.00 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 1st team Daktronics, AP Little All-American, Lonestar OFF POY, 1st team All-Lonestar w/447-675-5401-53-10-66.2 pass, 58--88--1.5-1 rush in 14 gms in 2013. 1st team All-Lonestar, OFF POY w/359-555-4712-45-13-64.7 pass, 71-139-2.0-0 rush, TT in 15 gms in 2012. HM All-Lonestar w/227-382-3316-25-6-59.4 pass, 39-26-1.1-0 rush in 10 gms in 2011. Backup w/12-26-163-1-1-46-2 pass, 3-6-2.0-0 rush in 4 gms in 2010. Redshirted in 2009.

Analysis
Vaughan improved greatly in 2013 showing better accuracy and consistency.  He’s got the prototype size and good arm strength.  While he lacks great mobility he can move around the pocket and has adequate footwork.  Spending time under center is something you know he needed after watching tape and he showed he could do it at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.  He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and could get drafted in the 6th or 7th round.

 

Reggie Jordan
Missouri Western State
H-back/FB/TE
6032 (6-3), 239 lbs
4.73-4.78 40

Career Snapshot
2nd team All-MIAA w/23-366-15.9-4 rec in 11 gms in 2013. HM All-American, HM All-MIAA w/23-230-10.0-11 rec, 2-100-50.0-1 rush in 14 gms in 2012. 4-135-33.8-1 rush, 6-83-13.8-2 rec in 12 gms, 1 st in 2011. No stats in 4 gms in 2010. Redshirted in 2009.

Analysis
The undersized tight end reminds me of Gijon Robinson who was also invited to the NFL Scouting Combine like Jordan.  Jordan has good length, sustains blocks well, and is very athletic. He has very good hands and can pick up yards after the catch.  Whether drafted or not I believe he will make a 53 man roster and contribute heavily on special teams while developing into a solid back up. 

 

Jeff Janis
Saginaw Valley State
WR
6027 (6-3), 216 lbs
4.37-4.45 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 1st team Daktronics, AP Little All-American, GLIAC OFF BACK of YR, 1st team All-GLIAC w/83-1572-18.9-14 rec in 12 gms in 2013. GLIAC OFF BACK OF YR, 1st team All-GLIAC w/83-1572-18.9-14 rec, 4-49-4.1-2 rush in 12 gms in 2013. 1st team All-American, 1st team All-GLIAC, OFF BACK OF YR w/106-1635-15.4-17 rec, 1-15-15.0-1 rush in 2012. HM All-GLIAC w/48-968-20.2-14 rec, 2-17-8.5-0 rush in 2011. 9-130-14.4-1 rec, 3-16-5.3-0 rush in 10 gms in 2010. Redshirted in 2009.

Analysis
His size and straight line speed are very impressive.  They made him tough to match up against at the D2 level.  He was held in check by the Dixon twins early in the year and does tend to let the ball into his body but overall was dominant in his career.  Janis was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine where he ran well and is considered a potential 5th-7th round draft choice.

 

Torrence Allen
West Texas A&M
WR
6000 (6-0), 183 lbs
4.41-4.44 40

Career Snapshot
1st team Daktronics All-American, 1st team All-Lonestar w/123-1668-13.6-12 rec, 1--2--2.0-1 rush in 14 gms in 2013. 1st team All-Lonestar, CO WR of YR w/87-1430-16.4-12 rec, 2 TT in 14 gms in 2012. 21-303-14.4-2 rec in 9 gms in 2011. 7-99-14.1-0 rec in 12 gms in 2010. Redshirted in 2009.

Analysis
Allen provided Vaughan with a sure handed target who catches everything and answered top end speed questions with a 4.4 40 at his pro day.  He can improve some as a route runner but is smooth and very tough.  For two years in a row he has been a dominant pass catcher and has the potential to be a solid backup as a rookie.  Allen was snubbed by the all-star games and NFL Scouting Combine but now appears a good chance to be selected in the 6th or 7th round.

 

Corey Washington
Newberry
WR
6036 (6-4), 214 lbs
4.50-4.53 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-SAC w/44-839-19.1-13 rec, 1--13--13.0-0 rush, 2-177-88.5-2 KR, 4-82-20.5-1 PR in 12 gms in 2013. 1st team All-SAC w/51-776-15.2-9 rec, 1--9--9.0-0 rush, 1-1-36-1-0-100.0 pass in 2012. Transferred from Georgia Military JC for 2012. 34-517-15.2-8 rec in 8 gms in 2011. 17-264-15.5-4 rec in 8 gms in 2010. 

Analysis
The Newberry product had a rough road to where he is now but that’s made him work harder than most to put him in this position.  He improved as a senior showing potential to dominate.  He has big hands, good length, and is strong.  If you want to see how strong and athletic he is just watch his final two games of the regular season where he returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns.  Route running, explosion, and top end speed are considered weaknesses but you can’t teach what he has.  He could potentially go in the 7th round after running 4.5s at his pro day.  

 

John Brown
Pittsburg State
RS/WR
5100 (5-10), 172 lbs
4.34-4.40 40

Career Snapshot
2nd team Daktronics RS, AP Little All-American AP, MIAA Spec TMS POY, 1st team All-MIAA WR/KR/PR w/61-1198-19.6-14 rec, 17-100-5.9-2 rush, 23-264-11.5-0 PR, 12-389-32.4-1 KR in 12 gms in 2013. AFCA WR, 2nd team All-American RS, AP, 1st team All-MIAA WR, KR/PR, SPEC TMS POY w/63-973-15.4-8 rec, 16-395-24.7-0 KR, 28-430-15.4-1 PR, 13-202-15.5-1 rush in 10 gms in 2012. 1st team All-MIAA RS, 2nd team WR w/61-1216-19.9-12 rec, 18-92-5.1-3 rush, 27-369-13.7-2 PR, 24-616-25.7-1 KR, 2 TT in 14 gms in 2011. Transferred from Coffeyville CC for 2011. Redshirted in 2010. Transferred from Mars Hill for 2010. Sat out in 2009. SAC OFF FOY w/27-619-22.9-7 rec, 29-718-24.8-1 KR, 15-177-7.8-0 PR in *08. Will be 25 on draft day.

Analysis

Brown might be the most decorated player of any in this year’s group because of his abundance of awards not just at one position but two.  He’s listed as a return specialist as primary position because he’s small and lacks the bulk that NFL coaches would like but has dynamic return skills.  His smooth routes and hands make him someone who could be a solid #3 or #4 receiver if he gets stronger and bulks up.  The strongest asset for him is his return ability where he has a chance to take it to the house at any point.  His 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine likely cemented his draft status.  Expect him to come off the board in the in the 6th or 7th round, with a slight shot at the 5th round.

 

Joe Don Duncan
Dixie State
TE
6025 (6-3), 268 lbs
4.72-4.77 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 1st team AP Little All-American, 1st team All-GNAC w/71-1045-14.7-13 rec in 10 gms in 2013. Medical redshirt due to surgery on knee due to pain in lower femur from injury suffered at Sac St in 2012. HM All-American, 1st team All-GNAC w/64-949-14.8-9 rec in 10 gms in 2011. Transferred from El Camino for 2011. 1st team All-Conference in 2010. Played in 2009. Transferred from Sacramento State for 2009. Redshirted in *08. 

Analysis
Duncan was rated No. 1 on my list before the NFL Scouting Combine but having yet to workout for scouts, since his injury late in the season has clouded his status.  His dominant senior season coming off an injury is what caused him to vault to begin with showing he can block and sustain, good strength, catches everything, and the ability to make big plays.  If not for the injury I believe he would have been a top 100 pick but could land in the 5th or 6th round or completely fall out of the draft.  

 

Matt Feiler
Bloomsburg
OG/OT
6057 (6-6), 333 lbs
5.34-5.41 40

Career Snapshot
3rd team AP Little All-American, 1st team All-PSAC East at LT in 2013. 1st team All-PSAC East at LT in 2012. Started at LG, TT in 2011. Started at LG in 2010. 

Analysis
Feiler played left tackle in college but due to his skill set and lack of length projects as a guard.  The potential issues at tackle showed at the Shrine Game in pass protection where Ethan Westbrooks beat him a few times.  His strength and girth will allow him to transition inside to guard and should be fine though.  He doesn’t have great athleticism and quickness but he is a big, strong body who can move people and seals well.  He should come off the board in the 6th or 7th round.  

 

Brian Clarke
Bloomsburg
OG
6021 (6-2), 299 lbs
5.00-5.20 40

Career Snapshot
1st team Daktronics, AP Little All-American, 1st team All-PSAC East at RG in 2013. 1st team All-American, 1st team All-PSAC East at RG, played some DT w/5 TT, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 SCK, PBU, QBH in 12 gms in 2012. 1st team All-PSAC East at LG, TT in 2011. Academically ineligible in 2010. Started at RG in 2009. 

Analysis
While Clarke isn’t very tall, lacks great athletic ability, and isn’t the best looking body in pads, he is very tough, mean, and gets the job done.  His consistency and toughness make him someone who could play a long time in the NFL, despite the fact he is more likely not to get drafted.  Clarke is one of those players who coaches and anyone who likes tough players will love and make it hard to cut.

 

Matt Armstrong
Grand Valley State
OC/OG
6021 (6-2), 298 lbs
5.18-5.20 40

Career Snapshot
D2 Rimington Award winner, AFCA, 1st team Daktronics, AP Little All-American, GLIAC OL of the Year, 1st team All-GLIAC at C in 2013. Moved from RG to C for 2013. 1st team All-GLIAC at RG in 2012. Moved to RG for 2012. Medical redshirt w/knee injury in 2011. 1st team All-GLIAC at C in 2010. HM All-GLIAC at C in 2009. Redshirted in *08. Thrower on track & field team.

Analysis
The next in a long line of dominant GLIAC offensive lineman, Armstrong had a big senior year after moving from right guard before the season.  Armstrong is a consistent player who creates holes, moves well, and can play either guard or center.  His ability to play anywhere on the interior of the line and his intelligence make him someone who likely would have been drafted if he had been healthy for all-star games and able to workout at the NFL Scouting Combine.  He is currently a priority free agent projection but it would not be surprising to see him land in the 7th round.

 

Ethan Westbrooks
West Texas A&M
DE
6034 (6-4), 266 lbs
4.72-4.75 40

Career Snapshot
2nd team AP Little All-American, 1st team All-Lonestar w/43 TT, 19.5 TFL, 7 SCK, 5 PBU, 10 QBH, 2 FR, FF in 10 sts, 14 gms in 2013. 1st team All-American, 1st team All-Lonestar, DEF POY w/60 TT, 28 TFL, 19.5 SCK, 2 PBU, 19 QBH, 3 FF in 15 gms in 2012. Transferred from Sacramento City CC for 2012. Transferred from San Joaquin CC due to disagreement about moving out there. 

Analysis
Hopefully Westbrooks is reading what I’m about to say and takes it to heart.  He’s got 2nd-3rd round ability but any Division II player whose attitude gets him benched and doesn’t give the effort every play like he did hurts their stock.  Despite what Ethan felt he was playing very well in his new role and just needed to give effort play in and play out.  I downgraded him early in the fall but he rebounded late in the year and really showed during the postseason that he has big time ability.  Some say he is he is the biggest boom or bust prospect in this class and I agree.  If he works hard, listens to the coaches, and does the right things he will be a big time player in the NFL who starts for a very long time.  He has a powerful punch, good speed, and the body to be a 3-4 end or 4-3 end because of his athleticism and quickness.  The two-time All-American who has 47.5 tackles for loss and 26.5 sacks in his two years at West Texas has shown he has the ability to flat out dominate.  Keep an eye on Westbrooks as I have him in the 5th round now but if he went higher it would not surprise based on the film.  I expect him to be a boom prospect who is projected in the 5th or 6th round right now but could go in the top 100 if a team falls in love with him during private workouts and his pro day workout.

 

Zach Moore
Concordia St. Paul
6054 (6-6), 269 lbs
4.79-4.84 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-NSIC South w/33 TT, 9.5 TFL, 7 SCK, 3 PBU, 12 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF, BLK in 11 gms in 2013. AFCA, 2nd team All-American, 1st team All-NSIC South w/39 TT, 21 TFL, 14 SCK, INT, 11 PBU, 2 FF, BLK in 2012. Suspended due to academics and arrest in 2011.  1st team All-NSIC South w/42 TT, 11.5 TFL, 10 SCK, 3 QBH, FF, BLK in 9 gms in 2010. 16 TT, 3 TFL, 2 SCK, FF in 8 games in 2009. 

Analysis
Moore’s college career has been a roller coaster after his strong 2010 campaign which got him on my radar and had him ranked as a late round pick but then had to miss 2011 due to off field issues.  I think Moore has the potential to be a starter in the NFL but will start out as a backup and special teamer.  His talent is unquestioned with his size, ability to flatten and control the line, and pass rush skills.  He did well at the NFL Scouting Combine and should come off the board in the between picks 150-200.

 

Larry Webster
Bloomsburg
6056 (6-6), 248 lbs
4.62-4.65 40

Career Snapshot
2nd team Daktronics All-American, 1st team All-PSAC East w/49 TT, 16 TFL, 12.5 SCK, 2 PBU, 9 QBH, 2 FR, FF in 12 gms in 2013. 1st team All-PSAC East w/39 TT, 15 TFL, 13.5 SCK, INT, 2 PBU, QBH, FR, FF, 2-8-4.0-2 rec in 12 gms in 2012. Played basketball at Bloomsburg. 2nd team All-PSAC East, PSAC East DEF POY w/10.2ppg, 44 blk, 36 steal, 7.2rpg in 28 gms in 2012. 10.2ppg, 61 blk, 30 stl, 42 TO, 7.0 rpg in 26 gms in 2010. 12.2ppg, 34 blk, 20 stl, 9.1rpg in 19 gms in 2009. Son of Larry Webster.

Analysis
Webster has been a hot name the last two years going from an unknown who joined the football team when his basketball eligibility ran out to a player who was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and should definitely hear his name called.  He’s got great length, speed, and is very athletic.  While his frame is limited in terms of weight he could add his technique is still a work in progress and he can improve greatly in that area with just two years of football in him so far.  The grades on him are all over the board as some have him in the 4th round while others have him as a 7th-PFA type projection.  I grade him a 6th round grade and project him to be a 6th or 7th round pick but someone pulling the trigger higher would not be a surprise.

 

Jake Metz
Shippensburg
6055 (6-6), 263 lbs
4.99-5.00 40

Career Snapshot

1st team AP Little All-American, PSAC East DEF POY, 1st team All-PSAC East w/62 TT, 18 TFL, 11 SCK, 5 PBU, 3 QBH in 11 gms in 2013. 1st team All-American, 1st team All-PSAC East w/76 TT, 19 TFL, 11.5 SCK, INT, 5 PBU, QBH, 5 FF, BLK in 13 gms in 2012. 2nd team All-PSAC East w/44 TT, 10.5 TFL, 7.5 SCK, INT, 3 PBU, 4 QBH, 3 FR, FF in 2011. 37 TT, 7.5 TFL, 4 QBH, 2 PBU, FR in 2010. Redshirted in 2009.

Analysis
Metz has been on the NFL radar for years because of his size, length, and consistent production.  He’s stiff and doesn’t run extremely well in long space but has a good burst, is long, athletic, and disrupts the passing game vertically by batting down balls.  He uses his length well to get around players but needs to get stronger and some technique work.  He projects as a priority free agent but should make a roster in some way.  

 

Jamie Meder
Ashland
DT 
6022 (6-2), 293 lbs
5.20-5.25 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 2nd team AP Little All-American, GLIAC DL of YR, 1st team All-GLIAC w/88 TT, 7.5 TFL, 3 SCK, FF in 10 gms in 2013. 1st team All-GLIAC, DL of YR w/61 TT, 6.5 TFL, 3 SCK, 5 QBH in 12 gms in 2012. 2nd team All-American, 1st team All-GLIAC w/53 TT, 10.5 TFL, 3 SCK, PBU, 7 QBH, FR, 2 FF, BLK in 2011. 1st team All-GLIAC, FOY w/45 TT, 10.5 TFL, 5 SCK, QBH, FR in 2010. Redshirted in 2009.

Analysis
Meder had a good week at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and showed that while he is a little stiff he is strong, pushes the pocket, and can play with the big boys.  His motor and production really stand out and make him a player who could play a while in the NFL.  If he were 6’4 320 pounds he would be a mid round pick.  His ability to push the pocket and control the line scrimmage, despite being considered on the smaller end of a NFL defensive tackle, shows just how naturally strong he is.  Meder is a four-time All-GLIAC pick who has been on the NFL radar for over three years now and is considered a borderline draft pick by most but I believe he should be selected late and can contribute at the NFL level.  

 

Mike Pennel
CSU-Pueblo
NT
6042 (6-4), 333 lbs
5.19-5.24 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-RMAC w/36 TT, 6 TFL, 3 SCK, 4 PBU, 3 FF, 2 FR in 12 gms in 2013. Transferred from Arizona State for 2013. 4 TT, QBH in 5 gms, suspended Illinois game for violation of team rules and suspended indefinitely in Oct for Twitter rant in 2012. Transferred from Scottsdale CC for 2012. 37 TT, 13 TFL, 2 SCK in 2011. 34 TT, 10 TFL, 5 SCK in 2010. 4-star recruit by Rivals.com in JC and HS.

Analysis
He’s a tough player to grade on tape and someone who many were surprised got an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine because of transferring late in his career and not playing much early.  Once on the field he flashed mid round potential at times, showing why he was a major FBS recruit out of high school and JUCO.  He has good length, a big frame, can move, and is very strong.  He needs to be more consistent and flash more than a couple times in a game but it’s hard to find players his size who move as well as he does.  He could potentially get drafted in the 6th or 7th round as a 3-4 nose tackle.

 

Lawrence Virgil
Valdosta State
DT/DE
6044 (6-5), 287 lbs
5.00-5.09 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-Gulf South w/48 TT, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 SCK, 4 QBH, 3 FF in 10 gms in 2013. 2nd team All-Gulf South w/52 TT, 12 TFL, 6 SCK, PBU, 4 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF, SAF in 14 gms in 2012. 2nd team All-Gulf South w/30 TT, 8.5 TFL, 5 SCK, 2 QBH, 3 FF, BLK in 10 gms in 2011. Played but no stats in 2010.

Analysis
Virgil is an athletic 4-3 three-technique who some might project to play 3-4 defensive end as well.  His athleticism and speed jump out but he needs to play more consistently and will have to either fill out his frame and be a tackle, since he has the strength (39 bench reps) or work on his edge rush skills and play end.  Virgil has a lot of upside but is a developmental prospect with a slight shot in the 7th round but most likely a priority free agent. 

 

Howard Jones
Shepherd
LB
6023 (6-3), 234 lbs
4.48-4.53 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-MEC w/34 TT, 11.5 TFL, 6.5 SCK, PBU, FR returned for TD, 2 FF in 12 gms in 2013. 1st team All-WVIAC w/34 TT, 15.5 TFL, 9 SCK, FF in 2012. 1st team All-WVIAC w/31 TT, 23.5 TFL, 12 SCK, INT, 3 FF, 2 BLK in 2011. 2nd team All-WVIAC w/39 TT, 18 TFL, 6 SCK, 2 PBU, 2 QBH, FR, 2 FF, 2 BLK in 13 gms in 2010. Prop 48 coming out of HS.

Analysis
Jones is another very tough projection because he played end but will have to convert to linebacker in the NFL due to lack of girth, strength, and overall size for the position.  His athleticism and quickness, along with his hip flexion, make him someone who should have no problem converting.  His speed will make him a quality special teams player early in his career.  His play at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and workout at the NFL Scouting Combine should definitely get him drafted in the 5th-7th round range but it would not shock me if he snuck into the late 4th round, just depending on how the 4-3 teams view him.  

 

Carlos Fields
Winston Salem State
OLB
6007 (6-1), 238 lbs
4.50-4.51 40

Career Snapshot
CIAA Co-DEF POY, 1st team All-CIAA w/93 TT, 8.5 TFL, 2 INT, 4 PBU, FF in 2013. 1st team All-CIAA, DEF POY w/117 TT, 9 TFL, 1.5 SCK, 2 INT, 7 PBU, 2 FF in 15 gms in 2012. 2nd team All-CIAA w/81 TT, 12 TFL 4.5 SCK, 2 INT, 11 PBU, 2 QBH, 3 FR/returned two for TDs, 2 FF in 14 gms in 2011. 31 TT, 5 TFL, 2 SCK, PBU, 3 QBH, 2 FF in 9 gms in 2010.

Analysis
Fields was a hard player to gauge in college.  There were times on tape you want to put a 4th round grade on him but then he would disappear for long periods of time.  He’s got great speed, runs sideline to sideline, and really jumps out on film as a guy who you believe is a Pro Bowler on special teams and great backup player who may develop into a starter.  He’s very raw and needs some work but has become a player who teams may just draft after his pro day workout at Wake Forest.  Fields ran in the 4.50 range, had a 38 inch vertical, 10’8 broad jump, 4.28 short shuttle, and an impressive 1.59 10-yard time.  It would not surprise me to see him land him in 6th or 7th round after his workouts.  

Pierre Desir
Lindenwood
CB
6010 (6-1), 198 lbs
4.52-4.58 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 1st team AP Little All-American, 2nd team Daktronics All-American, 1st team All-MIAA w/33 TT, TFL, 4 INT, 8 PBU, FR, FF in 9 gms in 2013. AFCA All-American, 1st team All-MIAA w/60 TT, 2.5 TFL, SCK, 9 INT/returned one for TD, 9 PBU in 12 gms in 2012. Sat out in 2011. Transferred from Washburn to be closer to home. 2nd team All-MIAA w/46 TT, 5.5 TFL, 2 SCK, 5 INT, 4 PBU, FR, FF, 17-333-19.6-0 KR in 12 gms in 2010. 1st team All-MIAA w/34 TT, 7 INT/returned one for TD, 6 PBU, FR, 2 FF in 2009. Redshirted in *08.

Analysis
Desir is another of several players who has been on the NFL radar for years.  As a freshman at Washburn he caught the eye of myself and NFL teams as he dominated.  His ball skills and instincts are among the best in the entire draft.  Every year in college he has at least four interceptions and has picked off seven or more twice during his career.  His size, length, and strength make him very tough to match up with and he did very well at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine.  If he had ran in the 4.4s the belief was that he would go in the top 50 picks so it appears he is a likely third round selection.  

 

Brandon Dixon
Northwest Missouri State
CB 
5114 (6-0), 200 lbs
4.40-4.46 40

Career Snapshot
1st team Daktronics All-American, 1st team All-MIAA w/36 TT, TFL, INT, 11 PBU, FR returned for TD, BLK in 14 gms in 2013. 2nd team All-American, 2nd team All-MIAA w/38 TT, TFL, 5 INT/returned one for TD, 5 PBU in 13 gms in 2012. Transferred from Joliet JC for 2012: 2nd team All-Conference w/90 TT, 8 INT, 31 PBU, 2 FR in 2011. 

Analysis
As good as Desir has been the belief is that nobody woke up receivers and challenged them more than Dixon in 203.  He is a physical press corner who can jam with the best of them and held the very best in Division II in check.  Just watch his tape against Jeff Janis and John Brown, both are players I really like a lot.  His off man skills need work and it would have been nice to see more picks but his style of play didn’t allow for many throws his way.  Hall of Famer Darrell Green praised him at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl saying he could get drafted and improved more than anyone else.  Dixon’s ability to plant and explode into tacklers and jam them at the line of scrimmage makes him someone worthy of taking in the sixth round range.

 

Brian Dixon
Northwest Missouri State
CB
5116 (5-’11), 196 lbs
4.41-4.43 40

Career Snapshot
2nd team All-MIAA w/21 TT, 0.5 TFL, INT returned for TD, 6 PBU, FR, 2 FF in 12 gms in 2013. 30 TT, 2 TFL, 5 INT, 2 PBU, QBH in 13 gms in 2012. Transferred from Joliet JC for 2012: 1st team All-Conference in 2011..

Analysis
While Brian doesn’t even have quite the hype of his twin brother he is someone who showed the ability to shut down his side of the field and can jam well.  He did not get an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine but his 4.4 40 at pro day, along with his body type and size, should make him a high priority free agent signing.

 

Dashaun Phillips
Tarleton State
CB
5113 (5-11), 182 lbs
4.48-4.51 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-Lonestar w/51 TT, 1.5 TFL, INT, 7 PBU, 2 FF, 1-5-5.0-0 PR in 10 gms in 2013. 1st team All-Lonestar w/32 TT, 0.5 TFL, INT, 8 PBU, FF, BLK, 1-34-34.0-0 PR, 4-106-26.5-0 KR in 10 gms in 2012. HM All-American, 1st team All-Lonestar, DB of Year w/50 TT, 1.5 TFL, 7 INT, 8 PBU in 2011. 44 TT, 3 INT, 5 PBU, FF in 2010. Redshirted in 2009.

Analysis
Phillips had his most productive season in 2010 and that may have hurt his postseason opportunities in that teams just stayed away from him so he lacked the eye popping numbers to get all-star game invites and made him a combine snub.  Some around Tarleton believe he is a third round pick and while I don’t see him going that high it would not be surprising to see him land in the 6th or 7th round.  The three-time first-team All-Lonestar selection has quickness, speed, and showed great explosion at his pro day workout with 39 inch vertical, 11’3 broad jump, 3.97 short shuttle, and 6.65 3-cone.  He is a likely late round or priority free agent option.

 

Dewey McDonald
California PA
FS
5116 (6-0), 220 lbs
4.43-4.57 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-PSAC West w/89 TT, 6 TFL, 3 INT/returned three for TDs, 8 PBU in 11 gms in 2013. Transferred from Fairmont State for 2013. Medical redshirt due to elbow injury in 2012. 2nd team All-WVIAC w/73 TT, 4 TFL, INT, 5 PBU, FR, FF in 2011. HM All-American, 1st team All-WVIAC w/69 TT, 5 TFL, 3 INT, 9 PBU in 2010. 1st team All-WVIAC w/36 TT, 2 TFL, 5 INT/returned one for TD, 5 PBU, FR, 3 FF in 2009.

Analysis
McDonald left Fairmont State because he felt he needed a better opportunity and he certainly took advantage in 2013 with a standout senior season.  His ball skills, physical tools, and ability to stop the run make him someone who could potentially get drafted.  If he isn’t taken late, he will certainly be a priority free agent pick signing and should make a practice squad.

 

LJ McCray
Catawba
SS/RS
5117 (6-’0), 210 lbs
4.52-4.57 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-SAC FS/RS w/78 TT, 3.5 TFL, 2 SCK, 8 PBU, 3 QBH, FF, 21-477-22.7-0 KR in 11 gms in 2013. 1st team All-SAC KR w/79 TT, 2.5 TFL, 2 INT, 2 PBU at SS, 35-1022-29.2-1 KR in 2012. 9 TT, 2-41-20.5-0 KR in 1 gm, missed rest of season due to injury in 2011. 1st team All-SAC KR w/61 TT, 2 PBU, QBH, FR, 20-649-32.5-2 KR in 2010. 25 TT, 2 TFL, INT, 2 PBU, FF in 8 sts, 10 gms in 2009. 

Analysis
This is a sleeper prospect to keep an eye on.  He’s a good return specialist who has the idea size, thickness, and strength to play safety in the NFL.  While he misses some tackles and doesn’t pop out as an elite athlete on tape, he tests well, and he’s been a consistent player who has the ability to be a solid special teamer and backup safety.  He could sneak into the 7th round but is a likely priority free agent.

 

D2 TOP 200 PROSPECTS

Rank

Pos

First Name

Last Name

School

Round

1

DC

Pierre

Desir

Lindenwood (MO)

3rd

2

OB

Howard

Jones

Shepherd

5th-6th

3

DE

Ethan

Westbrooks

West Texas A&M

5th-6th

4

DE

Zach

Moore

Concordia St. Paul

6th

5

DE

Larry

Webster

Bloomsburg

6th

6

OG

Matt

Feiler

Bloomsburg

6th-7th

7

DC

Brandon

Dixon

Northwest Missouri State

6th-7th

8

WO

Torrence

Allen

West Texas A&M

7th

9

OB

Carlos

Fields Jr.

Winston Salem State

7th

10

WO

Jeffrey **Jeff**

Janis

Saginaw Valley State

7th

11

QB

Dustin

Vaughan

West Texas A&M

7th

12

RS

John

Brown

Pittsburg State

7th

13

TE

Joseph **Joe Don**

Duncan

Dixie State

7th-PFA

14

DT

Jamie

Meder

Ashland

7th-PFA

15

H-Back

Reginald **Reggie**

Jordan

Missouri Western State

7th-PFA

16

WO

Corey

Washington

Newberry

7th-PFA

17

NT

Michael **Mike**

Pennel

CSU-Pueblo

7th-PFA

18

OC

Matt

Armstrong

Grand Valley State

PFA

19

DC

Dashaun

Phillips

Tarleton State

PFA

20

DE

Jake

Metz

Shippensburg

PFA

21

SS

James **LJ**

McCray

Catawba

PFA

22

OG

Brian

Clarke

Bloomsburg

PFA

23

DC

Brian

Dixon

Northwest Missouri State

PFA

24

DT

Lawrence

Virgil

Valdosta State

PFA

25

FS

Dewey

McDonald

California PA

PFA

26

TE

Michael

Flacco

New Haven

PFA

27

OC

William **Will**

Wright

West Georgia

PFA

28

IB

Tavarius

Wilson

North Alabama

PFA

29

OH

Franklyn

Quiteh

Bloomsburg

PFA

30

SS

Deron

Furr

Fort Valley State

PFA

31

FS

Demetruce

McNeal

West Alabama

PFA

32

WO

Gerald

Ford

Valdosta State

PFA

33

DC

Devin

Wallace

Virginia Union

PFA

34

DE

Dimitri

Orr

North Alabama

PFA/FA

35

WO

Seantavious

Jones

Valdosta State

PFA/FA

36

OH

Kedrick

Rhodes

West Alabama

PFA/FA

37

QB

Danny

O*Brien

Catawba

FA

38

RS

Nathan

Slaughter

West Texas A&M

FA

39

SS

Nicholas **Nick**

Williams

North Alabama

FA

40

OG

Jamal

Ellis

Newberry

FA

41

DE

Christopher **Chris**

Schaudt

Minnesota State-Mankato

FA

42

FS

Dexter

Moody

Albany State (GA)

FA

43

WO

John

Schademan

Slippery Rock

FA

44

DC

Malcolm

Butler

West Alabama

FA

45

DT

Gustave **John**

Benthin

Western Oregon

FA

46

QB

Donald **D.J.**

Mendenhall

Urbana (OH)

FA

47

OC

Jeremy

Gatson

Shaw

FA

48

WO

Freddie

Martino Jr.

North Greenville

FA

49

DT

Donnie

Owens

Winston Salem State

FA

50

RS

Jermaine

Jones

Saint Augustine*s

FA

51

WO

Gregory **Greg**

Moore

Lane College

FA

52

QB

William **Tyler**

Sykora

Southern Arkansas

FA

53

NT

Joey

Searcy II

Angelo State

FA

54

PK

Sergio

Castillo Jr.

West Texas A&M

FA

55

OH

Keidrick

Jackson

Midwestern State

FA

56

WO

Michael **Mike**

Williams

California PA

FA

57

NT

Leon

Minto

Johnson C. Smith

FA

58

IB

Keaton

Stigger

Henderson State

FA

59

IB

Brett

Pasche

Hillsdale

FA

60

FS

Marvin

Robinson

Ferris State

FA

61

OT

Tevon

Conrad

Saginaw Valley State

FA

62

DC

Jack

Howard

Lane College

FA

63

OB

Bryan

Johnson

West Texas A&M

FA

64

TE

Scott

Simonson

Assumption

FA

65

OT

Ryan

Gradney-Riggins

Fort Valley State

FA

66

WO

Robert

Armstrong

Texas A&M Kingsville

FA

67

QB

Jonathon

Jennings

Saginaw Valley State

FA

68

OH

Rondell

White

West Chester

FA

69

WO

Anthony

Dean

Southwest Minnesota State

Tryout

70

DE

Elhadji

Ndiaye

Nebraska-Kearney

Tryout

71

OB

Christo

Lisika

Southern Nazarene

Tryout

72

OG

Tino

Tuilata

Midwestern State

Tryout

73

PT

James

McCombie

Slippery Rock

Tryout

74

DE

Daniel

Riley

Harding

Tryout

75

WO

Robert

Holland

Chowan

Tryout

76

OH

Glen

Clinton

Chadron State

Tryout

77

QB

Travis

Partridge

Missouri Western State

Tryout

78

OH

Jermie

Calhoun

Angelo State

Tryout

79

DC

Thomas

Wolfe

Fort Valley State

Tryout

80

TE

Jeremy

Reierson

Minnesota Duluth

Tryout

81

OB

Carl

Fleming

Indiana (PA)

Tryout

82

DT

Michael **Mike**

Franklin

Shepherd

Tryout

83

OG

Tommy

Parsons

Texas A&M Kingsville

Tryout

84

IB

Nate

Dreiling

Pittsburg State

Tryout

85

PT

Kevin

VanVoris

West Texas A&M

Tryout

86

FS

Erik

Thompson

Grand Valley State

Tryout

87

RS

Dennis

Carter

Minnesota State-Mankato

Tryout

88

DE

Troy

Harris

Mars Hill

Tryout

89

IB

Taylor

McCuller

West Texas A&M

Tryout

90

DC

Charaun **C.J.**

Goodwin

California PA

Tryout

91

OG

Jon

Caspers

Northern State (SD)

Tryout

92

DT

Christopher **Chris**

Floyd

Lindenwood (MO)

Tryout

93

OG

Christian

Babini

Saginaw Valley State

Tryout

94

DC

Antonio

Marshall

Miles College

Tryout

95

IB

Jake

Edmiston

Colorado Mesa

Tryout

96

IB

Shaquille

Shedd

Southwest Baptist

Tryout

97

RS

Michael **Mike**

DeCaro

New Haven

Tryout

98

SS

Anthony

Baskin

Carson-Newman

Tryout

99

PT

Zach

Pulkinen

Bemidji State

Tryout

100

DE

Darnell

Harding

California PA

Tryout

101

WO

Nathan **Nate**

Ross

Chadron State

Tryout

102

WO

Brandan

Green

Grand Valley State

Tryout

103

DC

James

Jackson

Edinboro

Tryout

104

SS

Chris

Poston

Emporia State

Tryout

105

OT

Christopher **Chris**

Tolbert

Tuskegee

Tryout

106

SS

Caleb

Massey

North Alabama

Tryout

107

IB

Christopher **Chris**

Pope

Valdosta State

Tryout

108

WO

Darius

Millines

CSU-Pueblo

Tryout

109

WO

Lonnie

Outlaw Jr.

Miles College

Tryout

110

OB

Christopher **Chris**

Emesih

Missouri S&T

Tryout

111

OC

Tyler

Sizemore

North Alabama

Tryout

112

DC

Tashawn

Sneed

Gannon

Tryout

113

LS

Donny

Tudahl

New Mexico Highlands

Tryout

114

OB

Brendan **B.J.**

Stevens

California PA

Tryout

115

DE

Noah

Taylor

California PA

Tryout

116

DE

Robert

Hayes

Shepherd

Tryout

117

PK

Curt

Duncan

Carson-Newman

Tryout

118

OH

Joshua

Birmingham

Central Oklahoma

Tryout

119

DC

Justin

Bell

Ohio Dominican

Tryout

120

FS

John **Fred**

Gaines

East Central

Tryout

121

WO

Terrill

Barnes

Indiana (PA)

Tryout

122

WO

Regginald

Lewis

Valdosta State

Tryout

123

WO

Ray Ray

Davis

Emporia State

Tryout

124

PT

Scottie

Gallardo

Fort Lewis

Tryout

125

FS

Jack

Moro

St. Cloud State

Tryout

126

OH

Klay

Fiechter

Indianapolis

Tryout

127

FB

Jaryd

Brown

Findlay (OH)

Tryout

128

DE

Letavious

Williams

Newberry

Tryout

129

DE

Tevin

Moore

Texas A&M Commerce

Tryout

130

QB

Joe

Clancy

Merrimack

Tryout

131

OB

Jaycob

Coleman

Carson-Newman

Tryout

132

DC

Darnell

Evans

Shaw

Tryout

133

LS

Alex

Taylor

Carson-Newman

Tryout

134

QB

Bo

Cordell

Tusculum

Tryout

135

WO

Ronnell

Pompey

Western New Mexico

Tryout

136

TE

DaVaughn

Thornton

CSU-Pueblo

Tryout

137

OT

Marquis

Franklin

Fort Valley State

Tryout

138

QB

Chris

Mills

Indianapolis

Tryout

139

DE

John

Oyloe

University of Mary (ND)

Tryout

140

QB

Zachary **Zach**

Zulli

Shippensburg

Tryout

141

OB

Stanley **Stan**

Langlow

Central Washington

Tryout

142

OG

Mike

Goodman

McMurry

Tryout

143

FS

Victor

Johnson

Northeastern State (OK)

Tryout

144

OH

Chris

Coffey

North Alabama

Tryout

145

SS

Shawn

Krautzel

West Chester

Tryout

146

QB

Jon

Wolf

Minnesota State-Mankato

Tryout

147

OH

De*Antwan

Williams

Indiana (PA)

Tryout

148

WO

Josh

Sandoval

CSU-Pueblo

Tryout

149

SS

Marquis

Bradley

West Liberty

Tryout

150

WO

Ronrei

Lloyd

Central Missouri

Tryout

151

TE

Ryan

Corbin

Southwestern Oklahoma State

Tryout

152

FB

Calvin

Ursin

Arkansas-Monticello

Tryout

153

OB

Broderick

Sargent

Fort Lewis

Tryout

154

QB

Robert **Robbie**

Nallenweg

Wingate

Tryout

155

OG

Michael **Mike**

Nelson

Central Washington

Tryout

156

DE

Robert

Williams

Texas A&M Kingsville

Tryout

157

WO

Ta*Juan

Brown

Shaw

Tryout

158

WO

Joseph **Joe**

Webb

Urbana (OH)

Tryout

159

IB

Colby

Ring

Minnesota Duluth

Tryout

160

WO

Robert

Bleiler

East Stroudsburg

Tryout

161

OH

Brandon

Baker

Carson-Newman

Tryout

162

OG

Craig

Watts

West Texas A&M

Tryout

163

PK

Taylor

Groff

East Stroudsburg

Tryout

164

FS

Michael

Green

Lenoir-Rhyne

Tryout

165

QB

Emmanuel

Lewis

New Mexico Highlands

Tryout

166

QB

Phillip

Klaphake

St. Cloud State

Tryout

167

IB

Ibe

Nduka

New Mexico Highlands

Tryout

168

FS

Deionte

Gordon

Central Washington

Tryout

169

PK

Steven

Wakefield

Mercyhurst

Tryout

170

PK

Sam

Brockshus

Minnesota State-Mankato

Tryout

171

OG

Armando

Alvarez

Tarleton State

Tryout

172

DE

Damein

Lee

Catawba

Tryout

173

PT

Brandon

Kliesen

CSU-Pueblo

Tryout

174

FS

Curtis

Slater

West Texas A&M

Tryout

175

PK

Dan

Fisher

Bloomsburg

Tryout

176

DT

Shonquez

Nelson

Saint Augustine*s

Tryout

177

OH

Avery

Walker

Bemidji State

Tryout

178

OG

Marcus

Cuellar

Western Oregon

Tryout

179

OG

Viondy

Merisma

American International

Tryout

180

OG

Drew

Swartz

CSU-Pueblo

Tryout

181

FS

Trelan

Taylor

Chadron State

Tryout

182

OG

Jeremy

Jacobsen

Missouri Western State

Tryout

183

DC

Neiko

Conway

Midwestern State

Tryout

184

DC

Anthony

Saunders

Slippery Rock

Tryout

185

SS

Myer

Nolan

Lenoir-Rhyne

Tryout

186

TE

Griff

Robles

Dixie State

Tryout

187

DE

Chris

Vandervest

Minnesota Duluth

Tryout

188

OH

Jansen

Jones

Gannon

Tryout

189

OC

Brandon

Puffer

Southwest Minnesota State

Tryout

190

OB

Dean

Quindell

Slippery Rock

Tryout

191

OC

Richard **Rick**

Lilla

Winona State

Tryout

192

DE

Matt

Tripicchio

Merrimack

Tryout

193

OG

Byron

Dovales

Indiana (PA)

Tryout

194

H-Back

Roger

Pfannenschmid

CSU-Pueblo

Tryout

195

QB

Chris

Rini

Lane College

Tryout

196

OG

Cody

Holland

Pittsburg State

Tryout

197

OG

Michael

Hubbard

Merrimack

Tryout

198

DT

Lane

Stuht

Western State

Tryout

199

OH

Charlie

Davidson

Wayne State (NE)

Tryout

200

OG

Brooks

Abel

Central Washington

Tryout

 

 

 

 
         
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