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2013 D2 Draft Class Highlighted by Strong Combine Group
Josh Buchanan
April 24, 2013
This 2013 class is led by Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams, who has sat atop my Division II rankings for most of this process the last two years.

Twenty-three players have made my final pro hopefuls list, but as always, I will rank over 60 deep, over 130 this year, as there are expected to be more than 40 players in camps this year.

It has become clear that NFL teams often wait until they have seen this level of player in all-star games and their pro days before they firmly put them on the draft board, with more combine snubs finding their way into the draft than you expect. Combine snubs typically come off the board in the 6th or 7th round with a player occasionally sneaking in the 5th round.

To give you an idea of why I am projecting the way I am, here is a look at the last five drafts before I preview this class.

D2 FOOTBALL- LAST 5 DRAFTS

Over the last 5 drafts there have been 22 players taken and of that 22 there have been 15 who were not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

2012 DRAFT
Total (6)
Non Combine (4)

Rd Pick Team Pos First Last School Combine
2 39 St. Louis DC Janoris Jenkins North Alabama Yes
2 40 Carolina OG Amini Silatolu Midwestern State Yes
6 171 St. Louis PK Greg Zuerlein Missouri Western
6 199 San Francisco OC Jason Slowey Western Oregon
7 228 Jacksonville NT Jeris Pendleton Ashland
7 252 St. Louis OH Daryl Richardson A bilene Christian

2011 DRAFT
Total (4)
Non Combine (1)

Rd Pick Team Pos First Last School Combine
4 111 Miami WO Edmond Gates Abilen e Christian Yes
6 172 Minnesota C Brandon Fusco Slippery Rock Yes
7 236 Miami WO Stephen Burton West Texas A&M Yes
7 251 Tennessee FS Tommie Campbell California PA

2010 DRAFT
Total (5)
Non Combine (3)

Rd Pick Team Pos First Last School Combine
3 69 Oakland OT Jared Veldheer Hillsdale Yes
4 126 Dallas DC Akwasi Owusu-Ansah IUP Yes
6 189 St. Louis DE Eugene Sims West Texas A&M
6 194 Baltimore OT Ramone Harewood Morehouse
7 218 Chicago OT JMarcus Webb West Texas A&M

2009 DRAFT
Total (6)
Non Combine (3)

Rd Pick Team Pos First Last School Combine
4 115 Detroit DT Sammie Lee Hill Stillman Yes
4 131 Arizona DC Gregory Toler St. Pauls
5 140 Chicago WO Johnny Knox Abilene Christian Yes
6 180 Jacksonville TE Zachary Miller Nebraska-Omaha
6 196 St. Louis QB Keith Null West Texas A&M
6 209 Cincinnati OH Bernard Scott Abilene Christian Yes

2008 DRAFT
Total (1)
Non Combine (4)

Rd Pick Team Pos First Last School Combine
5 140 Kansas City DC Brandon Carr Grand Valley
6 179 Buffalo OH Xavier Omon NW Missouri Yes
7 229 Tennessee DC Cary Williams Washburn
7 231 Cleveland DE Alex Hall St. Augustine
7 250 Carolina OG Mackenzy Bernadeau Bentley

Believe it or not, I do think the trend will change this year with more than a couple of combine players taken.  The first four picks are expected to be players who were at the NFL Scouting Combine.

PRO HOPEFULS   

I have officially profiled 23 players as Pro Hopefuls as the group of the most elite of Division II.

Michael Hill
Missouri Western State
RB
5101 (5-10), 209 lbs
4.60-4.62 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 1st team, All-American, 1st team All-MIAA, OFF POY w/311-2168-7.0-16 rush, 21-220-10.4-3 rec in 14 gms in 2012. 1st team All-MIAA w/265-1305-4.9-8 rush, 31-257-8.2-4 rec in 12 gms in 2011. HM All-MIAA w/172-704-4.1-3 rush, 27-269-10.0-2 rec in 12 gms in 2010. 180-792-4.4-8 rush, 14-136-9.7-0 rec in 12 gms in 2009. Redshirted in 2008.

Analysis and Projection
Hill improved heavily as a senior showing good power, natural catching ability, and blocking on his way to an All-American season. He is quicker than fast with good strength and shows great patience and vision to set up his runs. He would be projected in the 4th or 5th round if he ran sub 4.5s. Expect him to come off the board in the sixth or seventh round or be signed quickly after the draft. For what it is worth, I gave him an early seventh round grade.

Khiry Robinson
West Texas A&M
RB
5093 (5-9), 206 lbs
4.69-4.76 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-Lonestar RB, RS, OFF BACK of YR w/247-1621-6.6-15 rush, 38-430-11.3-4 rec, 19-175-9.2-0 PR, 1-26-26.0-0 KR in 13 gms in 2012. Suspended first 2 gms in 2012. 103-669-6.5-11 rush, 22-182-8.3-2 rec in 8 gms in 2011. Transferred from Blinn JC for 2011. All-American RB, All-Conference S in 2009.

Analysis and Projection
The Buffaloes running back had a breakout year in 2012 showing a good burst, natural movement skills, ability to catch out of the backfield, and some punt return ability. The former JUCO product has a character flag but could have put himself in the draft had he ran better at his pro day. He is a likely priority free agent signing.

Charles Johnson
Grand Valley State
WR
6020 (6-2), 215 lbs
4.39-4.42 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-GLIAC w/72-1199-16.7-16 rec in 2012. HM All-American, 1st team All-GLIAC w/56-1030-18.4-15 rec in 2011. Redshirted in 2010. Transferred from Eastern Kentucky for 2010. 3-63-21.0-0 rec in 2009. Transferred from Antelope Valley CC for 2009. 24-231-9.6-3 rec in 2008.

Analysis and Projection
It was a surprise he did not get a combine invite with his measurables and production this year. His blocking needs improvement and his hands are inconsistent but he is a good vertical threat with good movement skills and explosion. Some have him as high as the fourth round but I project him to go in the sixth or seventh round.

Jason Thompson
New Haven
WR
6030 (6-3), 190 lbs
4.54-4.55 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-Northeast 10 w/44-881-20.0-16 rec in 2012. 1st team All-Northeast 10 w/43-1046-24.3-14 rec, 1-3-3.0-0 rush, 2-2-52-0-0-100.0 pass in 13 gms in 2011. 16-217-13.6-3 rec in 7 gms in 2010. 29-367-12.7-3 rec in 10 gms in 2009.

Analysis and Projection
Thompson was somehow snubbed by all of the all-star games but he still attracted a lot of NFL interest this fall. He jumps out on film as one of the fastest players and shows good hands and use of his body to make plays by shielding defenders. He scored a lot of touchdowns in the end zone. After dominating the last two years on film and the pro day he had worst case he will be signed quickly after the draft.

Michael Bowie
Northeastern State
OT
6045 (6-5), 330 lbs
5.28-5.42 40

Career Snapshot
2nd team All-MIAA at LT in 2012. Transferred from Oklahoma State for 2012. Dismissed from program due to 5 failed drug tests in August 2012. Started 5 gms, played in 12 at LT in 2011. Transferred from Navarro JC for 2011.

Analysis and Projection
After transferring from Oklahoma State Bowie showed up on campus and was instantly their best lineman. He does not finish plays like he should but has good feet, athleticism, and some natural bend. There are off the field flags on him but if he puts in the time this former Oklahoma State starter could be a quality backup in the NFL. It would be a huge surprise if he were drafted but should be a priority free agent signing.

Luke Marquardt
Azusa Pacific
OT
6083 (6-8), 317 lbs
5.33-5.41 40

Career Snapshot
Started at LT but missed half of season with bone injury in foot in 2012. Started at LT in 2011. Started at LT in 2010. Medical redshirt w/broken foot in 2009. Redshirted in 2008. Hurt knee in HS. Former basketball player recruited to play TE.

Analysis and Projection
Marquardt is an interesting player because of his size, movement skills, and athleticism but has a lot of past injury issues, including a bone injury in his foot as a senior. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and is considered a potential late round pick with a lot of upside. His coach, Jackie Slater, believes he will play in the NFL and when you watch his limited tape there is reason to believe someone may take him in the 7th round. I have a 5th-6th round grade on him but consider him a borderline draft projection who could go either way.

Ryan Schraeder
Valdosta State
OT
6067 (6-7), 304 lbs
5.13-5.14 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 1st team All-American, 1st team All-Gulf South at LT in 2012. AFCA, 2nd team All-American, 1st team All-Gulf South at LT in 2011. Transferred from Butler CC for 2011: All-American, 1st team All-Jayhawk Conference in 2010. Started out at Kansas State and was asked to join football team.

Analysis and Projection
While snubbed by the combine, he is a former basketball player who is incredibly raw but has great movement skills and size. At 6-7, 298 pounds with 5.1 speed and ability to mirror he is a solid left tackle prospect. He will need to improve on leverage, technique, finish more, and get stronger but has a shot. I have a free agent grade on tape but with his upside could be a 6-10-year pro.

Manase Foketi
West Texas A&M
OT/OG
6051 (6-5), 317 lbs
5.54-5.80 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 1st team All-American, 1st team All-Lonestar at LT in 2012. Transferred from Kansas State in Aug 2012. Medical redshirt w/achilles heal injury in 2011. Started 13 gms at LT in 2010. Transferred from Mt. San Antonio JC for 2010. 2nd team All-SCFA at LT in 2009. Started at OT in 2008. Wore #57 at KSU.

Analysis and Projection
Foketi transferred from Kansas State, and while the KSU coaches did not give him a great endorsement, he showed character by paying his own way at WTAMU just to continue his dream of playing. He can mirror, has decent strength, and good size but is a little tight in the knees and needs some coaching. The only reason the NFL Scouting Combine invite is projected as a priority free agent and not draft pick is the fact he was hurt at the Shrine Game, past baggage, and lack of great workouts.

Garrett Gilkey
Chadron State
OT/OG
6067 (6-7), 304 lbs
5.29-5.37 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-American, 1st team All-RMAC at LT in 2012. Started at LT, BLK, missed 2 gms when appendix burst in 2011. 1st team All-RMAC at LT in 2010. Started 2 gms, played in 6 gms in 2009. Redshirted in 2008. Walked on to basketball team in 2011 and played in almost every game.

Analysis and Projection
Gilkey was always overlooked but that stopped in 2012 as he earned All-America honors and flashed a mean streak scouts love. He has good movement skills, plays hard, and has shown decent footwork. A move inside to guard is very likely but he has the strength and body to make the transition. He should come off the board in the late fifth to seventh round.

Mark Jackson
Glenville State
OT/OG
6055 (6-6), 332 lbs
5.48-5.50 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 1st team All-American, 1st team All-WVIAC at LT in 2012. 1st team All-WVIAC at LT in 2011. 1st team All-WVIAC at LT, 1-14-14.0-1 rec in 2010. Transferred from Dupage JC for 2010: Transferred from Illinois for 2009. Redshirted in 2008. Originally a rivals 4 star recruit coming out of high school, signing with Illinois in 2008.

Analysis and Projection
The massive left tackle is heavy footed and lacks great athleticism but is a strong and has the body to move inside to guard. He played through some injuries and is tough. He was also consistent during his career rarely getting beat. There have been weight concerns with him but if he works hard and stays healthy he could be a solid backup in the NFL. He is a likely free agent.

Ryan Jensen
CSU-Pueblo
OT/OG
6033 (6-3), 316 lbs
5.23-5.34 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-American, 1st team All-RMAC at LT in 2012. 2nd team All-American, 1st team All-RMAC at LT in 2011. 2nd team All-RMAC at LT in 2010. Started 9 gms at LT in 2009.

Analysis and Projection
Jensen got reps on both sides of the line in college showing good strength, feet, and improved play each year during his career. He showed a little bit of a nasty streak and while there were times he looked only like a camp body he got a lot better later in his senior year and showed the upside of a late round pick to potentially develop into a starter. Keep an eye on this one as he could be a real gem in the late rounds or worse case as a priority free agent.

Garth Heikkinen
Minnesota Duluth
OG
6041 (6-4), 315 lbs
5.32-5.38 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 1st team All-American, 1st team All-NSIC North at LG in 2012. AFCA, 2nd team All-American, 1st team All-NSIC North at LG in 2011. 1st team All-NSIC North at LG in 2010. HM All-NSIC North at LG in 2009. Redshirted in 2008.

Analysis and Projection
This massive guard has good knee bend and shows the ability to pull and anchor. He lacks a mean streak and does not finish a lot but has a good initial pop and was a consistent player. Interesting to note that of all the linemen on this list he is the only one who is a four-time All-Conference pick and two-time AFCA All-American. Heikkinen played well at the Shrine Game and had a decent pro day that should earn him a contract quickly after the draft.

Edmund Kugbila
Valdosta State
OG
6043 (6-4), 319 lbs
5.13-5.20 40

Career Snapshot
3rd team All-American, 1st team All-Gulf South at RG in 2012. 1st team All-Gulf South at RG, TT in 2011. Started at RG in 2010. Backup at OG in 2009.

Analysis and Projection
The massive guard prospect showed well during their playoff run helping anchor a line that plowed their way to a national championship. He did a good job with the big Winston Salem State note tackle and showed the strength and mauling type of play that teams who look for road graders in the run game will be enamored with. He is a likely late round pick.

Eric Kush
California PA
C
6037 (6-4), 304 lbs
5.04-5.08 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-PSAC West at C in 2012. Started at C in 2011. Moved from LT to C for 2011. Started 9 gms at LT in 2010. Backup in 15 gms in 2009. Played 2 gms, medical redshirt in 2008.

Analysis and Projection
Kush improved greatly from his junior year to senior year as a guy who many did not view as a NFL prospect in 2011 and became a player who created a buzz in 2012. He plays high but is an athletic zone blocker with good feet and movement skills. While his zone blocking limits him to certain teams, he could still find his way in the late rounds after running a 5.04 40 at 6-4, 304 pounds. His pro day did not end with good results in the vertical (30), broad jump (9-0), short shuttle (4.35), and position drills during his private workouts. It would not surprise if he was taken in the seventh round despite the lack of media attention.

David Bass
Missouri Western State
DE
6036 (6-4), 256 lbs
4.74-4.78 40

Career Snapshot
2nd team All-American, 1st team All-MIAA w/61 TT, 16 TFL, 11.5 SCK, 2 INT/returned one for TD, 7 PBU, 5 QBH, FR returned for TD, FF in 14 gms in 2012. 1st team All-American, 1st team All-MIAA w/55 TT, 20 TFL, 14.5 SCK, 4 PBU, 8 QBH, FF in 12 gms in 2011. 2nd team All-MIAA w/47 TT, 10.5 TFL, 8 SCK, 4 QBH, 2 INT, 4 PBU in 2010. 47 TT, 9.5 TFL, 6.5 SCK, FR, INT, 8 PBU, 3 QBH in 2009. Redshirted in 2008.

Analysis and Projection
Bass was a productive player in college with 46.5 tackles for loss over his last htree years to earn All-MIAA honors all three seasons and All-America honors each of the last two. He got good length and shows he can shed blocks. He is athletic enough to change direction well and drop into coverage but plays high and needs to improve his use of hands. There is room for him to improve with more coaching and he needs to work on finishing plays but has the tools you look for in a late round pick. If not taken late in the draft he should definitely be signed very early after it.

Rufus Johnson
Tarleton State
DE
6054 (6-6), 268 lbs
4.82-4.84 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-Lonestar, DL of YR w/50 TT, 17.5 TFL, 10 SCK, 2 PBU, 7 QBH, FF in 9 gms in 2012. HM All-Lonestar w/46 TT, 15.5 TFL, 5.5 SCK, PBU, 11 QBH, FF in 2011. Transferred from Kilgore JC for 2011.

Analysis and Projection
The 2012 Lonestar defensive Lineman of the Year is intriguing due to his size, length, production, and movement skills. He is raw and was inconsistent on tape but flashed the potential teams look for in the late rounds. He finished with 50 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks in 2012 and could have done more damage had he played with better leverage, something he can easily fix at the next level. His support of the run needs work in terms of finishing plays but he is able to keep opponents from latching on and shows good body control, which should make him that much better once he gets the coaching he needs. Expect him to be taken in the 6th or 7th round.

Brandon Williams
Missouri Southern State
DT
6012 (6-1), 332 lbs
5.32-5.37 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 1st team All-American, 1st team All-MIAA, DEF POY w/68 TT, 16.5 TFL, 8.5 SCK, 2 PBU, 8 QBH, 5 FF, SAF in 2012. AFCA, 1st team All-American, 1st team All-MIAA w/35 TT, 16 TFL, 8 SCK, 5 PBU, 3 QBH in 9 gms in 2011. AFCA, 1st team All-American, 1st team All-MIAA w/50 TT, 17 TFL, 9 SCK, 3 PBU, 6 QBH, FF in 2010. Medical redshirt in 2009. 38 TT, 3 TFL, 1.5 SCK, 4 PBU, QBH in 2008.

Analysis and Projection
There are concerns such as his height and has a medical flag but he is athletic, explosive, strong as a bull, and quick off the snap. He dominated the MIAA over the last three years, the only three-time AFCA All-American on this list, and did well at the Senior Bowl. His ability to break double teams, push the pocket, and chase makes him a quality prospect. His grade is more of a third round value but with his flags it would not be a surprise if he were to slip into the fourth round.

Armonty Bryant
East Central
DE/OLB
6046 (6-5), 249 lbs
4.69-4.84 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA All-American, 1st team All-GAC w/54 TT, 17.5 TFL, 10.5 SCK, 2 PBU, 7 QBH, 2 FR/returned one for TD, 4 FF, 2 BLK in 8 gms, suspended 3 gms due to arrest in 2012. 1st team All-GAC w/63 TT, 12.5 TFL, 2.5 SCK, 2 PBU, 3 FFF, 3 BLK in 2011. 1st team All-American, 1st team All-LSC North, DL of YR w/49 TT, 19.5 TFL, 13.5 SCK, INT returned for TD, 2 PBU, 4 QBH, FR returned for TD, 2 FF, 4 BLK in 2010. Had problems with coaches so did not go back to ACU. Transferred from Cisco JC for 2010. 1st team All-American, 1st team All-Conference: 65 TT, 3 sacks. Spent time at ACU but ineligible to return the next year.

Analysis and Projection
Bryant is a player that many graded as a 5th round value but his off field flag has some thinking he is 50/50 to get drafted. I will almost guarantee you he makes a roster and has a career in the NFL (if he stays trouble free). He is being looked at as a 3-4 outside linebacker and 4-3 end. He moves well and has good quickness. The All-American consistently jumps out on tape and despite the three game suspension in 2012 still managed to post 17.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. He can make plays on special teams as well. He is projected to be a sixth round pick on my list but could go as high as the fifth and no lower than the late seventh.

Ridge Wilson
West Alabama
DE/OLB
6031 (6-3), 246 lbs
4.76-4.82 40

Career Snapshot
2nd team All-American, 1st team All-Gulf South, GSC DEF POY w/69 TT, 18 TFL, 8.5 SCK, PBU, 4 QBH, FR, FF in 13 gms at DE in 2012. Transferred from Kentucky for 2012. Dismissed from team due to arrest for bag full of xanax and 1,947 in cash in his jeans in Feb 2012. 47 TT, 3 TFL, 2 SCK, 3 QBH, FR in 9 gms in 2011. 30 TT, 3 TFL, INT, 2 PBU, FR in 2010. TT on special teams in 2009. 3-star recruit by Rivals.com in HS in 2008. Wore #48 at Kentucky.

Analysis and Projection
There are some flags with Wilson but the talent is definitely there. He was a surprise transfer to West Alabama and became a Harlon Hill Semi-Finalist with 69 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. Wilson has good movement skills and speed. He showed the hips to drop back into coverage but needs to be more consistent as he would go silent at times. There is a lot of ability though and he can be very disruptive. Like Bryant, some view him as an end while others as a linebacker. It would not be a complete shock if he got drafted but is more likely a free agent.

Ty Powell
Harding
ILB
6021 (6-2), 246 lbs
4.60-4.65 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-GAC w/40 TT, 15 TFL, 8.5 SCK, PBU, 3 QBH, 2 FR, FF, 4 BLK in 2012. 7 TT, 2.5 TFL, 2 SCK in 2 gms in 2011. Transferred from DeAnza College for 2011.

Analysis and Projection
Powell is an interesting story as a guy who has played safety, linebacker, and end in his career. While raw in terms of pass rush technique his athletic ability and speed make him someone who should convert to linebacker in the NFL. Special teams play is a strong point for him as he blocked four field goals in 2012. There are games where he goes silent at times but there are parts of games where he dominates and changes plays. He can flip his hips and run very well. He showed explosion off the ball blowing up the tackle several times on tape. He could be a good 3-4 or 4-3 linebacker as he is good when he stands up at the line of scrimmage. Over pursuing is a weakness of his at times as you can tell he needs to learn the game more but the upside is there despite just one year of production at a four-year school. This athletic freak could go as high as the 4th as some teams are really enamored with his upside.

Vernon Kearney
Lane College
CB
6015 (6-2), 179 lbs
4.45-4.52 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-SIAC w/24 TT, 2 INT, 6 PBU, FR, FF in 10 gms in 2012. 21 TT, TFL, 7 PBU in 10 gms in 2011. 23 TT, 4 PBU in 9 gms in 2010. no stats in 5 gms in 2009.

Analysis and Projection
This is one of the most interesting prospects of the group because of his lack of production over his career, as a player who did not really stand out until his senior year. He is considered very raw but has good length, height, and runs well. Expect a team who signs him or selects him late to fill out his frame some but after a year of coaching and physical development he could be a quality No. 3 corner in the NFL with potential for a solid No. 2 corner down the road. It is interesting to note that of all small school corners he has the best size/speed combo.

Rontez Miles
California PA
FS
5117 (6-0), 203 lbs
4.59-4.63 40

Career Snapshot
AFCA, 1st team All-American, 1st team All-PSAC West, PSAC West DEF POY w/75 TT, 3 TFL, 2 SCK, 4 INT, 2 PBU, QBH, FR returned for TD, FF, BLK, 1-42-42.0-0 PR in 2012. AFCA, 1st team All-American, 1st team All-PSAC West, DEF POY w/71 TT, 6 TFL, 5 INT, 8 PBU, 2 BLK in 13 gms in 2011. Moved from SS to FS for 2011. 1st team All-PSAC West w/60 TT, 12 TFL, 2 SCK, 5 PBU, 2 QBH, FR, SAF in 12 gms in 2010. 2nd team All-PSAC West, FOY w/51 TT, 2.5 TFL, INT, 4 PBU, QBH, FF, BLK in 14 gms in 2009. Attended Kent State for a year trying to find a way to get clearance out of HS.

Analysis and Projection
Miles has had a tough life but has shown great character and hard work. He has been highly productive and shown he can play either safety spot. He had to improve his coverage skills based on his junior tape and did so in 2012 by picking off four passes. He is active, has good closing speed, hits hard, and has good range. From the moment he stepped on the field at Cal PA he made an impact and improved his ball skills and cover skills over time while always showing the ability to impact in the run game. During the postseason he showed his aggressive play and really stood out against better competition. I view him as a mid round caliber player but even those close to him are expecting the sixth round. There are a few teams who really like him so it is possible he is taken a little earlier than his projection.

Jeff Heath
Saginaw Valley State
FS
6011 (6-1), 209 lbs
4.48-4.51 40

Career Snapshot
1st team All-GLIAC w/77 TT, 3 TFL, 5 INT, 7 PBU, 2 FR in 2012. 2nd team All-GLIAC w/81 TT, 9 TFL, SCK, INT, 3 PBU, FF in 2011. 49 TT, 3 TFL, INT, 2 PBU, 2 FR in 8 gms in 2010. 13 TT, TFL, INT, FR, FF in 5 gms in 2009. Turns 21 in 2013.

Analysis and Projection
Heath is a very athletic kid who can run well and has good ball skills (5 INTs, 7 PBUs in 2012). He was much improved as a senior not only in the pass game but did a better job against the run. He needs coaching and will take time before he is more than a special teams and backup but has some ability to go along with great size and speed for his position. It would not be a shock if he were taken in the seventh round but is likely a priority free agent.

2013 NFL COMBINE INVITES
DE David Bass, Missouri Western
DE/LB Armonty Bryant, East Central
OT/OG Manase Foketi, West Texas A&M
OT/OG Garrett Gilkey, Chadron State
OT/OG Mark Jackson, Glenville State
OG Edmund Kugbila, Valdosta State
OT Luke Marquardt, Azusa Pacific
S Rontez Miles, California PA
LB Ty Powell, Harding
DT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern

Top 135

Rank

Pos

First Name

Last Name

School

Rd. Proj.

1

DT

Brandon

Williams

Missouri Southern

3rd-4th

2

IB

Ty

Powell

Harding

5th

3

FS

Rontez

Miles

California

6th

4

DE

Armonty

Bryant

East Central

6th

5

OG

Garrett

Gilkey

Chadron State

6th-7th

6

WO

Charles

Johnson

Grand Valley

6th-7th

7

OG

Edmund

Kugbila

Valdosta State

7th

8

DE

David

Bass

Missouri Western

7th-PFA

9

OC

Eric

Kush

California

7th-PFA

10

OH

Mike

Hill

Missouri Western

7th-PFA

11

OT

Luke

Marquardt

Azusa Pacific

PFA

12

OG

Ryan

Jensen

CSU-Pueblo

PFA

13

DE

Rufus

Johnson

Tarleton State

PFA

14

OT

Ryan

Schraeder

Valdosta State

PFA

15

OG

Manase

Foketi

West Texas

PFA

16

WO

Jason

Thompson

New Haven

PFA

17

OG

Mark

Jackson

Glenville State

PFA

18

DC

Vernon

Kearney

Lane

PFA

19

OB

Ridge

Wilson

West Alabama

PFA

20

OT

Michael

Bowie

Northeastern State

PFA

21

FS

Jeff

Heath

Saginaw Valley

PFA

22

OG

Garth

Heikkinen

Minnesota Duluth

PFA

23

OH

Khiry

Robinson

West Texas

PFA

24

OT

Roszell

Gayden

Winona State

PFA/FA

25

SS

Otha

Foster

West Alabama

PFA/FA

26

WO

Tyler

Shaw

Northwest Missouri

PFA/FA

27

DC

Jumal

Rolle

Catawba

PFA/FA

28

DE

Travis

Chappelear

Northwest Missouri

PFA/FA

29

DC

Matt

Pierce

Valdosta State

PFA/FA

30

SS

Markell

Rice

American International

PFA/FA

31

WO

Tyron

Laughinghouse

St. Augustine

PFA/FA

32

OH

Jordan

Roberts

Charleston

PFA/FA

33

WO

Andrew

Helmick

Lindenwood

FA

34

DC

Don

Unamba

Southern Arkansas

FA

35

WO

Kyle

Fisher

Bloomsburg

FA

36

QB

Pete

Lalich

California

FA

37

RS

Tarell

Downing

Missouri Western

FA

38

DE

Kentrell

Harris

Virginia Union

FA

39

DE

Zach

Anderson

Northern Michigan

FA

40

QB

Jake

Mullin

McMurry

FA

41

OG

Joe

Unga

Midwestern State

FA

42

OG

Tim

Lelito

Grand Valley

FA

43

SS

Rod

Woodson

North Alabama

FA

44

OT

Jake

Bscherer

Minnesota Duluth

FA

45

OC

Logan

Freeman

Central Missouri

FA

46

WO

Joe

Glendening

Hillsdale

FA

47

OH

Rayon

Simmons Jr.

Winona State

FA

48

QB

Clay

Belton

Findlay

Tryout

49

OG

Ken

Van Heule

Midwestern State

Tryout

50

QB

Ross

Dausin

CSU-Pueblo

Tryout

51

OH

Demetrius

Sumler

Central Washington

Tryout

52

OH

Denodus

OBryant

Lindenwood

Tryout

53

SS

Deon

Lacey

West Alabama

Tryout

54

WO

CJ

Akins

Angelo State

Tryout

55

WO

Christopher

Slaughter

Fort Valley

Tryout

56

WO

Chris

Bowden

Wingate

Tryout

57

QB

Mitchell

Gale

Abilene Christian

Tryout

58

OB

Danny

Mason

Texas A&M Commerce

Tryout

59

WO

Matthew

Wilmer

Fairmont State

Tryout

60

IB

Jordan

Campbell

New Mexico Highlands

Tryout

61

RS

Cordell

Valentine

Tarleton State

Tryout

62

QB

Ryan

Osiecki

New Haven

Tryout

63

OB

Jason

Catchings

East Central

Tryout

64

TE

Brian

Leonhardt

Bemidji State

Tryout

65

OT

Jace

Daniels

Northern Michigan

Tryout

66

QB

Nate

Montana

West Virginia Wesleyan

Tryout

67

OH

Skyler

Stoker

Ferris State

Tryout

68

NT

Justin

Blash

Albany State

Tryout

69

WO

Brandon

Kelsey

Midwestern State

Tryout

70

WO

Brian

Sutherland

North Alabama

Tryout

71

SS

Jareed

Gaines

Stonehill

Tryout

72

SS

Maxie

Graham

Henderson State

Tryout

73

OG

Rod

Williams

Northwest Missouri

Tryout

74

RS

Jordan

Simmons

Northwest Missouri

Tryout

75

DC

OHara

Fluellen

Lincoln (Mo)

Tryout

76

FB

Derrick

Washington

Tuskegee

Tryout

77

DC

Andre

Kates

Virginia Union

Tryout

78

WO

MarQuone

Edmonds

Indianapolis

Tryout

79

OG

Andy

Nations

West Alabama

Tryout

80

FB

Blake

Williamson

California

Tryout

81

TE

Morrell

Presley

California

Tryout

82

PT

Taylor

Accardi

Colorado Mines

Tryout

83

OT

Adrian

Campbell

Tarleton State

Tryout

84

WO

Anthony

Capasso

Ashland

Tryout

85

DC

Brian

Smith

Virginia Union

Tryout

86

OH

Matt

Willis

West Alabama

Tryout

87

SS

Ryan

Smith

Valdosta State

Tryout

88

DC

Jamar

Slade

Ferris State

Tryout

89

PK

Morgan

Lineberry

Abilene Christian

Tryout

90

WO

Isaiah

Voegeli

Merrimack

Tryout

91

OC

Steve

Dieckhaus

Washburn

Tryout

92

TE

Nate

Thienes

Concordia-St. Paul

Tryout

93

RS

Tavoy

Moore

Central Washington

Tryout

94

DE

Vauchard

Goodridge

Clark Atlanta

Tryout

95

DE

Ben

Pister

Missouri Western

Tryout

96

OB

Kevin

Lindholm

Chadron State

Tryout

97

SS

William

Buford

Tuskegee

Tryout

98

OH

Harvie

Tuck

IUP

Tryout

99

H-back

David

Cannon

Central Missouri

Tryout

100

FB

Stephen

Campbell

West Virginia Wesleyan

Tryout

101

DC

Abdul

Kanneh

New Mexico Highlands

Tryout

102

QB

James

Stallons

Shaw

Tryout

103

OB

Tim

Green

Lincoln (Pa)

Tryout

104

OT

Dan

Matha

IUP

Tryout

105

IB

Darius

Wilson

Central State

Tryout

106

WO

Ronnie

Tubbs

Albany State

Tryout

107

TE

Eric

Watts

Brevard

Tryout

108

DE

James

Washington

Glenville State

Tryout

109

OT

Tyler

White

Ohio Dominican

Tryout

110

FB

Kameel

Lashley

New Haven

Tryout

111

OH

David

Carter

Morehouse

Tryout

112

OG

Kaleb

Myrick

Lenoir-Rhyne

Tryout

113

IB

Corey

Jones

Lane College

Tryout

114

QB

Taylor

Housewright

Ashland

Tryout

115

OB

Brad

Davis

Elizabeth City

Tryout

116

IB

Cory

Johnson

Catawba

Tryout

117

IB

Jeremy

Aguilar

Texas A&M-Kingsville

Tryout

118

OH

Daronte

McNeill

Elizabeth City

Tryout

119

TE

David

Pawelek

Colorado Mines

Tryout

120

WO

Melvin

Harris

North Alabama

Tryout

121

DT

Raheem

Stanley

New Haven

Tryout

122

WO

Willie

Epps

Southern Connecticut

Tryout

123

DC

Chris

Norgaard

Winona State

Tryout

124

FS

Dajuan

Williams

Fort Valley

Tryout

125

OB

Robert

Fletcher

Wingate

Tryout

126

WO

Damian

Ford

Stillman College

Tryout

127

FS

Bryce

Peila

Western Oregon

Tryout

128

TE

Adam

Shiltz

Emporia State

Tryout

129

QB

Tim

Jenkins

Fort Lewis

Tryout

130

QB

Jon

Richt

Mars Hill

Tryout

131

DC

Devan

Avery

Incarnate Word

Tryout

132

WO

Shjuan

Richardson

Emporia State

Tryout

133

FB

Briceton

Wilson

Pittsburg State

Tryout

134

FS

Jeremy

Williams

Henderson State

Tryout

135

IB

Demery

Hawkins

Shorter

Tryout

 

 
         
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