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2015 D2 Football Pro Hopefuls

This year 15 players open the season on the list of “pro hopefuls”.  The group is led by Vernon Johnson of Texas A&M Commerce who should come off the board in late 5th to 6th round.

The group has four receivers in the top six and four players projected to get drafted. 

Below is a look at the 15 pro hopefuls and the full board below that!

WO VERNON JOHNSON, TEXAS A&M COMMERCE
Johnson is a fast receiver with good hands who can make you miss.  He needs to get stronger and add to his route tree but is a big time playmaker.

WO DARIUS DAVIS, HENDERSON STATE
Davis isn’t rated as high by most as he should be.  His ability to catch a screen and turn it 50 yards up field is impressive.  He is thick, strong, and faster than people think. 

OG COLE MANHART, NEBRASKA-KEARNEY
Manhart has the arm length to stick at tackle but at 6’4, 305 pounds projects to guard.  He had a solid week at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.  He moves well and just needs to get stronger.

WO DONATELLA LUCKETT, HARDING
Luckett didn’t have great numbers in their option attack but he is fast, has good hands, and can make plays.  Luckett is a great blocker who may be one of the best in the entire draft, regardless of division.  Will have to show he can run the entire route tree.

DC AL-HAJJ SHABAZZ, WEST CHESTER
Shabazz is a little tight in the hips and raw but has great length, smart, and can contribute as a corner or safety and on special teams.  If undrafted he will be a great value. 

WO RICKY COLLINS, TEXAS A&M COMMERCE
Collins has great hands and is a very good route runner.  He doesn’t quite have the game breaking speed of Johnson but he is fast enough to pick up yards after the catch.  The attention he deserves has not quite come his way due to the fact he did not play in 2013.  He wasn’t in my rankings in August but vaulted all the way in my top 7 by October.

OH TERRELL WATSON, AZUSA PACIFIC
If you like big, downhill, power backs this is your man.  His blocking is adequate and he isn’t very fast but he can wear you down, bounce plays to the outside or run over defenders in the middle.  He was highly productive as a senior and should at least be a priority free agent.

TE KHARI LEE, BOWIE STATE
Lee is an interesting player because he needs to get a little stronger and improve technique but he runs well, has good length, and is a very good developmental prospect who may sneak into the 7th round with a good pro day.

OLB DARIUS ALLEN, CSU-PUEBLO
Allen is a tweener for the NFL but has length and speed off the edge.  He can drop into coverage and rush the passer.  He should be a solid developmental priority free agent or 7th round pick as a linebacker.  It’s hard to believe he hasn’t gotten more attention from all-star games and the NFL Combine with his production.

OLB EDMOND ROBINSON, NEWBERRY
He looks the part and got a combine invite over many players who I felt were better college players but his size, frame, and speed are among the best in the draft.  The issue with Robinson is that he isn’t very instinctive, played out of position, and was not very mean on the field.  The upside is there and while someone may take him as high as the 5th or 6th round, I have him as a priority free agent.  Robinson is a test freak who will create buzz at the combine.

OT DONIEL GAMBRELL JR., NOTRE DAME COLLEGE
Gambrell is a unique situation transferring from the FBS level and now has a child.  He’s a late bloomer but has the strength, size, and feet to be a solid right tackle or guard.  His senior season was very solid and should earn him a contract very quickly after the draft.  He just needs to improve his technique and show he can play multiple positions to make the difference between practice squad and 53 man roster. 

K TOM OBARSKI, CONCORDIA ST. PAUL
A surprise invite to the Senior Bowl who showed off a very good leg on kickoffs and field goals.  His technique is not consistent and thus he doesn’t always hit field goals he should but he can kick and punt and has a strong leg so he will be a developmental kicker prospect to keep an eye on.

IB JULIAN HOWSARE, CLARION
The Clarion All-American played linebacker and end in college but I think he translates best to inside linebacker.  He is tough in the box, tackles well, and has the size and strength while lacking the length and height to be an ideal end in the NFL.

FS KEESTON TERRY, PITTSBURG STATE
Terry is a surprise riser who was off the radar for the most part but showed out at the NFLPA Bowl.  He can run, change direction, hits well, and mans the center field as well as supports the run.  Solid free agent who could make a practice squad.

OH JOE BERGERON, TEXAS A&M COMMERCE
Bergeron has a rough past and many teams will stay away from him but he was very good at the NFLPA Bowl.  He’s big, strong, and can run.  The inconsistency and off field concerns hurt but you can’t deny the physical tools.  Whether he plays a few years in the NFL or doesn’t make a roster will be all on him with his skill set.

D2 PRO HOPEFULS

Rank

Pos

First Name

Last Name

School

HT

WT

Projection

1

WO

Vernon

Johnson

Texas A&M Commerce

5112

188

5th-6th

2

WO

Darius

Davis

Henderson State

5105

212

7th

3

OG

Cole

Manhart

Nebraska-Kearney

6034

305

7th

4

WO

Donatella

Luckett

Harding

5116

206

7th

5

DC

Al-Hajj

Shabazz

West Chester

5114

202

7th-PFA

6

WO

Ricky

Collins

Texas A&M Commerce

5114

197

7th-PFA

7

OH

Terrell

Watson

Azusa Pacific

6006

239

PFA

8

TE

Khari

Lee

Bowie State

6041

267

PFA

9

OB

Darius

Allen

CSU-Pueblo

6016

251

PFA

10

OB

Edmond

Robinson

Newberry

6031

251

PFA

11

OT

Doniel

Gambrell Jr.

Notre Dame College

6046

315

PFA

12

PK

Tom

Obarski

Concordia St. Paul

5101

177

PFA

13

IB

Julian

Howsare

Clarion

6022

250

PFA

14

FS

Keeston

Terry

Pittsburg State

6013

206

PFA

15

OH

Joseph "Joe"

Bergeron

Texas A&M Commerce

5116

235

PFA

Below is the complete list of all D2 NFL prospects.

D2 TOP 150

Rank

Pos

First Name

Last Name

School

HT

WT

Projection

1

WO

Vernon

Johnson

Texas A&M Commerce

5112

188

5th-6th

2

WO

Darius

Davis

Henderson State

5105

212

7th

3

OG

Cole

Manhart

Nebraska-Kearney

6034

305

7th

4

WO

Donatella

Luckett

Harding

5116

206

7th

5

DC

Al-Hajj

Shabazz

West Chester

5114

202

7th-PFA

6

WO

Ricky

Collins

Texas A&M Commerce

5114

197

7th-PFA

7

OH

Terrell

Watson

Azusa Pacific

6006

239

PFA

8

TE

Khari

Lee

Bowie State

6041

267

PFA

9

OB

Darius

Allen

CSU-Pueblo

6016

251

PFA

10

OB

Edmond

Robinson

Newberry

6031

251

PFA

11

OT

Doniel

Gambrell Jr.

Notre Dame College

6046

315

PFA

12

PK

Tom

Obarski

Concordia St. Paul

5101

177

PFA

13

IB

Julian

Howsare

Clarion

6022

250

PFA

14

FS

Keeston

Terry

Pittsburg State

6013

206

PFA

15

OH

Joseph "Joe"

Bergeron

Texas A&M Commerce

5116

235

PFA

16

TE

Cullen

Rosine

Central Missouri

6041

255

PFA/FA

17

SS

Harold

Jones-Quartey

Findlay (OH)

5106

215

PFA/FA

18

DC

Travis

Manning

Northwest Missouri State

5110

182

PFA/FA

19

WO

Marquez

Clark

Central Oklahoma

5100

185

PFA/FA

20

WO

Venric

Mark

West Texas A&M

5071

173

PFA/FA

21

WO

Dimitri

Holmes

Mars Hill

5094

165

PFA/FA

22

WO

Trevor

Harman

Shippensburg

6011

205

PFA/FA

23

DT

Caushaud

Lyons

Tusculum

6042

295

FA

24

OG

Marcus

Reed

Fayetteville State

6030

361

FA

25

WO

Andrew "Drew"

Carswell

Indiana (PA)

6035

220

FA

26

WO

Austin

Willis

Emporia State

5092

175

FA

27

DC

Qumain

Black

East Central

5103

190

FA

28

DT

Nigel

Crawford

Saint Augustine*s (NC)

6034

285

FA

29

DE

Matt

Longacre

Northwest Missouri State

6032

270

FA

30

DC

Cariel

Brooks

Adams State

5085

200

FA

31

NT

Charles

Tuaau

Texas A&M Commerce

6035

322

FA

32

OT

Cody

Clay

Azusa Pacific

6051

305

FA

33

TE

Lucas

Hefty

Upper Iowa

6034

240

FA

34

WO

Lemar

Durant

Simon Fraser

6013

231

FA

35

OG

Christopher "Chris"

Reed

Minnesota State-Mankato

6030

302

FA

36

WO

Jeret

Smith

McMurry (TX)

5112

215

FA

37

OB

Justin

Shirk

Bloomsburg

5117

233

FA

38

TE

Brock

DeCicco

Indiana (PA)

6042

250

FA

39

NT

Marcus

Cribbs

Ferris State

6027

350

FA

40

DE

Alfy

Hill

Winston Salem State

6043

275

FA

41

TE

Steven

Jones

East Stroudsburg

6035

247

FA

42

OT

Casey

Beck

Upper Iowa

6066

290

FA

43

SS

Lyndell

Johnson

Emporia State

6030

215

FA

44

DC

Will

Brown

Missouri S&T

5115

190

Tryout

45

QB

Chris

Bonner

CSU-Pueblo

6063

235

Tryout

46

QB

Kevin

Rodgers

Henderson State

6026

215

Tryout

47

DC

De*Vante

Bausby

Pittsburg State

6004

179

Tryout

48

DE

Anthony

Gonzales

Tarleton State

6040

260

Tryout

49

QB

Phillip "Phil"

Sims

Winston Salem State

6003

210

Tryout

50

QB

John "Frank"

Rivers

Albany State (GA)

6050

222

Tryout

51

OG

Jesse

Somsel

Saginaw Valley State

6043

333

Tryout

52

QB

Jacob "Jake"

Medlock

Valdosta State

6022

226

Tryout

53

NT

Frank

Boenzi

Grand Valley State

6015

295

Tryout

54

DC

Jamaris

Brown

Walsh

5084

174

Tryout

55

WO

Jeffrey "Jeff"

Hill

Bentley

6027

215

Tryout

56

WO

Anthony

Johnson

West Texas A&M

6007

194

Tryout

57

OH

Eddie

Mateo

Bloomsburg

5083

213

Tryout

58

OB

Leron

Furr

Fort Valley State

6020

238

Tryout

59

OT

Forrestal

Hickman

Missouri S&T

6071

317

Tryout

60

OG

Pete

Trausch

Nebraska-Kearney

6032

305

Tryout

61

OB

Markus

Pierce-Brewster

West Texas A&M

6030

243

Tryout

62

PT

Patrick

Carney

New Mexico Highlands

5115

214

Tryout

63

OB

Tyrell

Adams

West Georgia

6012

225

Tryout

64

OB

D.J.

Gnader

Northwest Missouri State

6010

220

Tryout

65

DC

C.J.

Roberts

CSU-Pueblo

5112

180

Tryout

66

SS

Isaiah

Fleming

Cheyney

5097

219

Tryout

67

WO

Tyler

Slavin

New Mexico Highlands

6010

215

Tryout

68

IB

Ronell

Williams

West Chester

6002

230

Tryout

69

OB

Deshawn

Dinwiddie

Emporia State

6012

215

Tryout

70

DC

Izauea

Lanier

West Alabama

6003

188

Tryout

71

DT

Ashton

Dorsey

Texas A&M Commerce

6020

295

Tryout

72

WO

Xavier

Milton

Florida Tech

5112

190

Tryout

73

WO

Dorian

Buford

Minnesota State-Mankato

6003

190

Tryout

74

OG

Damein

Willis

Lane College

6036

313

Tryout

75

DT

Davon

Walls

Lincoln (MO)

6060

290

Tryout

76

OG

Arthur

Ray Jr.

Fort Lewis

6022

300

Tryout

77

DE

Matt

Mosley

Grand Valley State

6024

255

Tryout

78

FS

Michael

Johnson

Fayetteville State

6012

196

Tryout

79

OC

Jack

Abercrombie

California (PA)

6012

295

Tryout

80

FB

Mike

Sellers

Winston Salem State

5110

265

Tryout

81

OG

Isaiah

Shelton

Shepherd

6010

292

Tryout

82

IB

Michael

Gruber

Brevard

6012

236

Tryout

83

OB

Tyler

Zimmer

Seton Hill

6021

245

Tryout

84

DT

Isiah

Dunning

Grand Valley State

6017

270

Tryout

85

TE

Tyler

Hamilton

Catawba

6023

230

Tryout

86

DT

Conor

O*Neal

Winston Salem State

6024

300

Tryout

87

OH

Romo

Westbrook

Harding

5090

210

Tryout

88

FB

Devin

Benton

Southwestern Oklahoma State

5100

270

Tryout

89

OH

LaVance

Taylor

Central Missouri

5102

190

Tryout

90

OH

Anthony

Taylor

Ashland

5102

209

Tryout

91

H-back

Paul

Browning

CSU-Pueblo

6022

222

Tryout

92

DE

Zachary "Zach"

Williams

Southern Connecticut State

6050

270

Tryout

93

DC

Darious

Lane

Harding

5100

210

Tryout

94

RS

Etauj

Allen

Ouachita Baptist

5087

164

Tryout

95

DT

Bryan

Thomson

East Stroudsburg

6005

290

Tryout

96

OG

Lucus

Love

Tarleton State

6044

290

Tryout

97

DC

Torian

Oakley

West Texas A&M

5092

180

Tryout

98

DT

Kraig

Akins

Western Oregon

6014

290

Tryout

99

TE

La*Velle

Spivey

Urbana (OH)

6023

240

Tryout

100

OB

Jared

Koster

New Mexico Highlands

6006

220

Tryout

101

OB

Grant

Singer

University of Mary (ND)

6001

225

Tryout

102

WO

Marcus

Bearum

Tiffin

5105

185

Tryout

103

PT

Andrew

Cerett

California (PA)

6045

260

Tryout

104

TE

Ray J.

Brown

Notre Dame College

6041

245

Tryout

105

DE

Alex

Markarian

Humboldt State

6034

275

Tryout

106

TE

Wesley

Powell

Tusculum

6087

265

Tryout

107

OC

Matthew

Reece

Tuskegee

6020

341

Tryout

108

WO

Akeem

Jordan

Lincoln (PA)

6016

215

Tryout

109

OC

Aaron

Sprinkle

Ouachita Baptist

6030

327

Tryout

110

DT

Carlif

Taylor

Southern Connecticut State

6010

315

Tryout

111

QB

Anthony

Abenoja

Pittsburg State

6022

217

Tryout

112

PK

Taylor

Pontius

North Alabama

5103

180

Tryout

113

TE

Andrew

Dillon

Saginaw Valley State

6034

240

Tryout

114

IB

Rush

Seaver

Angelo State

6014

250

Tryout

115

OB

Nores

Fradi

Wayne State (MI)

6000

216

Tryout

116

DC

Travis

Lee

Miles College

6000

185

Tryout

117

WO

Stephen "Steve"

Yarbrough

Mercyhurst

6020

220

Tryout

118

PK

John

Schmiemeier

Missouri Western State

5110

195

Tryout

119

WO

Tyrell

Williams

Western Oregon

6032

200

Tryout

120

RS

Mike

Early

Arkansas-Monticello

5092

182

Tryout

121

RS

L.J.

Stroman

UNC Pembroke

5092

185

Tryout

122

WO

Jeremy

Watson

West Texas A&M

5103

196

Tryout

123

OB

Blake

Baker

Lenoir-Rhyne

6002

250

Tryout

124

OT

Jacob

Vanderklok

Ferris State

6053

306

Tryout

125

DC

Gerren

DuHart

Wayne State (MI)

5112

188

Tryout

126

OT

Kelson

Patterson

Gannon

6052

315

Tryout

127

DE

Gary

Henderson

Glenville State

6012

240

Tryout

128

OG

Drew

Wilkins

Morehouse

6030

315

Tryout

129

OH

Seth

Hinsley

West Georgia

5092

224

Tryout

130

PT

Scott

Groner

Missouri Western State

6040

200

Tryout

131

WO

Chris

Omigie

Angelo State

6030

190

Tryout

132

QB

Lance

Orender

New Mexico Highlands

6046

235

Tryout

133

WO

Stephan "Steph"

Davis

American International

6010

203

Tryout

134

FS

Tim

Moinet

Hillsdale

6024

212

Tryout

135

FS

Micheal

Jordan

Fort Hays State

5102

180

Tryout

136

IB

Jovontay

Williams

Johnson C. Smith

6012

249

Tryout

137

OH

Jarrod

Spears

Lenoir-Rhyne

5080

190

Tryout

138

PT

Kyle

Jaski

Missouri Southern State

5102

209

Tryout

139

DE

Matt

Bowman

Nebraska-Kearney

6013

255

Tryout

140

FB

Marcus

Wright

Northwest Missouri State

6020

225

Tryout

141

DC

Stephan

Dickens

CSU-Pueblo

5090

172

Tryout

142

OG

Vance

Ross

Winona State

6020

300

Tryout

143

WO

Lloyd

Henry

Findlay (OH)

6000

180

Tryout

144

DE

Nelson

Wienke

Michigan Tech

6022

265

Tryout

145

OH

Chris

Smith

Upper Iowa

5075

195

Tryout

146

FS

Nathan

Hancock

Minnesota State-Mankato

6006

195

Tryout

147

OH

Desmond

Martin

Wayne State (MI)

5110

221

Tryout

148

DE

Will

Schwarz

Saginaw Valley State

6044

275

Tryout

149

DE

Daniel

Holland

East Central

6020

252

Tryout

150

OC

Xavier

Ruben

Tarleton State

6017

299

Tryout

 

 
         
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