Data provided by College Football Analyst Josh Buchanan for TonySoftli.com

 

Pos

First Name

Last Name

School

RB

Isaiah

Crowell

Alabama State

OG

Matt

Feiler

Bloomsburg

DE

Larry

Webster

Bloomsburg

FB

Lorenzo

Taliaferro

Coastal Carolina

WR

Matt

Hazel

Coastal Carolina

DE

Zach

Moore

Concordia St. Paul

QB

Jeff

Mathews

Cornell

NT

Mike

Pennel

CSU-Pueblo

NT

Zachariah

Kerr

Delaware

TE

Joe Don

Duncan

Dixie State

QB

Jimmy

Garoppolo

Eastern Illinois

OG

Dakota

Dozier

Furman

CB

Lavelle

Westbrooks

Georgia Southern

RB

Jerick

McKinnon

Georgia Southern

C

Matt

Armstrong

Grand Valley State

CB

Pierre

Desir

Lindenwood (MO)

CB

Kendall

James

Maine

TE

Nic

Jacobs

McNeese State

FB

Reggie

Jordan

Missouri Western State

OLB

Jordan

Tripp

Montana

WR

Walter

Powell

Murray State

OT

Billy

Turner

North Dakota State

CB

Brandon

Dixon

Northwest Missouri State

RS

John

Brown

Pittsburg State

DT

Caraun

Reid

Princeton

DE

Kerry

Wynn

Richmond

WR

Jeff

Janis

Saginaw Valley State

RB

Tim

Flanders

Sam Houston State

OLB

Howard

Jones

Shepherd

OLB

Tyler

Starr

South Dakota

CB

Todd

Washington

Southeastern Louisiana

OG

Kadeem

Edwards

Tennessee State

TE

A.C.

Leonard

Tennessee State

RB

Terrance

West

Towson

DE

Ethan

Westbrooks

West Texas A&M

QB

Dustin

Vaughan

West Texas A&M

 

 

TOP 3 SURPRISE INVITES

 

1.      NT Mike Pennel, CSU-Pueblo

The big surprise was that Pennel is a one year player at CSU-Pueblo who had just 36 tackles and six tackles for loss coming off being dismissed from Arizona State.  The known flags about him and the fact that he didn’t play much early in the season made his invite a surprise considering the buzz being so late on him.  There are times on film where he does nothing but he also shows big time potential steamrolling blockers and making life hard on quarterbacks.  If he turns it on every player he could be a force.  Right now he is not rated in my top 100 and will need a strong pro day to be a 7th round pick.

2.      DE Kerry Wynn, Richmond

The Richmond product has great size at 6’5, 268 pounds and is a good athlete but his invite was a slight surprise.  The buzz during the fall started when he had 11 tackles and one pass breakup in their loss to NC State.  After the big game he tapered off with just 45 tackles on the rest of the season to finish with 56 and 5.5 tackles for loss.  The 3rd-team All-CAA pick was a good player but just not as dominant in CAA play as he was against NC State.  He was a player I thought would move up a little bit with a strong pro day but certainly didn’t expect this invite over Rakim Cox.  Wynn wasn’t really on the radar much heading into the season as well, thus making his invite a surprise.

3.      FB Reggie Jordan, Missouri Western State

Like Pennel and Wynn, Jordan was not really on the radar coming into the fall but of this group he had the best season.  Jordan repeated as an All-MIAA pick for the second-straight season.  He’s got good length, runs well, and has blocking skills.  He’s a player who will need a strong combine workout to get drafted with this already loaded fullback class but with his receiving and blocking skills it’s not a shock he got an invite.  It’s just surprising he got one over some of the names on my snub list.

 

 

TOP 10 COMBINE SNUBS – Possible Diamonds

With the average being 10 small school combine snubs drafted each year here is a look at each of my top 10 with others to keep an eye on listed below them.

1.      OG D.J. Morrell, Old Dominion, 6’5, 327

He’s the only player in my top 20 who got snubbed.  With a 6th-7th round projection it’s not a huge surprise when players here are snubbed but I have him higher than several who did get an invite.  His body and strength along with the fact he was very good against North Carolina and other good competition make him someone I expect to get drafted despite the snub.

2.      WR Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois, 5’11, 200

All the buzz on EIU was about Garoppolo but Lora was no slouch either.  While he isn’t blazing fast he runs good routes and catches everything.  The two-time All-American and 2012 OVC Offensive Player of the Year was consistent and the second big snub who I expected to get an invite.

3.      DE Rakim Cox, Villanova, 6’3, 265

Cox is the first on this list who I didn’t expect to get an invite but I believe will get drafted.  He looks the part, can run, and is athletic.  The two-time first-team All-CAA pick was part of a rotating unit so he didn’t have gaudy numbers but impressed when I saw him.  He should be a 6th or 7th round pick as long as he tests fairly well at the pro day after a good showing at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

4.      DE/OLB Brad Daly, Montana State, 6’1, 239

While Daly was not expected to get an invite because he was a late bloomer on the NFL radar you would still think the Buck Buchanan Award winner would earn an invite.  He had 20.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks playing both as a stand up and hand in the dirt pass rusher.  He’s got a quick twitch and is explosive.  Daly must show he can drop and do all the linebacker drills to get drafted. Right now he’s a borderline draft pick on my board but could move into the 5th or 6th round depending on how good his pro day is.

5.      DT Jamie Meder, Ashland, 6’2, 306

Of all the small schoolers at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Meder may have been the most fun to watch.  The four-time firsrt-team All-GLIAC pick and two-time GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the Year is a little tight but strong, gets up the field, and pushes the pocket.  His motor and strength along with a good pro day should get him drafted in the 6th or 7th round.

6.      WR Tony Washington, Appalachian State, 5’10, 200

App State wide receivers have not done too well in the NFL up to date, despite their high selections in the NFL Draft but this year that may change.  One big difference this year is that Wash9ington is a ceiling of the 6th round whereas those before him all went 3rd round or higher.  He’s very smart, a good route runner, good blocker, and solid return specialist with better speed than people credit him for.  He may have gotten himself drafted at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl as long as he runs low 4.5s or better at the App State pro day.

7.      OT Matt Hall, Belhaven, 6’9, 323

It would have been nice to see Hall at the Combine because of all the flexion tests and things that you are concerned with about 6’9 plus linemen.  He can bend and had a very good year.  With his size all he needs is a strong pro day and someone would likely take him late in the draft.  His workout results are something worthy of tracking.

8.      CB Walt Aikens, Liberty, 6’1, 205

While I have Aikens projected as a free safety in my rankings he plays corner and the hope is that he runs 4.5s or better so he is projected as a corner.  His length, size, and ball skills have intrigued scouts.  It was a surprise to the media he didn’t get a combine invite but NFL teams seem to have some questions they wanted answered so Aikens will have to depend on his pro day.  Luckily for him he had a good showing at the Senior Bowl and that has helped his stock.  The former Illinois defender is nothing short of production with seven career picks at Liberty and a three-time All-Big South selection.

9.      OG/OC Karim Barton, Morgan State, 6’2, 310

Barton may be the most intriguing name on this list after a strong showing at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl playing on the interior after started three years at right tackle for Morgan State.  His lower body bulk, strength, and feet make him someone who should do very well at guard or center.  As long as he tests well at pro day there was already buzz in the fall that he would get drafted but a good workout would just about guarantee it.

10.  CB/FS Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman, 6’1, 180

Addison is interesting because of all the juniors who declared for the NFL Draft and the fact he did not get a combine invite is a bit surprising.  He’s a two-time All-MEAC pick who had nine picks in the last two years and has shown the ability to be a good safety or corner.  He’s a projected priority free agent right now but if he runs very well his combination of speed, size, length, and production would make him an intriguing late round pick.

 

OTHERS CONSIDERED

TE Michael Flacco, New Haven, 6’5, 245

DE Jake Metz, Shippensburg, 6’5, 247

OT Josh Wells, James Madison, 6’5, 314

WR Corey Washington, Newberry, 6’4, 207

CB Brian Dixon, Northwest Missouri State, 5’11, 199

CB Marcus Williams, North Dakota State, 5’11, 195

TE Justin Perillo, Maine, 6’3, 250

OG Brian Clarke, Bloomsburg, 6’2, 305

ILB Brock Coyle, Montana, 6’1, 243

DE Terrence Fede, Marist, 6’4, 267

OT Terrance Hackney, Bethune-Cookman, 6’5, 310

WR Greg Hardin, North Dakota, 5’10, 173

FS Pierre Warren, Jacksonville State, 6’2, 200

WR Lee Doss, Southern, 6’1, 170

FS David Van Dyke, Tennessee State, 5’11, 194

C/OG William Wright, West Georgia, 6’2, 322

WR Jeremy Butler, Tennessee Martin, 6’2, 218

WR Torrence Allen, West Texas A&M, 6’1, 190