Microsoft Word Document, 15 pages, 6,065 words
By Josh Buchanan, JBScouting.com
A position-by-position analysis of the top rated small school NFL Draft prospects heading into the 2009 college football season as of August 2009. Also includes JBScouting.com's preseason top 100 small school ratings. Winzip file size: 41.79 KB
With the success of former small school standouts such as Jerry Rice, Walter Payton, Kurt Warner, Brian Westbrook, Dexter Coakley, Matt Birk, Jared Allen, Tim Hightower, Joe Flacco, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, NFL scouts are paying more and more attention to non FBS programs - and because of that you should too.
My early evaluations are complete and thus it is time to take a look at the prospects to keep an eye on at each position, sorted alphabetically by position with a grade of the overall talent next to each position.
OFFENSE (listed alphabetically by position)
QUARTERBACKS (Grade- C)
Trevor Harris, Edinboro PA- His production can't be overlooked as a three-time All-PSAC selection and two-time offensive player of the year, he passed for 2,780 yards, 26 touchdowns, and completed 65.9% of his passes as a junior. Harris must bulk up at just 6'2, 210 pounds but has the arm strength, accuracy, production, and intelligence to get serious looks in the postseason as long as he can get to the 220 range.
Ryan Perrilloux, Jacksonville State- As perhaps the biggest name in this class his off field past and inconsistent play make him a priority free agent. His size (6'2, 228) and arm strength will certainly have the attention of scouts and flashes of his talent showed in his 19 touchdowns, 2,328 yards passing on his way to 2nd team All-OVC honors. He could move up boards with a productive senior season but his off field issues will likely keep him from landing higher than the 5th-6th round range.
John Skelton, Fordham- Skelton is a big, strong armed passer who can rifle it anywhere on the field. Scouts love his size (6'5 1/8, 245), arm, and upside but he must work on his accuracy, consistency, and footwork. He tossed 15 touchdowns and threw for over 2,400 yards as a junior but did not live up to the preseason hype by earning postseason awards. Keep tabs on Skelton has he could be another one to fly up draft boards with a productive and consistent senior year. Skelton has the most pro potential of any small school signal caller.
Here are some potential free agents to keep an eye on
Rush "R.J." Archer, William & Mary
Brian Babin, Southeastern Louisiana
Billy Cundiff, Ashland
Bradley George, Texas State
Pat Grace, Northern Iowa
Freddie Harris, Central Washington (WR)
Matt Hudson, Wabash
Andrew Krewatch, Indiana PA
Matt Nichols, Eastern Washington
Curtis Pulley, Florida A&M
Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross
Noah Shepard, South Dakota
Sebastian Trujillo, San Diego
Bryan Waggener, Northern Colorado
Eric Ward, Richmond....