Analyzing Rutgers Football 2014 NFL Draft Prospects
2013 was a banner year for Rutgers players in the NFL draft. Seven players were drafted which broke the previous school record from 2009 when five players were selected. This year, Rutgers faithful are expecting one player to be selected and hope a few more sneak into the draft in the later rounds.
By the way, it should be noted that the Patriots do have five selections from the fourth round on!
To take a look at the big picture please check out my big board ranking the top 5-15 players per position.
It’s time to analyze the pro-potential of several Scarlet Knights.
The Surefire Thing:
Brandon Coleman – WR – 6’6” 225
Size, size, size. Coleman possesses elite size and although he is not a burner he is deceptively fast. Runs NFL level slant routes. Put up big numbers in the bench press at the NFL Combine and his strength allows him to get separation at the line of scrimmage.
Should be a more difficult red-zone matchup than his college career indicated. Tendency to catch intermediate routes with his body. Quickness and agility don’t match other smaller more compact receivers.
It’s a matter of when, not if, Coleman will be drafted. He’s a prototypical West Coast WR that someone will take a chance on because of his size. Late 3rd round.
Keeping Fingers Crossed:
Jamil Merrell – DE – 6’4” 252
Great motor. Doesn’t give up on a play and has physical ability to get to the ball-carrier when play is away. Plays hard – size disadvantage does not affect his play
A bit of a tweener as he is too light to be an every down DE and not fast enough to play effective coverage as an OLB.
Needs to be the right fit but he could be effective as a stand-up 3-4 OLB. Too much motor to be left out of the draft. Early 7th round.
Jeremy Deering – FS – 6’1” 209
Excellent athlete who played WR, RB and FS at Rutgers. Showed plenty of potential in the kick return game throughout his career. Very good speed for his size.
A better athlete than football player who seems to need to find a position. Played only one year on defense. Slow in route recognition.
Too good of an athlete to get through the draft. Will be a practice squad player in 2014 who may develop if he can pick up the nuances of defensive back. Mid 7th round.
Marcus Thompson - OLB – 6’1” 250
Has pass-rushing ability. Good size and strength for his position. Can finish a tackle. Excelled in physical tests at Rutgers pro-day.
Has minimal pass-coverage experience. Doesn’t have the prototypical height or wing-span you would want from an edge rusher.
He should be a 7th round pick. If not he will be a high priority free agent.
Quron Pratt – WR – 6’0” 195
Improved consistently year to year. Good hands and good route runner. Showed flashes as a senior on special teams
Average athleticism will make it difficult for him to get separation at the next level. Nice but not spectacular collegiate career.
He will make a camp – possibly as a late pick but more likely as a free agent.
Jamal Merrell – OLB – 6’5” 230
Good special teams player who blocked seven kicks during his time at Rutgers. Good athlete who can tackle.
Not overly fast and not overly strong. Does not play with a low enough center of gravity to take on run-blockers at the NFL level.
He will make a camp as a priority free agent.
Antwan Lowery – G – 6’3 355
Strong and is tough to shed when he gets his hands on the defender.
His desire and effort were in question for years at Rutgers. That won’t change now.
Priority free agent
Paul Carrezola – TE/FB – 6’2” 244
Good hands – was an effective receiver at Rutgers.
Does not have the size or athletic ability to play TE at the next level. Has not had the opportunity to show he can be an effective special teams player.
He will hopefully make a camp as a free agent.
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