Khaseem Greene, OLB – Greene is a converted safety who made a tremendous impact once he was moved to OLB prior to last season. Greene is an undersized LB who will fit best in a Tampa-2 type system. He really exploded onto the national stage last season leading the Big East with 140 total tackles. Greene is coming of a broken leg which he suffered in Rutger’s bowl game and it’s not yet known how much time, if any he will miss.
Greene just so happens to be the half brother of Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham.
DC Jefferson, TE – Jefferson was once a highly recruited quarterback who was moved to tight end prior to 2009 season. As you would expect it has taken Jefferson time to adjust to the position, especially when it comes to blocking. However, Jefferson has improved his route running and has begun to make more of an impact in the passing game last season. With Jefferson it’s all about projectability and what he could become. His 6’5″ 260 pound frame makes him a mismatch in coverage and while he is still very raw, look for further improvement this season.
The tight end position is becoming valued a lot more in the NFL and expect Jefferson to get a look.
Ryan Nassib, QB – Nassib is coming off a record breaking year at Syracuse and has emerged as one of the more under rated QB prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. Last season Nassib broke the single season passing attempts (259) and yards (2,685) record at Syracuse and is poised to shatter those records this year. The big question marks surrounding Nassib will be his arm strength and decision making.
Nassib can really help his draft stock if he cuts down on the INTs and shows better ball placement to open receivers. As of right now, Nassib is a late round-UDFA QB, but could easily move up the board with improvement.
Shamarko Thomas, SS – Thomas seriously considered entering the draft in 2012, but made a very wise decision by returning to school. Shamarko is an in-the-box safety, he does a good job finding the ball carrier and delivering big hits. He struggles in coverage due to over-aggresiveness and misses too many tackles.
He has played in 35 career games and doesn’t have an interception, which is concerning as a safety prospect.
Montel Harris, RB – Harris’ transfer from Boston College became official today. Harris is the most prolific RB in BC history who has battled injuries and run ins with the coaches the past two seasons. Harris is a tough runner with real good balance and vision. However, he has very limited explosion and speed which could be even more limited with the knee injuries.
Mark Popek, OT – Popek is an interesting LT prospect who has gotten better as he has added strength and weigh to his 6’7″ frame. Popek is a raw athlete for the position, meaning he relies heavily on his length, size and ability to move his feet more so than technique. Popek is a pre-season All-Big East pick and should draw plenty of attention from NFL scouts.
Sam Barrington, OLB – Barrington is the lesser known linebacker prospect at USF playing next to DeDe Lattimore, however Barrington has a chance to be drafted. He is a smart and productive football player who always shows up around the ball. Barrinton is coming off a year where he recorded 72 tackles with 6.5 for a loss.