NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones
Only a few prospects in this year’s Little Caesar’s Bowl may end up earning a draft spot; Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher should go in the first round, but who else may be considered at some point in the draft process? Read on the find out.
QB Ryan Radcliff, Central Michigan (6’3″, 220)
Three-year starter who had his worst game of the season in a 41-7 loss to Michigan St., but recovered with 283 yards and two touchdowns the following week in an upset at Iowa. Inconsistency will likely prevent him from being drafted; was replaced during games on multiple occasions in 2012. Was also drafted by the Colorado Rockies back in 2008.
OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (6’7″, 305)
Massive left tackle with incredible athleticism for a man of his size. Fisher could easily fit into either a man or a zone blocking scheme; he appears a likely first-round pick and even a potential top-15 selection. Was named to the All-MAC First Team this season after starting all twelve games at left tackle. His first opportunity in the NFL will likely come on the left side.
CB Lorenzo White, Central Michigan (6’0″, 185)
Former special-teams contributor who blossomed into a part-time starter in 2010 and a full-time starter in both 2011 and 2012. Recorded 24 tackles, nine passes defensed, and one interception last season. Combination of size and athleticism – projected to run the 40-yard dash in the 4.4 range – may earn him looks as an undrafted free agent.
SS Jahleel Addae, Central Michigan (5’11″, 200)
Three-year starter who has appeared in 50 career games for the Chippewas. Made 2012 his best season, recording 81 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, and four interceptions. Was originally recruited as a running back in 2008; has made the transition to the secondary effectively. Special teams value should help him compete for a late-round spot.
TE Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky (6’6″, 255)
Has played extensively during all four seasons of his career; finished 2012 with a line of 47 – 530 – 4. Suffered a season-ending injury in 2010 during his eighth appearance. Not an incredibly athletic tight end but his combination of size and production may earn him some late-round interest as a potential reserve “Y” (inline) tight end.
OG Adam Smith, Western Kentucky (6’5″, 325)
Four-season starter with the vast majority of his snaps coming at right guard. Massive inline blocker who likely won’t receive much interest from a zone-blocking team, but may interest inline teams as an undrafted free agent. Lack of athleticism is his major drawback: it would be a surprise if he ran the 40-yard dash in the 5.3 second range.
DE Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky (6’5″, 250)
The most notable prospect on Western Kentucky’s team won’t be appearing in this game; he is sidelined for the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL back in November. Smith recorded 10.5 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2010; he made eleven tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2011. Through ten games in 2010, he had recorded 18.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. He should interest teams as a defensive end/outside linebacker ‘tweener.