NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones
Recent interest has orbited around this week’s East-West Shrine Game activites, but it is also important to keep an eye on participants in some of the lesser-known bowl games, such as the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Both events are set to take place this Saturday, December 19th; below, a number of the most intriguing prospects from this year’s Raycom College Football All-Star Classic are outlined. Be sure to check back tomorrow as well for prospect profiles from the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl!
WR Roy Roundtree, Michigan (6’0″, 180, 4.50)
Underwent a surgery on his left knee in August 2012 but nonetheless appeared in every game for the Wolverines this season, catching 31 passes for 580 yards and three touchdowns. Production over the past two seasons has not approached his sophomore campaign, in which he caught 72 passes for 935 yards and seven touchdowns. Timed speed at the Combine will determine draft stock.
OT Matt Tobin, Iowa (6’6”, 290, 5.05)
Has a tall, thin build; nonetheless, has played both offensive guard and offensive tackle for the Hawkeyes. Some project Tobin to guard based on his more extensive experience there (seven starts at left guard last season, four at left tackle); best translates as a swing reserve. Most likely isn’t a draftable prospect at this point, but could earn a practice squad invitation as a developmental player.
DT Quinton Dial, Alabama (6’6”, 305, 5.15)
Transferred to Alabama from junior college; was a contributor on the Tide’s defense over the past two seasons. Modest production last season: 21 tackles, five for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Perhaps best known for his hit on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray last year. Draftable late, or a priority undrafted free agent. Size, length, and experience under Nick Saban could draw New England’s interest.
DT Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin (6’4”, 325, 5.10)
Massive, surprisingly athletic nose tackle prospect who was dismissed from the University of Tennessee after being suspended on multiple occasions. Coaches reportedly harbored serious concerns about his work ethic; however, has been productive at Tennessee-Martin. Was named a 2012 First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection after recording 42 tackles and four sacks on the season.
DT Brent Russell, Georgia Southern (6’1″, 300, 5.10)
Was suspended indefinitely this season after being arrested for disorderly conduct and obstruction; was also suspended in 2011 for violating team rules. Previously considered a rushing prospect with an intriguing combination of power and athleticism; played nose tackle at Georgia Southern. Recorded 67 tackles (16.5 for loss) and 6.5 sacks in 2011. May be able to contribute on special teams by blocking kicks.
DE Damion Square, Alabama (6’3”, 285, 4.95)
Will not appear in the Raycom game because of an undisclosed injury, but has been durable in the past, starting 32 games at Alabama. Added fifteen pounds or so since joining the Crimson Tide in 2009. Recorded 33 tackles, four for loss, 3.5 sacks, and nine hurries last season. Could potentially interest New England as a jumbo left end in their defensive schemes similar to Brandon Deaderick.
OB Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi St. (6’2″, 230, 4.70)
Assumed a starting role as a junior, recording 123 tackles, six for loss, two sacks, and two interceptions; was able to maintain his production as a senior by finishing with 120 tackles, ten for loss, four sacks, and two interceptions. Somewhat undersized but makes up for it in athleticism and range. Was named to the All-SEC Second Team by coaches and media. Projects as a backup weakside linebacker.
OB Kenny Tate, Maryland (6’4″, 230, 4.75)
Began his career as an oversized strong safety and later shifted to linebacker. Looks more natural at the linebacker spot, where his awkward movement skills and slow foot speed are masked more effectively. Does not add much in coverage but may interest teams as a sub-package rover. Surprisingly effective rushing the passer. Missed all but four games of his 2011 campaign with a knee injury and suffered another knee injury in 2012.
FS Corey Broomfield, Misssissippi St. (5’10″, 180, 4.50)
Versatile prospect who can play anywhere in the defensive backfield; spent three seasons at cornerback before moving to safety in 2012. Has been a notable contributor on Mississippi State’s defense for all four seasons, intercepting six passes as a freshman (returned two for touchdowns) and another four passes over the rest of his career. Offers some value as a pass rusher as well (2.5 career sacks.)