2014 NFL Draft: Big South Watchlist

NEPD Special Contributor: Matthew Elder

With the loss of Stony Brook to the CAA the Big South lost a lot of its next level talent but the teams that remained should still give fans plenty to be excited about. The Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina are sure to be stop for almost every NFL team this year.


Top Offensive Prospect: WR Matt Hazel – Coastal Carolina

Hazel is the best prospect in this conference. He offers solid size, strong hands, and good routes. Hazel will have to take his game to the next level this year with a new QB leading the Coastal Carolina offense every defense focusing on him. He’ll also need to prove to NFL scouts that he has the speed and acceleration to separate at the next level.


Top Defensive Prospect: OLB Mike McClure – Coastal Carolina

With the reigning Big South Defensive Player of the Year, Quinn Backus (Junior-2015) playing next to McClure its easy to overlook him. The 6’0, 215 lbs wrecking ball plays defense like a man on a mission. He loves to hit and runs very well in the open field.


Big South Watchlist:

RB Aldreakis Allen-Liberty

RB Teddy Allen-Charleston Southern

WR Niccolo Mastromatteo-Coastal Carolina

TE Mario Thompson-VMI

TE Hudson Smith-Gardner-Webb

DE Maurice Dickson-Gardner-Webb

DE Justin Smith-VMI

DE Preston Pemasa-Gardner-Webb

ILB Weston Reber-VMI

CB Mike Smith-VMI

CB LaDarius Hawthorne-Coastal Carolina

SAF Adam Morgan-VMI

SAF Elijah Lee-Charleston Southern

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