2014 NFL Draft Small School Watchlist: Big Sky Conference

Special Contributor: Matthew Elder

As always the Big Sky conference is one to watch. Annually the Big Sky not only offers up some of the best teams and biggest games in the country but also the biggest potential draft prospects. With camps right around the corner we’ll start our conference previews in a conference that has sent dozens of players annually to the NFL.

Top Offensive Prospect: RB Zach Bauman – Northern Arizona
There could be lots of debate here with a talented playmaker like Denarius McGhee or physical OL like Danny Kistler to choose from but for me there is no doubt. I’ve watched Zach Bauman run since he was a Sophomore for the Lumberjacks and he’s been one of the most under the radar backs in the entire country. Blessed with size, balance, and power Bauman is a dangerous runner between the tackles and in the open field. He never seems to go down on first contact and always falls forward. Look for Bauman to make a name for himself all year long.

Top Defensive Prospect: OLB Jordan Tripp – Montana
Montana always seems to have somebody worth taking a look at and this year is no exception. Tripp is another players scouts have talked about for years in anticipation of his graduation. He’s got the size, athleticism, and strength to play in the NFL. He’s a downhill LB who seems to love contact and making plays. He’s got the athleticism to drop into coverage or come down off the edge and that versatility will be key when projecting him to the next level.

Big Sky Watchlist:
QB Denarius McGhee-Montana St
QB Seth Lobato-Northern Colorado
RB DJ Adams-Portland State
RB Cody Kirk-Montana St
RB Tremaine Davis-Northern Colorado
RB Jake Miller-North Dakota
WR Greg Hardin-North Dakota
WR Tanner Bleskin-Montana St
WR Fatu Moala-Southern Utah
WR Morris Norrise-Sacramento St
WR Cameron Richmond-Idaho St
WR Jace Davis-Northern Colorado
OT Danny Kistler-Montana
OT Darren DeNeui-North Dakota
OG Steven Forgette-Eastern Washington
OG William Poehls-Montana
OC Gavin Farr-Southern Utah
OC Kjelby Oiland-Montana
OC Ashton Miller-Eastern Washington
DE Nick King-UC Davis
DE Brad Daly-Montana St
DT Tim Wilkinson-Northern Arizona
DT Sullivan Grosz-Cal Poly
OLB Todd Davis-Sacramento State
OLB Jaycob Shoemaker-Portland State
ILB Clarence Bumpas-Northern Colorado
ILB Anthony Morales-Weber State
ILB Ronnie Hamlin-Eastern Washington
CB TJ Lee III – Eastern Washington
CB Osasie Odiase-Sacramento State
CB Anders Battle-Northern Arizona
CB Alex Hubbard-Cal Poly
SAF Blair Wiskom-Northern Arizona
SAF Lucky Dozier-Northern Arizona
SAF Allen Brown-Eastern Washington

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