Here is my third and final look at some of the small school draft hopefuls for the 2012 NFL Draft. Part 3 features Asa Jackson, Ryan Steed, Jonathan Massaquoi, jeff Adams and Shawn Loiseau. (In no particular order)
Asa “Ace” Jackson – Cal Poly – Cornerback
Asa Jackson has had a nice pre draft for himself. He ran a 4.45 40 at the combine helping his stock. At 5’9” “Ace’ is a bit on the short side. He looks like he could be a very good nickel corner. He’s not a very good tackler. But he is useful in the return game. Look for Jackson to come off the board in the fourth or fifth round.
Ryan Steed – Furman – Defensiveback
Ryan Steed looks and plays bigger than he actually is. The Furman star has a knack for making big plays. When Furman faced better competition, Steed always held his own. Ryan ended his career with 14 interceptions. He ran a 4.68 in the 40 at the combine, hurting his stock a bit. Ryan Steed is a physical tackler. He will make contributions to special teams right away. I think he’ll fit well in zone coverage or moving to safety. Steed has the potential to be a starter down the road. He should be drafted in the third or fourth round.
Jonathan Massaquoi – Troy – Defensive ends
Troy is no stranger to sending pass rushers to the NFL. Massaquoi has two cousins at the next level in Mohamed Massaquoi and Visanthe Shiancoe. He played with his hand down at Troy, piling up 19.5 sacks in two seasons. But at 6’2” he may have to play linebacker. He may have benefited from another year in school. Getter bigger and stronger. Jonathon Massaquoi should come off the boards somewhere between the late second and early fourth round.
Jeff Adams – Columbia – Offensive tackle
At 6’6” 306lbs Jeff Adams has the size NFL team covet. He needs to get stronger to compete at the next level. He’s not a mean mauling type blocker. Relying on his agility to make blocks at the second level. Adams look like a fifth or sixth round project.
Shawn Loiseau – Merrimack – Inside Linebacker
Shawn Loiseau comes from a humble start. He didn’t get any offers from big time football programs. But his dream was always to play in the NFL. A tough task for a division II player. Especially one that is 6’0” 240lbs and not exceptionally fast. Heart and determination go along way. He’s a high effort player that will have to make a career on special teams. Loiseau looks like a seventh round pick if drafted. If not he will be a priority free agent and in an NFL camp sooner than later.