Small School standouts (Part 2)

In part one you got to know Aaron Mellette from Elon, Kyle Jusczcyk from Harvard and Brandon Kaufman who played at Eastern Washington.  Lets take a look at a few more small school prospects.  One who spent much of his time in the SEC.  But played at a  small program in 2012 after transferring.

Da’Rick Rogers – Wide receiver – Tennessee Technological University


Da’Rick Rogers is coming out as a Golden Eagle from Tennessee Tech.  Rogers spent the majority of his college career at the University of Tennessee.  He failed multiple drug tests at his two-year stay in Knoxville.  The most recent was just before the 2012 season began.  Leading to many concerns about maturity and character.  Not that Rogers is a bad person for failing a drug test.  But with so much ahead in his future, his decision making comes in to question.

Rogers played in 13 games as a freshman.  Catching 11 balls for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns.  In 2011 he broke out in a big way as teammate and fellow draft prospect Justin hunter went down with a torn ACL.  Rogers caught 67 balls for 1,040 yards and 9 touchdowns.  After his transfer, Da’Rick caught 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns.  A number you think would be higher, but all focus was on Rogers for the Golden eagles competition.

Da’Rick Rogers will likely find himself coming off boards in the second round.  Rogers has the chance to be one of the top receivers coming out.  His size at 6’2 1/2″ and 217 pounds is great.  His speed is solid he can jump through the ceiling.  He good hands and runs routes well.  If he can mature and focus on being a pro, whoever drafts him will get a steal round two.

Rontez Miles  –  Safety  –  California University of Pennsylvania

rontez miles

Rontez Miles was once recruited by some SEC schools.  But chose to go to Kent State where his step brother Vondre Griffin played.  Vondre had academic issues, drug and driving charges which led to his dismissal.  Rontez was dealing with his own academic issues and with his brother gone, chose to leave Kent State.

Rontez ended up at California after two years of community college.  His coach at California has only glowing things to say of him.  Calling him a team leader and hard worker.  Miles didn’t have any problems at California. He did rack up the accolades, PSAC Freshman of the Year, four All PSAC-West selections, Defensive Player Of The Year awards two years in a row, and was a two-time Division II All American.

Rontez Miles has good speed and size at 6’0” 202 lbs and ran a 4.62 40 yard dash at the combine.  Rontez is a hard hitter and a solid blitzer.  Miles could end up being a late round gem.  I think he ends up going in the 6th or 7th round.  Miles will end up being a special teams captain for someone in the NFL.  Refining his game will get him some playing time in the defensive backfield.

B.W. Webb  –  Cornerback  –  William and Mary


B.W. Webb is a 5’10” 183lb prospect from William and Mary.  Webb burst on to the scene as a redshirt freshman in 2008.  That season he picked off 8 passes and brought two back for scores.  The word got out after that and he finished his career with 11 interceptions.  Web  was also an important part of William and Mary’s return game.

Webb has had a tremendous pre-draft.  He played well all week at the senior bowl.  Dismissing any worries about facing better competition.  At the NFL combine he boosted his stock again by putting up top numbers in the vertical leap, broad jump and 20 yard shuttle.  His 40 yard dash number was also solid at 4.51.

B.W. Webb fits well in a zone cover scheme.  Webb may find himself being drafted in round two.  His coverage and special teams ability will make him an asset this coming season.  He has good character and the drive to succeed.

Mike Lockhart

Twitter: @SportsHubFantFB

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