It seems like a good crop of small school players this season. Many who will make impacts on Sundays from the break of camps. Lets take a look at some more who could make that big jump.
Isaiah Crowell – Runningback – Alabama State
As a freshman at the University of Georgia, Crowell rushed for 850 yards and scored six touchdowns. Weapons charges led him to Alabama State. After a fresh start, Crowell racked up 30 touchdowns on the ground. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry in 2012 and 6.6 this past season.
Crowell is solidly built at 5’11 224 lbs. He ran a 4.57 40 at the combine. Which isn’t eye-popping, but For a back his size it’s okay. Crowell seems to have one speed from start to finish. He runs through arm tackles but he’s not a bullbozer. His running style reminds me a bit of BenJarvus Green-Ellis. It looks like he’ll be a day 3 pick.
Crowell wont get first crack at a starting job. But if he can stick to a roster, You’ll here from him at some point. It wouldn’t shock me in a few years if he played a Joique Bell type roll for a team. The trouble in his past may hurt him on draft day. HIs days of trouble seem to be behind him..
Jerick McKinnon – Runningback – Georgia Southern
Jerick McKinnon is one of the most interesting prospects in this draft. He played Quarterback and tailback in an option based offense. Mckinnon was asked to throw, run and catch. He also spent time at cornerback as a sophomore. He has no off field issues. Jerick won awards for leadership, strength and conditioning and team MVP twice. Don’t worry about the level of competition. He had some of his best games against SEC teams.
McKinnon has a compact build at 5’8” 209lbs. He was a combine all-star, finishing at or near the top of all drills. As a runningback, he gets to the corner fast and makes his move up field as soon as he sees daylight. He can run up the middle, but it wont be ideal in the NFL. Jerick finds a seam and always tries for positive yardage. He had some issues holding onto the ball. If he can over come that, he will have a ton of value at the next level.
Jerick McKinnon will contribute right away on special teams. If he lands with a creative offensive coordinator, McKinnon could really shine in the NFL. Jerick McKinnon should come off the boards round 4 or 5.
Pierre Desir – Cornerback – Lindenwood
Pierre Desir played at division II Lindenwood. He ended up in division II because he played mostly soccer growing up. Desir was always dominant against the lesser competition. He has excellent size at 6’1” and looks like he could be a good corner in a zone scheme. Pierre’s 40 time at the combine was in the bottom third. He fared well in other drills.. His reaction and breaks on the ball look great. He may have to convert to safety. But I’d give him a try at corner first. Pierre Desir Looks like a fourth round pick.