Small School Prospects Part 2

John Crockett – RB – North Dakota State

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Nicknamed “Taz” at a young age because of his non-stop energy. Crockett has good size at 5’11” 216lbs.  He started 3 years for the Bison.  He wasn’t initially invited to the combine, but after the East-West game, Crockett showed he belongs with the top backs in this class.  Tough runner who makes defenders work to bring him down.  He fires out of the backfield and hits the hole quick.  Good vision and makes quick cuts.  Crockett has 3 down potential due to his pass blocking and catching.  Ball security is not an issue and he should be a special teams stud.  he rushed for 1994 yards and 21 TDs this season.  Adding 30 receptions for 397 yards and a score.

Crockett should come off the boards day 3.  I would imagine earlier than later.  If he finds the right situation and injuries occur, Crockett will be heard from next season.

Craig Mager  –  CB  –  Texas State

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Craig Mager started 4 seasons at Texas State.  He’s got good size at 5’11’ 204 lbs.  He played an off-man corner and has size to be a press corner at the next level.  Tough gritty player who helps out against the run.  Mager looks like he could be a great piece to a defense.  Possibly an eventual starter.  He didn’t play against the top competition.  Mager was solid during east-west shrine week. I think Mager gets taken late day 2 or early day 3.

Ali Marpett  –  OL  –  Hobart College

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Ali Marpet became a name with a lot of buzz after the senior bowl.  A three-year starter at Hobart, Marpet held his own all week as he transitioned from left tackle to guard.  Then a few weeks later he caught more attention at the NFL Combine as he graded out as the second best Offensive lineman.  Marpet looks like a day two prospect who should find a home somewhere on the offensive line.  Most likely on the interior.

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