NFL Draft Prospects to Watch in the Russell Athletic Bowl

There are a lot of prospects in the Russell Athletic Bowl between the Miami Hurricanes and the West Virginia Hurricanes. Miami has a lot of players all over the NFL, but West Virginia has produced some NFL talent as well, including first round pick Karl Joseph. There are plenty of prospects to watch in this game, but these are the most notable:

West Virginia Mountaineers

Rasul Douglas, CB

Projected Draft Range: fourth round-sixth round

Douglas is a big corner back that can match up with a lot of the taller receivers in the NFL. He is a ball hawk with eight interceptions on the season. His speed will be questioned, as many of the bigger corners get questioned. This match-up will present him with a chance to guard a lot of good receivers and go up against a good college quarterback.

Tyler Orlosky, C

Projected Draft Range: third round-fifth round

Russell Athletic Bowl

Tyler Orlosky, (Photo courtesy: hailwv.com)

Orlosky is one of the best centers in the class, the problem is that centers aren’t normally drafted as highly as they should be. He has good size at six feet four inches and 296 pounds. Because the Mountaineers run a system offense, Orlosky will have to show that he knows blitz pick ups and pre-snap recognition. If he can do that, Orlosky may get a chance to start from day one depending on the team that drafts him.

Miami Hurricanes

Brad Kaaya, QB

Projected Draft Range: third round-fifth round

He should probably go back to school for his senior season, but Kaaya will get selected if he decides to enter the draft. Kaaya has shown that he is able to do most things well. One area he can work on is how he handles pressure. Kaaya also isn’t very mobile. With some work he could develop into a nice NFL quarterback.

Stacey Coley, WR

Projected Draft Range: fourth round-sixth round

Coley is one of the fastest players in the class and will have a chance to prove that at the draft combine. That is his main asset. He has shown signs of being able to also be a possession receiver with 12.1 yards per reception. Coley is only 185 pounds so he needs to add some weight to his frame to be a durable NFL receiver.

David Njoku, TE

Projected Draft Range: third round-fifth round

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David Njoku (Photo courtesy: zimbio.com)

There are a lot of good tight ends in this class, so Njoku can be a steal for a team later in the draft. He only has 38 receptions on the season, but has made the most of them with 654 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. NJoku is only listed at six feet four inches tall, so he has to measure at least that at the combine to be seen as a viable tight end at the next level.

Rayshawn Jenkins, S

Projected Draft Range: fifth round-seventh round

Jenkins has great size at six foot two inches and 210 pounds. He isn’t afraid of coming up and making tackles and had 14 total tackles against North Carolina. Jenkins only has two interceptions, but has the necessary ball skills with a lot of passes defended. Speed will be a big question with Jenkins.

 

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Xavier University graduate who majored in sports management. I am a passionate sports fan who tries to follow just about every sport there is.

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