After cruising around Twitter today I found some interesting prospectives being tweeted out from Damond Talbot (@drocksthaparty). Talbot is a small school scout and works for the site NFLDraftZone. Decided to ask him what he thought of any OVC players getting some looks.
First name that caught my eye was the information about Murray State’s Casey Brockman. The 6’2 quarterback has the stats and size to be a NFL quarterback but he will need an invited according to Talbot to one of the bowl games in order to get noticed and establish a draft stock. Right now he believes that Brockman won’t get drafted but “could turn into a priority free agent.”
The next player discussed was the stand out performer of the conference, wide receiver Erik Lora and asked him if Lora would return or take a chance at the draft. “He would be crazy to come out. He is a little guy but next year if he has another big year he will be better off.” I believe this as well, Lora will be entering his senior season and will have quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back and something tells me that coach Babers will open up his playbook even more with a full offseason with the Panthers.
A junior that Talbot did like was UT Martin’s Jeremy Butler, calling him a “gamer”. Butler finished this past season with 51 catches for 750 yards and 10 touchdowns. I expect Butler to do even better next season as he will be the main target with fellow wide out Quentin Sims graduating. Sims also came up for having a shot at getting drafted. Sims led the Skyhawks in all receiving categories with 86 receptions for 1092 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The passing league that is the Ohio Valley conference seems to be benefiting the receivers as even Tyrone Goard will have an outside chance at being taken. The 6’4 receiver played in 10 games with 41 catches for 900 yards and 8 touchdowns. His size will be what scouts take a look at along with his big play ability as his average catch netted almost 22 yards.
And then there is the biggest prospect who will get drafted, Tennessee Tech’s DaRick Rogers. Rogers never got 100% this season but still posted 61 catches for 893, 82 yards a game, and 10 touchdowns in his lone season for the Golden Eagles. He is expected to go between the 2nd and 5th round.
Last name that came up was another Skyhawk, defensive tackle Montori Hughes who registered 42 tackles and 4 sacks on the season.