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As we near this year’s NFL Draft, we’re looking at some of the OVC players that could hear their name called this weekend.

Tyrone Goard finished his EKU career as one of the top-10 receivers in all time yards in conference history. But does his game translate to the NFL?

Tyrone Goard

Tyrone Goard

His size does. At 6’4″, and with a 34′ reach, Goard is plenty big enough to challenge NFL defenders. But his pro day and combine results didn’t appear to be overly impressive, leaving some to wonder how much of Goard’s success comes from playing in the OVC.

 

OVC Stats (2012)

  • Catches: 41
  • Yards: 900 (4th in the OVC)
  • Touchdowns: 8 (7th)
  • Yards per game: 90.0 (4th)

Combine Results

  • 40-Yd Dash: 4.5 Seconds
  • Bench Press: 10 Reps
  • Vertical Jump: 36.0 Inches
  • Broad Jump: 123.0 Inches
  • 3-Cone Drill: 6.90 Seconds
  • 20-Yard Shuffle: 4.39 Seconds

 

Pros

As mentioned earlier, Goard’s size is a big plus for the EKU Wide Receiver, which makes him a good target on the sidelines and in the red zone. He’s fairly quick for his size, and has shown he can get separation from defenders.

 

Cons

A lot of scouts are questioning Goard’s concentration, saying he simply drops too many balls. There’s also some questions about his strength, as he struggles with some tough catches, and isn’t seen as an amazing run blocker.

 

Draft Stock

7th Round

There’s interest in Goard, with the Seahawks and 49ers among the teams that are considered to be looking for Goard. He’s not a lock to be a draft pick, as the inconsistency factor seems to be mentioned across the board. But his size and production should be good enough for a team to look at Goard as a player that could possibly be developed into a strong NFL wideout.


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2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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