The NFL draft is next month in April; everybody knows all the big names from the big schools. I will take a look at some of the good players from the smaller colleges, that could have an impact on the NFL Level.
Nasir Adderley, Safety, Delaware
Adderley is the definition of a ball hawk safety. In four year at Delaware, he has ten career interceptions, and 31 passes defended. He also has good closing speed and proper play recognition. At Delaware Adderly mostly cover 2, but he can play single high and cover three as well.
Another plus about Adderley is that he is a big hitter, he uses his closing speed to deliver big hits. I noticed he does an excellent job disguising coverages in pre-snap situations. Sometimes Adderley can be overly aggressive, and that makes him open to double moves. I can see Adderley going in the late 1st or 2nd round.
Emmanuel Butler, Wide Receiver, Northern Arizona
Butler is a big receiver at 6’4 220.perect size for the NFL. Butler runs between 4.5-4.640-yard dash, which not to bad for a receiver his size. He may not be able to run away from many cornerbacks in the NFL. The one thing Butler does have is good ball skills and concentration when the ball is in the air.
At Northern Arizona Butler was one of the leaders on the team. I think we will see Butler get drafted in the later rounds.
Keelan Doss, Wide Receiver, UC Davis
Doss is a deep threat, who plays under control and adjusts to the ball nicely when thrown down the field. He is versatile, can line up outside and in the slot. Doss might be overly fast, but everything he gets his hands on he ususally bring it down. He does not get much separation in his routes, but he is strong and will out muscle and jump you.
Doss caught 118 passes for 1334 receiving yards and nine touchdowns for UC Davis last season. I can see Doss getting drafted in 3-5 round range; he could help a good team.
Khalen Saunders, Defensive Tackle, Western Illinois
Saunders is 320 pounds finished third on the team with 72 tackles. He also 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. At the combine Sauders ran 5.01 40 yard dash, that is pretty fast for a guy his size. Saunders is an active defensive lineman, who will fit in well in 4-3 one gap system. He has been disruptive against lower level competition, will need to prove he can be disruptive against NFL competition.
I think Saunders will go between the 3-5 rounds; i have a strong feeling he will be a pretty good player in the NFL if he gets with the right team.