I have had several conversations with NFL personnel over the past weeks in regards to different players in the NCAA. When I ask them about small schoolers, I continue to keep hearing about these same players over and over. They are not just performing well, they are getting high remarks back on their character and demeanor. These guys have all been on my rankings for a while, but their stock continues to grow.
The one player that every NFL scout I talked to has mentioned is a small school cornerback out of Lindenwood University. His name is a Pierre Desir, a 6’1, 200 pound speedster with long arms. His season just finished but the kid was legit, he started all 9 games for Lions. He finished the season with 33 total tackles, 1 TFL, 4 interceptions and 12 pass break ups. The kid was a very solid player and his stock is on the rise. I love this kids tenacity, they played a lot of zone coverage, but he played press at Washburn. He is a very humble individual and is ready to get working for the Draft. He could get a Combine invite, and should be focused in one of the major All-Star Games.
Another player that continues to blow up the competition is Billy Turner. Billy Turner is a massive offensive tackle from the North Dakota State. One scout said to me the kid is always in the film room studying. He is a good kid off the field, with no issues. Turner has great family genes as his father played in the NFL, and his brother is a linebacker for the Washington Redskins. Turner is a serious competitor, just ask Kansas State. In the first game of the year, Turner crushed the Kansas State defenders registering 10 knockdowns. This kid is gaining some major support from NFL teams. The kid is a man among boys in his division.
Dakota Dozier is a person that you might not know or have heard of, but if you haven’t you should be ashamed of yourself. Dakota is an offensive guard for Furman that is gaining notoriety with his crushing blocks and ability to pull. Scouts from several teams said they have this kid on their big board because he can do it all. He grades out very well, even against LSU this year, he was very solid. Dakota is another humble kid, he will be in the NFL next year, I guarantee it.
There are several great wide receivers from the OVC this year, and while everyone in the media continues to talk about Eric Lora and Walter Powell, the one that is getting tons of love from the NFL Scouts is a University of Tennessee-Martin wide out named Jeremy Butler. Butler was a JUCO transfer who has great size and speed at 6’3 and weighs 214 pounds. I have heard comparisons from NFL scouts, and you are not compared to Terrell Owens, Anquan Boldin and Eric Moulds if your not good. Listen this kid could be a late draft pick, but whoever gets him is getting a steal. He has 75 receptions this year for 1009 yards and 9 touchdowns. He still has 2 regular season games left.
The last player that is talked about quite a bit is Jeff Janis the 6’3 wide receiver from Saginaw Valley State. Janis has killed his competition this year and scouts are falling in love with his abilities. He has good size and ability to catch the ball. Throw in the fact that he ran a 4.3 forty at his junior pro day, and you might have the next special small school wide receiver to hit the NFL. Jeff Janis has been killing his competition, it is not even fair for corners or safeties. He has 1635 yards, 17 touchdowns and is averaging 148 yards a game. This kid is special folks, one scout said he is a faster Jordy Nelson. You do the math, WHITE LIGHTNING is something serious.
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