Well it’s that time of the year folks, College Football season is back!!!! The season kicks off this Thursday, highlighted by #9 South Carolina and their franchise running back Marcus Lattimore traveling to Vanderbilt for a early conference match up. The Commodores are lead by quarterback Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of the Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
So I am giving you my top 5 NFL prospects by position, going into the 2012 college football season. Will my list be different the Mel Kiper Jr’s and others? Yes, because I do my own scouting and my views on players aren’t the same. Be sure to listen to @SportsTrapRadio Saturdays from 10am-12pm on http://ueradiolive.com as we discuss all things in the sports world.
1. Matt Barkley 6-2 225lbs Senior USC
Barkley is as polished a prospect as you will see. If he decided to enter the 2012 NFL Draft, he would have battled RGIII for the 2nd quarterback selected. He has played and been coached in a pro system for four years now, make great decisions with the ball, is very accurate, tough, and has enough arm strength combined with great anticipation, which allows him to make all the throws.
2. Tyler Wilson 6-2 220lbs Senior Arkansas
Would have been a 1st round pick in the 2012 draft, I had him rated higher then Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden as a pro prospect during and after the 2011 college football season. Was taught by one of the best quarterback coaches at any level of football, Bobby Petrino. Has good arm talent, played solid vs. some of the SEC’s best teams last year and took a beating, but stayed in there and kept firing away. I was really impressed with his toughness last season. His mobility in and out of the pocket is underrated.
3. Logan Thomas 6-6 255lbs Junior Virginia Tech
Loads of potential here with this kid. 2011 was his first as a starter and he improved greatly from the start of the season to the end. Classic size, big arm, and his accuracy was erratic at times, but with proper coaching it can get better. Some draw comparisons to Cam Newton because of their similar size, but Thomas isn’t as athletic as a runner, but he is as equal inside of the five. He has Tebow like capabilities in goal line situations. If he has a big year, he could potentially be the number one overall pick.
4. Mike Glennon 6-6 232lbs Senior N.C. State
Glennon was the reason why N.C. State’s head coach was okay with Russell Wilson leaving and going to Wisconsion and he didn’t disappoint last year. In his first year starting, he threw for 3,054 yards, completed his passes at a 63% clip and had 31 TD passes and only 12 INT’s. He is a classic drop back passer with a strong arm, has nice touch on the deep ball, and has nice accuracy on the passes down the seams of the field. Many might not know who is is, but watch him Friday night vs Tennessee and you will see him do his thing.
5. Aaron Murray 6-1 210lbs Junior Georgia
His arm strength is really underrated, most think since he’s only 6-1 he has a below average arm, but that’s far from the truth. Last year his completion percentage and yards per completion decreased obviously because of the departure of A.J. Green, but he still put up solid numbers. Murray is the perfect fit in a west coast type system, but he can also get the ball down field and has good footwork in and out the pocket. He often extends plays and uses his feet to find players down the field.
The Next 5: Tyler Bray 6-5 210lbs Tennessee Junior, Geno Smith 6-3 225lbs Senior West Virginia, Landry Jones 6-4 210lbs Senior Oklahoma, E.J. Manuel 6-4 240lbs Florida St. , Zach Mettenburger 6-6 240lbs LSU
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