Raycom All-Star Classic 2013: Top NFL Prospects to Watch on Saturday

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2013

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Sun
Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Sun

The Senior Bowl is the most high-profile college football All-Star game, but there are still some excellent NFL prospects participating in the Raycom All-Star Classic.

The players aren't as well known, and they come from schools like Stony Brook, Tuskegee and Catawaba. However, what the players lack in hype, they make up for in talent.

There will numerous future NFL players to watch on Saturday, but be sure to keep your eyes on the following three.


Kenny Tate, OLB/S, Maryland

Tate, a linebacker/safety hybrid, is one of the most intriguing prospects in this game.

He is small for a linebacker (6'3", 219 lbs), but he makes up for it with his speed and ability to cover a wide area of the field. He is a long strider who can pursue running backs and wide receivers. He is also great at matching up with tight ends, and he can wreak havoc when rushing off the edge.

Tate missed the first three games of the season, but he still finished the year with 42 tackles (6.5 for loss) and four sacks.

He was named an honorable-mention All-ACC selection, and his draft range is Rounds 3-6.


Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook

Maysonet is currently the 21st-ranked running back by ESPN, but he has a great chance to boost his stock on Saturday.

He is built like a brick (5'9", 204 lbs), and he was the runner-up for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the best player in the FCS. He was a monster for Stony Brook this season, racking up 1,964 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns.

Maysonet is a bruising back, and if he can flash some quickness in Alabama, he may be able to move into fourth- or fifth-round territory.


Brent Russell, DT, Georgia Southern

This year's draft class is loaded with quality defensive tackles, but Russell has the opportunity to turn some heads on Saturday.

He's a wide-bodied run-stopper (6'1", 298 lbs) who uses his hands to perfection. He doesn't have great speed or mobility, but his relentless motor makes up for some of his athletic deficiencies.

He has shown the ability to eat up blockers, and if he can make a few plays against top offensive linemen on Saturday, he will do wonders for his draft stock.