2011 NFL Draft: Senior Prospects To Watch in the Poinsettia Bowl

Charles ConradContributor IDecember 23, 2010

San Diego State WR Vincent Brown
San Diego State WR Vincent BrownJacob de Golish/Getty Images

Teams: San Diego State vs Navy

Location: San Diego, California

Telecast: Thursday December 23, 8:00 PM Eastern, ESPN

The Navy Midshipmen should feel right at home Thursday in San Diego as Qualcomm Stadium has been water-logged in recent days. Heavy rains and flooding have drenched the area in and around the stadium, but officials are saying the field will be ready to play on Thursday evening. The contest is an actual home game for San Diego State, which plays its home games in Qualcomm. Even though Navy is far from their home in Annapolis, Maryland, they won't feel completely out of place because San Diego is home to the West Coast's largest Navy base.


San Diego State Top Senior Prospects

Coach Brady Hoke has done a great job turning around the Aztecs program in just two years and is hoping to attract more high-level recruits. The Aztecs' best NFL prospect, QB Ryan Lindley, won't be available for the draft until 2012 if he comes back to college next season.

Unfortunately, if Lindley returns, he will be without his two best receivers. Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson were both voted First-Team All-Mountain West Conference.

Brown, the 2010 team MVP, is the smaller of the two with nice speed and agility. He has career stats of 2,945 receiving yards and 22 TD's.

Sampson, who missed 2006-07 with a foot injury, is more of a possession receiver with great hands. The last two years, Sampson has 2,026 yards and 22 TD's.

SS Andrew Preston plays the Aztec position on defense, which is essentially a hybrid S/LB. While he is a fringe prospect, his size indicates he may be projected as a safety in the NFL.

  • WR - Vincent Brown, No. 80 (6'0", 195)
  • WR - DeMarco Sampson, No. 1 (6'2", 205)
  • SS - Andrew Preston, No. 22 (6'2", 215)

Other San Diego State Senior Prospects

  • C - Trask Iosefa, No. 37 (6'0", 300)
  • DE - Ernie Lawson, No. 99 (6'3", 285)
  • DE - B.J. Williams, No. 90 (6'3", 250)
  • CB - Jose Perez, No. 22 (6'1", 180)

Navy Top Senior Prospects

Since the Naval Academy requires a two year commitment following graduation, the football program rarely attracts NFL prospects. There have been a few who have excelled in the NFL such as former Dallas QB Roger Staubach and former Green Bay and Seattle OG Mike Wahle.

Current QB Ricky Dobbs has the athleticism to have a shot at the next level. He likely would need to switch to HB or WR because he is a better runner than passer. While he has nice arm strength, he needs to improve his accuracy and is most experienced at running the triple option offense. Dobbs has career stats of 2,623 passing yards with 19 TD's and nine INT's and 2,547 rushing yards with 48 TD's.

Another player who might have a chance would be SS Wyatt Middleton, the team's best defensive player. He has 317 career tackles from his rover position.

  • QB - Ricky Dobbs, No. 4 (6'1", 203)
  • SS - Wyatt Middleton, No. 8 (6'1", 192)

Other Navy Senior Prospects

  • OLB - Tyler Simmons, No. 54 (6'3", 237)
  • CB - Kevin Edwards, No. 15 (6'1", 185)