2011 NFL Draft: Senior Prospects To Watch in Champs Sports Bowl

Charles ConradContributor IDecember 28, 2010

North Carolina State ILB Nate Irving
North Carolina State ILB Nate Irving

Teams: North Carolina State vs. West Virginia

Location: Orlando, Florida

Telecast: Tuesday, December 28, 6:30 p.m. Eastern, ESPN


North Carolina State Top Senior Prospects

Nate Irving - ILB, No. 56 (6'1", 235 lbs): Irving is the Wolfpack's best NFL Draft prospect for 2010. He missed much of the 2009 season recovering from a broken leg and collapsed lung suffered in a car accident. However, he has rebounded nicely this year with 88 tackles, 20.5 tackles-for-loss and six sacks. Irving doesn't have ideal size, but he is physical and has the speed to be versatile inside or outside. He should be considered as a third or fourth round pick.

Jarvis Williams - WR, No. 5 (6'4", 219 lbs): Williams is the typical big-bodied possession receiver. He lacks great vertical speed, but will be a good red zone target. Uses his size to wall off smaller defensive backs and gain position. The last two years, Williams has 91 receptions for 1,183 yards and 19 touchdowns. He is worth a look as a late round choice.

Other North Carolina State Senior Prospects

  • Owen Spencer - WR, No. 13 (6'3", 185 lbs)
  • Jake Vermiglio - OT, No. 70 (6'5", 325 lbs)
  • Michael Lemon - DE, No. 94 (6'4", 274 lbs)
  • Josh Czajkowski - K, No. 36 (5'9", 184 lbs)


West Virginia Top Senior Prospects

Noel Devine - HB, No. 7 (5'8", 180 lbs): For NFL teams hoping to find a small, speedy, versatile athlete, Noel would be a devine choice, pun intended. He will not run over anyone, but will outrun defenders with his 4.4 second 40 yard dash speed. Devine has career totals of 4,267 rushing yards, 95 receptions and 31 touchdowns. Although not used much as a kick returner, he could be an asset if needed. He probably won't be an every down back, but is versatile and will be used in space. Possible early round pick based on big-play ability.

Jock Sanders - WR, No. 9 (5'7", 180 lbs): You could say Sanders is a poor man's Noel Devine. He is also versatile as a receiver, kick and punt returner and has some running ability out of the option. He is not as much of a burner, but is better in short to intermediate routes. Lacks explosive downfield speed. Should be valuable primarily as a return man at the next level. Sanders has career stats of 201 receptions for 1,922 yards, which is an under 10 yards-per-catch average.

Chris Neild - NT, No. 90 (6'2", 301 lbs): While not much of a pass rusher statistically, Neild can hold his ground against the run. He doesn't have a lot of girth, but is aggressive and a hard worker. As a pro, he would most likely play a 4-3 DT position, instead of NT, because of his lack of pure bulk. Has a total of 126 career tackles. Should be a late round choice and a potential backup lineman.

Brandon Hogan - CB, No. 22 (5'10", 189 lbs): Hogan is an average-sized CB, but has very good speed and zone coverage ability. Second-team Big East selection in 2010 with three interceptions and 37 tackles. Suffered a knee sprain against Rutgers on December 4 and will reportedly not play in the Citrus Bowl. Hogan is experienced in the kick return game. He will be considered a mid-to-late round pick in April.

Other West Virginia Senior Prospects

  • Eric Jobe - OG, No. 61 (6'2", 290 lbs)
  • Scooter Berry - DT, No. 93 (6'1", 287 lbs)
  • Pat Lazear - ILB, No. 31 (6'0", 237 lbs)
  • Anthony Leonard- ILB, No. 45 (6'1", 246 lbs)
  • J.T. Thomas - OLB, No. (6'2", 225 lbs)
  • Sidney Glover - SS, No. 11 (5'11", 207 lbs)