The DA Draft Buzz: December 27th
Tony PaulineDraft Analyst Writer
Troy offensive tackle Antonio Garcia continues his assault up draft boards and we have the latest. Also; the latest word on another highly rated tackle Ryan Ramczyk in the most recent edition of the DA Draft Buzz.
Boston College teammates are telling people they believe Harold Landry will enter the draft, something we first reported during our December 20th edition of our Underclassmen Tracker. Landry put on a show during the Quick Lane Bowl totaling 1.5 sacks, swatting away a pair of throws and intercepting one pass. We presently grade Landry as a second day selection.
While Florida’s Jalen Tabor garners the lion’s share of the headlines I continue to hear from people in the scouting community who believe his teammate Quincy Wilson may be the most underrated cornerback in the nation and will be a first round pick. Many feel Wilson’s ball skills are comparable to Tabor’s but prefer his size. Though no public announcement has been made both players are expected to enter the draft.
Troy offensive tackle Antonio Garcia continues his rise up draft boards. He looked terrific during the Dollar General Bowl and most scouts feel he’s cemented himself as a second day pick. One of his primary opponents during the game, Ohio’s Tarell Basham who is also rated as a second day pick, was complimentary of Garcia telling people he’s an explosive, workhorse tackle who plays through the whistle.
Garcia is drawing comparisons to Levi Jones and many feel he could slide into the late part of round one with a good showing during the Senior Bowl. I spent time speaking with Garcia a few days ago and found him to be polite and very respectful. Garcia needs to get stronger, which will improve his run blocking, and show a little more confidence in his outstanding potential so he can take his game to the next level. Right now he’s the fastest rising tackle on boards.
Those close to the situation tell me Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk will meet with doctors after the bowl game to discuss options on the injured labrum in his hip. If the diagnoses has Ramczyk ready for NFL mini-camp after rehabbing the injury he’ll give serious consideration to entering the draft.
Staying on the injury front I’m told Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols has dealt with a shoulder issue for almost a year which could raise red flags leading to the draft. McNichols is playing his final college game tonight in the Cactus Bowl.
One of the biggest winners during the first half of bowl season has been Harvey Langi of BYU. Langi moved from the defensive end position he manned most of the season to his natural middle linebacker spot and responded with 16 tackles. The belief is Langi could receive a late invitation to the Senior Bowl and move into the middle rounds of the draft with good pre-draft workouts.