Post Season Prospect Rankings: The MAC

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The regular season is over and it’s time to re-grade NFL prospects from the Mid-American Conference. Corey Davis still sits atop the list while teammate Taylor Moton has improved his draft grade from our preseason rankings. The list is top heavy with players from Western Michigan, Ohio and Toledo.

Post-Season MAC Prospect Rankings

Rnd

Full Name

School

Pos

Year

2nd

Corey Davis

Western Michigan

WR

4Sr

3rd

Tarell Basham

Ohio

DE

4Sr

3-4

Taylor Moton

Western Michigan

T

5Sr

4-5

Cooper Rush

Central Michigan

QB

5Sr

5th

Treyvon Hester

Toledo

DT

5Sr

5th

Blair Brown

Ohio

ILB

5Sr

5th

Kareem Hunt

Toledo

RB

4Sr

6th

Michael Roberts

Toledo

TE

4Sr

6-7

Storm Norton

Toledo

T

5Sr

6-7

Levon Myers

Northern Illinois

G

5Sr

7th

Se'Von Pittman

Akron

7th

5Sr

FA

Keion Adams

Western Michigan

OLB

4Sr

7th-FA

Chukwuma Okorafor

Western Michigan

T

3Jr

7th-FA

Amari Coleman

Central Michigan

S

3Jr

FA

Kevin Robbins

Ohio

DE

4Jr

FA

Tony Annese

Central Michigan

S

5Sr

FA

Patrick O'Connor

Eastern Michigan

DE

5Sr

FA

Kenneth Golladay

Northern Illinois

WR

5Sr

FA

KeVonn Mabon

Ball State

WR

5Sr

FA

Donnie Ernsberger

Western Michigan

TE

3Jr

FA

Quentin Poling

Ohio

ILB

4Jr

FA

Devon Spalding

Central Michigan

RB

3Jr

FA

Jamal Marcus

Akron

OLB

5Sr

FA

Casey Sayles

Ohio

DT

4Sr

FA

Troy Watson

Ohio

T

5Sr

FA

Joel Bouagnon

Northern Illinois

RB

4Sr

FA

Aregeros Turner

Northern Illinois

WR

4Sr

FA

Shawun Lurry

Northern Illinois

CB

3Jr

FA

Austin Valdez

Bowling Green

ILB

4Jr

FA

Josh Cox

Central Michigan

CB

3Jr

FA

Sean Folliard

Northern Illinois

OLB

4Sr

FA

DeJuan Rogers

Toledo

S

4Sr

FA

Albert Smalls

Northern Illinois

CB

3Jr

FA

A.J. Ouellette

Ohio

RB

3Jr

FA

Joe Bacci

Central Michigan

FB

5Sr

FA

Martez Hester

Ball State

S

5Sr

FA

Jerome Lane

Akron

WR

3Jr

FA

Michael Henry Jr

Western Michigan

WR

4Sr

FA

Terence Waugh

Kent State

DE

4Sr

FA

J'Terius Jones

Miami-Oh

DE

5Sr

FA

Tony Porter

Ohio

DT

4Jr

FA

Sebastian Smith

Ohio

WR

4Sr

FA

Najee Murray

Kent State

CB

4Sr

FA

Josh Posley

Ball State

DE

5Sr

FA

Izaah Lunsford

Bowling Green

DT

5Sr

FA

DeAndre Scott

Akron

CB

5Sr

FA

Rokeem Williams

Miami-Oh

WR

5Sr

FA

JoJo Natson

Akron

WR

5Sr

FA

Collin Buchanan

Miami-Oh

G

4Sr

FA

Sean Wiggins

Ball State

ILB

4Sr

FA

Kurt Laseak

Ohio

DE

5Sr

FA

Bryce Jones

Akron

CB

4Sr

FA

Mason Schreck

Buffalo

TE

4Sr

FA

Jordan Reid

Ohio

WR

5Sr

FA

Drake Miller

Ball State

T

5Sr

FA

Jordan Johnson

Buffalo

RB

4Sr

FA

Zach Terrell

Western Michigan

QB

5Sr

FA

Jesse Kroll

Central Michigan

WR

5Sr

FA

Khary Bailey-Smith

UMass

S

5Sr

FA

Jalen Williams

UMass

WR

5Sr

FA

Kenny Rogers

Central Michigan

G

5Sr

FA

Elijah Wilkinson

UMass

T

5Sr

FA

Lincoln Howard

Northern Illinois

G

5Sr

FA

Tyree Holder

Ball State

CB

5Sr

FA

Marshall Taylor

Miami-Oh

CB

5Sr

FA

James Knapke

Bowling Green

QB

5Sr

FA

Anthony Rice

Central Michigan

WR

5Sr

FA

Elcee Refuge

Kent State

ILB

4Sr

Notes:

Akron

As I posted back in August, scouts stamped defensive lineman Se'Von Pittman as a potential second-day pick but I saw nothing on film that makes me believe he’s anything other than a late-round prospect. He works hard and moves well around the field, but there are no outstanding characteristics to his game.

Ball State

I had high hopes for receiver KeVonn Mabon entering the season, but on film he drops too many passes and lacks the soft, strong hands teams want and need in a big possession wideout.

Bowling Green

Defensive tackle Izaah Lunsford pleasantly surprised me. He’s big, strong and explosive but tends to play a bit upright at times. More of a gap occupier, he’ll have a chance as a backup in a variety of schemes if he improves his technique.

Buffalo

Mason Schreck has the size, strength and mentality to catch on as a third tight end who lines up as a blocker in short yardage or goal-line situations.

Central Michigan

I moved quarterback Cooper Rush from preseason free agent to middle-round pick.  I still have my concerns whether he’ll ultimately make a roster at the next level as I see too much inconsistency in his game, but the tools are available to work with.

Eastern Michigan

Presently graded as a free agent, I could envision moving Patrick O'Connor into the late rounds if he shows well during pre-draft workouts. He’s a natural pass rusher with size and growth potential. Forty times (more specifically ten-yard splits) and shuttles are important. 

Kent State

Terence Waugh is an interesting prospect. He’s a smallish one-gap defensive end who moves well enough to get consideration as a designated pass rusher/special teams player.

Miami-Ohio

Rokeem Williams won’t be selected during the draft’s seven rounds, but the receiver will have a chance to make a Sunday roster if he proves his worth returning punts over the summer.

Northern Illinois

I have a bit of a love/hate affair with Kenneth Golladay; I love him on the college level but have my concerns about his next level potential. Golladay has nice size and consistent hands, but limited quickness and a lack of speed will make it tough for him to separate from defenders on Sunday.

Ohio

The Bobcats defense was very impressive this season. Tarell Basham is an athletic defensive end and a terrific pass rusher who could be taken in the third round by a 4-3 team. Linebacker Blair Brown measures under 6-feet tall, which will raise a red flag among teams, but don’t dismiss him. Brown is a three-down defender who plays big and sells out. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s seeing extensive action as a rookie in 2017.

Toledo

Keep an eye on Michael Roberts, a big, physical tight end with a developing game.  Roberts is a devastating blocker with solid pass-catching skills in the short field. He’s more of a late-round pick, but I could see him lining up as a second tight end in the near future.

Western Michigan

The Broncos, who finished the season undefeated, have two of the best next-level prospects in the MAC.

Last year I reported several people, including family members, were advising receiver Corey Davis to enter the draft, but head coach P.J. Fleck won out and Davis returned for his senior campaign. It was the right move. Davis improved in a number of areas and now grades as a top-42 pick.

Offensive lineman Taylor Moton is another that’s improved his game and his draft stock as a result. He quelled concerns about his ability to play tackle, as Moton was devastating on the right side all season long. I presently grade him as a third or fourth-rounder but could envision Moton moving into the top 75 selections with a good performance during Senior Bowl week.

If put in the right system and properly coached, Keion Adams has an NFL future at OLB. He was a terrific pass rusher out of a three-point stance for WMU but even in the MAC, he was easily smothered by blocks. He’s a terrific athlete with speed and good movement skills but must learn to make plays in reverse for a chance at the next level.