Scouting the AAC: Connecticut

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

UConn is another AAC football program under new management -- sort of. Randy Edsall returns to the program with the hopes of bringing back the halcyon days of BCS Bowl appearances he was responsible for not long ago. Edsall has the edge with some solid defensive talent.

UConn has three next-level prospects -- all are seniors and can be found on the defensive side of the ball.

Off the 2015 film, cornerback Jamar Summers was justifiably carrying a third-round grade. His play last season was more in line with a prospect who would be drafted in the third round of the draft’s third day -- in other words, a seventh-round player.

Re-watching the film I noticed Summers was not as bad as I first thought.

While he struggled making plays with his back to the ball, Summer was very effective facing the action. I presently grade him as a sixth-round prospect, but he offers next-level size and had previously displayed top ball skills. If Summer gets his game back on track in 2017, he could jump into the middle rounds.

Junior Joseph is another Husky defender I’ve stamped with a sixth round grade. He’s a well-built run defender who plays vicious football and shows ability in zone coverage. Predraft workouts will be critical for Joseph, who I think will be a very good 3-4 inside linebacker.

Finally Folorunso Fatukasi is a prospect who mirrors Jamar Summers. He looked like a legitimate second-day prospect in 2015 before falling off last year. He’s well-built and relatively athletic, but Fatukasi must start making plays on the ball.

If he does that, he could follow Summers into the middle rounds.