Scouting the Big Ten: Northwestern

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Year after year the Wildcats come into the season underrated then go on to surprise people.  That’s exactly how I feel about their top senior prospects- underrated players who will surprise.

Northwestern has a pair of senior prospects graded anywhere from late second day to mid-third day and both are NFL prospects I love.

The best way to define safety Godwin Igwebuike is plainly stating he’s a damn good football player.

Igwebuike is constantly making positive plays all over the field and almost never commits a mental mistake.  He’s a tough run defender with outstanding ball skills and very effective covering the pass facing the action.  Though under 6-feet tall, he packs a wallop at just about 215-pounds and plays smart, tough football.  I don’t think he’ll test all that well and isn’t the type of athlete who’ll run in the low 4.4’s yet I firmly believe Igwebuike has the skills to be a starting safety in the NFL for a long time to come.

Running back Justin Jackson is a similar type of prospect on the other side of the ball; terrific football player who won’t wow anyone with athletic skills.

Jackson is an instinctive ball carrier with great vision and does a great job using blocks.  I don’t project him as a feature runner on Sunday rather someone that will be a very good situational/change of pace back.

Presently I grade both Igwebuike as a second round choice and feel Jackson is more fifth round value.