Scouting the Big Ten: Rutgers

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Rutgers is still in recovery mode, and it may take a while before they have any players who’ll impact the draft. The top prospects on the roster come from the junior class.

Junior cornerback Isaiah Wharton could expedite the program’s recovery if he continues to improve.

Wharton is a nice-sized corner with excellent ball skills and a knack for making plays. He’s a physical defensive back who can line up in zone or bump and run. While some scouts have their eye on his teammate Blessuan Austin, I feel Wharton is the better prospect on film.

Left tackle Tariq Cole is also a solid prospect with nice upside. He’s fundamentally sound and flashes athleticism as well as skill in both pass protection or blocking in motion. Whether the junior stays at left tackle or projects to guard for the NFL is yet to be determined.

Janarion Grant will be welcomed in his return, as he’s been one of the few playmakers on the Rutgers offense even though his career has been marred with injury.

If healthy Grant has the s,kill set to line up as a slot receiver and punt returner for an NFL team.