Scouting the MAC: Central Michigan, Bowling Green & Buffalo

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Central Michigan

Though CMU does not have any highly rated prospects and very few draftable players at this point, there is a lot of potential on the field.

Tight end Tyler Conklin is what most teams are looking for in the position today -- athletic, fast and plays tight end like a possession receiver. Conklin consistently splits the seam to create mismatches in the secondary and does a good job coming away with contested passes. Though blocking is not his forte, it’s not due to a lack of effort.

We presently grade Conklin as a sixth-round prospect, but a productive senior campaign followed by good predraft workouts -- including fast 40 times -- could push him into the middle rounds.

Receiver Corey Willis is a smaller pass catcher who could gain late-round momentum due to his return skills.

Versatile defensive back Amari Coleman misses the mark in the size and speed departments but is a solid defensive back with potential in dime packages on Sundays.

Bowling Green

Punter Joe Davidson is the program’s top prospect. Twice named as an All-MAC punter as well as an Academic All-American last season, Davidson is a big-legged punter also effective with directional kicks.

Third year sophomore James Morgan offers solid size and a next-level arm. He has a ways to go, but if he improves his game I could see him becoming a draftable commodity down the road.

At one time I had high hopes for linebacker Austin Valdez, but he left Bowling Green and has yet to show up on another roster.

Buffalo

The Bulls don’t have a draftable prospect on the roster, though two underclassmen flashed next-level ability as sophomores in 2016.

Cameron Lewis possesses average size but makes a lot of solid plays on the football. He could develop into a dime back on Sundays if he continues to improve.

Khalil Hodge shows next-level ability as a run defender yet is more of a two-down player.