Scouting the MAC: Miami-Ohio, Eastern Michigan & Kent State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer


Miami has one draftable junior and a potential senior who could slide into the late rounds.

James Gardner is a nice-sized possession wideout with reliable hands and a consistent force who wins out for contested balls. I presently grade him as a late-fifth or early-sixth round choice, but 40 times will be critical for the junior in the lead-up to the draft.

Tight end Ryan Smith is a massive player at the position, tipping the scales near 270 pounds. He’s a solid short-range target whose forte is blocking. He reminds me of a poor man’s Michael Roberts, the former Toledo tight end selected in the fourth round last April by the Detroit Lions.

Eastern Michigan

The cupboard is not completely bare at EMU, but a pair of underclassmen must up their game for the program to get any consideration around war rooms in 2019.

Ian Eriksen is a small but quick and creative ball carrier who excels as a pass catcher out of the backfield. He projects as a third-down back in the future.

Likewise linebacker Kyle Rachwal is slightly undersized but could be a nickel specialist in coverage and special teams demon.

Kent State

The only prospect on our radar from Kent State is junior center Stefano Millin, a tall but stout blocker who flashes skill blocking in motion and offers growth potential.

Quarterback Nick Holley is a solid athlete who’ll get consideration as a running back or receiver at the next level but needs a lot of work on his game.