Scouting the MAC: Western Michigan

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

By sheer numbers WMU has more draftable senior prospects than any other team in the MAC, and it all starts with offensive left tackle Chukwuma Okorafor.

A player I rated as draftable off his sophomore film of 2015, Okorafor offers terrific size, agility and quickness. He slides well laterally and shows the ability to shut down edge rushers. Okorafor has long arms which he uses to his advantage and he showed a lot of improvement in his game the past two seasons. He doesn’t run block the way a 330-pound plus lineman should, and to this point I wouldn’t grade him as high as I graded former WMU lineman Taylor Moton.

It is fair to say Okorafor has a much higher ceiling than his former teammate, which is why some scouts believe he is a first-round prospect.

Asantay Brown is a small but very quick one-gap linebacker who shows terrific skill in pursuit. He’s a late-round pick as a nickel linebacker/special teams player.

Running back Jarvion Franklin has terrific size and speed numbers and runs with a powerful style, picking up a lot of yardage off contact. The senior is a bit one-dimensional, as he presents himself purely as a downhill runner who cannot turn the corner or change direction.