NFL Draft Primer: Rutgers Draft Hopefuls

The path to the NFL draft ends tonight when the first round kicks off from Radio City Music Hall in New York. The 2009 record of five Rutgers draft picks is in jeopardy this weekend with a deep class looking to make an impact. FOXSportsNEXT.com football analyst and draft expert Jamie Newberg is on the scene and offered his analysis of the top Rutgers prospects.

Rutgers has double-digit prospects with a shot at an NFL draft spot this weekend after sending a school record six players to the NFL Combine. FOXSportsNEXT.com analyst Jamie Newberg has been in the draft trenches since the Senior Bowl. Hours before the draft begins, Newberg and ScarletRpeort.com discussed the Rutgers prospects and where they could fall.


Khaseem Greene
Khaseem Greene

Position Ranking -- No. 3 Outside Linebacker

ScarletReport.com Draft Prediction -- Mid-second round

Newberg -- "This is a really special, productive football player. He's a play-maker, always around the ball. He's got good size, but didn't test off the charts. Between the lines he's as good as about anybody in this class. Barring injury, I expect him to have a long, fruitful career in the NFL. … I would imagine an older player is going to have a chance to handle that transition [to the NFL] a little bit better. All of a sudden it becomes a job. The difference is who loves football and who doesn't."


Logan Ryan
Logan Ryan

Position Ranking -- No.13 Cornerback

ScarletReport.com Draft Prediction -- Third round

Newberg -- "Good size and he's put together pretty well. He's another guy that was pretty productive over the last couple of years. He's always around the ball. I think he has good coverage skills. He's a guy that, I don't know if he's going to be a starter, but could be in early nickel situations and special teams. He's going to be pretty highly selected. … I think his tape makes up for [his 40-time]. It's about what you put up on film those three or four years you play. To me, the biggest things for these guys post-season is the medical [evaluations] and figuring out who these kids are and why. I laugh when I see a guy plummet because they didn't run well at their 40. Look at the film."


Steve Beauharnais
Steve Beauharnais

Position Ranking -- No. 7 Middle Linebacker

ScarletReport.com Draft Prediction Early Fifth Round

Newberg -- "I really liked what I saw on film. He's very, very productive and to be honest with you, he jumped out at me a lot watching film. He's not a blazer but, between the tackles, he's productive. I call it good football speed. I think he plays with great instincts. He's quick in locating the ball and seems to be a pretty steady tackler. Against the run, he looks like he's going to be a pretty good player."


Mark Harrison
Mark Harrison

Position Ranking -- No. 27 Wide Receiver

ScarletReport.com Draft Prediction Early Sixth Round

Newberg -- "This is a wide receiver with good size and speed. He has battled consistency issues catching the football. Harrison can run by you. This past season he caught 44 passes for 583 yards and scored six touchdowns. In 2012 he had over 800 receiving yards and nine scores as Rutgers' deep threat."


Jawan Jamison
Jawan Jamison

Position Ranking -- Unranked at Running Back

ScarletReport.com Draft Prediction Seventh Round

Newberg-- "It may be a mistake to leave for him, but everybody has their own situation and I know he's got some stuff to take care of. Obviously, he could have played a couple more years. He's your typical Rutgers back as of late. He's just a tough guy. You look back at Ray Rice and [Brian] Leonard and some other guys. It translates to the NFL. He's good between the tackles. I like his feet and seems to have good vision. I don't think he's going to go to the NFL and be Ray Rice, but I think he can be a nice compliment to what's already on a roster. He's got a chance for sure."


D.C. Jefferson
D.C. Jefferson

Position Ranking -- No. 14 Tight End

ScarletReport.com Draft Prediction -- Seventh Round

Newberg -- "He's a good athlete. I remember him out of high school. Obviously, he evolved to that position after a transition. I think he's got a chance. I think he can be, four or five years from now looking back at this draft, one of the sleepers so to speak. He's 6-foot-6, 250-plus and he's long. He just has to continue to learn the position. I think he's a late-round guy with good athleticism. He can run pretty well, but he needs to improve on the fundamentals of the position at the NFL."


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