NFL Draft is Next Stop for JC Alums

From a couple of obvious first-round choices to some who might be tabbed to fill out rosters, there should be a good number of former JC stars picked up in Saturday's NFL draft.

The guy they call "Mount" McKinney, 6-8, 330-pound Bryant, the huge OT from Miami's national championship squad and teammate Jeremy Shockey, the solid tight end, are both expected to be first round picks.  McKinnie served his apprenticeship at Lackawanna and Shockey at Northeastern Oklahoma.  The Giants seem most interested in Shockey, while Bryant could go anywhere from No. 2 to 6 or 7 in the first go-around.

Wide-Receiver Javon Walker, who averaged over 20 yards per catch and scored on every fifth catch for Florida State, is a certain second rounder.  Actually the former Jones County, Miss. star has been creeping up in the draft books and might be a low first.  He's 6-3 and 210 and runs a sub 4.4, so who wouldn't want him?  Watch for the Rams to give him some serious eyeball treatment.

There are five ex-JC backs that figure to get drafted.  First on the list will likely be Maurice Morris, the former Fresno flash who broke the all-time yards gained mark before turning in a solid two years at Oregon.  He appears to be a probable third-round pick.

Mt. San Jacinto's David Minnich supposedly can't do anything real well, but does it all better than most.  He was a valuable commodity at Washington State and could be more than helpful to a team looking for a solid backup RB.   NEO's Josh Scobey and El Camino's Delvon Flowers should land somewhere after successful collegiate campaigns at Kansas State and Arizona State.  Rock Cartwright, ex-Trinity Valley star, blocked for Scobey and could be a hot article for a team looking for a blocking fullback.  And who knows what might happen to another KSU player, mighty Joe Hall (Palomar), who is 6-1, 320, and full of potential?

Another middle round draft hopeful is 6-6, 315 defensive tackle Dorsett Davis, out of Mississippi State, by way of Mississippi Delta JC.  Draft experts are talking a possible third round spot for Davis since defensive linemen are gold these days.

Those in the know are also looking at a couple of JC grads in the fourth round.

Washington State WR, Nakoa McElrath, out of Palomar JC and Purdue DE Akin Ayodele, Coffeyville JC, are both potential future pro stars.

Jermaine Petty, who played defensive end at Butler County, but switched to inside backer at Arkansas, is looked at as another potential mid-round choice.

Nick Rolovich, the former CC San Francisco quarterback, dazzled Hawaii foes last season after taking over the starting position.  He is looked upon as a potential late draft pick and is compared to Jake Plummer in style.  Maybe he would be a good choice by the Cardinals.

A handful of hopefuls round out the list of prospects in the late rounds.  Pro scouts think that cornerbacks Chris Cash, USC/Palomar and Ashante Woodyard, Purdue/Garden City have a chance.  Alabama Birmingham linebacker Rod Taylor (East Mississippi), 6-1, 240, is climbing draft charts while Wide receiver Donnie O'Neal, Arizona State/Coffeyville, may have a shot.

And quarterback Shaun Hill, by way of Maryland/Hutchinson are given a chance to get picked up in the later rounds.

So when you are watching draft day on Saturday, keep this list handy and see where they go.

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