NFL Draft: Vanderbilt Prospects Part I

With the lack of an Andrew Luck or RG3 at the top of the NFL Draft this year, the event has snuck up much more quietly than usual. With the top ten picks expected to involve few (if any) skill position players it looks like it is going to be a year for the big uglies in the trenches to make some money.

With the lack of an Andrew Luck or RG3 at the top of the NFL Draft this year, the event has snuck up much more quietly than usual. With the top ten picks expected to involve few (if any) skill position players it looks like it is going to be a year for the big uglies in the trenches to make some money.

The opening round will be on Thursday for the second year in a row, so without further ado here is a look at the three Commodores who are most likely to hear their name called at some point during the three day extravaganza.

Zac Stacy - RB

Stacy's legacy at Vanderbilt is one for the ages and the stocky running back did all that was asked of him and more in the black and gold over the past few years. Of all the 'Dores in this draft Stacy is the one who helped himself the most in the pre-draft process as his measurables outside of a more than adequate 4.55 time in the 40 yard dash were among the best in the running back class.

Questions will be asked about his disappointing games against the best in the SEC over the years, but a shrewd scout will note that much of that was due to the beating that the Vandy O-line took in front of him. As physical as he can be injuries will also be a concern. Though Stacy has got far better at avoiding the big hit over the years he still has a potential red flag in his history with nagging injuries. The biggest issue Stacy may face though is the value of running backs in the NFL today. Tailback has become low priority on the shopping list and because of that Stacy's value is intrinsically linked to how early the backs higher in the pecking order disappear off the board.

Though he is projected as a 5-7 rounder I have a sneaking suspicion he will find his way into the lower half of the fourth. His football smarts will make him an immediate candidate to pick up carriers in a running back by committee system. He will also stand out to organizations that are looking for high character guys to fill out the locker room. Stacy is known for his volunteering and charity work and is one of those draft picks who an organization can point to as being more than just a football player.

Ideal situations for Stacy to find himself would include Seattle (Marshawn Lynch), Denver (Willis McGahee), and Kansas City (Jamaal Charles). Any zone blocking team looking for a powerful one cut back should also have strong interest in the Commodores all-time leading rusher.

Check back later this week for profiles on the two other Vanderbilt players who will be watching most anxiously this weekend.

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