Scouting Conference USA: Southern Mississippi

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are one of the most competitive programs in the nation, and possibly the most feared team in the Magnolia State. They are college football's road warriors and a program that puts an understated amount of talent into the NFL.

There is good developmental talent on the offensive side of the ball with a trio of underclassmen. USM has two dangerous quarterbacks, both of which are NFL caliber. Micky D'Angelo is a nice sized passer with an NFL arm. He zips the outs or drives the pass down field. D'Angelo must improve his field vision and accuracy. Should he ever turn his flashes into consistency, he will be highly sought out by NFL teams. Dustin Almond also has a nice arm yet is more mobile and effective making the throw in the move. Unlike his counterpart, Almond stays away from the untimely mistake yet does not hold the same potential at the next level. Weak-side guard Jeremy Parquet is an explosive blocker that is both strong and athletic. He handles defenders at the point of attack on the line or out on the second level. Parquet has both size and growth potential. Only a junior, he has a high upside.

On defense USM has several prospects that will vie to be first day picks next April. Rod Davis catches everyone's fancy and the high flying inside linebacker is all over the field, amassing large numbers of tackles. Davis is excellent in the box or up the field and effectively leads the defense. His downfall is pass-coverage, an area where his skills are minimal. Davis could slide into the late part of day one next April. Corner Greg Brooks is a nice sized cover-man that likes to bump and grind in press. Brooks does not display the great playing speed and would need big pre-draft workouts to jump into the top three rounds. Safety Etric Pruitt is good against the run and covers well in a small area. Pruitt is a prospect that could move up draft boards with a good senior campaign. Defensive end Rod Jones makes a lot of plays up the field but is a bit undersized to be an every down lineman in the NFL. He could catch on as a back-up/special teams player.

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