Scouting the M-West: New Mexico

The Lobos made it back to the post-season then made history of sorts in their bowl game. It's been a while since this program has put numbers into the NFL Draft yet there is a slight chance that trend will be broken next April.

Offensively a trio of prospects could break into the late rounds. Dwight Counter lacks deep speed but the receiver is a reliable target for the intermediate passing game on third down. He could fit in as a fifth wide out. Tackle Jason Lenzmeier has been a durable starter up front and offers size with growth potential. Lenzmeier is not a great athlete and is best in confined quarters. He could back up on the strong side at the next level. Justin Colburn, a versatile blocker, has been used at tackle but his future lay on the pivot. Colburn is explosive and smart, blocking with solid fundamentals. While we would not consider him a "sleeper" for next years' draft, he is a prospect that will slip through the cracks then surprise.

Defensive lineman D.J. Renteria is a solid athlete with poor size/speed numbers and limited potential at the next level. He could fit in as an eight linemen and special teams player. Linebacker Nick Speegle is a hard-nosed defender that makes a lot of plays up the field. Speegle has strong side size but may not be fast enough to play outside in a four-three defense. He could fit in nicely standing over tackle in a 3-4 alignment. Safety Brandon Ratcliff flies around the football and likes to mix it up. Ratcliff has a propensity for the big play and is also an effective kick returner. He is a prospect we like and a good year could throw him into the late rounds.

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