Scouting the WAC: Rice

The sniffs Rice has had between bowl appearances have been few and far between. Likewise the number of prospects put into the NFL by this program has not been many.

Offensively, the Owls option attack is not conducive to players projecting well at the next level, especially in the passing game. Were there a single receiving threat on the roster with pro-potential it would be Marcus Battle, a quick yet small receiver with decent hands and the ability to break the deep reception. Robbie Beck is a nice sized fullback that will get some looks, but an offensive threat that must improve his blocking skills.

There's not much to talk of on defense. Jeff Vanover is a hard working linebacker that projects to the middle at the next level but has terrible size/speed numbers. At one time we thought highly of corner Patrick Dendy but his play has fallen off. He now moves back into the starting line-up and could get late round consideration should he turn in a good campaign.

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