Scouting the WAC: Nevada

The Wolfpack lost three games by a total of ten points last year, which kept them out of the bowl season. Many of their highly rated NFL prospects have not lived up to expectations. No player will be highly touted going into April's draft rather there are a few solid prospects on the roster.

Running back Chance Kretschmer is tough as nails and a very productive college runner. Carrying the ball with great vision, Kretschmer takes it on the inside and immediately finds the running lanes, quickly getting through the hole. He has nice size yet can get outside around tackle. 2003 will be a big season for Kretschmer, who returns from a major knee injury. He's definitely the type of player that will make an NFL roster as a fourth back and offer production on special teams. The offense has a trio of linemen to watch. Junior Harvey Dahl is athletic on the strong side and has a good feel for the position. He could grow into a solid back-up at the next level. Isaiah Ross has an excellent build and strength for guard and gets a lot of movement from his run blocks. Allan Parker protects the blind side but is best in confined quarters and must be tried on the right side or even in at guard to have a chance at the next level.

Defensive end Jorge Cordova is undersized but has the speed to be tried at outside linebacker. Daryl Towns makes a good amount of plays at middle linebacker but has limited range. Ronnie Hardiman has good cover skills for safety and defends the run well from his "rover" position. Hardiman is the defensive prospect we like best but asthma problems will send up medical red flags.

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