On the defensive line Arkansas State has a pair of very good tackle prospects to watch. Corey Williams is an athletic load in the middle that clogs the field defending the run yet also does an adequate job rushing the passer. He's close to carrying a first day grade and a solid weekend of practices could seal the deal for him. Teammate Jon Bradley is a bit smaller but explosive and a prospect that may find a home as a three technique lineman. Western Carolina's Michael Spicer is another fine athlete that plays with great speed and hustle. He's been a demon on the I-AA level yet a lack of height (6-foot 1-inch) will cause a problem. Still a team could become enamored with him as a third down rush specialist if he performs well in Montgomery. Damane Duckett has played both tackle and end at East Carolina and looks to be a solid two-gap prospect in a three-four. Anthony Maddox of Delta State is an over-aged prospect built for nose-tackle. He is exceptionally strong and overpowers opponents on a small school level not paying much attention to technique. He'll need a big weekend at the Blue-Gray. Brandon Calton of East Tennessee State is a player we will be watching. Though he's listed as a defensive tackle he has the size and athleticism to be a solid left defensive end at the next level. He works out well, plays hard and now must shine against a collection of better talent.
Small schools offer two outside linebackers to watch. Steve Baggs of Bethune Cookman is an intelligent defender that really likes to mix it up and is best in the box. Hofstra's Renauld Williams is an athletic linebacker with weak-side size and strength. Both have been productive collegians.
The defensive backfield took a hit when Ricardo Colclough of Tusculum, Joey Thomas of Montana State and Keith Smith of McNeese State all bypassed this game in favor of the Senior Bowl. Randee Drew of Northern Illinois is a little undersized but has jumped out this year while Chadron State's Marvin Jackson could be a real sleeper coming into the draft. Jackson has excellent size/speed numbers, cover skills and is a shut down corner at a D-II level. He's been productive four years running not only as a corner but also as a return specialist and will get a lot of looks this weekend.
Note: The TFY Draft Preview will be offering full coverage of all Blue-Gray practices to the Insiders.com premium subscribers starting Saturday. Reports on how each player did every day at practice will be posted, as will whom NFL teams are looking at in Montgomery plus rumors swirling around the field.
Blue-Gray Preview: The Defense
Scout NFL Network Top Stories
Packers Dash Through Snow, TexansBack-to-back touchdown drives of 98 and 89 yards were the difference as the Green Bay Packers improved to 6-6 by beating the Houston Texans.
Packer Report12:43 PM
Cowboys 1st and 10: Fixing Thursday NightEach weekend I provide 10 quick hits on the Dallas Cowboys. I provide my thoughts on how the NFL can fix the Thursday night schedule issue and ensure teams don’t have to do what…
3 Matchup Nightmares For Denver In Week 13On paper, the 2-9 Jaguars don't look like a tough opponent. But their defense is ranked No. 6 and is replete with phenomenal young talent. Here are three players who could give the…
Mile High HuddleYesterday at 4:44 PM
Week 13: Fantasy Football CentralA hub for all of Week 13's articles and videos by your favorite Fantasy Football experts!
Scout FantasyYesterday at 1:55 PM
World’s Best Preview: Still Want Him Benched?Davante Adams had one of the worst seasons imaginable last season. The Packers never lost faith. And now we know why. Read more in this free sample of the World's Best Preview.
Packer ReportYesterday at 12:48 PM