06 NFL Draft Watch: Bowling Green

Since Urban Myers revival of Bowling Green, the program has been on an upward swing. Not only does BGSU look like the conference's top team this season, they may also have the best quarterback prospect in the nation.

Scouting the MAC: Bowling Green

An outstanding athlete with an NFL arm, Omar Jacobs could well be a top six selection should he enter next April's draft. Always in command of the offense, Jacobs consistently looks downfield for open targets, buying time for wide outs and going through receiver progressions. Effectively reading the defense, Jacobs hits receivers as they leave breaks, rarely making them wait on the pass. The big complaint on Jacobs is the throwing motion. Short arming passes, Jacobs looks like he's throwing a baseball rather then a football and he gathers before releasing the pass. The offense also has Jacobs taking most of his snaps out of the shotgun. Several teams may be turned off by the negatives yet Jacobs possesses too much upside potential and a player franchises can build around. Running back P.J. Pope is a ball carrier with good vision and one who quickly finds the running lanes. A good receiver out of the backfield, he sets up blocks and works hard. Not a ball carrier who can quickly cut back against the grain, Pope is more of a straight-line runner who lacks playing speed. Bowling Green possesses a pair of receivers with contrasting styles. Steve Sanders is a nice sized wide out who possesses strong hands and the ability to make the difficult catch in the middle of the field. Displaying outstanding adjustment and concentration, Sanders gets vertical to pull the ball from a crowd. Lacking footwork into breaks, he is a long strider and not a speedster who stretches the defense. Charles Sharon is quicker and a better route runner. Extending to make the reception away from his frame, Sharon is elusive running after the catch and also helps out as a punt returner. Lacking the second gear and possessing marginal size, he will have difficulty handling the jam at the next level. Rob Warren protects the quarterbacks blind side and is a strong lineman who plays with a nasty attitude, controlling opponents at the point of attack. Patient in pass protection, Warren lacks blocking range and is not effective far off the line of scrimmage. Sophomore Kory Lichtensteiger is an explosive guard who anchors in pass protection or opens significant holes for ball carriers. Not light on his feet, Lichtensteiger is best in confined quarters yet possesses both size and growth potential which bode well for the future.

Defensively Mitch Crossley is a good athlete with solid pass rush skills and range on the field. Playing with leverage, Crossley keeps his feet off the initial block and makes plays in every direction. Undersized, he is a liability against the run and driven off the line by opposing tight ends. Crossley is presently not on the roster.  Cornerback Jelani Jordan flashes skill and has a slight shot as a dime cover man at the next level.

BGSU Prospect List

Name Pos Yr #
Omar Jacobs QB 4Jr 4
Jelani Jordan CB 4Sr 2
Kory Lichtensteiger G 3So 78
P.J. Pope RB 4Sr 33
Steve Sanders WR 5Sr N
Charles Sharon WR 5Sr 1
Rob Warren T 5Sr 58

 


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