'06 NFL Draft Watch: Western Michigan

After finally getting into the post season last year, the Huskies made the most of their opportunity winning a bowl game. NIU consistently competes at a high level in the MAC Conference and should do so again this year. There are several middle round selections and an underrated receiver, a position Northern Illinois is famous for.

Scouting the MAC: Western Michigan

After winning just a single game last season, the father and son team of Bill and Ryan Cubit hope to turn Western Michigan back into the competitive program it was just a handful of years ago. Surprisingly the team offers two solid senior prospects and another underclassman that must be watched.

Receiver Greg Jennings is a consistent pass catcher who plays with excellent body control, eye/hand coordination and effectively picks up yardage running after the reception. Adjusting to the errant throw, Jennings goes over the middle of the field to make the difficult reception. Jennings has a slender build and lacks the strong hands which results in catchable passes slipping by. Tight end Tony Scheffler is another solid prospect for the next level. Explosive off the snap into pass routes, Scheffler nicely adjust to the errant throw and flashes the ability to get downfield, creating mismatches in the secondary. Rarely used as a blocker Scheffler has marginal strength and cannot control opposing linebackers. He does offer size as well as growth potential and is a very good developmental prospect who could land in the middle rounds of next April's draft. Senior guard Mark Ottney is a solid position blocker who anchors in pass protection. Quick into blocks, he effectively uses his hands to keep opponents away but lacks footwork and looks like a marginal athlete.

WMU Prospect List

Name Pos Yr #
Greg Jennings WR 5Sr 15
Mark Ottney G 5Sr 61
Tony Scheffler TE 5Sr 85




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