Scouting the Poinsettia Bowl for NFL talent

Two very competitive programs meet to kick-off the 2006 bowl season. Several talented blockers, pass rushers as well as a record setting running back fill the rosters for tonight's contest. Scouts will keep close watch as there are a number of solid middle round prospects.

Northern Illinois

 Name Pos # Yr Rnd Comments
Doug Free T 62 5Sr 4/5 Solid blind side tackle prospect who struggled with an injured foot in '06.  General play was disappointing yet could be a steal outside of the first 100 picks.
Garrett Wolfe RB 1 5Sr 4/5
Tiny back limited by size.  Plays big and fast and should be a solid situational ball carrier at the next level.
Jake Nordin TE 86 4Sr 6/7
Broke a leg and missed the end of the season.  Solid pass catcher who was one of the better blocking tight end prospects in the nation before his injury.
Ken West OLB 34 5Sr FA
Undersized college defensive end who projects as a rush linebacker in the NFL.  Solid size/speed numbers for OLB.
Phil Horvath QB 3 5Sr FA Adequate short yardage passer.
Alvah Hansbro CB 11 5Sr FA  



Name Pos # Yr Rnd Comments
Herbert Taylor T 78 5Sr 5/6
Talented blocker coming off a disappointing campaign.
Robert Merrill RB 33 5Sr FA  
Tommy Blake DE 97 4Jr 3/4 Undersized pass rushing terror who projects to OLB in the NFL
Marvin White S 26 4Sr FA Physical specimen with the athletic skills to play in the NFL.  Slowly developing a complete game yet still to have the breakout season scouts expect.
Jeff Ballard QB 16 5Sr FA Smallish college passer who may be better off in the CFL.
Quentily Harmon WR 18 5Sr FA Reliable pass catcher with marginal physical skills.
Michael Depriest WR 19 5Sr 7th
Track and field sprinter still better athlete than football player.
Lonta Hobbs RB 30 4Sr FA Hard-running ball carrier beset with injuries the past few years.


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