Scouting the MAC: Ohio

The Broncos have been a competitive MAC contender in the Western Division and were it not for Marshall, would've made several bowl appearances the past few seasons. Occasionally they've offered a few solid pro-prospects but that could change as they have numbers on the present roster.

Western Michigan Broncos

Tight end Mo Afariogun has been productive since he was a sophomore and is an athletic pass catching threat that easily moves about the field and works to get separation and come free. Afariogun extends his hands and catches the pass away from his frame, looking the ball into his hands. The problem for Afariogun is a lack of speed, functional football strength and blocking prowess as he rarely gets movement from his run blocks. He will need a fast forty time prior to the draft if he's to move into the middle frames. Receiver Antonio Thomas is rarely mentioned but a solid prospect with nice size, hands and the ability to make the tough catch in traffic. Thomas extends nicely and grabs the ball out of the air or reaches back for the errant pass. He does a terrific job using his large frame to keep opponents away and is a definite late round consideration for 2004, if not earlier. Another junior wide out to keep an eye in is Kendrick Mosley.

WMU's top defensive prospect will be sidelined in 2002. Anthony Allsbury is an undersized yet heady and explosive defensive end that flies around the football. Quick off the snap, Allsbury pursues the action with speed, catching the ball carrier from the backside and always looks to get involved in the action. Considered a possibility at outside linebacker in a three-four scheme, Allsbury blew his knee out in August and is now out for the season. Line-mate Chris Browning likewise is an undersized pass rusher that collapses laterally, making plays up and down the line of scrimmage but lacks the explosion, quickness and overall playing skills of Allsbury. Finally Jermaine Lewis is a nice sized athlete that can run and displays strength at the point of attack. Playing safety last season, Lewis did not show much in the way of instinct or wherewithal taking the wrong angles to the action and gathering into his tackles. Lewis moves to the other side of the ball this season and will be used at receiver.

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