Scouting the Sun Belt: New Mexico St

Building upon the momentum started two years ago, NMSU displays a competitive streak and has a tendency to sneak up on opponents. The pro-prospects offered to the draft from NMSU has been few and far between, and we don't think that trend will be broken in 2003.

New Mexico State Aggies

Ball carrier Walter Taylor works hard between the tackles, showing vision and the ability to make defenders miss but lacks the pure size/speed numbers to be anything other than a practice squad player at the next level. The Aggies have a pair of solid pass catchers; H.B. Briscoe is quick and explosive with solid wide out size and was productive his only season in the program. Another good campaign could push him into the late frames. P.J. Winston is a solid athlete that must become a football player and has never really settled on a single position.

Defensively, Joe Olivio is a tough, slug-it-out nose tackle but the junior runs in the 6'2"/250-pound range and may be much better suited for inside linebacker in 2004. His intensity and nose for the ball give him a real shot.


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