Big Men Hoping To Make Their Mark

In 1967 the Cowboys drafted a little known tackle out of Fort Valley State in 7th round by the name of Rayfield Wright. For three seasons he toiled in relative obscurity, learning his craft. In the end he Wright played 13 seasons, appeared in 6 straight Pro-Bowl games, 5 Super Bowls, was selected to NFL all decade team (70's) and in 2006 was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame!

Developing big men in the NFL is not a sprint but rather a marathon. The Late George Young used to say when discussing offensive linemen, "you can make a quick accurate decision when evaluating skill position athletes, but you better be patient when evaluating these big Clydesdales". True to his word, NFL scouts painstakingly review and project where many of these players will be in the immediate future. Few NFL teams enter the regular season without one or more offensive linemen strategically placed on their respective practice squads. Many of these players are not near ready for game competition, but due to the premium the teams have placed on developing big men, working with these individuals has become a top priority. All of the players listed in this grouping have the necessary size and some with a solid senior season have a chance of contributing.

Keep your eye on Penn State's Nerraw McCormack, Andy Levitre of Oregon State and the University of Richmond's Tim Silver, a big smart developing player who was injured early and missed the remainder of the 2007 season. How important is character when evaluating a professional prospect to a professional club? Chauncey Incarnato, of the University of Massachusetts, has had stops at both Notre Dame and the University of Indiana and hopes to show the professional scouts that he has both the playing skills and tenacity to play this game at the highest level.

Two highly talented players who had early playing success are no longer listed in either of my offensive tackle grouping due to some very poor off the field choices and their once promising football careers now appear to be over. The lesson that young player can learn from this statement is that the college and professional games do not reward bad behavior.

Grade Last First School
D Kemme Chris  Akron U
D Nguti Raphael Albany (NY)
D Tougas Justin Albany (NY)
D Ashcroft Jeremy Arkansas Tech
D Brewster Robert  Ball St
D Ramsey Andre Ball St
D Gay Dan Baylor U
D Groth Cuylor Brookport St
D Oswald David BYU
D Hartline Andrew  Central Michigan U
D Harrison Craig Central Missouri
D Leggett Britt Coastal Carolina
D Jonas Steve Colgate
D Hennessey Nick  Colgate
D Brown Adrian Delaware State
D Ellis Mark Delta State
D Delrosal Ryan Dixie State
D Roland Fred Duke U
D Goldberg Cameron Duke U
D Bryant Stanley East Carolina U
D Lang T.J. Eastern Michigan U
D Trautwein Phil  Florida U
D Lepori Bobby Fresno St
D Deese Demario Gardner-Webb
D Pilconis Ryan Harvard U
D Vollmer Sebastian Houston U
D Rogers SirVincent Houston U
D Dedrick Doug Iowa State
D Gergel Keith  Jacksonville St
D Williams Garry Kentucky U
D Burley Scott Maryland U
D Incarnato Chauncey Massachusetts U
D Coblyn Ben Massachusetts U
D Link Kyle McNeese St
D Pearce Brandon  Memphis U
D Rutledge Chris Miami U
D Miller Maurice Mississippi U
D Brown Colin Missouri U
D Russum Brent Montana U
D Wombough Jason Montclair St
D Kirby Reid Northwest Missouri St
D Duncan Paul Notre Dame
D Braxton Branndon  Oklahoma U
D Levitre Andy Oregon St
D McCormack Nerraw Penn St
D Silver Tim Richmond U
D McGriff Bradis  San Jose St
D Flanagan Shawn Sioux Falls
D Dile Marc  South Florida U
D McKee Ryan Southern Mississippi
D Smith Allen Stanford U
D Lovell Lawrence SUNY-Stony Brook
D Douglas Andre Temple U
D Ferguson Jabari Temple U
D Schneider Travis Texas A&M
D Reed L.A. Texas Tech
D Jamison Chris Troy U
D Small Dion Troy U
D Kropog Troy Tulane U
D Kozey Ryan Valparaiso U
D Lesuma Vaughn Washington State U
D Erdman David  Wesley College
D Ryan Greg Western Kentucky U
D Howard Kyle  Wyoming U

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