Since 2003, Troy University has developed NFL defensive stars Osi Umenyiora (New York Giants), DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys) and Leodis McKelvin (Buffalo Bills), and their success in the NFL has made Troy an attraction for potential prospects and NFL scouts. This season, the Trojans have three more defensive prospects that scouts are excited about, defensive end Brandon Lang and linebackers Cameron Sheffield and Boris Lee.
That excitement has translated into Troy having its strongest showing of NFL teams attend practice in their history. And Scout.com has confirmed that representatives from the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins made the trip to Troy, Alabama to scout the next Trojan stars.
The primary focus of any NFL defense is to generate a pass rush, and Lang, Sheffield and Lee all have the potential to make an impact in that department at the next level.Of the three, the two highly touted prospects from Troy are Lang and Sheffield. Lang finished the ’08 season with 69 tackles, 17.5 for a loss and 10.5 sacks; he’s currently the third rated DE prospect in Scout.com’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings. And Sheffield, who emerged last season with 66 tackles, 12.5 for a loss and 5.5 sacks, is the 10th rated OLB by Scout.com. But over the last two years Lee, the fifth rated MLB by Scout.com, has been Troy’s leading tackler and one of the most underrated performers in the nation. Last season, the 6-foot, 242-pound Lee finished with 126 tackles, 9.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions.
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