2011 NFL Draft: Top D2 and D3 Prospects

2011 NFL Draft: Top D2 and D3 Prospects


2011 NFL Draft: Top D2 and D3 Prospects


Brandon FuscoIt’s usually pretty rare that a Division II or Division III prospect gets a legitimate shot at an NFL roster and only a handful get a shot.

However, this season, we could have at least five prospects drafted from below the Division I (both FBS and FCS) level. The feature position this year, as is customary, is wide receiver, where three have a chance to be taken in the first five rounds. Also, the offensive line is a key position to watch, as a few athletic left tackles moving to guard have a chance to get drafted and stick in the NFL.



Division II Prospects
Name Pos College Proj. Round
1 . Brandon Fusco C Slippery Rock 3rd-5th
2 . Cedric Thornton DT Southern Arkansas 3rd-5th
3 . Edmund Gates WR Abilene Christian 4th-6th
4 . David Mims OT Virginia Union 6th-Undrafted
5 . Ricardo Lockette WR Fort Valley State 6th-Undrafted
6 . Ryan Jones CB NW Missouri State 6th-Undrafted
7 . Cameron Bradfield OT Grand Valley State 6th-Undrafted
8 . Josh Portis QB California (PA) 7th-Undrafted
9 . OJ Murdock WR Fort Hays State 7th-Undrafted
10 . Stephen Burton WR West Texas A&M 6th-Undrafted
Division III Prospects
Name Pos College Proj. Round
1 . Cecil Shorts WR Mount Union 5th-7th
2 . ZaVious Robbins WR Harden-Simmonds 6th-Undrafted
3 . Eric Hedin DE Linefield 7th-Undrafted
4 . Harry Melendez CB Trinity (CT) 7th-Undrafted
5 . Chris Coney RB Union 7th-Undrafted


Division II, Division III Notes:

-Edmund Gates and Cecil Shorts are as high as a Top 10 receiver on some boards, showing how much some scouts like him. While I don’t seem them as that type of prospect, I plan on reviewing those guys to see how impressive they are. But, both are mid to late round picks in the draft as of now.

-Cedric Thornton is a beast at times, but struggles this season could worry some teams from drafting him. Either way, he could end up being a productive rotational guy in the NFL, maybe even a starter in some systems.

-ZaVious Robins is one of the most productive receivers in the country this year, and probably could have played Division 1 out of high school. A high character, hard-working, very intelligent receiver, he could get a shot in the NFL.

-Two sleepers I like a lot are Cameron Bradfield from Grand Valley State and Eric Hedin from Linfield. Hedin was a productive defensive end but the level he played at may have had a lot to do with that. Bradfield is still raw, but could develop into a RT in the NFL.

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