The 2012 NFL Draft approaching is as the college all-star games are in full swing. The name changed a little from the Texas vs. the Nation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The unique hook for this game was no NFL scouts could watch practice as underclassmen could take part. I will be discussing many of the offensive players may transition to the NFL and could an impact on your fantasy teams.
RB- Antwon Bailey (Syracuse) - He is only 5' 6" and weighed 203 lbs, but made up for it with his play. Bailey demonstrated nice hands and good wiggle to get away from tacklers on the outside. He did not have as much success running in short yardage, but Bailey did have an effective jump cut and showed good speed to find open spaces. He reminds me of a cross between Dexter McCluster and Kendall Hunter.
RB- Ronnie Weaver (UCF) - He showed good vision when the offensive line was blocking for him. Weaver did not seem to create space for himself or elude tacklers. He looks like a #2 RB in the NFL. Being able to play fullback and long snapper may prove too beneficial for an NFL team to turn down.
QB- Jacory Harris (Miami) - As always, Harris is impressive with his arm and mobility. Unfortunately, he also tends to make bad decisions on the field as he locks in on deep routes and throws into double coverage. I see an NFL bringing him in as a #3 QB to start. He has all the physical tools, but who knows if his decision making can be coached up?
WR- Demarlo Belcher (Indiana) - He showed good hands and made leaping catches, but seemed to have some issues maintaining his balance. Belcher brings injury and off-field concerns as he missed parts of three games with injury this year and was later dismissed for conduct detrimental to the team. Not much information was revealed about his dismissal, but many close to the university say he is a good kid. I would look at taking a late chance on him.
WR- Jared Green (Southern) - He is the son of Redskins legendary Hall of Famer Darrell Green. Green had a long reception with great sideline awareness, but also had concentration issues as he missed an easy reception and bobbled a pitch. He showed good athleticism by fielding a punt as a member of the punt team, but failed to down the ball at the one yard line due to his foot position. I see a raw athlete that can be coached up. He could make an impact on special teams this year and your fantasy squad next year.
WR- Aldarius Johnson (Miami) - He looked rusty, dropping passes for most of the game. Johnson had a great catch in the end zone called back due to an unrelated penalty. Like many Miami athletes before him, Johnson took money from a booster and was adamant about asking often for more money. He did track the ball well, but his concentration issues cause concern.
TE- Sean McGrath (Henderson State) - He showed good hands, great body control, and did a great job finding open spots in the defense. McGrath is big at 6' 5" 230 lbs, but injuries have limited his career. I look forward to seeing more of him in the Players All-Star Classic, a new college all-star game.