College Prospects: Big 10 Conference


(1st-Round) #5 RB Mikel LeShoure (right), 5-11¾, 230 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Junior.

Tough runner who can pound it in there Big 10-style, LeShoure’s production has been enough to get coach Ron Zook to change his philosophy of going with running back committee. He’s had some good games this season, including 119 yards on 27 carries against Penn State in an Illini victory. Against the tough Michigan State defense, he had 83 yards on 23 carries. LeShoure is sitting just outside the list of top 10 runners in the country with his total of 766 rushing yards on 144 carries over seven games. He’s also caught nine passes for 56 yards. Over 27 games with the Illini, he’s run for 1,626 yards on 287 carries and 10 touchdowns.


(3rd-Round) #73 OT James Brewer, 6-6¼, 334 pounds, 5.38 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Prior to suffering a high ankle sprain and missing the past three games, folks at Indiana thought Brewer had made so much improvement in this last season that he had surpassed the play of Roger Saffold, who was a second-round draft choice and now starts for the Rams. His problem has been durability. First, he only played one-year of high school football as a senior. Then in the early part of his career with the Hoosiers was limited because of injuries, as he missed the ’07 season with a foot injury and then lost the last four games of the ’08 season to an ankle injury. Brewer played 12 games as the starting RT in ’09 and was still there when he was injured.


(1st-Round) #94 DE Adrian Clayborn, 6-3, 286 pounds, 4.79 seconds, Senior.

One of the most talented players in college football, he has a great combination of size and speed playing off the edge of the Hawkeyes defense. A native of St. Louis, he suffered nerve damage in his neck and right arm when he was born and over the years doctors have tried to keep him from playing football. That didn’t work, as he was the Missouri Player of the Year as a senior and was twice named first-team all-state. The ’09 season was his break out at Iowa when he had 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. So far, he’s not produced the same type of numbers in the ’10 season; he has 33 total tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Clayborn has 18 career sacks off the edge of coach Kirk Ferentz defense.

Other Hawkeyes prospects: (1st-Round) #46 DL Christian Ballard, 6-4, 298 pounds, 4.86 seconds, Senior. (4th-Round) #15 WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 6-0, 200 pounds, 4.52 seconds, Senior. (5th-Round) #12 QB Ricky Starzi, 6-4, 230 pounds, 4.8 seconds, Senior.


(4th-Round) #52 G Steve Schilling, 6-4½, 304 pounds, 5.14 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

A versatile and talented player who has started 43 of 44 games so far in Ann Arbor and does it all along the line. He’s opened 22 games at right tackle, 19 games at left guard and two games at right guard. This season, he’s started all seven games for the Wolverines at left guard. Schilling has missed only one game in the last four seasons due to injury although his freshman season as wiped out by a bout with mononucleosis and a shoulder injury in ’06. He’s one of the team captains for the ’10 team.

Other Wolverines prospects: (3rd-Round) #50 C David Molk, 6-2, 285 pounds, seconds, Redshirt-Junior.


(1st-Round) # ILB Greg Jones, 6-1, 235 pounds, 4.64 seconds, Senior.

Jones was a consensus All-America last year when he was ranked among the nation’s top tacklers with 154 total takedowns. He’s a bit undersized at just 6-1, but he makes up for any lack of height with speed and explosion. In a victory two weeks ago against Illinois, he had 14 tackles and broke up a pass. Over the last four years with the Spartans, Jones has not missed a start, let alone a game because of injury. He played at strong side LB early in his career, but moved to the middle. Some scouts think if it were not for his size, Jones would easily be a top three picks.

Other Spartie prospects: (3rd-Round) #29 CB Chris Rucker, 6-2, 200 pounds, 4.52 seconds, Senior. (5th-Round) #83 TE Charlie Ganitt, 6-5, 255 pounds, 4.87 seconds, Senior.


(6th-Round) #51 ILB Gary Tinsley, 6-1, 220 pounds, 4.69 seconds, Junior.

Tinsley has had some big games in the last few weeks in the Gophers defense, with 10 tackles and an interception against Purdue, 14 tackles against Wisconsin and 10 tackles and a forced fumble against Northwestern. In seven games to date, he has 63 total tackles and over a 27-game career he has 84 total tackles and 9 tackles for loss, along with an interception and a forced fumble. On the small side, but his speed and explosion could give him a special teams career in the NFL.


(1st-Round) #94 DE Vince Browne, 6-4½, 265 pounds, 4.86 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

A shoulder injury has limited Browne’s participation, but he came off the bench in the fourth quarter last weekend against Michigan State and got a sack and forced a fumble. He’s always had the ability to rush the passer, but this year scouts say he’s improved his run defense. This year he has 26 total tackles with 6 sacks and 9 tackles for loss. Browne missed some time in ’08 because of a knee injury. Over his career in 31 games he has 91 total tackles, 15 sacks, forced four fumbles and he has an interception.


(1st-Round) #97 DE Cameron Heyward, 6-5, 285 pounds, 4.92 seconds, Senior.

The bloodlines are good for this young man – his father was the late Craig “Ironhead” Heyward who played 11 seasons in the league. During his time with the Buckeyes, Cameron Heyward has made a name for himself. In three seasons he’s not missed a game. He has played inside and outside on the Ohio State defensive line and is very good against the run at both positions. He’s not in the elite pass rusher category but his size and quickness allows him to break the pocket no matter where he’s coming from on the line. In 47 games over four seasons, he has 140 total tackles, 631 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks.

Other Buckeyes prospects: (1st-Round) # QB Terrelle Pryor, 6-6, 235 pounds, 4.58 seconds, Junior. (2nd-Round) #50 C Michael Brewster, 6-5, 293 pounds, seconds, Junior. (4th-Round) #51 OLB Ross Homan, 6-0, 228 pounds, 4.75 seconds, Senior. (4th-Round) #7 FS Jermale Hines, 6-2, 215 pounds, 4.59 seconds, Senior. (4th-Round) #5 CB Chimdi Chekwa, 5-11, 190 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Senior. (5th-Round) #3 RB Brandon Saine, 6-0, 218 pounds, 4.46 seconds, Senior. (5th-Round) #65 G Justin Boren, 6-3, 320 pounds, 5.24 seconds, Senior.


(1st-Round) C Stefen Wisniewski, 6-3, 298 pounds, 5.16 seconds, Senior.

Wisniewski made the transition from guard to center before the ’09 season and seemed to have no problems with the move. This year, he’s getting the chance to move back to right guard, a spot he likes more. Wisniewski has the athletic ability to play any of the offensive line positions. He’s a team leader and good in the classroom as well. There are not many negatives with this young man. The Wisniewski name is almost legendary in the Happy Valley. His father Leo played at Penn State in the early ’80s and went on to the NFL and his uncle Steve was a two-time All-America for the Nittany Lions and then had a long NFL career with the Raiders.

Other Nittany prospects: (5th-Round) #22 RB Evan Royster, 6-0, 212 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Senior.


(1st-Round) # DE Ryan Kerrigan, 6-3¾, 263 pounds, 4.82 seconds, Senior.

The Boilermakers senior co-captain is known as “Superman” around the Purdue program. He’s mild-mannered off the field, but when on it he’s a difference maker. Excellent speed for his size, he also bench presses 475 pounds. Kerrigan has faced double-team blockers just about every snap for the last two seasons, but it hasn’t slowed him down. So far this year he has 6.5 sacks and 45 total tackles in seven games. Over his 43-game Purdue career he’s had 184 total tackles, 46 tackles for loss, 25.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and one INT.


(1st-Round) #99 DE J.J. Watt, 6-6¼, 290 pounds, 4.87 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

A transfer out of Central Michigan where he was a tight end, Watt was moved to defense by the Badgers and he’s been improving at a fast pace since then. After taking a redshirt season in ’08, last year he started 13 games at defensive end. It was Watt’s block of an Iowa PAT kick that gave Wisconsin the upset victory last weekend. Watt also had a sack in Iowa’s final drive He also had several big plays at the end of the Badgers upset of Ohio State. In 21 games at defensive end, he has 83 total tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble 3 kicks blocked and 10 passes broken up. He’s got a real future at defensive end in the 3-4.

Other Badgers prospects: (2nd-Round) #68 OT Gabe Carimi, 6-7, 322 pounds, 5.12 seconds, Senior. (3rd-Round) #84 TE Lance Kendricks, 6-3, 240 pounds, 4.69 seconds, Senior. (5th-Round) #74 G John Moffitt, 6-4, 323 pounds, 5.26 seconds, Senior.

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