NFL combine invites are going out and two Rutgers
linebackers are set to represent the program in today's Senior Bowl.
Led by wide receiver Kenny Britt, Rutgers stole the show at the NFL Draft with five players selected. In 2013, the Scarlet Knights could take it even farther with double-digit prospects to be in consideration for picks. To get ready for draft season, ScarletReport.com looks at the top 10 departures with NFL potential.
10. DT Scott Vallone — Vallone is undersized as a defensive tackle and behind the curve on the end, but has all of the little things that have made Rutgers players successful in the past. Vallone started more than 50 straight games at Rutgers and brings the passion and toughness required in professional football. Eric Foster faced the same criticism in 2008 and has a Super Bowl appearance under his belt. Draft Stock: Undrafted free agent.
9. CB Brandon Jones — NFL teams are always looking for an extra cornerback and Jones has a flashy highlight film and NFL body. The concern for him, however, comes in multiple leg injuries in college. He played his junior year with a fractured leg and battled injuries to finish off his career. Draft Stock: Undrafted free agent.
8. S Duron Harmon — Harmon has great speed and special teams value, but his problem in the next few months will be defining a position. He is on the small side for an NFL safety and is not a great fit as a cornerback. Expect Harmon to test well . Draft Stock: Undrafted free agent.
7. OT R.J. Dill — Dill made a great decision in staying in college for a fifth year. Spending a season at Rutgers after four with Maryland, Dill evolved from just a big body to an NFL draft prospect. Dill has NFL size and an impressive senior tape. His challenge will be to prove the package comes with NFL-level strength and reaction time. Draft Stock: Undrafted free agent.
6. MLB Steve Beauharnais — Ask anyone in the Rutgers locker room and they will tell you Beauharnais was the most valuable member of what will be remembered as one of the best defenses in school history. Beauharnais has size and speed concerns at the NFL level, but will get his first chance to prove himself today at the Senior Bowl. Draft Stock: Seventh round.
5. TE D.C. Jefferson — The NFL is becoming a tight-end happy league with players like Vernon Davis and Dennis Pitta as some of the most feared weapons in the Super Bowl. Every team is looking for that next tight end and Jefferson's level of athleticism in a 6-foot-6 frame will not let him slip through the cracks. Jefferson is one of the best blockers in the class but has no resume as a pass-catcher. Draft Stock: Sixth round.
4. WR Mark Harrison — An NFL combine invite was the best thing that could happen for Harrison. Harrison's college resume is inconsistent, but he can erase all of that with the combine he is expected to have. Harrison brings the wow factor to Indianapolis with a 6-foot-4 frame and likely 4.40 speed. Draft Stock: Sixth round.
3. RB Jawan Jamsion — It was a quick decision to leave after receiving a third-round grade. Jamison has strong tape and incredible vision and instincts in a down year for the running back. Jamison, however, is not expected to test overly well and stability is a concern with three ankle injuries in one-and-a-half seasons as a starter. Draft Stock: Fourth round
2. CB Logan Ryan — Ryan has all of the tools to follow in the footsteps of Devin McCouty and Jason McCourty as NFL cornerbacks. He is not a burner, but has enough speed to hold his own. He has special teams experience and could be the best tackler at the line of scrimmage of anyone at his position in the draft. Ryan's press conference to go pro displayed he has the maturity to move to the next step. Draft Stock: Third round
1. OLB Khaseem Greene — Forget age. Greene is an incredible play-maker with a violent streak and ability to get to the football. At 24 years old, age will play more into Greene's contract after his rookie contract is played out. The Big East Defensive Player of the Year has a bright future in the NFL and it starts today at the Senior Bowl where he could very well walk away as the defensive MVP. Draft Stock: Second round
Rutgers football is expected to be well represented in the 2013 NFL draft. With two early departures looking to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Davis and Ray Rice, Rutgers could rival its impressive showing in the 2009 draft when April comes around.