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NY Giants Rush Draft Day: Small School Talent, Big Potential

by Michael Stewart | NY Giants Rush Contributor

Every year a player or two emerges from the draft without much fanfare or notoriety.  Players like WR-Victor Cruz (undrafted) QB-Kurt Warner (undrafted), QB-Warren Moon (undrafted) TE-Antonio Gates (undrafted) DT-John Randle (undrafted) RB-Terrell Davis (6th round), TE-Shannon Sharpe (7th round), QB-Tom Brady (6th round).

I can go on and on, you get the point.

With this in mind, I have put together my top 10 (Offense) list of possible small school talent with big draft potential for the New York Giants. This list can be debatable as I’m sure many will have a prospect in mind that I might have missed.

So without further ado my top 10 diamonds in the rough prospects for the Giants 2015 NFL draft.

Offense

  1. QB-Quinn Epperly 6’3/220 (Princeton): Solid season for the Senior QB as he completed 68% of his passes (2,137 yards/25 TD’s) with only 3 INTS. Epperly also displayed his running ability (570 yards/18 TD’s).
  2. RB-David Johnson 6’3/225 (Northern Iowa): Combination of size and speed (4.5) and very capable as a receiver.
  3. OT-Cole Manhart 6’6/300 (Nebraska-Kearney): Manhart is big and strong with a mean streak. Also displayed versatility playing H-back at times.
  4. WR-Tre McBride 6’2/205 (William & Mary): Good size to go along with speed (4.4). McBride is also equally a threat on kick returns with a 27.5 per return.
  5. TE-MyCole Pruitt 6’3/250 (Southern Illinois): Not considered a big TE in today’s NFL, but Pruitt is an excellent blocker, both as a TE and a HB. He has also showed he can catch the ball with 48 receptions.
  6. RB-Zach Zenner 6’0/220 (South Dakota State): A RB with three straight seasons with 2,000+ yards should be considered. Zenner is also a very capable receiver.
  7. RB-Thomas Rawls 5’10/217 (Central Michigan): Compact frame and strength. Workhorse mentality.
  8. QB-Bryan Bennett 6’3/205 (Southeastern Louisiana): Transferred from Oregon once Marcus Mariota arrived. Bennett displayed a strong arm (3,165 yards/21 TD’s) and also rushed for 1,046 yards with 16 TD’s.
  9. TE-Eric Tomlinson 6’7/270 (UTEP): Excellent blocker, an ideal #2 TE for an NFL team that likes to run. Many scouts see Tomlinson eventually becoming an OT in the NFL.
  10. WR-Titus Davis 6’2/190 (Central Michigan): Davis averaged 15.6 yards every time he caught the ball. A combination of size and speed (4.49); Davis should be selected somewhere between rounds 5-7 on day 2.

Final Thoughts:

What makes the NFL one of the most intriguing sports on draft day is the possibility of an unknown prospect emerging into a Pro Bowler or even a future Hall of Famer.