Marcus Dowtin, LB, Northern Alabama – 6022 230 4.59 One-year starter. Transfer from Georgia. An athletically talented versatile inside or outside linebacker who plays square with good knee bend. Natural ability to find the ball. Explosive hitter. Has suddenness in his body. Aggressive and willing to initiate contact. Played at Fork Union Military Academy before signing with Georgia. Was granted his release at the end of the 2010 season to transfer. Appeared in 11 games making 2 starts, recording 57 tackles including 4.5 for loss. Registered 10 tackles versus Florida and Auburn. He did not play in the 2010 Liberty Bowl after being charged with 2nd degree assault. Has the measurables and position skill level to play on Sunday. Led the Gulf Coast Conference in tackles. Talent warrants a higher grade. Red flags need to be cleared up. 2011 stats: 115 tackles, 11 TFL, 4 sacks. Not invited to the Combine. Seventh round/PFA. (A-31 3/4, H-9 3/8, BP-18, SS-4.44).
Donnie Fletcher, DC, Boston College – 6002 201 4.55 Two years as a full-time starter but has an additional seven combined starts as a freshman and sophomore. Plays the best in press coverage where he can get his hands on receivers and reroute them. Drives hard on the ball in front of him. Inconsistent to separate quickly from the blocker and get in on the play. Late reacting at times even though he shows generally good instincts. Has been a reliable hitter in the past. Plays faster on the field than for the watch. Well coached in zone coverage. Plays zone with good awareness and vision. Has 11 career interceptions. Will pluck the ball out of the air. Long legs are a problem backpedaling because he must work to bend and drop his butt. Best fit would be a Cover-2 team. 2011 stats: 35 tackles, 5 PBU, 2 INTs. Not invited to Combine. Sixth/seventh round. (A-30 1/4, H-8 7/8, VJ-32, SS-4.40).
Brian Linthicum, TE, Michigan State – 6036 249 4.82 Three-year starter. Transfer from Clemson. Is a competitive receiver and blocker who will catch the ball in a congested area. Knows how to get open and run good routes. Strong run after catch ability. Caught 7 passes for 115 yards versus Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl win. Rarely drops a ball in his hands. Can pluck the ball out away from his body. Will drop his head at times in pass protection and blitz pickup. Caught 69 passes for 860 yards in his Spartan career. Has a medical history including three left knee surgeries. Has some red flags that need to be cleared up. 2011 stats: 31-364, 11.7 ypr. Not invited to the Combine. Fifth/sixth round. (A-32 5/8, H-9 3/4, BP-28, VJ-27.5).
Brett Roy, DE, Nevada – 6027 275 5.00 Two-year starter who is disruptive and blue collar in his play. Has experience at defensive tackle and end as well as inside and outside linebacker. Doesn’t stay blocked. Quick to penetrate a gap or slip a blocker. Plays like his hair is on fire. Hustles all over the field seeking to get in on a tackle. A team will be challenged to find a role for him. Undersized as a 275-pound defensive tackle, but it has been done. May find a role as an interior pass rusher like Tennessee’s Karl Klug. Some ball clubs may use him as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He has racked up 18 sacks and 33 tackles for loss the past two years. Quick reactions and instincts. Finds the ball. Good initial suddenness to get penetration or gain an upfield advantage. Good functional strength to drop and work up the field when double teamed. Plays with outstanding effort, urgency, and intensity. 2011 stats: 66 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 10 sacks, 6 PBU. Edge speed:left 2.21, right 2.18. OSR:15/27. Fourth/fifth round. (A-32 3/4, H-9 3/8, BP-32, 10-1.70).
John Cullen, OT, Utah
DaMarcus Ganaway, WR, Kentucky Weslyan
Damon Harrison, DT, William Penn
GJ Kinne, QB, Tulsa
D’Anton Lynn, DC, Penn State
Donovan Robinson, DE, Jackson State
Ryan Steed, DC, Furman