2017 NFL Draft: Small school prospects who could excel

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Any of the prospects listed below could be top three round picks, even though they did not play for Power 5 conference programs. In fact, most will be taken by the end of draft day two with at least a couple slipping into the first round.

Forrest Lamp #76Forrest Lamp, OG, 6-3 ½, 300 Western Kentucky

Lamp could get drafted in Round 1. A four year starter for the Hilltoppers, he played left tackle but offensive guard seems to be his best position in the pro game. He played well when he moved up in class against Alabama. Studies the game and individual players he will face. A solid run blocker with quick feet, Lamp creates movement. Did well at the Senior Bowl practices until he sprained an ankle.

Corey Davis, WR, 6-3, 215 Western Michigan

Davis has length and talent as a projected first rounder. He has good hands and uses his size to block out smaller defensive backs. He runs sharp pass routes and flashes his speed and athleticism. A red zone weapon, Davis will sky for the ball over defensive backs. Sustained an ankle injury and did not run at the combine.

Haason Reddick, OLB, 6-1, 230 Temple

Reddick showed versatility at the Senior Bowl, lining up at both defensive end and linebacker. He also showed he could drop into pass coverage. He went from a walk-on to a productive linebacker at Temple. An active playmaker, the red-shirt senior led his conference in sacks.

Cooper Kupp, WR, 6-2, 215 Eastern Washington

Kupp has been dominant at his level of competition. He has nice size and excellent hands. A smooth athlete who is well-built and physical, he runs hard and well after the catch. A high character prospect and team-first player who is strong and aggressive with a solid work ethic. Kupp had a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He lacks elite speed, so he may be a slot receiver in the NFL.

Taylor Moton, OT, 6-5, 330 Western Michigan

A huge lineman, he is very strong and plays with great power. He held his own against the Ohio State’s defensive line. He has been dominant playing inside at guard, but is versatile enough to project to offensive tackle at the pro level. Intelligent, durable and tough, Moton did well in the one-on-one drills at the Senior Bowl practices.

Kareem Hunt, RB, 5-10, 208 Toledo

Hunt has good strength and some quickness, having proven he could dominate his level of competition. He runs with vision and is tough, runs hard, will break tackles. A solid inside runner with the quickness to bounce outside as well, Hunt rushed for 118 yards in the Senior Bowl game and was named North MVP. He has had some injury issues (hamstring and ankle).

Tarell Basham, DE, 6-4, 262 Ohio

Basham has great initial quickness while flexible enough to dip his shoulder and get under a blocker. He has a polished inside move and plays with body control. He has the athletic ability to drop into pass coverage as well. A good character prospect on and off the field, he has a solid work ethic.

Derek Rivers, DE, 6-3, 257 Youngstown St.

Rivers had a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl, where he was disruptive and showed pass rush ability. He proved he could compete with better talent. He shows speed coming off the edge. Athletic and powerful for his size.

Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, 6-7, 280 Villanova

Further adding to the hype with a solid week at the Senior Bowl, he impressed at the weigh-in with awesome size and overall build. A nice combination of size and explosiveness in a superb frame, he is well-built with long arms. He gets off the ball quickly and has the power to beat the double-team blocks. Kpassagnon can disrupt passing lanes with his huge wing-span. He also has a knack for blocking kicks. High character guy with is a leader and team captain. Still inconsistent but has moved up the draft board on potential.

Lorenzo Jerome, S, 5-11, 193 St. Francis (PA)

Jerome helped himself with a solid week at the Senior Bowl. He had a good week of practice followed by an interception in the game. Lorenzo had 13 career interceptions. He is also a threat as a punt and kickoff return man. Jerome showed great ball skills at the college level. A former high school quarterback, he is the kind of athlete who can make it in the NFL.

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