Prospects to watch in the Little Caesar’s bowl

* The top prospect in this game is actually a junior, Florida International’s T.Y. Hilton. He’s an undersized but explosive receiver. He should return to school, but it wouldn’t be a shock if he left early.

November 29, 2008: T.Y. Hilton of the Florida International Golden Panthers in action during the NCAA football game between the Florida Atlantic Owls and the Florida International Golden Panthers. The Owls defeated the Golden Panthers 57-50 Photo via Newscom

T.Y. Hilton has a future in the NFL and may be an early entry to the 2011 draft

* FIU cornerback Anthony Gaitor may be the top senior prospect in this game. He’s too small (5’9″) to be a starter at the next level, but has the speed and athleticism to be a nickel corner. There are plenty of cornerbacks that enter the draft each year with Gaitor’s coverage ability, but what makes him stand out is his willingness to play an aggressive style of football. Too many small corners back off from tough assignments, but Gaitor will play at the line of scrimmage and mix it up with bigger receivers and even get into the backfield to help out against the run.

* Like FIU, Toledo doesn’t have many senior prospects. Cornerback Desmond Morrow may be their best shot at having a player drafted this year. His production has been average at best, due to a history of injuries. However, his size (6’2″, 200 lbs) will catch the eye NFL teams. If he’s invited to the combine he will have a chance to rise up draft boards.

* A player to watch for the future is Toledo receiver Eric Page. He’s only a sophomore, but has already emerged as their top weapon on offense. He has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in each of his first two seasons and should be on the NFL radar screen starting next year.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft Comments Off

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