Terrance Owens, QB, Toledo: Owens was very impressive to me in this game. He has good size at 6’4” but is extremely skinny at only 180 pounds. He needs to add weight to continue to hold up, but he has a pretty live arm. He threw some absolute strikes down the seam in this game and surprised me with his arm talent very early and often. He threw for 2,022 yards on only 230 attempts, completing 166 of them for a 72.2% completion rate. He produced 18 passing scores and only 3 interceptions on the year along with 209 rushing yards and 1 more touchdown. He’s definitely got upside and while his accuracy wasn’t perfect he definitely flashed some quality ball placement. I was pretty frustrated with Toledo because they continued alternating quarterbacks even though Owens was clearly playing much better. Hopefully he had done enough this year to secure the starting job outright in the future.
Adonis Thomas, RB, Toledo: I was quite impressed with Thomas. I had never seen him play before this game but he displayed draftable ability to me in this game. He isn’t a big back as he is listed at 5’10”, 185 pounds but power isn’t necessarily his game. He’s got pretty impressive burst and speed and a listed 40 yard dash time of 4.45. He missed three full games this year and only had one carry in the previous game against Syracuse, but in the other 9 games he managed 170 carries, 1,063 yards and 12 TD’s rushing. He added 31 receptions, 350 yards and 1 touchdown catching passes out of the backfield. I think he has the potential to be a late round pick, but more than likely he will be a fringe draft prospect that either goes in the 7th round or catches on as an undrafted free agent. I like him though, and I think if he adds weight he can contribute quite positively to a rotation.
Eric Page, WR, Toledo: Page was obviously the star of this game and the best NFL Draft prospect as well. He’s only a junior and I would expect him to return for his senior season (as I think he should) but he has NFL aspirations without a doubt. He was insanely productive this year as he totaled 125 receptions, 1,182 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving. He is also a very dangerous return man both on kick-offs and punts as he produced 856 kickoff return yards (25.18 average) and one touchdown as well as 196 punt return yards (10.89) and another touchdown. He is the heart and soul of Toledo’s offense and should remain that way next year as well. He isn’t the biggest player at only 5’10”, 192 pounds and doesn’t have elite straight line speed as evidenced by his 4.53 40 yard dash time. However, he is very quick, has great hands, and it takes a special player to be the go-to guy for his team on offense and as a special teams ace. He does that for Toledo, and that is why he is a quality 2013 NFL prospect.
Mike Vandermeulen, OT, Toledo: I don’t know a whole lot about Vandermeulen (other than the fact that he has a pretty awesome name) but he is a lesser known offensive tackle prospect for Toledo. I’m not sure if he has draftable ability beyond late round consideration but he has NFL size at 6’7”, 304 pounds and has enough athleticism to project to the tackle position. I’m not sure he will be able to stick at LT as of now, but I think he has enough ability to play on the right side. He has long arms which helps and doesn’t seem to be a waist bender and has solid fundamentals. Obviously he could stand to get stronger and add weight to his frame which would help him stop bull rushers and would help him create a more substantial push in the run game. Because he is so tall he has issues with leverage which hurts him, but that can be improved to some degree with coaching. I don’t think he will end up at the East-West Shrine Game, but he seems like a possible Texas vs. the Nation candidate.
Desmond Marrow, S, Toledo: Marrow stuck out to me as a very impressive tackler and while he lined up at CB more than he did at safety in this one I think his upside is higher at safety. He has NFL size at 6’2”, 210 pounds and because of his impressive tackling I think he warrants UDFA consideration without a doubt. He may not get drafted though he does have a solid 4.54 40 yard dash time as well as 83 total tackles (51 solo), 1.5 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 3 interceptions and a staggering 15 pass break-ups. He’s not an elite prospect by any means, but he can be a valuable special teamer and I think he can develop into a pretty reliable back-up safety with time and coaching.
Tim Jefferson, QB, Air Force: Jefferson isn’t much of a NFL Draft prospect at QB as he stands only 6’0” tall, though he does weigh a solid 205 pounds. He ran the option at Air Force but demonstrated some ability to pass the ball in this game showing quality arm strength but struggling with ball placement as many option quarterbacks tend to do. However, he produced over 2,000 yards of total offense this year as well as 25 touchdowns (14 passing, 11 rushing) and may be of some value as a running back in the NFL. I think he may end up in a lower level league such as the CFL, UFL or perhaps even the AFL. But he did lead Air Force to four straight bowl games which is something very few quarterbacks can say. If he’s going to stick on a NFL roster it will be as a UDFA, but he showed enough ability to warrant a mention in my prospect recap, so that’s something!