Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Draft Musings

The CBS Sports website has posted updated position rankings in anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft and Dartmouth has two of the nine Ivy League players who are ranked. (NFL Draft Rankings)

Flo Orimolade is ranked as the No. 27 inside linebacker prospect out of 46 ranked. Behind him are players from Arizona State, Colorado, Penn State, UCLA, Missouri and Kansas State, among others. Conversely, listed ahead of him are players from Lindenwood and British Columbia's Simon Fraser.

Charlie Miller is ranked the No. 28 free safety prospect. He's listed ahead of players from North Carolina, Arizona, South Carolina and Pitt. Conversely, he's behind New Hampshire's Casey DeAndrade.

Here's the entire list of Ivy Leaguer's listed, from highest-to-lowest:

• No. 4 fullback – Anthony Firkser, Harvard

• No. 9 punter – Chris Fraser, Cornell

• No. 16 quarterback – Alek Torgersen, Penn

• No. 27 inside linebacker – Folarin Orimolade, Dartmouth

• No. 28 free safety – Charlie Miller, Dartmouth

• No. 28 strong safety – Dorian Williams, Princeton

• No. 32 offensive tackle – Max Rich, Harvard

• No. 45 strong safety – Sean Ahern, Harvard

• No. 135 wide receiver – Alex Jette, Brown

The only players on the list projected as potential draft picks are Firkser (seventh round or free agent) and Torgersen (seventh round or free agent).

The site lists Miller with a 4.45 in the 40 and Orimolade with a 4.76.
If Firkser happens to make the NFL, he would join a group of three other former Harvard tight ends/H-backs who played in the NFL last fall. Astonishingly, all three were on the Crimson roster at the same time. Kyle Jusczyk '13 played last fall for the Ravens, Cameron Brate '15 for the Buccaneers and Ben Braunecker '16 for the Chicago Bears.
The Ivy League has become an NFL breeding ground for the H-back/fullback/tight end positions. In addition to the three Harvard players at H-back last fall, Penn's Ryan O'Malley saw action at tight end for the Raiders, Brown's James Develin was a true fullback for the Patriots and Princeton's Seth DeValve was a tight end with the Browns.

Interestingly, the last Dartmouth player chosen in the draft was Casey Cramer '04, a tight end drafted by the Buccaneers as a fullback/H-back. Also chosen by the Bucs that fall? Yale tight end Nate Lawrie.

Green Alert Take: If I'm an Ivy League recruiter, I know what angle I'm going to pitch to promising high school tight ends ;-)

For what it's worth, the Patriot League has four players listed by CBS in its draft projections:

• No. 12 offensive tackle –  Julie'n Davenport, Bucknell (fourth round)

• No. 34 tight end – Phazahn Odom, Fordham

• No. 69 defensive end – Josh Klecko, Fordham

• No. 43 free safety – Jihaad Pretlow, Fordham