Now it’s time to look ahead to 2015 and project some draft-eligible Red Raiders who may have a shot in the pros.
LT/LG Le’Raven Clark, junior
He’s only a junior this year, but Le’Raven Clark is far and away the most draft-ready player on the team. He’s got enough size, athleticism and experience to play every position on the line but center, and that’s something pro scouts look for in an offensive lineman. He may or may not opt to enter the draft after this year, but he’s certainly ready for the pros.
WR Bradley Marquez, senior
He’s one of the most versatile athletes on the team and has spent time at all four receiver spots, kick return and even as the holder on field goal units. But Bradley Marquez needs a big senior year as a slot receiver to be considered a serious draft candidate next year. In three seasons as a Red Raider, he’s caught 90 passes for 1045 yards and seven touchdowns. He needs to double that number in 2015.
RB/LB Kenny Williams, senior
At 5-9/225, Kenny Williams isn’t a good pro-linebacker prospect, but he could get another look as a running back. He’s got plenty of size and enough speed to interest scouts as a third-down back, especially since he’s proven himself in the Red Raider passing game. Who knows how much running back Williams plays this fall, but he has a solid-enough resume already.
LB Sam Eguavoen, senior
Middle linebacker Sam Eguavoen is an intriguing pro prospect. He probably doesn’t have enough size to play inside at the pro level, but he’s sneaky fast and loves contact. If he can stand out the way Will Smith did last year, Eguavoen could find a spot on a roster as an outside linebacker for passing situations.