MAC: 5 Wide Receivers Who Can Make Some Noise In 2014 NFL Draft
5 MAC Wide Receivers That Could Be Playing On Sundays
The MAC is known to have some of the best offensive attacks in the nation. In 2013, the conference had two teams that were in the top 15 statistically in both rushing (Northern Illinois) and passing categories (Ball State). The conference has continued to develop year after year and is starting to churn out NFL players on a consistent basis.
The reason for the success of the conference has been the quality coaches that have migrated to this stellar league. Coaches such as Terry Bowden (Akron) , Frank Solich (Ohio), Dave Clausen (Bowling Green), Pete Lembo (Ball State), Rod Carey (Northern Illinois) and Matt Campbell (Toledo) are bringing in quality players on the recruiting trail.
While the league doesn’t get the media attention as the other conferences, the MAC has been able to match up with the big boys. Northern Illinois was able to defeat two Big 10 teams on the road this season (Iowa, Purdue) and Ball State was able to knock off ACC opponent Virginia in Charlottesville.
Quarterback play in the MAC has been superb this season. Jordan Lynch (45 touchdowns) and Keith Wenning (34 touchdowns) have led their respective teams to impressive records and can make a statement come draft time.
Teams like Buffalo and Bowling Green have been among the league’s best defensive units and are very physical in their defensive style of play. As the bowl season approaches, they will be two teams to keep an eye on come December.
As MAC seniors prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft this off season, these five MAC wide receivers can make a splash come draft time.
Dri Archer-WR/RB Kent State
Listed as a running back, Dri Archer will make an impact as a WR in the NFL. Listed as a preseason Heisman hopeful, Archer battled injuries throughout 2013. For the season, he was still able to manage 25 receptions for 327 yards and four touchdowns. He has break away speed and is in the mold of wide receiver T.Y Hilton.
Bernard Reedy WR-Toledo
Bernard Reedy has great speed and hands. In 2013, he had 62 receptions for 840 yards and eight touchdowns.
Shaun Joplin-WR Bowling Green
Shaun Joplin had a very productive year in 2013. For the season, he had 48 receptions for 822 yards and three touchdowns.
Alex Neutz-WR Buffalo
Alex Neutz has good size at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. In 2013, he had 58 receptions for 947 yards and 11 touchdowns. He led the team in receptions and will be a solid possession receiver in the NFL.
Jamill Smith-WR Ball State Cardinals
Jamill Smith was a main component of the Cardinals passing attack. One of quarterback Keith Wenning's favorite targets, Smith had 63 receptions for 855 yards and eight touchdowns.