Rooting for the underdog is human nature.
One of the biggest underdogs heading into the 2013 NFL Draft is Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet, who could prove to be the top unheralded prospect of this incoming draft class when all is said and done. Based on his talent level, he deserves to be rooted for.
Stony Brook University has yet to see one of its alumni get drafted into the ranks of the NFL, but the 5’9’’, 209-pound Maysonet could change that. The dynamic runner has the physical tools to be a feature back at the next level; the only question is whether or not he’ll ever get that opportunity.
Before we go any further, though, let’s delve deeper into those aforementioned physical tools.
What Maysonet brings to the table is a well-rounded assault, spurred by athleticism and tenacity. While Maysonet shows plenty of flash and speed, he also possesses the strength, low center of gravity, and violent running style that help him fall forward and pick up yards after contact. When he does get into the open field, he uses his agility and elusiveness to make defenders miss and move the chains with ease. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a hurdle every once in a while.
The special aspect of Maysonet’s game is his vision at the line of scrimmage. The Stony Brook product displays impeccable patience, waiting for a glimpse of daylight. When the running lane finally presents itself, he shows the elite burst and the ability to get skinny needed to get through the first level and into the secondary. Especially since the Seawolves ran a zone-blocking scheme, Maysonet was expected to find the hole and explode. He did just that, which is why he ended his senior campaign as the most productive runner in school history.
During his senior season, Maysonet ran for almost 2,000 yards while finding the end zone 23 times. He vaulted himself into the ranks of the FCS elite and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award – given to the FCS’ top player. On top of offering game-breaking talents from the running back spot, he also has the potential to create sparks as a returner. Overall, Maysonet is a versatile, reliable runner whose talent deserves the respect of a full load.
With an NFL career on the horizon, Maysonet must now prove that he can maintain his health and translate his small-school production to the professional level. One club or another will take notice and spend a late-round pick on the FCS stud.
Last year, Daryl Richardson was the needle-in-the-haystack, small-school prospect that made an immediate mark on the NFL. This year, Maysonet is primed to inherit that role.