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Senior Bowl Roster Shaping Up, Features Several Intriguing Small School Draft Prospects

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The Senior Bowl is widely known for being one of the best platforms for NFL Draft hopefuls. NFL teams practically send their entire scouting departments to Mobile, AL with the intent of watching, breaking down, analyzing, and interviewing prospects.

One of the best aspects of the Senior Bowl is that they don’t limit the participants to only BCS studs. Prospects come in all shapes and sizes, from powerhouses like Alabama to practically unheard of programs like Harding University of Division II.

This year’s roster is shaping up, and it once again features some intriguing small school studs.

Joe Don Duncan (Dixie State) is a tight end to keep an eye on; he’s big and athletic and is a red zone beast.  Kadeem Edwards (Tennessee State) is a guard with good mobility and decent size, and could be a good fit in a zone-blocking scheme at the next level. Defensive tackle Caraun Reid (Princeton) is a very quick, penetrating prospect who can get up field; he has the skills necessary to play 3-tech very well on Sundays.

Georgia Southern is sending two prospects, running back Jerick McKinnon and cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks. McKinnon is undersized at 5-foot 9, but he packs a punch in his small frame and has been a model of consistency the last few years. Westbrooks has a good blend of size, speed and production, and could really boost his stock by playing well against some of the very talented wide receivers in the game.

There will be more small school prospects trickling in as the rosters continue shaping up, but so far, you have to be excited.

What’s so good about this game for small school guys is that they finally have an opportunity to play against the guys from the big time programs and prove they’re on the same level, despite having played against regularly inferior opponents. We’ll get to see how Westbrooks covers guys like Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt), Cody Hoffman (BYU) and Jason Abbrederis (Wisconsin). We’ll get to see how Edwards does trying to block guys like DaQuan Jones (Penn State) and Daniel McCullers (Tennessee). We’ll see how well Reid does shedding blocks from Travis Swanson (Arkansas) and Chris Watt (Notre Dame).  What’s not to love about this?

Some more small school guys who could be getting the invite soon are Walt Aikens (CB, Liberty), Robert Armstrong (WR, Texas A&M-Kingsville), Terrance Cobb (RB, Cumberlands), Romelle Jones (DT, South Alabama) and William Turner (OT, North Dakota State).

Rick Stavig is an NFL Draft Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @rickstavig or add him to your network on Google+.

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