2015 NFL Draft: 5 Most Intriguing Defensive Prospects From MAC

5 Most Intriguing Defensive Draft Prospects from the MAC

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In the 2014 NFL Draft, the MAC produced two first-round picks on defense. Khalil Mack was selected fifth overall and Jimmie Ward was taken 30th. While the conference isn't likely to repeat that feat, several players are worthy of a pick. Here are five defensive players to keep an eye on.

5. Antwan Crutcher (DT-Ohio)

Antwan Crutcher Ohio
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5. Antwan Crutcher (DT-Ohio)

Antwan Crutcher Ohio
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As a nose guard in Frank Solich's defense, Crutcher's performance cannot be measured by statistics. He commands a double team more often than not, allowing teammates to rack up the statistics. Despite the attention from offensive linemen, Crutcher made a career-best 50 tackles last season. Although his numbers won't stand out, Crutcher is a potential late-round pick.

4. Jordan Haden (FS-Toledo)

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4. Jordan Haden (FS-Toledo)

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Jordan is the younger brother of Cleveland Browns corner Joe Haden. This relationship alone makes him an interesting prospect. Like Joe, Jordan decided to play for the Florida Gators coming out of high school. He didn't see the field and transferred to Toledo. He's seen the majority of his snaps at corner but is expected to start at free safety in 2014. Any team drafting Jordan will be doing so based on the potential of what Joe has accomplished.

3. Kent Kern (ILB-Miami Ohio)

Kent Kern Miami
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3. Kent Kern (ILB-Miami Ohio)

Kent Kern Miami
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In his first year as a starter, Kent Kern led the Redhawks in tackles with 98. This season, he will look to hit triple digits for a team that failed to win a game in 2013. Only a junior, Kern will have two years to add to his tackle numbers and take on more of a leadership role for Miami. Kern is likely to find a role in the NFL as a special teams player due to his ability to locate the ball and make the tackle.

2. Dechane Durante (FS-Northern Illinois)

Dechane Durante Northern Illinois
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2. Dechane Durante (FS-Northern Illinois)

Dechane Durante Northern Illinois
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NFL teams have already had a chance to see Dechane Durante in action. When scouting Jimmie Ward for the 2014 draft, it's nearly impossible not to notice Durante. He has size and coverage ability similar to that of 2014 seventh-round pick, Jonathan Dowling. Without the red flags Dowling had, Durante should be picked slightly higher, possibly as high as Round 5.

1. Junior Sylvestre (OLB-Toledo)

Junior Sylvestre Toledo
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1. Junior Sylvestre (OLB-Toledo)

Junior Sylvestre Toledo
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Junior Sylvestre's skill set is very similar to that of former MAC star Khalil Mack. He can rush the passer and drop into coverage just as well as Mack. Although Sylvestre may be as athletic, he's almost three inches and 30 pounds smaller than the fifth overall pick. The measurements alone can be the difference between a first and fifth to sixth-round pick. Sylvestre may end up being more effective as a strong safety in the NFL.


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