By Shawn Spencer @Spencer_NFL on August 18, 2014
Several teams in the Sun Belt Conference have recent transfers from the FCS. While the conference may not have any early draft picks in 2015, there are several players working their way into the late rounds. Here are five offensive players hoping to work their way into the draft conversation.
Marboe has started all 36 games of his college career. The reliable center for the Vandals won't show up on any mock drafts, but he has been named to the Rimington Trophy watch list for three consecutive years. Marboe struggled immensely against 2014 draft pick Timmy Jernigan. The Florida State lineman had 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in the game. Marboe needs a strong performance in Week 1 against Florida to be considered in the draft.
Terrance Broadway has been a star for the Ragin' Cajuns since transferring from Houston. He has led UL-Lafayette to two straight New Orleans Bowl titles and will contend for a third this year. Although his rushing numbers were down last year, Broadway remains one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. He likely won't be drafted but will be an asset as a scout team QB due to his mobility.
Darion Griswold is only a junior, but he makes the list based on potential. New head coach Blake Anderson was the offensive coordinator for North Carolina the previous two years. After spending two seasons in Anderson's system, TE Eric Ebron was drafted No. 10 overall. Now Griswold will have the opportunity to play the same role. He's a better blocker than Ebron, but he needs to work on becoming a more polished receiver.
Wes Saxton may be the fastest TE in next year's draft class. His speed causes matchup problems for opposing defenses. In two seasons, Saxton has caught 76 passes for 971 yards. For some reason the Jaguars have not targeted him in the red zone, as he has only one career touchdown. He's currently projected as a fourth-rounder but could move into Round 3 with better red zone production.
Brandon Bridge will take over the starting QB role full-time in 2014 for the Jaguars. He's shown flashes of brilliance at Alcorn State and in sporadic appearances for South Alabama. His size and running ability are reminiscent of Cam Newton. Both are deceptively fast and extremely difficult to tackle. While Newton was drafted No. 1 overall, Bridge needs to be smart with the football and a more consistent passer to be selected in the late rounds.
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