Published On January 10, 2015 | News
The season is over. I repeat the season is over. For a lucky few however the work now kicks into overdrive. The draft is around the corner and players are now focused on one thing, draft weekend. Rick Wright of the Albuquerque Journal was kind enough to share some of his thoughts on the University of New Mexico football team. Below are some of his sobering thoughts.
OL Jamal Price (6-6, 330) is the one guy with the measurables and the performance that would attract NFL player personnel types. He’s quick and agile, had an excellent senior year, but I have no idea how fast he runs the 40 or how many times he can bench 225.
Center LaMar Bratton (6-0, 297) is undersized but plays with technique and leverage and has all the intangibles — an intelligent kid and a born leader. A first-team all-Mountain West pick. Unless his Pro Day is a disaster, I’m guessing he’ll get a look from someone.
OLB Javarie Johnson was a four-star recruit out of high school, has an NFL physique (6-4, 248) and is probably fast enough. But for whatever reason, he was never an outstanding player — didn’t start as a senior except when injuries dictated.
RB Crusoe Gongbay (5-11, 202) is a tough between-the-tackles runner with some elusiveness but probably isn’t fast enough. He missed the last seven games of the season with a midfoot injury.
WR Tyler Duncan (6-0 195) didn’t catch a lot of passes — nobody did in UNM’s offense — but he became the designated deep threat and might get a look if he works out well.
ILB Trajuan Briggs (5-11, 230) might be a wild card. He transferred from Cal as a running back, didn’t like his chances there and moved to linebacker, where he played behind more experienced guys. Strong and fast, though.
DE Brett Bowers (6-2, 280) didn’t excel here at an NFL level but was hampered by injuries. Again, it might come down to his Pro Day.
S David Guthrie (5-9, 204) has speed, hits like a truck and loves to play. Yet, he wasn’t an all-conference caliber player.
OLB Tevin Newman (6-1, 210) quietly had an outstanding senior year and might be a a prospect if he were 20 pounds heavier. Unfortunately, he’s not.
Although there were no true standouts or players that make you say wow it is all about getting on the right team and filling a need. Keep this name on hand. Be sure to follow Rick on twitter @Burquerick and at the Albuquerque Journal.