Top Ten Smallest NFL Prospects of 2014
Which Small College Players Could Have NFL Careers Ahead of Them?
2014 NFL Off-Season
Size, as we all know, is critical in the NFL. Yesterday, we took a look at some boys who could give The Mountain (I can’t be the only Game of Thrones fan here, y’all) a run for his money. Today, we’re flipping to the opposite side of the coin and checking out the top ten smallest NFL prospects to watch in 2014. While a lot of these guys won’t actually get drafted due to their size, they’ll certainly be interesting to watch this college football season.
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1. Jakeem Grant, a 5’6, 160 lb junior WR (and sometime-kickoff returner) for Texas Tech, had 65 catches last year. Grant can dodge just about any defender, using his small stature and quickness to his advantage.
2. Shane Williams-Rhodes, who functions as both a wideout and a PR for Boise State, is a 5’6, 160 lb junior. Williams-Rhodes, who evades tackles like a champ, averaged an impressive 14.6 yards per punt return in 2013.
3. Shane Wynn, a 5’7, 167 lb senior WR for the Indiana Hoosiers, had 11 TDs during the 2013 season (more than now-pro teammate Cody Latimer, it should be noted). Wynn is likely to become IU’s leading receiver during the upcoming season and could have a breakout year.
4. Senior Damiere Byrd, who happens to be one of the fastest guys in all of the SEC, stands 5’9 and 166 lbs. Byrd was the South Carolina Gamecocks' No. 2 receiver last year, but with Bruce Ellington in the NFL, Byrd will likely lead the way during the 2014 season.
5. Kermit Whitfield, Florida State's 5’7, 184 lb sophomore wideout, averaged an NCAA-high 36.4 yards per kickoff return during the 2013 year. If Whitfield can hone his receiving skills, he could be a major factor for the ‘Noles in 2014.
6. Carlos Wiggins, a 5’8, 157 lb WR and kickoff return phenom, out of the University of New Mexico, led the NCAA in kickoff return yardage during the 2013 season. Wiggins amassed 1,303 yards and made it into the end zone 3 times on kickoffs alone.
7. Jaylen Walton, Ole Miss's 5’8, 166 lb junior running back is one of the fastest backs in college football’s fiercest conference. In 2013, Walton had 6 TDs and served as an excellent kick-off specialist, gaining 515 yards on 25 returns.
8. Senior Jamison Crowder, is a 5’9, 175 lb PR and WR for the Duke Blue Devils. Crowder amassed 1,360 receiving yards (plus 8 TDs) and 401 punt return yards during the 2013 year. Look for Crowder to continue to put-up solid numbers in 2014.
9. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State's 5’11, 175 lb senior WR, had 81 catches for 1,262 yards during the 2013 season. Lockett had notable games against both Texas and Oklahoma and is being seriously looked at by NFL scouts around the league.
10. Travis Green, Bowling Green's starting RB, clocks-in at 5’10 and 181 lbs. Last season, Green set a school record when he rushed for 1,594 yards. Green also racked-up 11 TDs and 18 catches out of the backfield.