With the NFL draft weekend upon us college stars will make the jump to the next level to play at the highest level of football in the world. Massachusetts has several ties to the 2017 NFL draft as Obi Melifonwu out of UConn has been climbing teams’ draft boards while BC, UNH and Harvard all have players who could potentially hear their name called later in the weekend. With the 2017 recruiting class in the books, and with many prospects going to some high profile schools, we wonder who could potentially have the skill and talent to play at the next level.
- Alex Marshall – The Florida State bound tight end prospect has the making of a truly elite player at the power 5 level and he has all the tools to take his game beyond the college level. With a huge athletic frame it could be Marshall hearing his name called at the NFL Draft in the future.
- Dallas Hobbs – The Washington State defensive end has pedigree as his father played for Iowa and his play on the field as an aggressive pass rusher stands out. Hobbs is a tremendous talent and will be a great pass rusher for the Cougars over the next few years.
- Noah Gray – A Duke Blue Devil commit Gray played quarterback for most of his high school career showing how he is an elite athlete. At Duke Gray will be a receiver or tight end that could prove to be an elite weapon in Durham and could develop into a top level talent that would draw interest from the NFL.
- Cal Flanders – An explosive pass rusher who has helped Xaverian Brothers to a state championship and to a championship runner-up season last fall. A Brown University commit Flanders is just scratching the surface of his potential as a defensive end that would fit into an NFL defensive system very well.
- Ryan Reagan – Harvard has a history of getting tight ends to the NFL and Reagan could be the next great one in that line. A physical presence who dominated in both football and basketball Reagan will be a weapon for the Crimson offense and has the size and skill to be attractive to the NFL.