The NFL Draft, in Chicago for the first time, is fast approaching. There are a few strong prospects from the colleges in the DC area. Let’s take a look at the top NFL prospects coming from DC area colleges.
Kevin White, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
The top NFL prospect in the region hails from West Virginia University. Kevin White is tremendous blend of size, speed, and ability at the wide receiver. White is almost six foot three inches tall, and he ran a 4.35 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. The last receiver to have similar 40 yard dash numbers at that height was Calvin Johnson. Kevin White also was strong with all of his agility and leaping drills, and had 23 reps on the bench press. This kid is an athletic beast who could light up the NFL in a big way. He is expected to be a top ten draft pick.
Eli Harold, Outside Linebacker, Virginia
Harold is an effective pass rusher who would be a good fit for a 3/4 defensive scheme. Strong and agile, he doesn’t lack for coverage in space which will be required of him. If he can add weight he could be a dominant pass rusher on the line of scrimmage. Harold projects to be picked in the late first round or early second round.
Stefon Diggs, Wide Receiver, Maryland
Stefon Diggs was a productive player at Maryland and their best player for the past couple of years. He projects to be a slot receiver in the NFL due to his smaller size. Diggs can be electric with the ball in his hands. He will also see time as a kick returner in the NFL. Diggs will go later in the draft but could be productive at the next level.
Anthony Harris, Safety, Virginia
Despite having a rough season, Virginia is producing NFL Draft-worthy talent. Safety Anthony Harris is the next player from the Cavalier defense who will likely be drafted. He has coverage skills and great football instincts, but he lacks size to rush the line. If he can add some bulk to his frame, he could return to his college position of strong safety, but he will likely be a free safety and look to make teams in special teams. Harris will be a late round pick.
Quinton Spain, Guard, West Virginia
Quinton Spain is a massive man. At over 6’ 4” and 330 lbs. he has prototype size to be on an NFL offensive line. He proved to be durable at West Virginia and never missed a game in his career as a Mountaineer. He will have to prove that he is more than just a massive man at the NFL level. Spain projects to be a late round pick.