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NFL Draft: Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke Headlines 7 Big Ten Prospects in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

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NFL Draft: Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke Headlines 7 Big Ten Prospects in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

2020-01-13 16:58:03


-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Michigan State Spartans quarterback Brian Lewerke. (Image Source: Mike Carter/USA TODAY Sports)

Here’s a snapshot of the seven NFL draft prospects for 2020 from the Big Ten who have accepted an invitation to Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl:

QB Brian Lewerke, Michigan State

Team: American; Number: 14

After a miserable junior season, Lewerke bounced back to set career highs in completion percentage, yards, and yards per attempt, however his accuracy and decision making (also set a career high in INTs) leave a lot to be desired. There are some tools there physically and he’s a good runner, but Lewerke never built on the promise he flashed during a sophomore season when he threw 20 TDs and rushed for 559 yards.  

2019 Stats: 3,079 yards, 7.1 YPA, 59.6 percent, 17 TDs, 13 INTs

WR Darrell Stewart, Michigan State

Team: American; Number: 82

At times, Stewart gave glimpses that he could be among the most exciting players to watch in the Big Ten, as he can make defenders miss with his open-field skills. However, he never did so on a consistent basis and drops are a problem. Too often Stewart doesn’t finish the easy catch. A promising senior season was derailed by injury or maybe he could have earned a spot in the East-West Shrine Game.

2019 Stats: 49 receptions, 697 yards, 14.2 YPC, 4 TDs

TE Rashod Berry, Ohio State

Team: American; Number: 43

You might be asking Rashod, who? Which would be understandable. Berry came to Columbus as a highly-touted defensive end and started his Buckeyes career on that side of the ball before shifting to tight end as a redshirt sophomore. His junior year was his most productive but he fell to third among targeted tight ends in an offense that doesn’t use the position often in the throw game in 2019. Athletically gifted, Berry may have some untapped potential.

2019 Stats: 2 receptions, 20 yards, 10.0 YPC, 0 TDs

TE Nate Wieting, Iowa

Team: American; Number: 89

Iowa has become Tight End U of late, but don’t expect any comparisons to George Kittle or T.J. Hockenson. Considering Iowa’s history and Nate Stanley’s comfort level with using the tight end in the passing offense, Wieting’s lack of production is telling when it comes to his potential as a pass catcher moving forward.    

2019 Stats: 10 receptions, 117 yards, 11.7 YPC, 0 TDs

TE Tyler Mabry, Maryland

Team: National; Number: 81

Easily the most productive of the three tight ends representing the Big Ten in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Mabry nevertheless saw a big dip in his numbers from his time in Buffalo where he combined for 51 grabs as a sophomore and junior. Maryland’s offense wasn’t ideal for showcasing his skills as a pass catcher, so Mabry could be a sleeper heading into the draft process. Keep an eye on him.    

2019 Stats: 13 receptions, 155 yards, 11.9 YPC, 3 TDs

OG Kamaal Seymour, Rutgers

Team: National; Number: 56

Considered by many to be the top NFL prospect on Rutgers heading into the season, Seymour is a late bloomer who didn’t begin playing football until high school. He has excellent length and a good frame, with above average athleticism, as well as quickness for an offensive lineman. If Seymour can add some weight and get stronger he could develop at the next level. A college tackle, he projects more as a guard in the NFL.  

DB Damon Hayes, Rutgers

Team: American; Number: 22

After starting at strong safety as a junior, Hayes shifted back to cornerback during his senior season where he played the most snaps (840) on the team. His experience, versatility, and instincts make him a prospect that scouts are intrigued by. As does his 6’1” length, the type of size NFL teams covet. The fact Rutgers is well known for producing productive defensive backs on a regular basis certainly plays in his favor. Don’t be surprised to see him on special teams for the Patriots next season.

2019 Stats: 28 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, 2 INTs, 7 PDs

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe, Maxwell, Bednarik, and the Rotary Lombardi Awards, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email:                        


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