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Oregon St. Beavers football: Top 5 NFL prospects from 2012 roster

Who Will Play On Sunday’s From OSU

Over the years being a Beaver has been a great thing to put on an NFL resume. The OSU Beavers have 28 players in the NFL, with guys like Steven Jackson and Stephen Paea gracing the gridiron.

And while the program has struggled over the last couple of years, there are plenty of standout players at OSU—many of which make legit NFL prospects.

Here’s the top five players at OSU with NFL hopes.

Some won’t be ready by years end, but if they continue to develop they can easily be drafted when their time comes.

5. Michael Doctor (MLB), NFL ETA 2014

6’0 and 223 lbs., Michael Doctor is surprisingly agile for an outside linebacker. He uses speed and athleticism to take down opposing players. A big hitter, he knows how to make his tackles.

Last season was a breakout year for Doctor—now a junior. He posted 78 tackles—38 solo—with five tackles for loss. On top of that he had three sacks and a pair of pass deflections and interceptions.

Doctor needs to continue to bulk up if he wants to make it in the NFL. If he can do that—while retaining his speed—he’ll make a great NFL linebacker.

4. Scott Crichton (DE), NFL ETA 2014

Scott Crichton was OSU’s best defensive man last season.

He had 74 total tackles—15 for loss. He lead the team with six sacks, while forcing six fumbles and deflecting three passes. All as a redshirt freshman.

He’s used his early seasons to bulk up while retaining his athleticism. He bowls over O-lines and creates whatever havoc he can in the backfield.

Crichton is one of the best linemen in the Pac-12 with plenty of years to get even better. No way he goes unnoticed in the draft.

markus wheaton

There’s not a pass he can’t get to. He’s Markus Wheaton.

3. Sean Mannion (QB), NFL ETA 2015

If Crichton was the team’s best defensive player last season, than Mannion was the team’s best offensive player—he too was a redshirt freshman.

Mannion threw for over 3,300 yards while completing 64.5% of his passes. He wasn’t made the team’s starter until the third game of the season.

If Mannion continues to get better he could rival Derek Anderson as the best quarterback in OSU history. Anderson was an NFL prospect, so chances are Mannion will be as well.

2. Markus Wheaton (WR), NFL ETA 2013

He’s 6’0 and 182 lbs.. He’s got blazing speed, ridiculous length and a big vertical. There’s not a pass he can’t get to.

He’s Markus Wheaton.

Wheaton had the kind of season that gets scout’s heads turning. He had 986 yards on 73 catches—averaging 82.2 yards per game. He was a beast on reversal players, averaging 7.6 yards per carry.

Wheaton’s talents go unnoticed because of the programs recent struggles, but he really is a phenomenal wide receiver. No doubt he breaks 1,000 yards this season. If he does that, he’ll be a sure fire NFL prospect.

1. Jordan Poyer (CB), NFL ETA 2013

Seen by many as one of the top corners in the country, Jordan Poyer is everything you want from a cover man. He’s got athleticism, speed, instincts and awareness.

Poyer has been a standout player through his three seasons, but he really stuck out in 2011.

He made 57 tackles—35 solo. Tacked onto that were 12 pass deflections and four interceptions.

His game doesn’t stop there. Poyer’s a great return man, averaging 22.5 yards in his career on punt and kick returns.

Poyer is a great defensive player with an awesome return game.

He’s received a ton of preseason awards and should be a top defensive player in 2012.

At such a thin position, chances are Poyer goes late first round or early-mid second in the 2013 draft.


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