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2021 NFL Draft: Top MAC East Prospects To Watch

Who are the top prospects to watch in the MAC East in 2020? Find out who Craig Forrestal believes are must watch players.

By Craig Forrestal

The following list contains the Top MAC East Prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. These prospects are listed in no particular order but should all be getting NFL attention early this fall. The MAC East is made up of Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (OH) and Ohio.

  • Dustin Crum-QB-Kent State
  • Listed at 6’3 and 201 on the school website
  • Hometown: Grafton, Ohio

Crum is a dual-threat QB who had a breakout 2019 season where he guided Kent State to its first bowl win in program history. In the bowl game, he was named Offensive MVP of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (289 yards TD passing, 147 yards, TD rushing). Crum completed 217 passes for 2625 yards and 20 Tds with only 2 INTs in the 2019 season and added 707 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs. Crum played baseball and basketball as well in high school.

  • Kholbe Coleman-LB-Bowling Green
  • Listed at 6ft and 220 on the school website
  • Hometown: Hoover, Alabama 

Coleman will enter 2020 as a 2-year starter at LB for the Falcons after posting 103 tackles in 2019. Those team-leading 103 tackles were good enough to land Coleman a 3rd Team All-MAC designation. He has 194 career tackles with 173 coming over the last 2 seasons. Coleman had a 17% pressure rate in 2019. His father played football at UAB.

  • Quintin Morris-TE-Bowling Green
  • Listed at 6’4 and 248 on the school website
  • Hometown: Richmond, Texas

Morris enters 2020 having started 23 games for Bowling Green. In 2018, Morris totaled 42 catches for 516 yards and 7 TDs. Morris followed that up with an All-MAC selection and 55 catches for 649 yards and 4 TDs. Morris is still learning the TE position as he originally played WR at Bowling Green. Even though he is a former WR Morris is a capable and willing run blocker. He played basketball in high school averaging 12 points as a junior and senior. 

  • Jaret Patterson-RB-Buffalo
  • Listed at 5’9 and 195 on the school website
  • Hometown: Glendale, Maryland 

Patterson is a shifty and slippery RB that will only be a junior in 2020 but is coming off a school-record 1799 rushing yards in 2019 and posted 1013 rushing yards as a freshman. He is not the fastest or most explosive RB prospect in this class but he is flat-out good. He is able to gain solid yardage after contact. He is a 2x All-MAC performer. His twin brother, James, is a LB for the Buffalo Bulls.

  • Malcolm Koonce-EDGE-Buffalo
  • Listed at 6’3 and 250 on the school website
  • Hometown: Peekskill, New York

Koonce led the Mid-American Conference in sacks in 2019 while experiencing his breakout college season. He was able to add an All-MAC selection in 2019. He also played rugby in high school. Koonce logged 9 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in 2019. He and Taylor Riggins form one of the best EDGE combinations in the country. Koonce was named Defensive MVP of the Bahamas Bowl after recording 2 sacks, 5 tackles and 1 forced fumble.

  • Taylor Riggins-EDGE-Buffalo 
  • Listed at 6’2 and 255 on the school website
  • Hometown: Webster, New York

Riggins was recognized as an All-MAC defensive end who ranked second in the conference in sacks in 2019 with 8.5. He transferred from Massachusetts. In 2019, he had 50 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 3 fumble recoveries. Riggins also played basketball in high school.

  • Keith Woetzel-LB-Buffalo
  • Listed at 6ft and 225 on the Lehigh website
  • Hometown: Wycliffe, New Jersey

Woetzel enters the Buffalo Bulls program as an FCS grad transfer from Lehigh with an impeccable resume. He led Lehigh in tackles for 3 straight seasons; posting 89 in 2017, 89 in 2018 and 118 in 2019. His 2019 season included 17.5 tackles for loss and a Lehigh record 12 sacks. 2019 1st Team All-Patriot League and 3rd Team FCS All-American. Finalist for the 2019 Buck Buchanan Award which is awarded to the top defensive player in the FCS. He also played lacrosse and basketball growing up.

  • Kayode Awosika-OT-Buffalo
  • Listed at 6’5 and 305 on the school website
  • Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota 

Awosika will enter 2020 with 25 career starts at RT. Awosika helped block for an offense that rushed for a school-record 3,256 yards and allowed a program-low eight sacks in 2019. Named an All-MAC 2nd Team performer in 2019. His 247 Sports recruiting profile shows 13 scholarship offers including Hawaii, Iowa State, Nevada and Wyoming. He is a solid run blocker that sets well in pass protection with a good punch. 

  • Tyrone Hill-S-Buffalo
  • Listed at 6’1 and 205 on the school website
  • Hometown: Passaic, New Jersey

Hill is an All-MAC safety who worked his way into the starting lineup in 2018. He had a 93-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Troy in the 2018 Dollar General Bowl. He led the team with 10 pass breakups in 2019. Hill ranked third on the team with 70 tackles. 

  • Tommy Doyle-OT-Miami (OH)
  • Listed at 6’8 and 325 on the school website 
  • Hometown: Edina, Minnesota 

Doyle is a 2019 1st Team All-MAC performer who has started at RT and LT. He played hockey in high school and both of his parents played sports at the University of Minnesota. He is most effective in the run game where a mean streak pokes through. 

  • Danny Godlevske-C-Miami (OH)
  • Listed at 6’3 and 296 on the school website
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana 

Godlevske will be a four-year starter in 2020 and is a 2x All-MAC honoree. He has 36 career starts. Godlevske has found himself on the Rimington list 3x’s; the Rimington Trophy goes to the best C in the country. Godlevske is praised for his leadership skills.

  • Manny Rugamba-CB-Miami (OH)
  • Listed at 5’11 and 190 on the school website
  • Hometown: Naperville, Illinois 

Rugamba was the 2019 MAC Championship Game Defensive Player of the Game and a 3rd Team All-MAC athlete. He started his college career at Iowa and transferred after 2 seasons. He had an INT against Michigan in 2016 while he was a true freshman at Iowa to set up an upset victory for Iowa. Rugamba recorded 112 catches as a senior in high school. He finished the 2019 season with 85 tackles. Fun fact: Rugamba’s first college game for the Iowa football program was against Miami (OH) and his first game as a member of the Miami (OH) football team was against Iowa.

  • Mike Brown-S-Miami (OH)
  • Listed at 6’1 and 214 on the school website
  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Brown enters the 2020 season with 23 career starts. He had 3 INT and returned 2 for TDs, which tied for the most interception return touchdowns in the nation during the 2019 season. He logged 58 tackles in 2018 and 56 tackles in 2019. His brother played DE at Grand Valley State University. Brown uses his hands well in coverage, never losing the feel for the receiver. 

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