5 injured college players that will make a huge impact in the NFL in 2014
Published by: Trevon – Newest NFL Draft Diamonds contributor
While the severity of these player injuries varies greatly each of the players listed were showing great promise before injuries hindered or ended their season. All of these players possess amazing fundamentals both cerebral and physically. The extent of their recovery will determine their success but I don’t doubt the ability of any of them.
Vinny Sunseri, SS, Alabama: He has been greatly overshadowed by the other talent on Alabama’s roster. He is a very cerebral player. A lot of his success came from being in the right spot which attests to his instincts as well as his discipline. He plays very sound football and is a solid tackler. His ACL injury may hamper his explosiveness but this is a guy you can trust in your secondary.
Dominique Easley DE/DT Florida: His ability to collapse the pocket on a consistent basis was second to none this year prior to his injury . He disrupted the timing of run plays tremendously and opened up holes for his LB’s. His ability to make plays at DE and DT made him a key contributor to the gators defense. Once he went down with an injury his presence was missed greatly. He exhibits a great bull rush, spin move, swim, and rip move. Since he plays good technique I don’t think his injury will affect him that much. He can beat lineman with athleticism, as he combines his speed, strength and technique with good leverage.
Morgan Breslin, OLB, USC: He wasn’t given as much credit as he deserved in the Pac 12 due to the pass rushers that have been there the past couple of years. Guys such as Carl Bradford, Anthony Barr, Trent Murphy, Dion Jordan, Datone Jones, and Scott Crichton, have overshadowed him. He has good burst off of the line and has deceptive power for his size.
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: First game of the year vs Alabama he absolutely blanketed Amari Cooper. This game he was all over the place, exhibiting run support and excellent coverage. He is a major reason Virginia Tech’s defense was so dominant this season. Although his numbers tailed off the later part of the season he is still in the top 10 corners of CFB this year.
Antoine Exum, CB, Virginia Tech: His plethora of injuries hampered his season tremendously. He is an excellent run support corner when he and Kyle Fuller were healthy to me they were the best corner back tandem in the nation. Exum is a rather large corner who can bring the boom as long as he can stay healthy. He can be a versatile playmaker since he has spent time at the safety and corner spot.