Top Sun Belt Draft Prospects
By BJ Bennett
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The top five NFL Draft prospects in the Sun Belt Conference.
1. Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy -- Garcia is an impressive athlete at tackle, a prospect with good mobility and quickness. He recorded a 31-inch vertical leap at the NFL Combine, the second-best measure of any offensive lineman. In addition to his physical upside, Garcia has been a proven producer with 42 career starts on his college resume. As a senior, he led a Trojan front that gave up the fewest sacks, eight in 13 games, in all of the FBS.
2. Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama -- Over the past two years, Everett caught 90 passes for 1,292 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Jaguars. His quickness helps him find seams in coverage and he is a matchup problem for any linebacker in space. Everett, formerly of UAB, is still evolving as a football player as he played just one season on the gridiron in high school; there remains untapped potential.
3. Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State -- After 222 career receptions for 3,391 yards, Davis has a college resume few prospects can match. He is the Panthers' all-time leading receiver, besting current Kansas City wideout Albert Wilson. Additionally, the measurables are in place as Davis stood 6'3'', 220 pounds at the NFL Combine, running a 4.44 forty yard dash and reaching 41 inches on the vertical leap.
4. Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana -- The dual-threat talent ranks in the top 20 in college football history in career yards from scrimmage with a remarkable 5,695. McGuire's versatility, 130 career receptions with the Ragin' Cajuns, could prove especially-important at the next level. At 5'11'', 209 pounds, he was clocked at 4.52 in the forty yard dash at the NFL Combine.
5. Austin Rehkow, K/P, Idaho -- A four-year starter, Rehkow averaged over 45.8 yards per punt on 225 career boots and ranked in the national top seven in yards per kick his first three seasons, leading college football in punting as a freshman. Rehkow, who converted a 67-yard field goal in high school, made 70 total field goals for the Vandals.