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Fizz Five: Top 5 Syracuse Players with NFL Potential

Projecting the careers of these Orange hopefuls.

The Orange is hold its pro day at the Ensley Athletic Center. There are no slam dunk NFL players on the roster. But there is some potential pro talent – we take a look at the five players for NFL personnel to scout.

  1. OT Sean Hickey: He has all the makings of a long-time contributor along an offensive line in the league. He’s only projected as a 5th round pick, but is expected to make a move from tackle to guard. Guards deal with the interior of the line and Hickey won’t have to worry about massive edge rushers. His strengths come in the form of fundamentals, which is why he has a pro future. He is great on his feet and has a high football IQ. He also is able to read defenses well before the snap. He does however need to improve on his strength if he wants to play the tackle position moving on. Hickey has the intangibles to be a solid NFL offensive lineman but will need to hit the weigh room to separate him from the competition. Expect a lot of eyes to be on the PA native at pro day.
  1. Durell Eskridge: Eskridge will be benefited by his leadership and football instincts. He’s projected to be selected somewhere in the middle rounds. Eskridge decided to forgo his senior year and enter the draft, the only player to make that move on SU. Mel Kiper Jr. suggests Eskridge staying for his 5th year could have raised his draft stock. Eskridge finished with 68 tackles and was one of the leaders on the defensive side of the ball. A report has mentioned that the Giants have expressed interest in Eskridge, a team who clearly likes SU players. Maybe Eskridge becomes a depth guy in a team’s secondary.
  1. Dyshawn Davis: Durability and power is what Davis brings. The hard-hitting linebacker played in almost every game during his career and finished with a career-high 71 tackles in his senior season. Again, looking at a depth guy for a defense in the league. Some draft boards have Davis as a top-20 linebacker, which could translate into a late round draft selection. Since he did not attend the NFL Combine, pro day will be a chance for Davis to impress scouts in attendance.
  1. Cameron Lynch: He has great instincts but the issue is his size. Will be enough of an obstacle for scouts to overlook him? Might be a practice squad guy, a potential undrafted rookie free agent. He will likely get an opportunity with an NFL team for a tryout.
  1. Jarrod West: West can argue he’s still getting better, but could benefit the most from a solid pro day. The Bethlehem product has improved every year at SU, yet did not take the breakout step many expected him to take going into 2014. He does have the physical attributes to be a late round pick but will need to turn some scouts’ heads for that to happen. He finished the 2014 season with 43 receptions and 700 receiving yards. More than likely West looks at CFL or Arena league for a paycheck after SU.

Posted: Zephan Mayell

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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