2011 NFL Draft Prospects: The San Diego State Aztecs

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 20: Wide receiver Vincent Brown #80 of the San Diego State Aztecs celebrates after his first touchdown of the game on a ten yard reception in the first quarter against the Utah Utes at Qualcomm Stadium on November 20 2010 in San Diego California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

When the San Diego State Aztecs held their Pro Day on March 24st, eight of their players were there to showcase their readiness for the NFL teams.  Representatives from 17 teams were on hand to see what they could do including San Diego Chargers HC Norv Turner and Carolina Panthers HC Ron Rivera.  Several of those eight players were able to impress a number of those teams.  And two were impressive, being able to improve their overall performance expectations and raise their draft status to a higher level.

Those were wideouts Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson.  

Vincent Brown, 6' 195 lb WR who has averaged over 100 yards per game the past two years.  While not a big guy this player can find a way to get open and make the catch.  This season he had 69 receptions averaging 19.6 yards, putting up 1,352 yards on the year.  Brown had a good outing on SDSU's Pro Day.   He turned in 4.50 and 4.53 on the 40, which were both big improvements over his time at the combine.  NFLDraftScout.com has him ranked 15 of 293 wide receivers, and he is mentioned as a third round by most, including NFLdraft101.com.   

DeMarco Sampson, a 6' 2" 204 WR, saw his draft stock rise dramatically at SDSU's Pro Day last month.  He turned in times of 4.41 and 4.46 seconds in the 40,  jumped a respectable 35½ inches in the vertical jump, and caught every pass coming his way.   Combining his recent performance along with a good profile and you have the makings of a potential NFL draftee this week.  Exactly how it will all play out comes down to the teams that have turned in their assessment of the Aztec, with some thinking he will go as a late-round pick and others saying he will be a free agent.

 

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