2012 NFL Draft Preview: Maryland

Maryland’s Davin Meggett Appears to Have the Skills Required to Make It in the NFL

Leading up to this month’s NFL Draft, we’ll be taking a look at each ACC‘s school’s prospects and where they’re slated to be chosen. While 43 ACC players were invited to the NFL Draft Combine, those not in attendance also have ample opportunity to hear their name called between April 26 and 28.

Given how terrible Randy Edsall’s squad played last season, it’s amazing any member of the 2011 Maryland Terrapins performed well enough to get draft consideration. Yet, there is one lone Terp primed to be selected: halfback Davin Meggett.

Davin Meggett, RB, Senior

A smaller back, Davin Meggett gets by on raw speed and upper-body strength to allude tacklers. Though he showed a willingness to get involved with the passing game, and be effective last season, the Terps’ quarterback situation didn’t exactly lend itself to a consistent gameplan overall. The resulting peaks and valleys in both his rushing and receiving numbers are therefore more a product of his environment than the player himself. As a runner, Meggett’s quick without possessing pure breakaway speed, running a 4.44 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. In spite of his size — 5’8″ and 211 pounds — he’s shown himself a durable and efficient back, averaging over five yards per carry this past season on 171 carries. Strength-wise, he’s benched 23 reps at 225 pounds for scouts, a good indicator to his effectiveness as a pro. His low center of gravity (plus the aforementioned strength) should do well at the point of contact, especially as he makes the adjustment to the speed of the NFL game. While not necessarily a featured back at the professional level, Meggett could very well play a valuable role in a system looking to split carries, so long as he gets a consistent number of touches. Expect him to go in the sixth round.

Previously: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech

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