NFL Draft: Ivy Hopefuls and Possible Draft Slots

Hugh ShannonContributor IApril 18, 2010

There are some late round opportunities for Ivy League players to get into the 2010 NFL Draft.  Here are some of those players and the teams that have shown they are willing to draft Ivy League players:

 

Seventh Round

New York Giants Pick 221, New England Pick 229, or Philadelphia Eagles Pick 243:

WR Buddy Farnham, Brown

6'0" 194 lbs., 4.49-40 time (Pro Day best), Ivy Player of the Year, Second team All-American, career: 229 rec., 2,895 yds., 27 TDs.  Over 4,800 multi-purpose yards.  Possession receiver and special teams threat in the mold of SEA WR Sean Morey.

 

Seventh Round, Pick 231

New England Patriots: DT David Howard, Brown

6'3" 293 lbs., 5.03-40 time, All-Ivy (two-time), 27 bench presses, and 32" vert.  These numbers compare with, equal, or exceed those of Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy.  He has been playing in the Patriots backyard for the past four years.

 

Seventh Round, Pick 242

Pittsburgh Steelers: OG James Williams, Harvard

6'5" 290 lbs., 5.54-40 time, 16 bench presses. Pro day numbers hurt his chances to be drafted higher but still a solid prospect.  And Pittsburgh is not adverse to drafting from the Ivy League.

 

Undrafted Free Agent Signing

WR Austin Knowlin, Columbia

5'9" 195 lbs., 4.47-40 time

His speed and return ability will be intriguing for some NFL team, perhaps the NY Giants since Knowlin has been playing in New York for the past four years.

 

WR Bobby Sewell, Brown

6'0-1/2", 197 lbs., 4.41 and 4.43 - 40 times, 41" vert., 16 bench press reps.

Much like teammate Farnham, Sewell is a possession receiver but with an extra burst of speed.  Could also be a special teams weapon.  Should get a camp invite at a minimum.

 

ILB Jake Lewko, Penn

6'1" 232 lbs., 4.78 - 40 time

A bit undersized (5-10 lbs.) and just a step off from being considered a draft contender.  Also a long snapper.  Could be a camp invite.

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