Maryland started the season as one of the hottest young offenses in the country. However, that spark died quickly as Maryland got into the tough Big Ten conference and showed new head coach Mike Locksley exactly what needs to be fixed. The program will look to face lift without these young men who continue their careers at the next level.
RB Anthony McFarland (RS-So)
Anthony McFarland reached my radar against Ohio State last season when he lit up the Buckeye’s defense with 298 rushing yards. I knew about him, he had run for over 200 yards against Indiana. McFarland eclipsed 1000 yards last season, but was unable to do so this season as he dealt with injuries.
NOBODY is talking about Anthony McFarland…This kid is as explosive as anyone in the country. pic.twitter.com/x1JGrGhd0Z— Aviation Ax ✈️ (@AXdawgEL) June 18, 2019
McFarland is explosive. He’s got lightning speed, and he might be the fastest running back in the class. While it wasn’t the smartest decision to declare this early, as he was unable to reinforce what we had seen from him last season, he can do a lot to help his draft stock in the NFL combine and pre-draft process.
S Antoine Brooks Jr (Sr)
I watched a lot of Antoine Brooks last season expecting him to declare for the draft. He’s a stud, man. Brooks ends his Terrapin career with 237 tackles and 27.5 tackles for loss, incredible numbers for a three year starter at safety. He also intercepted 4 passes through his career at Maryland, and deflected 9 passes.
Antoine Brooks Jr. – Fired up pic.twitter.com/FeoGJNZz12— Sean Montiel (@SeanMMontiel) October 19, 2019
It’s pretty clear that Brooks isn’t as much of a pass defender than he is a traditional safety. The majority of his impact will be in the definition of his position: safety. Someone who can prevent the big play from going to be a touchdown. He’s athletic enough, but with great testing, Brooks is a borderline day two guy.
EDGE Keandre Jones (Sr)
Keandre Jones spent three years with Ohio State before transferring out to start at Maryland. Golly, did it pay dividends. Jones collected 14.5 tackles for loss this season alongside 7 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. He was explosive off of the edge all season long for Maryland.
Keandre Jones just got mobbed by his former Ohio State teammates. Then, Jones stopped them to say, “Hey, one thing. I’m proud of you boys. Go win the natty.” pic.twitter.com/WyisefcfqZ— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) November 9, 2019
After the loss to Ohio State, he was surrounded by his teammates as he wished them the best and they all posed for a picture. That will sit very well with NFL scouts, as a good locker room guy.
Keandre Jones is wreaking havoc off the edge for Maryland’s defense. pic.twitter.com/is52byBXne— Sean Montiel (@SeanMMontiel) September 7, 2019
Jones is, to simply put it, explosive. He’s a wreaking ball off of the edge, a high effort player with a big motor and a willingness to never give up. Jones isn’t just a pass rusher either, he’s a great player to anchor his end of the field and shut down stretch run plays too. Jones is a borderline day two guy, and may go higher if he tests well.
LB Shaq Smith (Sr Transfer)
Shaq Smith is one of those players that we expected to see so much from and he never really panned out. A four star prospect from IMG Academy, Smith was brought to Clemson as a top 100 prospect in the country. He was suppose to be one of the next great stars.
Instead, he didn’t pan out. He couldn’t ever win the starting job, even when Ben Boulware went pro. He collected just 28 tackles at Clemson before transferring out. His season at Maryland didn’t quite go as planned either, as he struggled to get on the field. He’s a project player right now.
TE Tyler Mabry (Sr Transfer)
Tyler Mabry played tight end at Buffalo for three years (and a year to red shirt) and came to Maryland this season as a graduate transfer. The plays that Mabry makes are all impressive. However, his production has lacked all through his career, really not painting a clear picture to why. He will end his collegiate career with 73 career catches and 6 touchdowns as a 4 year starter, and having missed 8 games to injury.
A near-touchdown for Tyler Mabry, who takes a long gain to the 1-yard line. pic.twitter.com/Q3CVOn9wEg— Sean Montiel (@SeanMMontiel) October 19, 2019
Mabry isn’t as athletic as some tight ends I have seen despite having a somewhat leaner frame (6’4″ 248 pounds). He may run under a 4.8 forty yard dash, another trait that won’t be attractive to NFL teams. However, Mabry’s hands are reliable and he could carve himself a TE2 slot on a team in the future by putting on some extra muscle and working specifically on his blocking technique. He’s a late day three project player at best, but probably will be an undrafted free agent.
Noting that some Maryland fans may notice that LB Isaiah Davis isn’t listed. I decided not to list him as he has a history of excessive violence on the field. Personally, I have removed him from my draft boards and consider him un-draftable.