Purdue showed so much promise last season as potentially a rebuilding college football program. Jeff Brohm had brought so much energy into the team that it just face lifted the entire school. The emotional death of it’s student, Tyler Trent, who fought a rare form of bone cancer definitely had something to do with the programs success last season, as well as senior quarterback David Blough. This season was a disappointment for Purdue, as injuries mounted and became too much to handle. Still, there is a lot of talent that the school has to offer the NFL.
TE Brycen Hopkins (RS-Sr)
Brycen Hopkins is a fantastic vertical threat that can stretch the field with speed and size. He’s a natural mismatch, standing 6’5″ and 245 pounds. He produced all through his career too, finishing with 130 career catches and 16 touchdowns, smashing all of his volume stats personal season highs this season.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Because he’s possesses such speed, he’s difficult to keep contained at the line of scrimmage when stretching the field vertically. Don’t think because he’s fast that he isn’t strong. Hopkins can bull over people and give them a hard time. Many consider him to be the best tight end prospect in the class, so he could go as early as day one.
LB Markus Bailey (RS-Sr)
Markus Bailey is considered one of the best linebacker prospects in the country right now despite playing 2 games this season and missing the rest with a knee injury. He was quite the force, looking like a hybrid EDGE rusher that can play outside linebacker in both a 4-3 front and a 3-4. He’s 6’1″ and 240 pounds, and was one of the highest graded linebackers in the country in 2018 by PFF.
Purdue LB Markus Bailey might be the best LB in the Big Ten. Love his instincts. Always around the football. pic.twitter.com/HXXBm4F5gC— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) May 2, 2019
Bailey does have a knack for knowing where the ball is at all times while on the field and moving to it. His college production backs up the traits we saw on tape, he was a 100+ tackler in 2018 and collected 14.5 sacks. Bailey is an exciting player to watch and I love what he brings to the field every game. He should have a good, successful career in the league. Early day two guy for me.
OT Matt McCann (RS-Sr)
Matt McCann is every bit of 6’6″ and 305 pounds. A four year starter, McCann has a ton of experience on the offensive line and brings incredible size to the position.
While he’s big, he is not the most athletic guard you have ever seen. He’s a gifted pass protector, finding good positions to plant and withhold power rushes and locks down defenders from being able to finesse him. However, Purdue asked him to pull a lot, and it’s not his best trait. He’s a powerful man, no doubt, but speed and quickness is not his thing and that will be something that will turn a lot of teams away from him. Day two player for me.