Bryant's Top 10 Watch List: Players returning from Injury
August 10th, 2012 By De'Angelo Bryant
T'Sharvan Bell (#22 pictured) is one of many key players returning to action this season coming off injuries. Prior to his season-ending knee injury, Bell led the Auburn Tigers with seven pass breakups in ten starts. DraftNasty.com's De'Angelo Bryant's spotlights his top ten players returning from injury for 2012.
#3 Akeem Auguste CB South Carolina
Auguste has starting experience at both safety and cornerback for the Gamecocks. Auguste is not as polished as former Gamecocks CB Stephon Gilmore, but he displays a natural blend of burst and acceleration in coverage.
#77 Josh Jenkins LG West Virginia
Jenkins' MCL injury took longer than expected to recover from last year. Therefore, he spent the 2011 season learning the concepts of Dana Holgorsen's explosive offensive system. The West Virginia native shows good zone blocking ability; especially when stepping and cupping defenders on backside assignments.
#78 Chris Jacobson LG Pittsburgh
With his sixth-year of eligibility granted, Jacobson now has a chance to open running lanes once again for RB Ray Graham. His best asset as a blocker is his ability to wall-and-steer defenders off the snap.
#1 Ray Graham RB Pittsburgh
This slash-and-dash runner dazzled spectators all season long before going down in Week Eight of the 2011 season. Graham has incredible hip flexion and was arguably the best RB in college football at making defenders miss in either open or tight quarters.
#34 Herman Lathers LB Tennessee
Lathers was due for a breakout season in 2011, but faith had another plan. The two-time All-SEC Academic LB is a downhill defender who plugs running gaps with force.
#8 Brandon Magee LB Arizona State
With former star LB Vontaze Burfict out of the picture, Magee will lead a defense that ranked sixth versus the run a season ago. Magee is a strong tackler who drops his hips to explode through ball carriers on contact.
#68 Josh Dworaczyk LG LSU
Dworaczyk brings experience and size to LSU's offensive line. He has a strong football IQ, but he will need to anchor better at the point of attack.
#6 Kenny Tate SS-LB Maryland
This once safety-turned linebacker is an explosive and aggressive defender. His presence was truly missed last season as the 'Terps finished last in total defense in the ACC.
#45 Ramon Buchanon LB Miami, FL.
Buchanon's sideline-to-sideline range resembles former Miami Hurricanes LB D.J. Williams (Denver Broncos). He contributed 18 tackles and 2 TFLs before going down for the year.
#21 Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina
Lattimore has a unique combination of size, speed, vision, power and versatility. If he can return to his pre-ACL tear running form, he has the potential to be the top RB taken in the 2013 or 2014 NFL draft.
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