Rutgers’ Jawan Jamison and Logan Ryan get draft grades from Mel Kiper Jr.

By Matt Sugam

With Rutgers’ redshirt sophomore running back Jawan Jamison and redshirt junior cornerback Logan Ryan both declared for the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper has weighed in on each player.

Jamison – who rushed for 1,075 yards and four touchdowns this season - was given a third round grade by those he talked to. However, Kiper thinks the 5-8, 200 pounder is a round or two lower.

“He has phenomenal vision,” Kiper said during a conference call according to The Star-Ledger. “He’s one of those fireplug running backs. He gets past that line and he’s tough to find. He’s one of those guys who’ll dart to daylight pretty well.

“He’s the kind of guy you think about with his balance, he can make people miss. He’s a guy I think has a chance to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick at best.”

But that doesn’t mean Kiper thinks leaving school early was a bad choice for Jamison.

“Going back (for his junior year), I don’t know how much it would’ve helped him because running backs drop a lot further than they should. We see that every year,” Kiper said. “If he’s a fourth- to sixth-round pick, that’s not a bad deal in this draft.”

Ryan on the other hand received extremely high praise from Kiper. Kiper thinks the 6-foot, 190 pounder can be a first round pick after a season where he had 94 tackles, 17 pass breakups and four interceptions.

“He certainly has first-round talent,” Kiper said. “He was beaten some during his career. But when you look at him, he’ll support the run, he’ll tackle, he has very good character. With a great workout and good combine, you could see him end up in the first-round discussion.

“There’s not that many corners. When you need corners like this league does, it’s going to push a lot of these guys up. If I were to say right now where would he go, I would say late first or no later than the second round at some point.”

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