April 28, 2007

Towson OL Jermon Bushrod

Round Four - Pick 125
Towson OL Jermon Bushrod
6'4.5 - 315 - 21 years old

Another tiny school, super sleeper non-combine invitee for the Saints. At this point, we have to give them the benefit of the doubt, even though on paper they are already loaded at offensive line.

Co-captain at Towson, a small-time D1AA Colonial Athletic Association conference football program near Baltimore, Bushrod was a four-year starter at left tackle including 38 straight starts. It's not known yet if he'll be better suited at tackle or guard in the NFL. Much better in run blocking than pass blocking at this point. With the coaching jobs turned in by the Saints' staff on Jahri Evans and Zach Strief last year, there's no telling where Bushrod will be in a year.

At his Pro Day, which was attended by representatives of most of the NFL's teams, Bushrod pressed 225 pound 22 times, ran a 40 in 4.92, ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.72 and had a 30.5" vertical. Like many small school teams, he needs to transform his body in a pro weight room. Already very tough and durable.

Unlike Andy Alleman, Jermon fits the all-J's offensive line naming scheme.

Bushrod is the first Towson player to be drafted since 1994 when RB Tony Vinson went in the fifth round. Prior to that, standout speedster Dave Meggett came out of Towson in 1989.

Other options at 125: Penn State LB Tim Shaw, East Carolina WR Aundrae Allison, Delaware TE Ben Patrick, Ohio State QB Troy Smith, Miami DT Kareem Brown, Iowa TE Scott Chandler, BC G Josh Beekman, Oklahoma State DT Ryan McBean.

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