2022 NFL Draft: The Best of the Rest of the Mountain West Prospects By School
San Jose State
Tyler Nevens was a major player in the Spartans’ run to a Mountain West title in 2020, helping secure a few late-season wins with big runs, but explosiveness isn’t really the name of his game. At 5-10 and 230 pounds, he’s a bulldozer with a solid base and reasonable acceleration who won’t outrun many defenders (4.90 40-yard time) in the pro ranks.
Tyler Nevens wasn't about to go down so easily.pic.twitter.com/RE9HAtj8Oh
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) August 29, 2021
Cornerback Bobby Brown II and Jay Lenard give the Spartans a duo of prospects hoping to stick in the pros. After opting out of the 2020 season, Brown II wasn’t caught napping very often in 2021 and broke up 13 passes, flashing good instincts to pair with enough athleticism (10′ 6″ broad jump, 34.5-inch vertical at his pro day) to warrant a challenge for a roster spot.
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Lenard, meanwhile, leaves San Jose State as one of the longest-tenured Spartans ever, having made 44 career starts and appeared in 54 games. He built a reputation as a sure tackler and run stopper, racking up 318 total tackles and 17 TFLs, so while some war rooms may hold his longevity in college football against him, he could be a quality pickup for anyone in need of a hard hitter.
Safety Jay Lenard from San Jose St flies on the field. He’s such a good, physical tackler. This game alone he compiled 13 total tackles. This is a great 1 on 1 tackle with his back to the endzone. @JL_ERA10 #NFL #NFLDraft2022 #DraftTwitter pic.twitter.com/dFiX5nahoE
— Joey and Logan (@Joe_and_Lo) February 27, 2022
Will Hart transferred to the Spartans from Michigan and gave the team some of its best punting in a good long while, but in a draft class that also includes Matt Araiza, Ryan Stonehouse, and others, merely averaging 44.4 yards per punt may not cut it.
— San José State Football (@SanJoseStateFB) October 30, 2021
Billy Bob Humphreys served as the second tight end in San Jose State’s offense, but it’s not simply Derrick Deese Jr.’s presence that dims his hopes of signing as a free agent. It’s the 5.39 40 time and the 1.84 10-yard split that do it.
— San José State Football (@SanJoseStateFB) October 5, 2019
Wide receiver Trevon Sidney is one of the more well-traveled of this year’s Mountain West prospects, having played at both Illinois and USC, but with 26 career catches in four years of action and a 4.72 40 time at 5-10 and 178 pounds just aren’t going to cut it.