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2018 Northwestern Wildcats prospect primer

DEC 28 Pinstripe Bowl - Pitt v Northwestern
Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

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2018 Northwestern Wildcats prospect primer

Below are notable Northwestern prospects eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Wildcats look to capitalize on a surprising victory over the Pitt Panthers in last year’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl, rolling momentum into a new season. The team has senior leadership on both sides of the football, which will make them a dangerous match up for nearly every team they face this year.

Offense

Quarterback Clayton Thorson – 6040, 220 – Redshirt Junior
Thorson has an NFL build and last year is a promising foundation for him to build upon. How he copes with the loss of WR Austin Carr (NFL) will go a long way in determining his legitimacy as a potential NFL Quarterback.

Running Back Justin Jackson – 5110, 193 – Senior

Jackson is second on the active rushing list in all of college football. That is quite an accomplishment for a bell cow back from middle of the road Northwestern, but it’s also going to threaten to take a toll on his long term prospects. Jackson already has 855 carries at the college level with full season left to play! But he’s a tough, grinder runner who does a little bit of everything. He’s got good patience between the tackles and a good burst popping out the back end as well.

Defense

Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) gets tripped up by Northwestern Wildcats safety Godwin Igwebuike (16). (Photo by Khris Hale/Icon Sportswire)

Safety Godwin Igwebuike – 6000, 205 – Redshirt Senior

Igwebuike is one of the top Safety prospects in the country. The team’s leading tackler last year, he’s much more known for his rally support and tackling in comparison to his ball skills. Igwebuike, much like Virginia’s Quin Blanding, checks a lot of boxes with mental processing and tackling but is going to get hurt with only pedestrian athletic ability.

Cornerback Montre Hartage – 6000, 190 – Junior

Hartage is tied for the most returning interceptions in the Big Ten with five. But he was a little too boom or bust last year; the bowl game against Pitt was the perfect embodiment of what you get. As good as his ball skills are, Hartage got toasted by Jester Weah and negated an interception with a defensive holding penalty. Tightening up his consistency could produce a quality NFL target at one of the most important positions in the game.

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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