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Savage picks his 'red star' prospects

Wed, May 07, 2014

    Chris Borland | WISCONSIN Caraun Reid | PRINCETON Jimmy Garoppolo | E. ILLINOIS

At both the Ravens (1996-04) and Browns (2005-08), the day before the annual draft, each individual scout would get the opportunity to identify a single “red star” player on the front board. The “red star” designation did not necessarily represent the most talented or best prospect, but rather a player who would never embarrass the organization, would work extremely hard on and off the field and handle himself as a professional at all times. Here is Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage’s “red stars” for each position group from the 2014 game: 

 QB       Jimmy Garoppolo      Eastern Illinois                                             

Lightly recruited son of an electrician who began 4-15 as a starter at EIU…”Jimmy Football” emerged as Walter Payton Award winner after 53 touchdown/9 interception season.

 RB       James White              Wisconsin                                                           

Rushed for 4,015 yards and caught 73 passes during his career…shared time with Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon, yet never complained and only produced for the Badgers.

 TE       Crockett Gillmore      Colorado State                                    

Hopped on plane and arrived in Mobile on Wednesday of game week…went on to catch 5 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown on Saturday…at 6’6, carries 260lbs well and with 33 ¾” arms, should be able to gain more functional strength.

 OL       Weston Richburg      Colorado State                                          

One of the most under-rated prospects in the entire draft, he likely will be drafted by a team in need and could get on the field very early as a rookie…started all 49 career games at CSU.

 WR      Mike Campanaro       Wake Forest                                                  

Set school record with 229 career receptions for the Demon Deacons…repped 20x on the bench, ran 4.45 and jumped 39” in the vertical and 10’2 in the broad at the Combine…will compete as a slot receiver right away.

 DL       Caraun Reid               Princeton                                                        

Racked up 168 career tackles, 41 tackles-for-loss and 20.5 sacks during Tigers’ career…very good athlete with base and balance that should only improve over time, especially if he is selected by a 4-3 team.

 LB        Chris Borland            Wisconsin                                                     

Consummate competitor who overcomes lack of height with exceptional key/diagnose skills and effort to the football…309 career tackles with 13 forced fumbles.

 DB       Jemea Thomas           Georgia Tech                                              

Jack-of-all-trades defensive back who has experience at corner, safety and nickel…led the Yellow Jackets in total tackles each of last two seasons…very aggressive attitude who enjoys “stinging” opponent ball carriers.