The Nevin Shapiro/Miami football investigation may have a major impact on the 2012 NFL Draft. While Nevin’s eight-year run of trouncing NCAA rules affected hundreds of players, the most affected are those currently playing for “The U.”
Yahoo! Sports reports Nevin’s stable of athletes is said to include at least 12 current players on the Hurricane’s roster. The most noteworthy prospects listed in the Yahoo! Sports report is S Ray Ray Armstrong, DT Marcus Forston, and LB Sean Spence.
So far QB Jacory Harris, WR Travis Benjamin, S Vaughn Telemaque, WR Aldarius Johnson, TE Dyron Dye, DE Olivier Vernon, and former Miami QB Robert Marve were other names of note in the Yahoo! Sports report. Armstrong and Forston are considered first round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft and Spence has varying grades ranging from first to third round.
What does this all really mean for the NFL prospects involved in the investigation in terms of draft status? Maybe nothing. Robert Quinn sat out all of the 2010 season and was taken with the 13th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Greg Little and Marvin Austin were both second round picks after missing all of the 2010 season due to receiving improper benefits.
Ray Ray Armstrong and Marcus Forston are both juniors and were expected to make the leap to the NFL in the 2012 NFL Draft. If, and at this point it’s only if, they receive the same punishment as the UNC players both will need to show well at pre-draft workouts. Marvin Austin was similar to Forston and Armstrong in that he was a high ceiling guy that need to prove consistency to NFL scouts. Armstrong is unquestionably one of, if not the most, talented safety prospect eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft. Armstrong is raw in a lot of aspects which NFL scouts will have to have some comfort level with before selecting him in the first round. Forston has flashed dominate abilities at Miami but injuries and inconsistencies have hampered his development. He, often, is out of position and doesn’t maintain gap assignments. If either declares they will follow the path of Robert Quinn as an early entrant after missing a season of football. Both are major risks but come with enough upside that NFL teams will likely still consider them in the first round. Spencer has three years of film to back up his play despite not having the ceiling of Armstrong or Forston. Spencer is quickly rising up my 2012 NFL Prospect Rankings and made his way into NFL’s Future 2012 NFL Mock Draft.
This is a lot of speculation at this point but there seems to be a ton of evidence that would suggest similar punishment as the UNC players received in 2010. Read the full Yahoo! Sports story here for more details.