2013 NFL Draft Prospects: Maryland

These are the school’s prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * – denotes 2014 prospect ** – denotes 2015 prospect.

This page was last updated April 24, 2013. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

  1. A.J. Francis, DT, Maryland
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 305.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.03.
    Projected Round (2013): 6-FA.

    4/24/13: Francis had a quality senior season with 43 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, five passes batted and four sacks. He played well at the East-West Shrine. Francis didn’t work out at the Combine.

    8/25/12: Francis had 31 tackles with three tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2011. He was Maryland’s starting nose tackle for the majority of the 2010 season. The sophomore was second on the defensive line in tackles with 44. He also had seven tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. Francis has room to improve in 2012.

  2. Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 285.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.03.
    Projected Round (2013): 6-FA.

    4/24/13: Vellano had a good senior season. He totaled 61 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and six sacks. Vellano is a very good college player, but a tweener for the NFL. He had flashed at times at the East-West Shrine. Vellano didn’t work out at the Combine.

    8/25/12: Vellano had 94 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and four passes broken up last season. He was an excellent run-defender for Maryland. Vellano had 63 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks and one forced fumble in 2010.

    The senior should add more weight for the NFL. He probably fits best as a nose tackle in a 4-3 defense.

  3. Kenny Tate, OLB, Maryland
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2013): FA.

    4/24/13: Tate missed the first three games of the year. He ended 2012 with a total of 42 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up, four sacks and a forced fumble. Tate had three sacks against Florida State.

    8/29/12: Tate has played both linebacker and safety in his Maryland career. He is a tweener, but should be a linebacker in the NFL.

    Tate had an excellent 2010 season as the starting free safety and was a First-Team All-ACC pick. He had 100 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a lost, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions.

    Tate was playing a hybrid linebacker and safety position last season that is common in college football. He was limited to four games after sustaining a knee injury. Tate needs to stay healthy and produce in order to help his draft stock.

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