The Hunt Report: ELF Championship Preview Compares Division III WR to Hall of Famer Andre Reid

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deangelo hardy The Hunt Report: ELF Championship Preview Compares Division III WR to Hall of Famer Andre Reid

As I’ve said before, it’s a great time to be a college football student-athlete because you have options to continue playing the sport you love. Between the XFL starting in February and the USFL starting its second season in mid-April, with what we’ve seen over the past two seasons in the European Football League, there’s a lot to look forward to post-college, if you will. Keep looking for opportunities. We can’t forget that it has also been doing well in various indoor leagues like Indoor Football League and National Arena League.

Obviously the NFL and CFL are both well-known professional leagues, but not every player is ready to immediately step into those leagues and make an impact. That’s why in this week’s edition of The Hunt Report, I wanted to take a look at some players who could make the transition right away and others who could benefit from alternative leagues as an early starting point. Below are both NFL and CFL prospects.

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European Football League

We reached the championship game in ELF and had Hamburg Sea Devils and Vienna Vikings in the final game. Both teams played very well throughout the season. We have profiled some of their players before Hunting report, but there are two more to keep an eye on in this game. What’s special about these two players is that it’s more of a core matchup that we’ll see on the perimeter.

CP Justin Rogers (Hamburg Sea Devils)

  • age: 24
  • College: UTEP
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 185

A click and close-type corner, Rogers has above-average burst and quickness for the post. He can sit and drive the football and cover the lane very well. As one of the best return specialists in ELF, he has the ball skills to drive quarterbacks. What will be interesting to watch in this game is how he strikes a balance between patience and aggression against Vienna’s superior passing attack. He has caught five passes so far this season, which leads the team.

WR Jordan Bowa (Vienna Vikings)

  • age: 27
  • College: Saddleback College
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 185

Bouah reminds me of Victor Cruz, how he can sink his hips and get in and out of his breaks. It’s a route runner and when he has the ball in his hands. He has good strength as a physical defensive back outside the route and at the catch point. I also like how he tracks the ball deep down the field and could be considered their best deep threat because of that ability. If Vienna want to clinch the title, count on Bouah to dial up some deep shots in this game.

College football

RB Keon Edwards

  • College: Western University
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 230

A bulldozer on Edwards’ back, a nice early burst through the hole. He has an upright gait, but has quick feet that can change directions with no problem. With his initial burst through the hole, he can not only score, but maintain his high speed throughout the play. He’s coming off a 1,264-yard rushing, 16-touchdown season in 2021 and is already off to a great start to 2022, rushing for more than 100 yards in each of his three games this year. Next game: September 24 – Waterloo

KP Larry Harrington

  • Year: senior
  • College: Langston (OK) University
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 190

I’m a big fan of QB intangibles, and Harrington has those particular characteristics. He was coached well by coach Quinton Morgan at Langston and was a big reason the Lions continued to place in the NAIA polls. He has good touch and space on throws that go deep down the field and shows good skill when changing picture after picture. Last week was perhaps his most complete game, throwing for 420 yards and six touchdowns with zero interceptions. There is a ton of room for growth and improvement both within his game and from a physical standpoint, but as I mentioned earlier, he has plenty of options to get all three as a professional player. Next Match: Sep. 24 vs. Arkansas Baptist College

WR DeAngelo Hardy

  • Year: the youngest
  • College: North Central (Illinois)
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 200

Listen, I’m not comparing this name 1:1 here, but rather a stylistic name. Hardy’s play and fluidity remind me of former Kutztown star and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed. Again, stylistically compared to Reid. Hardy has a knack for staying lean in traffic, especially when running those skinny posts and corner routes. His fluidity shines through when he has the ball in his hands, as he is a terrific open field runner. He is someone to keep under your hat in 2024. Next game: Sept. 24 vs. Elmhurst University

OL Xavier Cason

  • Year: senior
  • College: State of Emporia
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 311

Cason handles the left tackle position for the Hornets and handles it very well. He has a very good physique, which really stood out to me coming from a small program. He is a good prospect. I like his ability in the run game, and he does a fantastic job when he can down block a defender or make a straight up base block. His eyes on Bass Pro are solid as he doesn’t get fooled by stunts and twists. It will be interesting to see where he ends up as a pro, position wise. I believe he is a keeper at the next level. Next game: Sept. 24 vs. Pittsburgh State

KP Noah Mitchell

  • Year: senior
  • College: California (Pennsylvania)
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 220

The Vulcans are a skilled passer, besting Mitchell in the PSAC. I love the way he puts the ball up there and isn’t afraid to go for the big play. He gets good speed on his passes, putting them in front where the receiver doesn’t advance. Continuing to get better every year, he’s off to a great start this season, throwing for seven touchdowns to just one interception. When all is said and done he’s going to find himself in someone’s postseason All-Star Game. Next game: September 24 vs Edinburgh

CP Eddie Morales III

  • Year: Graduate student
  • College: Monmouth
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 185

Morales is amazing Football player. I emphasized the footballer part because you can tell he played a lot growing up. From an instinct, awareness and overall playmaking standpoint, he’s got it all. He makes an impact in both coverage and the return game, being one of the best punt returners in the FCS. He is a three-time All-Big South performer with six interceptions and 22 pass breakups on his resume. Morales is capable of playing both man and zone coverage, and should have a home inside as a slot defender. Next Match: September 24 Vs. Villanova

LP Michael Scott

  • Year: senior
  • College: South Dakota
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 240

A classic SAM supporter, Scott does a good job as an offensive defender. He can shed blocks well, set a physical edge against the run and break away from a blocker. He started his career at Tulane in 2017, then transferred to Iowa Western CC in 2018, where he played defensive end before moving to linebacker at Akron in 2019 and acclimated himself well. He started this year in the opener against Kansas State and has four tackles for loss, three sacks, two pass breakups and 14 solo stops so far on the season. Next Match: September 24 Vs. Villanova

RB Alphonso Graham

  • Year: senior
  • College: Morgan State
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 180

Graham explodes in all directions. His eyes and feet are uniform. It is because of that marriage between the two that he is able to get himself out of a jam if a problem arises. He’s got the game-breaking ability to tear a game to shreds on any carry, putting the defense in constant conflict as he carries the ball as it approaches him. More importantly for the next level, he has the skill and experience in the return game. Reminds me of current Tennessee Titan and former Virginia State star Trenton Cannon. Next game: Oct. 1 at University of Virginia-Lynchburg

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