Football: ESPN's Kiper makes draft prediction for Ohio's Brazill

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Matt Archibald

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Updated Fri, Jan 20, 2012 7:21 pm
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Ohio WR LaVon Brazill dives ahead during Saturday's 44-7 win over Marshall.

It's never too early or late to talk about the NFL, especially when one of Athens' own could be involved.

LaVon Brazill will join more than 300 other top college football prospects at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis beginning Feb. 22.

WOUB learned on Thursday where Brazill could expect to end up.

"His route running could be a bit more precise, you need a bit more of a burst to get open from NFL corners." ESPN's Director of Scouting Mel Kiper Jr. said.  "With a good workout and a nice couple months leading up to the draft he could ascend up to the sixth, seventh-round area."

Kiper listed Brazill's strengths as quickness and athletic ability and said, "he's been on my radar for a long time with the way he did produce."

When told of Kiper's projections, Brazill responded, "That just motivates me to get my game right, and increase on all the things he said I need to work on."

He also was not too surprised to hear route-running was an area that needs improvement.

"Everybody needs to improve on their route running, I don't care who you are." Brazill said. "Different corners got different kind of skills, they got good footwork game, everybody needs to improve on their route running."

Brazill is recovering from surgery to repair a slightly torn meniscus in his right knee on Dec. 20 an says the knee is at 50-55 percent right now.

The all-time Ohio receptions leader will use the combine's interview process to tell organizations how is knee is feeling and how the rehabilitation is going. Brazill will most likely not run or participate in catching drills until Ohio's pro day sometime in the spring.

Kiper said Noah Keller, A.J. Strum, Joe Flading, and Donte Harden are all rated by him as undrafted free agents.

If he were drafted, Brazill might not ever want to wake up.

"It would be my ultimate dream, I dream every night about playing on Sundays. I played on Friday, I played on Saturday, my goal is to play Sunday and that would be real great."


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