Hello Panther fans! Well, now that the season is officially over with the Green Bay Packers winning Super Bowl XLV, it is time to really kick the draft watch into high gear. We have talked ad nauseum about what we are going to do with our first round pick, with team Fairley vs. team Green butting heads on a daily basis. There is also a contingent of people hoping that we can trade back for more picks, make Patrick Peterson the highest drafted DB in decades, or even reach for a QB.
What we haven't talked about to much are those magical late round picks that Hurney keeps turning into gold. From David Gettis and Greg Hardy in this past draft to Mike Goodson and Captain Munnerlyn in the last one, Hurney sure knows how to pick a diamond in the rough. Well as you can see above... this late round prospect already comes wrapped in gold. I submit to you Mark Legree, FS, Appalachian State. He is projected as a 7th round pick or potential UDFA, and he may be able to provide us with some crucial depth in our secondary.
More on LeGree after the jump...
We'll start with his measurables and accolades. Legree stands 6'0" and 211 lbs. He runs a 4.5 40 at the time of this writing. He is a true ball hawking safety, who could potentially play any position in the secondary. Legree finished his Appalachian State career with a whopping 22 interceptions (good for the top spot amongst all active players at any level of NCAA football), with only 5 coming in his Senior season as opposing offenses elected to play away from his insatiable hunger for the football. Legree began both his junior and senior season as a candidate for the Nagurski award, an honor usually reserved for the I-A defensive player of the year but open to all collegiate defenders (he was the only FCS player on the list). He is a three time Buck Buchanan award finalist (Defensive POTY award for FCS football), and 3-time first team All-American.
He earned the moniker "LeGreedy" after his monster 10 interception campaign during his sophomore season, because the man takes the football from EVERYBODY. He is also one of the hardest hitters on the team. LeGree projects as a FS or Nickel-corner at the next level because he does not possess elite speed, however he possesses great coverage skills and has the size/strength to jam receivers up at the line.
This is the only real highlight video I could find of LeGree. I apologize for the horrendous video quality, as it appears that it was recorded on a TV circa 1966, and the even more god awful song choice. But the video does show plenty of footage of some punishing hits and some great interceptions.
Mark LeGree #13 (via ZC4president)
Given the theoretical low price tag that he will have attached to him, and our need to acquire solid depth at DB, I think we should go back to the local feeding trough and get a quality player in LeGree. He is going to get a chance to compete somewhere, why not here?