NFL Draft 2013: Two Former Teammates To Consider

Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

As most of us already know, the Panthers only have five picks to work with(barring a trade) in the 2013 NFL Draft. With that being said, you can be sure that this relative shortage of picks makes them all the more valuable. Believe it or not, the same could be said of the Undrafted Free Agents who will be available to sign immediately following the draft. Today I'll be taking a quick look at a couple of former college teammates who are prime candidates to become either late round draft picks or UDFAs.

The back story of SS Dominick Legrande and FS Okechukwu Okoroha is both unique and compelling. It didn't take long for the duo to strike up a friendship when they first met at Boston College. The fact that neither of them were hardly able to crack the starting lineup while playing for the Eagles gave them a common battle cry and motivation to accomplish more. But they never got a chance to truly shine due to some untimely misconduct. Ironically, they were poised to start in 2011 when Okoroha was dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons. The native Nigerian soon decided to transfer, and Legrande, who had his own off the field issues(DUI), promptly followed suit.

It didn't take long for Marshall, who desperately needed a couple of safeties, to accept them with open arms, and the rest is history. The duo went on to thrive during their only season with the Thundering Herd. Most notably, Legrande finished the season with more tackles than any other defensive back in the country(8 games of 10+ tackles, including a 16 tackle game and two 14 tackle games). Although Okoroha finished with less tackles(also had a 16 and 14 tackle game), he did play admirably from the free safety position, where he earned Conference USA honorable mention from the coaches. Not to be outdone, Legrande made Conference USA's 1st team in both academics and athletics.

Aaron Dobson may have been the main attraction at Marshall's pro day last month, but Legrande and Okoroha put on a show for a large number of scouts, including those from the Panthers. I wouldn't be shocked to find out later that Gettleman used an in house source to get some feedback on the pair: Luke Kuechly, who spent some quality time with both of these prospects while they all attended Boston College. With that in mind, don't be surprised if these prospects end up signing with Carolina or some other team in the same way they transferred to Marshall: Together.

After taking a look at their numbers and videos, please give us your take in the poll that follows.

SS Dominick Legrande

Height Weight Forty 3 Cone Bench Vertical Broad Jump
6' 1" 213 lbs 4.5 N/A 16 36.5 10' 0"

Solo Assists Total TFL Sacks PBU QB Hurr FF INT
Freshman 5 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sophomore 27 9 36 3 1 1 1 0 2
Junior 15 12 27 0.5 0 0 0 1 0
Senior 69 63 132 3 0 5 1 1 2

FS Okechukwu Okoroha

Height Weight Forty 3 Cone Bench Vertical Broad Jump
6' 0" 211 lbs 4.43 7.44 25 32.5 10' 1"

Solo Assists Total TFL Sacks PBU QB Hurr FF INT
Freshman 6 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sophomore 17 10 27 0.5 0 1 0 1 0

Junior

43 65 108 3 0 4 0 0 0


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