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ESPN Scout’s Inc: Joe Vellano Earns C; Kenny Tate, Devonte Campbell Ranked in Top 10

December 15th, 2012 at 10:33 AM
By Sam Spiegs

Though we're still four months away from the 2013 NFL Draft, it's never too early to discuss the Terps' NFL prospects.

Maryland's all-American defensive lineman Joe Vellano is the highest-rated prospect, earning a grade of 70 and ranked 14th at the defensive tackle position.

Of course, Vellano primarily played defensive end in 2012, though much of his success came in the year prior as a defensive tackle.

Vellano finished with a team-high 14 tackles for loss and shared the team lead with 6 sacks in 2012. He also forced a fumble and recorded 61 tackles, which ranked fourth on the team.

ESPN Scout's Inc. rated his intangibles — his family history and starring role on the Terps – as his best qualities. Scouts were also impressed with his quickness, which they believe will make him difficult to block on the next level.

Kenneth Tate

Kenneth Tate is the ninth-ranked outside linebacker, though two years ago scouts told him he was a second- to third-round selection at the safety position.

Injuries plagued all of Tate's 2011 and part of his 2012 season, yet he still managed 42 tackles, four sacks and four pass break-ups this year.

Scouts view Tate's versatility as a bonus and were impressed with his production throughout his college career. On the field, they liked his ability to defend against the run, his internal instincts and his athleticism as a defender on third-down.

Devonte Campbell

A surprise to most, Devonte Campbell is ranked as a top-10 fullback in this year's crop, after spending time at tight end for most of his Maryland career.

Campbell caught just three passes for 37 yards this season, resulting in one touchdown. 

Nick Ferrara

Injuries kept placekicker/punter Nick Ferrara on the sidelines during his senior season. But Terps kickers have transitioned well to the NFL ranks.

Ferrara is Scout's Inc.'s No. 18 placekicker. In 2011, he ranked seventh in the ACC with a 39.5 yard per punt average and knocked in 12-20 field goals.

Matt Furstenburg, Demetrius Hartsfield, A.J. Francis, Kevin Dorsey, Kerry Boykins

Other draft-eligible Terps rank among the middle-of-the-pack at their position. Tight end Matt Furstenburg and linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield were among the top-30 at their respective positions.

Furstenburg finished the 2012 season with 16 catches for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Hartsfield shared the team lead with 78 tackles and added 3.5 sacks.

A.J. Francis is the 38th-ranked defensive tackle. Kevin Dorsey was ranked 73rd at wide receiver, and Kerry Boykins was rankd 128th at the same position.

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