Draft Sleepers

Posted on April 26, 2011 by

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Two years ago, Tom Williams took over the Yale head coaching position after a brief stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars and one of his first impressions was that rising Junior TE Chris Blohm was an NFL Caliber player. Not too many future NFL stars compete in the IVY League, but the former NFL coach had a strong feeling that Chris Blohm had the potential. Inspired by his coach’s high praise, Chris Blohm stepped up his game and became an anchor for the Yale offense. During his senior year, he made 26 receptions for over 260 yards with 2 touchdowns in only 9 games despite battling a tough ankle injury. Moreover, his true strengths lie in his tenacious blocking ability and his great field awareness. Consistently, the Yale rushing attack ran right behind Blohm as he helped open hole after hole for the Bulldog running backs to sprint through.

The former Saint Ignatius standout has raised the bar for himself and gotten into the best shape of his life. His efforts at the Yale Pro Day earned him visits with some pro teams, including the San Francisco 49ers. Considering the 49ers recent draft troubles (Alex Smith and Kentaawn Balmer) and success with former Yale Tight Ends (Eric Johnson), taking a late round chance on Chris Blohm is much more of a reward than risk. If the 49ers do draft him though, they better be prepared to pay him as he has been on the record to say,

“If I don’t get a bigger contract than (Sam) Bradford, I’m holding out.”

Chris Blohm is not the only draft prospect in the state of the Connecticut as the D-3’s 2010 leader in interceptions Harry Melendez has received some attention among national draft boards. Trinity Bantam senior, Melendez a.k.a Da 1 and Only, finished the season with 9 interceptions in 8 games, tying the New England Small Schools Athletic Conference (NESCAC) record while leading the Bantams to a 7-1 overall record. Although he still has to finish up one last semester in the fall, Melendez could put that degree on hold if the Niners, Raiders or any other NFL teams takes a chance on him.

-TK

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