Scouting the MAC: NIU
Thomas Hammock
Thomas Hammock

Posted Sep 3, 2002


While the NIU record has been marginal at best the Huskies offered several solid-receiving prospects the past few years, wide outs quickly swiped up in the middle-to-late rounds by the Tennessee Titans. Only one player of that ilk this year, and he may not even be drafted.

Northern Illinois Huskies

Thomas Hammock is a nifty, elusive ball carrier with vision, quickness and balance. Quickly finding the hole and getting through it, Hammock immediately gets to top speed, keeps his feet moving forwards and works to pick up yardage. He cuts it back, avoids piles, following blocks and though he displays some grit running on the inside Hammock is not big enough to take a pounding nor does he have the size to carry the load at the next level. Rarely used in the passing game, Hammock must prove he is a viable receiving threat in the post-season if he wants to stick at the next level. Tight end Matt Dunker is best as an in-line blocker displaying both strength and technique but may not have the quickness or explosion to play at the next level.

On defense both corner Vince Thompson and linebacker Larry Williams display speed, explosion and athleticism but need to pick up their football instinct. Nick Duffy is an underclassman we really like and a linebacker/defender with a tremendous head for the ball and penchant to constantly be around the action. He is definitely one to watch for the future.

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