OT Joe Haeg to be next small school standout

There is a small school prospect making some noise. North Dakota State offensive tackle Joe Haeg, who is one of the best players at the FCS level, is considered by many to be the next high draft pick to come from a small school program.

NFL draft analyst Chad Reuter recently dissected Haeg’s game, saying that he has the talent to be a high pick in next year’s draft.

In fact, Haeg could be selected in the top 100 picks.

“The All-American hopes to follow in his former teammate’s shoes; tackle Billy Turner was drafted in the third round by Miami in 2014,” Reuter wrote. “Haeg possesses the requisite size and length, as well as very good mobility and a growing frame that teams will project to become NFL-caliber in short order.”

At 6-foot-6, 299-pounds, Haeg certainly will draw some attention.

Last season, Haeg was selected as a first-team All-American by the AFCA, Sports Network, Associated Press, FCS Athletic Directors Association and College Sporting News last year.

With another strong season, Haeg could very well follow in Turner’s footsteps as he hopes.

 

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