Looking at future NFL prospects

December, 31, 2012
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Entering the weekend, Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench evaluated a number of future NFL prospects before their bowl games. Here's a look at the Big East players who have caught his eye, along with how they ended up faring in their season finales.

Rutgers OLB Khaseem Greene (Grade: 75)
Greene accounted for the Scarlet Knights' only touchdown in their 13-10 overtime loss Friday to Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl. He recovered a fumble in the end zone 17 seconds into the game. Greene finished the night with a team-high 11 tackles, adding 1.5 tackles for loss, half a sack and two hurries. Muench sees him in the mold of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Lavonte David.

Syracuse OT Justin Pugh (83)
Pugh has yet to decide on his future, as he has a year of eligibility remaining with the Orange, who won six of their final seven games to finish 8-5. He helped key a Syracuse ground game that rushed for 369 yards in the Yankee Stadium snow in its 38-14 rout of West Virginia. Muench can see Pugh getting taken in the second round if he chooses to enter the draft.

Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib (70)
The fifth-year senior braved the elements in his finale, completing 12 of 24 passes for 134 yards with two touchdowns and a pick in the win over the Mountaineers. Muench says he could benefit from learning behind a veteran for a few years while adjusting to the speed of the game before taking over the reigns.

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