If that's not a small school picture, I don't know what is. That is clearly a parking lot right off the playing field behind the newest Jaguar. Picture via thesouthern.com
Keeping on the trend of small school prospect while finally breaking the trend of defensive lineman, the Jaguars selected Deji Karim with their first of two 6th round picks. As is the question with all small school prospects, Jaguar fans have to wonder why an NFL prospect went to the small Southern Illinois University.
In his senior year of high school Deji Karim ran for over 2,000 yards and accumulated 28 touchdowns and was named to the all-state team in Oklahoma. Iowa State, Kansas, TCU and Tulsa took notice and were interested in Karim playing for them, but he chose instead to stay close to home and attend Northeast Oklahoma A&M Junior College. After two years at the college, Karim transferred to Southern Illinois.
In 2007, Karim was the third rusher on the team and had to fight for carries receiving only 76 times. Going into 2008 and his senior season he expected to be the #1 rusher for the team but unfortunately missed the entire season with a knee injury. After taking a redshirt, Karim returned in 2009 strong as ever to lead the Salukis. He finished his senior campaign with just under 1,700 yards and totaled 18 rushing touchdowns.
At 5'9, 208 pounds and 4.4 speed, Karim has the prototypical size of an NFL running back and provides a high ceiling for the Jaguars. You may say that he's short for an NFL runningback, but he is stout enough to withstand the NFL physicality. As a junior college transfer and a player with only one true year of experience at the FCS level, his growth has been clear and it is clear that he hasn't reached his ceiling.
Karim presents a developmental prospect for the Jaguars and is yet another player that has documented his draft process at JB Scouting Inc. I have provided them with plenty of free advertisement already, so I wont continue to tell you to check it out. But seriously, you should check it out.
Video Killed the Scouting Report:
Deji Karim: By The Numbers
Position 1: Running Back
Position 2: N/A
|Class: Senior||Age: 23|
Projected Round: -
2009 1st Team AP FCS All-American
2009 3rd Place for the Walter Payton Award
According to the Experts
"Running back Abdul "Deji" Karim, who did not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, outjumped the best running back in Indianapolis by two inches in the vertical leap (43 inches) at Southern Illinois' pro day workout on March 11. Karim (5-8 1/2, 209) also showed impressive speed, clocking 4.40 and 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash. After showing off his 43-inch vertical leap, Karim had a 10-3 broad jump and posted a 4.33-second short shuttle, 6.95-second three-cone drill, and completed 19 bench press repetitions"
CBS Sports <---- Follow the link for the whole reports
...Soft-spoken young man who battled through a knee injury to get into position to play at the next level. Does not back down from challenges, on or off the field...