Eight players with ties to area high schools could be selected this weekend, led by former Wilide Lake standout Zach Brown, an honorable mention All-Met as a senior in 2006, who is projected as high as a second-round pick.
As a senior at North Carolina, Brown was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award for the nation’s top linebacker, earning first-team All-ACC honors after leading the team with 105 tackles. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound outside linebacker, who went to prep school at Hargrave Military Academy, also had 13.5 tackles for losses, 5.5 sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson, a former Gonzaga wide receiver and safety was a third-team All-Met selection as a basketball player.
Johnson, though, opted for football and he could also be selected as high as the second round. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior had 30 tackles, 11 tackles for losses and four sacks for the Cavaliers last season.
Three 2007 first team All-Met selections are late round prospects. Maryland running back Davin Meggett (Surrattsville), Illinois safety Tavon Wilson (H.D. Woodson) and Syracuse running back Antwon Bailey (St. John’s) could all be selected in the sixth or seventh rounds.
Meggett, the son of former NFL running back Dave Meggett, rushed for 922 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Terps. The 6-foot, 205-pound Wilson had 81 tackles for the Illini as a senior. Bailey earned first team All-Big East honors last season, rushing for 1,051 yards and six touchdowns.
William & Mary linebacker Jake Trantin (Spalding) and Maryland cornerback Cameron Chism (McNamara) also could be picked in the late rounds or signed as undrafted free agents. Chism, a second-team All-Met selection in 2007, started nine games for Maryland last season, recording 47 tackles and three interceptions. Trantin had 84 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Tribe.
South Lakes grad Thomas Mayo, an NCAA Division II wide receiver also could hear his name called in the draft’s later rounds. .