Jan
22

Allegiant Athletic Agency Adds Three SEC Players To Draft Class

Allegiant Athletic Agency has a batch of clients hailing from the fourteen Southeastern Conference schools.  Just recently, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based agency added three more clients to that list, including running back Rajion Neal (University of Tennessee), defensive end Chris Smith (University of Arkansas), and defensive end Ed Stinson (University of Alabama).

NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor Isaac Conner will represent Stinson while Thomas Sims will represent Smith and Neal.

In 2013, Neal rushed for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 5.2 yards a carry.  NFLDraftScout.com ranks Neal as the No. 16 running back in this year’s draft class.

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NFLPA Contract Advisor Thomas Sims will represent Rajion Neal. Image Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

“Rajion Neal is one of the top running backs in the upcoming NFL Draft,” Sims said of the Fayetteville, Georgia native.  “Rajion’s skills sets are coveted by many teams.  He has speed, power, versatility, and durability.  His pass catching ability and pass protection will allow him to be a ‘3 down’ back.”

Chris Smith finished this past season with 36 tackles and one fumble recovery.  Probably the most notable statistic is Smith’s 21.5 career sacks, which place him fourth in school history.  He was named Second-Team All-SEC by ESPN in 2013.

“Chris’ speed, strength, and versatility make him a valuable commodity for 3/4 or 4/3 defensive schemes,” Sims said.  “He has the ability to play in space or with his hand in the dirt.”

Both OptimumScouting.com and NFLDraftScout.com list Smith as the No. 6 best available defensive end in May’s Draft compared to SBNation.com, which ranks Smith at No. 12.  He will be training at IMG in Bradenton, Florida in preparation for the NFL Combine in February.  Smith will also be participating in Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Alabama.

Ed Stinson was selected Second Team All-SEC (Coaches) after securing 41 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2013.  SBNation.com ranks Stinson as the No. 10 best defensive end in this year’s draft.  According to Conner, Stinson will be training with Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

“Ed was an anchor to one of the most feared programs in all of college football,” Conner said.  “His versatility on the defensive line along with his great football instincts and dedication to studying his opponents will make him very attractive to NFL teams.”