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Catching Up With 1st Team Sports Group’s 2012 NFL Draft Class

1st Team Sports Group is a new, boutique football agency led by Jerry Marlatt, Gerald Conoway, and Weston Hull.  Marlatt has proven to be successful in business post-military retirement.  Hull has experience in the agency world, having formerly worked with Jordan Woy of Willis & Woy Sports Group in Dallas, Texas.  Along with Conoway, Marlatt and Hull have been pressing the pavement to sign players who are eligible to be selected in the 2012 NFL Draft.  The following players are represented by 1st Team Sports Group.

Fozzy Whittaker, RB/KR, Texas
The NFL Scouting Combine invitee tore his ACL and MCL in a freak play against Mizzou.  He is currently rehabbing in Texas and has several pre-draft visits set up with teams.  He can still get drafted, but it just depends on how comfortable teams feel with his knee and how it is progressing.
Gary Gray, CB, Notre Dame
He was invited to the East-West Shrine Game, but pulled his groin during the first 5 minutes of the first practice and wasn’t able to go the rest of the week.
Christian Scott, SS, Texas
Big safety that can run.  Character and injury concerns are the major question marks with NFL Teams.  Some teams say as high as 6th round, others PFA.
Grade: 7th/PFA
Brandon Bostick, WR/TE, Newberry
Small school kid that had late round grade from National Scouting entering the season.  Big kid (6’3″ 242 lbs) that many teams view as a hybrid TE in the mold of Aaron Hernandez (obviously not nearly the prospect that Hernandez was coming out of Florida).  Participated in Players’ All Star Classic in Little Rock and had a productive week there.  He is working out at Coastal Carolina Pro-Day alongside Josh Norman and a few other small-school Carolina prospects.
Joe Banyard, RB, UTEP
Transfer from TCU.  Productive back at UTEP.  Won’t blow you away athletically, but great character and hard working kid that scouts think can contribute on special teams right away.  Participated in Players’ All Star Classic in Little Rock.
Anson Kelton, P, TCU
Huge kid with a huge leg, but inconsistent at times.  Has several private workouts with teams.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.