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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Report: Northern Illinois Huskies

Five Huskies will pursue their draft dreams in 2022, as a young pup roster still tries to take shape in DeKalb.

NCAA Football: East/West Shrine Game Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

NIU held their Pro Day on March 30 in front of scouts and coaches from 11 NFL organizations, with four of their football team members centerpiecing the event. (Tyrice Richie and Matt Ference participated in a limited capacity, and therefore did not register RAS scores.)

Overall, 14 prospects participated in full, with 10 prospects from local schools also taking part in workouts.

Representatives from the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns. Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans were reported by the university as being in attendance at NIU’s event.

Below are the numbers and relative athletic scores (when available) for several NIU prospects in this year’s player pool. Any numbers with a “u” beside them are considered unofficial. All numbers are courtesy of Pro Football Network’s Kent Lee Platte, with express written permission, and can be found on at https://RAS.football.


LB Lance Deveaux Jr.

NCAA Football: Northern Illinois at Florida State Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Projections:

  • Currently unavailable, potential UDFA

Measurables (as of Pro Day)

  • Height: five-foot-ten
  • Weight: 208 lbs.
  • Arms: 30.625 inches
  • Hands: 9.625 inches

Skill Drills (numbers from Pro Day)

  • 40-yard dash: 4.76 seconds
  • 10-yard split: 1.65 seconds
  • 20-yard split: 2.7 seconds
  • Shuttle: 4.4 seconds
  • Three-cone drill: 7.45 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 34 inches
  • Broad jump: nine feet, 10 inches

Relative Athletic Score:

Lance Deveaux Jr.’s Relative Athletic Score
Kent Lee Platte

RAS Comparisons:

  • Jordan Griffin (2019)
  • Tony Duppron (2018)
  • Nick Temple (2019)

FB/RB Clint Ratkovich

NCAA Football: MAC Championship-Kent State vs Northern Illinois Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Projections:

Measurables (as of Pro Day)

  • Height: six-foot
  • Weight: 236 lbs.
  • Arms: 30.125 inches
  • Hands: nine and three-quarter inches

Skill Drills (numbers from Pro Day)

  • 40-yard dash: 4.67 seconds
  • 10-yard split: 1.66 seconds
  • 20-yard split: 2.62 seconds
  • Shuttle: 4.32 seconds
  • Three-cone drill: 7.13 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 34 inches
  • Broad jump: 10 feet, two inches
  • Bench: 31 reps

Relative Athletic Score:

RAS Comparisons:

  • Mike Alstott (1996)
  • Dan Vitale (2016)
  • Willie Carter (2013)

(Note: Ratkovich has been confirmed to have torn his ACL during a private workout with the Green Bay Packers. Numbers listed are from March 30, prior to injury.)


WR Tyrice Richie

NCAA Football: Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech Jenn Finch-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Projections:

  • Currently unavailable; likely UDFA

Measurables (as of Pro Day)

  • Height: five-foot-eleven
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Arms: 30 and three-eighths inches
  • Hands: nine and one-half inches

Skill Drills (numbers from Pro Day)

  • Bench: 12 reps

(Note: Richie is recovering from an ankle injury suffered in November, and therefore did not register a RAS score.)


PK Matt Ference

NCAA Football: Northern Illinois at Brigham Young Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Projections:

  • Currently unavailable; likely UDFA

Measurables (as of Pro Day)

  • Height: five-foot-ten
  • Weight: 184 lbs.
  • Arms: 30 inches
  • Hands: nine and one-eights inches

(Note: Ference only partook in position drills, and therefore did not register a RAS score.)


IOL Brayden Patton

2021 Cure Bowl - Northern Illinois v Coastal Carolina Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images

Draft Projections:

  • Currently unavailable; potential UDFA

Measurables (as of Pro Day)

  • Height: six-foot
  • Weight: 306 lbs.
  • Arms: 33 and three-eighths inches
  • Hands: nine and one-half inches

Skill Drills (numbers from Pro Day)

  • 40-yard dash: 4.67 seconds
  • 10-yard split: 1.66 seconds
  • 20-yard split: 2.62 seconds
  • Shuttle: 4.32 seconds
  • Three-cone drill: 7.13 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 34 inches
  • Broad jump: 10 feet, two inches
  • Bench: 31 reps

Relative Athletic Score:

Brayden Patton’s Relative Athletic Score
Kent Lee Platte

RAS Comparisons:

As an offensive center:

  • Jonathon Toth (2017)
  • Robert Wade (1998)
  • Matt Spanos (2008)

As an offensive guard (2.61 RAS):

  • Taylor Hearn (2018)
  • Patrick Mekari (2019)

(Note: Patton worked out at Miami University’s Pro Day on March 8, and therefore does not show up on NIU’s Pro Day report. Patton’s numbers came courtesy of draftscout.com, with RAS score created using the calculator, as Patton was not in the database as of publication.)