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UTEP Football: Which graduating seniors get a look at the NFL?

The process to reach the NFL has started for a few graduating seniors from the 2015 season, here is the list of possible 2016 NFL rookies from UTEP.

Roy Robertson-Harris, 6'6, 265, defensive end

Miner Rush Draft Projection: Late 6th round---Undrafted free agent

Key Stats in 2015: 7.5 TFL's, 4 pass break ups, 8 quarterback hurries

UTEP's best shot at having a player drafted is Big Roy who had a solid senior year in 2015.  According to Aaron Wilson from the Houston Chronicle, Robertson-Harris has been generating some NFL interest as of late, and has visits and private workouts set up ahead of the draft.  His career production doesn't scream "must draft", but his 2015 production, size, speed, and tremendous upside should be very, very attractive to NFL teams.  Robertson-Harris defines the high motor meaning, and is known for chasing down running backs with above average speed for a defensive end.  He could also develop into a nice 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level.

Kelvin Fisher Jr. 6'0, 205, Defensive Back

Miner Rush Draft Projection: Late 7th round----Undrafted free agent.

Key Stats in 2015: 4 pass break ups:, 1 INT, 33 total tackles

Fisher Jr. held his own at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl earlier this year, and has NFL bloodlines which should help him at least secure a legit look at a mini-camp.  His biggest selling point is the versatility he can bring by either playing safety or corner, and star on special teams.  He played safety for UTEP, but was also used in man coverage as UTEP's base coverage's the past two seasons showing cover skills to convert to corner if need be.  A physical cover guy who is a sure tackler, Fisher Jr. brought much needed athleticism, and heady play as a seasoned veteran and leader the past two seasons.

Cedrick Lang 6'9, 290, Tight End

Miner Rush Draft Projection: Late 7th round----Undrafted free agent.

Key Stats in 2015: 11 catches 72 yards, 1 TD

Lang put up pedestrian numbers in 2015, but the height of his football potential could be unlimited for NFL decision makers who appear very interesting in the former UTEP basketball player. Having played football for the first time since high school in 2015, Lang worked hard to make his transition flow smoothly.  His footwork when it came to blocking greatly improved from his first day of practice at UTEP, and proved to be a reliable short distance receiver with big hands, and exceptional body control.  He won't stretch the field in the passing game, but two of his 11 catches went for first downs, and he came through in the clutch with a game winning overtime touchdown catch in a wild rivalry game.  He probably saw more playing time in 2015 than he or anyone expected as UTEP battled through injuries, but that keen experience will only help him down the road.  Lang averaged 10.3 points, and 6.7 rebounds in four years as UTEP's defensive rock on the hardwood.

Jimmy Musgrave, 6'0, 235, Middle Linebacker

Miner Rush Draft Projection: Undrafted free agent.

Key Stats in 2015: 59 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, 1 FF, 1 PBU

UTEP's physical enforcer on the defensive side of the ball could find himself hearing from NFL teams based on his production the past two seasons. A former tight end at Oregon, Musgrave transitioned to linebacker, and recorded a pick six in 2014, and was an integral part of UTEP's improved defensive numbers in 2014.  Musgrave is a physical specimen at 6'0 and 230, and is a sure tackler who made plenty of clutch tackles in his career.  His height could be a knock, but his heart, pursuit, and overall football IQ is special, and should at least garner a glance.

Eric Lee, 6'1, 305, Center

Miner Rush Draft Projection: Undrafted free agent.

Key Stats in 2015: Offensive line only allowed 12 sacks all season

Lee has started 25 games the past two seasons after transferring from Riverside Community College in 2012.  UTEP's offensive line ranked 18th in the nation in power success rate, and were only stuffed on 22.4 percent of run plays.  He battled through numerous injuries all through the 2015 season, including an injury to his snap hand and was UTEP's vocal leader, and main communicator along the offensive line.  A 2015 Rimington Watch List member, and 2015 Dave Campbell All-Texas College Second Team Honoree, Lee's athleticism, quickness, and ability to polish off blocks with a little nasty could earn him a deserving look at the league.  One of his biggest strengths is blocking in the second level, something you can see he flat out excels and jumps out at you in his game film.

Autrey Golden 5'11, 190, RB, WR, KR

Miner Rush Draft Projection: Undrafted free agent.

Key Stats in 2015: 20 catches, 165 yards, 2 TD's, 20.7 yards per kick return

An injury riddled 2015 saw UTEP's best athlete in 2015 see a major dip in his production, but NFL teams still showed plenty of interest during the season according to Sean Kugler.  Golden ranks first in school history in kickoff returns (119), second in kickoff return yards (2,981) and first in kickoff return touchdowns (six) with a career average of 25.1 rating second in the Miner record books.  He also ranks tied for second in Conference USA history and tied for third in NCAA history in kickoff returns for touchdowns.  His ability to also play on special teams not only has a kick returner, but can also help in other spots on special teams could land Golden on a mini camp roster.