Connecticut prospects who could be selected in the 2021 NFL Draft

The 86th NFL Draft takes place April 29-May 1 in Cleveland. Here’s a look at four players with Connecticut ties who could be selected during the seven-round event:

JASON PINNOCK

Windsor/Pittsburgh

6-0, 205 CB

As a senior during the 2020 season Pinnock set career highs with three interceptions and nineteen tackles. Pinnock was given a 5.88 prospect grade according to NFL.com, which fits into a ‘backup/special teams’ projection. Pinnock started 13 games in 2018 for Pittsburgh. That season he recorded 15 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups in 13 games. In his junior season, Pinnock tallied 16 tackles, an interception and seven pass breakups in ten games (missed three due to injury). A two-time New Haven Register/GameTimeCT.com 1st Team-All State selection and the Hartford Courant’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior out of Windsor.

TYLER COYLE

Windsor/Purdue

6-1, 209 Safety

Coyle played at UConn for three seasons before transferring to Purdue in 2020. He recorded 13 tackles in one start over four games for the Boilmakers before being sidelined by a foot injury. At UConn, Coyle led the team in tackles in both 2019 (86) and 2018 (107). Coyle was given a 5.60 prospect grade according to NFL.com, which projects him as a potential player to make a roster or practice squad. A three-sport athlete out of Winsor, Coyle helped his team win a state championship his junior year for football. He also claimed the state crown for the high jump in track and was part of a national title winning team for the 4x200 relay. He was a two-time New Haven Register/GameTimeCT.com all-state selection in football.

BEN MASON

Newtown/Michigan

6-3, 246 FB

Mason has won Michigan’s ‘Team’s Toughest Player’ Award twice for his powerful play at fullback. Mason has a prospect grade of 5.53 according to NFL.com, which projects him as a potential player to make a roster or practice squad. The 2016 New Haven Register/GameTimeCT and Connecticut Gatorade Player of The Year as a linebacker, Mason transitioned to fullback during his freshman season at Michigan. That season he scored two touchdowns, starting twice in 13 games. His sophomore season, Mason scored seven times in 13 games as a short-yardage back. Mason also made one start as a defensive tackle in 2019. He was a three-time New Haven Register/GameTimeCT.com selection at Newtown.

KEYION DIXON

Glastonbury/ Eastern Kentucky

6-3, 185 WR

Beginning his collegiate career at UConn, Dixon started five games and played in all 12 games for the Huskies in 2017 and recorded two receiving touchdowns. After transferring to EKU as a junior, Dixon led the team in receiving yards with one touchdown. His senior year he led EKU with six touchdowns. His prospect grade of 5.63 projects him as a potential player to make a roster or practice squad. Dixon was an All-State selection as a receiver, quarterback and a defensive back as a senior at Glastonbury in 2015.