Month: February 2017

Getting to know your FCS Prospects at the NFL Combine

 

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FCS Prospects

 

 

Austell, Erik-(OT, Charleston Southern)- Big South

Shrine Game Interview

Davis, Keionta -(DE, Chattanooga)- Southern

Film vs Alabama


Davenport, Julie'n-(OT, Bucknell)-Patriot League

Tyrant Scouting Player Spotlight


Levin, Corey -(OL, Chattanooga)- Southern

Film vs Jacksonville State


Saubert, Eric -(TE, Drake)- Pioneer

Film-Highlights

Bourne, Kendrick -(WR, Eastern Washington)- Big Sky

Video Interview

Kupp, Cooper -(WR, Eastern Washington)- Big Sky

Film vs Washington State

Lee, Cameron -(OG Illinois St.)- Missouri Valley

Tyrant Scouting Player Spotlight

Langley, Brendan -(CB, Lamar)- Southland

Film vs Baylor 2015

Cohen, Tarik -(RB, North Carolina A&T)- MEAC

Film-Highlights

Leamon, Javarius -(OT South Carolina St.)- MEAC

Film vs Clemson

Jerome, Lorenzo -(Safety, St. Francis)- Northeast

Film vs Villanova


Dunker, Jessamen -(G, Tennessee St)-. Ohio Valley




Robinson, Ezra -(CB, Tennessee St.)- Ohio Valley

Senior Bowl Interview

Kpassagnon, Tanoh -(DE, Villanova)- Colonial

Film vs South Dakota State

Ugokwe, Jerry -(OT, William & Mary)- Colonial

Tyrant Scouting Player Spotlight

Moss, Avery (-DE, Youngstown St.)- Missouri Valley

Shrine Game Interview

Rivers, Derek -(DE/OLB, Youngstown St.)- Missouri Valley

Film vs Northern Iowa
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Pre Combine Draft Grades (Small School)

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On an average year, around 20 prospects from small schools are drafted in the NFL, with many more earning shots to make a roster. Those that don’t make the cut for the NFL have other options to continue playing football including CFL and Arena football. Below we have our 2017 prospects seperated into two tiers.

*Red Font indicates CFL Draft eligibility

Tier I-Players with a Draftable Grade

QB

-None-

RB

Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T)-Film vs Kent State ’16

WR

Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington)-Film vs Washington State ’16

Chad Williams (Grambling State)-Film vs NC Central ’16

Karel Hamilton (Samford)-Film (Highlights ’16)

Krishawn Hogan (Marian)

TE

Adam Shaheen (Ashland)-Film (Highlights)

Eric Saubert (Drake)-Film (Highlights)

OT

Julien Davenport (Bucknell)-Player SpotlightFilm vs VMI ’16

Jylan Ware (Alabama State)-Player Spotlight

Jerry Ugokwe (William & Mary)-Player Spotlight

Javarius Leamon (South Carolina State)-Film vs Clemson ’16

OG/OC

Jessamen Dunker (Tennessee State)

Corey Levin (Chattanooga)-Film vs Jacksonville State ’15

Jordan Morgan (Kutztown)-Player SpotlightFilm vs East Stroudsburg ’16

Cameron Lee (Illinois State)-Player Spotlight

DE

Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova)-Film (Highlights)

Derek Rivers (Youngstown State)-Film vs UNI ’16

Karter Schult (Northern Iowa)

Keionta Davis (Chattanooga)-Film vs Jacksonville State ’15

Avery Moss (Youngstown State)

DT

-None-

LB

Connor Harris (Lindenwood)-Player SpotlightFilm (Highlights)

Javancy Jones (Jackson State)-Player SpotlightFilm (Highlights)

Jordan Herdman (Simon Fraser)-Film (Highlights ’16)

CB

Brendan Langley (Lamar)-Film vs Baylor ’15ESPN Spotlight

Ezra Robinson (Tennessee State)

Safety

Lorenzo Jerome (St. Francis)-Film (Highlights)

Specialists

-None-

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Tier II-UDFA/CFL/Arena

QB

Brady Gustafson (Montana)-Film vs Northern Iowa ’16

Antonio Pipkin (Tiffin)-Film vs Northern Michigan ’16Film vs Michigan Tech ’16

Jack Nelson (Winona State)-Player Spotlight

Kyle Zimmerman (NWMSU)-Film (Highlights)

Nate Shafnisky (Lehigh)

Alex Torgersen (Penn)-Film vs Princeton ’16

Jeff Ziemba (Shepherd)-Film vs Notre Dame College ’15

Skylar Mornhinweg (Columbia)

Steve Cluley (William & Mary)

Michael Birdsong (Tennessee Tech)

RB

King Frazier (North Dakota State)-Player SpotlightFilm vs Montana ’15

Lenard Tillery (Southern)-Film (Highlights)

Tyvis Smith (Northern Iowa)-Film vs Portland State ’16

Darius Victor (Towson)-Film (Highlights)

Josh Clemons (Jacksonville State)

Khalid Abdullah (James Madison)-Film (Highlights ’16)

De’shawn Jones (Campbell)-74 yard TD run

De’angelo Henderson (Coastal Carolina)-Film vs NDSU ’14

Mike Holloway (Charleston Southern)-Film (Career Highlights)

Kade Harrington (Lamar)-Film (Highlights ’15)

William Stanback (Virginia Union)-31 yard TD run

Jody Webb (Youngstown State)-Film (Highlights)

Martin Ruiz (Youngstown State)

Derrick Crane (UT Chattanooga)

WR

Domo Taylor (James Madison)-Film (Highlights ’16)

Verlan Hunter (Grambling State)

Kegan Moore (Stetson)

Kendrick Bourne (Eastern Washington)-34 yard TD reception

Josh Barge (Jacksonville State)

Bruce Mapp (Coastal Carolina)-Film (Highlights)

Willie Quinn (Southern)-Film (Highlights ’16)

Lance Lenoir (Western Illinois)-Film (Highlights)

Garry Brown (Cal-Pa)-Film (Highlights)

Shaq Hill (Eastern Washington)

Denzel Keyes (NCA&T)-Film (Highlights Career)

Fabian Guerra (Fairmont State)-Film (Highlights Career)

Ryan Radke (Thiel)-Player SpotlightFilm (Highlights)

BJ Bunn (UNC-Pembroke)-Film (Highlights ’16)

Brian Brown (Richmond)-Film (Highlights)

Bryce Shade (Wesley)-80 yard TD score

Billy Brown (Shepherd)-Film vs Cal (Pa) ’16Film vs North Alabama ’16

Robert Tonyan Jr (Indiana State)-Film (Highlights)

Anthony Warrum (Illinois State)-Film (Highlights)

John Maddaluna (Colgate)-93 yard TD score

TE

Paul Butler (Cal-Pa)-Film vs Shippensburg ’16

Jordan Powell (New Hampshire)

Phazahn Odom (Fordham)-Player SpotlightFilm (Highlights)

Anthony Auclair (Laval)-Film (Highlights)

Brandon Barnes (Alabama State)-Film (Highlights)

Nehemiah Winston (UC Davis)

Steven Wroblewski (Southern Utah)-Film (Highlights)

Anthony Firkser (Harvard)

OT

Mitchell Kirsch (James Madison)

Zach Voytek (New Haven)-Film (Highlights)

Landon Lechler (North Dakota State)

Jac’Que Polite (Winston-Salem State)-Film (Highlights ’15)

Dylan Colucci (Youngstown State)

Evan Kanz (Eastern Illinois)

OG/OC

Ethan Cooper (IUP)-Player Spotlight

Joe LoSchiavo (Slippery Rock)

Justin Miller (Grambling State)

Zack Johnson (North Dakota State)

Bret Neiderreither (Mercer)

Desmond Cooper (NCCU)

Lawrence Keys (UNC Pembroke)-Film (Highlights ’16)

Casey Dunn (Jacksonville State)-Film vs Chattanooga ’15

JP Flynn (Montana State)-Film (Highlights ’15)

Bret Treadway (Lamar)

Mark Spelman (Illinois State)-Film (Highlights)

Samuel Ekwonike (Coastal Carolina)

Kerry Williams (Alabama State)-Film (Highlights)

Kyle Avaloy (Illinois State)

Connor Bozick (Delaware)

Markus Cook (Jackson State)

Anton Wahrby (Wofford)

DE

Davion Belk (Stetson)-Film (Highlights)

Samson Ebukam (Eastern Washington)-Film vs Washington State ’16

Stacy Garner (Alcorn State)

Cass Weitl (NW Missouri State)

Lucky Baar (Mckendree)-Film (Highlights ’16)

Brad Ambrosius (North Dakota State)

Paulin Milano (Virginia Union)

Mack Marrin (Drake)

Ruben Demosthene (Southern Nazarene)-Film (Highlights)

Teidrick Smith (Mary Hardin-Baylor)-Film (Highlights)

Asia Boling (Central Connecticut State)

Troy Gahm (Alma College)-Film (Highlights ’16)

Joby St. Fleur (NW Oklahoma State)-Film (Highlights)

Desmond Owino (Jacksonville State)

Damond King (Texas Southern)-Film (Highlights ’16)

DT

Patrick Ricard (Maine)

Roderick Henderson (Alabama State)-Film (Highlights)

Damani Taylor (UT Martin)-Film (Highlights ’16)

Copache Tyler (Yale)

Collin Bevins (NW Missouri State)-Film vs Ferris State ’16

Cornelius Henderson (Jackson State)-Film (Highlights)

Caleb Kidder (Montana)

Cole Langer (SDSU)

Winston Craig (Richmond)

Tevin Lawson  (Nicholls State)

Marquis Ragland (North Carolina A&T)-Film (Highlights)

Donovan McCray (Grambling State)-Film (Highlights)

Eddie Vinson (Emporia State)

LB

Dylan Cole (Missouri State)-Player Spotlight

Tre’von Johnson (Weber State)-Film (Highlights)

Nakevion Leslie (UT Chattanooga)-Film (Highlights)

George Dawson (Fordham)-Film (Highlights)

AJ Wentland (Mckendree)-Film (Highlights)

Tyler Condit (New Haven)-Film (Highlights)

Colton Caslow (Lehigh)-Film (Highlights)

Aaron Cooper (Kentucky Christian)

Pierre Gee-Tucker (NDSU)-Film (Highlights ’16)

Christophe Tshimanga (Maine)-Film (Highlights)

Tosin Aguebor (Mercer)-Film (Highlights)

Angelo Keyes (NCA&T)-Film (Highlights)

Kourtney Berry (Alabama State)-Film (Highlights)

Roper Garrett (SEMO)-Film (Highlights)

Darius Jackson (Jacksonville State)

Omar Howard (Richmond)

Marquis Smith (Savannah State)-Film (Highlights)

Gage Steele (James Madison)

Christian Kuntz (Duquesne)-Film (Highlights)

Arkez Cooper (Grambling State)-Film (Highlights)

CB

Dante’ Blackmon (Kennesaw State)-Player Spotlight

Jordan Norris (NW Oklahoma State)-Film (Highlights)

Troy McGowens (Charleston Southern)

Taylor Reynolds (James Madison)-Film vs Colgate ’15Film (Highlights ’15)

Ray Buchanan Jr (Northern Iowa)-Film (Highlights)

Kristian Wilson (Bowie State)-Film (Updated Highlights)

Tavian Lott (ETSU)-Film (Highlights ’15)

JR Nelson (Montana)

Josh Thornton (Southern Utah)

Ty Law (Tennessee State)

Xavier Coleman (Portland State)

Jamal Agnew (San Diego)-Film (Highlights ’13-’15)

Trey Reed (William & Mary)

David Rivers III (Youngstown State)-Film (Highlights)

Casey DeAndrade (New Hampshire)-Film vs Delaware ’15

Safety

David Jones (Richmond)-Film (Highlights)

Rhaheim Ledbetter (Southern)

Jamerson Bount (Samford)

Donald Payne (Stetson)-Film (Highlights)

Tyson Graham Jr. (South Dakota)-Player SpotlightRude Dog Show Interview

Leroy Alexander (Youngstown State)

Terrence Singleton (Prairie View)

Marquice O’Leary (Prairie View)

Raven Greene (James Madison)

Rodney Singleton (Lenoir-Rhyne)

Guy Stallworth (Grambling State)

Specialists

K Matt Davis (UNC-Pembroke)

K Will Gingery (Wittenberg)

Predicting Top Small School Players and their NFL fit

A look at some of the top small school talents in the upcoming draft, and their best fits due to scheme or need:

 

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1.) Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington Wide Receiver)

After a storied career at FCS Eastern Washington that saw Kupp rack up 6,464 receiving yards and and 73 touchdowns, he lit up the Senior Bowl in Mobile. He consistently won his matchups, and powered the Kupp hype train to even higher levels. He is a polished route runner with a great set of hands, and he can immediately contribute to any team he goes to.

 

Prediction: Chicago Bears (Other Options: New York Giants, Washington Redskins)

John Fox has been pretty successful through his drafts both with the Panthers and the Broncos, leading both teams to the Super Bowl in year two. That’s pretty lofty goals as he heads in to year two with the Chicago Bears. Throughout his tenure, Fox has steered clear of Wide Receivers in the Round One of the draft. Don’t expect that to change much this year. Fox and his staff had full access to Cooper Kupp during his time in Mobile, as Fox coached the North Team. With Alshon Jeffery possibly on his way out, Kupp could be a homerun selection.

 

 

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2.) Julien Davenport (Bucknell Offensive Tackle)

 

This outstanding Offensive Tackle is one of the few players to earn All Patriot League selections in all four of his years at Bucknell.  He’s a durable player and started all 44 possible games over his career. He’s boasts true Offensive Tackle size at 6’6 and 310 pounds. He has an absolutely ridiculous wingspan at 87 1/2″. He handled himself well at the Senior Bowl, and did very well against more intense competition.

Prediction: Los Angeles Chargers (Other options: Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings)

Davenport showed off his pass protection ability throughout his college career and during his Senior Bowl bouts. The Chargers current offensive line gave up 36 sacks last year and even more pressures. Davenport could step in and help right out of the gate, and would only get better with more reps.

 

 

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3.) Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova Defensive End)

If you haven’t heard of the freak athlete who played Defensive End at Villanova, you will soon. His speed is absolutely terrifying for a man as big as he is (6’7 and 280). He has an explosive burst and first step, yet remains a project. He’s been compared favorably to the New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul.

Prediction: Carolina Panthers (Other Options: Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals)

Rivera has put together a very strong defensive unit in Carolina, spearheaded by All-Pro Linebacker Luke Kuechly. Something that could boost their defense to the next level is a threat on the outside on pass rushing downs. Ron Rivera is a very good, defensive minded coach that could bring out the best in Kpassagnon.

 

 

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4.) Lorenzo Jerome (St. Francis-PA Safety)

Jerome certainly opened some eyes throughout the All-Star game process, notching five takeaways between the NFLPA Bowl and the Senior Bowl. He has a knack for the football and the wheels to get there in a hurry. He is the all time career interception leader at St. Francis with 18.

Prediction: Indianapolis Colts (Other Options: Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints)

The Colts can definitely use some help on the defensive side of the ball, and that could definitely include beefing up the secondary. Lorenzo Jerome would be a great match here, and could use his turnover creating abilities to add another dimension to the Colts defense.

 

 

 

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5.) Derek Rivers (Youngstown State Defensive End)

Teams that are looking for a steal as a pass rusher, look no further. Rivers has an explosive first step, and is twitchy enough to bend the edge consistently. He has shown the ability to convert speed to power and has a nice bull rush. He projects well as a 3-4 OLB, but may need to adjust to dropping into coverage.

 

Prediction: New York Jets (Other Options: Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams)

Though the Jets have a nasty interior pass rush, they have needed a true OLB in the last few drafts. Rivers could provide that the rush off the edge they are looking for. With that defensive line to eat up blockers, Rivers could flourish in the Jets scheme.

 

 

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6.) Adam Shaheen (Ashland TE)

It is rare for a Division II player to declare for the NFL Draft in their Junior year, but Shaheen is a rare player. He has outstanding size for the position (6’6 and 277 pounds), and still shows the foot quickness to threaten defenses down the seam. He has outstanding hands and is very dangerous in the redzone. With a good showing at the Combine, Shaheen could have teams scrambling to draft him.

Prediction: Tennessee Titans (Other Options: Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers)

This may seem an odd pick with Delanie Walker fresh off of his second Pro Bowl appearance. But, Shaheen would immediately be a number one target in the Red Zone for a team that badly needs one. He could learn the nuances of the next level from Walker and be ready to take over when needed.

 

 

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7.) Jordan Morgan (Kutztown Offensive Guard)

Morgan is a 320 mauler at Tackle for Kutztown, who quite literally ran the ball behind him. He projects as a Guard at the next level and had a solid showing at the Senior Bowl at that position. Jordan Morgan was recently awarded the Gene Upshaw Division II Offensive Lineman of the year award, after a ridiculously dominant season. He’s still developing as a football player, after only competing in one year of football in High School. He’s barely scratching the surface of his potential, and that is a scary thought.

 

Prediction: Cleveland Browns (Other Options: Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants)

Hue Jackson loves to pound the rock, and so does Jordan Morgan. The Browns could use Morgan at RG as an insurance policy, in case John Greco doesn’t come back 100% from his foot surgery. No matter who starts at Quarterback next year for the Browns, the need an upgraded Offensive Line.

 

 

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8.) Keionta Davis (UT-Chattanooga Defensive End)

Davis has a non stop motor and a solid repertoire of pass rush moves. He had two great showings against top tier NFL prospect when the Mocs clashed against Florida State last year, and Alabama this year. He is versatile and can win with power or speed, and had great college production with 28 career sacks.

 

Prediction: San Francisco 49ers (Other Options: Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Robert Saleh took over as the 49ers defensive coordinator. He spent the last few years as a Linebackers Coach for the Jaguars, and before that spent time with the Seahawks. With Buckner and Armstead projecting to move to Defensive Tackle, Saleh could use some more pass rushing Defensive Ends that can hold the edge. Davis could be a good fit here.

 

 

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9.) Javancy Jones (Jackson State Linebacker/Defensive End)

Javancy Jones is a versatile Linebacker that can play multiple spots, including all four spots in a 3-4. His best projected fit however is ILB (3-4) or SAM LB (4-3). He is very athletic and can shoot gaps quickly. He does a great job setting the edge as well. In 2016 at OLB,  Jones posted 82 tackles (19.5 TFL) and four sacks. He is a fiery competitor that loves to pump up his teammates, and he is a proven play maker on the field.

 

Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers (Other Options: Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts)

There is a possibility that 10 year veteran, Lawrence Timmons could leave in Free Agency. If that ends up being the situation, Javancy Jones would be a perfect fit to pair with Ryan Shazier and gives you a dynamic duo inside. This would give Pittsburgh Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler a lot of flexibility in rush packages as well.

 

 

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10.) Karter Schult (Northern Iowa Defensive End)

Schult has been a force of nature for UNI the last few years, and currently holds the Northern Iowa record for career tackles for a loss (56) and is second in career sacks (35.5). He saved the best for last however, put together a dominant season for the Panthers last season (17 sacks and 24 TFL). He an outstanding power rusher, and has a motor that runs hot all the time. Schult won’t be seen taking plays off, and many sacks and hits behind the line are solely due to this.

Prediction: Dallas Cowboys (Other Options: New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens)

Dallas needs a pass rusher to truly take the next step as a defensive unit. They need a player that can put pressure on opposing Quarterbacks. But, Schult has shown that he’s not just a situational pass rusher and can contribute in the run game as well.

Current FBS Transfers to FCS Teams

NCAA Football: Tulane at Georgia Tech

Alabama State

Jatterius Gulley (OG, BYU)

Gulley can help to ease the pain from All-American Kerry Williams, graduation. He has a very good chance of assuming a starting role and being an impact starter for Alabama State.

-Jason Tyrant

Uvakeious McGhee (DE, Troy)

DJ Pearson (QB, Arkansas State)

Albany

Antoine White (DT, Penn State)

UT Chattanooga

Nick Tiano (QB, Mississippi State)

Duquesne

Tommy Stuart (QB,Boise State)

Brett Zanotto (LB, Maryland)

Eastern Kentucky

Garrett Kruczek (QB, UCF)

Jason Lewis (RB, Arizona State)

LJ Scott (RB, Louisville)

Grambling State

Christian Morris (OT, Ole Miss)

Jacksonville State

BJ Autry (OT, Baylor/Coffeyville CC)

James Madison

Gus Little (LB, Maryland)

Marcus Marshall (RB, Georgia Tech)

Competition will be stiff at James Madison, but especially at the RB position. Last year’s leading rusher from Georgia Tech has a shot to supplant Trai Sharp as the starter, but I expect a heavy rotation of both as JMU look to repeath their Championship run.

-Jason Tyrant

Kennesaw State

Dorian Walker (DB, Georgia Tech)

Shawn Furlow (ECU)

Peyton Moore (GSU)

Lafayette

Anthony Giudice (DL, Syracuse)

Lamar

James White (RB, Texas A&M)

McNeese State

Chris Aye (OL, La Tech)

Montana

David Shaw (DT, Maryland)

North Carolina A&T

Jamari Smith (RB, South Carolina)

After the electric Tarik Cohen left for greener pastures, it appeared there would be a huge hole on this offense. Enter Jamari Smith, he could be a bellcow for the Aggies. If he assertively wins the position, expect great production for him.

-Jason Tyrant

North Carolina Central

Chris Burton (DT, Cincinnati)

Northwestern State

Jazz Ferguson (WR, LSU)

This 6’5 target will instantly improve the Receiving talent on this team, and will be a dangerous target in the Red Zone. He could be a star on this team.

-Jason Tyrant

Rhode Island

Tyler Burke (TE, Maryland)

Sacramento State

Kevin Thomson (QB, UNLV)

Joseph Ajeigbe (RB, Duke)

Sam Houston State

Ty Barrett (OL, TCU)

Deoundrei Davis (LB, Texas)

Samford

Brendan Loftus (OL, Miami)

Southern Utah

Nick Colson (TE, Nevada)

Tennessee State

Treon Harris (QB, Florida)

Chidi Okeke (OL, LSU)

On a line that lost a few starters in Jessamen Dunker and Kevin Kenton, Okeke can come in and help instantly. Tennessee State dipped into the SEC pool after having success with Dunker (Florida), and expect to get quality play out of Okeke. Keep an eye on this kid.

-Jason Tyrant

UT Martin

Armunz Matthews (DB, USF)

Christian Philpott (WR, Georgia Tech)

Wagner

D’Erren Wilson (WR, UCF)

Youngstown State

Chris Durkin (TE, Virginia Tech)

Player Spotlight: Lorenzo Mitchell

 

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Name: Lorenzo Mitchell

School: Tusculum

Conference: SAC-D2

Projected NFL Position: TE

Draft Class: 2017

 

Q&A with Lorenzo Mitchell

What is your name, school, and position?

Lorenzo Mitchell
Tusculum College
Tight End
What is your height and weight?
6’4 260
What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?
 My biggest assets on the field would be my ability to catch the football and run block ability.
Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?
I chose to attend Tusculum College because I felt like the coaches had my best interest and my teammates were a great group of guys that grind day in and day out.
What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?
Most people don’t know that I played basketball as well as football in high school and college.
What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?
 The one area of my game that I need to improve is my top End speed, I have been working hard with my trainers to improve it.
Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?
Best player I played against so far is my teammate Brandyn Bartlett.
Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?
 My favorite player at my position would have to be Gronk. (Gronkowski-NE TE) I mean the guy is an animal and he can do everything on the field.
What NFL team is your favorite and why?
 I am a die hard Patriots fan. I love the way the organization is ran. They use what they have and dominate every year. Giving small school players a chance to be a difference maker on the field. Bill Belichick is a Mastermind of a coach.
Any parting words for your fans or friends?
 I want to thank my friends and family for all the support over the years. Wouldn’t have this opportunity without their love and faith in me.

 

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Additional Information

 

Winona State: Played two seasons at Winona State (2014, 2015) in Winona, Minn… Coached by Tom Sawyer. 2015: Played in 10 games with two starts… Finished with seven receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown against Wayne State… Also tallied a pair of tackles… 2014: Played in all 11 games in his first season with the Warriors… Made four catches for 53 yards… Caught two passes for a season-high 30 yards, including a 20-yard grab against Southwest Minnesota State.

High School: Graduated from Bartlett (Ill.) HS… Coached by Tom Meaney, Eric Ilich… Led team to a pair of conference titles (2010, 2011)… Stats: 2011: 35 receptions, 668 yards, 8 TD… Lettered in football and basketball… Team captain… Upstate Eight selection… 2011 Valley All-Conference… 2011 All-Area… 2011 All-State honorable mention… 2010 All-Area in basketball… 2011 Most Improved… 2011 Basketball Team MVP…

Personal: Born Feb. 25, 1994 in Chicago, Ill… Nickname: Zo… Son of Conice Harris… Future plans: Live the dream… Hobbies: sports, video games… Uncle, Johnnie Harris, played football with the Oakland Raiders (2000-2003) and New York Giants (2003-2006); Cousin – Antonio Dennard, played football with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012), New York Giants (2013), Green Bay Packers (2013, 2014); Cousin – Walt Harris, played football for the Chicago Bears (1996-2001), Indianapolis Cots (2002-2003), Washington Redskins (2004-2005), San Francisco 49ers (2006-2009) and Baltimore Ravens (2010).

More About Lorenzo: Favorite book: Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham”; Favorite midnight snack: Smike Fruit Snack; Favorite movie: “Good Burger”; Favorite musical artist: Lil’ Wayne; Favorite song: “Hell & Back” by Kid Ink; Favorite sports team: New England Patriots; Lorenzo can’t go a week without: Food; Favorite athlete: Michael Vick; Most thrilling moment in sports: His first one-handed catch for a TD; Advice to kids: “Do your homework”; Favorite color: Black; Favorite food: Stuffing; Favorite sport other than football: Basketball; Person Lorenzo most admires: Kobe Bryant; Most famous person Lorenzo has ever met: JJ Watt, Michael Jordan; Toughest player Lorenzo has ever played against: Jabari Parker; What people don’t know about: Video game specialist; When he was a kid, Lorenzo tried to be like: Michael Vick.

 

via http://www.tusculumpioneers.com

 

Check out his Senior Game Film here: Lorenzo Mitchell

2017 Small School Prospect Big Board

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Top 50 Small School Prospects

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1.) Cooper Kupp (WR, Eastern Washington)

Kupp had a storied career at Eastern Washington, compiling 6,464 receiving yards and 73 touchdowns in his career. He carried his momentum into the Senior Bowl and had a very good showing against top tier competition. He has a very real shot of being an early Day 2 selection.

2.) Julien Davenport (OT, Bucknell)

Julien Davenport has been a hot name in small school circles for awhile now, and that escalated to scorching proportions after a very good showing in the Senior Bowl. He looked in complete control during most of his one on ones at the Senior Bowl. He has the NFL size for an Offensive Tackle, including a 87 1/2″ wingspan.

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3.) Lorenzo Jerome (Safety, Saint Francis)

No prospect has done more to boost his stock lately than Jerome. He was named the MVP of the NFLPA bowl after recording two interceptions. He then traveled to Mobile for the Senior Bowl and had two interceptions and a forced fumble. He showcased his dynamic playmaking ability, and his propensity to create turnovers.

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4.) Derek Rivers (DE/OLB, Youngstown State)

Rivers had a great career with Youngstown State that culminated in the FCS National Championship game. He spent his career terrorizing Quarterbacks, bringing them down 37.5 times. He had a good run at the Senior Bowl, showing off a nice first step and utilizes his speed off the edge. He has shown the ability to convert speed to power, and demonstrates advanced hand usage.

5.) Tanoh Kpassagnon (DE, Villanova)

Kpassagnon won the weigh ins at the Senior Bowl, showing off a shredded NFL frame (6’6, 280 lbs). He had a decent Senior Bowl showing, placating some of the raw prospect talk. But, he will need to continue to refine his craft to succeed.

6.) Keionta Davis (DE, Chattnooga)

7.) Javarius Leamon (OT, South Carolina State)

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8.) Chad Williams (WR, Grambling State)

9.) Jessamen Dunker (OG, Tennessee State)

10.) Javancy Jones (LB, Jackson State)

11.) Jylan Ware (OT, Alabama State)

12) Jordan Morgan (OG, Kutztown)

13.) Avery Moss (DE, Youngstown State)

14.) Jordan Herdman (LB, Simon Fraser)

15.)  Corey Levin (OG, Chattanooga)

16.) Connor Harris (LB, Lindenwood)

17.) Brendan Langley (CB, Lamar)

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18.) Karter Schult (DE, Northern Iowa)

19.) Cameron Lee (OG, Illinois State)

20.) Phazahn Odom (TE, Fordham)

21.) Ezra Robinson (CB, Tennessee State)

22.) Jerry Ugokwe (OT, William & Mary)

23.) Antonio Pipkin (QB, Tiffin)

24.) Donald Payne (LB, Stetson)

25.) Eric Saubert (TE, Drake)

 

26.) Roderick Henderson (NT, Alabama State)

27.) Karel Hamilton (WR, Samford)

28.) Anthony Auclair (TE, Laval)

29.) Justin Miller (OG, Grambling State)

30.) Patrick Ricard (DT, Maine)

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31.) Brady Gustafson (QB, Montana)

32.) Caleb Kidder (DE, Montana)

33.) Donovan McCray (DT, Grambling State)

34.) Dylan Cole (LB, Missouri State)

35.) Tyson Graham Jr. (SS, South Dakota)

36.) Taylor Reynolds (CB, James Madison)

37.) Marquis Smith (LB, Savannah State)

38.) King Frazier (RB, North Dakota State)

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39.) Adam Shaheen (TE, Ashland)

40.) Marquis Ragland ( DT, NC A&T)

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41.) Teidrick Smith (DE, Mary Hardin-Baylor)

42.) Denzel Keyes (WR, NC A&T)

43.) Mark Spelman (Center, Illinois State)

44.) Jac’Que Polite (OT, WSSU)

45.) Billy Brown (WR/TE, Shepherd)

46.) Brian Brown (WR, Richmond)

47.) Jack Nelson (QB, Winona State)

48.) Khalid Abdullah (RB, James Madison)

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49.) Garry Brown (WR, Cal)

50.) Tarik Cohen (RB, NC A&T)

Player Spotlight: Tyson Graham Jr.

 

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Name: Tyson Graham Jr

School: South Dakota

Conference: Missouri Valley Conference

Projected NFL Position: SS

Draft Class: 2017

 

 

Q&A with Tyson Graham Jr.

What is your name, school, and position?

Tyson Graham , The University of South Dakota, Strong Safety

What is your height and weight?

6’2 213

What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?

Tackling and Versatility

Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?

I felt as though USD was just the best fit for me to not only continue my football career but also earn my degree. They blessed with me that opportunity.

What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?

Best Madden player..

What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?

Coverage..I feel as though you can always polish up your coverage skills.

Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?

David Johnson – UNI (Arizona Cardinals starting RB)

Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?

Kam Chancellor (Seattle Seahawks SS)…The passion and and physicality he brings to the game is crazy!

What NFL team is your favorite and why?

Washington Redskins..Always been a huge fan, since Sean Taylor, Clinton Portis all those guys.

Any parting words for your fans or friends?

To my friends and guys still in college, just keep grinding and don’t give up.

 

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Additional Information

 

2016
One of six team captains–Moved to LB

71 total tackles and 4 interceptions

2015
One of 39 Coyotes who competed in all 11 games … started 10 of 11 games at free safety … earned honorable mention all-MVFC honors … finished as the team’s second-leading tackler with 71 including 41 solo stops and 1.5 for loss … finished second in the MVFC and ranked 29th nationally in interceptions per game with four picks in 11 games … also credited with three pass breakups … forced a fumble that USD recovered at the goal line in the first quarter against Kansas State in the season opener (9/5) … twice led the team in tackles … had 10 stops in games against Youngstown State (10/3) and South Dakota State (11/14) … helped anchor a defense that ranked 31st nationally in total defense and 21stnationally in pass defense

2014
South Dakota’s leading tackler with 97 stops … ranked seventh in the Missouri Valley and 87th nationally in tackles per game (8.1) … led the team with 44 solo tackles … one of six Coyotes who picked off a pass during the season … led the team with seven pass breakups … one of 25 Coyotes who played in all 12 games … started the final nine games of the season at free safety … had a solo tackle on Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in the season opener at FBS national runner-up Oregon (8/30) … had eight stops (seven solo) against the Ducks … had 39 tackles in a span of three games against Southern Illinois (13), UNI (12) and Missouri State (season-high 14) … intercepted a pass in the home opener against William Penn that led to an offensive touchdown that sealed the win (9/6) … had seven special teams tackles.

2013
Played in all 12 games and started the first three games of the season at wide receiver … had a 37-yard reception at Kansas (9/7) … played mostly on special teams … had two special-teams tackles at UNI (10/19) and three special-teams stops vs. Youngstown State (11/2) … was named Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week (leading up to Illinois State).

2012
Redshirted…offensive scout team player of the week heading into the North Dakota State game.

Prep
Attended Highlands Christian Academy where he was named one of the top 50 players in Broward County, while earning Defensive Player of the Year honors and all-conference honors as a senior…He was selected for the Palm Beach vs. Broward All-Star Game…Led the team in tackles as a free safety with 96…Had 10 total touchdowns, 500 receiving yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions as a senior.

Personal
Son of Tyson Graham, Sr. and C’estquea Graham… kinesiology and sports science major.

 

via http://www.goyotes.com

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Tyrant Analysis

Graham Jr. is a thowback Strong Safety, and excels while playing close to the line of scrimmage. He’s a sure tackler, that does well diagnosing the play and navigating through the trash to get to the ball carrier. He shifted to Linebacker his Senior season, and did well there also. He is solid in coverage as well, and his versatility is his biggest asset. His experience both playing Safety and Linebacker can be invaluable as he looks to find his place at the next level. Take a look at our Small School Draft HQ here.