5 Small School School Steals: Secondary Edition

The NFL has transitioned from the days of smashmouth rushing attacks, to more high octance passing games. Not to say that those throwback offenses don’t exist, but they are far more rare these days. With that in mind, let’s look at a few prospects from small schools that could help your favorite team’s Secondary.




Lorenzo Jerome


Position: Free Safety

Height: 5’10

Weight: 204

School: Saint Francis (PA)



Lorenzo Jerome is perhaps one of the most instinctive players in this year’s drafts. At the FCS level, Jerome took calculated risks when playing the ball and most times it paid off. He was a turnover machine at the collegiate level and also showed his propensity to create turnovers at a higher level with outstanding showings at the NFLPA Bowl and The Senior Bowl.



Josh Thornton


Position: Cornerback

Height: 5’10

Weight: 180

School: Southern Utah



Thornton is a speedster with good coverage skills. He was clocked at 4.39 during his Pro Day. Thornton looks to follow in the foot steps of last year’s Leshaun Sims, who was selected by the Tennessee Titans. Thornton could have a good career covering the slot and could make an impact on Special Teams immediately.



Jamal Agnew


Position: Cornerback

Height: 5’10

Weight: 190

School: San Diego



Agnew is a solid coverage man, with above average press skills. He’s been clocked as low as 4.35 in the 40 yard dash. He had an excellent career at San Diego and left as the all time leader in pass breakups with 48. Similarly to Thornton, Agnew could excel as a slot Cornerback at the next level.



Xavier Coleman

NCAA Football: Portland State at Washington State

Position: Cornerback

Height: 5’11

Weight: 190

School: Portland State



For teams utilizing more of a man scheme, Coleman is an ideal late round selection. He has all the physical tools needed to be a starter at the next level. But, he must show he can adjust to the speed of the game. He looks to follow his former partner in crime in Portland State’s secondary, Patrick Onwuasor (Baltimore Ravens UDFA).



David Jones


Position: Free Safety

Height: 6’1

Weight: 205

School: Richmond



Jones played as a Cornerback in his Freshman and Sophomore season, before converting to Safety for his last two seasons. He has excellent range and a nose for the ball (14 career interceptions). He ran a 4.43 40 at his Pro Day, and would be way more high on everyone’s radar if not for an injury that sidelined him for part of his Senior Season.

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