Author: Jason Tyrant

Mid-Season Small School Position Rankings: RB

NFL 2011: NFL Draft APR 28

Senior Runningback Rankings

 

1. Chase Edmonds (Fordham)

2. Roc Thomas (Jacksonville State)

3. De’Lance Turner (Alcorn State)

4. Detrez Newsome (Western Carolina)

5. Martez Carter (Grambling State)

6. Jaquan Gardner (Humboldt State)

7. Anthony Philyaw (Howard)

8. Stacy Bedell (Stony Brook)

9. Trenton Cannon (Virginia State)

10. Lemonte Booker (Indiana State)

11. Daouda Sylla (Findlay)

12. Phydell Paris (Black Hills State)

13. Tucker Yinger (Dayton)

14. Chris Jones (Northwestern State)

15. Yahkee Johnson (Hampton)

16. Eugene Bethea (Southeastern Louisiana)

17. Brady Mengarelli (South Dakota State)

18. James Holland Jr (Colgate)

19. Kijana Amous (Stephen F Austin)

20. Harold Cooper (Rhode Island)

 

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Mid-Season Position Rankings: QB

NFL 2011: NFL Draft APR 28

 

 

Senior Quarterback Rankings

1. Devante Kincade (Grambling State/Ole Miss)

2. Chris Streveler (South Dakota/Minnesota)

3. Jeremiah Briscoe (Sam Houston State/UAB)

4. Kyle Lauletta (Richmond)

5. Peter Pujals (Holy Cross)

6. Hayden Hildebrand (Central Arkansas)

7. Tanner Garry (Slippery Rock/Youngstown State)

8. Luis Perez (Texas A&M-Commerce)

9. Connor Jessop (Shepherd/Virginia Tech)

10. Bryan Schor (James Madison)

11. Yianni Gavalas (LIU Post/Saint Ansalem)

12. Grant Kraemer (Drake)

13. Jordan Hein (Bemidji State/Northern Iowa)

14. Kevin Anderson (Fordham/Marshall)

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15. Tommy Stuart (Duquesne/Boise State)

16. Chad Kanoff (Princeton)

17. Michael Keir (Cal-PA)

18. Jake Sisson (Edinboro)

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19. Billy Pine (Hartwick)

20. Chas Stallard (Central Oklahoma)

 

 

 

2018 NFL Draft: Top 20 Small School Prospects (Mid-Season)

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Top 20

1.) Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State TE)

2.) Devante Kincade (Grambling State QB) *Ole Miss transfer

The Grambling State star shows a good blend of arm strength, touch and ball placement. He uses his legs to extend plays, and has the athleticism to hurt you on the ground.

3.) Aaron Stinnie (James Madison OT)

Stinnie, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior from Charlottesville, would become an All-CAA defensive lineman as a junior and a preseason FCS All-American as a senior. He accomplished that as an offensive lineman. NFL organizations are scouting Stinnie because of his blend of size and agility.

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4.) Nick DeLuca (North Dakota State LB)

DeLuca has been a mainstay for the Bison throughout his career. His size and instincts have many NFL teams interested.

 

5.) Tremon Smith (Central Arkansas CB)

Smith has the size that NFL teams covet at the cornerback position, and has developed into a lockdown player at the FCS level. He’s a large part of UCA’s success this year.

6.) Darius Jackson (Jacksonville State DE)

An unstoppable force for the Gamecocks, Jackson has the athleticism and ridiculous first step to make some waves at the next level. Routinely beats chips and double teams to apply pressure on the opposing signal callers.

7.) Jake Wieneke (South Dakota State WR)

8.) Marcus Martin (Slippery Rock DE)

“I don’t know that there are many of him at any level,” said Cal (Pa.) coach Gary Dunn, whose team lost to Slippery Rock, 47-44, in overtime Saturday, with Martin making a key sack in overtime. “He’s the total package. He plays nonstop.”

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9.) Brett Taylor (Western Illinois LB)

Taylor has been an absolute force for Western Illinois. He has great size and instincts for the position, and a motor that runs hot.

10.) Davontae Harris (Illinois State CB)

11.) Chase Edmonds (Fordham RB)

Edmonds is the most prolific runner in the FCS right now. He has the speed, burst and vision to make an NFL roster.

 

12.) Tyshon Mosley (Portland State G) *Utah State transfer

Mosley has been having a very underrated season this year. He generates good drive in the run game, and has the athletic ability to match up with quicker interior defenders.

13.) Charles Holland (Tiffin WR)

14.) Brandon Parker (North Carolina A&T T)

Parker is a highly regarded tackle prospect, and a good blend of size and athleticism. He could be a late round selection in the draft next year.

15.) Max Redfield (IUP S) *Notre Dame transfer

The Notre Dame transfer has played well since stepping on the field for IUP, and his time as a starter for an FBS program will get him looks from NFL organizations.

16.) Mike Basile (Monmouth S)

17) Chris Streveler (South Dakota QB) *Minnesota transfer

Streveler has been making a case for himself this year, leading South Dakota to an undefeated record. He’s a dual threat quarterback and has been racking up some gaudy stats.

18.) Roc Thomas (Jacksonville State RB) *Auburn transfer

Roc Thomas has shown us the ability that had him recruited to Auburn. He has is a homerun threat whenever he touches the ball, and is elusive in the open field.

19.) Sione Teuhema (Southeastern Louisiana DE) *LSU transfer

20.) Jeremiah Briscoe (Sam Houston State QB) *UAB transfer

Briscoe has had ridiculous production throughout his career at Sam Houston State. He can really sling the ball around. He has been highly touted by small school draft media.

 

Honorable mentions:

Travon Blanchard (Texas A&M-Commerce LB/S)

P.J Hall (Sam Houston State DE)

Nate Tanguay (North Dakota State DT)

Jake Krause (Bemidji State G)

Luis Perez (Texas A&M-Commerce QB)

Justin Lea (Jacksonville State G)

Andrew Vollert (Weber State TE)

Ebenezer Ogundeko (Tennessee State DE)

Alex Cappa (Humboldt State T)

Randin Crecilius (Portland State T)

Anthony Ellis (Charleston Southern DE)

Peter Pujals (Holycross QB)

Keon Roman (Kennesaw State S)

Chad Meredith (SEMO DE)

De’Lance Turner (Alcorn State RB)

Justin Watson (Penn WR)

James Okike (Wesley WR)

Ian Park (Slippery Rock G)

Taylor Nikithser (Cal-PA C)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Byard will be a household name

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FS Kevin Byard was tabbed as our breakout candidate of the year prior to the season. (Photo Credit: titansonline.com)

What defensive coordinator has more success with safeties than the legend, Dick Lebeau? He has orchestrated some of the most fearsome defenses in the NFL throughout his coaching career. When a coach with his level of expertise handpicks a prospect, there is a good chance that he will pan out. Dick Lebeau was vocal about Middle Tennessee safety, Kevin Byard. Before the season, we chose him to be our Breakout Candidate of the year.

His rookie campaign was solid, yet unspectacular. With poor cornerback play last season, Byard was left cleaning up broken coverages and holding the last line of defense. The cornerback position has been rehauled since then and two games into this season, he has been very outstanding. He’s great in coverage and active in run support. The former Middle Tennessee standout has already racked up 14 tackles.

Extrapolate those numbers through a 16 game slate, and he would be looking at 112 tackles.  Are those tackle numbers sustainable? Maybe not. But, this week against the Jaguars, Byard played all 67 defensive snaps. He was the only player on the defense to do so. The coaching staff has faith in him, and so does the man who drafted him.

“He’s always had a swagger, but he’s more vocal. He’s kind of the field general back there.”  Titan’s GM Jon Robinson on Kevin Byard’s progression.

Pair his instincts and his high motor together, add in being on the field for the majority of defensive snaps, and you’re going to see Kevin Byard blow up this year. Anything less than top five safety numbers this season, would be an absolute surprise.

The Titans throttle Jacksonville

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Derrick Henry will not be denied the touchdown, runs right over Jalen Ramsey.

In what was most certainly a tale of two halves, the Titans proved that they are the smashmouth kings of the AFC South. It seemed like coaches Mike Mularkey and Doug Marrone were using the same playbook in the first half, feeling each other out and trying to establish the run game.

It was tough sledding for the Titans early, and the Jacksonville defensive line kept Demarco Murray bottled up. Likewise, Jacksonville’s Fournette couldn’t get much going either. Marcus Mariota had a spotty first half, with a few questionable throws. Including an errant throw that was picked off by Telvin Smith. He settled down once the run game started to take off. He ended the day 15/27 with 215 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

The real story on the day was the emergence of Derrick Henry. He did most of his damage in the second half, and had a career high 92 yards on the day with a touchdown. He consistently broke tackles, and the Jaguars couldn’t slow him down.

 

Blake Bortles is always going to Bortles it seems, his three turnovers were nails in the coffin for Jaguars. Brian Orakpo hit him for a strip sack in the second quarter, which was recovered by Erik Walden. Then Bortles had two tipped balls in the second half that the opportunistic Titans defense intercepted.

The Titans dropped 31 points on Jacksonville in the second half, and validated some of the hype that media pundits were lavishing on them prior to the season. Next week’s matchup, against the Seattle Seahawks, will be another bar fight and will test the toughness of this Titans team. Fantasy owners, do what you can to move Demarco Murray, King Henry has ascended his throne.

 

 

 

Predicting Every Week 3 FCS Matchup

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South Dakota QB Chris Streveler will look to keep his hot streak rolling against a tough North Dakota squad.

Week 3 Matchups

Predicted winners denoted with (+)

Samford vs Georgia (+)

Mercer vs Auburn (+)

Delaware State vs West Virginia (+)

San Diego vs Princeton (+)

Furman vs NC State (+)

Bryant (+) vs Brown

Yale vs Lehigh (+)

Jacksonville (+) vs Walsh

Marist (+) vs Georgetown

Harvard (+) vs Rhode Island

Fordham vs Eastern Washington (+)

Ohio Dominican vs Penn (+)

Wagner (+) vs Columbia

Duquesne (+) vs Dayton

Citadel (+) vs ETSU

New Hampshire (+) vs Holycross

Central Conn. State vs Youngstown State (+)

Northern Colorado vs Colorado (+)

Howard vs Richmond (+)

Valparaiso (+) vs Trinity Int’l

John C. Smith vs South Carolina State (+)

Illinois State (+) vs Eastern Illinois

Murray State (+) vs Missouri State

VMI (+) vs Robert Morris

Tennessee Tech vs Ball State (+)

North Dakota vs South Dakota (+)

Savannah State vs Montana (+)

Morgan State vs Rutgers (+)

Cornell vs Delaware (+)

Norfolk State vs James Madison (+)

UC Davis vs Portland State (+)

Western Carolina (+) vs Gardner-Webb

Florida A&M vs Tennessee State (+)

Lafayette vs Villanova (+)

Colgate (+) vs Buffalo

Livingstone vs Hampton (+)

Bucknell vs William & Mary (+)

North Carolina A&T (+) vs Charlotte

Indiana State vs Liberty (+)

Sacred Heart vs Stony Brook (+)

UT-Martin (+) vs UT-Chattanooga

Dartmouth (+) vs Stetson

Charleston Southern (+) vs Elon

Bethune-Cookman vs Florida Atlantic (+)

Taylor University vs Butler (+)

Towson vs St. Francis (Pa) (+)

Idaho State vs Nevada (+)

Morehead State vs Austin Peay (+)

Alabama A&M vs South Alabama (+)

Drake vs South Dakota State (+)

Lamar (+) vs Northwestern State

Southeastern La. vs Central Arkansas (+)

Guilford vs Davidson (+)

Monmouth (+) vs Albany

Southern vs UTSA (+)

Southern Illinois (+) vs SEMO

Prairie View A&M vs Nicholls State (+)

Incarnate Word vs Stephen F. Austin (+)

Campbell vs Presbyterian (+)

Jackson State vs Grambling State (+)

McNeese vs Alcorn State (+)

Ark.-Pine Bluff vs Arkansas State (+)

Houston Baptist vs Abiliene Christian (+)

Northern Iowa (+) vs Southern Utah

Kennesaw State (+) vs Alabama State

Weber State (+) vs Sacramento State

2017 Small School Draft: Top 20 Results

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Summary

Taking a look at our top 20 players from last year’s pre-draft, small school big board. And our results are in.

 

11 players made the final 53 man rosters on their team

1 player retired with an opportunity to play, to pursue a coaching career

1 player is designated as a non football injury and eligible to return Week 8

2 players ended their season on IR

5 players waived by their team

 

 

The Prospects

1. Derek Rivers (Youngstown State EDGE) *drafted 3rd Rd 83rd overall to the New England Patriots–Season Ending IR (ACL)

2. Adam Shaheen (Division II Ashland TE) *drafted 2nd Rd 45th overall to the Chicago Bears–Made the 53 Man Roster

3. Julien Davenport (Bucknell OT) *drafted 4th Rd 130th overall to the Houston Texans–Made the 53 Man Roster

4. Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington WR) *drafted 3rd Rd 69th overall to the LA Rams–Made the 53 Man Roster

5. Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova DE) *drafted 2nd Rd 59th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs–Made the 53 Man Roster

6. Jordan Morgan (Division II Kutztown OG) *drafted 5th Rd 147th overall to the Chicago Bears–Season Ending IR (Shoulder)

7. Corey Levin (UT Chattanooga OG) *drafted 6th Rd 217th overall to the Tennessee Titans–Made the 53 Man Roster

8. Lorenzo Jerome (Saint Francis FS) *Signed as UDFA with San Francisco 49ers–Made the 53 Man Roster

9. Brendan Langley (Lamar CB) *drafted 3rd Rd 101st overall to the Denver Broncos–Made the 53 Man Roster

10. Jessamen Dunker (Tennessee State OG) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Giants–Waived by the Giants

11. Ezra Robinson (Tennessee State CB) *Signed as UDFA with the Jacksonville Jaguars–Waived by the Jaguars

12. Javancy Jones (Jackson State LB) *Signed as UDFA with the Arizona Cardinals–Retired to pursue a coaching career

13. Chad Williams (Grambling State WR) * drafted 3rd Rd 98th overall to the Arizona Cardinals–Made the 53 Man Roster

14. Keionta Davis (UT Chattanooga)*Signed as UDFA with the New England Patriots–Designated non football injury and eligible to return in 8 weeks

15. Roderick Henderson (Alabama State NT) *Signed as UDFA with the Tennessee Titans–Waived by the Titans

16. Javarious Leamon (South Carolina State OT) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Jets–Waived by the Jets

17. Kendrick Bourne (Eastern Washington WR) *Signed as UDFA with the San Francisco 49ers–Made the 53 Man Roster

18. Samson Ebukam (Eastern Washington EDGE) *drafted 4th Rd 125th overall to the LA Rams–Made the 53 Man Roster

19. Jylan Ware (Alabama State OT) *drafted 7th Rd 231st overall to the Oakland Raiders–Made the 53 Man Roster

20. Ethan Cooper (Division II IUP OG) *Signed as UDFA with the Pittsburgh Steelers–Waived by the Steelers

Senior Position Rankings: RB

1.) Chase Edmonds (Fordham)

2.) Roc Thomas (Jacksonville State)

3.) Martez Carter (Grambling State)

4.) Detrez Newsome (Western Carolina)

5.) Ja’Quan Gardner (Humboldt State)

6.) Corey Avery (Sam Houston State)

7.) Cardon Johnson (James Madison)

8.) Joe Protheroe (Cal Poly)

9.) Trenton Cannon (Virginia State)

10.) James Holland (Colgate)

Patriots lose a much needed pass rusher

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The New England Patriots used their top selection, a third round pick, on Derek Rivers from Youngstown State. Rivers spent his college career terrorizing quarterbacks, and was expected to do much of the same in Foxboro. Rivers, who was already a hot name in small school draft circles, really boosted his stock with an outstanding showing at the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Bill Belichick has never been afraid of throwing the dice on small school prospects, and generally comes out on the winning side. Though Rivers is an exceptional prospect athletically, the question was if his skill set was translatable. He was showing his ability in joint practices with the Houston Texans, dragging down Tom Savage for a sack at one point. In an unfortunate turn of events, the former Youngstown State defensive end went down with a knee injury while covering a kickoff. Though he walked off the field under his own power, it was later determined Rivers had torn his ACL and sprained his LCL. It looks like he may be lost for the season, whch depletes an already thin position for the Patriots. They will probably look to upgrade their depth, via trade or a signing.

Though its a tough pill to swallow for the young rookie, Derek Rivers is a hard worker and is devout in his faith. Expect this young man to battle back, and be better than he was prior to the injury. Speedy recovery Derek.

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Final Pre-Season Edition: Top 100 Small School Big Board (80-100)

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WR Julius Jones from North Alabama (photo credit to The News Courier)

 

80 Julius Jones WR North Alabama
81 Joe Protheroe RB Cal Poly
82 Erik Furmanek TE Missouri State
83 George Dawson LB Fordham
84 Damon Gibson WR MSU Morhead
85 Austin Kuhnert C North Dakota State
86 Joe Kupcikevicius OT Azusa Pacific
87 Marcus Bagley RB St. Francis
88 Cardell Best DE Central Arkansas
89 James King DT Shepherd
90 Taylor Nikithser C Cal (Pa)
91 Antonio Brown DE North Carolina Central
92 Chris Durant OG William & Mary
93 David Reese OT Montana
94 Kevin Anderson QB Fordham
95 Darious Crawley WR McNeese
96 Bakari Triggs CB Lindenwood
97 Jordan Hein QB Bemidji State
98 Connor Strahm LB Montana
99 Tremon Smith CB Central Arkansas
100 Ray Clark FS San Diego