1. Derek Rivers (Youngstown State EDGE)*drafted 3rd Rd 83rd overall to the New England Patriots
Though Rivers was the second player off the board, he goes to the best situation. He has an excellent defensive coordinator in Matt Patricia, that will put Rivers in the best positions to succeed. He could go from Youngstown State to being a Super Bowl winner in one season.
2. Adam Shaheen (Division II Ashland TE) *drafted 2nd Rd 45th overall to the Chicago Bears
3. Julien Davenport (Bucknell OT) *drafted 4th Rd 130th overall to the Houston Texans
4. Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington WR) *drafted 3rd Rd 69th overall to the LA Rams
5. Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova DE) *drafted 2nd Rd 59th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs
6. Jordan Morgan (Division II Kutztown OG) *drafted 5th Rd 147th overall to the Chicago Bears
With a little polish and refining, Jordan can be an absolute steal. He shows promise as a mauling run blocker and will fight for starting time soon.
7. Corey Levin (UT Chattanooga OG) *drafted 6th Rd 217th overall to the Tennessee Titans
8. Lorenzo Jerome (Saint Francis FS) *Signed as UDFA with San Francisco 49ers
9. Brendan Langley (Lamar CB) *drafted 3rd Rd 101st overall to the Denver Broncos
10. Jessamen Dunker (Tennessee State OG) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Giants
11. Ezra Robinson (Tennessee State CB) *Signed as UDFA with the Jacksonville Jaguars
12. Javancy Jones (Jackson State LB) *Signed as UDFA with the Arizona Cardinals
Jones is a fierce competitor with a chance to stick on the Cardinal’s 53 man roster. He’s a versatile player, with a quick first step. Look for some splash plays to secure his spot.
13. Chad Williams (Grambling State WR) * drafted 3rd Rd 98th overall to the Arizona Cardinals
14. Keionta Davis (UT Chattanooga)
15. Roderick Henderson (Alabama State NT) *Signed as UDFA with the Tennessee Titans
The Titans can use a true nose tackle in a division that now has Leonard Fournette. Henderson is ridiculously athletic for his size and will make his presence known at camp.
16. Javarious Leamon (South Carolina State OT) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Jets
17. Kendrick Bourne (Eastern Washington WR) *Signed as UDFA with the San Francisco 49ers
18. Samson Ebukam (Eastern Washington EDGE)*drafted 4th Rd 125th overall to the LA Rams
19. Jylan Ware (Alabama State OT) *drafted 7th Rd 231st overall to the Oakland Raiders
HBCU Spirit of America Bowl standout Jylan Ware, is a great developmental prospect. With a little work, he can end up as as a starter.
20. Ethan Cooper (Division II IUP OG) *Signed as UDFA with the Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Munchak will turn Cooper into a Pro Bowl caliber player. Bold prediction? Maybe, but this marriage of athleticism and coaching talent bodes well for the Steelers.
21. Connor Harris (Division II Lindenwood LB) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Jets
22. Brad Seaton (Villanova OT) *drafted 7th Rd 236th overall to the Tennessee Titans
23. Grover Stewart (Albany DT) * drafted 4th Rd 144th to the Indianapolis Colts
24. Karter Schult (Northern Iowa DE) *Signed as UDFA with the Cleveland Browns
25. Cameron Lee (Illinois State OG) *Signed as UDFA with the New Orleans Saints
26. Erik Austell (Charleston Southern OG) *Signed as UDFA with the Denver Broncos
27. Winston Craig (Richmond DT) *Signed as UDFA with the Philadelphia Eagles
Craig is a great scheme fit here. He’s an exceptional pass rusher from the interior defensive line. He’s got a solid shot to make the 53 as well.
28. Avery Moss (Youngstown State DE) *drafted 5th Rd 167th to the New York Giants
29. Josh Thornton (Southern Utah CB) *Signed as UDFA with the Detroit Lions
30. Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T RB) *drafted 4th Rd 119th overall to the Chicago Bears
31. Nicholas Morrow (Division III Greenville SS) *Signed as UDFA with the Oakland Raiders
32. Folarin Orimolade (Dartmouth LB)
33. Jamal Agnew (San Diego CB) *drafted 5th Rd 165th overall to the Detroit Lions
34. Karel Hamilton (Samford WR)
35. Eric Saubert (Drake TE) *drafted 5th Rd 174th overall to the Atlanta Falcons
36. Alek Torgernsen (Penn QB)*Signed as UDFA with the Atlanta Falcons
37. Mitchell Kirsch (James Madison OG) *Signed as UDFA with the Chicago Bears
38. Whitney Richardson (Division II Lane DE)
39. Patrick Ricard (Maine DT) *Signed as UDFA with the Baltimore Ravens
40. Brandon Barnes (Alabama State TE) *Signed as UDFA with the Detroit Lions
41. David Jones (Richmond FS) *Signed as UDFA with the New England Patriots
42. Dylan Cole (Missouri State LB) *Signed as UDFA with the Houston Texans
43. Donald Payne (Stetson SS)
44. Xavier Coleman (Portland State CB) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Jets
45. Jack Nelson (Division II Winona State QB)
46. De’Angelo Henderson (Coastal Carolina RB) *drafted 6th Rd 203rd overall to the Denver Broncos
Henderson could end up as a work horse back for the Broncos. He has the talent to do so, he just needs the touches.
47. Krishawn Hogan ( Division II Marian WR) *Signed as UDFA with the Indianapolis Colts
48. Jerry Ugokwe (William & Mary OT) *Signed as UDFA with the Indianapolis Colts
49. Dante’ Blackmon (Kennesaw State CB)
50. Collin Bevins (Northwest Missouri State DT) *Signed as UDFA with the Arizona Cardinals
51. Khalid Abdullah (James Madison RB)
52. Paul Butler (Division II Cal TE)*Invited to Pittsburgh Steelers training camp
If Butler can channel his inner Heath Miller, he has a shot to stick with Pittsburgh. Butler is a solid run blocker and an underrated receiver.
53. JP Flynn (Montana State OG) *Signed as UDFA with the San Francisco 49ers
54. Donovan McCray (Grambling State DT/DE)
55. Zack Johnson (North Dakota State OG)
56. Tyler Williams (Central Arkansas CB)
57. Caleb Kidder (Montana DE) *Signed as UDFA with the Minnesota Vikings
58. Tyson Graham Jr (South Dakota LB/SS) *Invited to San Francisco 49ers training camp
Graham’s best fit here is probably as an in the box type SS. He is a sound tackler with good hands.
59. Christian Kuntz (Duquesne LB) *Signed as UDFA with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
60. Brady Gustafson (Montana QB)
61. Marquis Ragland (North Carolina A&T DT)
62. Antonio Pipkin (Division II Tiffin QB) *Signed as UDFA with the Arizona Cardinals
63. Sam Ekwonike (Coastal Carolina OG) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Giants
64. Billy Brown (Division II Shepherd TE)*Signed as UDFA with the Philadelphia Eagles
65. Lenard Tillery (Southern RB)
66. Garry Brown (Division II Cal WR)
67. Landon Lechler (North Dakota State OT) *Signed as UDFA with the Cincinnati Bengals
68. Damani Taylor (UT Martin DT)
69. Casey Deandrade (New Hampshire FS)
70. Alex Scearce (Coastal Carolina LB) *Signed as UDFA with the Chicago Bears
71. Frederick Henry-Ajuda (North Carolina Central EDGE)
72. Max Rich (Harvard OT) *Signed as UDFA with the New England Patriots
Rich is a poor man’s Nate Solder. Though not the same caliber player initially, he has potential to develop into a starter.
73. Jody Webb (Youngstown State RB)
74. Mark Spelman (Illinois State Center) *Signed as UDFA with the Chicago Bears
75. Brian Brown (Richmond WR) *Signed as UDFA with the Dallas Cowboys
76. Anthony Firsker (Harvard TE) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Jets
77. Stephen Evans (Division II North Alabama OG)
78. Marquis Smith (Savannah State LB)
79. Tyler Condit (New Haven LB/FB)
80. Jac’que Polite (Division II Winston Salem OT) *Signed as UDFA with the Buffalo Bills
81. AJ Wentland (Division II Mckendree LB)
82. Jared Holloway (Samford DT)
83. Ryan Radke (Division III Thiel WR)
84. Kedrick Harrison (Stephen F Austin DE)
85. Jordan Norris (NW Oklahoma State CB)
86. Anthony Warrum (Illinois State WR)
87. Connor Bozick (Delaware OG)
88. Lorin Winston (Grambling State DT)
89. Darien Anderson (Alcorn State LB)
90. Robert Tonyan Jr (Indiana State TE)*Signed as UDFA with the Detroit Lions
89. Jaylen Hill (Jacksonville State CB)
90. Leroy Alexander (Youngstown State FS)
91. Guy Stallworth (Grambling State SS)
92. Taylor Gadbois (Southeastern Louisiana OT)
93. Cass Weitl (Division II NW Missouri State DE)
94. Bryant Frazier (Division II Virginia State DT)
95. Josh Barge (Jacksonville State WR)
96. King Frazier (North Dakota State RB)
97. William Stanback ( Division II Virginia Union RB)
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.
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.
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.
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.
On an average year, around 15-20 small school prospects can expect to hear their name called on draft day. With that in mind, we created our overview. We allotted ourselves 25 spots for players that we had a draftable grade on. Outside of those 25, we also added in players that almost made the cut. Welcome to our small school draft guide.
The NFL trend at Tight end as of late, has been athletic playmakers that torch defenses over the middle of the field. Phazahn fits that mold perfectly, with freaky athleticism and his lengthy frame. He had a breakout year last year with 492 yards and seven touchdowns, and has looked solid this season as well.
School: James Madison
Abdullah has been nothing short of a work horse, bellcow back in his time at JMU. He has an NFL frame with above average burst and vision. He also has a nose for the endzone, currently holding the JMU career touchdown record with 33.
Tanoh has an elite blend of size and speed. He has very little bad weight on his 6’7, shredded frame. He is a raw prospect, but with the right development he could be an impact player at the next level.
School: Northwestern Oklahoma State
The NFL puts a premium on coverage corners, and Jordan is just that. Last year, he recorded seven interceptions and one was ran back for a touchdown. He has reasonable size for a Corner at the next level, and above average ball skills.
School: Winston-Salem State
Polite has been a consistent force on this offensive line. He uses his prototypical size and strength to dominate edge rushers in pass protection and the run game. He’s a very intriguing prospect at Offensive Tackle, and has the potential to kick inside as a Guard at the next level.
Tyson showed off some sideline to sideline speed, and some great instincts in his second game at Linebacker. While he has the coverage skills of a defensive back, he has plenty of pop as a tackler too. He racked up ten tackles and 2 sacks. It certainly looks like he’ll flourish with the position change.
2) Khalid Abdullah: (James Madison, RB)
Last Game: William & Mary (31-24 Win)
Abdullah had a huge game on the ground, racking up 194 yards and 3 touchdowns on 25 attempts. His legs propelled JMU to another big win. He looked very elusive and proved difficult to bring down.
3) Nick Shafnisky: (Lehigh, QB)
Last Game: Colgate (45-31 Win)
Nick had a big week, in his first back at the helm. He led Lehigh to a solid win, as he threw for 394 yards and 5 touchdowns. Once again, showing off his accuracy and touch on several occasions.
4) Derek Rivers: (Youngstown State, DE)
Last Game: Illinois State (20-6 Win)
Derek continued his streak of beating Offensive Tackles, this week to the tune of 3 sacks. He also had four solo tackles. That brings his total to 7 sacks on the season, and he’s helped to get YSU to their 4-1 record. Their only loss came at the hands of FBS West Virginia.
5) Cameron Johnson: (Winona State, WR)
Last Game: Upper Iowa (27-13 Win)
Johnson had a solid game, as Winona State knocked off Upper Iowa. He and Senior Quarterback Jack Nelson connected for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns, which was enough to seal the win.
6) Jeff Ziemba: (Shephed, QB)
Last Game: Glenville State (38-7)
Ziemba threw for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns to keep Shepherd undefeated. That gives him 69 career touchdown passes, which makes him the all-time leader at Shepherd. That is a huge milestone, and he’ll just add to those numbers as the season goes on.
7) Scott Middleton: (Harding, DB)
Last Game: Henderson State (35-3 Win)
Harding’s defense had a huge day, forcing six turnovers as they knocked off #5 Henderson State. Middleton added to the day, as he had five tackles and an interception, which he took back for a touchdown. Harding stays undefeated.
8) Quinn Buschbacher (UW-Platteville, WR)
Last Game: UW-Stevens Point (47-31 Win)
Quinn had a huge game for UW-Platteville. He had 123 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns and added another 50 yards and a touchdown rushing.
9) Ryan Brenner (Rowan, LB)
Last Game: Salisbury (34-30 Win)
Brenner led the team with 12 total tackles, as Rowan knocked off ranked opponents for the second week in a row.
10) Evan Clark (St John’s, WR)
Last Game: Augsburg (49-0 Win)
St John’s completely dismantled Augsburg, shutting them out completely. Clark contributed to the beat down, including 109 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The Tyrant Ten spotlights exceptional Seniors from small schools each week, based on performance.
Mike Holloway: FCS (Charleston Southern, Senior, RB)
Last Game: Monmouth (36-7 Win)
Mike had a big week rushing for 151 yards and a touchdown on only 11 attempts. He broke one loose for 75 yards, showing off his vision and burst.
Chase Edmonds: FCS (Fordham, Senior, RB)
Last Game: Penn (31-17 Win)
Edmonds had a big day on the ground, piling up 152 yards and 3 touchdowns on 29 attempts. Once again proving he’s a valuable weapon for this offense.
Derrick Craine: FCS (Chattanooga, Senior, RB)
Last Game: Samford (41-21 Win)
UTC stays unbeaten on the legs of Craine. He rushed 23 times for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s a hard back to bring down, once he gets a head of steam.
Nick Shafnisky: FCS (Lehigh, Senior, QB)
Last Game: Princeton (42-28 Win)
Nick had a good weekend, as he went 29-36 for 461 and four touchdowns. Nick showed off poise and accuracy, as Lehigh thumped Princeton.
Jack Nelson: Div. II (Winona State, Senior, QB)
Last Game: Mary (51-0 Win)
It was an extremely exciting game for Winona State. Nelson threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns. That put him over 10,000 career passing yards, that’s a huge milestone for this young man.
Randall Dixon: Div. II (Chowan, Senior, QB)
Last Game: Livingstone (41-13 Win)
Dixon blew up the stat sheet in a lopsided win. He went 21-32 for 372 yards and 5 touchdowns. He easily picked apart the Livingstone defense.
Dimitri Morales: Div. II (Upper Iowa, Senior, QB)
Last Game: Minot State (35-7 Win)
Morales had a great game, with 90 passing yards, 133 rushing yards and a touchdown. He proved that defenses must account for his scrambling ability.
Matt Hunt: Div. III (Depauw, Senior, QB)
Last Game: Hiram (66-17 Win)
Hunt put on a show this week, going 31-45 with 325 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 92 rushing yards and another touchdown on the ground. His squad won in spectacular fashion.
BJ Mitchell: Div. III (Mount Union, Senior, RB)
Last Game: Baldwin Wallace (49-7 Win)
Mitchell had a prolific game on the ground, running all over the opposition. He took 32 carries for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
Derek Stewart: Div. III (Saint Vincent, Senior, QB)
Last Game: Grove City (57-32 Win)
Derek threw all over this Grove City team, and put up video game stats. He went 28-38 for 442 yards and 7 touchdowns.
The Tyrant Ten showcases small school Seniors, who have had outstanding weeks on the gridiron.
1) King Frazier: (North Dakota State-FCS, RB, Senior)
Last Game: #13 Iowa (23-21 Win)
NDSU won a stunner over FBS ranked Iowa, on a last second field goal. Frazier’s bruising running style was very effective on the Hawkeyes, particularly later in the game. Though NDSU used a RB by committee approach, King still had 16 attempts for 99 yards and a TD. The Bison pulled one of their biggest upsets ever in Iowa.
2) Ryan Radke: (Thiel-D3, QB, Senior)
Last Game: Bethany (57-47 Win)
Ryan makes our list once again, as he exploded for 414 yards and 5 touchdowns offensively. He went 15-29 for 263 and 3 touchdowns through the air, he added 151 yards rushing and 2 more touchdowns.
3) Karter Schult: (Northern Iowa-FCS, DE, Senior)
Last Game: Eastern Washington (34-30 Loss)
UNI loses another close one, but still look like a team who could threaten in the playoffs. Senior Defensive End, Karter Schult, had another great night. He notched his first career interception, to go along with his 7 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks.
4) Eli Jenkins: (Jacksonville State-FCS, QB, Senior)
Last Game: Coastal Carolina (27-26 Win)
Jacksonville State had a big win over Coastal Carolina, who is transitioning towards the FBS. Eli Jenkins had a big game to get them back on track. He went 18-34 for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns, he also added 111 yards on the ground and another score.
Jake had an epic game, as Colgate mauled Yale behind the throwing prowess of the Senior QB. Melville went 22-32 for 315 yards and 5 touchdowns.
6) Damon Benham: (Bemidji State-D2, DB, Senior)
Last Game: Wayne State (45-17 Win)
Bemidji State improves to 3-0, and Benham had a a hand in that. He had four tackles, 2 interceptions (1 returned for a touchdown), and 2 pass break ups.He looked like a playmaker in that secondary.
7) Don King III: (Slippery Rock-D2, QB, Senior)
Last Game: Lock Haven (59-23 Win)
Slippery Rock cruises to 3-0 under the arm of King, as they easily dismantled Lock Haven. King went 33-49 for 411 yards and 3 touchdowns, and added 46 yards on the ground. King looked cool and steady as he led the team to a win.
Though his team lost, Senior Linebacker Tyke Kozeal battled the entire game. He racked up 19 tackles and 1 TFL. He’s been a stalwart on that defense, and should add to a solid career throughout the year.
Mason contributed to the blowout win, show casing explosive talent. He took 12 attempts for 131 yards and a touchdown, including a 60 yard scamper. He’s a been a steady presence at the RB position, and continues to impress.
10) Nick Lamb: (Muhlenberg-D3, WR, Senior)
Last Game: Mcdaniel (42-13 Win)
Nick showed great rapport with QB Nick Palladino, as they connected for 8 receptions for 82 yards and 3 touchdowns.They coasted easily to the win.