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.
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)
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“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.”
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.