As we closer to the end of the college football season there will be more mentions on players who will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. As of now there are a few big name underclassmen that have said they plan on entering the draft.
Safety Derwin James, one of the top defensive backs in the nation has declared for the draft. James has said he will not be playing in the Seminoles’ bowl game as well. James who stands (6’3 2010 pounds) is talked about being a top 2 pick this season. He finishes his career at Florida State with 186 tackles with 15 of them coming for a loss. He also tallied a total of 5.5 sacks with 3 interceptions for his career.
There’s noise going around that James isn’t the only Florida State player that could be leaving at the end of the season. Defensive end Josh Sweat (6’5/250/DE/OLB) And big tall wide receiver Auden Tate (6’5/225/WR) Also are players that are potentially going into the draft. As well as 4 year tight end Ryan Izzo (6’5/245/TE) Is also considering the draft with one of the top rated corners in FBS Tarvarus McFadden (6’2/ 200/DB) Is expected to leave Florida State for the draft as he is projected to be a first round pick.
Duke Dawson, Cornerback for the Florida Gators will not only be attending the draft. But Dawson and fellow teammate Johnny Townsendsted little time accepting to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl game. Dawson who stands 5’10 208 pounds is possibly a second or third round pick. Dawson who this past season was targeted 48 times allowed only 21 catches. And finished with a passer rating of 37.1 according to Pro Football Focus (PFF) Which was good for 2nd lowest in the SEC. Taven Bryan, Also from Florida (6’5/293/DE) has been said to be thinking about declaring for the NFL Draft as well.
Reading more into the SEC and players who could and will declare I read that some scouts in the area are grading Georgia running back Sony Michel actually ahead of his teammate Nick Chubb. Who ranks second all time in rushing yards for a Georgia running back. Only behind Herschel Walker who holds the all time rushing yards and touchdown record for the Bulldogs.
Harold Landry as accepted his invitation to the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl. Landry is slated to be a first round pick and possibly slide down into the early second round. Landry who stands 6’3 250 pounds is a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, But if drafted into a 3-4 scheme he will be positioned at outside linebacker. Landry totaled 158 tackles with 48 for loss, 25 sacks, along with 1 interception, 6 pass deflections and 10 forced fumbles. He as missed the last 4 games of Boston College regular season with an ankle injury and is undetermined if he will play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa on 12/27/2017
Wisconsin may be losing one of its cornerbacks. Nick Nelson (JR/5’11/208) Has been telling teammates and people close to him that he is choosing to enter the draft. In fact he is saying that he is close to choosing an agent as well. Nelson played his freshman and sophomore years at Hawaii before transferring to Wisconsin. Nelson who tallied 34 tackles in his junior year. Not as impressive has his 51 tackles his sophomore year. But he did improve on his pass breakups in his Junior year going from 18 to 20. He was also his teams punt returner. Nelson returned 22 punts for 186 yards (8.5 per return) and one touchdown. Nelson however didn’t tally a single interception in his 3 year career. He does however have good ball skills and is able to line up in man coverage. He is an aggressive player who isn’t afraid to get in on tackles. Nick Nelson is projected to be a mid round selection.
At 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds (school measurements), Vea has the size and strength to dominate as a nose tackle, But he has the agility and quickness to play outside at defensive end (DE) in a 3-4 scheme. According to CFB 24/7, Vea is rated number 5 on the list of college defenders that are most likely to become NFL stars. Vea is ranked top 10 in both pass rush and run stopping percentage according to Pro Football Focus (PFF)
Some stats for Vea going into his last game of his Junior season vs Penn State, 93 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 5 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles.
Vea projects to the NFL as a nose tackle who can be extremely strong at the point of attack. Vea uses his size with strength to eat up blockers. For as big as Vea is he has a quick burst off the snap, The combination of his size, power along with quickness is to much for smaller interior offensive lineman. But he is at his best when he bull rushes and using his strength with power to push back and through blockers to get to the quarterback or get to the ball carrier behind the line or at the line of scrimmage. I also like his motor, he doesn’t give up on plays even when they go away from him.
In the run game, Vea tends to sometimes get caught standing up too high. Which allows the guards to get under him pushing him back. Vea is a very good run defender but he isn’t a dominant one due to him getting caught standing too high. I’m very sure at the next level his coaches will teach to stay low at the point of attack.
In the game against Stanford Vea was doubled team constantly, And when he wasn’t he was in on the play almost every time. And even when doubled team he would be in on the play. It wouldn’t surprise me if at the combine Vea will bench press 225 pounds 35 to 40 times. Scouts were thinking Vea would come out last year and raved and loved his play and said he would’ve been a first round pick in last years draft. I have no doubt Vea will be drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Rivalry Week in college football is typically filled with the most anticipated games of the season for many collegiate programs. For many schools, the CFB Playoff isn’t within their horizon, so their respective game with their rival program is where all the chips are put into the middle of the table. Whether it’s “The Game”, the “Iron Bowl”, or the “Sunshine Showdown”; this particular week is where your season matters regardless of your record. In the FCS however, not as many rivalry games are as coveted as their FBS counterpart, except one matchup. The “Bayou Classic” held its 44th annual showdown yesterday in the heart of New Orleans, and anyone with a taste for deep rooted tradition or for the grand ol’ HBCUs were focused on this matchup. Grambling State (9-1) were looking to gain more momentum before their even bigger matchup next week with Alcorn State for the SWAC Championship. As for Southern U (7-3), this would be their final game of the season, and what would be a better way to cap it off than to recapture supremacy in the Classic after being defeated the previous two seasons by the Tigers.
The Southern Jaguars did not start off the ball game in the positive matter that they had probably hoped for. Sr. Quarterback Austin Howard threw an interception the opening play of the game to Ja’Terious Pouncy. This would exalt Grambling with the momentum that they would carry throughout the first half. Grambling’s quarterback, Devante Kincade had another impressive showing in this game as a dual threat in the air and on the ground. His only 2 touchdowns of the game came in the first half. First, on a 9 yard run off a speed option on the opening drive; and then later in the half on a scrambling 10 yard completion to running back Martez Carter. Carter had a stellar game himself, despite a fumble and a minor injury in the 2nd half, he put on a solid performance. He led the game with 92 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground, along with the aforementioned receiving score in the first half. In the 2nd half, the Jaguars assembled an intriguing comeback by capitalizing on a couple key mistakes offensively by Grambling. Southern took their sole lead of the ball game here, 21-20 with 5 minutes remaining. Ultimately, Grambling would put away the game and win their third straight Bayou Classic with a final score of 31-20, improving to 10 wins on the season.
This game was truly the DeVante Kincade and Martez Carter co-hosted show, much like their entire careers at Grambling. These two players definitely have the flaws in their game to polish up if they are looking to see succees at the next level; but they were evidently the two most talented players on the field all evening. Kincade looked like an efficient dual threat QB prospect. He possesses dazzling arm talent and appeared to have a firm grasp of the offense and controlled the tempo of the game when on the field. What he’ll have to focus on for his NFL stock value to be draftable is his steadiness within the pocket. Like many dual threat QBs, the instinct to “run first” is evident whenever pocket pressure arises. Kincade will be a solid prospect to follow if he can maintain his poise, I can see him as a 5th-6th grade right now.
For Martez Carter, his potential area of improvement is connected with his patience while carrying the football. Carter in this game was always looking for the home run play, and while that isn’t necessarily a major ding in his prospect evaluation, his focus needs to be shifted from a lateral to a vertical running mindset. Other than that, Carter was as advertised in this game. He is a thick bodied back who has all the physical and athletic tools to potentially be a dynamic impact in the NFL. I also see him as late round guy who will see a potential as a 3rd down asset for an NFL team next season.
This weekend was the official kickoff to my new collaboration here with Team Tyrant and Tyrant Scouting. Leading up to the FCS championship in December, Tyrant Scouting and myself will bringing you a weekly series entitled #FCSFrenzy. We will be tuning in on some key FCS matchups that will include some of the top upcoming prospects for this year’s NFL Draft.
For our first installment, we took a trip to the grand ol’ Hawkeye State. This week was a pivotal Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup between the host Northern Iowa and the No. 6 ranked team in the country South Dakota. UNI looked to make a third time a charm, as they were 2-0 in their previous matchups against top 10 programs this season, against South Dakota St and Youngstown respectively. The first half was a compelling offensive showdown, despite the scoreboard showing different. Even though not being able to put an excessive amount of points up on the scoreboard, UNI and USD countered each other’s field position all throughout the first two quarters with solid Quarterback to Tight End connections for both sides. Chris Streveler and Josh Hale connected for the lone South Dakota touchdown in the first half, while Eli Dunne and Briley Moore had their own connection going. USD lead UNI 16-13 at halftime. The second half is where one team elevated itself above another, especially late in the 4th quarter. Northern Iowa trailed for all but the three minutes of the ball game. Three costly turnovers by South Dakota (including a devastating pick 6 thrown by Chris Streveler) ultimately sealed the Coyotes fate. Northern Iowa yet again secured a victory in their home Dome, upsetting a top 10 team for a third time this season. The final score was: UNI 34- USD 29.
PROSPECTS OF THE DAY:
—Chris Streveler, QB, South Dakota:
The former Golden Gopher quarterback has had subtle NFL buzz around him all throughout this season, and this game against a fairly stout UNI defense showed no different. Streveler’s biggest strengths appear to be with his vision downfield and his elusiveness within the pocket. In this clip, you’ll see that Streveler excels in scanning the field, and then delivering a solid ball into tight windows . https://twitter.com/ceeingthedraft/status/926892279997935616. The 6’3”, 215 pound signal caller also showed fluidness in his pocket movement. While he doesn’t get cold feet when the pocket collapses, he still is aware of when to evade the pass pressure and get into open field while still keeping his eyes up for a target. My concerns will Streveler are his mechanics, though he was slightly hampered with a shoulder injury from the previous week, he still throws an awkward- half winded ball which at times appears to hurt his velocity for passes farther than 10-15 yards. While a hobbled Streveler faltered late in the game, he threw as many interceptions in the 4th quarter of this game (2) than he has combined in every other game this season. Efficiency is key for any FCS prospect, and Streveler has fit that bill with an impressive stat line of: 21 TDs, 4 INTs, 2718 yards, and a completion percentage of around 67% through 9 games. Streveler intrigued me this weekend, and could see him as a late round QB prospect down the road in the draft process
—Elijah Campbell, CB, No. Iowa
When evaluating a cornerback prospect, the trait that probably goes the most unrecognized is his aggression. When watching Campbell on Saturday, you could see that the aggression in his play style is what he prides himself on, and quite frankly might be the attribute that will set him apart. Campbell delivered several thunderous hits, played tight and instinctive coverage for much of the afternoon, and even forced two fumbles. Forced fumbles are definitely not an everyday cornerback stat, so that was definitely worth noting. Campbell’s play style is gritty, it is evident that coming downfield and making his presence felt is a goal of his every snap https://twitter.com/ceeingthedraft/status/926883155423797253 . While I believe he would excel at free safety, his 5’11″ and 190 pound frame might have NFL folks only view him as a potential nickel or even a special teams asset. That situation wouldn’t necessary be a detriment to Campbell, time will whether NFL teams take notice to him, but he’s definitely another prospect to keep an eye on and will no doubt find his way into an NFL training camp with consistent play.
—Rickey Neal, EDGE/OLB, No. Iowa
Neal is only a junior, but he was truly a treat to watch during Saturday’s game. Every snap, it appeared that Neal was either sniffing down the ball or tackling the ball carrier himself. The 6’2”, 240 pound disruptor ended the game with 7 tackles, 2.5 TFL, a sack, and a fumble recovery. Neal’s presence and leadership for the UNI defense transcends farther than the stat line. He singlehandedly was the reason for Chris Streveler’s 2nd half meltdown, by tallying nearly a dozen QB pressures throughout the afternoon. https://twitter.com/ceeingthedraft/status/926910949797216256 . The leader of sack totals in the MVFC proved that he is a force to be reckoned with for the next year and a half on the FCS level. I am officially labeling Rickey Neal as my small school #BRAND for 2019.
Nose tackles are not typically graded as a first round player, Mainly cause nose tackles aren’t viewed as players that contribute to the pass rush. But some team sources say that Vea could be a pick in the back half of Round 1 in the 2018 NFL Draft. Why? Vea’s play this season will help his chances of being a first-round pick. He has shown the ability to contribute some in the pass rush while being big, strong, and having a burst at the point of attack. Vea whose 6-5, 340 pounds is very reminiscent of Danny Shelton who also came from Washington, and Shelton ended up going as a top-20 pick in the draft several years back. That was a bit of a reach by Cleveland, but Vea could end up going in the 20s during the 2018 NFL Draft. Vea has 61 career pressures on 480 rushes, showing that he can collapse the pocket in must-pass situations. In 2017 Vea has 88.9 overall grade currently ranks fourth among interior defensive linemen in the nation.
My physical grade on Smith is a B at the moment. Body Composition reminds me a lot of Myles Jack from UCLA. 6’1 and 225 pounds.
Tackling/Hit Power Analysis:
Smith’s tackling is second to none. According to Pro Football Focus, Smith has 133 run snaps, He has 29 tackles from running the ball. 5 assists, But where he is second to none is due to his 0 missed tackles. he has 21 run stops (at or behind the line of scrimmage) That gives Smith a run stop percentage of 15.8 percent. In the passing game, Smith has 176 snaps. Again with no missed tackles on. Roguan Smith will come up and hit you. He doesn’t have great power like a Foster did when coming out of Alabama last season. But he will hit you and isn’t afraid of contact.
Instincts/Play Recoginition Analysis:
Very well rounded, Can read run plays, attacks the ball carrier with the right angles, diagnosis plays in time to get his team in the right scheme, Sideline to sideline speed when chasing down the ball carrier, understands to force the runner back inside where his help is. Smith breaks down the play as it is happening very well and is able to make himself skinny through the hole when trying to make a tackle.
3-4 inside linebacker.
Career Overview and Summary:
176 total tackles, 8 for loss, 1 sack, 2 pass deflections, 3 force fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.
Smith isn’t the type of player that will come in and knock you out, But Smith is a very sure tackler. Once he gets his hands on you he is making the tackle. He does need a little more experience in the passing game but he has done well against the pass. I like how Smith is able to disengage the blocker and get in on tackles. He is at his best when playing the run. I’d like to see him gain a little more weight. But Myles Jack is doing just fine and they are the same size. In the run game, Smith has a good feel for finding the ball and avoiding blockers while doing a fine job of keeping the ball in front of him in coverage. Smith’s production is difficult to ignore when projecting him to the next level, and his presence in the middle is a huge reason for Georgia’s early-season domination. Pro Football Focus (PFF) has the Georgia junior ranked eighth among all linebackers in the country.
Projected Round: Middle 1st to early 2nd. (But has the ability to solidify himself as a 1st rounder as the year progress)
Florida Gator DT Taven Bryan: Bryan was amazing against Texas A&M. He looked like a top 15-20 pick, using speed to fire by offensive lineman and his power to shed blocks. In the third quarter, Bryan killed a series for the Aggies. Texas A&M tackled him around the neck to prevent a sack, and that drew a holding penalty that wiped out a 40-yard gain. Bryan blew up the next rushing play. Then, he beat a double team from the guard and tackle, firing between them and using strength to achieve the third-down sack. Shortly later, Bryan added another sack on a third-and-goal to force a field goal. Against Texas A&M, he had seven tackles with 1.5 sacks. Bryan has 20 tackles with four tackles for a loss and three sacks this season. The announcers that game were comparing Bryan with the likes of JJ Watt, But one director of scouting has said he reminds him of Bronce DE Derek Wolfe. ( Who has had a successful career. Bryan can play both DE and DT. But is probably better suite as the five technique.
D.J Clark WR, LSU Tigers: LSU pulled off a huge comeback against Auburn, during which Chark was the star producer. It didn’t start well for Chark as he had a painful mistake. In the first quarter, Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis released Chark running deep down the field, which let Chark get open for a long reception. Davis got lucky that his safety forced a fumble that Davis recovered. After that play, Chark overwhelmed Auburn, starting with Chark spinning after the catch to get down the sideline for 39 yards. Late in the third quarter, Chark made a nice catch downfield for about 20 yards, working back to the ball and securing a leaping grab. In the fourth quarter, Chark came up with a huge play as he took a punt return 75 yards for a touchdown to cut Auburn’s lead to 23-21. Shortly later, Chark came up with a huge reception, getting late separation and having the ball fall into him, for a gain of about 40 yards. Chark totaled five receptions for 150 yards versus Auburn. Overall, this tape will help Chark as he showed the speed to separate and make big plays. He also ran some nice routes with impressive ability to get late separation to make receptions
Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson: Clemson has a defensive line that is comprised of future first-round picks, and some sources think that Ferrell creates some of the big plays for the other Tigers defensive linemen. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder has superb speed with athleticism and the ability bend around the corner. On the season, Ferrell has 30 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, one pass batted and one forced fumble. Fellow defensive end Austin Bryant is playing himself into being an early-rounder this year, but Ferrell has done well cleaning up a lot of scrambling quarterbacks running away from Bryant
Maurice Hurst DE Michigan: Hurst had a phenomenal game against Michigan State, dominating at the point of attack. All night, he caused major disruption using a tremendous get-off to fire into the backfield. Hurst wrecked plays from start to finish and led the way for Michigan’s defense to hold the Spartans to 14 points despite the Wolverines’ offense turning the ball over five times. Hurst destroyed a fourth-and-2 play in the fourth quarter to get the ball back for his offense. He showed superb first-step quickness, constantly firing his gap and getting into the backfield. Hurst was so fast off the snap that he was breaking into the backfield while offensive linemen were still getting out of their stances. Against the Spartans, Hurst totaled eight tackles with 2.5 for a loss. This season, he has 29 tackles, 6 for loss, .5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.
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)
South Dakota St. WR Jake Wieneke #19 had 6 catches last night, 4 TDs. Enters the season as a top-5 senior WR prospect. Name to know. pic.twitter.com/d4Q5wKG0Es
“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.”
Chubb was the defensive leader for the 24th-ranked Wolfpack, who harassed reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson the entire night with the win over Louisville at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Chubb entered with 5 1/2 sacks on the season and the All-American added another as he blew past Louisville left tackle Geron Christian, a 6-6, 315-pound junior also considered an NFL prospect. That Thursday game drew plenty of NFL talent evaluators. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, Washington vice president of player personnel Doug Williams, Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney and Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas.
Chubb’s quickness also gives him the option of shooting the inside gap. He combines it with good snap awareness to give himself a step on the competition.His commitment to gaining inside hands helps him employ an effective power rush. He is able to fire off the ball, maintain leverage and push the blocker into the face of the quarterback. Chubb is a heady player who knows when to use what pass rush move.This is a two-way defender who plays the run with integrity. He uses his inside hands to keep clean and hold at the point of attack. Chubb does a good job stacking and shedding when the ball carrier is in his area.
He plays with a high motor and will chance the play several yards down field. This effort plays a role in his success as both a pass rusher and run defender.NC State has asked Chubb to drop into coverage from time to time. He didn’t look overwhelmed in this task, but it keeps from rushing the passer which is his best attribute. However, it’s nice for defensive coordinators to have options.Chubb is a top-flight prospect who should hear his named called early in the 2018 NFL Draft. His combination of natural talent and production is what evaluators look for in a defensive end prospect. He’s in the running to be the first pass rusher selected in the upcoming draft.
Chubb vs South Carolina 2017:
I noticed he moved from Left DE to Right DE. And the majority of the time when South Carolina ran the ball. It was away from Chubb. He was all over the field, He chased down a wide receiver forcing him to go out of bounds only getting to the line of scrimmage, He totaled 5 tackles, 2 for loss and 1 pass deflection. He should great hustle playing on the right side of the offensive line and having to run to the other side of the field to help make a tackle for no gain (If he doesn’t hustle that play could go for 10-15) The only negative play is when he missed a tackle behind the line and allowed the runner to get in the end-zone. Overall i’d give him a B+
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)