Black College players prepare for NFL Draft

NFL scouts are making the rounds of colleges throughout the country in advance of next month’s draft and several HBCUs are on the list.

FAMU and Morgan State will have Pro Day on Thursday while Hampton, Norfolk State and Tennessee State will be under the microscope on Friday. NFL scouts should have plenty to see at Hampton as defensive end Chris Baker, projected by some online mock drafts as a second or third-round selection, and WR Jeremy Gilchrist headline a group of players performing on Pro Day.

Sending players to the league is nothing new for the Pirates, who had a second-rounder (LB Justin Durrant) and a third-rounder (DE Kendall Langford) in the last two NFL Drafts.

In Nashville, the scouts will have a watchful eye on former TSU stars RB Javarris Williams, OT Cornelius Lewis and C Cecil Newton. TSU has been good to the NFL over the years, including last year’s lone HBCU first-rounder – CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Other HBCU stops include South Carolina State (March 23), Alcorn State and Texas State (March 24), Jackson State and N.C. Central (March 25) and Fort Valley (March 30). LB Lee Robinson will be the focus at Alcorn while CB Domonique Johnson headlines the group at Jackson State.

The NFL folks aren’t scheduled to visit Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but there are a couple of potential draftees at the SIAC school – DT Sammie Lee Hill and S Dre’Mail Hardin.

So, what are your thoughts on the potential NFL draftees from HBCU programs? Do you think they will do well in the NFL?

Let the discussion begin ….

Also, for the latest HBCU football news and notes, visit the AJC’s HBCU page by clicking here.

15 comments Add your comment


March 18th, 2009
11:10 am

HBCU candidates will perform well and should always be considered, NFL is also be missing out on talent in the Semi-pro, and other leagues we have here in the south.


March 18th, 2009
11:11 am

Sure players from HBCU schools will perform well in the NFL. These are athletes who decided to attend a Black school. Greatness is greatness no matter where you are. I for one am glad they are being looked at and not overlooked. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie proved that some of the best NFL players can be found at the HBCU schools!


March 18th, 2009
11:11 am


Willie Jacks

March 18th, 2009
11:12 am

I think Athletes from HBCU’s will fair just as well as any other athlete that comes out of a small school. And with the parity in NCAA football rivaling that of it’s pro counterpart, I see no reason why HBCU athletes shouldn’t see an uptick in their overall draftworthiness.


March 18th, 2009
11:12 am

WOW, I think this is great and some of these players get a good look and consideration from the scouts!

Toni Reynolds

March 18th, 2009
11:25 am

My son is attending a JR College at Louisburg College in North Caroline do you do any Drafting from any JR Colleges?


March 18th, 2009
11:51 am

They will do well. I’m happy they at least have the opportunity. Shannon Sharpe attended Savannah State, and he is a Hall of Fame TE. Big things can happen for these kids!


March 18th, 2009
11:53 am

talent is talent. It doesn’t matter where these kids went to college if they can play a team is going to check them out. Now lets not have this same discussion next year if there are no pro days at any of the HBCU’s because that is just going to cheapen the accomplishments of these kids past and present.


March 18th, 2009
12:35 pm

they are as good as it gets, some are at the schools to hone the craft because D1s wouldn’t give them a chance for varying reasons.

Johnny Too Good

March 18th, 2009
12:48 pm

Glad to see the HBCU athletes get some recognition, some of the NFL’s best talent was found at HBCU’s anybody remember Jerry Rice(Miss. Valley State) and Shannon Sharpe(Savannah State)?

Shout out to those Golden Rams down at Albany State!!


March 18th, 2009
12:49 pm

Just want to address Toni Reynolds question and I do not believe that they draft from JR College’s at this time; It has to do with the rule that you cannot enter the draft until three (3) yrs after your High School graduating class has been out of High School.


March 18th, 2009
10:29 pm

Our schools are doing well in the Pros, I think at least all teams but two had a player from an HBCU on its roster and total of at least 27 in the league. Donte’ Curry Morris Brown Carolina Panthers, Carey Scott Kentucky State (no longer in league. Several Clark Atl. Panthers over the years (the late Chuck Evans). Tavaris Jackson, ALA. State All the names may not be marque but the good thing is the players are getting a good look and are doing well.


March 19th, 2009
2:40 pm

Tuskegee University alone has 2 starting DB’s in then NFL Frank Walker (Baltimore Ravens) and Drayton Florence (Jacksonville Jaguars). Anthony Mitchell (Retired – Superbowl Champion) and Roosevelt Williams formerly of the Chicago Bears. All of these DB’s went in a 4 year span of one another.

Dick Harris

March 25th, 2009
7:47 pm

Roosevelt Williams was a product of Savannah State’s 98 1# Defense NCAA D II. Redshirted and played two years at State until Steve Wilks left. He than transferred to Tuskeegee and went 3rd round to the Bears.

Ibn Tamir

October 18th, 2009
12:08 pm

I went to Howard University…So I cannot forget the Super Bowl winning Colts who have #41 at safety, Antoine Bethea, starting and making plays for the Colts. Also if you look at the History of the NFL, some of the best have been from HBCU’s …

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