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 ….
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