Nasir Adderley, Easton Stick, Khalen Saunders among the top talents from the subdivision
Quality must exceed quantity with the FCS college football prospects at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.
Only 14 from the subdivision will be on display at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from Feb. 26-March 4. That’s down considerably from recent years, including 20 last year.
FCS players always feel they have to prove a little more to NFL teams. Here is something for each player (listed in alphabetical order) as they help determine their perception heading toward the April 25-27 draft:
Nasir Adderley, Delaware, FS, 6-0, 195
Adderley seeks to be crisp in drills and flash solid technique to solidify his projection as the first FCS player who will be selected in the draft.
Jordan Brown, South Dakota State, CB, 6-1, 199
The bench press results will be important for a good cover corner who needs to prove he will be strong enough to match up with bigger NFL wide receivers.
Emmanuel Butler, Northern Arizona, WR, 6-3, 216
If it’s a drill that measures speed — hello, 40-yard dash — it will go a long way towards determining where Butler fits into the draft.
Keelan Doss, UC Davis, WR, 6-2, 207
Ditto for Doss. Then again, his skill set and productivity are a lot like Cooper Kupp’s coming out of the Big Sky Conference, and that’s worked out pretty well.
Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State, WR, 6-5, 223
Ferguson will be grilled about a failed drug test at LSU, where he also never made an impact on the field, and whether his one-year dominance at Northwestern State will translate to the next level.
Ethan Greenidge, Villanova, OT, 6-5, 337
The steadiness of the four-year starter may intrigue scouts, but they need to see him stand out in the drills to move up to a draftable grade.
Tytus Howard, Alabama State, OT, 6-5, 322
The late-developing and fast-rising prospect from the SWAC has to handle the fast pace of the week and answer questions about his strength.
Darryl Johnson Jr., North Carolina A&T, DE, 6-5, 232
The big question is whether Johnson’s edge speed will translate from the FCS to NFL levels as he adds bulk to his trim frame.
Joshua Miles, Morgan State, OG, 6-6, 310
Miles should grade out fine in the measurables, but he must cement the impression he can make the jump from the MEAC, where he was only third-team all-conference in 2018 after sitting out '17.
Iosua Opeta, Weber State, OG, 6-4, 305
Offensive line is a crowded position in the draft, so the durable prospect (50 career games at Weber State) has to test well in the drills to draw added attention.
Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois, DT, 6-0, 320
Overpowering on the FCS level, Saunders wants to flash speed and power for the next level. His performance at the Reese’s Senior Bowl suggested it’s all there.
Easton Stick, North Dakota State, QB, 6-3, 221
The winningest quarterback in FCS history can answer questions about his arm strength and accuracy during the passing drills.
Oli Udoh, Elon, OT, 6-6, 327
The size is undeniable, but Udoh wants to flash more athleticism to scouts.
Alex Wesley, Northern Colorado, WR, 6-0, 191
It’s a deep draft class for wide receivers. Wesley won’t have trouble impressing with his speed, but he must show off the polish across his skill set.
— Written by Craig Haley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Haley has covered the FCS level since 1999 and is the national writer for www.fcs.football. He appears frequently on radio shows and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.
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