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What They're Saying About Top FCS Prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft

What They're Saying About Top FCS Prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft - South Dakota State CB Jordan Brown

What They're Saying About Top FCS Prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft - South Dakota State CB Jordan Brown

With the 2019 NFL Draft less than a month away, teams are taking a closer look at FCS prospects whose talents are likely higher than their anticipated draft positions.

There's no hiding the gems, of course, as the FCS level has come to average about 18 draft selections each year. Just last year, the NFL leader in tackles was a rookie from the FCS (Indianapolis Colts All-Pro outside linebacker Darius Leonard from South Carolina State).

Here are seven FCS prospects on everybody's 2019 list plus the leading quarterback from the subdivision, what's being said about them:

Nasir Adderley, FS, Delaware

Projection: 1st or 2nd Round

"Adderley has proven to be the best small-school prospect in this year's draft class. An athletic giant, Adderley provides size, speed, and length to any defensive scheme, though (he) will best be suited as a deep safety where he can utilize his range and ball-hawking instincts to roam sideline to sideline. Overall, he is well-rounded with the cover instincts, play range and toughness versus the run to contribute early to an NFL secondary." — Gavino Borquez, Draftwire

Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois

Projection: 3rd Round

"Saunders has some insanely dominant reps on film and he fared well for himself in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. There are times where his blend of size, power, quickness, and flexibility is way more than offensive linemen can handle. With that said, his ability to dominate with physical traits was fully relied upon and Saunders needs major technical refinement to see the field in the NFL. Most notably are his vision, processing, hand technique, get-off and understanding of leverage that all need work. While he is raw, Saunders has unteachable physical upside that is well worth investing in." — Joe Marino, The Draft Network

Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

Projection: 3rd-4th Round

"Ascending tackle prospect who will require additional work with technique and in the weight room to fully realize his potential. Howard is a gifted athlete with rare quickness and fluidity as both a run and pass blocker and his play issues are correctable with more work. While he will be dinged for level of competition, his upside was on full display with his play against Auburn. He needs development, but he's much more than a developmental prospect and could find a starter's spot within his first two years." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Jordan Brown, CB, South Dakota State

Projection: 4th Round

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“Rare size with good overall weight distribution. Thick frame that makes him looks more like a safety than a corner, though his hips are certainly corner-caliber. Shows an easy transition from backpedal to vertical, smoothly changing directions to stick in the hip of receivers in man coverage. A touch high in his backpedal but chops his feet and breaks downhill quickly. Good route awareness overall, anticipating receivers' cuts and keeping his frame between the quarterback and his intended target.” – NFL Draft Bible

Oli Udoh, OT, Elon

Projection: 4th or 5th Round

"Large small-school prospect from Elon who opened eyes at all-star games. Shows a strong anchor with solid upper body strength and large hands. Played tackle in college, but needs to move to guard because of problems with edge rushers." — DraftSite.com

Keelan Doss, WR, UC Davis

Projection: 5th Round

"Doss has been a dominant pass-catcher against his level of competition, looking like a ready-made No. 1 receiver. Regardless of who he's lined up against, Doss' combination of size, physicality and athleticism give him the kind of complete skill set NFL teams are willing to pay a high price for on draft weekend." — Luke Easterling, DraftWire

Jazz Ferguson, WR, Northwestern State

Projection:6th Round

"Former four-star recruit who began his career at LSU but took flight in his lone season at Northwestern State after transferring. Ferguson is a big target with instinctive feel for body positioning, which tilts contested catches in his favor. He's too reliant upon his physical gifts and needs more schooling and route polish, but he could find a back-end roster spot with a chance to work his way up the depth chart with time." — Zierlein, NFL.com

Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State

Projection: 6th or 7th Round

"The heir apparent to Carson Wentz for the Bison, Stick isn't as physically impressive as Wentz and won't be drafted nearly as high, but he is a mobile passer with the ability to fire strikes on the move. He loves to distribute the wealth all over the field and projects as the type of mind that would be valuable in a quarterback meeting room." — Dane Brugler, The Athletic

— 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.

(Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Athletics)