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2020 NFL Draft: Possible Fits for FCS Prospects

2020 NFL Draft: Possible Fits for FCS Prospects

2020 NFL Draft: Possible Fits for FCS Prospects

FCS players selected in the NFL Draft usually go in the later rounds, and they often promise value to teams that have multiple needs and can wait on filling one.

NFL teams generally select about 18 FCS players per year, but this year the number will likely be down after fewer "small school" prospects showed off their skills at pro days due to COVID-19.

Here are some possible fits for 10 leading FCS prospects come the April 23-25 draft (draft grades are courtesy of small-school draft expert Josh Buchanan):

Jeremy Chinn, SS, Southern Illinois

Height: 6-3; Weight: 221

Grade: 2nd Round
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Quick Thought: Has risen after strong showings at the Reese's Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine.

Teams in the Market: Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New York Giants

Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

Height: 6-5; Weight: 255

Grade: 2nd-3rd Round

Quick Thought: Athletic pass catcher boosted by a subpar draft class of tight ends. Trautman also received a 2nd/3rd round grade from Athlon Sports.

Teams in the Market: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Green Bay, New England, Washington

Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island

Height: 6-2; Weight: 198

Grade: 4th Round

Quick Thought: Speedy underclassman had a nine-catch, 152-yard outing at Virginia Tech in October.

Teams in the Market: Denver, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Charlie Taumoepeau, TE/FB, Portland State

Height: 6-2; Weight: 240

Grade: 5th Round

Quick Thought: Versatile skill set suggests he can transition to an H-back role.

Teams in the Market: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Kansas City, New England, Washington

James Robinson, RB, Illinois State

Height: 5-9; Weight: 219

Grade: 5th-6th Round

Quick Thought: Big-game player produced two of his four career 200-yard games in the 2019 FCS playoffs.

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Teams in the Market: Buffalo, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles Rams, Miami, Seattle, Tampa Bay

Alex Taylor, OT, South Carolina State

Height: 6-8; Weight: 308

Grade: 5th-6th Round

Quick Thought: Tallest offensive lineman (6-8 3/8 officially) and tied for the largest hands (11 1/4) at the Combine. Taylor also received a 5th/6th round grade from Athlon Sports.

Teams in the Market: Arizona, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay, Washington

Jonah Williams, DE, Weber State

Height: 6-5; Weight: 269

Grade: 6th Round

Quick Thought: Shared 2019 Big Sky defensive player of the year award with Buck Buchanan Award winner Dante Olson.

Teams in the Market: Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, New York Jets, Seattle, Tennessee, Washington

Dante Olson, ILB, Montana

Height: 6-2; Weight: 237

Grade: 6th Round

Quick Thought: Stock appears on the rise; racked up 330 tackles in final 25 games.

Teams in the Market: Baltimore, Carolina, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans, Philadelphia

Ron'Dell Carter, DE, James Madison

Height: 6-3; Weight: 265

Grade: 6th-7th Round

Quick Thought: Overpowered linemen for 27 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks on 2019 FCS runner-up squad.

Teams in the Market: Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, New York Jets, Seattle, Tennessee, Washington

Josh Pearson, WR, Jacksonville State

Height: 6-3; Weight: 205

Grade: 6th-7th Round

Quick Thought: Separates well on the perimeter; caught 30 touchdowns in final two seasons.

Teams in the Market: Denver, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Francisco

— 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.

(James Robinson photo courtesy of Illinois State Athletics)