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Do You Know the Top FCS Prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft?

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If you don’t already know the many top FCS prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft, your favorite team may be introducing them pretty soon.

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This year’s class is particularly deep, with players owning great stories (who doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder coming from the FCS?) in addition to great statistics.

Here are some of the top FCS prospects to know come April 26-28:

Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

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Goedert comes from a family of unicyclists. He used to perform in parades on a 6-foot unicycle.

Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina State

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Leonard grew up in South Carolina wanting to play at Clemson, as his half-brother Anthony Waters did, but he only received a walk-on offer and not a scholarship. He chose SCSU, and when the Bulldogs faced Clemson in 2016, Leonard set a career high with 19 tackles and blocked a field goal attempt.

Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T

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In the three-time MEAC offensive lineman of the year’s 48 career starts, no opposing defender beat Parker for a sack.

Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond

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Lauletta overcame a torn ACL suffered in November 2016 to win CAA offensive player of the year as a senior, then was named MVP at the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa

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After a breakout senior season, Fountain was named the Offensive MVP at the 2018 East-West Shrine Game, college football’s oldest all-star game.

Timon Parris, OT, Stony Brook

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Parris is seeking to become the first Stony Brook player to be selected in the NFL draft.

Davontae Harris, CB, Illinois State

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Harris missed most of his senior season in high school with a potentially fatal injury. In the first game, he was cleated in the stomach while trying to make a tackle and it ruptured his intestines, causing internal bleeding.

P.J. Hall, DT, Sam Houston State

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The 6-foot, 308-pound big man isn’t just a pass rusher (42 career sacks and the FCS record with 86.5 tackles for a loss), he stars on special teams. He blocked 14 kicks in his college career.

Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State

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The 2017 Big Sky defensive player of the year may forever be known as the player who was drilled in the head (without a helmet on) while performing a gauntlet drill. To his credit, he didn’t flinch and kept on running the drill.

Bilal Nichols, DT, Delaware

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There may be a sneaker contract out there somewhere. Nichols enjoys collecting sneakers, which he estimates is up to about 40 pairs.

Siran Neal, SS, Jacksonville State

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Neal emerges from a Jacksonville State senior class that didn’t lose an Ohio Valley Conference game in four years. He played safety as a sophomore, linebacker as a junior and cornerback as a senior.

John Franklin, DE, Stephen F. Austin

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Football’s golden sombrero? Franklin’s high school team, Greenville in Texas, had a 0-40 record during his four years.

Greg Senat, OT, Wagner

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Senat was a four-year member of the Wagner men’s basketball team, joining the football team for his final two years of college.

Nick DeLuca, MLB, North Dakota State

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Having suffered a season-injury early in the 2016 season, DeLuca ended each of his four full seasons by winning an FCS national title.

Skyler Phillips, OG, Idaho State

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While growing up, Phillips worked as a ranch hand on a 200-acre angus cattle ranch.

Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State

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Wieneke holds the FCS record with a reception in 53 consecutive games (all 53 games of his career).

Jamil Demby, OT, Maine

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At one point, the All-CAA offensive lineman, who's a hulking 6-5, 335, was ranked 273rd in the world among Madden online players.

Roc Thomas, RB, Jacksonville State

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At Jacksonville State, the Auburn transfer reunited with Gamecocks head coach John Grass, who he played for in high school.

Justin Watson, WR, Penn

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Finishing three times as the runner-up for Ivy League offensive player of the year might have frustrated Watson, but he frustrated the opposition more, setting the league record for consecutive games with a reception (40) and becoming its first 1,000-yard receiver in three different seasons.

— 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 Sam Houston State Athletics