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Top 15 FCS Football Prospects In The 2019 NFL Draft

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FCS Football has put many players in the NFL. While some of them made a team in training camp, most were drafted in the NFL Draft. We’ve seen some great players drafted in the NFL from the FCS. Players like Carson Wentz, Adam Vinatieri, Tony Romo, Jimmy Garoppolo, among others have been quite successful in the NFL. The 2019 class also has some great prospects coming from the FCS Football Ranks. Here’s a look at our top-15 FCS Football prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft.

     #15: Marquez Tucker (G) – Southern Utah Thunderbirds:

Tucker lacks the height of many NFL offensive lineman, but he is versatile. The two-time All-Big Sky Conference selection started out as a tackle before moving over to the guard position. He’s strong enough to keep defenders from bulldozing him and fast enough to keep anyone from getting around him. Tucker Also has the ability to readjust during plays to keep protection intact. Projected Draft Round: 7th

Marquez Tuck 2019 NFL Draft Prospect
Marquez Tucker: Southern Utah Thunderbirds

     #14: Easton Stick (QB) North Dakota State Bison:

Stick took over for the Bison after Carson Wentz moved on to the NFL. While he doesn’t have the hype that Wentz had, he still produced major results. The three-year starter led the Bison to the 2018 FCS Football Championship and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award. He finished his career at NDSU completing 61 percent of his passes for 8,693 yards, and 88 touchdowns to just 28 interceptions. He has good speed for a quarterback and ran for 2,523 yards and 41 touchdowns on the ground. He’s athletic enough that we may see a position change coming in the NFL. Projected Draft Round: 7th

Easton Stick 2019 NFL Draft Prospect
Easton Stick: North Dakota State Bison

     #13: B.J. Autry (G) Jacksonville State Gamecocks:

When you see B.J. Autry for the first time, you’ll notice this is a big, big man. An AP First-Team All-American,  Autry has tremendous power to go along with his size. He does an excellent job at using that size to smother defenders. He needs to get his fluctuating weight under control and is still raw as a blocker. However, NFL coaches will be chomping at the bit to get this guy up to speed in their system. Projected NFL Draft Round: 6th-7th

B.J. Autry 2019 NFL Draft Prospect
B.J. Autry: Jacksonville State Gamecocks

     #12 Jazz Ferguson (WR) Northwestern State Demons:

Ferguson has come a long way since his issues at LSU. He turned into a dangerous receiver for the Demons and was one of the top receivers in all of FCS Football in 2018. His 4.45 speed is attractive with his 6’5″, 227lb. frame. Ferguson does a great job using that size to get physical with receivers. He caught four passes for 129 yards and a touchdown against Texas A&M which shows he can hang with above-average talent. For the season, Ferguson had 68 receptions, 1,117 yards, and 13 touchdowns. He’s leaving for the pros a year early, but he can still make a strong impact. Projected NFL Draft Round: 6th-7th

Jazz Ferguson 2019 NFL Draft Prospect
Jazz Ferguson: Northwestern State Demons

     #11: Drew Forbes (G) Southeast Missouri State Redhawks:

Forbes is one of the grittier offensive linemen in this year’s NFL Draft. He shoots off the line fast and usually initiates the first hit. A three-year starter at tackle, Forbes will most likely move to the guard position due to his size. Forbes shows the great athletic ability a lineman needs and does an excellent job at creating running lanes. This FCS Football All-American shows a lot of potentials to work his way up the ranks to become an NFL starter someday. Projected Draft Round: 6th-7th

Drew Forbes 2019 NFL Draft Rankings
Drew Forbes: Southeast Missouri State Redhawks

     #10: Jake Dolegala (QB) Central Connecticut State Blue Devils:

Dolegala may be a long-term project, but there’s a lot of upside with him. Even though his numbers aren’t as good as other FCS quarterbacks, his size (6’6″ 240lbs) and ability give him the advantage to have a career in the NFL. Dolegala remains calm under pressure in the pocket and has the ability to roll out and make the throw. Accuracy is an issue, but that’s something teams will work on. However, his accuracy did improve in 2019, when he completed 61 percent for 2,221 yards and 16 touchdowns. Dolegala also isn’t afraid to use his size to power in runs deep in the red zone. Projected NFL Draft Round: 6th

Jake Dolegala 2019 NFL Draft Rankings
Jake Dolegala: CCSU Blue Devils

     #9: Jimmy Moreland (CB) James Madison Dukes:

When you’re a Jerry Rice Award finalist in your freshman season, big things are about to come. Jimmy Moreland didn’t disappoint after that season either. Moreland set a JMU record with 18 interceptions and six of those were “pick-sixes.” Three of those came in consecutive games in 2018. He’s a hard-hitting, physical, no-nonsense defender that plays aggressive every play regardless of being undersized. His 2018 campaign led him to become a first-team All-American and a Buck Buchanan finalist. Overall, Moreland is a ballhawk that uses his toughness and speed to compete with any defender. He may be that hidden gem that teams look for. Projected NFL Draft Round: 6th

Jimmy Moreland 2019 NFL Draft Rankings
Jimmy Moreland: James Madison Dukes

     #8: Oli Udoh (T) Elon Phoenix

Oli Udoh is a massive human being. His 6’5″ 325lb frame isn’t just a brick wall either. Udoh can move laterally making it extremely difficult for defenders to get by. He’s powerful enough to hold off NFL caliber defenders and he can get nasty in the trenches. A durable lineman, Udoh started in every game for the Phoenix for three seasons from 2015 to 2017. Being more of a run blocker could restrict his role in the NFL, but his size is very attractive. Projected NFL Draft Round: 5th-6th

Oli Udoh 2019 NFL Draft Rankings
Oli Udoh: Elon Phoenix

     #7: Joshua Miles (T) Morgan State Bears:

Miles is another hidden gem that teams should be looking at. His size is good for NFL linemen and he’s quicker in pads than in testing. That athleticism could give teams the option play him at guard. He can shoot up out of his stances like a cannon and his long arms make it difficult for defenders to engage. Creating running lanes is a strong suit for him. After being ruled academically ineligible in 2017, Miles adopted a stronger work ethic. The rough edges need polished, but he can be molded into an NFL starter. A strong showing during practice at the East/West Shrine Game increased his draft stock. Projected NFL Draft Round: 5th-6th.

Joshua Miles 2019 NFL Draft Rankings
Joshua Miles: Morgan State Bears

     #6: Alex Wesley (WR) Northern Colorado Bears:

Alex Wesley is a blue-collar player that busted his tail to get to where he is today. He wasn’t recruited highly even among the FCS ranks. Back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons put Wesley on the map. After playing in the Senior Bowl, Wesley’s tangibles became know to every NFL team. His blazing speed along with his ability to go vertical makes him a dangerous receiver. He’s a little on the small side, but he isn’t afraid to use his body to get to the ball. Solid route running makes him a good fit on the third day of the draft. Projected NFL Draft Round: 5th

Alex Wesley 2019 NFL Draft Rankings
Alex Wesley: Northern Colorado Bears

     #5: Keelan Doss (WR) UC-Davis Aggies:

Keelan Doss has all of the makings of a solid NFL receiver. His size, route running ability, along with his football knowledge makes him a good fit with almost any team. He’s caught over 100 passes per season for two-straight years for 2,833 yards in that time. His crisp route running allows him to gain separation. He’s not really a speedster on the field, but he’s a smart player that can get open in an instant. Doss also works well with quarterbacks in trying to synch with them. Is he the next Julio Jones? Probably not. But he will be a good NFL receiver for years to come. Projected NFL Draft Round: 4th

Keelan Doss 2019 NFL Draft Rankings
Keelan Doss: UC Davis Aggies

     #4: Khalen Saunders (DT) Western Illinois Leathernecks:

Khalen Saunders is a defensive lineman with a lot of top-end speed. He’s a little slow off the line, but he can get into the backfield quick enough to make plays. His 34.5 tackles for loss and 18 sacks in four years with the Leathernecks proves that. His athletic ability is excellent for someone over 300 pounds and he moves side-to-side with ease. Saunders has a swim move that rivals and defensive lineman in the draft. Double teams weren’t a problem for him in FCS Football. If he can carry that success over to the NFL, he’ll stay in the league for a while. Overall, Saunders has the tools to be an effective lineman and could see an opportunity to start soon. Projected NFL Draft Round: 3rd-4th

Khalen Saunders 2019 NFL Draft Rankings
Khalen Saunders: Western Illinois Leathernecks

     #3: Jordan Brown (CB) South Dakota State Jackrabbits:

Jordan Brown entered SDSU as an undersized receiver who had suspect speed. He leaves the Jackrabbits as a cornerback that has NFL size and speed. Brown uses his receiver skills to anticipate their next move. That makes him a nightmare for quarterbacks when he is in coverage. His closing ability on receivers is good and has the speed to keep up with them on deeper routes. Playing at South Dakota State also gives him the advantage of playing in colder temperatures. He makes switching receivers in zone coverage look effortless. Overall, Brown already has the ability to become a solid starter in the NFL. With a little work, Pro Bowl caliber isn’t out of the question. Projected NFL Draft Round: 3rd

Jordan Brown 2019 NFL Draft Rankings
Jordan Brown: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

     #2: Nasir Adderley (S) Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens:

The question around Nasir Adderley is whether he’ll play at safety or cornerback in the NFL. He plays both positions well, but he may be better suited at corner. His ability to backpedal longer than most defenders gives him the advantage to see what’s developing. As a safety, he provides excellent protection over the top and his cornerback instincts kick in when closing on receivers. Adderley goes low and wraps up ball carriers cleanly, making him one of the best tacklers in this draft among players in the secondary. With the power of a safety and the speed of a cornerback, Adderley is a ballhawk that will thrive in the NFL. If not a starter in 2019, we will see him on the field quite often. Projected NFL Draft Round: 2nd

Nasir Adderley: Delaware Fightin Blue Hens
Nasir Adderley (#23): Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens

     #1: Tytus Howard (T) Alabama State Hornets:

An offensive lineman as our top FCS Football prospect?!?! You better believe it! Tyson Howard is the complete package when it comes to an offensive lineman. He’s stellar at pass protection while being able to create lanes in the running game. Even though Auburn blew out the Hornets back in September, Howard held his own against the edge rushers for the Tigers. His countering ability against defenders is one of the best in this draft class. One of his best features is being able to time running plays which makes him so good at creating running lanes. Howard hardly every gets lazy in his technique even later in games. A lot of people often overlook the offensive line when it comes to prospects, but it’s probably the most important position when it comes to the offense. Having a blocker like Howard that can protect well against both the pass and run, makes him an all-around player. Adapting to NFL defenders could be an issue, but that’s doubtful. I look for Howard to start for an NFL team right out of the gate. I couldn’t imagine him as a quarterback like he was in high school. Projected NFL Draft Round: 2nd

Tytus Howard 2019 NFL Draft Rankings
Tytus Howard (#58): Alabama State Hornets

 

 

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