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2020 NFL Draft: Small School Quarterback Preview

Jake Maier, Tom Flacco, Jayru Campbell and Nick Tiano are all small school quarterbacks who have something to prove in 2019. These small school gunslingers caught my eye and I feel will have a great shot at making it to the NFL.

The 2019 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and before the season starts, I want to talk about some prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft at the Quarterback position who will make an impact and have a great shot at the next level. There are many players who can make this list, but when going through some film study there were a few guys I wanted to give a shout-out to going into their final seasons. These kids can all sling a ball, and I wanted to recognize them. Here is my 2020 Small School Quarterback Preview.

Nick Tiano – QB – UT Chattanooga – He is one of my favorite small school quarterbacks. The kid stands at 6050 and weighs 235 pounds. He was a transfer from Mississippi State and he has a rocket. His huge arm, to go along with his athletic ability to run makes him a top small school quarterback. Look at his highlights and let me know what you think.

Jayru Campbell – QB – Ferris State – This kid has had a bumpy past, but he has everything you want in a quarterback. He has been able to rebound from falling down, and he led his Ferris State team to the Championship last season where they came up short to Valdosta State, but they were in the game, all game long. He is 6050 as well, and while he may need to add a few pounds, he can make almost every NFL throw. He is a D2 sleeper, and you better pay attention to him this year because Ferris State can win it all this year with him leading the charge.

Jake Maier – QB – UC Davis – The biggest knock on this kid is his height. Many scouts turn away from 6000 quarterbacks but this kid can sling it. He is a big-time passer in Dan Hawkins offense, and he will continue to sling the ball this year as well. Maier is a kid that will get tons of NFL looks, and rightfully so. He can make every NFL throw and has swag. I love a QB with S.W.A.G.

Tom Flacco – QB – Towson – Yeah, this is Joe’s little brother, and let’s face it he is a gamer. The kid is a two-sport athlete (Plays Baseball) and he is a speedster and has a rocket for an arm. Flacco is very similar to Easton Stick coming out in the 2019 NFL Draft from North Dakota State. Flacco has great NFL pedigree with his brother being a Super Bowl Champion, and I expect teams to take a look at him. He is 6010 but has so many amazing athletic abilities to push him over the top. Flacco started off at Rutgers and landed in Baltimore near his brother.

Ben DiNucci – QB – James Madison – Former Pittsburgh quarterback Ben DiNucci has everything you want in a quarterback. He has a good arm strength, is very smart, and from what I heard one of the most dynamic teammates out there. The kid will kill you with his feet too! DiNucci has been given tons of credit from his teammates for the extra work he puts in on and off the field. DiNucci was a beast for JMU last year and I would expect bigger and better things from him this year. He is a 6020 quarterback who can make every NFL throw.

Next Group of studs:

Daniel Parr, QB, Duquesne | Chason Virgil, QB, SE Louisiana | Austin Simmons, QB, South Dakota | Pat Kehoe, QB, Delaware | Chase Fourcade, QB, Nicholls State | Tyrie Adams, QB, Western Carolina | Kenji Bahar, QB, Monmouth | Jalen Morton, QB, Prairie View A&M | David Tammaro, QB, John Hopkins |

Sleepers on the rise:

Daniel Santacaterina, QB, SE Missouri State | Dalton Sneed, QB, Montana | Shelton Eppler, QB, Northwestern State | Ryan Stanley, QB, Florida A&M | Noah Johnson, QB, Alcorn State | Peyton Huslig, QB, Missouri State | Johnathan Brantley, QB, Eastern Illinois | Dondrea Tillman, QB, IUP | Nick Watson, QB, Tiffin | Roland Rivers III, QB, Slippery Rock | Willie Candler, QB, West Georgia | Broc Rutter, QB, North Central (IL) | Jackson Erdmann, QB, Saint Johns (MN)

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NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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