The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and I feel there are so many good players you should know about but I want to introduce 5 players you may have not heard about. When the Draft comes along, everyone has heard of the guys given Combine invites, or the guys the mainstream media maybe talking about, but what about the kids who are not getting the love they deserve? When it comes to the quarterback position, everyone is going to talk about Easton Stick. Do not get me wrong, Easton is a stud, but if I talk about him right now I am not giving someone who was not given a huge platform at the combine a shot. So let’s talk about some Diamonds in the Rough!
Devlin Hodges, QB, Samford – Let’s face it he is the best senior quarterback in the State of Alabama. Yeah, I said it. Hodges has 21 school records at Samford, and his biggest knock from NFL scouts is his size. The kid is not a 6030 quarterback, many say he is 6000 to 6010. Devlin Hodges passed Steve McNair for the most passing yards in an FCS career (McNair had 14,496 yards at Alcorn State from 1991-94.) He will likely end up being a priority free agent but if he makes a roster do not be surprised.
Anthony Lawrence, QB, San Diego – Another smaller quarterback just a tad over 6000 but a gamer. This kid comes out slinging and he is a beast. I am sick and tired of no one giving this kid any love. He is one of the best FCS quarterbacks out there, and he does not get the credit for it. He had all the major colleges come check him out when he was in high school, they passed, when given his shot to shine at USD, he was a freak. He threw for 4100 plus yards this past season. People need to put some respect on his name.
Amir Hall, QB, Bowie State – The NFL is a copycat league, and dual-threat quarterbacks are trending. Quarterbacks like Josh Allen, Kyler Murray, and Cam Newton are all quarterbacks who can kill you with their arm and their legs. Amir Hall is a quarterback that can do both. Hall has been doing this for years though. Last year he leads all Division 2 quarterbacks with 4,152 yards passing. Check out his video below:
C.J. Collins, QB, Southwestern Assemblies of God University – If you say you have heard of C.J. you are a true football fan. Many could not even tell you where the school is. Well, folks, this kid is impressing. He dominated the pro day in Baylor from what I heard, and over 20 teams talked to him. He is a big kid at 6050 and 225 pounds, and he has a great arm. NFL teams are talking about him now, remember his name.
Bart Williams, QB, Grand Valley State University – Bart is 6060 and 226 pounds, he has a cannon and in 5 years at GVSU he played in 53 games. In his career at Grand Valley State he threw for 12,410 yards and 126 career touchdown passes. He is one of my favorite sleepers in the NFL.