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Dream Bowl and HBCU Spirit of America Bowl: Week 3 shining stars

AAMU RB Jordan Bentley is running like he wants to hear his name called in the NFL Draft.

The Dream Bowl and The HBCU Spirit of America Bowl are those two all-star games prepared to help players get in front of NFL scouts. Past players that have participated in both games, and have gone on to the NFL include OL JylanWare (2017 7th Round Pick-Oakland Raiders), Tremon Smith (2018 6th round pick – Chiefs/ Current Packer), RB De’LanceTurner (2018 Undrafted Free Agent-Baltimore Ravens), and WR Chester Rogers (2016 Undrafted Free Agent-Indianapolis Colts). Week 1 of the college football season has come & gone, and these three players stood out to me the most. Here are a few skill players that you might see in either game in 2020. Brandon Davis our All-Star Scout broke down the film from week 3 and found a few players that really shined. Check it out!

Deondre Francois, QB, Hampton: The former Florida State Seminole had his best performance to date this season as the Pirates beat their rivals the Howard Bison 41-20. Francois threw for 217 yards and 4 touchdowns in the win. At 6020 and 215 lbs., he has the prototypical size that NFL scouts are looking for. His athleticism helped him become one of the top high school players in the nation, and that, along with a big stat line will only help increase his draft stock. 

Jordan Bentley, HB, Alabama A&M: The former 2016 SWAC Freshman of the Year recipient had a day in the Bulldogs’ 31-24 win over North Alabama. Bentley had 26 carries for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns, in additional to 3 catches for 37 yards and 1 touchdown. The 6010 running back demonstrated his ability to carry the load, and to be versatile in this game. NFL scouts should start to take notice if he keeps up this level of production. 

Isaiah Nkansah, LB, Grand Valley State: In Grand Valley State’s 28-24 win over Delta State, Nkansah racked up 20 tackles and 2 sacks. 20 tackles in one game at any level is eye popping. The 6020 225 lbs. native from Mason, OH has the size & frame to add more weight if a pro team asks him to do so. Nkansah’s performance this week should gain the attention of NFL scouts, because it definitely gained mine. He’s on my list for a possible Dream Bowl consideration if he continues this level of production. 

Re’Shaun Myers, LB, Bridgewater: The Coastal Carolina transfer & preseason All-American recorded 12 tackles, 4 TFLs, and 3 sacks on Saturday in Bridgewater’s 37-22 win over the Stevenson Mustangs. At 5110, Myers is slightly undersize for a prototypical NFL LB, but he has the frame that they are looking for at 237 lbs. He will have their eyes on him more if he puts in performances like this week in and week out.

Nah’Shon Godfrey, S, McDaniel: In McDaniel’s 13-10 win over Moravian, Godfrey had 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup, and 2 interceptions. His performance alone played a big part in McDaniel’s defense forcing a total of 7 turnovers. Godfrey is a 6040 safety that has room to add more weight to his 180 lbs. frame. Look for him to be considered for a Dream Bowl invite after a game like that.

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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