We have been scouting football for years, and it is hard to find Division 3 football players because it is super hard to find film on some of their schools. I love D3 Football and I feel they need someone to put some light on their Division, so this year we wanted to talk about 5 players in Division 3 that we feel will have a great shot at making it to the NFL. There are so many more that I could choose, but these are my favorites so far early in the NFL Draft Process. I have several others that I liked on film but I was not able to obtain their film from last season.
Quinn Meinerz, OG, Wisconsin-Whitewater – Quinn is a mauler at 6030 and 320 pounds. He is one of the better interior offensive lineman in the 2021 NFL Draft. There are not very many D3 lineman that can make the transition to the NFL, but I feel that Quinn can definitely make the transition. Quinn helped the Warhawks lead the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in rushing offense (195.7 yards per game) and first downs (310), average 30.1 points and 376.7 total yards per game and allow only 21 sacks for the season.
Jefferson Fritz, S, Mary Hardin-Baylor – Jefferson developed into one of the top defensive backs in the country last season and he should be a force again this year. The 5110, 185 pound defensive back is not afraid of contact, and is a ball hawk. Fritz led the nation and set ASC and UMHB record with 12 interceptions last season. NFL teams love that type of play, and I think Fritz has a great shot at contributing to a team early.
Andrew Kamienski, WR, North Central (IL) – The 6000 wide receiver was a dog last season. Kamienski was the NCAA Division III national leader in receptions (133) and receiving yards (2,016), establishing new North Central single-season records in both categories. He also set new Division III national record for single-season touchdown receptions (31). This kid is talented and NFL teams need to be paying attention to him, because he is dominating the D3 Division.
Mitchell Arendsen, DE, Albion – Arendsen is a beast. He is a 6050 defensive end that weighs 240 pounds and gets after the quarterback. He broke out his sophomore season racking up 10.5 sacks and 61 tackles. Last year, he finished with 46 tackles and 2 sacks. He still finished with 15.5 tackles for loss though and has 33.5 total tackles for loss in the past two seasons. He has the size and technique to get a shot at the next level.
Mike Murphy, DE/OLB, Illinois Wesleyan – There is something about this kid that I enjoy. His motor is non-stop and he is a player that I really like. The 6030, 255 pound pass rusher finished with 16 sacks last year and also had 195. tackles for loss. He registered 35 tackles and more than half of them were tackles for loss. I love that when watching film. This kid wrecked North Park in November and finished the game with 4.5 sacks in one game. He is a good ball player.