I am a huge fan of doing homework on prospects. Last week I was contacted by Cory Yates the owner of @RAnalytics and I was impressed with what they had to say on prospects. I love breaking down film, and I trust my eye, but I think when you look at the prospects in the FCS any extra little information you can gather on a player will help his stock. I have tons of scouts and GM’s that follow my site and I thought it would be smart to do a piece by breaking down what I see on the prospects as well as what Cory can evaluate using his overall analytics. So what I planned on doing is putting my scouting notes below each player, and posting it to give both of our views on the players.
Here are their top five players!
5. JaQuez Akins, UT-Martin – Ever since high school, JaQuez Akins is not afraid to come up and hit you. He has been a staple in the secondary on every team he suited up for. This year, I expect a bigger year from Akins. He can taste the blood and wants to play in the NFL more than anything. I would not be surprised to see Akins win First Team All-OVC again and have a better overall year. He is fast, and does a great job of reading the ball. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner
4.) Qwynnterrio Cole, Alcorn State – Qwynnterrio has a long frame and has burst. The 6030 safety is a beast in coverage, and if you come across the middle he will make you pay. Cole reminds me of Dean Marlowe the former James Madison star and Buffalo Bills safety. Cole has great ball skills and takes great angles. He is not afraid to lower his shoulder and his long arms help him in coverage. This kid has huge upside, and NFL teams need to take notice. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner
3.) Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas – Robert Rochell took over as the starting cornerback for the Bears last season and he played in 13 games, where he produced 44 tackles, came away with five interceptions. I was super impressed with his skills and then found some film of him doing box jumps. I knew he was fast from high school, but the explosion in the box jumps were insane. This kid is a freak. I know the grade from the Analytics has him lower than some of the others when it comes to athletic score, but I am willing to say this. He will tear up every FCS prospect when it comes to athleticism. I have him getting his name called in the NFL Draft and I would not be shocked if he is a Senior Bowl participant. Rochell is explosive and with another huge year, he will be my top DB prospect in the FCS. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner.
2.) Devin Taylor, Illinois State – If you want a cornerback who is in your face and will contest a wide receiver every play, then you want Devin Taylor. Taylor is not afraid of opposing wide receivers and has proven to be a shutdown cornerback in the MVFC. I would not be shocked if his stock flies with another big season. We recently recovered film of Taylor going one-on-one with Antonio Brown in Miami. The kid is pretty damn solid. Check out the clip below! – Damond Talbot, Owner, NFL Draft Diamonds
1.) Kordell Jackson, CB, Austin Peay State University – Kordell is a gamer with great instincts. The Birmingham native was an interception machine last year. He seemed to always be around the football and making plays for the Governors. He is solid in man coverage and flourishes in zone. He is not afraid to play bump-n-run, and will lay wood on wide outs. He finished last season with 38 solo tackles, and 47 total tackles, which means one thing, when he gets his hands on you, you are coming down. – Damond Talbot – NFL Draft Diamonds Owner