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Ranking the top FCS prospects who will actually play a game in 2020

Only 15 FCS schools are planning on playing this fall. That is a huge blow to college football so we wanted to rank the 15 schools seniors that would be playing this fall.

This has to be the craziest season ever. As many of you know we work with an All-Star event every year, and this year we will be working with the College Gridiron Showcase. What I wanted to do is come up with a list of players that we feel have a legit shot at making it to the next level who will actually play a game this year. That means we are basically ranking players on just 15 teams in the FCS.

I know this list will be rather small, but we want to help NFL scouts as much as possible to get these guys the love they deserve. We do not know what is going to happen with the players whose teams decided to play in the Spring and what implications that will have when dealing with an All-Star event, so I thought it would be cool to see the top players we will actually get to see on film in the fall. Obviously, Trey Lance is the best small schooler and he is just a redshirt Sophomore, this list is just of seniors that we have watched. These are just projections and with many of these schools facing tougher FBS opponents this fall, we could see players rise and their draft grades change! We could be missing players, but we have reviewed quite a bit of film.

So let’s get down to business.

  1. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (1st)
  2. Dillon Radunz, OL, North Dakota State (4th)
  3. Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas (5th)
  4. Cordell Volson, OL, North Dakota State (7th)
  5. Trae Berry, TE, Jacksonville State (PFA)
  6. Kordell Jackson, CB, Austin Peay State (PFA)
  7. Willie Eubanks III, LB, Citadel (PFA)
  8. Bryce Nunnelly, WR, Chattanooga (PFA)
  9. Zerrick Cooper, QB, Jacksonville State (PFA)
  10. Josh Hayes, CB, North Dakota State (PFA)
  11. Darion Slade, DB, Campbell (PFA)
  12. Karson Schoening, OC, North Dakota State (PFA)
  13. DeAngelo Wilson, WR, Austin Peay State (PFA)
  14. Alex Ramsey, RB, Citadel (PFA)
  15. Alize Ward, S, Stephen F. Austin (PFA)
  16. Billy McCrary, RB, Abilene Christian (PFA)
  17. Tamrick Pace, WR, Stephen F. Austin (PFA)
  18. Caleb Johnson, LB, Houston Baptist (PFA)
  19. KJ Stepherson, WR, Jacksonville State (PFA)
  20. Ben Ratzlaff, WR, Houston Baptist (PFA)
  21. Jack Gibbens, LB, Abilene Christian (PFA)
  22. Blake Mitchell, C, Austin Peay State (UDFA)
  23. Bailey Zappe, QB, Houston Baptist (UDFA)
  24. Brandon Dowdell, DB, Chattanooga (UDFA)
  25. Michael Buetow, DT, North Dakota State (UDFA)
  26. Brandon Rainey, RB, Citadel (UDFA)
  27. Baniko Harley, WR, Austin Peay State (UDFA)
  28. Damien Dozier, DL, Campbell (UDFA)
  29. Adam Cofield, RB, North Dakota State (UDFA)
  30. Raleigh Webb, WR, Citadel (UDFA)
  31. Cole Strange, OL, Chattanooga (UDFA)
  32. Kade Parmelly, OL, Abilene Christian (UDFA)
  33. Harrison Moon, OL, Chattanooga (UDFA)
  34. Aaron Mercadel, LB, North Dakota State (UDFA)
  35. Nathan Grant, DL, Central Arkansas (UDFA)
  36. Josephus Smith, DE/LB, Austin Peay State (UDFA)
  37. Jack Short, TE, Central Arkansas (UDFA)
  38. Chris James, TE, Chattanooga (UDFA)
  39. JW Jones, DL, Central Arkansas (UDFA)
  40. Noah Stern, OL, North Alabama (UDFA)
  41. Toby Sanderson, OL, Central Arkansas (UDFA)
  42. Kameron Hill, DL, Abilene Christian (UDFA)
  43. Wallace Cowins, DL, North Alabama (UDFA)
  44. Trae Self, QB, Stephen F. Austin (UDFA)
  45. Owen Cosenke, FB/TE, Western Carolina (UDFA)

The others by team

A’Javius BrownCentral ArkansasDT
Dwight BlakeyCentral ArkansasWR
Jackson BardallEastern KentuckyC
Keyion DixonEastern KentuckyWR
Steven CrowderEastern KentuckyLB
Calvin ClaterStephen F. AustinWR
DaLeon WardStephen F. AustinRB
Dennis OsagiedeStephen F. AustinDT
Rayshad NicholsStephen F. AustinDT
Trenton GordonStephen F. AustinS
Grady ThomasWestern CarolinaOT
Michael MurphyWestern CarolinaLB
Ty HarrisWestern CarolinaLB
Jerrell LawsonChattanoogaDB
Jordan JonesChattanoogaDB
Harrison PooleMercerCB
Tucker CannonMercerWR
Tyray DevezinMercerRB
Sidney OtiwuMercerLB
Jake WhiteheadNorth AlabamaOG
K.J. SmithNorth AlabamaDB
Branden HohensteinAbilene ChristianTE
Rashon DavisAustin Peay StateDB
Vito PrioreAustin Peay StateQB
Titus WallMissouri StateS
Juan ClarosCampbellOL
Mason DonaldsonCampbellWR/K
Matt PriceCampbellOL
Ray MillerCampbellLB

If you think we missed you send us your film nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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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