BASN NFL Draft Preview: Best Of The Rest

By Tony McClean
Updated: April 28, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — For the fourth consecutive season, BASN will use the services of Shannon Kneeland, the president of “Diamonds In The Rough”, the nation’s only scouting service that yearly evaluates the best black college football talent available for the NFL Draft.
This past week, we’ve taken a look the best HBCU players using Kneeland and his staff’s individual player evaluations. Today, we end our series with a look at the best of the remaining available players on both offense and defense.
Paul Sharpe FB Paul Sharpe, Florida A&M
In 36 career games for the Rattlers, Sharpe rushed for 479 yards on 107 carries (4.5 average)and with five TDs. He also caught 32 balls for 175 yards and a TD. Regarded as a powerfully built back (5-11, 242 pounds) and an excellent short yardage specialist. Good blocker and has a surprising burst of speed coming out of the hole. Also has good hands and has proven to be a good safety valve out of the backfield.
OC Jason Dean, South Carolina State
The son of former NFL star Fred Dean, the 6-foot-4, 280 pound Dean was an All-MEAC selection in 2004 as a junior and a preseason selection in 2005. Part of a Bulldog line that helped lead All-MEAC running back DeShawn baker to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Has graded out in the high 80′s to low 90′s over the past two seasons.
WR Cliff Carter, Mississippi Valley State
Despite battling injuries, the 6-foot-2, 190 pounder from New Orleans caught 30 balls for 417 yards (13.9 ypc) and three TDs. His best game of the season came in a two touchdown performance against Alcorn State last November. Impressed scouts with his speed on his pro day.
TE Marcus Moore, Lane College
An All-SIAC selection in 2005, the 6-foot-2, 260 pounder emerged as the conference’s best tight end. He caught 21 passes for 207 yards (9.9. ypc) and three TDs. Regarded as an excellent blocker with good hands.
Go to fullsize image DE Joe Sykes, Southern University
Sykes tranferred to SU from West Virginia and was an All-SWAC selection in 2005. He finished last season with 53 tackles (13 solos) and 7.5 sacks. Solid pass-rusher who made a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. However, has shown marginal quickness off the snap. Can be slow at shedding blocks and late locating the ball
DB Larry “Choo Choo” Davis, Morgan State
A three-time All-MEAC selection, Davis finished as the Bears second leading tackler with 96 tackles (60 solo) and 11 tackles for loss from his strong safety position. He also snagged two picks and completed his collegiate career with 12. Davis finished just four interceptions shy of breaking MSU’s all-time career interception record held by Joe Fowlkes (1975-78, 15 INTs).
Go to fullsize image DB Shawn Woodard, Shaw University
Was a main cog of the Bears’ 2004 CIAA Championship squad. An All-CIAA selection who led the nation in interceptions that season, his production fell off in 2005 due to injuries. However, he still managed 10 pass breakups. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder is still regarded as one of the best defensive backs in the nation. Could also play linebacker as well. Must stay healthy to have a chance at playing football at the next level.