NEW HAVEN, Ct. — With the annual NFL College Draft looming, BASN along with the staff of “Diamonds In The Rough” will take a look at the best Black College football players eligible for this weekend’s festivities.
Recognized as the nation’s only football scouting service that specializes in the evaluation of players from HBCU’s, DITR has served as BASN’s exclusive source for the past five years in regards to the NFL Draft.
Over the next four days, we will feature the top 10 prospects, according to DITR’s President and CEO Shannon Kneeland and his staff. We begin today’s preview with a look at prospects No. 8 and 7.
8. DB CARLTON BROWN, JACKSON STATE.
Vitals: 5-feet-11, 190 pounds (Grenada, Mississippi).
Skinny: A first team All-SWAC selection in 2006, Brown was a big part of the Tigers’ defensive resurgence last season. He finished the season with 27 tackles (13 solo, 14 assisted) including a team-high five interceptions and seven pass breakups.
Also: A change in JSU’s defensive philosophy clearly brought out the best in Brown. He’s an athletic and aggressive defensive back whose quickness and knowledge of the game will help him at the next level.
Projection: Has impressed scouts with his speed and makeup. While Brown could be a sleeper, he appears to be a second day pick. Possibly fourth or fifth round.
7. WR/KR CHARLIE SPILLER, ALCORN STATE
Vitals: 6-feet, 185 pounds (Woodville, Mississippi)
Skinny: The two-time All-SWAC standout was one of the conference’s most explosive players as both a receiver (19.6 ypc in 2006) and kick returner (21.4 ypr). Spiller finished his ASU career as the Braves’ all-time leader in receiving yards.
Also: Scouts have been impressed with Spiller’s speed and feel that he can add more muscle to his frame.
Projection: Some look as Spiller as more of a return specialist than a wide out. This could bring his stock down to the lower rounds.