BASN NFL Draft Previews: Top HBCU Prospects

By Tom Withers
Updated: April 25, 2007
NFL DraftNEW HAVEN, Ct. — With the annual NFL College Draft just a few days away, BASN along with the staff of “Diamonds In The Rough” continues to 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 last two days, we’ve featured four of the top 10 prospects, according to DITR’s President and CEO Shannon Kneeland and his staff. Today, we take a look at prospects No. 6 and 5.
Vitals: 5-feet-10, 207 pounds (South Boston, Virginia)
Speed: 4.41.
Skinny: The MEAC’s all-time leading rusher and scorer, he was also a four-time first-team All-MEAC selection. During his stellar career, he not only set school and conference all-time rushing and touchdown records, but produced 24 career 100-yard games and 19 career multi-touchdown games.
Also: Only the seventh player in NCAA history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons, Coleman joins several players including Heisman Trophy winners Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh) and Ron Dayne (Wisconsin) in that prestigious group.
Projection: Scouts like his open-field running skills, but some teams may shy away because of his height. He has an outside chance to make it as a change of pace or third-down back. Could fall somewhere between the fourth or fifth round
Vitals: 6-feet-3, 258 pounds (Bay Minette, Alabama)
Speed: 4.60.
Skinny: The SIAC’s Defensive Player of the Year, Pettway was also a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award (Division II Player of the Year). He led the nation in sacks with 14.5 and was sixth nationally with 22.5 tackles for a loss. He was also named to the Daktronics, Inc. All-America Football Team and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America Team.
Also: In 2006, Pettway recorded 57 total tackles, 13 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and a pass breakup. He has 24.5 career sacks for 162 yards and 116 total tackles (57 solos) with 37 for a loss of 213 yards.
Projection: Scouts like his speed and athleticism, but feel that he may be a bit undersized to play end in the NFL. Could be an high fourth round selection.