NEW HAVEN, Ct. — With the annual NFL College Draft just a few hours 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 three days, we’ve featured six 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. 4 and 3.
4. WR JACOBY JONES, LANE COLLEGE
Vitals: 6-feet-3, 210 pounds (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Skinny: The SIAC’s offensive player of the year, Jones led the conference in receiving yards (74.7) and receptions (6.18) per game, plus receiving touchdowns (6) and all-purpose yards (189.9).
Also: Jones was invited and played in the East-West Shrine game where he caught four passes for 57 yards. At the NFL Combine, Jones turned heads by running very good routes and catching the ball. Jones has also added some muscle since the end of the season
Projection: After last year’s success story of Saints rookie wide out Marques Colston (also from a small school), Jones has gotten a lot of positive attention from NFL scouts. Jones could possibly be a late first day or early second day selection.
3. DB MICHAEL COE, ALABAMA STATE
Vitals: 6-feet-1, 190 pounds (Memphis, Tennessee).
Skinny: Coe transferred to ASU from the University of Arkansas. During his only season in the SWAC, Coe earned a reputation as a shut-down corner, leading the conference in passes defended (16) and tying for first in passes broken up (14).
Also: Coe showed his versatility by filling in at safety in several games, and he finished fifth on the team in tackles (42), including 1.5 sacks for -7 yards. Coe also returned punts for the Hornets, gaining 176 yards on 21 returns for a 8.4 average.
Projection: Selected just three days prior to the Senior Bowl, Coe had two tackles and the game’s only interception off Michigan State’s Drew Stanton. His stock has steadily risen among NFL scouts and draft experts. Look for him in either the late third or early fourth round.