By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN NFL Draft Previews: Top HBCU Prospects
By Tony McClean
Updated: April 27, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Ct. – With the annual NFL College Draft set to begin later this morning, BASN along with the staff of “Diamonds In The Rough” comes to the conclusion of our 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 four days, we’ve featured eight of the top 10 prospects, according to DITR’s President and CEO Shannon Kneeland and his staff. Today, we take a look at the top two prospects. Ironically, these two are teammates from Hampton University.
1. DB TRAVAROUS BAIN, HAMPTON UNIVERSITY.
Vitals: 6-feet-1, 180 pounds (Miami, Florida)
Skinny: After transferring from the University of Miami in 2005, Bain played in nine games (eight starts) and finished with 28 total tackles, an interception, and 13 pass breakups to earn first team All-MEAC honors. In 2006, he appeared in 12 games, registering 19 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, one forced fumble, and five interceptions, earning his second straight first team All-MEAC selection.
Also: Scouts regard Bain as a very good athlete with the quickness and agility to change direction and the speed to shadow receivers down the field. He also shows a nose for the football, displaying the ability to pick the ball up while it is in the air and make a play on it. He has a lot of upside at the next level.
Projection: Bain is a developmental prospect with the speed, agility and frame to develop into an every-down corner back in the NFL. He’s projected in either in the third or fourth round.
2. LB JUSTIN DURANT, HAMPTON UNIVERSITY.
Vitals: 6-feet-1, 230 pounds (Florence, South Carolina)
Skinny: In 2006, Durant led the MEAC with 98 total tackles, including 65 solo stops. He also had 13 tackles for loss, a sack, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery for a Pirate defense that allowed just 14.5 points per game (7th in NCAA).
Also: Durant was named the SBN Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. In doing so he also became the first player in conference history to win three consecutive Player of the Year awards.
Projection: Some experts feel that Durant could be converted into a safety at the next level or be utilized as a weak side outside linebacker in a Cover-2 scheme to compensate for his size and bulk issues at the line of scrimmage. Looks to be a fourth or fifth round pick.