By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN NFL Draft Previews: Top HBCU Prospects
By Tony McClean
Updated: April 23, 2007
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 five 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. 10 and 9.
10. DB VINCENT DANCY, JACKSON STATE
Vitals: 6-feet-3, 220 pounds (Shuquala, Mississippi).
Skinny: A four-year starter (after red shirting in 2002) and two-time All-SWAC selection the last two seasons at JSU, Dancy had 66 total tackles, two sacks, an interception and four pass breakups in 2006. As a junior, Dancy led the Tigers in tackles (106 total: 65 solo, 41 assisted) and was third overall in the conference.
Also: An aggressive hitter in the open field who blitzes well against the run and the pass. However, his coverage skills are very raw. Dancy might be better at either outside linebacker or safety. Scouts think he could easily carry at least 10 to 15 extra pounds on his sturdy frame with no problems.
Projection: Likely a second day pick somewhere within the fifth round.
9. DE GREG PETERSON, N.C. CENTRAL
Vitals: 6-feet-5, 287 pounds (Kenansville, N.C.)
Skinny: A key defensive member of NCCU’s CIAA Championship squads. Previous played junior college at Mississippi before coming to Central. A two-time All-CIAA selection, Peterson was also one of four Eagles chosen for SBN’s 2006 Black College All-America Team. He ranked seventh in the nation with 19.5 tackles for a loss, led the team with 7.5 sacks, and finished with 48 total tackles.
Also: Saw his draft stock rise when he ran a 4.73 in the 40 on his pro day. Looked on by many scouts as a project, but Peterson has drawn lots of interest from a number of teams thanks to his athleticism and production at his position.
Projection: Despite the good showing on his pro day, Peterson is likely to be a second day pick somewhere between the sixth and seventh rounds.