Top HBCU Draft Prospects (Part One)

By Tony McClean
Updated: April 21, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Ct. — With the NFL Draft just days away, BASN with the help of “Diamonds In The Rough” will take a look at the best black college players that will be eligible to be taken this weekend.

Recognized as the nation’s only football scouting service that specializes in the evaluation of players from HBCU’s, Shannon Kneeland and his staff at DITR has served as BASN’s exclusive source for the past six years in regards to the NFL Draft.

Over the next few days leading up to Saturday, we’ll feature the top five prospects, according to Kneeland and his staff. Today, we take a look at No. 5, defensive back Bobbie Williams from Bethune-Cookman.

FS BOBBIE WILLIAMS (Bethune-Cookman)

Vitals: 6-feet, 214 lbs.

40 Time: 4.52

2007 Season: A first team selection for both the MEAC (second straight season)and the Associated Press FCS All-American teams, Williams ended the season with 77 tackles and ended his BCC career with 262 total tackles. He was named as a Sports Network and Walter Camp All-America selection two years ago. A hard-hitting free safety from Miami, he completed his career as a Wildcat with 15 interceptions to his credit. That allowed Williams to finish tied for fourth place all-time in career interceptions alongside John Bostic (1980-83).

Outlook:Projected by some as a corner because of his speed and tackling ability. However, his size may have others teams shying away. Reported to have a 36-inch vertical while benching between 225-230. Compares favorably to former BCC standouts and current pros Rashean Mathis (Jaguars) and Nick Collins (Packers). Looks to be a fifth round selection.



Known more for his track accomplishments, the 5-foot-10 native of Alabama, has turned several heads during his pro workouts due to his blazing (4.29) speed. A 2006 Division II Track All-American, Witherspoon was also a 2007 preseason First Team All-America team choice by Last season, he had 31 tackles and two interceptions in 11 games for the Tigers.

DL ALEX HALL (Saint Augustine’s University)

Another Division II prospect who may be getting a pro shot. A member of the 2007 All-America first team, the 6-foot-5, 238 pound Hall made the 2007 All-CIAA first team for the second straight year after recording seven sacks and 15 tackles for loss, both team highs, in nine games while leading the Falcons to a No. 6 national ranking in total defense. In the Cactus Bowl, Hall had 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery to help the East All-Stars defeat the West All-Stars 42-13.