Top HBCU Draft Prospects (Part Three)

By Tony McClean
Updated: April 23, 2008

NFL Draft

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 the No. 3 prospect, another Hampton University defensive lineman, Kendall Langford.


Vitals: 6-feet-6, 287 lbs.

40 time: 4.95.

2007 season: The Virginia native led the team in total tackles with 72 (32 solo, 40 assist). He also accumulated 13.5 tackles for a loss of 57 yards with six sacks for 57 yards. Langford scored one touchdown on an interception retuned for 22 yards, he broke up one pass, he forced two fumbles and he blocked a kick. The three-time All-MEAC standout and unanimous Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-American selection saw his stock rise while playing in both the East-West Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl.

Outlook: Langford is regarded as a very quick and agile end. He gets into the backfield easily and knows how to make plays. He has a mean streak in him, and gives good effort. He sheds blocks very well, particularly with his rip move. Surprisingly, he’s even a good open-field tackler. He has a decent body build, and he’s tall. Right now, Langford is projected for either the third or fourth round.


DE WILLIAM HAYES (Winston-Salem State)

The 6-foot-2, 272-pounder also played linebacker for the Rams. In 2007, he led WSSU with 8.5 sacks and was second on the team in total tackles with 78. He also broke up three passes and recovered four fumbles, two of which he returned for touchdowns for the Rams. Over his past two seasons at WSSU, Hayes has combined for 16 sacks and 129 tackles. He was has also named to the 2007 American Urban Radio Networks SBN Sports Black College All-American Team.

DT COREY CLARK (Jackson State)

This Mississippi State University transfer is being regarded by many scouts as a nose tackle in the pros. A second team All-SWAC selection in 2007, the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Clark was a disruptive force to opposing offensive lines. He finished with 49 tackles (fourth on the team), 15.5 tackles for a loss (first on the team, fourth in the SWAC and tied for 15th in the NCAA) and five sacks.