By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Top HBCU Draft Prospects (Part Two)
NEW YORK – 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. 4 prospect, Hampton University defensive lineman Marcus Dixon.
DL MARCUS DIXON (Hampton)
Vitals: 6-feet-4, 294 lbs.
2007 Season: A native of Georgia, Dixon led the Pirates with tackles for losses with a total of 16 that resulted in 59 lost yards. He also collected 58 tackles on the season (27 solo, 31 assist) with six sacks for a loss of 37 yards. He collected eight quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, a block kick, and two pass break-ups. Has been an All-MEAC selection for the last two seasons.
Outlook: Despite his production on the field, he’s more known for his off-field issues from years ago. Originally signed by Vanderbilt out of high school, Dixon was arrested and jailed for statutory rape. The Georgia Supreme Court later ruled the sex was consensual, overturning the case and releasing Dixon from prison after he served 15 months. He’s regarded as a versatile player with the size and strength to project either at defensive end or tackle and has the athletic tools worth developing. His “character issues” will likely push him farther down the draft.
OTHERS TO LOOK OUT FOR
LB BRYAN WILSON (Morgan State)
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Wilson is an experienced and explosive linebacker who improved his fundamentals during his senior year. He’s regarded as a hard worker and an excellent pass rusher with a great motor. An All-MEAC selection in 2007, Wilson completed the season with 50 tackles (33 solo) with 14 tackles for a loss of 70 yards, a team-high seven sacks and a league-high six forced fumbles.
LB RONNIE McCULLOUGH (Bethune-Cookman)
The MEAC’s Defensive Player of The Year in 2007, McCullough spent two seasons at South Florida before transferring to BCC for more playing time. This past season, he finished the season with an amazing 149 tackles, 20 for loss, and five sacks in just ten games. He was also named as SBN’s Defensive Player of the Year. The Florida native may be a bit undersized (6-feet, 229 lbs.) for a linebacker, but his instincts and toughness should allow him to find a role in the NFL.