Looking Back At The NFL Draft

By Tony McClean, BASN Editor In Chief
Updated: April 24, 2010

NEW HAVEN, Ct. (BASN) — After three days of selections, several trades, tears, bear hugs, high fives, and unheard cell phone calls on national TV, the 2010 version of “NFL Idol” (aka the NFL Draft) is finally over. Now some 255 picks later, the pundits and blowhards will try and make some sense of this year’s meat market. Needless to say, the real verdict will come some time down the road. As for black college players, it proved to be a frustrating experience. After being shut out of the first two days and the first five rounds, only two HBCU standouts would hear their names called. It’s the lowest output of HBCU players in the NFL Draft since 2004 when Southern defensive back Lenny Williams (252nd overall) and Hampton defensive end Isaac Hilton (253rd) were picked right behind each other in the seventh round. Here is a capsule look at this year’s HBCU draft picks. SIXTH ROUND OT Ramon Harewood, Morehouse College (Ravens, 194th overall) Vitals: Normal 0 6-6, 353 . The skinny: A three-time All-SIAC performer, Harewood had many scouts intrigued by his potential at the next level. The Christ Church, Barbados native really saw his stock soar after his dominant performance at Senior Bowl practices in Montgomery, Alabama last December. What they’re saying: “He’s a huge man. I mean he’s a giant. He can knock down his side of the line of scrimmage. He needs a lot of developmental work and technique, but he’s got foot speed (5.08 40-yard dash). … He’s got a lot of work to do, but he’s got the passion and drive to get better.” — Ravens’ Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz .

SEVENTH ROUND DB Phillip Adams, South Carolina State (49ers, 224th overall) Vitals: 5-11, 194.

The skinny: A 2009 All-MEAC selection, Adams was fifth on the squad in total tackles with 48 and tied for the lead in interceptions with three, two of which he returned for scores. He was also chosen to play in the Russell Athletic HBCU Bowl. What they’re saying: “Adams (is) a little more of a raw type corner, but has all of the tools. “It was a guy that given the time and the skill to develop, is going to really compete at that position. I’m really excited about him as well.” — Head coach Mike Singletary.