BASN’S DIAMOND MINES, VOL.V

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Updated: April 25, 2015
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BASN’S DIAMOND MINES, Volume V – NFL 2015

By Anthony McClean, Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus

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NEW HAVEN, CT (BASN): During our preview of the best HBCU football players that are eligible for next week’s NFL Draft, we’ve spent all our time on one side of the line — the offense.

 

We finally start talking about the fellas on the defense. As you’ll see there are a few more prospects in numbers on this side of the ball. Our category in particular today will be the defensive lineman.

 

When speaking historically about the HBCU contributions to this position, we could go several directions. Let’s talk about No. 1 overall picks like the late Hall of Famer Buck Buchanan (Grambling State) and Dallas’ Ed “Too Tall” Jones (Tennessee State).

 

Not to mention a group of recent Hall of Famers including Michael Strahan (Texas Southern), Elvin Bethea (North Carolina A&T), and Claude Humphrey (Tennessee State).

 

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

 

 

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Edward Mosley, Alabama State (6-3, 260)

 

A two-time All-SWAC selection, Mosley was one of the top pass rushers in the conference finishing the season with eight sacks and 13.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He finished his four years at ASU with 17 career sacks and 28 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

 

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Bernard Little, Fort Valley State (6-2, 310)

 

A 2014 All-SIAC selection, Little finished the season with 47 tackles, 11 tackle-for-losses, 3.5 sacks, one pass break-up and 10 quarterback hurries, as well as one-time Player of the Week. He was also selected to the BSN 2014 D2 Football All Super Two Region squad as well.

 

DEFENSIVE ENDS

 

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Rodney Gunter, Delaware State (6-5, 305)

 

A three-time All-MEAC selection, Gunter was tops on the Hornets and eighth in the MEAC with seven sacks (0.64 pg); and 16th in the league with 12 tackles-for-loss (1.09 pg) during the 2014 season. He was an All-MEAC First Team selection as a junior in 2013 and a second team pick following his sophomore season in 2012.

 

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Alfy Hill, WSSU (6-5, 275)

 

A two-year starter for the Rams, Hill had 29 tackles (20 solo) in 2014, including 13.5 for losses. He also added 7.5 sacks and forced two fumbles in his senior season. During his career at WSSU, he totaled 57 tackles, 27, tackles for losses, 13.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. Played in the Medal of Honor All-Star Game.

 

Lebrandon Richardson, Bethune-Cookman (6-2, 255)

 

A three-time All-MEAC selection, Richardson finished the year tied for third in the league with eight quarterback sacks, and tied for sixth in tackles for loss with 15 going for a loss of 73 yards. He ended the 2014 campaign with 41 total tackles (22 unassisted).

 

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Kendal Sellers, Elizabeth City State (6-2, 250)

 

A 2014 All-CIAA selection, Sellers led ECSU with sacks last season with 7.5 for a loss of 44 yards, good for third overall best in the CIAA. Seventeen of his 55 total tackles went for a total loss of 75 yards

 

Chris Randolph, J.C. Smith (6-1, 260)

 

A 2014 All-CIAA selection, Randolph led the Golden Bulls in sacks with 6.5 and forced four fumbles. He completed his senior season with 41 total tackles, 12 of which were for loss. In four seasons at JCSU, he tallied 94 tackles, including 24 for loss. He was also selected to play in the FCS National Bowl.

 

Felix Small, N.C. Central (6-2, 250)

 

An All-MEAC selection in 2014, Small led the nation (NCAA Division I-FCS) with seven forced fumbles, which is a NCCU single-season record. He also collected 60 total tackles (33 solo), including 14.0 hits for a loss with 7.0 sacks, three quarterback hurries and two pass deflections.

 

Erik Williams, Bethune-Cookman (6-3, 270)

 

A 2014 All-MEAC selection, Williams amassed 33 tackles, including 21 by primary stop. He would finish the year tied for sixth in tackles for loss (15), while placing tied for 10th in sacks (6.5). Williams would add four pass breakups and a team-best 10 quarterback hurries to go along with a fumble recovery. The son of former NFL star Lee Williams, Erik was a defensive force all season from his defensive end position.

 

Javontay Williams, J.C. Smith (6-2, 245)

 

Williams finished his JCSU career with 69 total tackles, 30 for loss. Williams also registered 19 sacks during his stint with the Golden Bulls. He also added four forced fumbles and recovered two fumbles. Williams was named to the All-CIAA First team prior to the 2013 season and was also honored as an All-American by the Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) and by HBCU Gameday. He also played in the FCS National Bowl.

 

Next: Linebackers.

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