2016 HBCU NFL Draft Prospects: Part Three

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Updated: April 27, 2016
By Tony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus
NEW HAVEN (BASN) — Once again, we continue our exclusive 2016 NFL Draft preview by taking an educated and unbiased peek at the best available HBCU football prospects position-by-position.
While the players from the larger predominantly white schools always get the major pub, we here at BASN have traditionally tried to show some much needed love to the talented players that toil in the MEAC, CIAA, SWAC, SIAC, and beyond.
As documented in “Four Quarters of Soul”, our comprehensive collaboration on the great HBCU players that should be the Hall of Fame, we’ll use this series to educate you on the many “diamonds in the rough” that if given the opportunity will shine forever.
In our opening preview, we focused on quarterbacks and running backs. Part Two was all about wide receivers and tight ends. For today’s focus, we’ll finish on the offense with a look at the lineman. Players are listed alphabetically.
CENTERS
Jordan Johnson, Prairie View A&M (6-2, 295)
An All-SWAC selection in 2015, Johnson moved to center before the start of his senior season and blocked for one of the top offensive units in the nation as the Panthers surpassed 400-plus offensive yards in 9 of 10 games played including 500-plus yards five times. Behind his blocking, the Panthers rushed for 100-plus yards in 9 of 10 games played and 200-plus yards in five games. As a team, PVAMU finished third in the SWAC in sacks against, first in scoring offense (44.9), second in rush offense (209.5) and first in pass offense (278.0).  Nationally, the Panthers ranked first in the FCS ranks in scoring offense, sixth in total offense and 10th in time of possession.
Terrance Owens, Miles College (6-1, 292)
A two-time All-SIAC selection and a preseason All-Conference selection, Ruffin was the starting center for the SIAC’s leading rushing attack, which averaged 184.2 yards per game, and the league’s No. 3 offense, which averaged 321.2 yards per game. The Golden Bears only allowed six sacks in conference play and 18 for the entire season.
TACKLES
Dariusz Bladek, Bethune-Cookman (6-4, 329)
An All-MEAC performer in 2015, Bladek was also a preseason all-MEAC selection. He helped pave the way for the Wildcats to lead the MEAC in several statistical categories, including scoring offense (31.4 avg/g), total offense (445.0 avg/g), rushing offense (191.8 yds./g), pass offense (253.2 avg/g), and pass efficiency (164.1 efficiency).
Clevonne Davis, N.C. Central (6-2, 305)
A two-time All-MEAC selection, Davis started all 11 games on the offensive front and was a two-time recipient of the MEAC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week award (Sept. 5 and Oct. 17) in 2015. In 758 plays, the four-year starter graded out at a team-best 93 percent of blocking assignments with 72 pancake blocks, while only allowing a half-sack.
Ekanem Ekanem, Livingstone College (6-2, 255)
An All-CIAA and Division II All-American selection in 2015, Ekanem became the leader of the Blue Bear offensive line playing different positions over the course of the season due to several injuries along LC’s offensive front. He helped lead the Blue Bears’ offense in the top five in several offensive categories including points and total yards.
Isaac Sampson, Alcorn State (6-4, 367)
A two-time All-SWAC selection and FCS All-American, Sampson has been a key contributor on the Braves’ back-to-back SWAC Championship teams. He’s regarded as one of the best offensive lineman in the SWAC during the last seasons. In 2015, he was part of an offensive line that helped ASU lead the SWAC in rushing and second in total offense.
Dahon Taylor, Virginia Union (6-6, 300)
An All-CIAA performer in 2015, Taylor anchored a Panther offensive line which allowed VUU to rack up 4,833 yards in total offense in 2015, the third-most in school history. He also blocked for Hakeem Holland, the CIAA’s Offensive Rookie of the Year who was VUU’s freshman running back to run for over 1,000 yards since 1997.
Keenan Woods, Central State (6-5, 310)
An All-SIAC selection in 2015, Woods provided a consistent presence on a line that seemed to change every week due to injuries. Woods led a offensive line unit that tied for the least amount of sacks allowed in the SIAC.
GUARDS
Shaq Anthony, Tennessee State (6-5, 290)
An All-OVC selection in 2014, Anthony transferred to TSU from Clemson a year ago and has helped solidify the Tigers’ offensive line. A three-sport athlete, Anthony battled through knee injuries in 2015, but is still regarded as a top pro prospect because of his versatility and size.
Zachery Giles, N.C. Central (6-1, 320)
An All-MEAC selection in 2015, Giles started all 11 games as an offensive guard. In 727 plays, he graded out at 89 percent of blocking assignments with 38 pancake blocks, while only allowing two sacks and committing just two penalties. Giles appeared in all 46 games during his NCCU career and was a starter in all but one of those contests.
Addison Hayes, Virginia Union (6-2, 314)
An All-CIAA performer in 2015, Hayes converted from a defensive lineman to an offensive lineman. He was a big part of an offensive line which allowed the Panthers to rack up 4,833 yards in total offense this season, the third-highest in VUU football history.
Damian Love, Alabama State (6-3, 295)
A three-time All-SWAC performer, Love was the leader among the offensive line, and he was one of the more diverse linemen in the conference.  He played tackle, guard and center during his career. Love also played in the FCS National Bowl — where he was named Overall Offensive Lineman MVP for his performance in the game — and also played in the Inaugural 2016 Tropic Bowl.
Michael Lugo, Chowan (6-6, 305)
An All-CIAA selection in 2015, Lugo anchored an offensive line that allowed the team to collect 3,275 total offensive yards over the course of the season (1,942 passing, 1,333 rushing). The Hawks ended the regular season ranking seventh in the CIAA in total offensive yards (3,275) and yards per game (327.5) categories and eighth in points per game (28).
Torrian White, Hampton (6-6, 310)
An All-MEAC and FCS All-American selection in 2015, White helped the Pirates boast the second-best total offense in the MEAC, averaging 359.1 yards per game. The UCLA transfer was part of an offensive line that helped Hampton average more than 131 yards on the ground per contest.
NEXT: Defensive lineman.

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