HBCU 2016 NFL Draft Prospects: Part Four

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Updated: April 28, 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.
The last three days, we’ve focused on offensive players. Part One was on quarterbacks and running backs. Part Two was all about wide receivers and tight ends.
Part Three, we looked at the lineman. Today, we finally go to the other side of the ball with a look at defensive lineman. Players are listed alphabetically.
TACKLES
Zamir Carlis, Stillman College (6-4, 275)
An All-SIAC selection in 2015, Carlis had 38 total tackles including 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2015. He also forced two fumbles and recovered one. He also registered nine quarterback hurries and one safety.
Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State (6-3, 295)
One of the most decorated players in college football, Hargrave was tabbed as the MEAC’s and SBN’s Defensive Player of the year the last two seasons. In 2015, he was named to numerous All-American teams during the post season, and in eleven games he had 43 solo tackles, 16 assists and 13.5 sacks. He was fifth in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) in tackles for loss, had 11 quarterback hurries and 2 forced fumbles. He was invited to the East-West Shine Bowl, Senior Bowl, and the NFL Scouting Combine. He finished his SCSU career with over 200 career tackles (63 for losses) and 37 sacks.
Anthony Lanier, Alabama A&M (6-6, 260)
A two-time All-SWAC performer, Lanier played both football and basketball for the Bulldogs. In 8 games last season, Lanier had 29 tackles (14 solo) and 2.5 sacks. He finished his career with 81 solo tackles (38 for losses) and 10 sacks.
Anthony McDaniel, Bowie State (6-1, 275)
A three-time All-CIAA peformer and Division II All-American, McDaniel has been one of the conference’s best defensive lineman over the last three years. A transfer from James Madison, McDaniel had 45 tackles (20 for losses) and 9.5 sacks in 2015. He finished his BSU career with 137 tackles (96 solo) and 26 sacks.
Richard Mitchell, N.C. Central (6-5, 265)
An All-MEAC performer in 2015, Mitchell led the Eagles and ranked fifth in the MEAC with 6.0 sacks. Placed ninth in the league with a team-high 13.0 tackles for a loss. Posted 35 total takedowns with four quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. A transfer from Holmes Community College, he played in all 11 games in 2015, including the final 10 as a starter on the defensive line
Darien Moody, Alcorn State (6-3, 250)
A two-time All-SWAC performer, Moody had 44 tackles (32 solo) and 6.5 sacks in 2015. He finished his career at ASU with 68 tackles and 25 sacks.
ENDS
Michael Bloomfield, Winston-Salem State (6-3, 245)
An All-CIAA and All-American selection in 2015, Bloomfield led the team with 79 tackles, 22 tackles for losses of 103 yards, 13 sacks for 73 yards, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and six quarterback hurries. He was also selected to the 2015 Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) Division II All-Super Region 1 football team as a defensive lineman.
Miles Grooms, Hampton (6-4, 245)
A three-time All-MEAC performer, Grooms ranked second in the MEAC in sacks this season with 8.5, and his 46 tackles were fifth-most on the team. He was a terror in the backfield for much of 2015, racking up two sacks each in wins over Delaware State and Morgan State. Grooms also had a team-high 15 quarterback hurries and 16.0 tackles for loss on the season. He finished his four-year career with 118 tackles (62 solo) and 17.5 sacks.
Braysean Jones, Miles College (6-1, 205)
A two-time All-SIAC selection in 2015, Jones finished the season with 70 tackles, 18.5 for loss, with 9.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He was also named to the 2015 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Two team.
Gabriel Mass, Lane College (6-5, 265)
A two-time All-SIAC performer and Division II All-American, Mass has been a mainstay for the Dragons’ defense over the last two seasons. In 2015, he had 54 tackles (44 solo and 19.5 for losses) and 7 sacks. For his career, he finished with 156 tackles (109 solo) and 19 sacks.
Justin Woods-West, Central State (6-2, 265)
An All-SIAC selection in 2015, Woods-West set a school record for most sacks in a season (13.5) since CSU earned Division II  status in 2005. He finished as the SIAC leader in sacks and tackles for loss (22). A member of the Don Hansen Super Region Team, Woods-West was also tabbed for AFCA All-America Team, HEROsports.com All-America Team, BCAA All-American Team, and D2CCA Super-Region Team.
NEXT: Linebackers.

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