By Eric D.Graham
Updated: May 8, 2011

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) As the good book states, “several are called, but only a few are chosen. This parable proved to be true in this year’s 2011 NFL Draft held in Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Because after four days, seven rounds and 254 picks by the league’s 32 teams, only four players from our beloved Historical Black College and Universities received that important call.

Kendrick Ellis, a DT, from Hampton was selected in the third round by the New York Jets.

After Ellis, the next HBCU selection occurred in the seven rounds, when South Carolina State offensive tackle, Johnny Culbreath was the 209th pick of the Detroit Lions. 22 picks later, the Miami Dolphins selected defensive tackle Frank Hearse from Alabama A&M as the 231st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

And last but not least, the San Francisco 49ers snatched defensive back Curtis Holcomb, who played for the Rattlers of Florida A&M off the board as the 250th pick.


1. 3rd round selection of the New York Jets (94) Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton

2. 7th round selection of the Detroit Lions (209) Johnny Culbreath, OT, S.C.State

3. 7th round selection of the Miami Dolphins (231) Frank Kearse, DT, Alabama A &M

4. 7th round selection of the San Francisco 49ers (250) Curtis Holcomb, DB, Florida A&M