Each year the NFL finds and drafts plenty of small school talent and this year was no different. Below is a full list of those drafted.
|Rd||Pick||Team||Pos||First Name||Last Name||School|
|1||2||Philadelphia||QB||Carson||Wentz||North Dakota State|
|2||39||Tampa Bay||DE||Noah||Spence||Eastern Kentucky|
|3||89||Pittsburgh||DT||Javon||Hargrave||South Carolina State|
|4||108||Tampa Bay||CB||Ryan||Smith||North Carolina Central|
|5||146||Baltimore||DE||Matt||Judon||Grand Valley State|
|5||155||Indianapolis||OT||Joe||Haeg||North Dakota State|
|5||165||Kansas City||RB||Tyreek||Hill||West Alabama|
|6||177||Los Angeles||TE||Temarrick||Hemingway||South Carolina State|
|6||185||Chicago||FS||DeAndre||Houston-Carson||William & Mary|
|6||208||New England||OLB||Kamu||Grugier-Hill||Eastern Illinois|
|7||235||NY Jets||P||Lachlan||Edwards||Sam Houston State|
CB James Bradberry, Samford
The Carolina Panthers selected Bradberry with the 62nd pick in the second round. Bradberry was expected to be a 4th-6th round pick but Carolina perhaps was looking to replace their long, productive small school corner Josh Norman with another one. The difference between the two is that Norman was a better college player and was a steal in the 5th round while they reached a little bit for Bradberry. I love the physical tools and ability of him but he did not stand out in Mobile at the Senior Bowl and was not really tested by any draftable receivers in the Southern Conference like previous small school defensive backs from Samford and even Josh Norman were. I like the potential of Bradberry but I don’t see him as a good day one starter but with the pick they used on him he will have to be one. If they can be patient I think he could be fine but when you take someone in the second round there isn’t much room for patience. They also took two other corners so there will be plenty of competition and that made me wonder if they just wanted to stockpile corners and figured one of the three would pan out.
CB Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana
Miller was taken in the late 6th round by the Cardinals. They do a great job with small school picks and I believe they had a much higher grade on Miller than where they picked him. I viewed Miller as a 4th round talent so getting him this late is a big bonus. While he is not extremely fast he reminds me of Josh Norman on the field and I believe he will be a very solid player for Arizona. He could develop into a solid starter.
TE Seth DeValve, Princeton
This pick was such a surprise to the media that NFL Network and ESPN both skipped talking about him at all. I was really hoping they would because this was the most intriguing pick of this class. The Browns took him with the 138th pick in the 4th round and the belief is around the league that they had to take him there because one or two others teams were aiming for him in the 5th round. My personal belief is that those teams were aiming for him in the 7th round but the fact that Cleveland took an unknown player to the media this high shows you what NFL people thought of his ability when he was healthy. In 2015, he played six games with 33 catches, 337 yards, and one touchdown until his season was ended because of having surgery in his second foot for the same condition of bones rubbing together in his metatarsil from the previous year. Before the injury sidelined him the first time in 2014 he had 19 catches for 243 yards in just two games. Prior to that, he was a 2nd team All-Ivy League selection with 49 catches for 527 yards and four touchdowns in 2013. DeValve is a tweener but he is strong, athletic, can run, and is a solid route runner. Keep an eye on this pick because if he is fine medically he will develop into a quality NFL player. I’m told Cleveland did not bring him in for a visit so I’m not sure if they were just taking a gamble here or had medical information on him that they believe he is fine. Either way, keep an eye on this pick because he is a boom or bust player who I had a 6th round grade on entering the season before the injury and sitting out the postseason, which was the only reason why the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl did not invite him.
23 small school players drafted
7 of the 23 did not attend the NFL Scouting Combine.
3 of the 23 were not invited to an all-star game and 2 of them were due to issues. DeValve because of medical and Hill due to his off field incident at Oklahoma State. Kamu Grugier-Hill was the only one overlooked during the fall.
ARIZONA CARDINALS PROVE AGAIN THEY LOVE SMALL SCHOOLERS
They led all NFL teams by drafting three of them with two taken in round 5 (Marqui Christian, Cole Toner) and one in the 6th round (Harlan Miller).
FIVE OTHER NFL TEAMS DRAFT TWO SMALL SCHOOLERS
The Panthers, Bears, Colts, Jaguars, and Bucs all took two small school prospects ranging from picks in round 2 through the 7th round.
SMALL SCHOOL PHYSICAL TOOL NOTES
The tallest player drafted was North Dakota State tackle Joe Haeg in round 5 by the Colts while the shortest was running back Ty Hill by the Chiefs in round 5, pick 165.
The fastest player was also Hill with 4.2 speed.
- QB- 1
- RB- 1
- WR- 0
- TE- 3
- OT- 2
- OG- 0
- C- 0
- DE- 3
- DT- 1
- LB- 3
- CB- 5
- S- 3
- K- 0
- P- 1
- LS- 0
|Rank||Status||Team||Pos||First Name||Last Name||School|
|4||Signed||Tampa Bay||OT||Dominique||Robertson||West Georgia|
|9||Signed||NY Giants||RB||Marshaun||Coprich||Illinois State|
|11||Signed||Green Bay||CB||Makinton||Dorleant||Northern Iowa|
|14||Signed||Green Bay||DT||Tyler||Kuder||Idaho State|
|16||Signed||Tampa Bay||WR||Dez||Stewart||Ohio Dominican|