Friday, January 17, 2014

Small college players in postseason all-star games

Saturday is a big day for NFL draft trackers.

The East-Shrine Game begins at 4 p.m. Two hours later, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl begins. Both nationally televised games are scouting showcases. Strong performances can enhance a player's draft stock. Poor performances can cause a player's stock to plunge.

The top postseason all-star game -- the Senior Bowl -- holds a prominent spot on the football calendar. The game presents a football option between the conference title games and Super Bowl.

Most players jockeying for draft position during the next eight days competed for FBS or FCS schools. But a talented collection of small-college players are appearing in the games. Here's a list of players who competed for Division II, III or NAIA schools looking to crack draft boards.

Perhaps one of the players listed below lands with the Browns, who selected Chadron State's Garrett Gilkey and East Central's Armonty Bryant in last year's seventh round. Gilkey and Bryant both played for Division II programs.

East-West Shrine Game

John Brown, WR, Pitt State (Division II)

Pierre Desir, DB, Lindenwood (Division II)

Nate Dreiling, LB, Pitt State (Division II)

Matt Hall, OL, Belhaven College (NAIA)

Seantavius Jones, WR, Valdosta State (Division II)

Larry Webster III, DL, Bloomsburg (Division II)

Ethan Westbrooks, WR, Pitt State (Division II)

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Martin Bayless, WR, Central Methodist (NAIA)

Brian Clarke,OL, Bloomsburg (Division II)

Brandon Dixon, DB, Northwest Missouri State (Division II)

Brian Dixon, DB, Northwest Missouri State (Division II)

Gerald Ford, WR, Valdosta State (Division II)

Howard Jones, DL, Shepherd (Division II)

Jamie Meder, DL, Ashland (Division II)

Jake Metz, DL, Shippensburg (Division II)

Donnie Owens, DL, Winston-Salem State (Division II)

Franklyn Quiteh, RB, Bloomsburg (Division II)

Dustin Vaughan, QB, West Texas A&M (Division II)

Corey Washington, WR, Newberry (Division II)

Nick Williams, DB, North Alabama (Division II)

Senior Bowl

Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheralguy


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