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2011 NFL Draft: Top FCS Prospects

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With the FCS Championship match-up of Eastern Washington and Delaware having been played in Frisco, Texas, today is as good of time as any to announce our Top 25 FCS football prospects in this upcoming draft.

As has become customary, a few prospects could crack the top two rounds in the draft, but quite a few this year could be middle to late round draft picks and really make an impact in the NFL. The group is lead by Pat Devlin, former Penn State transfer, who could be among the top five quarterbacks in the draft class.

 
 
Name
 
Pos

College

Proj. Round

1
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Pat Devlin
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QB
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Delaware
-
2nd-3rd

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2
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Ben Ijanala
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OT
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Villanova
-
2nd-3rd

3
.
Matt Szczur
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WR
-
Villanova
-
3rd-5th

4
.
Justin Rogers
-
CB
-
Richmond
-
3rd-5th

5
.
Martin Parker
-
DT
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Richmond
-
4th-6th

6
.
Markell Carter
-
DE
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Central Arkansas
-
5th-7th

7
.
Kendric Ellis
-
DT
-
Hampton
-
5th-7th

8
.
Korey Lindsay-Woods
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CB
-
Southern Illinois
-
4th-6th

9
.
Mark LeGree
-
S
-
Appalachian State
-
6th-Undrafted

10
.
Eric McBride
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ILB
-
Richmond
-
6th-Undrafted

11
.
Jabara Williams
-
OLB
-
Stephen F. Austin
-
6th-Undrafted

12
.
David Kilgore
-
OG
-
Appalachian State
-
6th-Undrafted

13
.
Theo Sherman
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OG
-
James Madison
-
6th-Undrafted

14
.
Marquis Kirkland
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ILB
-
Villanova
-
6th-Undrafted

15
.
Will Rackley
-
OG
-
Lehigh
-
6th-Undrafted

16
.
Jabari Fletcher
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OLB
-
Appalachian State
-
6th-Undrafted

17
.
Kevin Hughes
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OG
-
SE Louisiana State
-
6th-Undrafted

18
.
Cedric Thorton
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DT
 
Southern Arkansas
-
6th-Undrafted

19
.
DJ Smith
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OLB
-
Appalachian State
-
6th-Undrafted

20
.
John Dempsey
-
S
-
Villanova
-
6th-Undrafted

21
.
Stephen Skelton
-
TE
 
Fordham
-
6th-Undrafted

22
.
Mon Williams
-
RB
-
Eastern Illinois
-
6th-Undrafted

23
.
Julius Wilkerson
-
OLB
-
South Carolina State
-
6th-Undrafted

24
.
Tyson Poots
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WR
-
Southern Utah
-
6th-Undrafted

25
.
Terrence Thomas
-
OLB
-
Villanova
-
6th-Undrafted

FCS Prospect Notes:
-Pat Devlin is the real deal as a prospect. His footwork, arm, touch, and decision making this season have improve a lot from last year, and he could have the most NFL ready technique outside of Andrew Luck in this class. He'll have a chance to shine in the post-season All-Star games.

-Ben Ijanala is a fringe offensive tackle prospect and could be a Vladimir Ducassee like prospect as a guy who could play right tackle, but his movement and athletic ability are better suited at guard. Matt Szczur, fellow Villanova stud prospect, will be considering playing professional baseball and that could impact his draft stock, but he's one of the top slot receiver, kick return prospects.

-At cornerback, Justin Rogers and Korey Lindsey-Woods are close prospects, both could be higher on boards depending on the scheme. Rogers is the better returner and has better speed, but Lindsey-Woods may be the better cover cornerback.

-Two sleepers I like a lot are Markell Carter from Central Arkansas and Eric McBride from Richmond. Carter is a great athlete and could be a great 3-4 OLB prospect and could wow in workouts. McBride is a great coverage linebacker and could be a fit for the Bears, Colts, or Bucs.