The FCS Pro Day circuit wrapped up on Wednesday, and the dust has settled. Hundreds of FCS products took their best shot — and really, their only shot — at impressing pro scouts. Our list of 30 top performers below are those prospects who didn't get a chance to go to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
First, we give you the Top Five FCS prospects we think may have put themselves in the third day of the NFL Draft based on their Pro Day performance. The next group (of 10) are the players who we think could put themselves in the third day if their private workouts and meetings with teams go well, and the next list of 20+ are players who had great Pro Days who we think solidified themselves at least in being priority free agents, if not a possible 7th-rounder if the right team likes them.
Here's the list:
5. KENDALL DONNERSON, LB/DE – SEMO
2018 PRO DAY RECAP: Donnerson could be one of the biggest hidden gems of this entire FCS class. Only a handful of scouts were on hand for SEMO's Pro Day in March, but word of his reported 4.44-second time in the 40-yard dash and combine like numbers in the bench press (20 reps), vertical jump (40 inches), broad jump (10-foot-11) and 3-cone time (7.03 seconds) has gotten around.
Don't be surprised if Donnerson is a day three pick like Eastern Washington's Samson Ebukam was after the DE/LB had a great Pro Day last year.
APRIL PLANS: Has worked out for Miami on campus and told HERO Sports that he will meet specifically with Tampa Bay and Green Bay.
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4. FOYE OLUOKUN, OLB – YALE
2018 PRO DAY RECAP: On the first day of FCS Pro Days, performing at the Columbia/Fordham Pro Day, Oluokun crushed it and put up combine like numbers in several categories. That began turning heads and you can see from the activity below that teams took note.
APRIL PLANS: When we reached Foye earlier this week, he told HERO Sports he'd just returned from Arizona and had trips to Kansas City and Seattle coming up. He also had a private workout on campus with Atlanta.
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3. TREMON SMITH, CB – CENTRAL ARKANSAS
2018 PRO DAY RECAP: Smith lit things up at two Pro Days in the past month. In the first he traveled to Ouchita Baptist and then he attended his team's on-campus one at UCA.
He ran one of the fastest 40s of the entire spring for any athlete, notching a 4.32. That alone has turned heads, and his on-the-field production was solid too, finishing with 15 career INTs for the Bears. He's also incredible in the special teams department, which will help.
APRIL PLANS: We caught up with Tremon and he told HERO Sports he has had or will have workouts with Philadelphia, Kansas City, Cleveland, Oakland and Indianapolis.
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2. DAURICE FOUNTAIN, WR – NORTHERN IOWA
2018 PRO DAY RECAP: Fountain didn't exactly enter the Pro Day realm as an unknown after nabbing Shrine Game Offensive MVP honors in Tampa back in January, showing he could also return punts along with catch passes. But he and Sam Houston State's P.J. Hall (see below) were clearly the top two FCS snubs for the NFL Combine.
The 6-foot-2 receiver's Shrine Game effort, coupled with his Pro Day showings (4.46 in 40, 42.5-inch vertical, 11-foot-2 broad jump) have led NFLDraftScout to call him a 5th to 6th round draft projection.
APRIL PLANS: When we contacted Daurice, he asked HERO Sports to not report the teams he would visit and meet with, but he did say there were 11 teams. Some of those teams are public, but we are respecting Daurice's wishes to generically say "11 teams". And let's face it, if you have 11 teams asking you for follow ups, that says enough anyway.
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1. P.J. HALL, DE/DT – SAM HOUSTON STATE
2018 PRO DAY RECAP: One long time analyst said Hall's Pro Day performance at Sam Houston State's on-campus event may have been the most impressive ever by a non-combine defensive lineman. Hall tore his way through 36 reps, but ran a 4.71-second time in the 40-yard dash.
Folks, he's a 310-pound defensive tackle. He's always been a bowling ball in the FCS, racking up so many blocked kicks on special teams that he's near the top of the all-time record book (and hey, special teams never hurts when you're trying to make an NFL roster, right?).
Hall also hit 38 inches on his vertical jump and 9-foot-8 on the broad jump in front of 20 scouts. He should be a day three lock, at least.
APRIL PLANS: P.J.'s list of reported team contact is as following: Minnesota, New England, Oakland, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.
The Next 10
These FCS Players Will Also Be Busy In April
|POS||SCHOOL||ATHLETE||NFL TEAM VISITS/WORKOUTS|
|RB||STONY BROOK||Stacey Bedell||N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Jets local days|
|RB||GRAMBLING||Martez Carter||NY Jets|
|OL||FORDHAM||Anthony Coyle||San Fran, Houston, Atlanta, Houston, N.Y. Giants|
|CB||WESTERN CAROLINA||Keion Crossen||Asked us to keep it private, but has visits|
|CB||HOUSTON BAPTIST||Chris Hardeman||Houston, Cleve., Denver, Tenn., San Fran, Jax|
|DB||VILLANOVA||Trey Johnson||Tampa Bay and Philadelphia|
|WR||NORTHERN ARIZ.||Elijah Marks||Arizona, Chicago, Kansas City, Tampa Bay|
|CB||VILLANOVA||Malik Reaves||Texans, Chiefs, Raiders, Jags, Eagles|
|TE||WEBER STATE||Andrew Vollert||Plans still forming|
|WR||PENN||Justin Watson||Five teams for individual workouts|
OTHER NOTABLE FCS PRO DAY WINNERS
NOTE: These FCS prospects had strong Pro Day performances, and plans are still forming for April.
|DB||ALABAMA STATE||Ronnie Scott|
|RB||ALCORN STATE||DeLance Turner|
|QB||HOLY CROSS||Peter Pujols|
|WR||MURRAY STATE||Jordon Gandy|
|WR||NORTH. COLO.||Frank Stephens|
|DB||ROBERT MORRIS||Andy Smigiera|
|TE||SAN DIEGO||Ross Dwelley|
|OL||SOUTH DAKOTA ST.||Jacob Ohnesorge|
|FS||SOUTHERN ILL.||Ryan Neal|
|OLB||SOUTHERN UTAH||Mike Needham|
|DL||SOUTHERN UTAH||Robert Torgerson|
|DT||WEBER STATE||McKay Murphy|
|RB||WESTERN CAROLINA||Detrez Newsome|
|WR||WESTERN ILLINOIS||Jaelon Acklin|
|LB||WESTERN ILLINOIS||Brett Taylor|
|TE||WILLIAM & MARY||Andrew Caskin|
|OL||WILLIAM & MARY||Connor Hilland|