We are now within 10 days of the 2018 NFL Draft, and the picture is becoming at a least a little bit clearer with the NFL Combine and Pro Days now all behind us. So we decided to take nine 7-round Mock Drafts and see which FCS prospects were showing up the most frequently, and how high were they being projected.
In all, the FCS has three prospects who showed up in all 9 Mock Drafts, two more who were in 8 of them, and six prospects who showed up in 7 Mock Drafts. In all, 36 FCS players were listed as "drafted" in at least one Mock Draft. The nine Mock Drafts were: Dane Brugler, LandOf10, Draft Analyst, Charlie Campbell, DraftSite, Walter Football, Matt Miller, NFLDraftScout and DraftTek, and Mel Kiper's Top 100 was also consulted.
Take a look below:
5. DAURICE FOUNTAIN, WR – NORTHERN IOWA
UNI wide receiver Daurice Fountain (right) was the Shrine Game Offensive MVP (Shrine Game)[/credit]
DRAFT PROJECTION: 8 of 9 Mock Drafts have him drafted, with Mel Kiper placing him in the third round and 4 others having him go in the fourth round.
2017 STATS: 66 receptions, 943 yards, 12 TDs
Fountain is one of the best stories of the offseason, in terms of FCS prospects improving their draft stock. He had a great career at UNI, and then followed it up with a Shrine Game Offensive MVP effort in January. Snubbed by the NFL Combine, Fountain ended up crushing his Pro Day and has shown up clearly and strongly on draft boards ever since.
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4. BRANDON PARKER, OT – NORTH CAROLINA A&T
North Carolina A&T O-lineman Brandon Parker will be watched closely this spring (NC A&T Athletics)[/credit]
DRAFT PROJECTION: 8 of 9 Mock Drafts have him drafted, with 4 placing in the third round.
Parker — who was at the Senior Bowl — was one of the big reasons North Carolina A&T went undefeated and captured the Celebration Bowl in December. He is flying up the charts in recent weeks if not months. In just a few short months he has gone from being considered a late day three possibility to a solid day two pick and trending. He has shown his athleticism all spring, and his frame is perfect for playing blindside tackle.
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3. DARIUS LEONARD, OLB, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE
South Carolina State's Darius Leonard is flying up the charts (SCSU Athletics)[/credit]
DRAFT PROJECTION: 9 of 9 Mock Drafts have him drafted, with 2 placing in the second round
2017 STATS: 114 tackles, 12 TFLs, 8.5 sacks, 2 INTs, 10 hurries
2. KYLE LAULETTA, QB, RICHMOND
[credit] South Squad Kyle Lauletta, of Richmond, during the South's team practice Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Mobile, Ala., for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)[/credit]
DRAFT PROJECTION: 9 of 9 Mock Drafts have him drafted, with 2 placing in the second round, including Mel Kiper.
2017 STATS: 3,737 yards passing, 28 TDs, 12 INTs
Lauletta — a 10,000-yard career passer for Richmond — finished his career completing 63.5 percent of his passes. He threw 73 touchdowns and only 35 INTs, while also rushing for 12 scores in his career. He was named the Senior Bowl MVP in January, and then followed that up with an impressive NFL Combine performance and has met with several teams since. Keep an eye on Lauletta because scouts are beginning to buzz that he may be just as good a prospect as the "big five" quarterbacks the TV analysts are drooling over.
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1. DALLAS GOEDERT, TE – SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
South Dakota State Athletics[/credit]
DRAFT PROJECTION: 9 of 9 Mock Drafts have him drafted, with 5 placing in the first round
2017 STATS: Try 72 receptions for 1,111 yards and 7 TDs.
Goedert — who was at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine — may be 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, but he moves and catches the ball like a guy who is much, much smaller. That's what makes him an absolute lock for the NFL Draft this spring. While he was certainly productive as a sophomore in 2015, it was 2016 when he became a human highlight reel — catching one-handed passes and lighting up defenses with his pass catching partner in crime, Jake Wieneke.
FCS Projected 2018 NFL Draft Prospects
EDITOR'S NOTE: HERO Sports used nine 7-round Mock Drafts to determine the chart below. This chart shows how many of the nine Mock Drafts the player was listed in, along with which round was the highest for the individual.
|Dallas Goedert||South Dakota State||TE||9||1st|
|Darius Leonard||South Carolina State||OLB||9||2nd|
|Brandon Parker||North Carolina A&T||OT||8||3rd|
|Daurice Fountain||Northern Iowa||WR||8||3rd|
|Siran Neal||Jacksonville State||SS||7||4th|
|Skyler Phillips||Idaho State||OG||7||5th|
|Timon Parris||Stony Brook||OT||7||5th|
|Taron Johnson||Weber State||CB||7||5th|
|Roc Thomas||Jacksonville State||RB||7||6th|
|Jake Wieneke||South Dakota State||WR||6||6th|
|P. J. Hall||Sam Houston State||DT||5||3rd|
|Davontae Harris||Illinois State||CB||5||4th|
|Nick DeLuca||North Dakota State||ILB||4||5th|
|Maea Teuhema||SE Louisiana||OG||3||4th|
|John Franklin||Stephen F. Austin||DE||3||6th|
|Darius Jackson||Jacksonville State||OLB||3||6th|
|Ebenezer Ogundeko||Tennessee State||DE||3||6th|
|Aaron Stinnie||James Madison||OT||2||4th|
|Andrew Ankrah||James Madison||DE||2||6th|
|Cole Reyes||North Dakota||SS||2||6th|
|Dmontre Wade||Murray State||CB||2||7th|
|Jeremiah Briscoe||Sam Houston State||QB||1||6th|
|Sione Teuhema||SE Louisiana||DE||1||7th|
|Mike Basile||Monmouth (NJ)||FS||1||7th|
|Andrew Vollert||Weber State||TE||1||7th|
|Jacob Ohnesorge||South Dakota State||C||1||7th|
|Keion Crossen||Western Carolina||CB||1||7th|
|Joseph Zema||Incarnate Word||P||1||7th|