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HBCU players could be selected in 2019 NFL Draft (415 hits)

The NFL Draft seems to be pretty stocked with talent this year. Some of these outstanding football prospects are from the ranks of the historically Black colleges and universities.

The list of quality HBCU players is quite impressive coming from all four Black college conferences — Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).

Some of these prospects could hear their names called during the NFL Draft, which will be held April 25-27 from Nashville, Tenn. If they aren’t selected, these players could likely sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents.

Tytus Howard

Offensive Tackle

Alabama State

6-foot-5, 322 pounds

Howard could be the first HBCU player chosen in the NFL Draft. He was a quarterback coming out of high school. He was recruited by ASU as a tight end. Howard has developed into one of the top offensive lineman. He has great agility. He’s a good run and pass blocker.

Howard could be the first HBCU player chosen in the FL Draft. He was a quarterback coming out of high school. He was recruited by ASU as a tight end. Howard has developed into one of the top offensive lineman. He has great agility. He’s a good run and pass blocker.

Howard participated in the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. He was a second team FCS All-American and a first team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection.

Joshua Miles

Offensive Lineman

Morgan State

6-foot-6, 310 pounds

Miles has good size and power. His height and length allowed him to be a good run blocker and pass protector. He could play guard or tackle in the NFL. He participated in the NFL Combine. Miles, an All-MEAC selection, also played in the East-West Shrine Game.

Darryl Johnson

Defensive End

North Carolina A&T

6-foot-5, 232 pounds

Johnson had an outstanding season at North Carolina A&T. He was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Johnson has great lateral quickness. He plays the run and the pass extremely well. He had 50 total and 31 solo tackles. Johnson also had 10.5 sacks. His efforts helped North Carolina A&T defeat Alcorn State to win the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl and the National Black College Championship.

Sterling Shippy

Defensive Line

Alcorn State

6-foot-1, 300 pounds

Shippy is a great run stopper and pass rusher. He moves well off the ball. He’s good at anticipating where the ball is going. Shippy can get to the quarterback with his strength and quickness. He had 38 total and 17 solo tackles. He also had eight sacks.

Amir Hall


Bowie State

6-foot-4, 195 pounds

Hall is a big-time quarterback. He can run and throw the ball down the field. Hall had a sensational career at Bowie State. He threw for 10,198 yards and 94 touchdowns in his college career. Hall has all the skills to play quarterback in the NFL.

James Holmon

Offensive Lineman

Howard University

6-foot-6, 350 pounds

Holmon is a terrific run and pass blocker. He did a great job of blocking for Howard University quarterback Caylin Newton who threw for 2,629 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. His size and strength makes him a solid NFL prospect.

Davanta Reynolds

Defensive Back

North Carolina Central

5-foot-10, 200 pounds

Reynolds has a real nose for the football. He had 83 total and 44 solo tackles last season. He can really play the run. He has good cover skills in the secondary. The All-MEAC selection is a good all-around defender.

De’Arius Christmas


Grambling State

5-foot-10, 220 pounds

Christmas is a magnificent defensive player. He can go sideline to sideline in making plays. Christmas had 55 total and 30 solo tackles. He has the quickness to get to the quarterback. He had 5.5 sacks.

Rickym Holmes

Defensive Lineman

Benedict College

6-foot-5, 330 pounds

Holmes was a huge star in the SIAC. He had a terrific season playing the run and the pass. Holmes was a real playmaker up front with his height and strength. He had 27 total and 21 solo tackles to go along with seven sacks last season.

Donald Hunt Tribune Staff Writer
dhunt@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5719
Posted By: Elly Moss
Monday, April 22nd 2019 at 1:06PM
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