2021 NFL Draft: Early Look at a Handful of FCS Prospects

I recently took a look at several prospects from the FCS ranks that I had on my preseason 300-player watchlist. I did this with anticipation that I may not get to see much from them in 2020. Below you will them in alphabetical order by the school along with their initial tape grade.

Robert Rochell, SR CB, Central Arkansas

Games Watched: Hawaii (2019)

Rochell did a nice job in zone coverage against Hawaii’s run and shoot offense. He has nice length. Rochell didn’t show a ton in run support. I also question his long speed. I will need to seek out more games of his. With non-conference games getting postponed left and right it is likely I will not get see him square off against Missouri.

Tape Grade (so far): 7.25

Drew Himmelman, SR OT, Illinois State

Games Watched: North Dakota State, Southern Illinois (2019)

Himmelman is a huge specimen. I would love to him finish more. Himmelman also plays a tad stiff. His uses his hands really well and kick slides nicely in pass protection. The Redbirds matchup against Illinois has already been voided by the Big Ten.

Tape Grade (so far): 7.5

Trey Lance, rSO QB, North Dakota State

Games Watched: North Dakota, Northern Iowa (2019)

Trey Lance has prototypical size. He has the arm strength and athletic ability to make plays. Lance threw 28 TDs to zero picks in 2019. I would like to see him throw with more accuracy downfield. However, there is a lot to like about his game. I was really looking forward to seeing him play against Oregon but the Pac-12 followed suit behind the Big Ten with conference only scheduling.

Tape Grade (so far): 8.125

Christian Watson, JR WR, North Dakota State

Games Watched: UC-Davis, North Dakota (2019)

I added Watson to my 300 player watch list after recommendations from a few reliable sources in the draft community. He has world-class speed. Watson can take any play to the house. However, he isn’t reliable as a blocker on the edge despite his 6’3” 205-pound frame. Watson also struggles to separate from defenders on his routes. He needs to improve in these areas before he decides to declare for the draft.

Tape Grade (so far): 7.5

Dillon Radunz, SR OT, North Dakota State

Games Watched: Illinois State, Southern Illinois (2019)

I had heard the hype about Dillon Radunz from several in the scouting community. He lived up to the hype. Radunz is nasty. He mauls defenders both inline and out in space. Radunz has a strong initial punch and light feet. He anchors well in pass pro while opening up huge lanes on the ground. If there is a Senior Bowl in early 2021, I expect Radunz to be one of the best players there.

Tape Grade (so far): 8.375

Spencer Brown, SR OT, Northern Iowa

Games Watched: North Dakota State (2019)

I came away underwhelmed with Spencer Brown. His size (6’9” 321) is awesome but he lumbers. Former Bison edge rusher Derrek Tuszka gave him fits during the entire game. There is a lot to like with Brown but his flaws are evident on tape.

Tape Grade (so far): 7.0

Elerson Smith, SR EDGE, Northern Iowa

Games Watched: Iowa State, North Dakota State (2019)

Smith was a fun player to watch. In each game I watched, he made plays that could have potentially won the game for the Panthers. Smith bends well and closes on the QB. Unfortunately, he gets overpowered a lot. Smith has a lanky frame that can probably add another 15-20 pounds. He has Top-100 potential.

Tape Grade (so far): 7.7

Reece Udinski, SR QB, VMI

Games Watched: Marshall, Citadel (2019)

Udinski was a frustrating player to watch. He lulls you to sleep with most of his throws and then BAM! He throws a ball through a brick wall. Udinski checks down a ton. His intermediate accuracy leaves something to be desired. Udinski does a decent job moving in the pocket and can use his legs to make plays. He has tremendous size (6’4” 224). I don’t want to write him off just yet.

Tape Grade (so far): 6.9

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