The Celebration Bowl features two FCS teams and Historically Black Colleges, but these schools have players that should be on scouts’ radars. Last season Javon Hargrave, a nose tackle, was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Temarrick Hemingway was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. Both players went to school at Historically Black Colleges, and Hargrave has started for the Steelers. With athletes like this, here are some other prospects from Historically Black Colleges playing in the Celebration Bowl:
Guy Stallworth, DB, Grambling State
Projected draft range: Sixth round-undrafted free agent
Stallworth leads the Tigers with 65 solo tackles. He really helps in the run game and could be a good in-the-box safety. He has decent speed to keep up with receivers. The main thing that will attract scouts is his length. He is six foot three inches tall and 215 pounds, which is very reminiscent of Kam Chancellor, who is the same height and withing ten pounds of Stallworth. With his length and decent speed, Stallworth could be a very valuable player due to the ability to cover tight ends. He is only a couple of inches shorter than most NFL tight ends and should be a little faster than most as well. In an NFL with increasingly good tight ends like Rob Gronkowski, Stallworth can be a valuable asset.
Carl Jones, C, North Carolina Central
Projected draft range: undrafted free agent
At six foot two inches and 285 pounds, Jones isn’t the biggest offensive line prospect. He will need to add some weight to play at the next level, which will be his biggest hurdle. Centers don’t get drafted that highly or often in the NFL draft, which is another thing he will have to overcome, but he can make an NFL team as a free agent. Jones is a good run blocker and pass blocker, that has helped a good NC Central offense this season. He is very mobile, which is a huge advantage as an NFL center.