All-Time Low FCS NFL Draft Selections

by NGL Personnel

ATLANTA, GA-- The 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, and this year's draft was held under drastically different circumstances as the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 health crisis. The annual selection show was broadcasted from a very different setting as it was broadcasted from National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell's basement.

With the broadcast setting change, gone were the red carpet walkouts and custom tuxedos by the players following their name selection. Gone were the thousands of football fans that would gather in celebration, but there was another stark difference, small-school college football players. College football's lower levels FCS, Division II & III, and NAIA for decades has produced some of the greatest players ever to play the game. Still, unfortunately, not many lower level players were selected in this year's draft.

The FCS level has long stocked NFL rosters despite having a "small school" label. Standouts such as Carson Wentz, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp, and Darius Leonard are recent examples of draft choices who have paid off considerably.

But the lower half of Division I was dropped for a significant loss with an all-time low six selections in this year's draft. The cancellation of most college pro days due to COVID-19 led to fewer prospects getting to showcase their talents.

The selections of Division II, Division III, and NAIA did not fair much better, with only three players combined being selected.

So, why were so few players selected from college football lower levels this year?

NFL scouts were unable to follow through on the full evaluation process and visit college campuses. Many NFL teams seemed to rely strictly on the college game film to fill their draft boards, placing small-school players at a distinct disadvantage.

A small-school prospect's level of adequate competition is a reasonable concern for many talent evaluators when evaluating lower level NFL Draft prospects. Without the chance to visit a college campus and properly evaluate with a campus pro day, many NFL teams felt more comfortable with the large school players.

As with everything in life, when an opportunity closes, additional opportunities open, and the next opportunity is with spring football leagues such as the National Gridiron League (NGL).

Spring football has the opportunity to step up and provide these college seniors a great platform to display their talents and ensure a professional opportunity many of these prospects deserve. Still, it has to be done at a high level, which the NGL can provide.

It's time for big-time football in the spring. It's time for these young players to get their opportunity. It's time for the NGL!

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