The FCS is littered with a bunch of talent across every position from Quarterback all the way to kicker. Make no mistake about it, these are NFL quality players with the case for FCS players being quality draft picks as high as ever with the recent success of some past pioneers (Carson Wentz, Jeremy Chinn, Jimmy Garoppolo). NDSU QB Trey Lance is also set to become a first round pick this upcoming draft which bodes well for FCS players of the future as they know if they perform well they’ll be in draft conversation for sure.
Who are some of the players set to play in the 2021 spring season who are going to be quality NFL draft prospects? Keep reading and find out.
FCS’s Most Exciting Players:
- Jah-Maine Martin, NC A&T RB: The Aggies running back burst onto the scene last season with a nation leading 23 touchdown carries while toting the ball at just around eight yards a carry (7.7). He ran for 1,446 yards including a 110 yard and two touchdown effort in the 2019 Celebration Bowl to cap off his last season. What is to come for the senior in 2021? Hopefully an even huger season than what we witnessed in 2019 and what a treat that would be to watch the top FCS RB ripping through the country at the top HBCU program in the country.
- DeAngelo Wilson, Austin Peay WR: Wilson technically had a 2020 “season” if two games counts as a season. He garnered seven receptions for 59 yards in those efforts but his 2019 season… He went OFF. Wilson caught 89 passes for 1,565 yards and 15 touchdowns, all school records. He especially went off late, in the last two regular season games and three playoff games combined he had 31 catches for 472 yards and 6 touchdowns. Good luck to any DB who has go cover him next season if he’s basically due a touchdown per game.
- Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington QB: Eric Barriere arguably had the best season for any FCS QB in 2019 not named Trey Lance. He paced all FCS passers with 3,712 yards passings to go along with 31 touchdowns (17th best in the country). Crazy enough his completion percentage actually dropped from 2018 to 2019 although he led the country in yards so just imagine how much more he would have had if he had actually increased that number. It’s mind-blowing. We’ll see if he can increase it in 2021 and if he can we’ll see how eye-popping of numbers he can put up.
- Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim, Alabama A&M WR: Ibrahim was only a freshman last season but he put the country on notice on who should be considered the best up and coming prospect in the entire FCS regardless of position. He caught 58 passes for 998 yards and 11 touchdowns, which meant he averaged a whopping 17.2 yards per catch. Although he was just a hair under 1,000 yards for the season he averaged a touchdown catch about every 5-6 receptions which is outstanding within itself. I’m excited to see what the HBCU product has in store this spring.
- Lonnie Moore