Thursday, May 19, 2011

HBCU 2011 NFL Draft Prospects Results

The 2011 NFL Draft weekend resulted with a total of four HBCU Football players drafted. Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton University (did not participate in 2010 HBCU Bowl) went to the N.Y. Jets in the third round,  J.C. Culbreath, OL, SC State - Detroit Lions, Frank Kearse, DL, Alabama A&M - Miami Dolphins and Curtis Holcomb, CB, Florida A&M - San Francisco 49ers were all drafted in the seventh round. The NFL draft also marked the second straight year that the San Francisco 49ers have drafted a CB from a MEAC School in the 7th round with SC State Phillip Adams going in 2010 and making the team (read story on There were a few more highly regarded HBCU NFL prospects such as Ricardo Lockette, WR, Fort Valley St; David Mims, OL,Virginia Union and Jordan Miller, DL, Southern University that could of went on the last day (4th-7th round) but will become hot undrafted free agent commodities when the CBA Labor deal is resolved. Below is a scouting report on this years HBCU NFL Drafted players:

Selected by: Detroit Lions
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 6 (209)
Johnny Culbreath (OT)
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 323 lbs.
Conference: MEAC 
Scouting Report: Best OL in the MEAC last two years. Athletic lineman with good feet and long arms. Plays with a mean streak and has a future at RT or OG. Needs to be more consistent.

Selected by: Miami Dolphins
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 28 (231)
Frank Kearse (DT)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 315 lbs.
College: Alabama A&M
Conference: SWAC
Scouting report: Good size DL with versatility to play DE or DT in Miami's 3-4 scheme. Quick and agile player that has the potential to develop into a solid contributor on the line. Needs to consistently get off blocks and play with better leverage.

Selected by: San Francisco 49ers
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 47 (250)
Curtis Holcomb (DB)
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 190 lbs.
College: Florida A&M
Conference: MEAC
Scouting report: One of the top CB's int the MEAC the last 2 years. Better in man than in zone and display good hips. Candidate to be a nickel DB at the next level. Needs better footwork in coverage.
49ers Trent Baalke’s Film Review: Curtis Holcomb: 

Selected by: New York Jets
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 30 (94)
Kenrick Ellis (DL)
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 346 lbs.
College: Hampton
Conference: MEAC
Scouting report: D1-A transfer that was the most dominate defensive player in the conference. Will be looked to replace pro bowl NT Kris Jenkins and has all the tools to do so. Very explosive, quick and strong player with perfect size for the nose in a 3-4 defense. Needs to play with more of a motor on a consistent bases and disappear in moments sometimes.

The 2011 HBCU All-Star Bowl Game will be played the weekend of December 17th at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. We are currently gathering our Player Watch List for this years game.  Look out for news and press releases coming soon.