This weekend, the second annual Russell Athletic Historically Black Colleges and Universities all-star game will be held in Atlanta, to be held at the Georgia Dome. Last year, the game was a great success with NFL scouts and fans, and the talent appears to be excellent this year, as well.
The highest-rated prospect in this game may be Tennessee State safety Eugene Clifford, who transferred from Ohio State after an off-field incident in July 2008. His 6-1, 200-pound frame and production for TSU (73 tackles, four interceptions, 10 pass break-ups) won't escape scouts despite his playing at the Football Championship Subdivision level the past two seasons.
Several receivers will have the eyes of scouts at the Georgia Dome. Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Raymond Webber led the FCS in receiving yards with 1,429 on 101 receptions. Fort Valley State's Ricardo Lockett has bounced around a bit in recent years, but his sub-4.3 speed will always intrigue teams. 6-4 Florida State transfer Fred Rouse is also looking for his chance to shine during this week's practices and Saturday's game. Joseph Hills (6-5, 205) is another FBS transfer, from South Carolina, who joined Clifford at Tennessee State and could play at the next level.
SWAC's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Grambling State RB Frank Warren (1,537 yds, 18 TD) and Texas Southern linebacker Dejuan Fulghum (100 tackles, 18 TFL, 11 sacks), will both show their wares to scouts. Two other SWAC defenders likely to get attention during the pre-draft process are Arkansas-Pine Bluff's 6-3, 312-pound DT Ibraham Abdulai (18 TFL) and Alabama A&M's, 6-5, 325-pound Frank Kearse (11 TFL in eight games).
There are many other prospects worth scouts' time at this event, which hopes to land a television deal in the future so everyone can watch these potential NFL contributors. 18 players on last year's roster were drafted or signed as free agents...that number could increase this year.
Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter
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