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Breaking Down the 2022 HBCU Combine

HBCU Combine

On Saturday, Mobile, AL hosted the 2022 HBCU Combine. The event is being held in conjunction with the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

The goal of the HBCU Combine is to help facilitate the number of HBCU players drafted and/or signed as undrafted free agents. In 2021, zero players were selected from HBCUs during the draft, and less than ten signed as a UFA. Participants in the HBCU Combine will do every drill that is carried out at the NFL Scouting Combine, as well as, on-field workouts. The drills were held at the University of South Alabama covered facility.

38 prospects participated in the 2022 HBCU Combine.

2022 HBCU COMBINE PARTICIPANTS

TE, Dee Anderson, Alabama A&M

RB, Ezra Gray, Alabama State

DS, Juwan Taylor, Alcorn State

OLB, Solomon Wise, Alcorn State

QB, Felix Harper, Alcorn State

WR, Josh Wilkes, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

OLB, Untareo Johnson, Bethune-Cookman

OT, Jamal Savage, Bethune-Cookman

WR, Trey Gross, Delaware State

WR, Kwannah Kollie, Delaware State

DE, Keyshawn James, Fayetteville State

DS, Elvin De La Rosa, Fayetteville State

DS, Antwan Collier, Florida A&M

OG, Keenan Forbes, Florida A&M

WR, Shemar Bridges, Fort Valley State

DT, James Fagan, Hampton

QB, Jett Duffey, Hampton

WR, Keith Corbin, Jackson State

RB, Kingston Davis, Miles

OLB, Jerry Garner, Mississippi Valley State

OLB, Chris Myers, Norfolk State

QB, Juwan Carter, Norfolk State

RB, Jah-Maine Martin, North Carolina A&T

WR, Korey Banks, North Carolina A&T

WR, Ron Hunt, North Carolina A&T

QB, Jawon Pass, Prairie View A&M

DC, Zafir Kelly, South Carolina State

ILB, Chad Gilchrist, South Carolina State

WR, Will Vereen, South Carolina State

QB, Ladarius Skelton, Southern

WR, Marquis McClain, Southern

DS, Cory Rahman, Tennessee State

OT, Cam Durley, Tennessee State

RB, Jeff Proctor, Texas Southern

WR, Jonathan Giles, Texas Southern

DS, Will Adams, Virginia State

OLB, Javon Frazier, Virginia State

OT, Zachary Wilcox, Virginia State

STANDOUT PERFORMERS AND OTHER NOTES

The day started in the weight room with the bench press. Miles College RB Kingston Davis put up 24 reps of 225. The former Michigan and UAB back looked incredible. Davis also looked fluid in the change of direction drills. I wouldn’t be shocked if he found himself in a camp.

WR Jonathan Giles of Texas Southern put up a solid 17 reps on the bench. Giles was a part of the 2014 recruiting class in high school. In 2016, while playing with Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech, Giles caught 69 balls for 1158 yards and 13 touchdowns. After a short stint at LSU, Giles resurfaced at Texas Southern but hasn’t been able to replicate his success from 2016.

Southern WR Marquis McClain was the top overall performer today from what I saw. McClain only caught three passes during his time at Auburn. His production improved the last two seasons at Southern. McClain has a great frame at 6’3″ 210-pounds. He put up impressive numbers in the broad (10’2″) and vertical jumps. McClain should make his way into a camp as a special teams ace with a chance to stick on a 53.

North Carolina A&T RB Jah-Maine Martin only ran position drills today. Martin was my highest-rated prospect coming into today. Alabama A&M TE Dee Anderson was also a limited participant. Ron Hunt (WR/North Carolina A&T) and Keith Corbin (WR/Jackson State) did not participate in any drills that I could see.

And then there is Virginia State CB Will Adams who almost assuredly got more attention:

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