We can no longer dismiss FCS guys in the draft process. Just look at who dominated the Senior Bowl in 2016. Former North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz tore it up in Mobile two years ago. Now he is the franchise quarterback for the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles, although it was Nick Foles who led the Eagles to Super Bowl LII.
Basically, if there is one FCS player to keep your eye on in this game, it would be South Dakota State Jackrabbits tight end Dallas Goedert. Though he plays at a small school, he is an all-around promising tight end prospect. How he fares against superior competition will determine what round he could go in the draft.
Goedert could be a top-70 pick like tight Adam Shaheen was for the Chicago Bears coming out of Ashland last year. Should Goedert struggle, he could be knocked down a peg to a day three selection. At 6-foot-5, he is a big-time target Jon Gruden would love to see Derek Carr throw the ball to in his offense.
As a tight end, Goedert was twice a finalist for the FCS Walter Payton Award. When do tight ends even get considered for the Heisman Trophy at the FBS level? There is a chance that Goedert could steal the show down in Mobile this weekend. His draft stock could move up, or down, more than anybody’s this weekend.