By: Christina Santi
The 2021 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday evening in Cleveland, Ohio. COVID-19 has changed the traditional pre-NFL Draft process, including the elimination of the NFL Scouting Combine. The global pandemic put the fall season of HBCU football on pause. However, the HBCU Combine took on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham on April 9, allowing 42 prospects from both the 2020 and 2021 classes to be scouted for the NFL.
BNC primetime sports anchor Anthony Amey spoke with the network about the top prospects from Black Colleges and Universities. He believes Grambling State’s offensive lineman David Moore and North Carolina Central CB Bryan Mills both have solid chances to be drafted over the weekend.
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“You can probably expect him to go in the mid-rounds, probably early on Saturday,” Amey said about Moore. “I’ve seen some mocks having him in that 4th round range.”
"I hope I can set a positive example for every small school prospect in the nation."
— The Draft Network (@TheDraftNetwork) April 16, 2021
Amey believes Mills, a small-school prospect, has a solid chance at getting selected in later rounds, or to become a prioritized free agent because of his versatility on the field. The last time he played was in 2019 because his college opted out of their spring season because of COVID-19.
The sports broadcaster also explained how the pandemic “didn’t help” players prepare for the draft. In March 2020, the first HBCU scouting combine was canceled, stripping 50 players of the chance to perform for teams after not being invited to the larger scouting event earlier in the year. Amey added how many of the prospects for this year’s draft were able to showcase their skills thanks to the UAB combine earlier this month.
PAID THE COST TO SPEAK TO THE BOSS (of the team that owns the #1 overall pick in the #NFLDraft, the @Jaguars.) Coverage throughout the day Thursday on @BNCNews leading up to the 1st round. #bnc #bnctruth pic.twitter.com/nUsO5TJ1BC
— Anthony Amey (@AnthonyAmey) April 28, 2021
The 2021 NFL Draft will air on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network beginning tonight at 8 p.m. EST. The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the No. 1 overall pick.