FAU in the 2020 NFL Draft
It has been quite the offseason for FAU Football. The coronavirus shutdown has forced the cancellation of Spring practice, the FAU Spring Game, and FAU Pro Day. The lack of a Pro Day is particularly unfortunate for the many talented Owls that have dreamed of hearing their name called at the NFL Draft. No Pro Day, plus the NFL not allowing franchises to work privately with potential prospects, hurts the players on the fringe of getting drafted the most, especially those at mid-major programs, who may not play hardened defenses on primetime television. Despite all of this, the show must go on.
A couple of Owls have gained national recognition heading into this year's NFL Draft. None more than John Mackey Award recipient and the first unanimous All-American in FAU history, tight end Harrison Bryant. The Georgia native, as well as corner back James Pierre, participated in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
FAU saw a pair of Owls selected in the 2019 Draft. Dynamic running back duo of Devin "Motor" Singletary and Kerrith Whyte, Jr. heard their names in the third and seventh rounds, respectively. Motor was the fourth Owl all-time to be selected in the third round, the highest round for any FAU player has been picked. The 2019 Draft was also the first time more than one FAU Owl was selected since 2014 when defensive standouts Keith Reaser and Randell Johnson went in the fourth and seventh rounds, respectively.
Going into the 2020 NFL Draft, FAU has had nine players selected since their initial appearance in 2010 with quarterback Rusty Smith. FAU's highest pick was cornerback D'Joun Smith at 65th overall.
FAU Draft History
Year Round Pick Player Team
2015 3 65 CB D'Joun Smith Colts
2011 3 69 TE Rob Housler Cardinals
2019 3 74 RB Devin Singletary Bills
2017 3 103 DE Trey Hendrickson Saints
2014 5 170 DB Keith Reaser 49ers
2012 6 173 RB Alfred Morris Redskins
2010 6 176 QB Rusty Smith Titans
2014 7 221 LB Randell Johnson Bills
2019 7 222 RB Kerrith Whyte, Jr Steelers
2020 NFL Draft Schedule
1st Round (Picks 1-32) - Thursday, April 23rd
2nd Round (Picks 33-64) - Friday, April 24th
3rd Round (Picks 65-106) - Friday, April 24th
4th Round (Picks 107-146) - Saturday, April 25th
5th Round (Picks 147-179) - Saturday, April 25th
6th Round (Picks 180-214) - Saturday, April 25th
7th Round (Picks 215-255) - Saturday, April 25th
Daily Start Times
Thursday, 4/23 @ 8:00 PM
Friday, 4/24 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday, 4/25 @12:00 PM
FAU Draft Pool
TE Harrison Bryant
CB James Pierre
The first unanimous All-American in program history has had serious interest from a wide variety of NFL franchises looking to solidify their tight end position. New England, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, are known to be interested in the athletic playmaker's abilities.
To Bryant's luck, his tight end style of crisp route-running and solid pass-catching talents, paired with his God-given athleticism and determination to continue blocks, are not an easy-to-find combination in the NFL. And as NFL offenses continue to develop over time, more and more franchises have increased their desire for an H-Back style of tight end; a style that Bryant perfected while at FAU.
Listed as a top five prospect at his position by The Athletic, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Focus, and more, Owl Nation can probably expect Bryant to be a second-day draft pick.
Fellow NFL Combine participant James Pierre is not receiving the same headlines as his former teammate, despite championing the FAU defense. Pierre had the task of shutting down opposing offenses' primary wide receiver on a weekly basis. The Honorable Mention 2019 All-Conference corner declared for the Draft following three interceptions, four pass breakups, and 44 tackles in his junior season. The Deerfield Beach native could slip into Draft in the sixth or seventh round pick as a "developmental cover-2 cornerback" according to NFL analyst Lance Zierlein.
FAU Free Agency Pool
WR Kyle Davis
LB Rashad Smith
OL Brandon Walton
While this trio may not hear their names announced in the NFL Draft, there is little to no doubt amongst the FAU faithful that their talents are of NFL quality.
Kyle Davis will be listed as an Owl despite forgoing action in Boca Raton in 2019, opting to try his luck in the CFL instead. The Auburn transfer's speed alone will be enough for NFL franchises to bite with a free agent contract. Of note, he's also received as much pre-draft inquiry via FAU's support staff as Bryant by potential suitors.
Rashad Smith was the playmaker for FAU's defensive in 2019. The All-Conference Honorable Mention linebacker led the Owls in tackles with 109, while leading the nation in fumble recoveries at 5. Constantly displaying his tenacity and football intelligence, the Homestead HS product always put himself in position to make a play.
Brandon Walton will go down as one of the best offensive lineman in FAU history, as the three-year starter deservedly made the 2019 All-Conference First Team at left tackle. The Largo, Florida native's 6-5, 300 lbs size should be enough to hear his phone ring with a free agent contract. His positive attitude and his ability to be coached, will make him a steal for any NFL franchise.
FAU Tryout Pool
DL Noah Jefferson
DL Tim Bonner
CB Chris Tooley
WR De'Angelo Antoine
As we have seen, anything is possible based on a team's needs and their decision to take a chance on a prospect. However, these players most likely won't see interest without a try-out coming beforehand.
Defensive linemen Noah Jefferson and Tim Bonner are a pair of big names that have stats to back-up their reputation. Chris Tooley helped FAU's defensive back field be one of the most feared in C-USA. And USF transfer De'Angelo Antoine has the speed and agility to compete at the professional level.
2020 NFL Mock Drafts : Peter Schrager NFL mock draft 2.0
GeorgiaOwl saidFunny but with the Gronk "trade" news I immediately thought of this possibility! Not in 1st round, I will believe that when I see it but sounds great to me - and to Harrisons accountant too!!!!Posted On: Apr 23rd 2020, 7:24 AM
Guess there goes my dream of seeing Harry B here in Tampa.
But the fact remains: as pro football offenses continue to evolve towards the spread style that has taken the college ranks by storm, then H-Back TEs will be in greater demand. That works out perfectly for Harry B.
NJOWL said3 picks in and no harry B… this is ridiculous.Posted On: Apr 23rd 2020, 8:45 PM