These are the 5 FCS players taken in the 2021 NFL draft


Former North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance grew to become the fourth FCS soccer participant taken within the high 10 of the NFL draft since 1978. Lance was one in all 5* FCS gamers chosen within the 2021 NFL draft. Here’s what you might want to learn about every of them:

Trey Lance, Quarterback (North Dakota State) — Spherical 1, No. 3 total

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It was extensively assumed that Lance could be the primary FCS participant chosen within the 2021 NFL draft and he was. The 2019 Water Payton Award winner is now simply one in all 4 gamers from the division to go within the high 10 since 1978 — the opposite three are Carson Wentz (NDSU, 2016), Steve McNair (Alcorn State, 1995) and Phil Simms (Morehead State, 1979). The San Francisco 49ers took Lance third total, matching the Tennessee Titans’ choice of McNair in 1995. Solely Wentz was drafted increased because the second total decide.

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Lance solely performed one full season at NDSU, however he made essentially the most of his time in Fargo, North Dakota. He was a consensus All-American, nationwide participant of the yr and Most Excellent Participant of the 2020 FCS Championship Sport after main the Bison to their eighth title in 9 years. Lance completed the 2019-20 season with 2,786 passing yards and 28 touchdowns with out throwing a single interception. He additionally racked up 1,100 speeding yards and one other 11 scores on the bottom. He performed one recreation in 2020, gaining 293 scrimmage yards whereas scoring 4 complete touchdowns.

Dillon Radunz, Offensive lineman (North Dakota State) — Spherical 2, No. 53 total

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NDSU OL Dillon Radunz

North Dakota State was the lone FCS program with gamers taken via the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL draft. After Lance was the primary Bison off the board, his blind facet protector was the second. The Tennessee Titans grabbed Radunz within the second spherical with the 53rd total decide. 

Radunz introduced stability to the NDSU offensive line with 32 consecutive begins over his last two-plus seasons. And people weren’t simply injury-free snaps, the Bison’s left deal with was near-immovable by the top of that streak. Radunz logged 682 snaps within the common season with out permitting a single sack to earn first-team All-America recognition. He was additionally a part of an offensive line that helped NDSU set a faculty file with 4,601 speeding yards en path to a nationwide championship.

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Spencer Brown, Offensive lineman (Northern Iowa) — Spherical 3, No. 93 total

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UNI OL Spencer Brown

Three rounds down and two FCS offensive lineman had been off the board. This time it was Northern Iowa’s Spencer Brown going to the Buffalo Payments with the 93rd total decide. The 6-8, 314-pound Brown was a mainstay for the Panthers at proper deal with as a three-year starter.

Brown anchored the appropriate facet of the road with 28 begins for UNI in his sophomore and junior season. He was named All-Missouri Valley Convention second workforce in 2019 and was a FCS preseason All-American in 2020. 

Elerson Smith, Linebacker (Northern Iowa) — Spherical 4, No. 116 total

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UNI LB Elerson Smith

Smith was the primary FCS participant chosen on Day 3 of the 2021 draft after the New York Giants known as his title with the 116th total decide. The previous UNI exterior linebacker was one of many high FCS defenders in 2019 and named FCS preseason Defensive Participant of the 12 months earlier than the 2020 season. 

Smith was a pressure at UNI, able to disrupting the run or speeding opposing quarterbacks. He registered 82 tackles and 21.5 sacks in 28 video games. His junior season ended with a first-team All-America nod after Smith racked up 21.5 TFL, 14 sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, 5 compelled fumbles and a pair of blocked kicks.

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Robert Rochell, Cornerback (Central Arkansas) — Spherical 4, No. 130 total

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UCA CB Robert Rochell

The primary defensive again out of the FCS was Central Arkansas’ Robert Rochell. UCA’s high cornerback is headed to Los Angeles after the Rams chosen him with the one hundred and thirtieth total decide. Rochell spent 4 years with UCA and most not too long ago appeared in seven video games throughout the 2020 season. 

He began 31 video games for the Bears and registered 28 go breakups and 10 interceptions throughout his faculty profession. Rochell’s strongest marketing campaign got here in 2019, when he registered 44 tackles, 13 go breakups, 5 interceptions, 2.5 tackles for loss and recovered a fumble in 13 begins to earn first-team All-America recognition.

* Observe — Former NDSU linebacker Jabril Cox was drafted a hundred and fifteenth total by the Dallas Cowboys. Cox transferred to LSU previous to the 2020 season.


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