The desire for countless small school defensive players is to impose their will on opponents. Unfortunately, many of these athletes will not be able to proceed beyond this 2018-19 collegiate season. However, there will be some talents from small institutions who will have the opportunity to be in attack mode.
This is where the NFL Regional Combine comes in, as a bridge to assist defensive NFL hopefuls in their journey towards NFL success.
Last season, 90 players from the Division II level made a splash in the NFL, and with unknown gems scattered across the country, that number will increase.
Due to the proven track record of the NFL Regional Combine, the playing field for the discovery of gems from unknown programs has been leveled tremendously.
Here’s a preseason look at the potential 2019 defensive NFL hopefuls who may journey through the RC platform for the opportunity to keep on hitting.
-DARIUS WILLIAMS (CSU-PUEBLO) – 6-0, 200-pounds – Quick feet, good hands. Had eight interceptions and 17 passes defensed.
-ZURIL HENDRICK (EDINBORO) – 5-11, 190-pounds – Great hands, instinctive. Registered 59 tackles and a team-high nine interceptions last year. Honored preseason All-American honors.
-MONTRELL PARDUE (WEST GEORGIA) – 6-2, 206-pounds – Physical, solid overall. Amassed 82 tackles (59 solos), had 9.5 tackles for loss, a sack, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and four pass defensed last year.
-CUA’ ROSE (ARKANSAS TECH) – 5-10, 185-pounds – Ball hawk, playmaker. Finished last season with 85 tackles, two forced fumbles and five interceptions.
-TYLER HASTY (CENTRAL WASHINGTON) – 6-0, 190-pounds; Finished with 47 tackles, 19 pass defensed and eight interceptions.
-MARVIN CONLEY (MISSOURI WESTERN) – 5-10, 190-pounds. Finished with 58 tackles and four touchdowns.
–ANTONIO DAWKINS (BLUEFIELD COLLEGE) – 5-10, 190-pounds – Gritty, fast and versatile, 27 tackles (3.5 for a loss), a sack, an interception and seven pass defensed.
-BRANDON DANDRIDGE (MISSOURI WESTERN) – 5-10, 180-pounds. Finished with 42 tackles, 18 pass defensed and four interceptions.
-JUSTIN JACKSON (ANGELO STATE) – 6-2, 210-pounds. Led nation as a defensive back in tackles with 113 and hauled in two interceptions. can play linebacker.
-JOHN VOGELER (BEMIDJI STATE) – 6-3, 212-pounds – Solid cover skills, quick to the ball. Registered 46 tackles, 17 pass defensed and had five picks, returned three for touchdowns. NSIC North Division All-Conference First-Team defense.
-RAY LEWIS III (VIRGINIA UNION) – 5-11, 195-pounds; 37 tackles and 12 pass defensed.
-JAKE PERRY (KUTZTOWN) – 5-7, 185-pounds. Finished last season with 52 tackles, including three tackles for losses, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
-DREW HEBEL (BLACK HILLS STATE) – 5-11, 172-pounds – Plays big. Finished with 46 tackles, 12 pass defensed and three interceptions.
-RODERICK CHAPMAN (MISSOURI S&T) – 5-9, 175-pounds. Amassed 31 tackles, 12 pass defensed and five interceptions. Major asset as a returner.
-RYAN KIRKENDALL (MISSOURI S&T) – 5-11, 200-pounds. Finished with 38 tackles, an interception and 13 pass defensed.
-RYAN VERHEIST (SAGINAW VALLEY) – 6-2, 200-pounds. Bounced back after missing sophomore season. Finished with 20 tackles, five interceptions and 12 pass defensed.
-JeJUAN McCALSTON (JOHNSON C. SMITH) – 5-9, 170-pounds. Finished with 22 tackles (including a sack), two interceptions and 12 pass defensed.
-QUAYDE BAUMAN (WILLIAM JEWELL) – 5-10, 210-pounds. Amassed 101 tackles.
-ADONIS DAVIS (FLORIDA TECH) – 6-3, 255-pounds. First-Team All American, finished with 59 tackles (including 19.5 stops for losses – a school record), 7.5 sacks and forced two fumbles.
-JALEN COUSAR (FAYETTEVILLE STATE) – 6-0, 320-pounds. Finished with 42 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles.
-TYLER BEMBRY (CHOWAN) – 6-1, 330-pounds. Finished with 56 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
-MARKUS JONES (ANGELO STATE) – 6-3, 255-pounds. Registered 63 tackles (including 18.5 for losses), 10.5 sacks, eight quarterback rushes and four fumbles.
-JAMES PRATER (ASHLAND) – 6-0, 253-pounds. Finished with 63 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and 10 sacks.
-ALEC HELDRETH (CLARION) – 6-4, 276-pounds. Finished with 51 tackles (including eight for losses), and four sacks.
-DAVONDRICK LISON (SOUTHERN ARKANSAS) – 6-3, 215-pounds. Tallied 53 tackles (including 16.5 for losses), two forced fumbles and a pass defensed.
-JUSTICE BISHOP (UNION COLLEGE) – 6-2, 230-pounds. High motor, great hands, leverage and technique. Recorded 68 tackles (including 9.5 stops for losses), five sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and two pass defensed.
-BRANDON VOCCO (CLARION) – 6-1, 300-pounds. Finished with 62 tackles and three sacks.
-TYRELL THOMPSON (TARLETON STATE) – 6-4, 300-pounds; racked up 57 tackles (including 10 for losses), 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
-JOHN WILLIAMSON (WEST FLORIDA) – 6-3, 240-pounds. Finished with 70 tackles (including 18 for losses), 14.5 sacks, 15 quarterback rushes and two forced fumbles.
-DEYON SIZER (CSU-PUEBLO) – 6-4, 274-pounds. Finished with 52 tackles and a sack
-KAHZIN DANIELS (CHARLESTON, WV) – 6-4, 225-pounds. Finished with 49 tackles and 12 sacks
-JAKE KLINGER (BLOOMSBURG) – 6-2, 275-pounds. Tallied 69 tackles (including 22.5 stops for a loss), 11 sacks and a forced fumble. PSAC East First-Teamer.
-BRANDON PAYER (CSU-PUEBLO) – 6-4, 248-pounds. Finished with 108 tackles last season.
-TYLER MORRISSEY (WEST CHESTER) – 6-3, 256-pounds. Finished with 137 tackles (14 stops for a loss), seven sacks and two forced fumbles.
-TERRY SAMUEL (WEST ALABAMA) – 6-2, 200-pounds. Defensive Player of the Year last season.
-ALEX NEY (SMSU) – 6-1, 230-pounds. Finished with 120 tackles, 13th-best in the nation.
-KIRBY HORA (AUGUSTANA) – 6-2, 210-pounds. Finished the season with 129 tackles.
-SAM BLANKENSHIP (HARDIN) – 6-2, 220-pounds. AP All-American (second team). Recorded 30 tackles, (13 for a loss), 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, four passes defended and four forced fumbles.
-GARRETT JACKSON (ADAMS STATE) – 6-1, 185-pounds. Led the nations in solo tackles with 88, but with finished with 128 total (nine for a loss), two sacks and three forced fumbles.
-CODY LEONARD (QUINCY) – 5-11, 195-pounds. Finished with 110 tackles (72 solos and 14 for a loss).
-ZACH MALONE (CONCORD) – 6-1, 215-pounds. Finished last season with 106 tackles (68 solos).
-DERRICK McGREEVY (WASHBURN) – 6-2, 215-pounds. Registered 131 tackles to cap his season last year (12 for a loss) and 3.5 sacks.
-JOSE DELGADO (FORT HAYS STATE) – 5-11, 200-pounds. Amassed 107 tackles last season.
-LAYNE SKUNDRICH (CLARION) – 5-10, 215-pounds. Finished last season with 106 tackles.
-BO HIGHBURGER (WESTERN OREGON) – 6-1, 220-pounds. Finished with 100 tackles (10 for a loss) and 3.5 sacks.
-K.J. REID (ARKANSAS TECH) – 6-1, 219-pounds. Finished with 109 tackles.