Updated July 23, 2018
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
In keeping with a series looking ahead to 2019, I caught up with scouts who have done advance work on the 2019 class. While the majority of NFL scouting departments meet in the month of April to finish their draft boards ahead of the impending NFL Draft, some team scouts are on the road traveling to college campuses to start work on the draft that is a year away. These scouts share their player ratings with scouting services like National and Blesto. Almost every team in the NFL is either a member in National or Blesto, with more teams a part of National. In May, the Blesto teams, including the Bills, Giants and Steelers, met in Florida to go over 2019 NFL Draft prospects. In continuing the series, this week's topic is small-school prospects who have made NFL teams watch lists as players who have first- through fourth-round potential entering the 2018 season.
Jamal Davis, OLB, Akron Davis started out his collegiate career redshirting at Pittsburgh before transferring to Akron. In 2017, he totaled 69 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and one forced fumble. Davis (6-3, 233) has a good skill set with size and speed.
Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware Adderley had a big 2017 season with impressive production for Delaware. The junior recorded five interceptions with 78 tackles, two forced fumbles and three passes broken up for the year. Over the previous two seasons, Adderley totaled 12 breakups with 100 tackles and two interceptions.
Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic The short, thick Singletary (5-7, 199) has good speed with impressive feet, balance and vision. In 2017, Singletary averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 1,796 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also had 18 receptions for 185 yards and one score. In 2016, Singletary averaged 6.7 yards per carry for 1,021 yards with 12 scores to go with 26 receptions for 163 yards in his freshman season.
Terrill Hanks, OLB, New Mexico State Hanks (6-2, 230) has been a tackling machine at New Mexico State over the past three seasons. As a junior in 2017, he totaled 111 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, six passes broken up, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. In the previous season, he collected 103 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss with two interceptions and five passes broken up.
Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion Ximines recorded 44 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, three passes batted and four forced fumbles in 2017. He had 7.5 sacks as a sophomore and five as a freshman. Ximines (6-3, 252) might fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL given his body type.
Jon'Vea Johnson, WR, Toledo Toledo has a trio of wide receivers who were effective in 2017, but Johnson was the only one of the trio to get an advance grade with first- through fourth-round potential. In 2017, Johnson caught 41 passes for 675 yards and five touchdowns. Teams have Johnson at 6-foot, 188 pounds and running the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds.
Carl Granderson, DE, Wyoming In 2017, Granderson totaled 77 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He had four sacks as a sophomore. Granderson (6-5, 261) has a nice frame and could add weight in a pro strength-and-conditioning program.