Four players from HBCU football were taken in the 2022 NFL Draft this year. Others were undrafted free agents. Who will have an impact on their teams?
Nearly a week has passed since the 2022 NFL Draft, and four players from HBCUs were drafted. As of the writing of this piece, three players have signed as undrafted free agents, and eight were invited to mini camps.
More work is to be done, but this year is better than the zero HBCU players drafted in 2021.
Many players took advantage of the postseason all-star circuit. Joshua Williams, the first player drafted from an HBCU this year, was a player who benefitted from the exposure of the postseason circuit. Players were invited to the Senior Bowl, NFLPA Bowl, and HBCU Combine, among other all-star camps.
There were some undrafted gems in this group as well. The Dallas Cowboys will be pleased with undrafted free agent safety Markquese Bell, who many thought would be selected as high as the third or fourth round.
There are still quality players who have either not been signed or invited to minicamps. Many of these players are going to surprise their new teams. However, these four players are the most likely to have a significant impact on their teams as early as next season.
Let’s look at four players sure to impact their teams as early as next season.