Three former HBCU football players — Prairie View’s Jerry Lovelocke, Norfolk State linebacker Lynden Trail and Tennessee State standout Robert Myers — were invited to this year’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
According to former Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt, those numbers are a far cry from decades ago when black college football stars were among the jewels of the drafting and scouting process.
In 2015, 4 players from black colleges were invited to the #NFLCombine. In 1974, when I drafted Too Tall Jones, 5 were taken in 1st round.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 20, 2015
The last time there were multiple HBCU players taken in the first-round was 2000 when Sylvester Morris and Rashard Anderson of Jackson State were selected.