“Why don’t teams, including the Cardinals, spend more time looking at players from HBCUs? If players like Jerry Rice, Jackie Slater, Walter Payton, Shannon Sharpe, Michael Strahan, Deacon Jones, Art Shell, Richard Dent, Robert Mathis, Nate Newton and one of the greatest Cardinal players, Aeneas Williams, come from schools like these why ignore them? I know we drafted Chad Williams a few years ago, but I don’t expect to strike gold on every player. I have looked at Will Adams from Virginia State and Marquis McClain from Southern who almost reminds me of Anquan Boldin. I think too many teams spend too much time on the Power 5 conferences and a lot of overrated players get drafted and flop in the NFL because they never really wanted it or loved it.”
I think the players that need to be noticed will be noticed. Adams will be drafted. McClain started his career at Auburn before transferring; we will see if he has shown enough but I’d be shocked if teams haven’t already done due diligence. I don’t think these players are ignored in this day and age. I mean, Mathis is the most recent example you are giving, and he was drafted 19 years ago. I don’t disagree that some players flop because they don’t have the drive to success.