Three games are on the FCS schedule tonight, as the division formerly known as Division I-AA will be down to their final four by the end of the weekend.  Here’s a quick breakdown of the prospects that scouts will be watching in each of Friday’s three 2019 FCS quarterfinals.

Northern Iowa vs James Madison

This is a contest not to be missed and it is laden with next-level talent, though most of it is of the free agent variety.  It includes a number of players listed throughout the season as my “Small School Prospect of the Week.”

After a hot start to the season, Isaiah Weston slowed down a bit yet he’s a major big-play threat.  Word is Weston will stick around NIU for another season.

The same cannot be said for quarterback Ben DiNucci, as he just gets better each week.  Ignored by scouts before the season, there’s now talk he could slide into the late rounds.

John Daka is an explosive athlete and a great college pass rusher with insane numbers.  He will likely move to outside linebacker at the next level.

Riley Stapleton lines up at receiver, but I like his potential as a move tight end.

Northern Iowa vs James Madison

GradeRndFull NameSchoolPos#Yr
3.396thIsaiah WestonNorthern IowaWR803So
3.287thBen DiNucciJames MadisonQB65Sr
3.21FAJohn DakaJames MadisonDE74Sr
3.18FARon’Dell CarterJames MadisonDE55Sr
3.17FARiley StapletonJames MadisonTE105Sr
3.06FAKyndel DeanJames MadisonWR173So
3.03FAJaylin JamesNorthern IowaWR835Sr
2.92FABriley MooreNorthern IowaTE864Sr
2.78FARashad RobinsonJames MadisonCB15Sr
2.69FATrevor AllenNorthern IowaRB255Sr


Austin Peay vs Montana State

The tables are titled towards Montana State heavily in this FCS quarterfinals matchup, though Austin Peay does have an explosive offense. 

Bryce Sterk has nice size and pass-rushing skill standing over tackle, but he’s a bit of a limited athlete. He’ll be a terrific late-round pick that will be productive in the right system.  We’ll see Sterk at the Shrine Game.

Kentel Williams is a terrific ball carrier with poor size/speed numbers.  He’s a touchdown machine and will get looks as a situational ball carrier at the next level.

Austin Peay vs Montana State

GradeRndFull NameSchoolPos#Yr
3.326thBryce SterkMontana StateOLB454Sr
3.02FAKevin KassisMontana StateWR854Sr
2.91FABrayden KonkolMontana StateS415Sr
2.78FAKentel WilliamsAustin PeayRB54Sr
2.72FAKeenan BarnesAustin PeayWR85Sr


Montana vs Weber State

A repeat of a Big Sky match-up won by Montana about a month ago, this FCS quarterfinals contest should be a defensive battle with several good senior prospects on both teams.

Dante Olson is a highly thought of run-stuffing linebacker best in the middle of a 4-3.  He’s tough and flashes athleticism.

Jonah Williams and Adam Rodriguez are both well-liked in scouting circles, but I prefer the latter.  Rodriguez is a better and more explosive pass rusher off the edge while Williams has a better NFL build.

Montana vs Weber State

GradeRndFull NameSchoolPos#Yr
3.346thDante OlsonMontanaILB335Sr
3.316-7Dareon NashMontanaCB74Jr
3.297thJace LewisMontanaOLB344Jr
3.287thRobby HauckMontanaS143So
3.19FAAdam RodriguezWeber StateOLB94Sr
3.11FAJonah WilliamsWeber StateDE944Sr
3.04FAJuston CalhounMontanaCB35Sr
3.02FAAuston TeschWeber StateOLB534Sr
2.94FAJosh SandryMontanaS135Sr
2.91FAJesse SimsMontanaDE375Sr
2.65FACy SirmonMontanaC665Sr


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