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Following the selection of Grambling State wide receiver Chad Williams in the third round of the NFL Draft by Arizona on Friday, three more HBCU products came off the board during Saturdays' selections in rounds 4-7.nfl draft logo

N.C. A&T offensive back Tarik Cohen was selected 13th in the 4th round by the Chicago Bears (119 overall). Cohen, the inaugural recipient of the Black College Football Player of the Year Award, had been nicknamed "The Human Joystick" for his ability to make seemingly impossible cuts despite his small frame (5-6, 179-lb)

His 2016 campaign was a record-breaking one. He set single-season school records in rushing (1,588) and touchdowns (19 and earned All-America status from four different organizations. He also rushed for more than 200 yards in four different games.

The other 4th round HBCU draftee was Albamy State defensive tackle Grover Stewart, taken by the Indianapolis Colts as the 38th pick (144 overall).

A 6-5, 347-lb senior from Camilla, Ga., Stewart was named to the SIAC All-Conference team for four years. He has also been a first team member all four years. This past season, Stewart recorded 37 tackles (26 solos), 12 tackles for a loss of 61 yards and 7.5 sacks for a loss of 52 yards. He also had two pass breakups.

For the first time since 2007, Alabama State University heard its name called on draft day as Jylan Ware was selected with the 13th pick of the seventh round (231 overall) by the Oakland Raiders.

Ware, who is a 6-foot-8, 295-pound offensive lineman from Valley, Ala., joins Karl Powe as the only other ASU player to be selected in the seventh round.

Ware was a three-year starter at Alabama State and is the first selection for the Hornets during this year's NFL Draft.

This year's draftees match the four picks in 2015, Last year three HBCU products were drafted.

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