After three days of the 2014 NFL Draft, two players from HBCU schools were drafted. Two offensive linemen, Kadeem Edwards and Demetrius Rhaney of Tennessee State University, were picked in the fourth and seventh rounds respectively.
Edwards, a native of Sanford, Fla. was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the 143rd pick overall and Rhaney, a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was selected 250th overall by the St. Louis Rams, one pick after the Rams selected DE Michael Sam.
According to the Tennessee State website, the 2014 draft marked the first time since 2000 for two Tigers to go in the same draft. Tackle Michael Thompson was selected in the 4th round, #100, by the Atlanta Falcons, while WR Avion Black was taken 21 picks later by the Buffalo Bills.
The Tennessee State tandem helped the Ohio Valley Conference to the most selections for an FCS conference, with four. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppollo, Eastern Illinois, and wide receiver Walter Powell, Murray State, were picked by the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, respectively.
Edwards started 13 games for the Tigers, and was the top offensive lineman for the Tigers who finished the season 10-4 overall, 6-2 and second place in the OVC.
Following his senior season, Edwards was the only HBCU player invited to the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl and was named an All-American by the Heritage Sports Radio Network, Beyond Sports Network, BOXTOROW, The Sports Network, and to the Associated Press’ Second Team.
Other HBCU players are expected to sign Free Agent contracts with the various NFL teams in the upcoming days.