|Dray Joesph led Southern to the 2013 SWAC Title. (The Mississippi Link photo)|
Dray Joesph, Southern
Joesph is the only quarterback on this list of HBCU prospects, and he’s a long shot. Not because of talent, as he was one of the better quarterbacks in FCS football last season. Joesph increased his completion percentage, yards and touchdown passes each year of his career. He passed for over 6,000 yards and threw 55 touchdowns to just 18 interceptions his last two years, and led Southern to a SWAC Champion as a senior.
Joesph will have to overcome questions about his size and the level of competition he played against in the SWAC. With those two things going against him, he will have to impress at Pro Day and individual workouts.
The 6’0, 212 pound senior possesses all the leadership, arm strength and accuracy, especially ball placement to eventually develop into a solid starter in the right situation. The cost? Absolutely nothing as a likely undrafted free agent
—James Coburn, All Pro Football Source
Joesph is listed at 6’1, but the NFL tape measure doesn’t lie. Russell Wilson proved you don’t have to be 6’5 to be a successful quarterback in the NFL, but Joesph doesn’t appear to have Wilson-like mobility as he rushed for just 171 yards and three touchdowns in four seasons at Southern. Still, he does appear to have the intangibles that folks tend to like in a QB, and he proved late in the 2013 season he knew how to win. Will that be enough to override his shortcomings? We’ll see in May.
Best Case Scenario: Undrafted Free Agent
Worst Case Scenario: Tryout
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