", "I think he knows that answer," the linebacker said. There are some big guys out there [that don't have our speed and heart]," Davis-Gaither said. My mom is doing good now. With no way … I am working for something bigger than myself.". Through both opportunities, the players were able to get in front of teams and share why they should be drafted. "Every season, every fall camp, [Satterfield] would say whatever your role is for this team, I want you to find your role and be the best at your role as you can be," Evans said. However, the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of App State’s pro day. NFL cut day didn't provide much shocking news for former Colorado State football players. Entering his final season as a college football player, Evans received a phone call that no child, or person for that matter, wants to receive. Evans' cousin, D'Cota Dixon, is a safety for the Buccaneers. No. But he always finds a way to be in the right spot at the right time. The Sun Belt conference team tucked away in Boone, North Carolina has been one of the most consistent programs in college football across the last decade. Finney went from Pittsburgh to Seattle, Elijah Lee went from San Francisco to Detroit, Lucas went from Chicago to Washington, and D.J. Apke's role began growing last season, when he started two games. 9:13 am ET. Although Kansas State saw its Big 12 Conference-leading 24-year streak with at least one player taken in the NFL Draft come to an end this year, Reggie Walker secured a spot as a practice player with the Arizona Cardinals, becoming the latest K-State player to be a part of an NFL franchise. One camp in particular provided him with some motivation. Robinson spent three seasons at Penn State before being selected with the 61st overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. CHARLOTTE, NC — App State’s dominant run in football continued into the 2020 NFL Draft. "As crazy as it sounds, I was looking to run somewhere in the 4.3s. The running back has a story that resonates with many people coming from a small town.Â, "I worked too hard to get to where I'm at to not put my best foot forward," Evans said. Four former K-State players found new NFL homes this year, as B.J. On the vertical, I was trying to jump 38, 39, so that's on me. One of the coaches that was at South Florida has been recruiting my area for a long time now. From Abiliene Christian to Wyoming, find out where every active NFL pro football player spent his college days. Davis-Gaither redshirted the first year while Evans used his in 2017. She ended up missing about half of my season. That's not the case for Evans and Davis-Gaither. "It is really hard to describe him. NFL Players By College - A Here are all of them. How did your favorite Nittany Lions fare in the first week of the NFL season? He accepted.Â, Appalachian State handed the job over to NC State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Eliah Drinkwitz, a promising young coach down the road.Â, "Being a player-led team, you can ask any player at App State, any coach that has come through App State, they will say the same thing," Evans said. He was not looking to hit the camp circuit hard though.Â. By me playing running back and wide receiver, I could tell them what all 11 players have to do. "If my role for a team next year is to be a backup or a role player, third-down back, change-up back, I am fine with that. NFL Draft - Players from Arizona State The following is a list of players that attended Arizona State who were drafted in the NFL Draft from 1960-present. App State had already offered me. They both offered me my junior year. K-State saw 12 former players make NFL rosters for the 2020 season, as the NFL trimmed its rosters to an active 53 players and an expanded 16-man practice squad. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports), (Photo: Isaiah J. There was some disagreement, however, on who would win should they meet in the gap at the next level. That is really all I did in college was cover in space and make plays in space. This is a list of Appalachian State Mountaineers football players in the NFL Draft. "You want to get him out in space so he can make guys miss. Tyler Lockett and Cornelius Lucas. Appalachian State. This page is intended to provide links to Ourlads' Draft coverage and is in no way Downing, USA TODAY Sports). K-State saw 12 former players make NFL rosters for the 2020 season, as the NFL trimmed its rosters to an active 53 players and an expanded 16-man practice squad. "That is something that I bring to the table is speed. © 2004-2021 CBS Interactive. A lot of teams are just looking at the name on the helmet or the last name. "It was tough but at the same time it was not that bad because her focus was on trying to see when she was going to be able to make it to my next game. It helps me play a lot faster and slows the game down for me. The NFL playoffs begin this week, and New Jersey will be well-represented. Ended up, I put 150 yards up on his defense. Throughout the year, he was putting on more weight, more size and more muscle but he was maintaining speed. A total of 32 former Penn State players began the season on active NFL rosters. ", After his sophomore season in 2017, Davis-Gaither received news that he would become a father.Â. He played almost every sport from baseball to basketball to football to track and field. Some of the crazy plays that he makes in practice, on offense you're mad, like there ain't no way that he is supposed to do this. However, two of its former players are a game away from the Super Bowl. I remember coming in my freshman and sophomore year and him running with us during conditioning. After she made it to that game, she was at every game whether it was home or away; that really meant a lot to me. He jumped 37 inches vertically and 125 inches broadly. I love playing against teams that overlook me. That’s because Darren Sproles retired after a celebrated 15-year NFL career. I was like, 'Yeah, I do.' The things that he does in the game, everyone is so amazed with it but that is only half of it. "I actually wasn't even happy with my workout," Evans said. From Abiliene Christian to Wyoming, find out where every active NFL pro football player spent his college days. The Mountaineers were the first Group of Five program with two players picked in the draft. It opened my eyes to a new life, a better life. "I would definitely stop Darrynton in the hole.". NFL Players By College - V Before the quarantine travel ban came down, he had taken a visit to the Titans' team headquarters.Â, Davis-Gaither sat out most of the drills at the combine while he was nursing a foot injury. Boise State has produced numerous outstanding football players, take a look at the top former Broncos that are currently in the NFL. I am not an average football player on a team. As long as I'm doing what I need to do, more opportunities will come. That is my style of play to play in space and make plays. "I was the lowest rated recruit coming out of high school in my signing class. "It definitely helped me grow as a man. He was able to meet with several teams at the NFL combine but specifically mentioned the Browns, Bengals, Texans, Rams, 49ers, Giants and Raiders.Â, No one knows where Evans or Davis-Gaither will be selected next week, but we do know that they will remember every team that passes them up. "I've always been around the game. It was just the right fit.". Though it might surprise some fans, the state of Florida actually has the most current NFL players. When asked about the other, each was smiling through the phone and could not heap enough praise on his teammate. It is a matter of us doing what we are coached to do and sticking together. On the other side of the ball, Evans had seen an uptick in his own production. Dozens of those players have reached the pinnacle of football: the NFL. "To see him on the field and then practicing against him, it was like yeah, I'm glad I do not have to play against him on Saturday. Evans, who said that he modeled his game after Percy Harvin growing up and Christian McCaffrey more recently, ran a 4.41 second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Doctors expected him to be available for OTAs, but the timeline is all a bit hazy with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Â. ", "I am confident in my game and I know football," Davis-Gaither said. Davis-Gaither, who modeled his game after Devin Bush, knows there is an increasing need for linebackers capable of covering sideline to sideline. Next week, seven Penn State players will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in hopes of grabbing the eye of an NFL scout or coach. We already had a good relationship. 'Don't forget what they did to you in high school. "I feel like the speed on offense started to increase the speed on defense as well," Davis-Gaither said. Select College. After having surgery to repair a partial stress fracture in his right foot back in March, he was able to return to return to doing squats this past Monday. After going through the interviews, most teams were like, 'Man, you really know football. "I feel like I helped my draft stock during the week with my interviews. Alabama A&M. I did good in the field work but I still feel like I could have done better. I take pride in that. Adams State. We have a couple in the NFL right now.". After the season, Satterfield was presented with a head coaching offer at the University of Louisville. We have one flashing light, one Dollar General, one gas station and a flea market, that's it. "One of the coaches at App State was working the camp. 2020 NFL Draft: App State's Darrynton Evans, Akeem Davis-Gaither explain their journeys, what sets them apart Appalachian State has had one season with seven wins or fewer since 2005. Which App State football players can improve their NFL Draft stock most this season? You see you just put three touchdowns on them and just put a win on them,'" Evans said. "It does not matter who is calling the plays, who is on the sideline with us. Like most high school recruits, Evans played the game of going from camp to camp trying to gain notoriety. The longest-tenured former K-State players currently in the NFL? Ohio State and Alabama meet in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday. My older brother played. That same coach at USF ended up going to App State my senior year. We can’t report that former Ohio State players had the most snap counts in the NFL, but we can safely inform you that it was second behind — ahem, Alabama. Powered by WMT Digital. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. During his junior season, Davis-Gaither was named a second-team All-Sun Belt selection after compiling 105 tackles, including 10 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Alabama. ", The running back has had meetings with the Colts, Rams, Bills, Texans, Cowboys, 49ers, Jaguars, Falcons, Chargers, Eagles, Steelers, Chiefs, Buccaneers, Broncos, Jets, Cardinals, Bears and Lions. She is cancer free.". "After the North Carolina game, [recruiting coordinator and tight ends] coach [Justin] Watts came up to me and was like, 'You remember the North Carolina camp and they told you that you were too small? Then, he was only 5-foot-8. The third round seems like the sweet spot for him to land. It was just wild. Former K-State players will face each once in week 1, as Duke Shelley and Cody Whitehair (Chicago Bears) go against Lee (Detroit Lions) at 12 p.m. Sunday on FOX. But what if they played on Sundays instead? "I'm winning," Evans said laughing, before I could finish the question. I got other responsibilities at home. They were picking my brain, seeing what kind of player I am on the field and the kind of knowledge that I bring to the game. K-State fans will get to see Byron Pringle as the defending LIV Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs open their season against Houston at 7:20 p.m. Thursday on NBC. For many NFL-hopefuls, pro day workouts are crucial for showing NFL scouts what they have to offer. "The bigger schools kind of backed off when I was coming out of high school because I was only 175 [pounds]," Davis-Gaither said. Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe. With the 2020 NFL Draft underway, several Mountaineers are preparing to take their first step into professional careers. Their time playing together may have come to an end, but the respect that they carry for one another will not. Third-year pro Troy Apke is the starting free safety in Washington. They rattled off victories in 13 of their 14 games, including wins over Power 5 teams North Carolina and South Carolina. In less than a week, linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither and running back Darrynton Evans are expected to be drafted into the NFL. My top two schools were South Florida and App State. He is hard to get down.". He is also close with Redskins linebacker Cole Holcomb and 49ers running back Raheem Mostert, who he described as an older brother, dating back to their time in Oak Hill, Florida. The feeling of disrespect or being underrated is new to a lot of prospects during the draft process because their paths as four and five-star recruits were paved with praise and recognition. 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