The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Mark Schremmer

April 25, 2013

BLOG: NFL Mock Draft Division II style

Every year, NCAA Division II has a presence in the NFL Draft. D-II stars like Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams will no doubt be selected this weekend.

However, what would the NFL Draft be like if teams could draft only Division II players?

Here’s a fun look at how the 2013 draft might go if that were the case. In this mock, only outgoing seniors are eligible.

Note: Inspiration for this mock draft comes from The Springfield News-Leader’s Matt Schoch, who recently did a mock draft using the high school seniors from his coverage area.

1.       Kansas City Chiefs – OT Manase Foketi, West Texas A&M

The Chiefs seem locked in on the idea of drafting an offensive lineman, so this 6-5, 320-pound All-American should do just fine. He played one season at West Texas A&M after transferring from Kansas State.

2.       Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern

The Jaguars go with the best player on the board and pick up the NCAA Division II Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-3, 325-pound Williams would provide the Jaguars some needed strength up front.

3.       Miami Dolphins – DE David Bass, Missouri Western

The Dolphins trade with the Oakland Raiders so they can select the 6-5, 275-pound defensive end from Missouri Western. The two-time All-American had 11.5 sacks his senior season.

4.       Philadelphia Eagles – OT Ryan Schraeder, Valdosta State

New Eagles coach Chip Kelly is looking for an athletic offensive lineman, and he goes with the former basketball player from Valdosta State. He was an All-American at Valdosta after transferring from Butler Community College.

5.       Detroit Lions – DE Rufus Johnson, Tarleton State

The Lions want a pass rusher, so they go with the 6-5, 257-pound All-American who posted 10 sacks his senior season.

6.       Cleveland Browns – S Rontez Miles, California (Pa.)

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