MEAC, SWAC grab some draft spotlight

( – The two FCS conferences for historically
black colleges and universities have developed a spotlight at both the start
and end of the 2015 season.

But the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference
grabbed some of the spotlight on the final day of the three-day NFL Draft on

Each conference boasted a fourth-round selection, the only two taken from the
FCS on a day when the bulk of players from the lower half of Division I college
football are gulped up.

The Arizona Cardinals used the 116th overall selection on Delaware State
defensive tackle Rodney Gunter and the Baltimore Ravens picked Texas Southern
cornerback Tray Walker in a surprising final pick of the fourth round at No.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Gunter is an athletic run stopper in the interior who
also can penetrate the middle to get after quarterbacks. Walker, at 6-2, 180,
is strong in press conference and has the longest arms and largest wingspan of
any cornerback in the draft class.

The two HBCU conference will open the season with the annual MEAC-SWAC
Challenge on Sept. 6. This season, their conference champions will square off
in the new Celebration Bowl on Dec. 18.


Day 1 – Thursday (Round 1)

No FCS selections

Day 2 – Friday (Rounds 2-3)

San Francisco (second round, No. 46 overall selection) – Jaquiski Tartt, SS,
Samford, 6-2, 221

Arizona Cardinals (third, 86) – David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa, 6-1, 224

Day 3 – Saturday (Rounds 4-7)

Arizona Cardinals (fourth, 116) – Rodney Gunter, DT, Delaware State, 6-5, 305

Baltimore Ravens (fourth, 135) – Tray Walker, CB, Texas Southern, 6-2, 190

Minnesota Vikings (fifth, 143) – MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois, 6-2, 251