Division II star emerges among NFL’s small-school prospects


              FILE - North Dakota State wide receiver Christian Watson catches a pass during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine, Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Indianapolis. Offensive lineman Trevor Penning of Northern Iowa and receiver Christian Watson of North Dakota State, two FCS schools, could be first-rounders in the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
            
              FILE - National Team wide receiver Christian Watson of North Dakota State (1) carries the ball after a reception over American Team cornerback Zyon McCollum of Sam Houston State (32) in the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, in Mobile, Ala. Offensive lineman Trevor Penning of Northern Iowa and receiver Christian Watson of North Dakota State, two FCS schools, could be first-rounders in the NFL Draft.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
            
              FILE - Northern Iowa offensive lineman Trevor Penning runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Friday, March 4, 2022, in Indianapolis. Offensive lineman Trevor Penning of Northern Iowa and receiver Christian Watson of North Dakota State, two FCS schools, could be first-rounders in the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
            
              FILE - Northern Iowa offensive lineman Trevor Penning (70) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Southern Illinois, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Offensive lineman Trevor Penning of Northern Iowa and receiver Christian Watson of North Dakota State, two FCS schools, could be first-rounders in the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
            
              FILE - South Carolina State defensive back Decobie Durant (14 ) hold up the defensive player award after the Cricket Celebration Bowl NCAA college football game against Jackson State, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Atlanta. Last year, no players from HBCU schools were taken in the draft. This year, four players made the combine cut, including Durant. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr., File)
            
              FILE - Fayetteville State defensive back Joshua Williams (37) participates in a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 6, 2022. Joshua Williams recites the Kyle Dugger story like he wrote the book. He talks about how the late-blooming safety chose to play Division II football in small town North Carolina after receiving just three scholarship offers. And how Dugger went from being an overlooked prep recruit to a second-round draft pick in just a few years. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)
            
              FILE - Fayetteville State defensive back Joshua Williams participates in a drill at the NFL football scouting combine, Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Indianapolis. NFL.com gives the 6-foot-3, 197-pound Williams a grade of 6.18 — an above-average backup who may eventually become a starter _  though it's unclear where that puts him in next week's draft. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
Division II star emerges among NFL’s small-school prospects