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craigjr007
04-23-2012, 09:45 AM
didnt see this anywhere



The invitation to a college all-star game, alongside well-known
Division 1 NFL Draft prospects, came as a happy surprise to Chad
Faulcon.</p>



It also came late, meaning the All-America safety from Montclair
State University had only about 48 hours to collect his equipment and
ship it to Little Rock, Ark. But Faulcon soon learned that the school
had already sent out his pads and helmet to be refurbished with the rest
of the team’s, so his only choice was to use a leftover set that
swallowed up his track-athlete frame.</p>



Maybe that wasn’t a bad thing. A few weeks later, Faulcon’s agent ran
into a Jaguars scout at the NFL Combine and asked him about his player.</p>



“He said, ‘Is that the kid from Montclair State? The one with big shoulder

pads?’ ” recalled Bobby Brown, Faulcon’s agent. “That sort of sums up his journey.”</p>



Faulcon is one of hundreds of college football players hoping to make
the jump to the NFL this week — but his jump is even more daunting
because he’s coming from a Division 3 school.</p>



The Cranford native doesn’t mind if scouts know him as “the guy with
the big shoulder pads,” just as long as they know who he is. He
blossomed in his senior year at Montclair State, a hard-hitting and
speedy safety who was known as “the sniper” for making plays on every
part of the field.</p>



At the Players All-Star Classic in February, Faulcon was finally on
the same playing field with Division 1 prospects, and he and his big
pads turned heads with seven tackles, an interception, two pass breakups
and a forced fumble. He was invited to the local pre-draft workouts
with both the Giants and the Jets earlier this month, and his agent said
the Jaguars, Browns, Dolphins and Packers have also been in touch about
Faulcon.</p>



Rick Giancola, the long-time Montclair State coach, keeps in mind a
rule of thumb an NFL scout gave him years ago: For a small-school player
to have a chance at the NFL, he must jump off the screen as soon as the
game film is turned on. Faulcon did, so Giancola contacted one of his
former players, Frederick DeFinis, who works for Brown’s management
company.</p>

“There’s a point in time where all seniors, they all want to be NFL
players, so they ask, ‘Coach, what do you think?’ ” Giancola said. “It’s
heartbreaking to say no. But not for Chad. For Chad, I thought so.”</p>



The odds are against small-school players, of course. Just one of the
254 players drafted last year was from a Division 3 school: Mount
Union’s Cecil Shorts, a fourth-round pick by Jacksonville. The last two
before Shorts were Mount Union’s Pierre Garçon and Wheaton’s Andy
Studebaker in 2008.</p>



Montclair State’s only draft pick is Mark Casale, a late-round
selection by the Bears in 1984. Giancola said about 20 of his players
have been to an NFL camp in his 29-year tenure, with only a handful
sticking. The most encouraging example, of course, is the late Sam
Mills, an undrafted success story who made five Pro Bowls and played 12
years in the NFL.</p>



Faulcon was a late bloomer whose grades early in high school ruled
out his top college choices, Monmouth and Stonybrook. He is both
realistic and optimistic about his NFL chances, hoping simply to get
invited to a camp and then show what he can do.</p>



“If you would have asked me this time last year where I would be, I
would have told you, ‘Getting ready to be a phys ed teacher,’ ” Faulcon
said. “We know it’s going to be an uphill battle for a D3 guy to make it
to the NFL. But everyone is confident I can do it, and that helps a
lot.”</p>



Faulcon has spent the past four months morphing into the most
NFL-ready version of himself. He trained up to six days a week at Joe
DeFranco’s Gym in Wyckoff, boosting his 6-foot-1 frame to above 200
pounds and adding 12 reps to the well-known draft measurable 225-pound
bench press. He traced through hundreds of defensive back drills at top
speed with former NFL cornerback Aaron Beasley. </p>http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft/index.ssf/2012/04/cranford_native_chad_faulcon_l.html?utm_source=twi tterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_term=%23nyg

GameTime
04-23-2012, 10:43 AM
one of those "nice stories" things...

good luck to him....