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    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

    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.

    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.

    “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.”

    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    “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.”

    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.

    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.

    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.

    “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

    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.

  • #2
    Re: chad faulcon montclaire state

    one of those "nice stories" things...

    good luck to him....
    "it won't matter who we pick at #2 because whoever it is we need him..."

    ​​​​​​ -Jesse James