Deep FCS Class of Prospects Headed to the 2022 NFL Combine

The 2022 NFL Combine included a particularly strong FCS class. With twenty-one overall invites, it is higher than the past five NFL Combines.

Chattanooga's Cole Strange pass protects against VMI's Warren Dabney
Source: UTC Athletics - Laura O'Dell

This years 2022 NFL Combine, to be held from Feb. 28 to March 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, will have 21 former FCS players. Included in that list are three players who played their final season at an FBS school. Even without the three players, the 18 invitees straight from the FCS is still the most since 2018.

  • Bailey Zappe, QB, Houston Baptist/Western Kentucky
  • Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah
  • Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
  • Cole Kelley, QB, Southeastern Louisiana
  • Cole Strange, OG, Chattanooga
  • Cordell Volson, OT, North Dakota State
  • Dai’Jean Dixon, WR, Nicholls
  • Decobie Durant, CB, South Carolina State
  • E.J. Perry, QB, Brown
  • Isaiah Weston, WR, Northern Iowa
  • Ja’Tyre Carter, OT, Southern
  • John Ridgeway III, DT, Illinois State/Arkansas
  • Markquese Bell, SS, Florida A&M
  • Matt Waletzko, OT, North Dakota
  • Nick Zakelj, OG, Fordham
  • Noah Elliss, DT, Idaho
  • Pierre Strong Jr., RB, South Dakota State
  • Qwynnterrio Cole, S, Alcorn State/Louisville
  • Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
  • Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
  • Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston