FCS Friday: Week 3 -- Prospects to Keep an Eye On

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We're already on the third week of the college football season and it will have a lot to live up to. After a thrilling slate of second week games, the third has the potential to be just as thrilling. Friday's are best served to give a reminder about some of the lower level schools and prospects within them.

With that being said, here's three FCS prospects that I'll have my eye on during this weekends contests:


LB - Dante Olson - Montana (6-3, 230, R-Sr.)

A menace in the middle of the Grizzlies defense, Olson is faced with a tough task against the high powered Oregon offense. Fresh off of a 77 point performance against Nevada, the Ducks are seeking to continue their onslaught of point scoring. At the center of Montana's attack, Olson will be matched up against a bunch of weapons that will test his skill set tremendously.

The reigning first team All Big Sky selection led the FBS and FCS in tackles last season with 151 and also shattering the previous school record of 130 set by Van Ackeren -- set in 2015. Known for his football smarts, range, and leadership, all eyes will be on Olson in this matchup as it is sure to be one of the first game films that scouts will want to examine while determining his outlook on the next level.

SAF - Marlon Bridges - Jacksonville State (6-0, 200, R-Sr.)

Already recording 38 career starts over his tenure with the Gamecocks, Bridges has been an instant hit since his freshman season. Starting in at least 12 games every season, he's been the stable of the teams secondary. Coming off a junior season where tallied the second-most tackles on the team (69) and nine career interceptions, he is an active and scratchy prospect that is a ball magnet.

The No. 16 ranked Gamecocks head to (No. 5) Eastern Washington for a top-25 FCS showdown and one where potential NFL Draft prospects will be overflowing throughout the field. Bridges being the headliner, many evaluators will want to see how the talented safety holds up against one of the better FCS teams in the country.

TE - Adam Trautman - Dayton (6-5, 255, R-Sr.)

One name that has been on fire on the FCS trail is Trautman. Last weekend against Indiana State, the standout tight end recorded 11 catches for 132 yards in his season debut. In a tight end class that still has fail to cement a headliner name, Trautman ascension could lead to him in the discussions amongst the upper-tier names throughout the class.

Matched up against Robert Morris this week, this game will be another opportunity for the Dayton target to continue to develop his resume and add another impressive performance. His combination of size, catching abilities and nimbleness (recorded 4.76 40-time during spring testing) may lead to him being a highlighter name as the draft process wanes.

Written By:

Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-Founder of ClimbingThePocket.com. Former QB and Coach at North Carolina Central Univ.

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