The NFL 2020 FCS “Products” All-Pro Team

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BetMGM Jun 15, 2021, 1:20 PM
CLEVELAND, OHIO - DECEMBER 14: Center JC Tretter #64 of the Cleveland Browns snaps the ball during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 14, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Fans of the FCS level have often wondered: If we were able to combine all of the top NFL players who came from FCS schools, how good would that NFL roster be? Well, we put together a 2020 NFL All-Pro Team doing exactly that, and while we aren’t going to be bold and predict this group would win a Super Bowl, if you look up and down this “roster”, you have to admit things might be interesting. What would the NFL odds be?

Carson Wentz had his worst year as a professional, but in general, his career has been above average. He had the best year among NFL-from-the-FCS signal-callers. There were several key offensive playmakers, including rookie RB James Robinson of the Jacksonville Jaguars. His team may not have been good this year, but Robinson was still a 1,000-yard back after showcasing his talents last year in the FCS playoffs with Illinois State.

On defense, the linebacking corps and secondary are especially strong for the FCS unit. Nobody would argue with Darius Leonard (S.C. State) or rookie Jeremy Chinn (Southern Illinois) at linebacker. And how about Taron Johnson (Weber State) after his 101 yard interception return for a touchdown for the Bills in the playoffs? Three Delaware products occupy defensive positions on this list.

And special teams? Why is it not surprising that FCS products not only embrace the often-overlooked unit of football but flourish? This is the blue-collar part of NFL football, the landing spot of the unsung hero and could be a needle-mover for football lines. Not surprisingly? FCS products do well there. 

This past season’s leading tackler in the NFL for special teams came from the FCS (George Odom/Central Arkansas/Colts), and Jason Myers (Marist/Seahawks) went 24-for-24 on field goals. There are also Pro Bowlers at returner (Andre Roberts/The Citadel/Bills) and long snapper (Tyler Ott/Harvard/Seahawks).

How well would this team fare? That’s up to you. What would the NFL betting lines be if this team were to take the field, and would you partake? Take a look:

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 25: Andre Roberts #18 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball during a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on October 25, 2020, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)
Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images

OFFENSE

POSNAMESNFL TEAMFCS SCHOOL2020 NFL RESUME
QBCarson Wentz orEaglesNDSU2,620 pass yds, 16 TDs (12 gms)
QBRyan FitzpatrickDolphinsHarvard2,091 pass yds, 13 TDs (9 gms)
RBJames RobinsonJaguarsIllinois St.1,070 rush yds, 8 TDs
RBDavid JohnsonTexansNorthern Iowa1,005 total yds, 8 tot. TDs
FBKyle Juszczyk49ersHarvard2020 Pro Bowler 
WRCooper KuppRamsEastern Wash.974 yds receive, 92 catches
WRKendrick Bourne49ersEastern Wash.667 yds receive, 49 catches
TERobert TonyanPackersIndiana St.586 yds receive, 11 TDs
OLBilly TurnerPackersNDSUOne of top units in NFL
OLTerron ArmsteadSaintsArk.-Pine Bluff2020 Pro Bowler 
OLJ.C. TretterBrownsCornellCenter for playoff team
OLTytus HowardTexansAlabama State14 starts up front
OLNick EastonSaintsHarvardStarted most of the year

DEFENSE

POSNAMESNFL TEAMFCS SCHOOL2020 NFL RESUME
DLBilal NicholsBearsDelaware40 tackles, 8 TFLs, 5 sacks
DLJavon HargraveEaglesS.C. State7 TFLs, 38 tackles
DLJohn Franklin-MyersJetsStephen F. Austin5 TFLs, 3 sacks
LBDarius LeonardColtsS.C. State132 tackles, 10 TFLs
LBFoye OluokunFalconsYale117 tackles, 6 TFL
LBTroy ReederRaidersDelaware81 tackles, 5 TFLs
LBAlex SingletonEaglesMontana St.120 tackles
DBJeremy ChinnFalconsSo. Illinois117 tackles, 2 FF, 2 FR
DBTaron JohnsonBillsWeber St.94 tackles, 6 TFLs
DBNasir AdderleyChargersDelaware69 tackles
DBBuster SkrineBearsChattanooga66 tackles
DBJames BradberryGiantsSamford18 PDs, 54 tackles, 3 INTs

SPECIAL TEAMS

POSNAMESNFL TEAMFCS SCHOOL2020 NFL RESUME
PKJason MyersSeahawksMarist24 of 24 on FGs
Jordan BerrySteelersEast. Kentucky45.8 yds per punt
RETAndre RobertsBillsThe Citadel2020 Pro Bowler
RETJamal AgnewLionsSan Diego28 KR avg., 13 PR avg.
STGeorge OdumColtsCent. ArkansasLed NFL with 21 ST tackles
STJustin BethelPatriotsPresbyterian3rd in NFL with 14 ST tackles
LSTyler OttSeahawksHarvard2020 Pro Bowler

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Brian McLaughlin is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of BMac and Herd’s FCS Podcast. He has written for The Sporting News, headed up the PARADE Magazine High School All American teams, covered the FCS for HERO Sports, and wrote for so many newspapers he lost count. Follow BMac on Twitter @BrianMacWriter. 

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