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Only 2 FCS players out of 32 that transferred up to the FBS last year made an NFL roster

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Donald Rutledge path to the draft was very unique. He was a walk on at the Citadel before transferring to Savannah State before ultimately landing on Georgia Southern. He is now on the Colts and he is one player that benefited from moving up to the FBS from the FCS.

I love Hero Sports, they do a great job at breaking down FCS football and Sam Herder has been keeping a track record of player transferring from the FCS to FBS and this year we are hitting record highs.

Last year only 32 players transferred up to the FBS, but of those 32 players who transferred up, only two of them made an NFL roster.

Those two players were WR Justice Shelton-Mosley who transferred from Harvard to Vanderbilt. He played in 11 games with three starts. Had 14 receptions for 119 yards and 16 punt returns for 145 yards. Signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in April.

DB Donald Rutledge Jr. — Savannah State to Georgia Southern, who played in 12 games with nine starts. Recorded 50 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception, which he returned 42 yards for a TD. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

This year we are already at 51 players transferring up. That is an insane amount. We know one player will be drafted for sure in Jabril Cox, but I am not sure about the others. There are some other great players as well who transferred up. Some big time producers at the FCS level. Guys like Justus Reed, Ra’Shaun Henry, Briley Moore, Chris Agyemang, and Kevin Thomson are just a few.

I am all for a player transferring if he thinks it is the best move for him, but I feel deep down inside some of these players would be drafted from their school if they just stayed.

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