NCCU’s Leverett signs with Bucs
Only one HBCU player was drafted in this weekend’s virtual NFL Draft. Tennessee State offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons was chosen No. 227 overall and 13th in the seventh round by the Chicago Bears. Simmons is the first Tiger to be drafted since Robert Morris in 2015. “I’m so excited to get to Chicago,” Simmons said. “My time at TSU with the coaching staff was amazing. I would like to give a special thanks to Russ Ehrenfeld. If it wasn’t for him, I would not be the player I am.”
But the phones kept ringing long after the draft was officially over. NCCU offensive lineman Nick Leverett signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A native of Concord, Leverett started all 34 games during his three seasons, earning All-MEAC honors each year.
The team captain graduated in just three years with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a 3.37 overall grade point average. He was recognized for his outstanding performance on the field, in the classroom and in the community as a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in 2018.
Other HBCU free agents:
* Morgan State wide receiver Manasseh Bailey signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Bailey caught 996 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.
* Norfolk State safety Bobby Price signed with the Detroit Lions. He finished his Spartans career with 229 tackles, eight for loss, seven interceptions, 23 pass breakups and four fumble recoveries.
* South Carolina State OL Alex Taylor signed a deal with the Cleveland Browns. Taylor helped anchor an offensive line that averaged 368.2 yards of total offense and 30.1 points per game.
* Hampton defensive back Christian Angulo has signed with the New York Giants. Angulo finished fifth in the NCAA-FCS with 14 pass breakups.