September 22, 2023

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Eight FCS Prospects Invited To 2023 NFL Scouting Combine

Eight FCS football prospects received invites to the 2023 NFL scouting combine.

The NFL announced the 319 NFL Draft prospects who received invites on Wednesday. The NFL scouting combine will be held from Feb. 28 through March 6 in Indianapolis, Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

We breakdown the eight FCS prospects who will showcase their talents in Indianapolis.

Mark Evans II (Arkansas Pine-Bluff; OL)

Evans earned first-team FCS All-American honors from The Bluebloods, FCS Stats Perform, and HERO Sports this season. He was a four-time first-team All-SWAC selection for the Golden Lions after starting 38 games throughout his career. Evans only allowed five sacks in his entire career and played a major role in UAPB running back Kayvon Britten leading the SWAC in rushing touchdowns (16) this season.

Isaiah Land (Florida A&M; LB)

Land had a great performance in Mobile, AL at the 2023 Senior Bowl last week as he ended the game with 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack. He won the 2021 Buck Buchanan Award after leading the country with 25.5 tackles for loss and 19 sacks. He also earned consensus first-team FCS All-American honors and was named the SWAC Player of the Year after the season. Land was limited to only eight games in 2022 due to an injury, but still finished the season with 11.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. 

Noah Gindorff (North Dakota State; TE)

Gindorff only played three games in the 2022 season due to injury, but finished his Bison career with 12 receiving touchdowns. He earned HERO Sports third-team FCS All-American honors after finishing third on the team in receiving yards in 2021. Gindorff was a two-time MVFC All-Conference selection and also led the Bison in receiving touchdowns in 2019 as a sophomore. The 6-foot-6, 268-pound tight end can make an impact as a blocker and finished the 2022 season with a 73.5 run blocking grade according to Pro Football Focus. 

Hunter Luepke (North Dakota State; FB)

Luepke is currently recovering from shoulder surgery that prevented him from finishing the 2022 season. He finished his Bison career with 1,665 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns. Luepke is a two-time first-team FCS All-American selection (2020-21; 2021) and a two-time All-MVFC selection. He was also selected as a HERO Sports Sophomore All-American for the 2020-21 season. Luepke also has an ability to be threat as a receiver after ending his collegiate career with nine receiving touchdowns. 

Cody Mauch (North Dakota State; OL)

Mauch is getting first round NFL Draft projections after his outstanding performance at the 2023 Senior Bowl last week. The 6-foot-6, 303-pound offensive lineman was a two-time FCS All-American selection and won four FCS National Championships with the Bison. He only allowed two career sacks and started over 60+ games at North Dakota State. Mauch was the highest graded offensive lineman in the FCS in 2022 according to Pro Football Focus. He showed his versatility in Mobile, AL last week as he played multiple positions across the offensive line. 

Andrei Iosivas (Princeton; WR)

Iosivas ended his career at Princeton with 1,909 receiving yards and 16 receiving touchdowns over three seasons. His success also extends to track & field as he holds the record for the 60m (6.71) and was a 2022 NCAA All-American selection. He was an FCS All-American selection this season and was selected as the Phil Steele Ivy Offensive Player of the Year. Iosivas ranks sixth all-time in receiving yards, third in receiving touchdowns, and 12th in receptions in Princeton football history. 

Tucker Kraft (South Dakota State; TE)

Kraft missed multiple games this season due to injury, but returned in late October and finished the season with 348 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He is a two-time All-MVFC selection and earned unanimous first-team FCS All-American honors in the 2021 season. In the 2021 season, Kraft exploded for 65 receptions for 773 receiving yards and six touchdowns for the Jacks. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound tight end is also a solid run blocker as he never finished the season below 65.0 in run block grade according to Pro Football Focus. 

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McClendon Curtis (Chattanooga; OL)

Curtis was a unanimous FCS All-American selection this season and finished his Mocs career as a three-time first-team All-SoCon selection. He was also named the 2022 Phil Steele Offensive Lineman of the Year. He started almost 40 games in his career, while playing three different positions for the Mocs. Curtis finished the 2022 season with zero sacks allowed and only two quarterback hurries allowed. He led a Chattanooga offensive line that helped running back Ailym Ford to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. 

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