In the 2017 NFL Draft last month, the Arizona Cardinals selected Chad Williams, a wider receiver from Grambling State, in the third round.
This was significant because Williams was the first of four players drafted in the NFL this year to come from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The other three were North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen, who was picked by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round; Albany State defensive tackle Grover Stewart, who was nabbed by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round; and Alabama State offensive lineman Jylan Ware, taken in the seventh round by the Oakland Raiders.
HBCUs are not traditionally considered college football powerhouses. However, players from these schools are regularly drafted into the NFL. And often they are great. In fact, 10 percent of NFL players who are in the Football Hall of Fame were drafted by a HBCU.
Here is a look at the 15 of the greatest NFL players to come from a HBCU.