The headlines throughout draft season are constantly bombarding fans with the biggest and brightest names from the upcoming class. These players are also usually from the nation’s best and most-successful schools like Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State. If a prospect doesn’t play for one of these blue bloods, or heck, even a school at the Power 5 level, you’re not going to hear their name all that often leading up to the draft.
But small-school players — those who are good enough but may lack the institutional brand name — also tend to find their way to the spotlight if they are truly good enough to compete at the next level.
One name that you may need to keep an eye one is former Charleston wide receiver Mike Strachan, a 6’5, 225-pound pass-catcher with track speed, whom the Bolts recently met with over Zoom, per The Draft Network’s Justin Melo.
Strachan spent three years with the Golden Eagles before opting out of the program’s spring football season to enter this year’s NFL draft. Despite only starting the past two years, Strachan re-wrote the team’s record books, including the marks for career touchdowns (27), receiving yards (2,332), and receptions in a season (78).
He leaves Charleston as a two-time First-Team All-MEAC selection and a 2020 Division II Second-Team All-American after posting 1,319 yards and 19 touchdowns in his final season.
Strachan was also a star for the Charleston Track & Field team. This past season, he set the school record in the 400m dash with a time of 47.99 and was a part of the MEAC Champion 4x400m team.