HBCU representation in the NFL draft has been dwindling. How can the league reverse the trend?
The South Carolina State offense lines up against the Jackson State defense during the Cricket Celebration Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 18, 2021, in Atlanta. - Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America/TNS

PHILADELPHIA — Harold Carmichael was a wiry teenager hanging out at a teammate's house when he decided he wanted to play football at Southern University. Recruiters from the university had been to Carmichael's Jacksonville, Fla., high school, but his interest wasn't solidified until he found yearbooks for two historically Black colleges and universities while at teammate Blyden Geiger's house. Carmichael and Geiger looked at both yearbooks, the pictures of the campuses, the students there, the sports teams, and decided right there. Just one hang-up. Southern's recruiter showed interest in Geig...