First Picks Sports, a Los-Angeles based sports agency, has signed three players for the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft. UCLA DT Kenny Clark, WR Jordan Payton, and San Diego State OT Pearce Slater have all signed with agent Jerome Stanley of First Picks Sports.
Kenny Clark is one of the top players in this year’s draft class. The projected 1st round draft pick is currently the 22nd ranked prospect on NFLDraftScout.com. The defensive tackle was a first-team All-Pac 12 selection by the coaches. According to Inside The League, Clark had an extensive recruitment where he vetted both big and boutique agencies before ultimately signing with First Picks Sports. There were reports that at least one agency had to visit his incarcerated father during their recruitment.
UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton was invited to the Senior Bowl where he will have another chance to impress some scouts. Payton is currently projected to be a 4th or 5th round pick by NFLDraftScout.com and he garnered honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors by the coaches this season.
San Diego State offensive tackle Pearce Slater is currently ranked as the 16th best OT and a 5th or 6th round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. Slater is a big lineman as he’s listed at 6’7” and 335 lbs. The senior will participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl where he can add to his highlight film and potentially shoot up some draft boards.
Jerome Stanley’s First Pick Sports was formerly known as SAFE Sports Management. Stanley has been a sports agent for over 20 years and represented some well-known NBA and NFL players over that time. Some of his most notable clients include Baron Davis, Tina Thompson, and Keyshawn Johnson. Rumors within agency circles speculate that Keyshawn Johnson has been involved in First Pick Sports’ recruitment process, which could add some context to these new signings.