Leading up to the NFL Draft in any given year, the usual talk is of all the big-name prospects from schools in the major, Power-5 college football conferences. Generally, smaller schools — aka FCS or Division I-AA (as opposed to FBS, I-A) — don’t get much recognition. But, did you know every year there are many prospects who get drafted from FCS programs, and even more signed as undrafted free agents?
Just last year, 17 players were drafted from those schools, and one as high as the third round.
The previous two years, 19 were taken.
There are numerous notable players from FCS in the NFL today, and it just goes to show that you don’t have to go the Alabamas, Ohio States or USCs of the world to get into the NFL.
Just look at players like Joe Flacco, Marques Colston, Jahri Evans, Jared Allen and Tony Romo. That’s just a handful of players who have come from smaller schools like Hofstra or Delaware, and have at one point or another been stars at the pro level.
Below are the 10 best prospects, ranked, from FCS schools who will try to be follow in their predecessors’ steps in the 2016 NFL Draft.