NFL scouts and general managers get paid a lot of money to do their jobs. But breaking down the performance of major college guys and projecting how they will translate to the NFL and where they should be drafted isn’t rocket science. Player projection is never a slam dunk, but it’s certainly not hard to know whether a guy from a top SEC school can hold up to the rigors of the NFL.
Where scouts and general managers really make their money is finding diamonds in the rough no one else has bothered to consider. Finding a huge talent from a smaller school is a far more difficult task.
The crop of small-school players eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft is as impressive as any I can remember. So with that in mind I’ve gone ahead and broken down the top 15 prospects from non-FBS schools.