Posts Tagged ‘FCS’

Small-School Sleeper Prospects to Watch in 2014 NFL Draft

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Sam Houston State running back Tim Flanders may not be the next Barry Sanders, but he has drawn a comparison to the NFL legend. (Photo: Thomas Campbell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

While Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools account for most selections and nearly all the top picks in each year’s NFL draft, small schools should not be overlooked.

Non-FBS schools have averaged 24.6 selections during the past five drafts, with nearly 70 percent of those selections coming from from the Football Championship Subdivision (previously known as Division I-AA).

While non-FBS schools have not had a first-round pick since the Arizona Cardinals selected Tennessee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with the No. 16 overall pick in 2008, there has been at least one small-school prospect has been selected in the second round of the draft each year since 2005.

Almost all small-school prospects face the scrutiny of the level of competition that they played against, but every year small school athletes emerge and contribute in the NFL.

In this article, we’ll explore some small school prospects to watch leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.


WR Da’Rick Rogers Declares for 2013 NFL Draft

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Da’Rick Rogers becomes the first junior to have a confirmed entry into the 2013 NFL Draft (Photo: US Presswire)

Well we can go ahead and put our first Junior into the 2013 NFL Draft as Tennessee Tech WR Da’Rick Rogers was officially announced today with the seniors on Senior Day and school confirmed Rogers was in fact leaving per Josh Ward. (more…)

Top 50 Small School Big Board

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The top small school prospect in the country is still Aaron Mellette (Photo: US Presswire)

We are posting this a week later than we would of have liked but such is life. This is our intial Top 50 Big Board for Small School players. For the purposes of this board a small school player is any player that plays below the FBS level. In a few weeks we’ll expand this board to 100 and add some positional rankings that will be able to be found on our left menu. (more…)

Gridiron Glance: Week 1 -Thursday Night 8/30

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Now is the time for MarQueis Gray to step up and show us he’s a NFL caliber QB (Photo: US Presswire)

It is finally here, the night we have all eagerly been anticipating since January. College Football is finally back and everything is once again right in the world. Opening night has a strong slate of game and we picked four from tonight to get you amped up and ready for a whole season of scouting the college ranks for the next Buffalo Bills! So sit back and enjoy as we give you some short notes on 42 prospects to pay attention to tonight. (more…)

2013 FCS Watchlist

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

The top FCS prospect for 2013 is Elon WR Aaron Mellette, but how many of his teammates made our watchlist? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Matthew Elder

One of my favorite things in the world to do is to watch small school football, and by small school football I mean FCS, Division II, Division III, and the NAIA. There is something about it that has a different kind of purity to it for me. As more FCS teams get on TV weekly and are available online their prospects become more apparent to both college football and NFL Draft fans alike.

Over the years following these players, talking about them, and scouting them has become a passion of mine and its one that many of you out there seem to enjoy. So this year I didn’t want to just release a ranking set or tell you a few players in one random game to watch. I wanted to create a database of sorts for you to reference and utilize throughout the entire college football season and into the 2013 NFL Draft. Not every player listed below will be a  NFL prospect, not every prospect will make it.

The names below are based on players I have seen, people I have spoken to who I trust, and some names that honestly intrigue me. So before I babble on for a lot longer, let me just give you the list. Here are 575 players to watch in the FCS, please enjoy, share, and utilize. (more…)

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