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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.

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Father’s Day: 2014 NFL Draft Prospects Following in Footsteps of NFL Dads

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Jake Matthews is well on his way to becoming the seventh member of the Matthews family to play in the NFL. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

Football is often passed down from father to son. The game can be a father-son bonding ritual, from watching games on Saturdays and Sundays to going out on the field and playing the game.

Football fans recall football families with numerous father-son duos such as the Mannings and the Matthews family. Through week five of the 2012 season, 197 sets of father-sons had played professional football, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Last season, the Bills featured two sons of former NFL players, Jairus Byrd and Lee Smith.

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