The 2012 NFL Draft presents teams with the opportunity to find players capable of taking their franchises to the next level.
Despite what NFL scouts and ESPN analysts argue, there is no exact science to the draft. Whether or not a player pans out is dependent on immeasurable factors such as the internal desire to be great.
Prospects coming from smaller schools have an even harder time proving themselves. While they may have dominated in college, they are hard to judge because they played against less talented competition.
With that being said, they also have the potential to be excellent investments. Selecting a first-round talent in the third or fourth round is the catalyst some bottom-dwelling teams need to climb out of the gutter.
This slideshow will highlight the five small-school prospects who have the best chances of developing into All-Stars in the NFL.