The NFL Draft is a wonderful event for players and NFL franchises, but it is also good publicity for the universities that the players are selected from.
We all know the traditional powerhouses, such as USC, Miami, Ohio State, LSU and so on. They always have a plethora of players who get selected in the first round. We have seen these schools play on television numerous times, and we know the players.
But what happens when your team picks a player from a smaller school that you haven't seen play? Yeah, Mel Kiper has a rap sheet on him, but he hasn't passed your own personal eye test.
The Mid-American Conference has developed a number of spectacular NFL players without the publicity of the "BCS" conferences. This year, guys like Larry English of Northern Illinois and Nate Davis of Ball State will hear their name called in the first or second round. If it is your team selecting one of these guys, have no fear.
I have put together the All-MAC team of current NFL players. Read it and weep.
QB- Ben Roethlisberger- Miami (OH)
RB- Michael Turner- Northern Illinois
FB- Jason McKie- Temple
WR- Greg Jennings- Western Michigan
WR- Kevin Walter- Eastern Michigan
TE- Antonio Gates- Kent State
T- Nick Kaczur- Toledo
T- Joe Staley- Central Michigan
G- Jacob Bell- Miami (OH)
G- Andy Alleman- Akron
C- Eric Ghiaciuc- Central Michigan
DE- Jason Taylor- Akron
DE- Raheem Brock- Temple
DT- Cullen Jenkins- Central Michigan
DT- Hollis Thomas- Northern Illinois
LB- James Harrison- Kent State
LB- Jason Babin- Western Michigan
LB- Chase Blackburn- Akron
CB- Usama Young- Miami (OH)
CB- Kelly Herndon- Toledo
S- Abram Elam- Miami (OH)
S- Dwight Smith- Akron
K- Shaun Suisham- Bowling Green
P- Brad Maynard- Ball State
KR/PR- Joshua Cribbs- Kent State
Not a bad starting roster.
Next time you watch a MAC game, keep your eyes peeled because more of these guys are going to be dominating on Sundays than you think.