Much like linebacker Lavonte David before him, University of Nebraska safety Daimion Stafford is hoping that a path that began in junior college before traveling through Lincoln will end with a successful NFL career.
Granted, the 6'0", 221-pounder isn't as highly coveted a prospect as David was, but after racking up 96 tackles, four interceptions, a sack and two forced fumbles, Stafford was named to the Big Ten's all-conference first team in 2012.
Let's take a look back at some of the highlights of Stafford's collegiate career.
Unless you're a highly touted prospect, the ability to contribute on special teams can be a huge advantage in the NFL, as it can not only help young players make the team but also get them on the field a lot quicker.
Luckily for Stafford, he's shown the ability to be quite the asset in that aspect of the game, whether it's on coverage teams or as a return man.
It's the latter that's showcased here, as Stafford takes a punt to the house during the first season of his JUCO career.
In this era of 5,000-yard passers, being a strong safety involves a lot more than just cheating up into the box as a de facto extra linebacker.
Coverage isn't exactly Daimion Stafford's strong suit, but he's not completely inept in that regard, as demonstrated by this play from his sophomore season at Chaffey.
In the play, Stafford does an excellent job of keeping the action in front of him, which means that when the pass is tipped, Stafford is in a position to make the play and reel in the interception.
Stafford transferred to Nebraska prior to his junior season, and it didn't take long for him to make his presence felt for the Cornhuskers.
In Satfford's first game with Nebraska, the team faced Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Stafford took the opportunity to get acquainted with the Mocs' Chris Awuah, delivering a punishing hit on a run off tackle.
Daimion Stafford may well be more of the prototypical "in the box" strong safety, but that doesn't mean that he's a one-trick pony.
Stafford also tallied four interceptions, 1.5 sacks and three forced fumbles over his two seasons in Lincoln, and his big-play ability was on display during a loss to the Michigan Wolverines in November of 2011.
In the game, a blitzing Stafford chases down one of college football's most elusive passers in Michigan's Denard Robinson, and while Stafford doesn't finish the play on his own, he's at least able to keep Robinson wrapped up until help arrives.
By Daimion Stafford's senior season in Lincoln, he had bulked up to over 220 pounds and established a reputation as one of the bigger hitters in the Big Ten.
That reputation was borne of plays such as this one against Arkansas State in September of 2012.
In the second quarter of a blowout win by the Cornhuskers, the Red Wolves attempted an option play to the right side.
I say "attempted" because Stafford blew up running back David Oku in the backfield.