Here is an interesting trivia question: Who was the last player drafted from the NAIA, what year was this, and what school did he play for?
Not sure? I wasn't either before 30 minutes of research. The answer is Patrick Crayton from Northwestern Oklahoma State, drafted in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
Also, if you are wondering what the NAIA is, the acronym stands for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the division is completely unassociated from the NCAA.
As the stat above shows, it is a rare occurrence when a player from the NAIA division is deemed as talented enough to warrant a draft pick. 2013 may be the year that this happens again.
Luke Marquardt is a gigantic offensive tackle prospect out of Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.
At 6'9", 320 pounds, he possesses prototypical size for an NFL offensive tackle. Marquardt also holds a basketball background, he was actually recruited to the small university to play on the basketball team, which is evident in his quick and precise footwork.
While he does need to learn how to finish plays on a more consistent basis and deal with quicker defenders, Marquardt has tons of upside as a developmental player.
Marquardt is currently projected as a sixth-seventh round draft pick and if he lives up to his potential, he will make a NFL general manager very happy in the near future.