Making the jump from college to the pros can be incredibly intimidating. But for those coming from small-school backgrounds, taking the next step to the NFL can be even more daunting.
Making a splash at the highest level is not guaranteed for even major-conference players. It takes a special kind of prospect to even look like he belongs in an NFL training camp as a rookie, let alone a rookie who has rarely, if ever, faced NFL-caliber talent.
Yet, after camp is all said and done, these big fish from small ponds are sure to redistribute more than just water once they’re fully immersed in the speed and pace of NFL practices.
This list is a testament to those who defied near-insurmountable odds to be in a professional training camp. Not only do these men belong, look for them to thrive early and often as they make a name for themselves under the summer heat.
Every successful career begins sometime. I believe for these men that time is now.