5 Small-School Standouts Who Offer Big Value in 2014 NFL Draft

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5 Small-School Standouts Who Offer Big Value in 2014 NFL Draft
STEPHEN HAAS

As it is just about every year, the top of the 2014 NFL draft is loaded with players from college football's biggest programs. Schools such as Alabama, Ohio State and Texas A&M will all be well-represented on the draft's first day, May 8.

However, in recent years, smaller schools have been making a bigger dent. Last year's top pick, offensive tackle Eric Fisher, hailed from Eastern Michigan. Buffalo's Khalil Mack might make it two in a row for the MAC this year.

There's been a trickle-down effect as well. More and more, on the draft's third day, NFL teams are rolling the dice on small-school stars, hoping that their gaudy collegiate stats had more to do with their athletic prowess than the relative level of their competition.

With that in mind, here's a look at some players from little schools who could have big futures ahead of them.

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