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.