Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins steal the headlines when it comes to NFL draft talk, and in general, the major FBS conferences dominate the NFL draft conversation each year. And for good reason: They produce a heavy majority of the top draft picks.
But the non-FBS prospects shouldn’t be disregarded. In the 2014 draft, we find that one of the best quarterback prospects, two high-upside former transfers who could be impact rookies on offense and a cornerback who may sneak into the top 40 overall picks hail from the lower level of the college football hierarchy.
Each position has a small-school (FCS or lower) player you’d better get to know before draft weekend kicks off. Here’s the lowdown on the lower-level prospects in the 2014 draft who could pay huge dividends to teams willing to take a chance.