With the Super Bowl in the rear-view mirror, the football world inevitably turns its attention to the NFL Draft. Yes, it's that time of year again where we can count on day-long, team-by-team, division-by-division, conference-by-conference breakdowns of every conceivable draft selection in every possible combination of sequences.
For the players from NCAA Division II institutions, the world is a little less black and white.
Selecting a player's draft position when they come from D-II is as much (or more) an art form as it is an analysis.
For starters, the "top players" in college football are typically skill-position players: quarterbacks, running backs, etc. The problem for the D-II standouts is the long line of D-I talent they are stuck behind on the various teams' draft boards.
Many years, the top D-II draft selectee is a lineman or defensive back, and are usually selected to fill gaps in rosters. That's not to say that some D-II prospects haven't turned out to be huge assets to their new teams, and a number have had great success in the NFL: Harlon Hill from the University of North Alabama and Gene Upshaw from Texas A&M-Kingsville to name a couple.
There are around 50 current NFL players who hail from the ranks of Division II, including Bloomsburg's Jahri Evans, starting right guard for the Super Bowl champion Saints, Grand Valley State's Brandon Carr, starting corner for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Texas A&M-Kingsville's Roberto Garza, center for the Chicago Bears. And there are many others.
So, without further delay, here are the top ten Division II prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft.