The spotlight will be on many college players on draft day in April.
For some players, the premature spotlight of a first round selection will become bittersweet when they are tagged with the shunned label of "bust".
Others will go unnoticed, however; but luckily draft day isn't the lone hope for college players hoping to go pro.
There are two lights at the end of the tunnel from college to pro, but both lead the same place. One path goes through the draft, the other through undrafted free agency. Good things often come to those who wait, and some rookie free agents will be rewarded for their patience.
These players can't wait to make an impact, and prove the other 31 teams exactly why they belong in the NFL.
Teams who are fortunate enough to find a diamond in the rough may be rewarded for their attention to detail.
Several players have gone undrafted, and went on to make a big impact for their franchise. These players are few and far between, but here's a list of the top 10 undrafted free agents from the decade 2000-2010.