Year after year, a handful of Division II football players sit by their phones on draft day hoping for a call. They’ve been struggling for months to fight off the negative stigma surrounding “small ball” players and catch the eyes of scouts and coaches at pro days, senior games and, for a fortunate few, the NFL combine.
The recent successes of former D-II standouts like Bears WR Johnny Knox and Saints G Jahri Evans have given today’s hopefuls a greater confidence knowing that their skills can, in fact, transfer to the NFL if they’re given the opportunity.
Last year’s explosion of two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner, RB Danny Woodhead of the Patriots, may have further instilled that confidence in players, fans and coaches alike.
Though we didn't see dozens of D-II players flying off the draft board this year, four worthy players did get the call.
Who were they?