With less media attention and less prestigious competition, NFL prospects at small schools often get overlooked when maybe they shouldn’t.
Consider an athletic receiver who plied his trade at little-known Mississippi Valley State University during the early 1980s. The wideout nicknamed “World” could seemingly catch every ball thrown his way, and would set numerous NCAA records before being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round.
That receiver, of course, was Jerry Rice.
While there might not be any future Hall of Famers among the small school standouts this year, for all we know, there could be.
Consider this a shortlist of small school prospects who could one day make a big impact in the NFL.