The NFL's All-MAC Team: Mid-Major Schools, Major Talent

Tony MeyerAnalyst IApril 17, 2009

The NFL Draft is a wonderful event for players and NFL franchises, but it is also good publicity for the universities that the players are selected from.Β 

We all know the traditional powerhouses, such as USC, Miami, Ohio State, LSU and so on. They always have a plethora of players who get selected in the first round. We have seen these schools play on television numerous times, and we know the players.

But what happens when your team picks a player from a smaller school that you haven't seen play? Yeah, Mel Kiper has a rap sheet on him, but he hasn't passed your own personal eye test.

The Mid-American Conference has developed a number of spectacular NFL players without the publicity of the "BCS" conferences. This year, guys like Larry English of Northern Illinois and Nate Davis of Ball State will hear their name called in the first or second round. If it is your team selecting one of these guys, have no fear.Β 

I have put together the All-MAC team of current NFL players. Read it and weep.

QB- Ben Roethlisberger- Miami (OH)

RB- Michael Turner- Northern Illinois

FB- Jason McKie- Temple

WR- Greg Jennings- Western Michigan

WR- Kevin Walter- Eastern Michigan

TE- Antonio Gates- Kent State

T- Nick Kaczur- Toledo

T- Joe Staley- Central Michigan

G- Jacob Bell- Miami (OH)

G- Andy Alleman- Akron

C- Eric Ghiaciuc- Central Michigan

DE- Jason Taylor- Akron

DE- Raheem Brock- Temple

DT- Cullen Jenkins- Central Michigan

DT- Hollis Thomas- Northern Illinois

LB- James Harrison- Kent State

LB- Jason Babin- Western Michigan

LB- Chase Blackburn- Akron

CB- Usama Young- Miami (OH)

CB- Kelly Herndon- Toledo

S- Abram Elam- Miami (OH)

S- Dwight Smith- Akron

K- Shaun Suisham- Bowling Green

P- Brad Maynard- Ball State

KR/PR- Joshua Cribbs- Kent State

Not a bad starting roster.Β 

Next time you watch a MAC game, keep your eyes peeled because more of these guys are going to be dominating on Sundays than you think.


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