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NFL Draft Late Round “Diamonds in the Rough”: The Top 30 Small College “Gems” of All-Time

Published by on April 18, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

With the NFL Draft approaching, much talk has centered on whether teams can find the next Tom Brady (2000-6th Round, Patriots) or Terrell Davis (1995-6th Round, Broncos). While finding a franchise quarterback or running back that late in the draft is certainly a bonus, taking players like Brady and Davis from major schools with low round picks is not especially risky. What has often helped teams turn a good draft into a franchise changing draft has been the ability to find the small school “Diamonds in the Rough.” NFL history is full of small school (defined here as schools not part of the Football Bowl Subdivision) players who have been selected early in the NFL Draft. Though they may have escaped the attention of major c...

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