Scout talk: Best small-school prospects by position
By Dan Pompei | Tribune staff reporter
5:16 PM CST, March 8, 2008
Not all NFL players come from schools like Southern California and Miami. Some come from unlikely places. Here are the best small-school prospects by position.
QB—Joe Flacco, Delaware
. He has a chance of being the second quarterback taken after Matt Ryan, and could go in the first round.
RB—Xavier Omon, Northwest Missouri State
. He dominated in Division II, becoming the first player in NCAA history to rush for 1,500 yards four times.
TE—Kolomona Kapanui, West Texas A & M
. He transferred from USC, so you know he has talent.
OL—Heath Benedict, Newberry
. Transfer from Tennessee lacks top athleticism, but he could develop into a decent NFL guard.
DL—Kendall Langford, Hampton
. He's raw, but his size and strength will appeal to NFL teams.
LB—Curtis Johnson, Clark Atlanta
. He played defensive end in college, but at the East-West Shrine Game and combine, he has shown he could be an OLB in a 3-4.
S— Bobbie Williams, Bethune Cookman
. He has enough speed and athleticism and the nose for the ball to get a shot.
CB—Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, Tennessee State
. Small-school players traditionally do well at cornerback, and he could be the first corner taken in the draft.