Division II And Below: Which Little Guys Have A Shot At The Big Time?

One of the most amazing things to see in football is a player from the Division II and below level make it on an NFL roster and contribute. Those players bring much deserved attention and acclaim to their alma maters.

It would not surprise me to see 4-5 players from this list get a chance to play in the league.


  • Connor Harris, ILB, Lindenwood: All-time leading tackler at the NCAA level with 633. 2016 Cliff Harris Award winner. 125+ tackles in three different seasons. Projected to go in rounds 5-7.
  • Jordan Morgan, OG, Kutztown: Four year starter. Three time all-conference, two time Little All-American, PSAC Offensive Athlete of the Year. Projected to go in the mid rounds of the draft.
  • Nate Theaker, OG, Wayne State: Multi year starter, AP Little All-American, GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2016.
  • Dylan Donahue, DL/OLB, West Georgia: Son of former NFL player. Multiple All-American award, finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. Projected to go in rounds 5-7 of the draft.
  • Billy Brown, WR, Shepherd: 243 catches, 4,071 yards, 43 touchdowns for his career. Projected as a late round selection.
  • Antonio Pipkin, QB, Tiffin: Over 10,000 yards, 88 touchdowns for his career. GLIAC Player of the Year in 2016. Projected as an undrafted free agent.
  • Jason Carr, DT, West Georgia: Originally signed with Tenneseee. 60 tackles, 10 tfl, 7.5 sacks in two years at West Georgia. Projected as an undrafted free agent.
  • Collin Bevins, DE, Northwest Missouri State: Originally signed with Iowa State. First team Little All-American in 2016. 168 tackles, 58.5 tfl, 34 sacks for his career. Projected as an undrafted free agent.
  • Matt Davis, K, UNC-Pembroke: 27-32 on field goal attempts as a senior. 32 touchbacks on 70 kickoffs. 41.02 yards per punt average.
  • Ethan Cooper, OL, Indiana Pennsylvania: Two time All-American. Can play either guard or tackle. Body size to play guard at the NFL level. Projected as a late round pick.
  • Austin Ekeler, RB, Western State: 5,857 career rushing yards. Over 1,000 yards in eah of his four seasons. 15 touchdowns as a senior.
  • Kevin Snead, WR, Carson Newman:28 40 yards dash, 38 ½ inch vertical, 10.21 in 100 meters, 20.75 in 200 meters. Will be in some camp as a kick returner.
  • Aaron Cooper, OLB, Kentucky Christian: NAIA All-American.
  • Antony Auclair, TE, Laval: A blocking tight end that could make the jump to the NFL. Another in the new pipeline from Canada.

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