Small Schools: Ten Year Conference Case Study

The Patriots have had great luck finding small school prospects as UDFAs, but typically don’t use draft picks on them. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Every Friday for the next twelve weeks I’ll be doing a case study on the last ten years draft history of every conference in the FBS.

Through these case studies we’ll be able to answer which schools and conferences produce the most talent, the most busts, the most players at each position and much more.

I know that it’s a lot of information to digest, but there’s some very interesting findings during this first week of research which will become even more telling as each week progresses.

This week, I’m taking on the Small Schools.

You can also read about the SECWAC, Big 12, Sun Belt, Pac-12, Mountain West, Big East, Independents, C-USA, Big Ten, ACC and MAC.


From the 2003 draft until the 2012 draft, there were 2552 total players drafted, the Small Schools made up 239 of those draft picks, for 9.36% of the total players drafted. It’s hard to put this in context now, but after I’m able to tally the totals for some of the other major conferences, this will be more telling.

Total players drafted from the Small Schools/total players drafted from 2003-2012: 239/2552 – 9.36%

By year, I broke down total number of players drafted, the total number of first round picks, the most picks by school, the least picks by school, the most picks by position and the least per position and much more.

YEAR BY YEAR BREAKDOWN: A full breakdown of the last ten drafts from a Small Schools perspective. (Page 2)

POSITIONAL BREAKDOWN: Which positions from Small Schools schools get picked early? (Page 3)

SUCCESS/BUST BREAKDOWN: Which schools produce the most busts? (Page 4)

NCAA SCHOOL BREAKDOWN: Which schools perennially produce the top prospects? (Page 5)

NFL TEAM BREAKDOWN: Which NFL Teams like prospects from Small Schools schools? (Page 6)

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