2024 NFL small-college mock draft: What Round 1 might look like if teams could only select non-FBS players

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Right now, you are probably tired of hearing about the same nine players in the 2024 NFL Draft, and you’re probably up to your wits end with mock drafts.

Well, I have good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that this is another mock draft. The good news is that it’s not like any other of the million mock drafts you’ve read already. 

In this mock draft, I solely focus on small-college prospects and place them with teams. And when I say small school, I’m talking about prospects from the FCS, D2, D3, NAIA and USports Canadian college levels. These are the types of players who end up going on Day 3 of the NFL Draft or undrafted and end up making an impact during minicamp, training camp and preseason games. 

I know, and completely understand, that the draft is bigger than the first round. Another thing I’ve always understood is that there is more talent outside of the FBS than people realize. 

So, here are some of the players hailing from lesser-known programs that you should definitely get familiar with, as I’ve watched the film and compiled scouting reports on all of these players and more like them here: www.footballgameplan.com/2024DraftGuide. These will be the types to become household names during the summer.

1. Bears: Parker McKinney, QB, Eastern Kentucky

McKinney (6-foot-2, 208 pounds) is a very good distributor of the football. It doesn’t matter who it is — the open guy will get the rock. And with the new pieces GM Ryan Poles added in Chicago, expect the ball to get to a lot more playmakers than the previous QB had to work with.

2. Commanders: Cade Peterson, QB, Grand Valley State

Peterson (6-foot-3, 223 pounds) is one tough hombre who plays the position with a linebacker’s mentality. He’s got the athleticism to play well in today’s game, as evidenced by his 21 rushing touchdowns with the Lakers. He’s going to always keep his eyes downfield and give his guys a chance…

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Author : Emory Hunt

Publish date : 2024-04-01 18:15:01

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