Just because you didn’t play in a power conference doesn’t mean you can’t have major success in college football. All you need is one look at a picture of TCU’s Rose Bowl victory for proof.
The Horned Frogs lead a group of talented teams outside of the NCAA’s top conferences that deserve further attention. We’ll examine the key players from those teams this week with our “Best of the Rest Week” coverage on 49ers.com.
To recap our pre-draft coverage so far, we’ve broken down key prospects from the major conferences and aired their press conferences from the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine. The goal was to give you insight on the names and faces that will be selected in upcoming 2011 NFL Draft.
And now we’ll turn our attention to the top remaining prospects in the nation who didn’t play in the power conferences. It’s not just the SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Big-12 and Pac-10 that have all the premium talent. There’s plenty to offer from conferences like the Big East, WAC and Mountain West as examples.
The conference mentioned last produced this year’s Rose Bowl champions, a 13-0 TCU Horned Frogs team led by quarterback Andy Dalton. And like Dalton, one of the most talked about players from a non-power conference is another quarterback, Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick of the WAC.
We’ll examine Kaepernick in our first Draft Spotlight of the week and will follow up on Dalton in the coming days.
But for now, which players from the less prominent conferences would you like to see in a 49ers uniform next season? Put on your scouting hats and tell us your sleeper prospects!
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