It’s a broad designation, but there’s plenty of talented NFL prospects outside of the NCAA’s power conferences. Our 49ers.com “49 in 49” series continues with the top talent removed from the SEC, Big-12, Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC. We’re calling it, “Best of the Rest.”
Every year impact players are drafted outside of the nation’s top football conferences and they end up carving out highly successful careers in professional football. The 2013 NFL Draft figures to be no different.
The San Francisco 49ers are no stranger to searching through smaller schools with the hopes of finding top prospects. Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State comes to mind as the best example in team history. With 13 draft selections in 2013, 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke will have plenty of chances to select a player that stood out on scouting tape more so than nationally televised football games.
This year’s draft class features many intriguing prospects outside of the common football schools. Notre Dame’s 12-1 season stands as the prime example of a team playing its way into the national landscape. Sure, the Fighting Irish are known for its proud football history. However, the team won its first 12 games of the season to regain national attention before losing in a one-sided BCS title game to Alabama.
The Irish boast several draftable players in this year’s bunch and the same can be said for other non-BCS schools. Notre Dame finished No. 4 in the nation and was joined in the BCS Bowl series by Northern Illinois Huskies (No. 22) who made it to the Orange Bowl, losing 31-10 to Florida State.
Which powerhouse players from non-powerhouse schools would you like the 49ers to draft in 2013?
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