Teams like Ohio State, Florida, and Alabama will always produce talented players that will get so much exposure with the national television audiences they have every week.
Scouts, analysts, general managers, and amateur bloggers alike will know the big names by heart and be able to pull up multiple game films on each player.
But what we don't see are the area scouts out combing the remote college football outposts and all the directional schools around the country.
Here is where many a roster is built and a lot of good talent can be found that has fallen through the college football recruiting cracks for whatever reason.
Some of the best players in the NFL today have come from non FBS schools. Players like the Minnesota Vikings' Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen, an alumnus of Idaho State.
How about one of the highest-paid guards in the NFL in New Orleans' Jahri Evans, who went to school at mighty Bloomsburg State (PA).
No matter which roster you look at you will find players who had to take the small school route, the road less traveled if you will.
Here are five small school standouts who will no doubt hear their names called early in this draft process come April.