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Under the radar small school NFL Draft prospects

Kyle Van Noy: BYU junior outside linebacker dominated the Poinsettia Bowl with 8 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one interception, a fumble recovery and two defensive touchdowns. With that performance, he finished the year with 22 TFL, 13 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and the two defensive TDs. Is only a junior, but those closest to him think he could declare for the 2013 Draft.

Travis Johnson: San Jose State senior defensive end who will most likely have to make the transition to outside linebacker in the NFL due to his lack of size. Classic overachiever coming out of high school who only had the one FBS offer from SJSU. Had the defensive play of the game in the Military Bowl against Bowling Green with a sack/forced fumble to set San Jose State up for the put away touchdown. The 2012 WAC Defensive Player of the Year going into the bowl game recorded 19 TFL and 12 sacks. In his sophomore year, he recorded 9.5 TFL and 7.5 sacks. In his junior year, he had 15.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks.

David Fales: San Jose State junior QB who seems may or may not be a part of the 2013 NFL Draft, but I have to mention his name because he is on a very fast rise. Transferred from Nevada to Moterey Peninsula College where last year he threw for 4635 yards and 37 TDs. He then moved on to San Jose State where his success continued. Through San Jose State's first 12 games of 2012, he passed for 3798 yards to go along with 31 TD passes and just 9 interceptions. Has good enough arm strength, solid size at 6'3", 220 pounds and is crazy accurate. Finished off this season in the Military Bowl going 33 for 43 on 395 yards passing, 2 TD passes and no interceptions.

Emeka Onyenekwu: Louisiana-Lafayette senior defensive end who looks like a tweener DE/OLB NFL type. He has started to gain a little bit of attention of late. The first-team All Sun Belt member finished his last college with 12.5 TFL and 6.5 sacks. Most of his production came later on in the season when he became a starter. Really stood out in UL-Lafayette's game on November 20th against Florida where he recorded 2.5 sacks.

Kerwynn Williams: Utah State senior running back who I don't think projects to be a Steeler since he seems very similar to Chris Rainey size wise, but the 5'8" 190 pound back patiently waited his turn behind the likes of Robert Turbin and Michael Smith and put up some nice numbers. He ran 218 times for 1512 yards and 15 TDs and added in 45 receptions for 697 yards and 5 TDs. He would be a very nice complimentary back to a power runner and could be utilized as a kick returner as well. Projects as a mid-to-late round pick right now.

Dan Molls: Toledo senior inside linebacker who has been a tackles machine during his college career. He led the nation in tackles with 166 and was second in the nation in tackles as a sophomore with 143. Molls may not have the most ideal size at 6'1" 230 pounds nor ideal speed, but his production simply cannot be ignored. He doesn't project to be a very high round pick, but someone will undoubtedly roll the dice on this kid as his production and high intangibles certainly warrant him being given a chance.

Jonathan Newsome: Ball State senior outside linebacker transferred from Ohio State and had a solid though not spectacular season for the Cardinals. The second-team All MAC selection recorded 12.5 TFL and 8.5 sacks this season in just 10 games. He was suspended the first two games of Ball State's season due to being arrested on a charge of possessing marijuana. Seems like there's some talent here given that he put up some solid numbers and was originally committed to Ohio State, but a few character issues definitely linger with this kid. He'll have to perform and interview well. And even then, that may not be enough. May have to try latching on as an undrafted free agent.

Latavius Murray: Central Florida senior running back has battled some serious injuries throughout the course of his career, including missing three games in 2012. In spite of missing three games though, he was still able to tally 1106 yards and 15 TD runs on 198 carries. He's a very big back at 6'3" 222 pounds who has pretty good speed for a guy his size. Nice sleeper prospect who could be one of the better late round finds.

Brent Leonard: Louisiana-Monroe senior wide receiver with decent height at 6'2", his final year in college was an excellent one. He caught 97 balls for 1042 yards and 10 TDs. He could still add to that total with the bowl game against Ohio upcoming. Here is a guy not getting a lot of attention, but seems like a classic possession receiver who if given a legit chance could become a Kevin Walter type of player.

Dexter McCoil: Tulsa senior free safety with nice size at 6'4" 222 pounds. He's also a good athlete who is solid against both the run and the pass. With 17 career interceptions, he ranks as Tulsa's all-time leader in that category. The question marks against him are lack of strength/power in spite of his good measurables and he's also been known to be a gambler on pass plays. The 17 career picks are great, but after making an INT, he can also give up a long touchdown pass the very next play. The obvious need for coaching is there, but so is the potential.

Brandon Williams: Okay, he's far less under the radar than anyone on this list other than perhaps Kyle Van Noy, but if you don't know this name, you should. This is a great talent from Division II Missouri Southern with terrific NFL potential. At 6'3" 325 pounds, he's got the size and strength needed to play the nose tackle spot. He finished his senior season with 68 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks. 8 QB hurries, 5 forced fumbles, two pass breakups and a forced fumble. With 27 career sacks, he is Missouri Southern's all-time record holder in that department. This guy excels at both getting after the QB and stopping the run. Right now he projects as perhaps a 3rd or 4th round pick, but if he excels in workouts ala Dontari Poe, he could really shoot up draft boards.

Da'Rick Rogers: College football fans are very likely to know this name. Rogers is the former all-SEC WR from Tennessee who got booted out of Knoxville after multiple substance-abuse policy violations. Because of that, he took his act to Tennessee Tech. After spending his junior season there, he decided it was time to declare for the NFL Draft. This guy brings a terrific combination of size, speed and toughness. At Tennessee in his sophomore year, he caught 67 balls for 1040 yards and 9 TDs. Then at Tennessee Tech, he caught 61 balls for 893 yards and 10 TDs. If a team believes in him to stay out of trouble, he could be taken in the 1st round because he has that type of talent. If that belief isn't there, he could fall. A lot will depend on interviews.

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