My recent Q & A with former Griz defensive lineman Kroy Biermann -- currently prepping for his first-ever NFL playoff game with the Atlanta Falcons tomorrow -- got us thinking: Who are the best players from the FCS in the NFL right now?
The Bobcats and Grizzlies have each moved players on to the NFL. Some notables making headway include Biermann, Tuff Harris and Dan Carpenter from UM, and Joey Thomas and Ken Amato from MSU.
But the Cats and Griz lack a current NFLer that ranks among the best players in the league.
So which ones do? Here is our Top 10 (with some honorable mentions, lest we forget their NFL contributions)...
1. Brian Westbrook, RB, Eagles (Villanova '02) 2. Kurt Warner, QB, Cardinals (Northern Iowa '94) 3. Terrell Owens, WR, Cowboys (Tennessee-Chattanooga '96) 4. Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants (Southern Illinois '05) 5. Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys (Eastern Illinois '03) 6. Rashean Mathis, CB, Jaguars (Bethune-Cookman '03) 7. Jared Allen, DE, Vikings (Idaho State '04) 8. Marques Colston, WR, Saints (Hofstra '06) 9. Robert Mathis, DE, Colts (Alabama A&M '03) 10. Donald Driver, WR, Packers (Alcorn State '99)
Honorable mention: Antoine Bethea, S, Colts (Howard '06); Matt Birk, C, Vikings (Harvard '98); Rob Bironas, K, Titans (Georgia Southern '01); Dan Carpenter, K, Dolphins (Montana '07); Cortland Finnegan, CB, Titans (Samford '07); Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens (Delaware '08); Chris Gocong, LB, Eagles (Cal Poly '06); Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals (Richmond '08); Tarvaris Jackson, QB, Vikings (Alabama State '06); Akeem Jordan, LB, Eagles (James Madison '07); Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Cardinals (Tennessee State '08); Michael Roos, T, Titans (Eastern Washington '05); Bart Scott, LB, Ravens (Southern Illinois '02); Darren Sharper, S, Vikings (William and Mary '97); Tyler Thigpen, QB, Chiefs (Coastal Carolina '07)...
(NOTE: Randy Moss, Chad Pennington, Jake Delhomme, Vincent Jackson, Adam Vinatieri, etc., are excluded because they were not FCS players in their final college season.)