MAC Producing Under-The-Radar Draft Gems
By Bill Lund
The MAC is known as a conference where coaches are always coming and going. Starting with the all-time greats like Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler to the modern day coaches such as Urban Meyer and Gary Pinkel, a lot of prominent coaches have had great success after stints in the MAC. More recently, coaches such as Brian Kelly, Butch Jones, Jerry Kill, Dave Doeren and Darrell Hazell have used their MAC success to springboard into BCS jobs.
The quality of coaching has produced quality players, who have become NFL stars. Ben Roethlisberger, Randy Moss, Jason Taylor all enjoyed all-pro careers, to name a few. This past year, Central Michigan produced the first overall pick in the draft in left tackle Eric Fisher.
The MAC will always be in a state of flux when it comes to coaches, but it has and will continue to produce hidden gems of NFL-caliber players. The current crop of MAC prospects with draft potential boasts several players who could be picked in the first three rounds, as well as quality players to fill out NFL rosters. Here is a look at 10 of the potential draft prospects for 2014.