By Bethany Robison @BethanyRobison on April 11, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts don't have a first-round draft pick this year (unless you count Trent Richardson). But with their history of developing talent from late-round and undrafted players, it may not matter. Here are 15 current Colts from smaller, little known colleges.
Baxter and Harnish both played for the NIU Huskies in the Mid-American Conference at about the same time. Harnish was the first QB in NIU history to lead his school to four straight bowl games.
Located in St. Peter, Minn., Gustavus Adolphus is a Division III school in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) with about 2,500 students.
Located in Belton, Tex., the Crusaders (“The Cru”) play in the Division III American Southwest Conference. The school of about 2,700 students dates back to when Texas was an independent republic.
The FIU Panthers just started their football program in 2002. Hilton chose FIU over the West Virginia Mountaineers by placing two hats in front of his infant son and letting him decide.
The UT Martin Skyhawks play in the Ohio Valley Conference as part of NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision).
Located in Boone, N.C., the Mountaineers are in the Southern Conference, part of NCAA Division I (FCS). Lynch was part of the team that beat the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor in 2007, one of the biggest upsets in NCAA football history.
The Bulldogs are part of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Mathis set an NCAA I-AA record for sacks his senior season.
Located in Nova Scotia, Canada, the X-Men are part of the Atlantic University Sport Conference. Graduates are given rings on St. Francis Xavier Day (Dec 3); after Super Bowl and Papal rings, the X-ring is supposed to be the third most recognizable ring in the world.
The Vikings from WWU in Bellingham, Wash. once played in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (NCAA DII). WWU discontinued its football program in 2009, two years after Overton left, due to budget constraints.
Located in Ashland, Ohio, the Eagles are part of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA Division II). Pendleton served as Ashland's team captain.
The Eagles are part of the Ohio Valley Conference, NCAA Division I (FCS). Rogers broke school records for most catches (18) and yards (303) in a single game against Southeast Missouri State.
The Thunder of Wheaton come from Wheaton, Ill., outside of Chicago. They played in the Division III National Championships four times in the last ten years.
This historically black college located in Lawrenceville, Va. discontinued its sports program in 2011 and closed in June of 2013 due to financial difficulties. The Tigers were an NCAA Division II team.
The Jackrabbits play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference now, but they were with the North Central Conference (NCAA Division II) when Vinatieri was there. He was originally going to attend West Point but returned home to South Dakota after two weeks.
The Blue Raiders (represented by a winged horse named Lightning) call Murfreesboro, Tenn.home. They’re part of Conference USA now, but when Walden was there, he played as part of the Sun Belt.
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