A handful of D2 football players will get a shot with NFL teams, and a couple have a shot at hearing their names called in the 2018 NFL Draft. Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein recently completed grading hundreds of prospects ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft, which included 11 former D2 players.
By Zierlein's grades, three D2 prospects have a shot to become an NFL starter, and several more should get their opportunity to prove themselves in NFL training camps.
Here's how Zierlein graded D2 prospects ahead of the draft. Draft grades are explained below the chart.
ZIERLEIN'S GRADING SYSTEM
9.00-10: Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99: Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99: Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49: Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99: Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49: Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99: Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49: NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19: Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00: 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99: Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74: Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE: Likely needs time in developmental league