Under-the-radar prospects ready for breakout season

Updated: September 2, 2008, 8:12 PM ET
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders.com

The word "prospect" means something different in football compared with baseball. Unlike Major League Baseball, the NFL doesn't have a minor league system to give players time to develop their skills at a lower level.

So they play college football -- some at large, BCS schools and others at small, lesser-known colleges -- showing up in hopes of catching the eye of a professional scout.

There are hundreds of Web sites devoted to these players: sites for mock NFL drafts, ...

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