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One of the more intriguing, small-school players taken so far is St. Paul's (Va.) CB Greg Toler, who was taken late in Round Four by the Cardinals.
Toler, if he makes it, will have taken the long road to success. After high school, Toler lacked the grades to get a Division-I scholarship and spent a few months stocking shelves at the local J.C. Penney. Craving a football fix, Toler joined a semi-pro team filled with over-the-hill former small-school players and figured out he was way above their level. He then heard about St. Paul's starting up a football program and enrolled.
I talked with the SID at St. Paul's this offseason, and he raved about Toler, who was -- by miles -- the best player in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and maybe the best the conference ever has produced. Toler was two interceptions short of the all-time Division II mark of 19.
When Toler ran well in the 40 and had interceptions at both the East Coast and Cactus Bowls, he opened up a lot of eyes. Scouts projected him to go between the third and fifth rounds, so the Cardinals appear to have a nice player to add to their CB mix.
What's great is Toler's confidence, which is high, but he also is considered a humble kid with a lot of desire. Very, very interesting pick -- and a better story.