Since June, we here at In The Bleachers have been counting down our picks for the best Non-BCS conference players in the country, checking in with all five non-Automatic qualifiers plus the Naval Academy on our journey. Now that we enter the start of preseason camps and find ourselves just over a month away from actually, by-God not CFL football, we want to here from you! Think I've missed the mark with the countdown? Want to know why your teams best player isn't getting the love he deserves? Drop us a line, and be sure to check back this week for our ACC Preview Podcast with Washington Times columnist Patrick Stevens!
#14: DE Brandon Lang, Troy
The Verdict: Perhaps a little low (or is that high?) on the countdown, Lang could end up being one of the hottest rising NFL draft prospects come November if he can duplicate last year's record setting performance. A downhill pass rusher who plays with tremendous technique and leverage, Lang was recently named a First Team All-Sun Belt selection at the conference's preseason media day. The accolade is just one of many for the 6-foot-4, 256-pound Lang, who could project as an outside linebacker in the right scheme in the NFL. While he benefited from a terrific supporting cast around him in 2008, Lang was nevertheless a terror for opposing quarterbacks in 2008, finishing the year with 10.5 sacks, 28 quarterback hurries, and 17.5 tackles for a loss. A former tight end at Hargrave Military Academy, Lang makes Troy's defense the most feared in the Sun Belt, and looks poised to join a star-studded group of former Troy players in the NFL.