One of those prospects is Eastern Washington Eagles quarterback Kyle Padron, who is looking to make the jump from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision to the NFL. Padron graduated from Texas football powerhouse Carroll Senior High School (aka Southlake Carroll) in 2009. He then headed to SMU, where he started 21 games over three seasons, racking up a 12-9 record, and led SMU to their first bowl game, and win, since the NCAA "Death Penalty." Padron was named the MVP of the 2009 Hawaii Bowl, as well as named to the "Hawaii Bowl's Tenth Anniversary Team" in 2011.
Following the 2011 season, Padron was granted his release from SMU and transferred to Eastern Washington. In an interesting parallel, Padron would be following former SMU quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell to the red turf of Eastern Washington. Padron also replaced Mitchell at SMU.
In a time share offense with redshirt freshman Vernon Adams, Padron started five games, and appeared in six others. He threw for 2,491 yards with 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions last year, leading the Eagles to a semifinal appearance in the FCS Playoffs.
In the quarterfinal game against Illinois State December 8, 2012, Padron threw for 358 yards and six touchdowns.