The NFL draft can have players that are evaluated on their highlights more than their actual ability. This leads to teams selecting these players in the first round or into spots where they are destined to fail.
Here are three players who will have teams fooled by their highlight tape, which will force them to get taken before they should be.
Baylor Wide Receiver Kendall Wright
Wright was the favorite target of quarterback Robert Griffin III.
However, playing in an offense that allowed Wright to go wherever he wanted to on the field let Wright have a lot of highlights that make him stand out to experts.
Wright will attract the attention of an NFL team to draft the talented receiver in the first round.
Wright has a lot of talent and will be a productive receiver while he is in the NFL. However, being a first-round draft pick means that you should be a game-breaker from day one.
Kendall’s senior year saw him flourish because of Griffin III and their explosive offense. He had his best stats while at Baylor, seeing a huge spike in production from his junior to senior year.
His junior year saw Wright catch 78 passes for 952 yards and seven touchdowns. Wright’s senior year had him catch 108 passes for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns.
That senior year was Kendall’s only year in which he caught more than 80 passes, gained over 1,000 yards and scored more than 10 times.
Miami (FL) Running Back Lamar Miller
Miller’s announcement that he was going to head to the NFL was a year too early. He did have decent stats for the Hurricanes in his final year of 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 5.6 yards per carry.
However, in Miller’s two full years at Miami, he has never had more than 10 touchdowns and never had more than 1,300 rushing yards.
In the video, you can see that a lot of his runs are made by his huge burst of speed. What you don’t see is Miller breaking a lot of runs after he makes contact with defenders.
The speed will have a lot of experts thinking he can be the next great breakaway running back. However, players in the NFL are a lot faster than those in college, which will make Miller fall back into the rest of pack instead of making him a standout.
Alabama Running Back Trent Richardson
Richardson has a number of great highlights from his time with the Crimson Tide. His signature run this year was when he threw off Auburn defenders on a 57-yard run in the Iron Bowl.
However, from all of the great videos and runs, it makes draft experts proclaim that a team like Cleveland should ignore filling a hole they need like a quarterback or offensive line to select Richardson.
Trent may be a victim of where he is drafted at. He has a world of talent, but if he doesn’t have an offensive line to run behind—like if he is drafted at No. 4 to Cleveland—then he will have no chance to succeed.
Cleveland may be wooed by his signature runs and may have thoughts that he will be their best running back since Earnest Byner.
However, because of an offensive line that helped Cleveland to the 28th rushing offense in the league, Richardson will fail.
These three players should have productive careers in the NFL. However, these highlights will have experts gushing all over them, which will force GMs into drafting them well before they should be, or into spots that they will fail in.