Each NFL draft features uniquely talented players who are eager to take that next step in their football careers. Yet no matter how good a college prospect may be, there’s no telling exactly how he will transition to the NFL.
For some, the transition is expected to be smooth and seamless. Analysts dissect them tirelessly only to reveal, “Hey, this guy’s ready to play at the next level.”
But for others, the outlook isn’t so promising. A player may be too big or too small, too slow or too one-dimensional.
He may have injury concerns, or he may have murmured a curse word in grade school.
Whatever the case, some prospects naturally face more adversity than others heading up to the draft and leading into their NFL careers.
This article features 10 underrated prospects and discusses why each of them will succeed against all odds at the next level.