On Monday, the 2012 Heisman Trophy Finalists will be announced. Expected among the group are Kansas State QB Collin Klein, Texas A&M Freshman QB Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o. After those three, it's pretty much anyone's guess as to who else could be invited to New York for Saturday night's awards ceremony.
Just being a finalist for college football's most prestigious award is a tremendous accomplishment for a collegian. But, college success and being invited to New York to take part in the presentation does not guarantee NFL success. Many players have been finalists for the award and had little to no NFL success.
The New Orleans Saints have had 16 players who were finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Five of them won the award. Not all of them have had great success for the Saints, or in the NFL in general.
In fact, the group has had varying levels of success. Here are the rankings of each player based on their performance in the NFL, with weighted significance and value given to the player's accomplishments as a member of the Saints.
College statistics courtesy of sports-reference.com.
NFL statistics courtesy of pro-football-reference.com.