5 College Football Players Who Will Get Better in the NFL

Ian BergCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2013

5 College Football Players Who Will Get Better in the NFL

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    Football development happens at different times for different players. Some guys hit their peak in high school, others in college. There are a select few that get even better once they reach the NFL, and these five players will be the next in line to become surprising NFL stars.

    There will be a few players that will face position changes and others that simply rejuvenate their careers with the development that comes at the professional level.

    Many of these players will fall to the later rounds in the draft, making their success a steal for their future franchises. Here is a look at the top college players that will get better once they reach the NFL. 

Denard Robinson: Receiver

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    Denard Robinson made his waves as the starting quarterback for Michigan for some time, but after an injury and underachieving senior season, Robinson returned to the lineup as a receiver and halfback for the Wolverines.

    He played very well in his new role and showed that he could develop into a star in the NFL at one of the two skill positions.

    Look for Robinson to become a star at the slot receiver position at the next level. Guys like Antwaan Randle El have already shown that the transition can be made successfully. Robinson has too much talent to not have it developed at the next level as a skill player. 

Knile Davis: Running Back

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    Knile Davis was on his way to becoming the next in line of top NFL prospects to run the football for Arkansas. Instead he fell to an injury and was never able to recover before he decided to depart the program in hopes of an NFL contract this April.

    When he returned to the field this fall for Arkansas he was not the same. The Razorbacks had gone through a rough transition with the loss of head coach Bobby Petrino, but the offensive scheme never changed. Why Davis had issues is anyone’s guess.

    He proved before his injury that he could carry a major load at running back. He was considered to be one of the best in the country heading into the 2011 season. Davis can reach that status again in the NFL with hard work and dedication. It was as if he checked out already in Fayetteville.

    Davis should return to star level in short order once in the league. 

Walter Stewart: Linebacker

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    Walter Stewart will be a transition player when he enters the pros. He played along the defensive line for Cincinnati, but his size will put him into the linebacker role once he hits the NFL.

    Stewart was a moderately successful player for the Bearcats that was able to hold his own against top level competition, and dominate players throughout the Big East.

    As he enters the pros the transition to linebacker will be a long term benefit that will make Stewart a much more productive player at the professional level. 

Michael Williams: Tight End

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    Michael Williams has been a consistent player for the Tide at tight end, but he has never had a breakout season for Alabama just yet.

    Williams was an afterthought in the Alabama offense over the past few years, but his ability to make plays in the passing game was overshadowed by his run blocking. There weren’t many opportunities for Williams to take advantage of.

    The tight end has become a major part of the passing games that have developed in the past few years at the NFL level. Look for Williams to make a much larger impact in the NFL than he ever did at Alabama. 

Tyler Wilson: Quarterback

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    Tyler Wilson lost his head coach and a lot of rhythm heading into the 2012 season. Losing Bobby Petrino affected the offense and the way that the Razorbacks players approached the game.

    Wilson went from expected first-round draft pick to a questionable early round player. He had a rough time last fall, and even sat out a few games with a head injury.

    Moving on to the NFL is something that Wilson will openly welcome. He has the skills to attack defenses from day one, but Wilson will likely sit on a roster for the next few seasons. When he does get his shot he will be a surprise for his franchise and fanbase.

    Wilson is one of the best signal-callers in this year’s draft.