What makes a player "ready" for the NFL?
This is something that scouts try to figure out when evaluating college talent, especially when looking at players outside of the senior class.
To use a draft choice on a player who might need more time to develop, whether it be physically or in terms of maturity, is the ultimate gamble that could result in a pink slip for those involved in the selection process.
But every year, there are a good number of college football stars who—for many reasons—just look like they're ready to be pros. Factors include their size in relation to the average NFL player at their projected position, their ability to make big plays in clutch situations and their presence of mind on the field.
In other words, they look like a professional football player right now, but they just happen to still be in a college uniform and play on Saturdays instead of Sundays.
For those who meet this criteria, the hype starts long before draft day. As a result, these players are prominently featured at or near the top of the majority of 2015 mock drafts that have already popped up.
We've assembled an entire team of such ready-to-go players ahead of the 2014 season, which presumably will be their last year to hone their crafts as amateurs before getting paid big bucks to perform in the pros.
Think some—or all—of them aren't ready? Let us know in the comments section.