College Football's All-Disappointment Team Has the NFL Worried
Growing up, the last thing you wanted to hear is that someone is disappointed in you. College Football’s All-Disappointment Team has fans saddened, coaches let down, and NFL scouts dissatisfied.
In order to make the team, you must be draft eligible, only those with deserved expectations can deliver an upsetting performance worth pointing out on this list. On the team you will see a mix of injuries, suspensions, and poor play.
I wish all of these players well and hope they can have success in the NFL, but ultimately 2009 was a step in the wrong direction.
QB: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma — This season Bradford did nothing to show NFL scouts that he can throw under pressure or take a hit. It may be years before we see him in a competitive (non-exhibition) situation again.
QB: Jevan Snead, Mississippi — After leading Ole' Miss back into relevance, maybe Snead was given too much credit and his former teammates (who are now in the NFL) weren't getting enough of it. Not only is Snead only completing 52.9 percent of his passes, he doesn't show fiery leadership skills in the huddle.
RB: LaGarrette Blount, Oregon — The ability to react without thinking that makes Blount a devastating rusher on the field and is the same ability that brought a whole new meaning to the term "getting Blounted." His talent warrants a tryout from an NFL team, but many will wonder if he will have another type of warrant in his future.
RB: Charles Scott, LSU — Coming off a year where Scott scored 18 TDs, there were big expectations for his senior season in the bayou. He is posting a career low 4.7 YPC and has only scored in two of his nine games this season, with one triple-digit rushing performance. This lackluster season may have NFL teams slating him as a talented fullback.
WR: Dez Bryant, Oklahoma St. — In the wake of a nine catch, 161 yard, two TD performance against Rice, Bryant was suspended for his relationship with Deion Sanders. After declaring he will enter for the NFL Draft, Bryant says he will be completely honest with NFL teams about anything they want to know, but this doesn’t lessen the blow for OSU fans any.
WR: Mike Williams, Syracuse — After an academic suspension in 2008, 'Cuse fans were happy to have Williams back and he was leading the Big East in receiving before he decided to pack his bags and quit the team. Williams looks like he can become a polished pro receiver, but the past few years bring up serious questions about his dedication to the game.
TE: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma — Even if Bradford was healthy he still wouldn't have his top target Gresham, who is out for the season with knee surgery. With size and soft hands, NFL teams are still very interested, but instead of being a first-round lock, he will most likely be drafted in the second round.
OL: Ciron Black, LSU — Lazy is the first word that comes to mind when watching Black play. Even in a marquee game against Bama, he was standing straight up out of his stance and his cut blocks are sad. When motivated, Black can move people in the run game, his experience will earn him a draft pick, but he may be best suited as a guard in the NFL.
OL: Kristofer O'Dowd, USC — With all of the focus on freshman QB Matt Barkley, many failed to acknowledge that the pre-season All-American center O'Dowd dislocated his knee cap in camp. Although he has been able to play most games this season, he has not been playing at his previous level and was replaced against Oregon St. Most expect O'Dowd to return for his senior season.
OL: Kenny Alfred, Washington State — Being the best player on one of the worst teams in college football has to be rough. Leading a position group that has blocked for a 2.4 YPC and four rushing touchdowns, is downright demoralizing. Better luck in the NFL, it can't get much worse for the pre-season All Pac-10 guard.
OL: Brandon Carter, Texas Tech — After violating team rules, Carter was suspended and stripped of his captain status taking his bad boy image in the wrong direction. NFL scouts love his 6'6", 345-pound frame, but his lack of run blocking experience and Tech's extra wide splits have teams thinking there may be more gimmick here than just some face paint.
OL: Duke — The Blue Devils offensive line narrowly edges out Washington St. as the worst in the country. Their 2.14 YPC is by far the worst in the nation and to pile on, they’ve given up 27 sacks on the year. WSU has given up 20 more sacks than that, but I already called out their “star” performer.
DE: George Selvie, South Florida — For the second straight season, Selvie hasn't come close to replicating his 14-sack sophomore performance. Playing opposite of Jason Pierre-Paul, you would expect Selvie to thrive as he sees slightly less attention, but he has only recorded three sacks on the year. The year hasn't been a loss, but Selvie hasn't shown he's a first rounder in this competitive pass rusher draft.
DE: Corey Wootton, Northwestern — Wildcat fans had high hopes for the monstrous (6'7", 280) Wootton, who finished with 10 sacks last season. Through 11 games, he has only recorded three sacks and doesn't have an interception (unlike each of the past three seasons). On the positive, all of his sacks have been in the past four games.
DT: Shaunte "Boo" Robinson, Wake Forest — Coming off a year where he was a part of seven sacks, Robinson was looking to establish himself as one of the more active 4-3 tackle/3-4 end types. He leads a Wake Forest D giving up 173 rushing yards per game and even worse, Robinson only has one sack and four tackles for loss.
DT: Arthur Jones, Syracuse — After fighting back from offseason pectoral surgery, Jones was looking to play a successful and healthy senior season. The leader of the 10th-ranked Orangemen rush defense, had eight tackles for loss before incurring a season-ending knee injury. Jones expects to be back in time for the Senior Bowl, but all of these injuries will have scouts worried and he may fall out of the first round.
LB: Mark Herzlich, Boston College — For the record I am not disappointed in Herzlich. The perennial first-round pick was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer and is out for the entire year. As of late September, he was announced cancer-free and will return to the team in 2010. He is a truly remarkable story.
LB: Martez Wilson, Illinois — No position on defense is more physically taxing than linebacker, just ask Illini-stud LB Martez Wilson who herniated a disc in his neck in the team's opener against Missouri. Hopefully the preseason All-American can regain that form and return to the field safely.
LB: Dekoda Watson, Florida St. — No player was more impressive to start the season than Watson, recording 4.5 sacks in the Seminoles first two games and since then, the closest he has got to the QB is two pressures. Making things worse, Watson is on a defense giving up 193 rushing yards per game and he has been hampered by a elbow injury that has been with him for more than a year. NFL teams could use him as a blitzing backer, but he doesn't look like the next great FSU product.
CB: Cornelius Brown, UTEP — The preseason All-Conference USA corner leads the 104th-best pass defense of 120 teams. Brown has been able to break up seven passes this year, but has failed to intercept any after snagging seven in the past two seasons.
CB: Traye Simmons, Minnesota — Nothing is more demoralizing for a corner than being benched after having a TD scored on you and that is the exact string of events that happened to Simmions in the Northwestern game. His four interceptions and 14 pass breakups in 2008 were a pleasant surprise to the Golden Gophers, but that production has not been matched so far in 2009.
FS: Taylor Mays, USC — It's safe to say that the bar has been set very high for Mays, and quite frankly he's not hurdling over it like his physical tools suggest he can. The 2009 version of USC's D is much worse than previous years, so it's no surprise Mays has posted career tackle numbers, but he only has one interception and one pass breakup on the year and hasn't recorded a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. It will be hard for Mays to slip out of the top 10, but he's doing everything he can to make that happen.
SS: Jordan Lake, Baylor — After a stellar year where Lake recorded three interceptions, two forced fumbles, seven passes defensed, and 97 total tackles (66 solo), there were high expectations for his senior year. Lake is not on pace to hit any of those marks again and has only broken up one pass without any interceptions. Lake was really counting on a stat-filled year to solidify himself as a mid-to-late-round pick, now that status is in jeopardy.
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