Do Stats Mean Anything?

Max GrossCorrespondent INovember 28, 2009

Have stats lost meaning? Who decided that college statistics are not a good way to judge a players draft stock? #1 overall picks such as Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell  received the title of best overall talent in the 2007 draft when he threw for only 3,000 yards and 28 TD's. But Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb threw for close to 4,000 yards and 30 TD's but dropped to the 2nd round.

Maybe size matters. Kolb is 6-3 218 and Russell is 6-6 260. Drew Brees is one of the best QB's in the NFL at 6 foot nothing. Don't try to tell me 6-3 Graham Harrell would'nt succeed in the Saints offense.

This is just quarterbacks were talking about. What about running backs? Chargers RB Darren Sproles is only 5-6 and isn't having trouble in the NFL. Now Sproles had average stats at Kansas State, but nothing compared to NCAA all-time leading rusher Nate Kmic.

I took a look a certain web site that had draft prospect rankings, it said at best Kmic would be an undrafted free agent. Also not once did the site mention that Kmic has more rushing yards than any other back in NCAA history. He has more yards than Barry Sanders, Reggie Bush, Gale Sayers, Doak Walker and LaDanian Tomlinson.

Kmic played for the division III Mount Union Purple Raiders or the most dominant team in division III history. Mt. Union is the first ten time champion in division III and Kmic was the centerpiece of many of the championship teams.

Kmic went undrafted and unsigned in the 2009 NFL draft. When backs like Knowshon Moreno and Donald Brown were 1st round selections with mediocre stats, Kmic was left with nothing.

This is a familiar pattern with all-time NCAA statistical leaders such as passing yards leader Timmy Chang who is currently in jail or passing TD's leader Graham Harrell who is in the CFL. These players dominate the college ranks but don't even get the respect of an NFL contract.

Kmic is different he is 5-9 180 lbs. and he played for a D3 school, but why was he not drafted or signed. A corner back from Wheaton the school that Kmic broke the record against was signed by the Jaguars and J'Nathan Bullock was signed by the jets and he didn't even play football

D3 players get drafted every year, even players with below average stats. But when the all-time leader in rushing yards comes along the NFL wants nothing to do with him.

College players should be judged on game performance not on combine performance. Would you rather have a RB who ran for more yards than anyone else in NCAA history or someone with a 56 inch vertical leap?