For years, it has become common in college football for a quarterback to lead his school to double-digit win seasons, a BCS bowl victory, and gaudy statistics—only to either be completely ignored by NFL teams come draft time, or to be selected late and eventually spend a career stylishly holding a clipboard.
So how does that thought process translate to some of the best draft-eligible college quarterbacks today?
In particular, let’s say the top 25 draft-eligible quarterbacks according to Phil Steele—who, if you haven’t read him, is the best in the business when it comes to preseason college football rankings and projections.
Will each of these players be remembered for their time as an NFL quarterback, or instead, as just “Big Man on Campus?”
Certainly, with examples like Ryan Leaf at the top of an NFL Draft or Tom Brady near the bottom of one—it can be an inexact science predicting QB success—but let’s give it a shot anyway: