The NFL has a long history of debunking the merits of college stardom. The leagues have deviated to such an extent through the years that the skill sets don’t always translate.
Perhaps there’s no better example of it then this: Of the past 10 Heisman Trophy winners (not counting Ingram and Newton, who admittedly could reverse that trend), only three have had any kind of a substantial impact in the NFL.
They’re just playing different games.
What worked in college might not work in the NFL and what weaknesses were covered will likely be exposed—and it’s the job of an NFL scout to project that. Sometimes these scouts are wrong and a player like James Harrison slips through the cracks. But more often than we give them credit for, they’re right. And today, I play their game.
The following is a list of legitimate college stars who might soon be, like I was, not selected in the NFL Draft.