01 Jul 2011
This is a really great feature at ESPN.com, a countdown of their top 50 players who were superstars in college football but never made it big in the NFL. There are players who had a few mediocre years, players who washed out entirely, and players who never even tried to make it as a pro. Sure, a few of the picks are option quarterbacks like J.C. Watts, but most of them are either players who struggled with injury or players whose games should have translated to the NFL, and just didn't. Number One is Archie Griffin.
There is one big omission, as far as I can tell, and that's Terry Baker. Baker was the 1962 Heisman Trophy winner at Oregon State and the number one overall pick in the 1963 draft by the Rams. The Rams could never figure out how to use Baker as a dual-threat quarterback, and he ended up playing mostly running back for three years with just 58 career carries.
21 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2011, 4:58pm by spenczar
Thanks a lot, Dak Prescott. Now more people will think the fourth round is still a gold mine for quarterbacks, but the data says otherwise. The update to our quarterback draft study for 1994-2016 shows little has changed: finding a good QB is really hard.