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31 Jan 2017

National Signing Day: Following the Signs

This fascinating feature from The Washington Post counts down the top 100 high school prospects from National Signing Day 2007 and what happened to them in the 10 years since. It's sort of surprising how often even the best prospects from high school don't end up making a career in the NFL. Also, how many of them sell medical equipment now.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 31 Jan 2017

5 comments, Last at 01 Feb 2017, 11:21am by Aaron Brooks Good Twin

Comments

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by bird jam :: Tue, 01/31/2017 - 5:31pm

This was the class Feldman wrote about in "Meat Market," wasn't it?

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by Will Allen :: Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:33pm

Everson Griffen is the textbook case of a guy who was a supreme athlete, but a complete knucklehead, by his own admission, until he'd been in the league a couple of years. He then grew up and became a great player. Nobody knows who is going to do that, and who is never going to do that, unfortunately.

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by dbostedo :: Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:37pm

Despite being a Virginia Tech alum (and fan) I never realized that Tyrod Taylor was more highly rated coming out of high school than Cam Newton.

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by Theo :: Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:30am

Noel Devine was a youtube superstar at the time but never grew into the higher levels of football.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:21am

Yes and no.

It's not like he had a bad career.
http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/noel-devine-1.html

I think his issue was that he showed all the signs of Steve Slaton Disease.
http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/steve-slaton-1.html
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SlatSt00.htm

By the time Devine came out, both Slaton and Pat White had flamed out. I think people saw Devine as less of a talent and more of a system RB. A similar trend seems to have afflicted the Oregon offense guys.