8. Tim Couch, Kentucky
Late in his freshman season, Couch became Kentucky’s starter in a pass-heavy offense, and from there, the numbers just got crazy. In a little over two years, Couch amassed over 8,000 yards passing with 74 touchdowns. He left Kentucky as the NCAA leader in completions in a season, completions over two seasons, and completion percentage. In his final season, Couch was SEC Player of the Year, a First-Team All-American, and a Heisman finalist. He also led the Wildcats to multiple wins over top-25 teams and a New Year’s Day bowl game in his final season.
The Browns made Couch the first-overall pick in the 1999 Draft, although he fell short of expectations. Couch finished his NFL career with more interceptions than touchdowns, making him a massive bust, in part because of a series of injuries. However, Couch did help get the Browns to the playoffs in 2002, which is a considerable accomplishment. After his days in the NFL, Couch went into broadcasting as a color analyst.