The NFL Draft is an event that is nearly as big as actual NFL games. For weeks leading up to the draft reporters publish, edit and republish mock drafts projecting which college star will be taken by which NFL team.
We’ve got nearly 24 hours a day coverage of the draft leading up to the big night. There is on-air talent who has made entire careers about covering the draft. We’re looking at you, Mel Kiper. They’ll wax poetic about how this guy’s skills translate to his new teams’ schemes or how they don’t.
In the end, some guy behind a desk on the set of an ESPN show has no idea how a guy will do in the NFL. That’s determined by a number of factors including the player himself, the situation with the team he’s drafted to and how healthy he stays.
Some players have long, productive and successful careers. For others, they flame out before making it. This list is about those guys. Take a look and see what you think.
2015 Draft Class
Jameis Winston: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pick # 1
Jameis Winston won literally everything there is to win at Florida State. He won the Heisman Trophy, a National Championship and was a consensus All-American. His size, arm strength, and athleticism made him an easy choice at number 1 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The only negative on Jameis Winston’s resume was his decision-making. Ignoring his decision-making off the field, Winston was prone to errors leading to turnovers. This has followed him in his NFL career, and may yet cost him his career. With Winston, you get big numbers, like leading the league in yards in 2019, but also high interception numbers. It’s a big gamble for a guy you’re paying $ 20 million a year.
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