Troy Edwards is one of the proverbial poster children for proof that enormous production at the collegiate level doesn’t always translate to success at the NFL level. Playing in Louisiana Tech’s pass-happy offense, Edwards set records for the most touchdown catches in a single season (27) and over a career (50) by the time he left, and his 1,996 yards receiving as a senior is still the second-most in a season in Division I-A history.
But after the Pittsburgh Steelers took him with the 13th overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, Edwards couldn’t muster more than 714 receiving yards in any of his first three seasons in Pittsburgh. In two of his three seasons there, he failed to catch a touchdown pass. Just three seasons after drafting him, the Steelers eventually moved on from Edwards.