Mike Williams, USC
Things came easy for Williams at USC, earning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 2002 and being a consensus All-American in 2003. In then declared for the NFL draft after just two years in college, only to have a ruling allowing players like him and Maurice Clarett to enter the draft less than three years out of high school reversed. As a result, Williams had to sit out the 2004 season after hiring an agent.
The year off didn’t stop the Lions from drafting Williams 10th overall, but it did hinder his NFL career. He struggled in four seasons, playing with three different teams, before spending two years out of football. Williams returned to the NFL in 2010 thanks to former USC coach Pete Carroll and had a couple of decent years with the Seahawks. In total, Williams caught 127 passes with five touchdowns over six NFL seasons. He is now a high school football coach.