The Crimson Tide had a stellar showing in the NFL draft, with four picks in the first round. Some players go on to excel in the league while others don’t quite pan out. Which of the top five players selected do you think will turn college success into NFL glory?
Drafted first to the Indianapolis Colts, Luck was a proven leader for Stanford and an amazing athlete. He has won numerous awards and was a runner up for the Heisman Trophy in both 2010 and 2011. How will that college talent spill over into the NFL? Many experts have said he is the best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning, so a lot of people have faith that he will be a shining star for the Colts.
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In addition to his charming socks and the Heisman Trophy sitting on his mantle, RG3 has the ability to make all the throws. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins and it will certainly be interesting to see if how his Baylor talent translates on the field with professional football players. RG3 seems to be a genuinely nice guy, but I’m not sure the NFL won’t eat him alive.
Obviously, I’m biased and wish nothing but the best for a player that could run circles around anyone with an entire defense on his back. Richardson will make his home with the Cleveland Browns, and although the NFL is a pass-first league, I have no doubt that he will make a quick and lasting impression on the world of professional football.
Kalil is an intimidating offensive tackle that played for the University of Southern California. He is now going to be protecting the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. At 6-foot-six and weighing over 300 pounds, Kalil has the size to do well in the NFL. He was an All-American in college and I think he stands a good chance at making the same kind of impact wearing purple.
A game-changer for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, this talented wide receiver will get his chance to see what he can do for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Could he be the sleeper on this list? He won 2012 Offensive Player of the Year for the Big 12 and the offensive MVP of the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. He was considered the best wide receiver prospect in the draft.
Only time will tell which of these athletes will dominate the National Football League. They all earned their spot in the draft and now it’s time for them to earn the massive paychecks they are going to be receiving.
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