Every year around this time the NFL adds some 256 players from the college ranks to the 32 teams' rosters. Every one of those players compiled an impressive set of numbers and a slick YouTube highlight video for all to see. Every one of them was a big fish in their particular college pond.
Now they're small fish again in the NFL ocean.
Nevertheless, while the stats don't mean as much anymore, they are indicative of something, of excellence at one level that teams and fans hope and expect to translate to the next level.
Before these numbers get old, we present to you our 12 draft choices' college career statistics, along with notes on each player's most noteworthy achievements. Below are the season-by-season college stats for our first six selections in Rounds 1-4. Tomorrow we'll present the stats for our six picks in Rounds 5-7. Noteworthy numbers are highlighted in yellow.
|1. CALVIN PRYOR, S, LOUISVILLE|
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|2. JACE AMARO, TE, TEXAS TECH|
|3. DEXTER MCDOUGLE, CB, MARYLAND|
|4A. JALEN SAUNDERS, WR, OKLAHOMA|
*Played first two seasons at Fresno State.
4B. Shaquelle Evans wore uniform No. 1 at UCLA, which was appropriate because as the Bruins' stock improved in 2012-13, Shaq was the offense's leading receiver, combing for 107 catches, 1,586 yards and 12 TDs in those two seasons.
|4B. SHAQ EVANS, WR, UCLA|
*Played first season at Notre Dame.
4C. Statistics are thin for O-linemen, but one that stood out for Dakota Dozier was his 14 starts for Furman last season and how they were split up: First 12 starts — in fact, the first 44 starts of his college career — were at left tackle. The last one he moved inside to left guard for the FCS playoffs. G or T with the Jets? "I'm just ready to come in and play wherever it is," he said. "I'm very excited to be a Jet."
|4C. DAKOTA DOZIER, G, FURMAN|
Tuesday: College Stats for Our 6 Picks in Rounds 5-7