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.
- Calvin Pryor is a striking young man, both off the field and particularly on it. He reminds fans that he's a complete safety, but he admits, "Most people know me as a hard-hitting safety because I had a few hard hits in college." His impact included 100 tackles and five forced fumbles in 2012 and 75 more tackles from the deep middle last season.
- How will the Jets coaches use Jace Amaro? The same way his Texas Tech coaches did, he said, "just throwing me around on the field everywhere." With that approach last year, he set the NCAA single-season tight ends record for receiving yardage and led all FBS TEs in receptions by a wide margin.