These College Unknowns Thrived In The NFL And Nobody Saw It Coming

No matter what sport it is, there’s always one top prospect who stands out the most. Of course, there are also the athletes who barely got scouted, but they surprisingly exceeded expectations.

These players came out of nowhere and thrived under the bright lights in the NFL. However, there are certain players who shined in college football, but never replicated that success at the professional level.

Before we get to the big name players who were college unknowns, let’s look at the ones who fell from grace.

Trent Richardson

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The hype train for this running back didn’t go far at all. Richardson was considered to be the game’s best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson. His lower body strength, explosiveness, and field vision allowed him to whiz by the vast majority of defenders.

His career fell off after the Cleveland Browns shipped him to the Indianapolis Colts. He spent the 2017 season playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.