This is a list full of great football players, they just weren’t great NFL players.
9) QB Tim Tebow, Florida (2007)
Tebow was one of the greatest football players in college football history, he did it all for Coach Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators. Josh McDaniels went out on a limb and drafted Tebow to the Denver Broncos late in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Tebow actually led the Broncos to some miraculous wins and even the playoffs. In the hand poor mechanics doomed him, and it also doomed Coach McDaniels who was fired after the Failed Tebow experiment.
8) RB Rashaan Salaam, Colorado (1994)
In 1994 he rushed for a school-record 2,055 yards and 24 touchdowns. Salaam helped lead Colorado to an 11-1 record, including a 41-24 win over Notre Dame in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl, and a No. 3 finish in the final Associated Press poll. The Chicago Bears picked him in the first round of the 1995 draft. Salaam had a goof first season, rushing for over 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns. His downfall was a propensity to fumble and even though he ran well his rookie year he fumbled 9 times. The Bears released him after only three seasons.
7) QB Danny Wuerffel, Florida (1997)
Daniel Wuerffel was a first-team All-SEC and a first-team All-American. He helped win a national championship for the Florida Gators, he also earned a spot on the Florida Gators all century team. He was selected in the fourth round by the New Orleans Saints. He finished his career just five years later with fewer yards (2,123) than he compiled in his freshman year (2,220), junior year (3,266) or senior year (3,625) at Florida.
6) QB Troy Smith, Ohio State (2006)
The year he won the Heisman he lost the championship game to Florida in a rout. His draft stock after that game dropped big time and he was eventually chosen in the 5th round by the Baltimore Ravens. Smith;s career lasted 4 tears and he played in a total of 20 games.
5) QB Andre Ware, Houston (1989)
Ware was the first black QB to win the Heisman. Ware put up unbelievable numbers in college, which led to him being picked 7th overall by the Detroit Lions. He only started 5 games throwing 5 TD’s.
4) WR Eric Crouch, Nebraska (2001)
Crouch won the Heisman as an option QB at Nebraska, he ended up converting to WR. He finished his career in 2005 with the Chiefs where he accounted for 25 tackles.
2) QB Gary Beban, UCLA (1967)
Not only did he win the Heisman trophy, but he won the Sporting News Award, the Maxwell Award, and the Chic Harley Award, all recognizing him as college football’s player of the year. Beban was drafted by the Washington Redskins, he threw 2 passes in 2 years and then retired.
1) QB Jason White, Oklahoma (2003)
Oklahoma quarterback Jason White beat out wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and quarterback Eli Manning as the best player in college football for the 2003 season. That will show you that a Heisman trophy does not guarantee pro success. White was undrafted and never played a down in the NFL.