NFL mock drafts, for the most part, look a lot different at season's end compared to when we were heading into the college football season. The story was no different this year, as there were several college players who simply fell off and cost themselves millions in the process.
4. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State QB
Lewerke came into the season with high hopes of cracking the top-five among draft-eligible quarterbacks. Following an average start to the season against an inferior Utah State team, Lewerke hasn’t proven much, if anything, since. He has followed a 20-touchdown, seven-interception 2017 campaign with an abysmal eight-touchdown, 10-interception 2018 season. Yikes.
3. Bryce Love, Stanford RB
The talented running back and 2017 Heisman finalist was supposed to be the catalyst for the Stanford Cardinal offense, but 2018 has been tough sledding for Bryce Love. He has followed 2,118 rushing yards in 2017 with 739 in 2018. To be fair to the tailback, injuries have plagued his senior season, but Love needs to get healthy and light up the combine to keep his RB1 dream alive.
2. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn QB
One of the hottest prospects among the draft community and NFL organizations coming into the season, Stidham was talked about as a first-round talent. Don't let his above-average stats fool you. He lacks a professional-level awareness and pocket presence. The Auburn QB has happy feet in a collapsing pocket that often leads to conceding unnecessary sacks.
1. Shea Patterson, Michigan QB
Coming into this season, in some mock drafts, Shea Patterson was listed among the top prospects in the 2019 draft. Plenty has changed since then, as Patterson isn’t even a first-round prospect anymore. His subpar play against superior opponents leads us to believe that he should return to school next season. Going from a projected first overall pick to a second-round prospect equates to millions of dollars down the drain.