After perusing ESPNs ranking of the top 50 draft busts, I couldn't help but notice we provided a good half dozen or so NFL busts. And I didn't really count it up, but at first glance I got the feeling the Big Ten had the highest number of draft busts of any conference.
It's not much of a surprise to me, considering how different the Big Ten style of play is from the NFL style. The conference spits out enormous, successful NFL linemen because we're 2 yards and a cloud of dust on offense. But at the so-called skill positions, it would appear we are overhyped.
As an aside, this year's crop of QB draft prospects is bare. I think it is a trend that is going to continue as long as major college football programs keep leaning towards getting that one athletic "quarterback" that can run a sub-4.5 forty. Landing a prospect like that is great for a college program because it's like playing Nintendo with a GameGenie...the coach can call a bad play or the O-line can be as porous as swiss cheese, but who cares because that kid can outrun everyone except for the secondary, who are 20 yards upfield.
But NFL play suffers because the latest mobile QB craze in college doesn't translate so well into the pros. Instead of spending the time and knowledge developing a pocket QB with the NFL potential, programs are falling all over each other to grab the fastest high schooler to get that edge.