[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]The NFL draft is this week, which means that there's as much optimism for every NFL team and potential draft picks as there's going to be all year. Every team will come away from the draft saying that they got exactly what they wanted, and players will either feel vindicated or have a chip on their shoulder heading into next season. But as we all know, not every pick works out. I'm revisiting five guys today that I would have bet anything would have been NFL superstars given their college play, but just didn't pan out since 2000.
1. Peter Warrick, WR, Florida State
One of the most electric receivers we've ever seen, he was the catalyst for the 'Noles 1999 national championship team. There was no one - and I mean no one - who could cover him one-on-one at the collegiate level. Oh, and he was a damn good punt returner too.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTWgjNI1WFY"][vc_column_text]Warrick struggled with the physicality at the next level however and finished just short of 3,000 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns in the league. And even more surprisingly, he never really caught on as a returner.
2. LaVar Arrington, LB, Penn State
Arrington was a one-man wrecking crew at Penn State, making teams scheme around him not just on defense, but on special teams as well. There are stories of teams having kickers practice with a ladder at the line of scrimmage for them to mimic his impact.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBAY209_EZ8"][vc_column_text]I'm not saying that Arrington had a bad career - he made three pro bowls and led the league in forced fumbles in 2003. But he was a guy a lot of people would go down in the pantheon of greatest linebackers of all time.
3. Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
In the back-to-back seasons of 2006 and 2007, Dorsey was simply the best defensive lineman in all of college football. He was the first player to ever sweep the Nagurski, Outland, Lott, and Lombardi trophies, and led the Bayou Bengals to a national title in his senior season. Dorsey was one of the most disruptive forces we had seen at the collegiate level, and he had all the skills necessary to translate to the pros.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXfjV1LHkyw"][vc_column_text]Not all of his shortcomings were entirely his fault - he was moved to defensive end in his second season which did not allow for him to really capitalize on his strengths. But he should have been a guy who had an Aaron Donald-like impact.
4. Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Barron was a guy that I don't think many NFL coaches really understood how to use. At Alabama, he got to roam and make plays in the mold of a Troy Polamalu or later, Minkah Fitzpatrick. However, at the professional level, too often he was asked to play center field which was not his strength. But just look back to how devastating he was for the Crimson Tide:[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiRzxNGHUJU"][vc_column_text]He bounced around the league for eight years but never made a Pro Bowl. He had a solid NFL career no doubt, but you would expect more from a top-10 player who had such impressive college tape.
5. Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford
I saw Thomas play in person against UCLA in 2016 and thought it was the second coming of Ndamukong Suh. He bullied everyone he went against. Double teams? No problem, he slipped right through them. It didn't matter where he lined up, he was getting in the backfield.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoJP2nFFH_k"][vc_column_text]The 49ers didn't pick up his fifth-year option after drafting him third overall, and he spent last season with the Raiders before signing with the Jets last month. He's still got some time to get his career back on track, but his options are definitely running out.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]