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Kinda a dead time for the next three weeks. Stumbled across the Doak Award Winners - the best college running back for the year.

 

Interesting how many whiffs there were in the NFL. I mean, these were supposed to be the best of them all. Maybe 10 of the almost 30 players had some sort of a career. Only Eddie George, Ricky Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson and Melvin Gordon translated into an elite back in the NFL IMO.

 

I saw a clip on LaMichael James that made me look.  Have to know all of these guys were drafted in fantasy.

 

2018 Jonathan Taylor Wisconsin
2017 Bryce Love Stanford
2016 D'Onta Foreman Texas
2015 Derrick Henry Alabama
2014 Melvin Gordon Wisconsin
2013 Andre Williams Boston College
2012 Montee Ball Wisconsin
2011 Trent Richardson Alabama
2010 LaMichael James Oregon
2009 Toby Gerhart Stanford
2008 Shonn Greene Iowa
2007 Darren McFadden Arkansas
2006 Darren McFadden Arkansas
2005 Reggie Bush USC
2004 Cedric Benson Texas
2003 Chris Perry Michigan
2002 Larry Johnson Penn State
2001 Luke Staley BYU
2000 LaDainian Tomlinson TCU
1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin
1998 Ricky Williams Texas
1997 Ricky Williams Texas
1996 Byron Hanspard Texas Tech
1995 Eddie George Ohio State
1994 Rashaan Salaam Colorado
1993 Byron "Bam" Morris Texas Tech
1992 Garrison Hearst Georgia
1991 Trevor Cobb Rice
1990 Greg Lewis Washington

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So basically you're saying this award is the Madden Cover jinx specifically for RBs?

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I think it draws a conclusion that what makes you great in college doesn't always, or even often, great in the NFL.

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Could you do a similar list with QBs?  WRs?

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55 minutes ago, darin3 said:

Could you do a similar list with QBs?  WRs?

 

 

Davy O'Brien award (Best QB)

 

2018    Kyler Murray    Okla
2017    Baker Mayfield    Okla
2016    Deshaun Watson    Clemson
2015    Deshaun Watson    Clemson
2014    Marcus Mariota    Oregon
2013    Jameis Winston    Florida State
2012    Johnny Manziel    Texas A&M
2011    Robert Griffin III    Baylor
2010    Cam Newton    Auburn
2009    Colt McCoy    Texas
2008    Sam Bradford    Oklahoma
2007    Tim Tebow    Florida
2006    Troy Smith    Ohio State
2005    Vince Young    Texas
2004    Jason White    Oklahoma
2003    Jason White    Oklahoma
2002    Brad Banks    Iowa
2001    Eric Crouch[3]    Nebraska
2000    Chris Weinke    Florida State
1999    Joe Hamilton    Georgia Tech
1998    Michael Bishop    Kansas State
1997    Peyton Manning    Tennessee
 

 

Fred Biletnikoff award (best WR)

 

2018    Jerry Jeudy    Alabama
2017    James Washington    Oklahoma State
2016    Dede Westbrook    Oklahoma
2015    Corey Coleman    Baylor
2014    Amari Cooper    Alabama
2013    Brandin Cooks    Oregon State
2012    Marqise Lee    USC
2011    Justin Blackmon    Oklahoma State
2010    Justin Blackmon    Oklahoma State
2009    Golden Tate    Notre Dame
2008    Michael Crabtree    Texas Tech
2007    Michael Crabtree    Texas Tech
2006    Calvin Johnson    Georgia Tech
2005    Mike Hass    Oregon State
2004    Braylon Edwards    Michigan
2003    Larry Fitzgerald    Pittsburgh
2002    Charles Rogers    Michigan State
2001    Josh Reed    LSU
2000    Antonio Bryant    Pittsburgh
1999    Troy Walters    Stanford
1998    Troy Edwards    Louisiana Tech
1997    Randy Moss    Marshall
 

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Too many Browns busted draft picks on those lists, especially QB & WR).  In general the QB list is a who's who of failed QB picks. Peyton was elite, Cam has had some nice stretches, DeShaun is on his way, Mayfield looked promising, Mariota/Winston continue to have struggles. The rest are banta fodder. 

 

Of the RB I was surprised to see Mevlin Gordon listed as elite, I hardly noticed his great year last season with all the other stuff going on (and Chargers buried in TV, in the Rams shadow in LA). 

 

 

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2 hours ago, stevegrab said:

Too many Browns busted draft picks on those lists, especially QB & WR).  In general the QB list is a who's who of failed QB picks. Peyton was elite, Cam has had some nice stretches, DeShaun is on his way, Mayfield looked promising, Mariota/Winston continue to have struggles. The rest are banta fodder. 

 

Of the RB I was surprised to see Melvin Gordon listed as elite, I hardly noticed his great year last season with all the other stuff going on (and Chargers buried in TV, in the Rams shadow in LA). 

 

 

Melvin is somewhat of an enigma imo. His numbers are definitely inflated by system, QB, and goal line opportunities. As I type that I realize that most RB's these days are, but honestly it is rare to see Gordon running amok against a defense . He's truly a product of an offensive plan that puts him in position to excel. Put him on any other team and I'd think we'd see lower numbers and his fall from elite (?) to mediocre . Rivers' understanding of where he should be and his delivery on every pass puts him where he is. LT was different. By a lot.

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