Talent does not always guarantee becoming an NFL Draft pick. Dozens of college football stars did not hear their name called during the 2016 NFL Draft. Many of these players have now signed with teams as undrafted free agents and will be competing with draft picks to make an opening-day NFL roster.
The 2016 NFL Draft is complete as 253 players have taken the first steps in their professional football careers. From a college football standpoint, the focus now shifts to next year. Which players are next in line to hear their name called when the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft commences next spring?
Utah enjoyed its most successful Pac-12 season yet in 2015. Kyle Whittingham's Utes finished with 10 wins for the first time since 2010 and came within a whisker of claiming an outright Pac-12 South title.
The true measure of a college football team's strength of schedule cannot be determined until the regular season approaches its end. That said, some schedules stand out as obviously better than others before a game is ever played.
Arizona went from barely having a pulse on the recruiting trail for the 2017 class to more than doubling its commitment list on Wednesday, landing defensive end Kylan Wilborn, defensive tackle Kurtis Brown, and tight end Bryce Wolma.
Breakout players and the emergence of new faces are one of college football’s annual traditions. Players can go from a backup position into a starting role to earn all-conference honors or produce a big season. Incoming or redshirt freshmen can also make an impact in their first season on campus.