2016 Draft Prospects Ready to Step Up in Absence of Former Teammates Now in NFL

May 30, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

At the intersection of talent and opportunity, top NFL draft prospects are usually found.
College football's top teams simply reload once their top players leave to pursue dreams of playing in the NFL. These institutions do so by recruiting at a high level, which allows young players to learn while waiting in the wings until it's their time to contribute. Those young players then prove their worthiness as draft prospects when an opportunity is finally presented.
The cycle never stops.
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, for example, replaced EJ Manuel at quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles after Manuel was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. It worked out favorably for both parties, since Winston went on to capture the Heisman Trophy and a BCS National Championship during the 2013 season. The quarterback was eventually drafted No. 1 overall in this year's NFL draft.
In some cases, the departure of a star player simply a...

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