On the eve of the NFL draft I thought I'd spark some discussion on the board by asking the following two questions:
- Which former Michigan player surprised you with how successful he was in the NFL?
- Which former Michigan player shocked you the most for failing to be successful in the NFL?
Here are my thoughts:
- I was always surprised at how long Chris Calloway played effectively in the NFL. He was undersized, had modest stats at Michigan, and always shared the spotlight with Greg McMurtry. Yet he played a long time with a fair amount of success for the Giants. (Much in the way that Jason Avant will play a long time.)
- The guy I am still amazed about his flame out is David Terrell. I know he wasn't known for his work ethic or fundamentals, but he was so amazing at Michigan and did absolutely nothing in the pros. Maybe he should have been the first evidence that Tom Brady was really good.
- I know it is early and there's still time for him to turn it around, but Chad Henne's lackluster career surprises me also. I do think that the lousy Dolphins played a part, but I thought he'd be solid.
- Other surprise disappointments that were mostly due to injury were Tripp Welbourne, Marquis Walker, and Brandon Graham (so far).