A line from Sarah's Skully this morning got me thinking about one of the great mysteries of the JT era, and that is how a supposedly conservative and "boring" offense produced some of the great CFB skill players of the BCS era: Mo C, Troy Smith, Teddy Ginn, Beanie Wells, and Terrelle Pryor. This mystery is compounded by their subsequent, let's say "quiet," NFL careers. Is Russel Wilson that much more talented than Troy Smith, or did Troy just not find the right team and the right opportunity? Colin Kapernick is the starting QB at the Super Bowl and TP has less than 10 completions in his NFL career. TG is returning punts and has been outperformed in the league --on the same team-- by Brian Hartline! Ray Rice is off to the Super Bowl and Beanie is likely just off. And of course we all know the Mo C saga.
So, the question is how can this be? Are they just getting drafted by the wrong teams? Was the JT offense more inventive than the ones theese players landed on in the NFL? Or if these players really weren't that talented, how did they have such productive careers at OSU? Here's a final bonus question for anyone interested in playing: is there any skill player on today's roster, or in the 2013 recruiting class, that will excel in the NFL?