Florida State football: 5 great players who didn’t live up to the NFL hype

Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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Overrated Florida State football players, NFL busts
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Suiting up for Florida State football for four years, there was not a single season in which wide receiver Rashad Greene didn’t make a noticeable impact. It started as a true freshman when, in only nine games of action, he showed up big with 38 receptions for 596 yards and seven touchdowns, proving to be a big-play threat that could open up the offense.

That continued the following season as Greene stepped up with 57 catches for 741 yards and four scores. He had by far the best stretch of his college career in his final two seasons, however. Greene caught 76 balls for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior and then had a career-best campaign with 99 catches for 1,365 yards and seven touchdowns in his season campaign with the Seminoles.

Greene finished his career in Tallahassee as arguably the most prolific wide receiver in the history of the program. He’s the career leader in both receptions and receiving yards and is tied for second all-time in receiving touchdowns. That’s how good he was in college.

Despite that, he was not an overly impressive physical prospect and fell to the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft before the Jacksonville Jaguars snatched him up. Over four seasons, Greene appeared in only 25 games and made just 30 catches for 185 yards in his career. While currently signed in the CFL and though he could return to the NFL, it feels safe to say Greene’s career in the NFL has been nowhere near as impressive as he was with the Seminoles.