Originally posted by 9rFan84:
OTC, despite what program the kid plays for, with numbers like that wouldn't Freddy Barnes automatically jump into the first round of the draft?? I mean that is ridiculous and unheard of. How many times has any other reciever in college posted season stats like that and not have been selected in the first 2 rounds?
It happens all the time, guys like Danny Woodhead (2200+ rushing yards, albeit in DII or DIII I believe, can't remember which level Chadron St. is in) who put up amazing numbers go late because they lack something that the 1st day talents have.
While Barnes is putting up freakish numbers, if you've watched him play, you can't help but notice the guy is quite slow. If you've seen Isaac Bruce run lately, picture that kind of speed. Secondly, he's not particularly big or strong, at only 6-1 205. Lastly, while his touchdown numbers are high, they are not freakishly high. Then you can tack on his competition.
All this put together tells you that Barnes is a guy who MAY be something special, but most likely will wind up just being a possession receiver because at the very least, you're getting great hands and exceptional route-running from him, but other players' "superior" athleticism will likely stand out more, even if they produce less.