One of the knocks on the Heisman is that the winners don’t always pan out in the pros. Of course, the Trophy has never claimed to be a predictor of future football success, only a recognition of current college excellence.
But if you want to see at a list that has, over time, consistently failed to predict future fortunes, look no further than USA Today’s annual All-American team (H/T Bruce Feldman). You can see 20 years of USA Today All-Americans here.
Just look at the quarterbacks on the list. John Paye. Vince Sutton. Todd Ellis. Mickey Joseph. It’s not exactly a who’s who of NFL, much less college, talent.
Point being, even those who are paid to predict have a hard time of it.