19. Austin Collie- after a record-breaking career at BYU, Collie was taken by the Indianapolis Colts with the 127th overall pick in the fourth round in the 2009 draft.
During his time with the Colts, Collie found plenty of success and also a number of injuries.
The injuries almost end his NFL career. As a slot receiver, Collie spent plenty of time going over the middle to catch passes from passing legend Peyton Manning. As with most slot receivers, he took a ton of really hard hits. On a couple of occasions, Collie took vicious shots to the head which caused severe concussions.
Concussions haven’t been the only issue that he has had with injuries however. During his first game of 2012, Collie caught one pass before being injured for the season.
After an injury riddled last few seasons, Collie didn’t make a roster in 2013 but was signed just a few days ago by the New England Patriots.
Even with all of his time missed to injuries, Collie has put up impressive numbers when he has been on the field.
As a rookie in 2009, Collie played in all 16 games Including five starts and registered 60 receptions for 676 yards and eight touchdowns.
His second year started even better before he started having his concussion issues. Year two was the most impressive year of his short career as Collie had his two best games in the first three weeks of the season.
In the first game of the year, Collie caught 11 balls for 163 yards and a touchdown in a Colts loss to Houston. Only two weeks later Collie bested those numbers with 12 receptions for 171 yards and two scores.
Collie would only play six more games the rest of the season but was still able to score four more touchdowns.
Year three wasn’t quite the same without Peyton Manning under center but Collie still caught 54 passes for 514 yards and a score.
Since the end of the 2011 season Collie has only appeared in one game because of a leg injury.
The regular season isn’t the only time that Collie has played well.
In the 2009 playoff run for the Colts, collie registered 17 receptions for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Included in those Numbers were Big games in the AFC Championship and the Super Bowl. Against the Jets, in the AFC title Collie caught seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up two weeks later with six catches for 66 yards in a Super Bowl loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Now that Collie has found his way onto a NFL roster, hopes are he can stay healthy to become the player he was meant to be. If that is the case, Collie will surely move a long way up this list.
- Patriots sign Austin Collie (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)