Troy Smith
Quarterback Troy Smith (Ohio State Buckeyes) | Heisman Winner, 2006 (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

They were great in college, but when the NFL came knocking, they didn’t really answer the door.

The first name you’re probably thinking of is Tim Tebow — America’s poster boy for all things good, despite lack of pro talent.

Compiling a list of NFL players whose careers didn’t go as spectacularly as they played out in college was tough. Over the last 40 years, there’ve been some real duds.

Quarterbacks dominate our list, such as Tebow, Troy Smith, Matt Leinart and Gino Torretta. But Ron Dayne, Rashaan Salaam and Archie Griffin rounded out the running backs.

The jury’s still out on some of the more recent winners, but top picks like Cam Newton are showing that Heisman winners can lead teams to division titles and the postseason.