First off, let me say anybody that makes it into the NFL at any position and plays in a real game is a tremendous football player. This list is filled with guys who either came out of nowhere and were great for a season and disappeared or guys that simply never lived up to their potential.
5) Terdell Middleton, Green Bay Packers
Even younger Packers fans may never have heard of him and older ones may not remember him. Middleton was a third-round draft choice in the late 70’s for the Packers and not much was expected of him. In his first NFL season, he did not disappoint the people that didn’t expect much from him as he rushed for a whopping 97 yards. In his second year though, Middleton surprised everybody by rushing for over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns. Middleton went back to being a pedestrian running back for the rest of his career and never rushed for even 500 yards again.
4) Raymont Harris, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos
Harris could do it all and a lot was expected of him. Unfortunately for whatever reason, this talented back never quite figured out the NFL. He did run for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in 1997, but other than that season he was never more than a bit player the rest of his career.
3) Tyrone Wheatley, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders
Wheatley was a beast at the University of Michigan and was deemed a can’t miss NFL prospect by most scouts. Wheatley’s talent never seemed to translate to the pro game. He had one thousand yard season with the Raiders and a season over 900 yards. Basically, a lot was expected of the Wolverine standout and he never lived up to those expectations.
2) Steve Slaton, Houston Texans
Slaton shocked the experts when in his rookie season he ran for over 1,200 yards. The rest of his career proved those experts that didn’t expect much from him right, as he never gained over 150 yards in a season ever again.
1) John Settle, Atlanta Falcons
Settle was the first undrafted rookie to ever rush for over a thousand yards in a single season. After that he just disappeared. He accomplished his thousand yard season as a fullback but was out of the NFL two years later.