Henry Ruggs honors the memory of Rod Scott with the three-finger salute after every touchdown, but Alabama's star receiver also carries guilt for not having died alongside his best friend.
After he gets drafted, Lonnie Johnson has no plans to return to his hometown of Gary, Indiana, a once-thriving Rust Belt city that is now a reminder of a violent past and a lot of pain.
Taken from his birth mom at age 6, safety D'Cota Dixon found solace in a turbulent world, thanks to football and the kindness of a woman who stepped into his life.
LB Devin Bush Jr. learned difficult lessons from his Super Bowl-winning father and coach, who just might have helped punch his son's ticket to the first round of the draft.
Released from the heavy weight of being the son of boxing champion Evander Holyfield, former Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield is attempting to carve his own path.
Speed got wide receiver Andy Isabella to UMass, but it was his domination of both small and large college football programs that put him on a fast track to the NFL.
With his golden reputation destroyed, linebacker Dakota Allen turned his 'Last Chance' into a second chance at Texas Tech, and now hopes for full redemption in the NFL draft.
Devastated by his mother's death at age 12, Quinnen Williams channeled his grief into greatness en route to becoming the most coveted defensive linemen in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Why Jalen Hurd -- once one of the nation's top running back prospects -- risked millions of dollars by switching schools and positions just six months before the NFL draft.
How Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen raised himself -- and a lowly SEC football program -- out of the basement to became one of this year's fast-rising NFL draft prospects.
When Eurie Stamps was killed by police in 2011, Christian Wilkins did something to honor his grandfather: He set out to become the most destructive pass rusher in college football.
Looking out for No. 1, A.J. Brown signed with the bitter rival of his hometown college. Three years later, the vitriol hasn't slowed down, but neither has the Ole Miss wide receiver.
At age 13, David Sills V was recruited by Lane Kiffin to be the next great quarterback at USC. Eight years and a position switch later, he's staring at a bright career in the NFL.
Baby-faced and under-sized, Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow is hardly recognized out of uniform, but college football's most clutch player hasn't gone unnoticed by the NFL.
After a freshman season in which his leadership and abilities were questioned, Missouri's Drew Lock rebuilt himself into one of college football's top quarterback prospects.
How Washington's Taylor Rapp overcame his hometown's apathetic football culture, constant losing and racial prejudice to become the most-feared free safety in college football.
Everyone has an opinion about the NFL draft's most polarizing player, but UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has his own story, and he's sticking to it.
His NFL father's premature death, issues with weight, and a colossal combine embarrassment taught Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown Jr. the rewards of perseverance.
From a scrawny high school bench-warmer to the nation's top small-school defender, Dubuque CB Michael Joseph's circuitous journey to the NFL is as improbable as it is inspiring.
Out from under his famous father's large NBA shadow, LSU's K.J. Malone is aiming to leave his own mark ... in the NFL and beyond.
UCF's one-handed linebacker, Shaquem Griffin, is on the verge of making NFL history, a feat made possible by the love and sacrifice of his twin brother, Shaquill.
Once a hard-throwing MLB prospect, Hayden Hurst's pitching career lasted just five batters. A case of the yips forced him out of baseball and opened up a whole new world.
Molded by arduous work on the East Texas family farm, the hands of SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton are now his money-makers ... and the envy of all the land.
No anger, no hatred, no regrets. Texas OT Connor Williams has nothing but gratitude for his childhood tormentors, who helped put him on a path to the NFL.
Josey Jewell's toughness has him knocking on the door of the NFL, but it's the Iowa linebacker's tenderness that has given hope to a young cancer patient fighting for his life.
Russell Wilson or Johnny Manziel? Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield is everything NFL teams look for in a franchise quarterback ... and a little of what they fear the most.
Christian Kirk spent his first two years at Texas A&M developing into the SEC's 'most explosive player.' He's used his third to reveal something NFL teams will truly covet: leadership.
In a football culture that favors uniformity over individuality, Northwestern's Godwin Igwebuike breaks every jock stereotype. Just be careful not to label the hard-hitting safety as soft.
The product of a tough childhood, hard work, determination and natural-born speed, Alabama deep-threat wide receiver Calvin Ridley has quickly sprinted ahead of the competition.
The best-kept secret in college football is starting to get out, and now scouts are asking: Is South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert the NFL's next matchup nightmare?
Penn State's Saquon Barkley says the NFL can wait, but on and off the field, the nation's most complete running back is starting to put distance between himself and his peers.
Despite the loss of a finger, Wisconsin's Troy Fumagalli has become a handful for Big Ten defenses. Can a nit-picky NFL scouting world get past the tight end's missing digit like he has?
Harold Landry led the nation in sacks in 2016, but the Boston College pass rusher is taking his game to a whole new level, hoping to leave opposing quarterbacks without a prayer.
In Florida State's Derwin James, scouts see a spectacular athlete who can play multiple positions and transform a defense with a rare mix of talent and charisma. What they see is a future NFL superstar.
A devastating knee injury almost derailed Nick Chubb's NFL dreams, but the Georgia running back has returned with a vengeance and is now out to prove he's better than ever.
Four years ago, not a single FBS school offered Josh Allen a scholarship, but now some are calling the Wyoming signal-caller the best QB prospect since Cam Newton.