With the regular season over and the postseason progressing, it seems like a good time to take stock of how things have turned out, compared to how we expected them to. I can think of at least two guys who I was wrong about in a major way:
QB Peyton Manning - After he missed all of 2011, I figured the Broncos were just grasping at any straw to move on from Tebow, even if it meant handing the keys to a broken-down QB who was at the end of the road. All Manning did was start every game, throw for over 4,500 yards, and win the division.
LB Vontaze Burfict - Had perhaps the worse predraft collapse of stock in history, couldn't seem to do anything right, whether it was running a subpar combine, blowing his interviews, or talking poorly about his college coaches. I didn't want the Eagles to draft him, and it seems the entire NFL agreed as he was passed on in the draft, and signed with the Bengals as an UDFA. Then when the regular season commenced, he started 14 games at OLB and had 127 tackles and a sack.
On the Eagles, I kept hoping the light would go back on for Nate Allen, that a lot of his problems were due to recovering from his injury. Unfortunately, it looks like he's going to end up like Jarrett.
Anyone else want to own up?