The name Jevan Snead brings up a lot of images. From his days in Texas, unable to beat out Colt McCoy, to his heydays in Mississippi where he led the Rebels to their first bowl appearance in 5 years. He gave up his last season of eligibility in order to enter the NFL draft, after what has to be considered statistically a disappointing season.
Entering 2009 he along with Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow were considered the best quarterbacks in the nation. In some mock drafts, I had seen him as high as the number two overall pick. As a sophomore at Ole Miss he threw for 2762 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Guided his team to an 8-4 record and beat then #7 Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl. At this point in his career, he was considered the best quarterback prospect in the SEC.
Then the 2009 season came along. Although it was a great season for the Rebels, who went 8-4 and earned a back to back trip to the Cotton Bowl, it was not a great season for Snead. Right from the start he seemed mediocre, he was very inconsistent over the course of the season. He threw for 2632 yards, with 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He seemed like he was trying to create more on the field and that led to more interceptions. His inability throw consistent passes was most evident in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State, where he threw for 168 yards with no touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
With a college degree in hand and a year of eligibility left Jevan decided to turn pro and enter the 2010 draft. Personally I was hoping he would come back and prove that he deserves to be in the NFL. Instead he hoped for a late round flier on him and it never came. Instead he was contacted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and signed a contract on 4/24. This isn’t such a bad position for Snead to be in. He goes to a Bucs team that needs a quarterback and has only Freeman to beat. Can Snead step in and take over that team? Probably not, but he does have a chance to stick with the team out of camp. I think if he can stay on the team and work hard over the next two seasons, he has an outside shot of starting one day.
As far as his eBay value goes, it’s right at the $1 level. For that price it is worth taking a flier on him, even if he never makes an NFL team. You can’t invent natural talent, and he has plenty of that. Until he becomes a starter his cards will always be in the dollar bin, but for me, it’s worth having one or two of his cards just because I know what could have been.