The Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place Saturday and college football players from across the nation got the chance to witness what their futures may hold if they're fortunate enough to move on to the NFL and put together a great career.
Despite the abundance of talent in the college game, it's far from a guarantee that a player will be able to transition to the pros and build a body of work worthy of a spot in Canton.
Here are three players who have all the tools to make it there:
Derwin James, S, Florida State
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James is destined for NFL stardom and could be making an impact on Sundays as soon as 2018.
The Florida State safety flies all around the field and makes plays effortlessly in both run and pass defense. James' ability to cover the field sideline to sideline is one of the best in the country, and he's gained a reputation as one of the game's hardest hitters. At 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, James has a rare blend of size and speed that can make him elite at the next level.
James missed most of 2016 with an injury, but in 2015 he gave us a glimpse of what he's capable. The Seminole made 91 total tackles and 9.5 for loss, while adding 4.5 sacks as well as two forced fumbles.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Barring anything unforeseen, Barkley is destined to be a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and boasts all the skills to excel in the NFL.
With a compact 5-foot-11, 223-pound frame, the Penn State running back has the type of power game that will translate well to the NFL and he left little doubt of that this offseason.
Barkley ran for nearly 1,500 yards and posted 18 touchdowns on the ground in 2016, cementing himself as one of the country's top running backs. The junior also added more than 402 yards receiving with four scores, proving he's versatile enough to be a three-down back in the pros. If Barkley stays healthy, it's not outrageous to think he can top 10,000 rushing yards in the NFL.
Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
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Landry doesn't get as much press as some of the nation's other top players since he's spent his collegiate career for a struggling Boston College program, but you'll want to remember his name.
The senior led the nation in sacks and forced fumbles last season, by using his explosiveness off the snap. Landry's ability to get into the backfield quickly causes nightmares for opposing offenses and he'll surely be a first-round selection in 2018. There were only two games last season when Landry was held without a sack, and he totaled three quarterback takedowns against conference powers Clemson and Florida State.
It will be interesting to see where Landry is drafted, as he's spent a lot of his time playing from behind with the Eagles. If he lands with a strong NFL team that can get the lead with regularity, Landry will get more pass rushing opportunities to put up Hall of Fame-worthy numbers at the next level.
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