In college, Drew Brees started for three years in a pro-style offense. He threw 1,639 career passes and left Purdue as the Big Ten's all-time leading passer.
But for all his glowing statistics - he also finished fourth in NCAA history in total offense, pass attempts and completions - Brees slid into the second round of the 2001 NFL draft.
Only one number mattered to the NFL on draft day - his 6-0 height. Brees didn't fit the prototype for an NFL quarterback. The NFL prefers its quarterbacks 6-4 and 6-5 with enough bulk to withstand hits in the pocket from 300-pound defensive linemen. The NFL draft isn't about college productivity; it's about a player's measurables.
And that's the obstacle facing University of Missouri Heisman hopeful Chase Daniel as he attempts to take his career to the NFL in 2009. His school lists him in the game program at 6-0, 225 pounds - and colleges are usually more generous with heights and weights than NFL teams.
If Daniel is 6-0, he's facing an uphill battle to play quarterback in the NFL. If he's 5-10 or 5-11, the hill becomes steeper. The NFL won't know his official height until he reports to the scouting combine at Indianapolis in February.
Brees spent his career taking snaps under center at Purdue. Daniel is a member of the new wave of college quarterbacks who live in the shotgun offense. That's another adjustment Daniel would have to make in the NFL and another negative on draft day.