10. Dennis Franklin
When a college quarterback runs more than he passes, it’s no shock that NFL scouts project him at a different position. So even though Dennis Franklin went 30-2-1 in three years as Michigan’s first black quarterback and helped the Wolverines tie archrival Ohio State for three straight Big Ten championships, the stark statistics that better predicted his future were: 351 rushes, 294 passes. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder ran the option under Bo Schembechler from 1972-74. That lifted him to sixth in the 1974 Heisman Trophy balloting but didn’t endear him to NFL quarterback coaches.
After averaging fewer than nine passes per game while rushing almost 11 times, Franklin fell to the sixth round of the draft before the Detroit Lions took him. With Greg Landry and Bill Munson ensconced at quarterback, Franklin was shifted to wide receiver. His NFL career was underwhelming: nine games, six receptions, 125 yards, no touchdowns. Released after two seasons, he played briefly in the CFL before turning to real estate and television production.