Before you glance over my post, this is not about how I want all these guys back and what mistakes we have made. This is about football. Like it or love it there are many parts of professional football. I am not going to sit here and say we would be better with these guys on our team, nor am I going to say we would be worse.
The NFL is a funny business. Contracts and the "business" side of football aside, Players are drafted because of a skill set that is desired by a coach. a "Scrambling QB", "Deep Threat WR", "Ballhawking CB", "Run Stuffing NT" and all those other names we tend to look for. Here is the thing. Some game plans, teams and coaches don't run systems similar to the ones in college that these players played in or against. Alphonso Smith is a "Ballhawking CB" and if you looked at his Defense in wake forest, achieved that status with a pass rush that was good and good safety coverage which allowed him to gamble. Denver did not play that way and he was exposed as "New" to the NFL. one year of film under his belt and a defensive strategy that plays to his strengths and BAM kid looks good again. Peyton Hillis is a "West Coast" Offensive Player. Denver not a west coast offensive team. Jay Cutler was a "Run and Gun QB", Denver is clearly not a run and gun team.
The only thing I wanted to say was that sometimes players have the skills desired but their skills are not 100% in every situation.