Jarron Gilbert

Video stars rarely are NFL stars

They didn't play football at big schools or feel the warmth of the national spotlight. But for some NFL prospects, instant recognition - or maybe just YouTube glory - was a mere hop, flip and a jump away.

A hop: San Jose State defensive end Jarron Gilbert, a third-round pick of the Bears last year, pulled off a stunning feat in the weeks leading up to the 2009 scouting combine. With a friend videotaping him, he stood at the shallow end of the pool, crouched in the water and exploded out of the water, leaping onto the deck without using his hands. View count: 2,431,215.

A flip: Jason Pierre-Paul, a South Florida defensive end expected to go in the first round in April, showed...