2012 NFL Draft: 5 Extremely Overrated Players
There are some other players who will be taken early that aren't deserving of their high draft status, though.
How can a top defensive tackle and offensive lineman be drafted on their potential and have some serious flaws overlooked?
And lack of talent at the quarterback position isn't any reason to bump up otherwise sub par candidates.
Finally, a running back who produces not because of his tremendous talent, but because of his work ethic finishes off the group.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Like every prospect, the draft value of quarterback Ryan Tannehill fluctuates depending on who you ask. With Landry Jones and Matt Barkley staying at their respective schools, the elite quarterback talent has been chopped in half.
To fill that void, Tannehill has been projected as early as the 12th overall pick going to the Seattle Seahawks by CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler, and numerous other prospect rankings have put him among the top 32 players.
Tannehill had a decent senior season, but it wasn't spectacular. He threw for 3,744 yards, 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions with a 61.6 completion percentage.
ESPN 's Joe Schad reported that Tannehill broke his foot and might require surgery, so teams won't get a chance to see him play in the Senior Bowl, either.
The 2012 NFL Draft isn't deep at quarterback, but drafting Tannehill in the first round would be a mistake.
Davin Meggett, RB, Maryland
Davin Meggett was a very good college football play. He ran for 896 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry for Maryland this season.
I am not sure if his talent will translate well to the NFL, though.
Meggett is a workhorse, and has the required tenacity to become an NFL player, but he doesn't have overwhelming skill as a runner or a large repertoire of juke moves.
He isn't very fast with a 4.56 40-yard dash, and at 5'8", 215 pounds, Meggett isn't really a power runner, either.
CBSSports.com ranks Meggett as the 17th best running back being drafted in the fifth-round, and while I do think he deserves a chance to make it into an NFL camp, he should be taken at the tail end of the draft or not at all.
Devon Still, DT , Penn State
It isn't surprising to see Devon Still from Penn State ranked as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect entering the NFL Draft.
CBSSports.com has Still ranked first overall, and Rob Rang and Dane Brugler are projecting him to go to the Carolina Panthers with the eighth pick. The site also gives him a fair share of criticism, though.
CBSSports says that Still has yet to harness his strength and power, doesn't have the "initial quickness" to become a pass-rush threat and that he "does not knock back better linemen." Those are just a few issues whoever drafts the 6'4", 310-pound defensive tackle will face.
Still deserves to be drafted very late in the first round or early in the second, but he shouldn't be a top pick—considering an early selection is largely based upon his potential.
Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State
Like Devon Still, Kelechi Osemele has a lot of potential. He has played both tackle and guard, so he is extremely versatile. And Osemele is an imposing presence at 6'6", 347 pounds.
Another similarity to Still: Osemele is projected to go in the first round by CBSSport.com's Dane Brugler.
I could see Osemele going in the first round, and I would be surprised if he did, but there is good reason to have trepidation with his selection.
CBSSports.com says he has a "...bad habit of stopping his feet at contact, allowing savvy defenders to burst pass him."
CBS also said he has an inconsistent motor, needs to improve his hand positioning in order to control rushers and struggles to be consistent blocking in motion, lacking foot quickness to cover a lot of ground.
Osemele has a lot of good qualities as well, but he is a work in progress and won't be ready see the field early on.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
After seeing Kirk Cousins quite a bit in college, I think he will become a solid backup quarterback one day in the NFL.
He is good at moving through his reads and checking down if needed, but he doesn't have the elite talent it takes to be drafted in the second round.
And that is just where he is projected by CBSSports.com, in the second to third round.
Cousins arm isn't impressive, so he doesn't normally throw the ball downfield and put in it a tight window (something that all starting quarterbacks in the NFL need to be able to do). Instead, Cousins focuses more on making the right throw at the right time.
With Kellen Moore—an even better game manager in my opinion—available late, picking Cousins up so early would be a rash decision.