The 2012 NFL draft is rapidly approaching, and each franchise is beginning to work on big boards while fans are pouring over mock drafts and making wish lists. For the players themselves, the countdown has begun, and nervousness begins to settle in as the day approaches.
Most players will have to go through individual workouts and attend the NFL Combine, but for a selected few, it has already been decided that they are can't-miss prospects that will be off the board early. A player's body of work and off-the-field endeavors are extremely important, and teams are sure to not miss a thing.
Certain players have the ability to change a franchise’s fortunes on their own. These special athletes will come in and potentially change a franchise for years to come. The NFL draft is where dreams come true or are shattered, and this is true not only for the players but franchises as well. Each pick is critical and could set a franchise back for many years.
Here’s the 20 biggest difference-makers in the draft that will change teams for the better: