Coming into the 2012 draft, there are a few high-profile players feared to be a future bust in the NFL.
The pool of players is not as saturated with talent as in past years, so that brings even more questions to the minds of teams and fans alike.
As April draws nearer, you will start hearing more and more about “sure thing” players and “risky picks,” and today that is just what we will be discussing.
In past NFL drafts there have been players said to be ready to start immediately and be an anchor for their new team for the next decade or more.
Some players that have been extreme busts are Tony Mandarich with Green Bay in 1989, David Boston with Arizona in 1999, and Tim Couch with Cleveland the same year.
Sometimes it works out for a prospect.
In fact, the Packers drafted Mandarich at No. 2 overall in that 1989 draft just after Troy Aikman and just before Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas, and Deion Sanders; all of whom are now in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Are there any future Hall of Famers in the 2012 draft class?
That question will take 20 years to answer, however now we will look at some high risk/high reward players expected to be taken in the first round in April.