2012 NFL Mock Draft: Over-Hyped Prospects Destined to Flop

Luis BatlleContributor IFebruary 4, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal reacts during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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In spite of being projected as the No. 1 pick overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, Stanford QB Andrew Luck will not be ready to shine just yet.

As with each year that the NFL brings in players from the college game, there are always going to be those who come on as immediate sparks, and others who simply have rookie seasons to forget.

Will QB Andrew Luck put up Cam Newton- or Andy Dalton-esque numbers? Are any of Baylor's projected first-round talents capable of making noise in the league off the bat?

These are the three first-round projections that are over-hyped heading into the NFL Draft.


Kendall Wright, WR/KR, Baylor

Wright is a solid, first-round-deserving draft pick, yet he will find a plethora of struggles in the league to start out.

Wright is special because of his elusiveness and ability to break out and leave corners in the dust. His speed and quick route-running makes Wright a special player for any team to take in the draft.

Yet he is significantly undersized, as he he will inevitably struggle to get things going upon entering the league. He will need to weight train and add size. However, he will have to learn how to play the position measuring at just 5'11''.

Wright is a special talent and sure-fire special teams threat when he gets drafted, but as far as dominating the WR position, it will take time.


Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

The senior defensive end out of North Carolina will be a major threat in the NFL with several years of experience in the league.

Yet in his first couple of seasons, Coples will struggle to make the most of snaps. Coples comes out of the ACC, where with the exception of Clemson, great offense is seldom found.

Coples will be tested in the league and take time to adjust to the speed of the game. Having played against softer offenses in his college ball days, Coples will have to prove he can get it done against some of the better offenses in football.


Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

No, it's not a typo.

To say Luck has been over-hyped is putting it lightly. There has been a craze surrounding Luck and the potential he has to succeed in the NFL.

Yet there are plenty of QBs who have struggled in their rookie seasons. Coincidentally, one of these QBs is Peyton Manning. Manning easily had his worst year in the NFL his rookie year. He was able to make significant improvement after his first couple of seasons.

Make no mistake about it, Luck is a tremendous talent that will be a starting QB in the league for a while. Yet, inevitably, he has continued to be put on a pedestal and will carry this chip on his shoulder with him into the 2012-13 NFL season.