NFL Draft 2012: Overhyped College Stars Sure to Struggle in the NFL

Sean JacksonContributor IIIFebruary 17, 2012

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 29:  Wide receiver A.J. Green #8 (L) and offensive lineman Cordy Glenn #71 (R) of the Georgia Bulldogs congratulate Mohamed Massaquoi #1 after one of his three first half touchdowns during the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  The Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs 45-42.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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The NFL Draft generates plenty of buzz centered on star-studded athletes coming from college. That said, the transition to the next level is a big adjustment and even some of the top college stars will struggle.

Here is a look at some who will have trouble adjusting to the next level.


Cordy Glenn, Georgia

Glenn played well for the Bulldogs, but had a tendency to get beat against teams like Florida and Boise State. He does have a good ability to move around, which for his size is impressive.

However, his struggles against the pass rush are cause for concern. Many draft analysts think Glenn will go in the first round. While he has potential, his technique isn’t quite there yet, especially with his handwork. His transition could be rough.


Lamar Miller, Miami (FL)

Lamar has great vision and once he gets through the hole few can catch him. He does struggle with the initial burst through the hole and his size will make the adjustment tough. He won’t run over people, so he has to use his speed and agility to make up for it.

Furthermore, he’ll need to develop his blocking skills, as he didn’t utilize them much at Miami. While he has a lot of potential, Lamar’s size and inexperience may make it hard for him to transition to the next level.


Mike Adams, Ohio State

Adams had a ton of hype when he came to Columbus and he played well in spurts. This past season he showed the tendency to struggle at blocking on the second level. He would often lose his balance, causing him to miss assignments.

Not to mention, he had this nasty tendency to get beat by defenders who used spin moves. Many think he’s a first-round draft pick. Based on his struggles in college it’s hard to see him having success on the next level.