The NFL draft is like the presidential election. There are a bunch of promising candidates trying to sell themselves as the most attractive person for the job. Some players are able to keep their promises while others prove to be phonies.
In the NFL, the phonies are players who do not perform (on or off the field) as well as expected. Those who fall into this category are known as underachievers. Ways a player can earn the underachiever label is by exhibiting questionable work ethic or having run-ins with the law.
Selecting an underachiever, especially in the first and second rounds, can damage the progression of a franchise (the notorious JaMarcus Russell comes to mind). For this reason, teams tend not to target these players in the draft.
In the earlier rounds, underachievers come with a high risk/reward factor. Even though it may seem as though they are not as good as promised, there is still a chance they will live up to or exceed expectations. These players we call studs.
This slide show will highlight the five biggest underachievers in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft and argue why they will turn out to be future studs.