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2012 NFL Draft: 6 Juniors Who Made a Mistake Opting for the Draft

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2012 NFL Draft: 6 Juniors Who Made a Mistake Opting for the Draft
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Only a select few college football players have the ability to turn NFL aspirations into actuality. To turn pro, you must have enough mental and physical toughness to peel yourself off the grass every time you get walloped by the Patrick Willises of the league.

College football players who think they have what it takes to make it in the NFL are investing their future in their bodies. Any damage done to the body and its image, such as suffering an injury or getting in trouble with the law, can limit the maximum potential of the investment.

Financially, it makes sense to turn pro as soon as a player is eligible. However, cashing in early does not always lead to the greatest return. Some players commit before they have reached their full potential, and their investment suffers accordingly. 

This slide show will call out six juniors who made a mistake entering the NFL draft early. 

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