NFL Draft 2012: 5 Guaranteed Future 1st-Round Busts

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NFL Draft 2012: 5 Guaranteed Future 1st-Round Busts
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The NFL draft allows franchises to replenish their rosters with young, talented athletes.

Fans dream about adding players like Trent Richardson to their team's backfield or stuffing Dontari Poe in the middle of their defensive line. 

But you never know how a college player's talents will translate at the next level. What made them good in college might not necessarily be effective in the NFL.

This reality keeps NFL general managers and coaches up long hours in the months leading to the NFL draft. Selecting a bust, especially in the first round, slows the development of the franchise.

Just ask the Oakland Raiders who passed on Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis and Calvin Johnson when they selected JaMarcus Russell No. 1 overall in 2007.

Fortunately, this year's draft seems loaded with surefire first-round prospects: Andrew Luck, Morris Claiborne, Matt Kalil, etc.

But then again, you never know.

This slideshow will pick out the five prospects NFL teams should avoid in the first round—the dreaded busts. 

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