Every year there are several players that dramatically out-perform their draft position.
After being the 252nd player selected in the 2006 draft, Marques Colston caught 70 passes for over 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns as a little-known rookie out of Hofstra.
A first-round pick in 2005, Chad Greenway has been far better than A.J. Hawk, a player considered by some to be perhaps the "safest pick in the draft." Greenway was taken 17th by the Minnesota Vikings but missed his entire rookie season due to injury, whereas Hawk was the 5th overall pick by the Packers. If the Packers were given another chance to choose between the two linebackers, Green Bay would almost certainly go with Greenway.
Anquan Boldin was the 54th pick in 2003 and instantly became a stud in the NFL. In his very first professional game, he set a rookie record with 217 receiving yards. Despite being drafted after the likes of Charles Rogers, Taylor Jacobs and Bethel Johnson, Boldin was named Rookie of the Year after racking up 101 catches, 1,377 yards and 8 touchdowns in his first season.
Whether it's a fairy tale like Colston's in which a late-round pick defies all odds and becomes an NFL star, or a second-round pick like Boldin who puts players drafted in front of him to shame, there are always players that make you wonder, "Why wasn't this guy picked higher?"
Let's take a look at a handful of guys in the 2012 NFL Draft that could out-perform their draft selection.