Every year, scouts, coaches and experts spend countless hours poring over countless hours of game film in an attempt to determine which college football players will translate to NFL stars. Despite this, there are still players picked near the top of the draft that turn into colossal busts—JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf and Matt Leinart come to mind immediately.
The 2012 NFL draft has arguably the safest prospect in recent memory in Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, but then again, only time will tell just how successful any college player will actually be in the National Football League. This year’s draft has a slew of potential first- or second-round players that should have red flags next to their name, whether it is because of a serious injury they have suffered recently, concerns that they were a one-year wonder, or the simple fact that they are undersized to play in the NFL level.
This doesn’t mean no team should take them. Cam Newton from last year’s draft was seen as an enormous risk, and the Carolina Panthers have had nothing but overwhelming success from the quarterback they made the No. 1 overall pick. It simply means teams should think twice before selecting these players.