Every NFL prospect in every NFL draft is a question, there are no guarantees. However, some players are riskier than others. Whether they are a bad fit for the scheme a team runs, have character flaws or are just simply too big of a risk for the team at the time, there are certain players in every draft that should be avoided altogether.
This is the third year I have written this article, and it seems to have gone pretty well thus far. Highlights from previous years include:
Jimmy Clausen: Widely speculated by the media as a top 10 pick in 2010, and often mocked to the Browns at No. 7. Clausen fell to Carolina in the second round. His tenure as starting QB lasted just 10 games, as Carolina would finish the season with the worst record in the league and select QB Cam Newton first overall in 2011.
Tony Pike: Also selected by Carolina in 2010, Pike was a favorite potential "mid-round steal" talked up by many Browns fans. His rookie season saw the Panthers lose QBs Jimmy Clausen and Matt Moore to injury, yet the Panthers chose to bring in street free agent Brian St. Pierre in to start over Pike. He has since been released and is not currently in the NFL.
LeGarrette Blount: After a punching incident versus Boise State ended his collegiate career to suspension, Blount entered the 2010 NFL draft. However, concerns about his character wound up trumping his potential, and he went undrafted, and was signed as a free agent by Tennessee, where he was cut before the season for another punching incident involving a teammate. While he has moved on to Tampa Bay and had some success, it is unlikely he would have lasted under the Browns head coach Eric Mangini and his disciplinarian approach.
Robert Quinn: A few weeks before the NFL draft Quinn was being hyped as one of the best players in the class, and was mocked as high as No. 5 to the Browns due to their need for a defensive end. However the closer the draft got, the further Quinn's stock fell. He ended up being selected No. 14 by the St Louis Rams. He ended his rookie season with 22 tackles and five sacks, while Browns second-round pick Jabaal Sheard finished with 55 tackles, 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.