2012 NFL Draft: 5 Most Underrated Prospects

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Most Underrated Prospects
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Last week I looked at prospects in the upcoming draft who were overrated. Now it’s time to do the opposite and look at which prospects are underrated.

Unlike overrated prospects who get far too much attention, underrated prospects struggle to get the attention that they truly deserve. Some players don’t get enough attention because they played at a smaller college or they fail to put up flashy numbers at the scouting combine.

Take last year’s draft for example. Many eyebrows were raised when the San Francisco 49ers drafted Aldon Smith with the seventh overall pick, but he went on to shock everyone with an amazing rookie season and finished the year with 14 sacks.

Aldon Smith didn’t get the same attention as his Missouri teammate Blaine Gabbert did, but he did have a far better rookie season. Smith is just one example of a great player who was underrated leading up to the draft.

Which prospects are flying under the radar this year? Here are just a prospects who may get overlooked in the draft.

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