For all the certainty we in the media project as the league approaches the NFL draft, every year NFL organizations disagree with our assessments or general public perception and avoid certain prospects.
This experience can humble and challenge rookies in a very unique manner.
Whether their pressure originates from the fat contract of a top-10 pick or the chip on the shoulder resulting from an unexpected draft-stock plummet, the NFL draft can prove difficult waters for these young men to navigate.
Every season, a household name anticipated as an early, high-profile pick awkwardly awaits their turn in the NFL's green room.
The results can differ greatly—Brady Quinn entered through the whirlwind of dropping precipitously and then having his hometown Cleveland Browns trade up for him at 22nd. Quinn never wrested the job from waiver-acquisition Derek Anderson with the Browns.
Aaron Rodgers projected as a potential first overall coming out of Cal in 2005. Twenty-four picks later, he was headed to the Packers—doomed to indefinite apprenticeship behind the iron man Brett Favre.
Five years later, Rodgers was goin' to Disneyland.
After receiving national praise, acclaim and fame for three to four years as a collegian, these unfortunate souls are made to feel like they've gone full-Scott Norwood before they've played a down.
Until recently, prospects suffered on their couches in relative anonymity. In any other vocation, the spectacle would be outrageously cruel. What college senior must wait to hear the results of their job applications on national television?
But the NFL ain't show-friends, it's show-business.
Which high-profile prospects from the 2012 NFL draft could be sweating like Antonio Cromartie at a paternity hearing as the 20th selection draws closer?