The 25 Most Unexpected Free Falls in NFL Draft History

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The 25 Most Unexpected Free Falls in NFL Draft History
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It seems that in every NFL draft, there's one player who's dubbed as a sure-fire, first-round draft pick, only to fall out of the first round completely. With each subsequent draft choice that's announced, the cameras pan over live to get his reaction and watch his pained expressions as his dreams are crashing and burning around him, along with his family and agent.

The 2012 NFL draft will probably have at least one or two players who were thought to be gone by the end of day one, who are still there on the big board for Round 2. What causes players to drop so much? Maybe there was a rumor started by a team that they preferred to draft the player in the second round so they stirred up something bogus and teams reacted by passing.

Maybe the player got in trouble off the field in the months leading up to the draft, and teams decided he wasn't worth the risk. These are huge decisions that teams are making, and selecting somebody that turns out to be a poor choice can set your franchise back for years.

By the way, if you are wondering where Tom Brady is, he won't be in this presentation. We think that Brady was basically projected to be drafted in Round 6 due to his workout at the NFL Scouting Combine. As such, there was no real free fall. He was drafted when he was projected to be drafted.

On to our presentation of the 25 players who experienced the biggest free falls in NFL draft history.

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