The 2012 NFL draft is right around the corner and the hype machine is in overdrive.
Every year, players get over-drafted because they possess a world of potential. The buzz surrounding these players is amazing in that it gets NFL teams to ignore all of the red flags. The ability to take a player that is raw but has a great upside is something that NFL teams just can't turn down.
Let's look at the five players in the 2012 NFL Draft who everyone is talking about that have a chance to bust out of the league.
Ryan Tannehill headlines the list because there is no player on the draft board who has gotten by on pure potential more than Tannehill. He started only 19 games as a quarterback in college, and that is simply not enough to warrant a top-10 selection.
Tannehill is a project. He is a raw prospect who needs to be developed into a professional starting quarterback, and he won't get there by being thrown to the wolves. Tannehill will get eaten alive if he starts right away for any NFL team.
He is certainly worthy of an early pick, but with all the hype surrounding him, he definitely has the look of a bust.
Janoris Jenkins is a player who has far too many character concerns to be selected early in the 2012 NFL draft.
Jenkins has admitted to fathering four children from three women. To be fair, this is not necessarily the kind of thing that people should get carried away with. He could be a great father, and we would not know about it.
The well-documented arrests for marijuana in the spring of 2011 are a different story. These arrests led the Florida Gators to kick him off of the football team, and these arrests are a big deal. When you lump it all together, it paints an ugly picture of the explosive cornerback.
Recently, reports have surfaced that Jenkins did not stay clean after transferring to Northern Alabama.
Selecting Jenkins too early in the draft is a huge risk.
Stephen Hill is another player who has the hype machine going into overdrive. There is no way that a player who has only caught 28 passes in his best college season should be talked about as a first-round pick.
In 2009, Hill caught six passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. In 2010, he caught 15 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns, and in 2011 he caught 28 passes for 820 yards and five touchdowns. Does this sound like a first round type of player?
It is sheer lunacy to think that Hill's workout numbers have pushed him into the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. We would not be talking about Stephen Hill if he had ran a 4.5 second 40-yard dash instead of the 4.3 second 40 that he actually ran.
Stephen Hill's draft stock is all about his measurables and ignores what he has done as a football player.
Quinton Coples makes this list because he is a player who has a motor that runs hot, cold and at times, off. Coples is a massive defensive end and has great workout numbers, but his makeup as a football player doesn't match what he did in his workouts.
Coples had a down senior season as he didn't appear to work as hard as he could. Coples is being talked about as a top-15 pick, and that is too high for a player who struggles with effort.
The team drafting Coples will have to find ways to engage him and keep him focused. If they can't, bust is a word that could apply to Coples in the future.
Dontari Poe is another case of a player who was a relative unknown until his workout performance at the combine. Poe blew through every workout he participated in, and all the media outlets talked about his potential as a football player while ignoring what he has accomplished as a football player.
In almost no time, he went from a middle-round draft pick to a certain day-one selection.
Watching Poe play football at Memphis tells an entirely different story than his workout. He has bust written all over him.