Round 1 of the 2012 NFL draft may get all of the attention in the mainstream sports media world, but the truth is, franchises that are able to land impact players in later rounds tend to enjoy long-term success.
Players fall in the draft for a variety of reasons.
Most times, a player "falls" because of teams' genuine on-field concerns about a player. However, there are always players who slip through the cracks because of unfair labels or unusual depth at a position in the draft.
Sometimes, it just takes a professional contract to get the light to turn on.
Here are some 2012 later round picks who will leave their mark in the NFL from the start.