Every year in the NFL draft, there are players who are widely expected to be picked before a certain point—but in reality, they remain long after that point.
Although highly-touted players taking a back seat while other, seemingly lesser players are called ahead of them often doesn't make sense, there is usually a reason behind the unfortunate drop-off.
For example, take the case of Vontaze Burfict. Formerly projected to be a potential first-round draft pick, Burfict never heard his name called in the draft thanks to a plethora of character issues and drug concerns.
For other players, falling in the draft defies explanation. These players are often collegiate stars at their position—or at least widely recognized to be better than their competition.
Which excellent players had inexplicable falls on the draft board during the 2012 NFL draft?
Read on to find out.