NFL Rookie Predictions: 1 Rookie Sure to Bust from Every Round

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NFL Rookie Predictions: 1 Rookie Sure to Bust from Every Round
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Every NFL draft class is bound to have its share of draft picks that turn out to be busts. The 2012 NFL draft class will be no different. It's inevitable that somebody won't be able to make the transition from the college game to the bigger, faster and stronger NFL game.

A bust could be the result of a player that just physically can't perform at the next level, is overwhelmed by NFL playbooks, can't overcome injuries, has a poor work ethic, faces off-field issues or decides that the game of football is no longer fun. For whatever reason, the player becomes a bust, meaning the expected level of production didn't warrant the draft pick that the team invested in that player.

Some college football programs are constructed in a way that their schemes and designs will make players look superficially much better than they actually are. Once those players are in NFL training camps, they are exposed for what kinds of players they are in reality.

It could be a first-round, second-round, fifth-round or a seventh-round pick. Regardless of the round he was selected in, each round of the draft and every draft pick carries with it some level or degree of playing skill that his NFL team thought made him worthy of being drafted in that specific round. The value of expected return varies according to the round he was drafted in.

So, when we bring up a name that could be deemed a potential third-round bust or a potential sixth-round bust, we are also acknowledging that there is a drop-off in expectations the later the player is drafted. Still, if there wasn't any level of expectations for sixth-round draft picks or seventh-round draft picks, the NFL would just eliminate those rounds from the draft.

Here, then, are my choices for which rookies from every round of the 2012 NFL draft will turn out to be busts.

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