2012 NBA Mock Draft: Projecting the Biggest Steals of the 1st Round

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Projecting the Biggest Steals of the 1st Round
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Nowadays, the NBA draft is dissected so thoroughly that it seems impossible to find any player who would be considered a steal in the first round. However, it has been proven time and time again that certain players simply fall through the cracks and that often it is not the lottery picks from perennial powerhouses that make the biggest impact as professionals.

Last year, the emergence of Providence's MarShon Brooks, the 25th overall pick, and Morehead State's Kenneth Faried, the 22nd overall pick, were huge storylines. Neither player was expected to be an immediate contributor, but both proved to be more than capable of providing quality minutes for their ballclubs and proved they could be long term impact players.

The 2012 draft class, one loaded with more talent than we've seen in a long time, should prove no different. Even though top picks like Anthony Davis and Thomas Robinson will undoubtedly be impressive players when they join the league, there are plenty of guys who will be available further down the board that will come to surprise many fans and experts when the 2012-2013 season rolls around.

Here I've highlighted a few players I believe could be major steals of the first round and why other teams may regret passing them up when all is said and done.

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