Perfectly encapsulating the meaning of a "boom or bust" prospect, former Penn State rush linebacker Aaron Maybin excited scouts and fans with his dominant pass-rushing skills at the college level, only to disappear as a pro, due to his lack of size and inability to develop his skill set further.
While there isn't an Aaron Maybin-type prospect in this slideshow, there is one important thing to note in regards to scouting players for the NFL draft: No matter what type of production a player may or may not have had at the college level, there still must be a projection of skill sets to the NFL level to accurately assess a player's talent.
Production can be an excellent way to support an opinion or evaluation, but must never be utilized as the be-all and end-all.
An Estonian track star with minimal football experience, Margus Hunt at SMU is still learning football, and he may be more difficult than any player in college football to accurately project his success at the next level. In terms of leverage and instincts, will he ever be ready for the NFL? Those and other questions still have yet to be answered with Hunt.
On the other hand, big-time SEC safety Robert Lester has an All-Conference First Team selection and national championship ring under his belt at Alabama, leading some to overlook his lack of elite talent and speed.
His experience in a pro-style defense and propensity to pick the ball off in big-time games have to be major plus-marks for NFL scouts; however, can that translate to a faster, more disciplined and fundamentally sound level of play?
Players like Hunt and Lester have the chance to be excellent pro players, but require ideal situations and the right coaching staffs.
Read along for a further explanation of some of the "boom or bust" prospects eligible for the 2013 NFL draft, and be sure to leave a comment below.