The terms “upside," “project," "raw" and “potential” are used relatively loosely and often when defining a player's stock in where he deserves to be selected in the NFL Draft.
Coaches and general managers either cringe, or conversely grin at the idea and meaning of these terms, because of the mixed bag of negative or positive connotations associated with them.
For instance, some front office personnel see or hear these words and subconsciously assume it defines a player who has yet to accomplish or do something to his full capability.
On the other hand, these words can also mean a player has unique skills and abilities that have yet to be fully taken advantage of due to a number of different internal or external factors.
The players designated with these specific tags are intensely debated by both fans and the media every year and for good reason. Players who earn this rap are largely considered boom-or-bust type players if selected high or potential sleepers if available in the mid-late rounds.
For this reason, getting the pick right can present excellent value and return on investment, whereas getting it wrong can often mean the waste of a valuable draft pick(s) and can even cost a scout his job depending how large of a gaffe it becomes.
The 10 players on the following slides each possess certain skills or traits at their respective positions that offer intrigue, but they have yet to put it all together and become dominant forces.
Some of these players will reach their full potential and become solid NFL players or even stars in the league, while others will fail and fall flat on their faces and become an obscene pun or relative afterthought in the minds of one unlucky franchise and its loyal fanbase.
Let's take a closer look at which players in this year’s draft fall into this specific class and could be coming to a city near you soon, for better or for worse.