NFL Draft 2013: Big-Name Players Who Will Fail at the Next Level

Daine Pavloski@@dpavloskiAnalyst IIJanuary 15, 2013

Geno Smith was a great college QB at WVU, but isn't NFL material.
Geno Smith was a great college QB at WVU, but isn't NFL material.Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Every year the NFL draft brings the next wave of superstars into the league. Some stars come in worthy of early picks like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Other players get drafted late and come out of nowhere to produce for their teams like Tom Brady

This year there are a ton of talented players preparing for draft day, but unfortunately for a few, they all won't be the next big thing in the NFL.

Here are a few big names that will have a hard time making the transition to football's highest level.  


Geno Smith

Geno Smith had an outstanding season and career at West Virginia and could possibly go very high in the draft, especially for a team like Kansas City who's rumored to be looking for a quarterback at the No. 1 spot. 

Smith has the natural ability to be a good football player, but he is no Andrew Luck or RGIII. Smith could make the transition to the NFL if he has time to develop as a player, but if he's thrown into play too early like many quarterbacks, such as Jamarcus Russell, are, he won't be an effective player in the NFL. 


Barkevious Mingo

Mingo is a highly touted player coming out of LSU. Mingo has blinding speed coming off the edge at his defensive end position, which will be hard for a lot of NFL teams to resist. 

They'll be disappointed in the long run if they cash in on Mingo too early in the draft. He had eight sacks as a sophomore but only had 4.5 this season. Opposing offenses knew they had to watch out for Mingo and were able to take him out of most games.

At 240 pounds he would need to add a ton of muscle before he could play with 300-plus-pound offensive linemen.

Barkevious has the potential to be a freak but has to put in a lot of time in the gym if he plans on being a monster in the NFL. 


Le'Veon Bell

If you live anywhere near East Lansing, Bell is considered one of the best players to ever take the field. While Bell's numbers were decent at Michigan State, he doesn't have the skill set or the size to be a dominant back in the NFL. 

Bell had just under 1,800 yards on the ground this season but carried almost 400 times and scored just 12 touchdowns, less than anyone else who carried like he did. 

Bell is a tough back who was a house for Sparty, but he won't offer much to any NFL franchises, especially as a No. 1 back.

If Bell could hook up with a team who has an established running game with a few veteran guys like Baltimore or Philadelphia, he might be able to develop into a successful NFL back, but if he's expected to be the main guy right out of the gates, he, and his team, will be in trouble.