NFL Draft 2013: First Round Locks Destined to Be Busts

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterFebruary 21, 2013

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 03:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the TCU Horned Frogs during the game on November 3, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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“And with the number one pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs doom to mediocrity....”

Just kidding, but as most football fans know, a player being drafted in the first round in no way guarantees them a long and illustrious career in the NFL.

For one reason or another, some players just can’t make the leap, and the following are the first-round locks most likely to fumble and flounder their way to a quick bust labeling after entering the NFL.

Manti Te’o

Alright, let’s get it out there—the kid has baggage. 

And all Lennay Kekua jokes aside, the chances that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o enters the NFL and lives up to his billing are small.

Most of Te’o’s success in college came away from the line of scrimmage when he would back and snag an interception that was batted his way. 

Being able to defend the pass is a plus, but Te’o managed only 1.5 sacks his senior year at Notre Dame—an unbelievably low number for a middle linebacker.

He might’ve been effective in college, but as he showed against Alabama in the BCS title game, big physical opponents can run all over him.

Star Lotulelei

The Philadelphia Eagles are unlikely to pass up on Star Lotulelei, should he be around for the fourth pick, but drafting the bearish Utah defensive tackle may come back to haunt them.

A lack of effort has been the major concern for teams interested in Lotulelei, who appears to play with an “inconsistent motor” against weaker opponents.

Lotulelei is a big-talent man, but he’ll be bowled over and sitting on the bench if he doesn’t keep it humming at maximum power on every snap.

Dee Milliner 

Alabama corner Dee Milliner isn’t a true lock to bust, but he’s not off to a great start.

Milliner is projected to be selected somewhere in the top of the top ten, but health issues, along with questions concerning his straight-line speed, could very well lead to big problems transitioning the starter role he’ll be needed to undertake immediately in the NFL. 

Geno Smith

I believe there’s a lot of upside to this young man, but West Virginia University quarterback Geno Smith comes with a huge risk to the team that drafts him.

Smith’s numbers at WVU were phenomenal, but questions remain about his accuracy and consistency. He may have the relative accuracy and throwing chops to warrant a first round draft pick with the Chiefs, but he'll be facing a daunting uphill battle to prove his worth.