Which 2013 NFL draft prospects are most likely to succeed?
Perhaps a better question would be: What does it mean when a prospect is considered "safe"?
People often misunderstand it to mean that there is little chance a player busts. While that is certainly approaching the truth, it's a little more nuanced than that. Every player has some chance of being a disappointment because of the myriad variables that could contribute—attitude, fit, environment, coaching, injury, effort, etc.
"Safe" is a term that still allows for a player busting—not being nearly as good as teams thought he would be—because it speaks to the talent floor of a player, not necessarily the ceiling. Think of a player like Robert Gallery, who clearly "busted" as a franchise left tackle but was able to contribute as a guard and put together a decent eight-year career.
So, to find out who is most likely to succeed in this draft class, let's take a look at some of the safest prospects who also have a lot of upside. For the most part, these are high-character guys who should fit in a number of systems. No one is guaranteeing their future spot in the Hall of Fame, but assuming the injury bug doesn't hit and their respective teams don't fall apart around them, these players should put together some pretty great careers.
Get out your gel pens and get ready to sign some yearbooks. Here is the 2013 draft class' most likely to succeed.