Hype is a dangerous thing around NFL draft prospects.
So much about the draft can be filed under "managed expectations." Take a decently talented player in the first round, get solid production out of him, and he can be labeled a bust because he isn't starting, heading to Pro Bowls or contributing to a Super Bowl-winning team. Take that same player in the fifth round, get that same solid production, and he's a steal!
So, as players rise and fall around media mock drafts and big boards, remember that real NFL teams rarely (if ever) operate that way. Boards have been set for months and got little tweaks (if any) from things like the combine and pro days.
The players will be selected based on those boards, but the boards can be wildly different (the one time reality and the media match up). Each team weighs the possible reward it thinks a player can bring against the inherent risk he has as a draft pick.
The following are 11 players that I believe are overrated by many—both fans and media. Undoubtedly, many in actual NFL positions would disagree with me, and many would agree. That's how draft prep works, with lots of varied opinions.
Remember, it only takes one team with a high opinion of a player to turn that "consensus mid-round prospect" into a first-round pick.
What this isn't is a list of players I don't like or players I don't think will contribute in the NFL. No, it is extremely possible to like a player at pick No. 25 and still think he's overrated by people who want him to go in the Top 10.
It's about managed expectations, and these players might be better served entering the league with a little less weight on their shoulders.