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NFL Draft 2013: Players Who Won't Live Up to Their Selection
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Being one of the first players taken in the NFL draft is an honor, but it also comes with tons of added pressure.

As if making the transition from college football to the NFL wasn't challenging, players like E.J. Manuel and Eric Reid, both top 20 selections in 2013, will be forced to make a successful transition while also living up to their early selections.

Here we'll highlight a trio of players who will fail to live up to their selection in 2013.

 

 

E.J. Manuel, Buffalo Bills, QB, No. 16 Overall 

The Buffalo Bills made a strange move in Thursday's opening round, sliding back eight spots to No. 16, and then drafting Florida State's E.J. Manuel, making him the first and only quarterback taken in the first round in 2013.

Manuel completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,392 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2012 with the Seminoles, but has several flaws that suggest he could be one of next season's biggest busts.

The first big question mark in Manuel's game is his accuracy. While he is solid at finding receivers in the middle of the field for short or intermediate gains, he struggles to hit wideouts in stride on the sideline or deep down the field each time.

Manuel's ability to make the right decision on the fly is also a fair point of criticism. He'll have to prove he can get through his progressions quickly and correctly at the next level if he hopes to avoid becoming the next first-round bust.

 

 

Darius Slay, Detroit Lions, CB, No. 36 Overall

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Detroit wasted no time addressing its need in the secondary in the second round on Friday, drafting Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay. 

The question is, did the Lions reach at No. 36 overall?

Slay is definitely a big-time prospect in terms of his physical traits, but his rawness on the outside could make him a liability at the next level. He recorded five interceptions a season ago for the Bulldogs, but only broke up six passes. 

His limited experience and questionable instincts make him a bit of a gamble in the second round for Detroit, and even suggests he won't quite live up to the hype of his selection in 2013.

 

 

David Amerson, Washington Redskins, CB, No. 51 Overall

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Another cornerback selected in the second round with questions to answer in his rookie year is former NC State star David Amerson.

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The Washington Redskins drafted Amerson 51st overall on Friday, hoping that he'll play like he did in 2011, when he led the nation with 13 interceptions. Unfortunately, Amerson is coming off a down year that saw him get burned far too often.

He finished the year with five interceptions and 12 passes defended. 

While Amerson does address a key need for the Redskins, he may not be the right player to fill the need. After all, he has struggled to turn, run and defend deep vertical passes.

He'll need to improve at transitioning in and out of breaks and locating the ball in order to avoid becoming a big-time bust in DC next season.

 

 

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