With draft talk really heating up as the bowl season gets underway, there will be more and more names thrown around, and they can be hard to keep track of (here's the defensive player version of this article).
So I tried to make a brief positional preview here for fans, highlighting five different types of players: the stud, the safe pick, the project, the wild card and the dark horse.
The stud is the biggest name, most naturally talented and/or imposing player. This is not, I repeat this is not necessarily the best prospect.
The safe pick is the guy with the least potential to bust; even if they aren't inherently the most exciting prospects, teams mostly know what they're getting.
The project is an athletic and gifted player who will take some time to mature and develop, but could end up being a great NFL player.
The wild card is the typical boom-or-bust prospect who could flame out or be a star if put in the right situation.
Finally, the dark horse is a lesser-known talent who could end up rising and making waves over the next few months.