2014 NFL Draft: Buyer Beware on These 5 Prospects

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2014 NFL Draft: Buyer Beware on These 5 Prospects
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Every year, 32 NFL franchises roll the dice on top college prospects in the NFL draft. These players are poked, prodded, observed, analyzed and measured in the hope that teams know exactly what they are getting when they draft them.

And you want to know something? Those teams are wrong. In fact, they are wrong quite a little bit. The NFL draft is an inexact science, and is practiced by many. What started off as very much a niche field just over a decade ago has become something of a phenomenon. Having does this since the early '90s, I've seen it grow into something spectacular.

However, there's a huge downside to it all. With so many more opinions, both informed and otherwise, it is a challenge for the casual fan to sort it all out. Knowing who the best prospects are and getting a clear, unbiased picture is a challenge.

This year's draft is no different. Draft analysts want to pontificate about their favorite prospects. And if you believe them all, you would have to assume there are 80 players worthy of a first-round pick. But it is "buyer beware" for some of these top players.

The reasons vary, but if you want to peer closely enough into any player's game, you can find yourself suffering from paralysis by analysis. It's akin to staring up at the clouds. If you look hard enough, you will find something.

So with that, let's take a look at some highly touted prospects that might not be as safe as the masses would have you believe. Bear in mind that these are all exceptional football players. However, looking past the glowing positives, all of these prospects merit some concerns as well and could find themselves drafted too early come May.

These players end up on the wrong teams, and there's a real chance they could go from boom to bust in a hurry.

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