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NFL Draft 2014: Identifying Fool's Gold Prospects at Every Position

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NFL Draft 2014: Identifying Fool's Gold Prospects at Every Position
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It happens every year.

A player skyrockets up NFL teams' big boards after strong showings at a combination of the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day, only to be selected higher than expected and flame out when given the opportunity.

The NFL draft has been littered with these fool's gold-type players since the draft began in 1936, and despite NFL teams' efforts to identify these types, it will continue to happen.

In recent years, the NFL has seen guys such as Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell catapult up draft boards with stellar offseasons, only to become busts when given the opportunity in the NFL.

The quarterback position tends to be the most discussed when talking about potential fool's gold players, but all positions have the ability to end up being busts.

Here are fool's gold prospects at every position in the 2014 NFL draft.

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