After what's been a seemingly interminable wait, the 2014 NFL draft is now a little over a week away, and with the spotlight on prospects shining brighter than ever, it's time to ascertain those with the biggest red flags.
While the draft process (this year's in particular) is a meticulous one that features an exorbitant amount of judgment of on-field ability and off-field awareness, it's necessary as NFL franchises get set to potentially determine their future successes or failures on the field with their player haul.
Red flags are raised for a multitude of reasons. Some players are flagged for questionable work ethic (hello, Jadeveon Clowney!), while others are singled out for off-field chicanery (what's up, Johnny Manziel?).
The inability to stay out of the police blotter, injury concerns and lack of on-field production are other criteria for the dreaded "red flag" distinction.
While all of the players on this list will be drafted (and some very high in the first round), they all share one other common bond: the fact that NFL teams have studied them closely and determined there is a risk involved with selecting them.
Here are the 2014 NFL draft prospects with the biggest red flags.