Predictions are just that: predictions. And if we've learned anything over the years about projecting how well a player will fare at the NFL level, it's that there's certainly no such thing as a sure thing.
With that said, many prediction "misses" have come as a result of experts and even scouts over-hyping players who, when really analyzed and broken down on film, have proven very little. Often times, scouts and analysts fall in love with the idea of a player, and thus, like sheep, others piggy-back on the hype, creating a perceived value of that player that just isn't real.
Just as well, certain players are often overlooked for reasons as shallow as lack of visual appeal, yet when they hit the field on Sundays, they rise to the occasion.
With the NFL Combine kicking off this Wednesday, we take a look at the five quarterbacks garnering the most attention coming into the week, and apply film review to rank each one.
Derek Stephens is Managing Editor and Author at TheBlueBirdHerd.com, a blog dedicated to Seattle Seahawks discussion and analysis.
He is also a contributor at NFL.com's NFL Blog Blitz (Seattle Seahawks Blog), and has scouted for Lindy's Sports Pro Football Draft Guide as well as provided player draft analysis at NFLDraftScout.com.