2011 NFL Draft: Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder & the 10 Most Overrated Players

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2011 NFL Draft: Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder & the 10 Most Overrated Players
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I am not going to pretend that I know exactly which players from this year's NFL draft are going to be future Hall of Famers or Super Bowl Champions.

I also don't know every one of these college gridiron stars that are going to be NFL busts.

Anyone who pretends to know this with 100 percent accuracy is just kidding themselves, kind of like the notion that anyone picked this year's NCAA Final Four correctly.

With all due apologies to a certain network, I am still having trouble believing that one person, never less two people actually called that one. And no I am not buying the concept of dumb luck either.

Still, its fun to predict whether a team or player is going to be successful, especially if you are not a scout, coach, general manager or the player with your job at stake in the professional ranks.

With this in mind, and after careful consideration, I have come up with a bunch of players that I feel are overrated and underrated in this year's draft. This is not to say that all of the overrated players will fail and all of the underrated ones will succeed.

It's all about meeting expectations or not. Think of it as Kansas being the perennial top-five pick in the NFL draft that goes the way of a Ryan Leaf, Charles Rogers or Tony Mandarich. Or think of Butler and VCU as a Tom Brady, Zach Thomas or Marques Colston.

Unfortunately, I think you could label a significant number of players in this year's NFL draft as overrated, so I am going to start with that list first. Besides, I already revealed some "sleepers" in this draft and I believe that in identifying a player as a sleeper you are indicating that the player is clearly underrated.

You can make the argument that many, if not most of the 2011 crop of quarterbacks are overrated because they all have significant flaws in their game and will be over drafted for the most part because of the complete dearth of starting talent in the NFL.

But, who are the most overrated players? Let's take a look.

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