2011 NFL Draft: 5 Offensive Players to Avoid at Current Projected Draft Spot

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2011 NFL Draft: 5 Offensive Players to Avoid at Current Projected Draft Spot
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Blaine Gabbert could very well get swallowed whole in the NFL.

To be clear, this article isn't meant to say these guys will be busts in the NFL.  I have concerns with a few of them ever being great, but with time, most should actually perform in the NFL.

The concern with these players is that they are being tauted at draft spots that exceed their actual Saturday contributions...and what they will be able to produce on Sundays over the next few years.  

It should also be noted that the first round of the draft is somewhat defense-heavy.  This makes it all the more important for teams looking at offense to get the most out of their selections. 

With the kind of money being paid to first round talent, NFL teams can't afford to wait two years for a player to be a regular contributor, and then risk losing him to free agency.  Even worse, a top draft pick can make a huge difference in a team's fortunes.  

As an example, look at the San Francisco 49ers and the two Super Bowl teams last season.  The 49ers have struggled with their draft board in recent years, selecting Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers in '05.  Last year they moved up to get Anthony Davis and then took Iupati, leaving Maurkice Pouncey on the board (and Roger Saffold).

So what players are going to be selected high this year, when a team would be better off waiting to take someone else?

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