MLB Draft 2011 Results: Ranking Gerrit Cole and the Last 5 No. 1 Overall Picks

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MLB Draft 2011 Results: Ranking Gerrit Cole and the Last 5 No. 1 Overall Picks
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It's often been said that figures lie and liars figure. Numbers can either be a bane or a blessing when discussing sports draft picks.

The hallowed, much ballyhooed top draft pick of all can expect his stats to lead him to a payday of riches beyond his wildest imagination. However, numbers don't always tell the full story. Many questions need to be answered of any top pick.

What's his work ethic like? Can he make a smooth transition into professional athletics? How fast can he develop? Is he level-headed and mature? Can he handle success?

Can he shrug off (and hopefully learn from) failure? How much of an impact can he make right away? Is he a quick learner? How versatile is he now or can he become?

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