NFL Draft 2012: Prospects Who Could Rise over the Course of the CFB Season

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NFL Draft 2012: Prospects Who Could Rise over the Course of the CFB Season
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Earlier this week, I came out with my big board of the 25 best NFL prospects for the 2012 draft. But, if you look at any preseason "big board" list and see how it evolves over the course of a college football season, you'll notice one glaring trend.

There are the many less heralded or even unheralded players who come out of seemingly nowhere to appear on these boards by December and January thanks to their play during the season.

This article attempts to identify some of those under-the-radar players who appear primed to break out on the national scene with their performances in 2011.

While these players really don't come out of nowhere, sometimes it just takes a while to get noticed because the player shared the spotlight previously, or were overshadowed by another player, or even come from a less visible football program.

Whatever the reason, here are five players who are ready for the "big reveal" this season.

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