As with any year, clear candidates stand out in their class. Those names are the ones everyone in the know is talking about, as they are clearly the best that this year’s draft will have to offer.
Some of them, like Andrew Luck out of Stanford, have already become well known outside of sports analysts and hardcore fans. In fact, Luck in particular has become a household name.
Others aren’t as well known right now, but they may soon become household names as well as they join whichever NFL team announces their name in April.
Lost in all of this hype is the cold reality that not all of the exciting prospects will live up to the hype come fall of 2012. Over the next eight slides, we will overview some of the most exciting draft candidates this year who could either be booms in the NFL—or big busts.