2012 NFL Draft Sleepers: 25 Players You Need to Get to Know Now

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2012 NFL Draft Sleepers: 25 Players You Need to Get to Know Now
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The NFL season is only five weeks old, but it is never too early to talk about the NFL draft.  Everyone that follows football is aware of Andrew Luck and his excellent chance of being selected No. 1 overall. However, there are a ton of players that do not get the publicity of Luck.

If you look across the NFL landscape, you will find plenty of players that have out performed their draft position. These players are often refereed to as "sleepers," players every team wants to land. Often times, a team's draft is made or broken by sleepers.

People have different definitions of a sleeper. I personally feel that a sleeper can be selected at any point in the draft, even the first round. To me, a "sleeper" is easily defined as someone who out performers their draft position.

Prior to the draft, prospects will see their draft stock fluctuate for any number of reasons. This fluctuation is what often creates sleeper picks. For example, many evaluators felt that Nick Fairley was worthy of a top 10 selection. However, as the draft approached, question marks emerge. These question marks resulted in Fairley slipping to the No. 13 overall.

Fairley has a good chance to develop into a sleeper pick, as he has the talent to perform above his draft selection.

This slideshow lists 25 players that I feel can outperform their draft position. The slideshow is not in any particular order; just a list of intriguing names.

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