Notre Dame vs. Stanford: Each Team's 2012 Draft Prospects with Bust Potential

Jonathan McDanalContributor IIINovember 26, 2011

Notre Dame vs. Stanford: Each Team's 2012 Draft Prospects with Bust Potential

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    With great talent comes great responsibility, and everyone at the proverbial "next level" knows that.

    These next few slides highlight the kids on these teams that have displayed enough talent to make it to the next level.

    Some have higher expectations than others, and therefore have more bust potential. I mean, think about it: If no one expects anything from you, how can you bust? I will try to present them in order of bust potential with the "No. 1" slide being the highest possible fall from "grace."

No. 5: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

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    Manti Te'o plays a tough, physical position. He will be up against the cream of the crop.

    Will he have the strength, skill and raw talent necessary to succeed in the NFL? Probably, but this is a ruthless, mentally and physically draining position to play Sunday after Sunday.

    He has the lowest bust potential of the group I chose for this slideshow, but the bust potential in the NFL in general is pretty high. You graduate with a degree, you get a job. You get drafted, you get an incredibly low-tolerance-for-failure job interview.

    Here's to you, draftees! Good luck in all your future endeavors!

No. 4: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

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    Michael Floyd plays what I like to call "second bust." (It's like second base at a blackjack table.) The WR position is tough to play at any level. It's even tougher to play well.

    It's even tougher to play well, week-in and week-out. There are as many ways to bust as a WR as there are at QB. Running routes, blocking, faking, juking, yards-after-catch—the list goes on and on. I hope he has what it takes to succeed at the next level.

    We already know he has what it takes to get there.

No. 3: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

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    Jonathan Martin is ranked highly at his position. I saw him at No. 3 on nfldraftscout.com. Again, highly ranked goes hand-in-hand with bust potential.

    His draft analysis video speaks for itself. He has LOADS of raw talent to build upon and a slew of skills that he's been developing in college.

    He has big potential to be a playmaker at an "unsung" position in the NFL. Therefore, big potential bust here.

No. 2: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

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    David DeCastro has the NFL licking its chops for his talent. Quarterback protection, check. Opening holes for the ground game, check. Getting to the second level and handling would-be defenders, check.

    This guy has what it takes to hit the next level with production in his rookie year. If he plays to his capability, that is.

    He has a strong work ethic. He will likely outwork players that are "better" than him in the NFL, and whoever drafts him will love him for it.

    However, if he proves to be an excellent college player without the ability to play at the next level, the call will be "bust." Likely? No, but with this much hype and this much expectation on his shoulders, the potential to fall short of his projected effectiveness is there.

No. 1: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

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    When talking about talent on these two teams, Andrew Luck is far and away the most talented player. He makes decisions with the football that most college quarterbacks just don't make.

    He makes them look easy, and he has the talent to make his decisions work. He's not off by a foot or two here and there, he's on target, and he chooses his targets very effectively.

    Put him in the NFL, and he's likely to take a team that's got the support personnel all the way to the Super Bowl in his rookie year.

    With that expectation comes the potential to fall short. The quarterback position is one of the most unpredictable in the NFL. College success is indicative of NFL success, but one doesn't necessarily mean the other.

    He could get to the NFL and be overwhelmed by the speed of the game, and fail miserably. Most likely, he will be highly successful, but we will see.