5 NFL Players Whose Reputations Don't Match Their Performance

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IDecember 2, 2011

5 NFL Players Whose Reputations Don't Match Their Performance

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    Every year, there are new NFL players that are hyped up and receive the reputation of someone who is very good at their job.

    Sometimes, there are players that fail to live up to these lofty expectations that come along with their reputation.

    Here are five players in the league today that fit this mold exactly.

Tim Tebow

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    Broncos QB Tim Tebow is one of the most over-hyped players in NFL history.

    Last year, he came into the league with a lot of buzz after winning two national championships and a Heisman trophy in college.

    He's also received a ton of credit for his team's recent winning-streak, although he has only completed just over 45 percent of his passes and has been more of a game manager than a game-breaking quarterback this season.

    However, as long as the Broncos are winning, Tebow will continue to get build an already growing reputation for merely completing a few passes and relying on a suddenly strong Denver defense.

Mark Sanchez

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    Mark Sanchez is one of the biggest mysteries at the QB position in today's NFL.

    He's one of the only starting quarterbacks in the league that can throw for four TDs while looking like a Pro Bowl QB one week, and then look completely lost in the next contest.

    Like his predecessor in this list, Tim Tebow, he is another signal-caller that benefits greatly from having a solid defense playing behind him.

    Although "The Sanchize" might be impressing some people in New York this year with his solid TD/INT ratio, I'm still not buying what he's selling from an overall performance standpoint.

Kevin Kolb

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    Remember all the teams that used to be interested in Kevin Kolb's services over the last couple seasons?

    It seems hard to remember now, mainly because Kolb hasn't exactly played well in his first season as an NFL starter.

    In seven games, the former University of Houston star has thrown as many interceptions as touchdowns and has proved to many why he was overrated from the start.

Peyton Hillis

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    Peyton Hillis is the perfect example of hyping a player up way too much for just one good season in the league.

    Last year, the Browns RB rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns while earning a spot on the video game, Madden '12.

    What has he done this year?

    He's rushed for 276 yards, he's lost support in the locker room and he's become just another guy on the long list of NFL players who have a much higher reputation than they really deserve.

Antonio Cromartie

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    Some NFL experts have said that Antonio Cromartie is one of the best CBs in the league.

    Although I would argue that the previous statement should be true for Cromartie's teammate Darrelle Revis, it's not the case with the other starting Jets cornerback.

    After receiving such high praise each season for being a shutdown CB, I just don't buy it.

    The former Chargers' star continues to get burnt in coverage, see the picture above, and takes is very poor against the run as well.