2012 NFL Draft: 3 Big-Name Prospects Who Could Become NFL Busts

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2012 NFL Draft: 3 Big-Name Prospects Who Could Become NFL Busts
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The NFL draft is an inexact science. The 2012 NFL Draft will prove no different.

In the early days of professional football, teams often selected players sight unseen based on regional scouting, statistics provided by the players' schools and newspaper clippings.

As the sport and technology evolved to produce more accessible game film, national scouting and pre-draft scouting combines, the science improved but the results were still a crapshoot, albeit a more educated crapshoot.

In today's world of Mel Kiper, multimillion-dollar cable packages and the NFL Combine in which players are poked, prodded and Wonderlicked under the watchful eye of the NFL Network's 24-hour draft coverage, the potential NFL stars of tomorrow are as visible as their counterparts they are trying to join and replace at the next level.

However, every year there are surprise players who outperform expectations (see Tebow, Tim) and, just as predictably—or unpredictably—there are busts. Just ask Ryan Leaf.

With the 2012 NFL Draft taking place over the course of three days next April, here are three players considered to be among the best in the nation who could turn out to be busts at the next level.

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