5 Players Guaranteed to Be Busts in 2012

Aaron Nagler@Aaron_NaglerNFL National Lead WriterJuly 11, 2012

Entering into the 2012 NFL season, there are players we all know who will play at a high level: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, DeMarcus Ware. The list goes on. 

Then, there are players who may have played well last year, or in years past, who will flame out spectacularly in the upcoming year—much to the surprise of NFL fans everywhere. 

Dan Levy, Josh Zerkle, Matt Miller, Andrew Garda and I talk about where we think those surprises will come from. I have to say, it was hard not to do a spit-take when Miller told us who he was choosing, but the fact of the matter is that almost any player in the league could have a bad year and it really wouldn't be that surprising. The NFL is a non-forgiving league and guys rise and fall every season. 

Remember when everyone thought Tommy Maddox was going to come back the year after he broke out with the Steelers, but then returned the following year to look like a third-stringer in the AFL?

The fact is, that kind of thing happens almost every year—maybe not on such a visible level, but it's the reason teams are always getting better or getting worse. 

Now, obviously, no one knows what's going to happen—and that's the fun. Let us know in the comments below if you think we're insane for the guys we pick above (Us? Nuts?) or who you think is an obvious candidate to bust in 2012 that we may have missed. 


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