By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on May 9, 2014
The 2014 NFL Draft class is one of the bests in recent memory and many teams filled needs by drafting the most premier players out of college. Unfortunately, many players will turn out to have under-performing careers. Here are five prospects who could turn out to be busts in the NFL.
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I had Dee Ford as a second-round pick in my mock draft. The Auburn defensive end is a undersized and he got by in college by his athleticism. In the NFL, Ford will have to face off against bigger and stronger offensive linemen. It also doesn't help that the Kansas City Chiefs drafted him. The Chiefs were top-five in the league in sacks.
Marcus Smith was the biggest reach in the first round to me. Like Ford, Smith is extremely raw and he didn't have a ton of go-to moves in college. Arm length is a good indicator of success in the NFL and Smith has long arms, but he needs to learn how to be more conservative. Smith runs up-field too often and he isn't strong enough to push away offensive linemen.
Deone Bucannon is an intriguing player because he is perhaps the most ferocious safety out of the draft class. The problem with that is he is sometimes overly-aggressive. Bucannon is a head-hunter and the NFL makes it their initiative to protect their players. Bucannon will see his fair share of fines if he doesn't tackle lower.
Although he is undersized, Bradley Roby is one of the fastest players in this entire draft class. Speed is a great tool for cornerbacks because they can get after passes quicker, but Roby is very hesitant when the ball is in the air. It also doesn't help that he has some baggage with him. Roby was suspended for a bar fight last year. Also, Roby has been very inconsistent since his sophomore season.
At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State looks the part. Benjamin was a big reason why the Florida State Seminoles won the National Championship, but there are a ton of off-field concerns that are coming with Benjamin. He skipped a private workout because he was tired. Benjamin is an old NFL prospect at 23 and he has maturity issues.
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