Bad knees are Bad news for Daquan Bowers.
It happens every year during the NFL Draft. We hear about can’t miss prospects and how they will dominate the league from day one when they step on the field. Of course, you then are faced with the reality that players like Jamarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, and Kijana Carter are part of a process that can’t fully predict work ethic, character, or injury potential.
The funny thing is no matter how much homework teams do on a particular player there is always a chance that the situation will not turn out for the best. There are so many factors that can derail a player from reaching his full potential that this post could be a list just illustrating those points.
However, that would be boring and cliche and no one wants to read stuff like that anyway.
So with that in mind, let’s have some real fun and try to predict five players from this years draft that will end up leaving their teams holding the proverbial bag.
1 – Daquan Bowers – Clemson DE
This is not really a surprise. His knee problems have his stock falling in a Madoff like fashion and teams are wary of investing big money in a player whose days could already be numbered. Bowers could be great if healthy, but the red flags are already up.
2 – Mark Ingram – Alabama RB
The 2009 Heisman trophy winner has already battled some injury problems while attending Alabama and his lack of explosiveness is a concern at the next level. The comparisons to Emmitt Smith are nice, but without a great offensive line to open holes for Ingram he could end up looking more like the Emmitt Smith that played for the Cardinals, not the Cowboys.
3 – Jake Locker – Washington QB
His stock was high at the end of the 2009 season but plummeted after a lackluster 2010 campaign. Of course, after throwing the ball around fairly well at his Pro-day and doing well in Jon Gruden’s quarterback camp on ESPN, teams are starting to buzz about Locker again. The reality is whatever issues Locker had during 2010 are not going away overnight and he needs to time to develop, time a first round selection at QB is rarely afforded.
4 – Mike Pouncey – Florida G/C
He’s on the list because people are expecting him to be as good as his brother. This just in, he’s not. Check the tape. He could end being pretty good one day, but pressure to start him early could hurt him as he needs time to develop and gain his confidence.
5 – Akeem Ayers – UCLA LB
Here’s a guy who has all the potential to be a game changer at LB. He could play the SAM in a 4 – 3 or be a force at OLB in a 3 – 4 by rushing the passer. But there are questions about his work ethic and energy level and those are major concerns. He appears to be the best LB in this class, but to me something just doesn’t add up. Call it the Vernon Gholston effect.
What players do you think will end being busts in this years draft?
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