NFL Draft: Who Will Be the Lonely Guy in the Green Room?

Joe Robbins

It's going to happen. You just know it... Who will be the NFL Draft's Da'Quan Bowers, Jimmy Clausen or Brady Quinn this year? You know the guys I'm talking about - the players who draft aficionados touted to be "guaranteed" first round picks, only to be left to suffer in the green room of Radio City Music Hall, as name after name is called before them. Looking at the last three NFL Drafts, there's sufficient cause to believe these players mentioned above were purposefully over-hyped prospects. In what may seem to many as a cruel game to play on college kids, the NFL's teams play out their little misdirection drama every year.

I have to admit, I kind of like this little joke-chess game too. The NFL must have learned how to do this from Hollywood. If there's any place on Earth who does a better job of creating a star from nothing, I don't know where it could be. "No really, Colin Farrell is going to be the next James Dean! Trust me on this one..." "Orlando Bloom may not sound like the name of the next Errol Flynn, but I'm telling you..." "Snooky just looks fat and stupid. But would it shock you to know CERN may be interested in hiring her to be their spokesperson?"..." It's about both hype and spin, two words that have a unique relationship with the word "prevarication" these days.

What's even better is when some producer bites on the soon-to-be-a-star myth, and spends a couple jillion dollars making the films Battleship and John Carter before they pull the proverbial plug. So Taylor Kitch would be the Hollywood version of JaMarcus Russell? Yeah, I liked him in Friday Night Lights, but his two forays into big budget films helped studios lose a combined $310 million. Ouch!

This April 25th through 27th, we'll get to see who will be this year's "Most Over-Hyped Player of the Year". There should be an award for this dubious - though entertaining - honor. "This year's NFL Snooky-Kitch Award go to..."

So who do you think will be this year's NFL Draft wallflower? The one whose invited to the party in New York City, but won't be asked to dance in the first round of the NFL Draft. Who will it be who makes Mel Kiper 's hair move as the player's draft stock drops faster than Zynga's?

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