The phrase boom or bust gets thrown out a lot with regards to the NFL draft. It refers to a player who will either be a superstar or completely flop and do nothing; basically there’s no middle ground or mediocrity. With that said, there are definitely a few players in this year’s draft. There are several out there, but here’s my short list and descriptions of 5 players who I think will either shine in the NFL or be out in 2 seasons.
1) Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Smith has everything that you could want from a cornerback. Great size, awesome speed, fluid athlete, sure tackler, and great ball skills. However, Smith also have everything you DON’T want from a cornerback as well: drug charges, arrests, and overly cocky. Some love Smith’s talent and think he’s being cast in a bad light while others think he’s a punk who will be another Jimmy Williams.
2) Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Mallett is the epitome of boom or bust. Mallett has probably the best arm strength of any quarterback since Jamarcus Russell. Subsequently, he also has similar question marks about his character. People think he might have drug abuse problems and makes terrible personal decisions. He has the talent, but it seems like the outside factors could effect Mallett in a negative way.
3) Allen Bailey, DL, Miami
Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane. NFL scouts love potential, and Bailey has it in spades. Nobody should be as big (6’3″, 285 lbs), strong (27 reps on bench), and fast as Bailey is (4.71 40 time). However, many question if this is all Bailey is. He looks lost on the field and doesn’t even look like he knows what he’s doing. He may be another player who never be anything because athleticism doesn’t equal talent.
4) Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
This one may surprise people, but hear me out. Solder is extremely athletic and has the range you want for a tackle. However, I haven’t seen that killer instinct you want in an offensive linemen ever. He always seems to play timid and his build confuses me as he looks way too strung out. He could prove me wrong, but Nate Solder could either be the future of offensive tackles or the next Seth Wand.
5) Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia
Houston put up massive numbers in the SEC as a pass rusher which is no easy task. He has a nice combination of size and speed as well which makes him an interesting prospect. However, teams have questioned his motor and inconsistency as they think it was actually Houston being lazy. It also doesn’t help that he was arrest on marijuana charges and then failed the combine drug test.