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When it comes to drafting players, NFL teams must know everything there is to know about every player. Whether it be stats, measurable, off the field behavior, etc. EVERYTHING is under the microscope.So why do so many teams screw up first round draft picks?Teams can only do so much to gain insight on how a player will develop.  The speed of the game is so much quicker than in college and some players can not catch on like they did in college.  Some players peak in college, they hit their ceiling.  Others simply get outplayed, they're not meant to be great NFL players. Then throw in the distractions that come along with being a high first round pick.Yes they may be that hard-working, selfless leader in college, but when they get to the pros things can change really quick.  Before the rookie pay scale was implemented teams were giving first overall picks $50 million guaranteed (see Sam Bradford).  With that type of money you can be set for life.The pressure is sometimes insurmount...
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