Every year, when the college football season is through, we have a plethora of sources from ESPN to Football insider who claim that thus and so player is an "All World" waiting to happen. Based on...."potential". The dictionary defines potential as , "capable of being or becoming: a possibility." Notice if you will that it doesn't say "Certainty".
In the annulls of the NFL, History is littered with guys who have a ton of potential and upside. Can't miss prospects that have put franchises back for years. from Tony Manderich, to Dan McGwire, their potential lit up the faces of the clubs that drafted them, only to have the player fizzle out or never catch a spark in the first place.
Speaking of "potential", one of the biddest selling points for a player coming in the draft is college hardware. You know, those highly touted awards that are given for being great in college. Not the pros, college. Especially the Heisman trophy. There have only been a few players to have ever won that trophy the transitioned to winnig careers in the NFL, and most of them have been running backs. If memery serves, only a couple Heisman trophy winning quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl. But, once again, they are all touted loadly for their potential to be great.
It has been said that Football is the greatest of team sports, and I can't argue at all with that. Just because a player can bench press a Mercedes, or a guy can outrace a cheetah, doesn't mean he will make a great football player. So, when you are looking at making your mock drafts, (and I KNOW there are a lot of you NN fans out there that are.....) Just remember, simply because a guy on ESPN says that thus and so player has a ton of potential, don't think he's going to be great for the Niners.