Greg Reid

10 Biggest Boom or Bust Underclassmen in the 2013 NFL Draft

LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo's potential vs. production makes him a classic boom or bust prospect.
<p> 10 Biggest Boom or Bust Underclassmen in 2013 NFL Draft, including LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo, Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Tennessee Tech receiver Da'Rick Rogers, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, Michigan State defensive end William Gholston, Georgia nose tackle Kwame Geathers, LSU punter Brad Wing and Valdosta State cornerback Greg Reid.</p>

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft was Jan. 15. The economic majors who can play ball decided to take the money and run. But not every name on the list is a can’t-miss blue-chip draft stock.

These are the 10 biggest boom or bust underclassmen in the 2013 NFL Draft:

Athlon Awards: Defensive Back Units

Alabama's Mark Barron leads the nation's top secondary.
<p> Athlon Sports ranks the best defensive back units in college football for 2011.</p>

They're the teams within the team - those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context.

Whether it's the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball - these teams in miniature hone their tasks on the practice field until those tasks become second nature.