That seems to be the media point of view. Let me ask you something- the Steelers and the Patriots. Both are players who draft "steelers" or "patriots" players. They have the right attitude, work ethic, etc. They're smart and can play many system and know many blitzes. What part of the Steelers or Patriots is built around potential or athleticism? David Givens isn't particular fast or athletic- but he worked in the system because he's smart and he knows what he's doing and works hard at what he does. Tom Brady knows his system, gets to know his players - does what he's told when he's told. Tedy Bruschi is an influential player who is always around the ball. Mike Vrabel, etc the list goes on. Ok they have athletic players in Richard Seymour but they're built around work-ethic. You talk about busts, you're generally talking about athletic guys or injury-prone guys. The injury prones generally can't help it but given their chance and the right health care- they will show you their talents (see KVB). Athletic guys are the ones with "all this potential". They jump up draft boards but on the field - they don't give a ****. They've got their pay for the day. LaVar Arrington, Reggie Williams, Charles Rogers, Dewayne Robertson, the list goes on. Something to think about: What is Troy Polamalu known for? Him blazing up to the people or always being around the ball? What good is athleticism if you can't read plays.. Edit: I am not saying you don't want guys with athletisicm but if I have pick with a guy who has 30% ath but 70% work ethic or vise-versa - I'm taking the work ethic every time.