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Draft Players on the Down Spin

Fallers on offense Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State The arm strength is there, but everything else has been up and down for Glennon, who is simply too inconsistent in his reads, and doesn't pick up things quickly enough for some evaluators. He may simply need the reps, but he's no longer a first-round pick, which is something I thought we could see if you asked me in December. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina His versatility is there, but given his small stature, the speed needs to be a little better for teams to consider him in the late-first or early-second. He at one time challenged to be the top RB on my board, but is now likely a third-rounder. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State This fall actually started before January. He quit the team in Pullman, and there are questions about his work rate, as well as strength and speed. He's probably going to be a steal, but I once saw him as a likely second-rounder, and now that won't be the case. Jordan Reed, TE, Florida He needed to show off elite speed for the position, because he checked in at just 236 pounds in Indy. A 4.72 in the 40 hurt, and several tight ends passed him. A good player, but we're not sure he's quite the matchup threat we once thought he could be. Ricky Wagner, T, Wisconsin Your market dips as an offensive lineman when your biggest question mark is pass-blocking. Once a good bet for the second round, he could be off the board in the fourth. Fallers on defense Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State He took a tumble at the combine, where he looked pretty stiff in workouts and didn't show off any elite athletic traits. What Werner has is a year of really high productivity, but teams aren't convinced he can scare defenses. He could go in the late first or early second, but I once viewed him as top-10 pick. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M Moore arrived in Indy as a good pass-rushing prospect in either a 3-4 or 4-3, and left with questions about how well he fits in either. He's not as fast or with the cover skills you want in a 3-4, nor is he strong enough to play three downs in a 4-3. He could be a steal, because he sure produced in college. But he could be out of Round 1 entirely on most boards. Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU He didn't interview well, and needed to be more productive to ease the concerns of some teams. No longer near the first round. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi St. Hasn't been bad during this process, but just was surpassed by some other corners. He could be a good value in Round 2, but no longer in the late-first picture on my board. Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma Another player who could be a good NFL safety, but has dipped because of how much so many others have shown during the evaluation process. More likely a mid-round pick now.

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