With just one more sleep until the 2013 NFL draft is here, let's take a look at some players whose stocks are rising and falling.
Rising: Tank Carradine (DE, Florida State) — Carradine was a highly-touted prospect several months ago, but a torn ACL caused him to miss the entire draft preparation process. His rehab hurt his stock, but the rate at which he's gotten up to speed is amazing. Here's a look at a video from his first official workout last week, which took place four and a half months after reconstructive knee surgery:
Now a strong, explosive end who had a double-digit sack performance in 2012 is climbing draft boards. There's a belief he could even go as high as 12th to Miami.
Dropping: Dee Milliner (CB, Alabama) — Milliner was thought to have the whole package. And up until several weeks ago, the versatile 21-year-old was thought to be a surefire top-six pick. There's still a good chance he goes to Cleveland in that six spot, but concerns have emerged that Milliner presents an injury risk.
Word has gotten out that he has undergone five surgeries, which may or may not be a big deal. Regardless, those defending Milliner are calling what's happening to him a "smear campaign," adding that his medical history has been available to teams for quite some time. Is his stock truly dropping or is it just public perception? We'll find out tomorrow night.
Rising: Jamar Taylor (CB, Boise State) — A great athlete who had a huge Combine and is small but tough. I'm not sure why it's taken a little longer for his stock to rise, but it's always a good sign when Bill Belichick's Patriots seem to be enamored with you.
Dropping: Bjoern Werner (DE, Florida State) – Funny how when one player at a position rises, another seems to fall. That's not scientific, because some positions are just better in certain years, but things have definitely gone that way this year. In this case, teammates from the same position have swapped spots. Once considered a top-10 candidate, Werner has plummeted into the second round on some draft boards…and I can't explain why. The dude was unbelievably consistent and productive at FSU.
Rising: DeAndre Hopkins (WR, Clemson) – For whatever reason, a report that Hopkins' hotel room at the Combine was trashed isn't sticking to him. Everyone seems to be in love with the guy right now.
Dropping: Keenan Allen (WR, Cal) — And as Hopkins rises, Allen drops. A report of a failed drug test at the Combine never helps.