2012 NFL Draft: Justin Blackmon and Players Falling Down Draft Boards

Soven Bery@@realsovenberySenior Analyst IApril 23, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: Justin Blackmon and Players Falling Down Draft Boards

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    The 2012 NFL Draft is coming up this week, and as a fan, you must be informed about all the rumblings in the league. 

    You don’t want to be the guy who still expects Vontaze Burfict to go in the first round. Instead, you must be informed about which players are falling down draft boards. 

    Here are 10 players who are quickly plummeting down the draft boards. 

Justin Blackmon, WR (Oklahoma State)

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    Blackmon isn't experiencing a huge fall, but it is a fall nonetheless.

    His slide isn't based on his talent, but rather the talent and needs of everyone else before him. I love the stud receiver, but most teams perhaps don't think he is a once-in-a-lifetime talent. 

    Michael Floyd is impressing scouts, and I won't be surprised if he is the first receiver off the board. Teams will also be focusing on picking up quarterbacks, offensive linemen or defensive studs, so this Oklahoma State prospect might fall out of the Top 10. 

    It is a scary possibility. 

Orson Charles, TE (Georgia)

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    This has been a monumental fall for Orson Charles. He was once considered the best tight end in the 2012 draft and was rising high on drafts boards as a first-round choice.

    Not anymore.

    Charles struck out on his pro day with a 40-yard dash time in the high 4s, between 4.75 and 4.9. He followed that up by getting a DUI almost a week later.

    The Georgia standout was once considered a lock at the bottom of the first round. Now, he could be looking at a third-round selection. 

Mike Adams, OT (Ohio State)

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    Mike Adams was once considered a Top 30 player on many NFL draft boards, but he showed up to the combine overweight and weaker than expected. Adams looked lethargic and couldn’t muscle himself into a good showing in the bench press or lineman drills.

    Adams isn't a great run-blocker and can't defend well against imposing linebackers. The rise of other offensive linemen as well as a poor showing by Adams himself has dropped the Ohio State prospect a couple rounds. 

Nick Foles, QB (Arizona)

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    After Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the race for the third quarterback chosen in the draft will be on. 

    Apparently, Nick Foles didn't get the memo.

    Once considered to be that fateful third quarterback, Foles soon regressed at an impressive degree. 

    He struggled with interception rates all season, and at his pro day, he was unable to throw a spiral and struggled with his accuracy. 

    That, combined with the rise of Ryan Tannehill, Kirk Cousins and Brandon Weeden, put this once-surefire first-rounder in the late rounds. 

Lamar Miller, RB (Miami)

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    The truth is, Lamar Miller has had one good season. 

    The hype surrounding him has been intense, but the Miami product is headed for a draft day slide. There are better running backs in the draft outside of Trent Richardson, and teams will choose safer prospects. 

    Miller has limited experience and unproven consistency while struggling against premier defenses in college ball. 

    Expect Miller to drop to the fourth round, where he will shine in a limited role. 

Quinton Coples, DT (UNC)

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    Quinton Coples is such a curious prospect. He has all the talent to be a Top Five selection, but he won't be chosen until we get out of the Top 10. 

    Coples has great size, he's quick and can turn that speed into power with great strength. But teams are still scared to select the Tar Heel. 

    This is because he never seems really interested in playing the sport.

    Last season, Coples routinely took plays off and there wasn't much effort. He impressed in the Senior Bowl, but at scouting sessions it was more of the same. 

    Coples could be a Pro Bowler or an early retiree. It is all up to him, and that's what makes him so frustrating. 

Alshon Jeffery, WR (South Carolina)

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    Jeffery was once considered the second-best wide receiver in the 2012 draft. 

    Oh, how times have changed.

    Jeffery is now looking up to Kendall Wright, Michael Floyd and Justin Blackmon. He is enormous at 6'4" and has great talent, but he doesn't always give the game top-notch effort and has been constantly dogged by overweight rumors. 

    He had some character issues, did not impress during interviews and was fluctuating between weights. 

    Jeffery has the talent, but a huge draft day slide is in the cards. 

Vontaze Burfict, LB (Arizona State)

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    Read: biggest draft stock fall ever. 

    Once considered a lock as a first-round pick, Vontaze Burfict is now in fear of not being drafted at all. That must inflict more fear inside him than any amount of fear he inflicted on other people. 

    Called a phony and a "fake tough guy," Burfict had a chance to prove the haters wrong at the NFL Scouting Combine and at his pro day. 

    Burfict somehow made it worse, adding on to questionable character actions with a slow 40 time and blaming coaches for his poor play. 

    He is immature, and all the talent in the world couldn't make up for his terrible attitude and work ethic. This is an un-draftable prospect.  

Case Keenum, QB (Houston)

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    Keenum had a wonderful college career, as he broke records and dazzled America while playing at Houston. 

    Many scouts questioned whether that would translate into a solid NFL career. I somewhat believed in Keenum, but I was wrong. 

    He didn't have a good combine and reestablished fears that he was just another system quarterback who can't make NFL-style throws.

    Keenum's best days are behind him. 

Andre Branch, DE (Clemson)

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    No player wants that word associated with them or their playing style.

    Sadly for Branch, that word perfectly describes him. 

    He was inconsistent, and that allowed offenses to carve up other aspects of the Clemson defense.

    Branch is athletic and tough, but he still needs a lot of development for him to morph into a defensive end who can defend the run and get past double-teams.