2012 NFL Draft Projections: Lamar Miller and Sliders Sure to Go on Day 3

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIApril 28, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Running back Lamar Miller  #6 of the Miami Hurricanes rushes upfield against the Kansas State University Wildcats September 24, 2011 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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High-profile prospects are sliding down the 2012 NFL draft boards.

The draft has seen its share of surprises and storylines including reaches, record-setting pick trading and slides.

Perhaps the biggest plot-line is the slide of Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Sanu, as you may know, was prank called before the Cincinnati Bengals selected with 27th pick in the first round.

The caller told Sanu he had been drafted by the Bengals.

Interestingly enough, Sanu slid all the way to the middle of the third round where he ended up being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals.

For real this time.

There are several other prominent draft sliders who don’t have hilarious stories behind their plunges.


Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.)

Miller projected to be a late first, early second-round selection. His elite speed and vision are attributes many NFL teams will find attractive.

Durability and maturity concerns could explain Miller’s unanticipated fall out of the first three rounds.

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 27: Rodney McLeod #4 of the Virginia Cavaliers tackles Lamar Miller #6 of the Miami Hurricanes as he runs with the ball on October 27, 2011 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. Virginia defeated Miami 28-21. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/G
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He chose to leave Miami University after two seasons and may have taken the leap too soon.

His physicality on the field and performance in the passing game, in both catching and blocking, have been the primary knocks on an otherwise stellar running back prospect.

Miller will likely go early on day three to a team looking to add an explosive complement back to their backfield.


Bobbie Massie, OT, Ole Miss

Massie was a benefactor of an excellent offseason and the strong need for offensive tackles in the NFL. His draft stock was soaring with predictions ranging from the end of the first to the end of the second round.

However, concerns about him being “soft” and lacking in technique in pass protection may have attributed to this fall. If there is one thing that should scare teams, it's an offensive tackle that is believed to be weak against power rushers.

The NFL has its share of those.

He is still available and will likely be taken early on day three by a team looking to add depth and a possible future starter at the right tackle position.


TMAPA, FL - JANUARY 02: Cornerback Brandon Boykin #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs fields a kick and runs 92 yards for a touchdown against the Michigan State Spartans in the Outback Bowl January 2, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Florida. (Photo by Al Mess
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Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

It is remarkable that Brandon Boykin is still available this deep into the NFL draft.

His dual-threat as both an elite kick returner and excellent cover corner led many to believe he would surely be off the board after day two.

However, durability concerns have likely led teams to shy away from picking him early. There are no doubts, though, that a team will be willing to take a gamble on Boykin early in day three of the draft.


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