Stock Up, Stock Down for 2013 NFL Draft Prospects: NFL Week 17 Edition
The college bowl season is in full swing, and some prospects are already taking advantage of the opportunity to boost their NFL draft stock in the final performance of their college careers.
Meanwhile, others are at home wondering what could have been had they not closed out their season with a forgettable effort that scouts are sure to factor into their draft grades.
Here are 10 players who are moving either up or down the draft board.
Stock Up: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
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Quinton Patton has flown under the radar at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Coffeyville CC in 2011. But his impressive finish to the 2012 season has him in the hunt to sneak into the late first round.
Patton hasn't been tested against elite competition, but he stepped up to every challenge thrown his way. In the Bulldogs' final two games, he racked up a combined 306 yards against Utah State and San Jose State, making a strong statement to close out his senior year.
Stock Up: Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State
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Kerwynn Williams closed out his senior year with an impressive 235-yard, three-touchdown performance against Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The performance solidified his status as a draftable prospect and potentially vaulted him into the conversation to come off the board on the second day of the draft.
Williams is undersized (he's listed at 5'8", 190 pounds), but he has the skills to provide a spark off the bench in a reserve role, similar to Jacquizz Rodgers or Justin Forsett.
Stock Up: Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook
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Those familiar with the Stony Brook program won't be surprised to hear Miguel Maysonet mentioned among the elite running backs in the nation, but it can take time for the nation to discover prospects from the lower levels of college football.
Maysonet, a transfer from Hofstra, closed out his career with a third consecutive 1,000-yard season and fell just shy of the 2,000-yard mark in 2012.
His signature performance came earlier this season when he racked up 158 yards on 21 carries against a reasonably strong Syracuse defense.
Stock Up: Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Miss
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Jamie Collins' stock has risen steadily this season, as he finally looked comfortable at linebacker after making the switch from safety early in his career.
It was a rough year for the Golden Eagles, but their struggles allowed Collins to showcase his talents from the bandit linebacker position. His versatility will intrigue teams, and he'll have an opportunity to show off his skills against elite competition at the Senior Bowl in January.
Stock Up: Brian Winters, OT, Kent State
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Brian Winters first caught the attention of scouts early in the 2011 season with a strong performance against Alabama. But due to Kent State's impressive 2012 season, the nation has finally learned about its dominant left tackle.
Kent State hasn't had a player drafted as high as the second round since the Falcons selected guard Bob Hallen 53rd overall in 1998.
Stock Down: EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
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EJ Manuel helped put the Florida State football program back on the map this season, but his inconsistent play failed to endear him to the NFL scouting community.
While Manuel clearly has the raw talent of an NFL prospect, he failed to show significant improvement throughout his career. Scouts were hoping to see Manuel close out his career on a high note, but the lack of development he showed at Florida State raises concerns about his ability to continue to grow as a quarterback.
Stock Down: Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State
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Cornellius Carradine's stock was on the rise early in the season, and there was some hope that he could join teammate Bjoern Werner in the first-round conversation. But a torn ACL in late November derailed those hopes and likely cost him significant money in the draft.
Carradine's relatively short run as an elite college lineman combined with his knee injury raise enough concern about his NFL future to knock him into the third round and possibly send him falling to the third day of the draft.
Stock Down: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
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Justin Hunter is the most talented receiver in this year's draft class, but he won't be the first receiver off the board due to his listless performance in 2012.
His struggles with drops stemmed from what appeared to be a lack of effort on the field, raising some concerns about his commitment to the game.
Ultimately, Hunter went out with a whimper, and despite being eligible to return for 2013, he elected to enter the draft. Due to the fact that Hunter missed nearly his entire sophomore year due to injury, scouts have little video evidence of his elite talent, which will cause him to tumble down draft boards.
Stock Down: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
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Tyler Bray recently announced that he would enter the NFL draft, a questionable decision for a quarterback who was benched earlier this season.
It's tough to enter the draft with less momentum than Bray, who stumbled through another losing season at Tennessee and failed to show any real improvement throughout his career.
Bray has NFL size and arm strength, but his awkward throwing motion and limited development will raise significant red flags in most NFL front offices and could cause him to fall to the late rounds of the draft.
Stock Down: J.T. Floyd, CB, Michigan
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Michigan recently suspended J.T. Floyd and two others for the Outback Bowl against South Carolina, delivering a devastating blow to Floyd's draft stock.
Floyd was a fringe prospect due to his inconsistent play, but he had previously showed enough talent to potentially sneak into the late rounds of the draft with a strong offseason performance.
Prospects on the cusp of earning a draftable grade simply can't afford to close out their college careers with a suspension. It could end up costing Floyd an opportunity to hear his name called in April.