NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Experience Draft-Day Slides

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NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Experience Draft-Day Slides
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There is no worse feeling for a prospect than having to sit in the green room for countless hours only to hear his name called much later than anticipated. 

I have spoken to players about this, and they concur. 

Aaron Rodgers, who was expected to go within the top 10 picks in 2005 only to be picked 24th overall by the Green Bay Packers, is one such example. 

This has been repeated many times through the years, and there are certain factors that go into draft-day slides. 

First, a player is hyped much more by the media and exterior scouts than he is by NFL teams. 

Second, the framework of an initial round can play a role for a prospect. If team needs do not match a player's specialty, he might find himself dropping on the board. Again, we saw this with Rodgers. 

Don't expect anything to change next week when the NFL world turns its attention to Radio City Music Hall in New York City. I wouldn't be surprised to see multiple quarterbacks go much later than they anticipate. In addition, off-field issues play an equally important role, and this doesn't even take into account lingering health issues for a myriad of players. 

This article will focus on draft prospects who could experience draft-day slides. 

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