2014 NFL Draft: Projected 1st-Round Picks Most Likely to Slide in the Draft
Last year, Geno Smith fell out of the first round while EJ Manuel went in his place. Who will slide out of the first round this year?
Combine performances, as well as months of scrutiny, can change draft stock seemingly overnight. Here are three projected first-round players who will likely fall to the second round.
1. Darqueze Dennard (CB)
Darqueze Dennard did not have an impressive combine performance. He posted a 40 time of just 4.51, which confirmed concerns about his speed. He also did not impress at positional drills.
With great combine performances by players like Justin Gilbert and Jason Verrett, Dennard may slip out of the first round.
2. Derek Carr (QB)
Derek Carr is a great talent, possessing more accuracy and a stronger arm than his older brother, David Carr, the first overall pick of the 2002 NFL draft. However, this quarterback class is a bit crowded. Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles will likely go before him.
Daniel Jeremiah told The Dan Patrick Show (via NFL.com) the Browns have interest in Carr and may take him with the 26th overall pick. But if they do not, the teams after them (Saints, Panthers, Patriots, 49ers, Broncos and Seahawks) do not have a need for a QB.
Considering how unpredictable the Browns have been, don't be surprised if they pass on Carr.
3. Allen Robinson (WR)
Originally projected as a first-round pick by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler (via PennLive), Allen Robinson did not impress at the combine. He ran a slow 4.60 40 time, which hurts because one of his biggest concerns was his ability to separate from coverage.
Robinson's lack of speed will likely hold him back, meaning he will fall to the second round.
4. Jace Amaro (TE)
Originally regarded as a late first-round pick, a rough combine will likely set Amaro back to the second round.
Amaro ran a 4.74 40-yard dash time. He also did not impress in positional drills, being inconsistent with route running. He will very likely slide.
Cyrus Kouandjio (OL)
Kouandjio was regarded as a first-round pick, but after the combine he will now certainly fall to the second round, if not the third.
He ran a very mediocre 40 time of 5.59. That's poor even for an offensive lineman. A faulty knee also led to him failing several combine physicals. He now may be viewed as a risky pick.
Combine results courtesy of NFL.com's tracker.