The biggest stories of the NFL draft aren’t always the players who are selected among the top picks but rather the ones who aren’t.
At least that’s the way they’re often portrayed on television. From Aaron Rodgers’ fall to the 24th overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft to Geno Smith’s slide to the second round last year, TV draft coverage has often thrived on the somewhat-fabricated drama of a big-name draft prospect sitting in the green room longer than expected and waiting for a team to select him.
The most theatrical slides in the draft are the ones that few expect—after all, that’s what makes them surprising. Should a consistently projected top-10 pick like South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins fall farther down the board than expected, a buzz would be created.
There are other big-name prospects whose slides down the board might come more expectedly to draft evaluators yet could leave many surprised that their history as college football standouts did not lead to higher draft results.