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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Florida State's Timmy Jernigan is among the players whose actual draft position might not meet expectations this year.

Every NFL draft has players who slide many picks further than most media draft analysts expect, and the 2014 selection meeting should be no different.

With a deep draft class that includes more legitimate first-round talents than usual, there is not going to be enough room for every projected top prospect to land within the draft’s initial frame. Even among those who are selected in the first 32 selections, some players might be left waiting for a phone call well past the top 15 slots in which many expect them to be taken.

The phenomenon of a player falling on draft day isn’t always viewed that way by NFL teams, as even the most surprising drops reflect that the league’s projections of a player might not be as high as the expectations of the general public.

The following players are among those whose actual draft values might not live up to the external hype. Despite each of them being frequently projected as high selections, it shouldn’t be a shock if any of them end up being chosen later—with more appropriate value—on draft weekend.

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