Biggest Losers of Extended 2014 NFL Draft Process so Far

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Biggest Losers of Extended 2014 NFL Draft Process so Far
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Hating the fact you have to wait a few weeks longer for the NFL draft than most years? Join the club. Player development staffs are stretching themselves longer and players are getting scrutinized more than ever, particularly as it relates to character questions.

This extra time might seem like a benefit, but it is hurting the stock of some players. Guys like Teddy Bridgewater, cornerback Bradley Roby and others are tumbling as the draft-less weeks roll on.

Bills GM Doug Whaley just wants to get everything over with.

"I'm sure you guys are tired of writing about this, we're tired of thinking about it," Whaley said to reporters Friday. "All we did was push our draft meetings back two weeks. Is it something that's more or less beneficial? I'd have to say less, because we do our work in the fall and spring. We were ready to go yesterday. So it doesn't help us. And I'm a firm believer in the saying 'study long, study wrong.'"

As much as Whaley might dislike the NFL's decision to move the draft back until May because of the unavailability of Radio City Music Mall in New York City, it hasn't stopped him from using it to his benefit to send out smokescreens to beat writers and draft analysts.

That is something he said all teams do before the draft.

"It's finally one time where we can use you guys to our advantage," Whaley said. "There are things that you put out there to see if someone bites, and there are some things you put out there that are true. You have people read between the lines, and you don’t want to show your hand. I'm sure everyone is doing the same thing."

The extra weeks haven't meant more workouts or reviewing of game tape, necessarily, Whaley said. It has just meant more time for lies, deception and mudslinging—mostly to the detriment of the prospects.

So, where has this hit the hardest? We analyze the biggest losers of the extended 2014 draft process so far in this slideshow.

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