NFL Draft 2014: Whose Stock Is Rising, Falling Heading into the Draft?

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NFL Draft 2014: Whose Stock Is Rising, Falling Heading into the Draft?
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Jordan Matthews could end up in the first round of this week's NFL draft.

When the 2014 NFL draft kicks off in just three days, the speculation on who’s rising and falling can finally end, as players will be selected and the focus will shift to how each draft pick could impact his new team.

Until it starts, however, the rumors of which players are in position to be early draft picks and which players could be in line for a long wait on draft day will continue to run rampant.

At this point in the draft process, there’s little reason for a player’s draft stock to be rising or falling. A prospect could have recently increased his standing with an individual team by impressing in a predraft interview or private workout, but with draft week now underway, teams should be all but finished with their prospect evaluations and setting their final boards.

In many cases, the purported rising or falling of a player’s draft stock isn’t actually the result of movement on NFL teams’ boards, but rather members of the media catching wind of where NFL teams rank certain prospects.

Nonetheless, recent buzz from around the web suggests the following players might be moving into positions where they could be selected higher or significantly lower than many have projected them to be drafted.

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