2010 NFL Draft: Five Players Who Could Free Fall on Draft Day
A lot has changed since the first 2010 mock drafts have come out.
Ndamukong Suh is somehow not the consensus No. 1 overall pick anymore, Brandon Spikes is no longer first round material, and Jevan Snead is not going to be a top 10 pick.
Still, all of these changes have been expected throughout the draft preparation.
But what about the falls that we are not prepared for?
Aaron Rodgers falling in 2005, Brady Quinn stumbling in 2007, and Drew Brees lasting to the second in 2001 are some notables.
This list shares some players that could be in for a similar situation. Attitude, game-tapes, and injuries have all been studied and could affect all of these players.
As always, please tell me if you agree or disagree. All the situations are hypothetical.
Jimmy Clausen: QB, Notre Dame
Clausen is a player that could go anywhere from the top 10 to the late first round.
Like Aaron Rodgers in 2005, who found himself drafted at No. 24, Clausen could find himself with a similar fate.
But would this be a bad thing?
The "worst" case scenario for Clausen on draft day is that he finds himself going to Arizona at No. 26 or Minnesota at No. 30.
Like Rodgers, Clausen would be going to teams with proven offenses and defenses, and he would be able to sit for a season or two to absorb the pro system.
This being said, Clausen could still go as high as No. 9. There he would inherit a sub-par offense in Buffalo, along with a team that has some inconsistencies on defense.
Though being picked later may cost Clausen some initial money; it also may help him become a great NFL quarterback.
C.J. Spiller: RB, Clemson
Many sources seem convinced that Spiller will go to Seattle at either No. 6 or No. 14.
But what if the mock drafts are wrong?
Spiller could be in for a rude awakening and possible late first round selection.
A team like San Francisco could be intrigued with Spiller if available at No. 17, but I think they have bigger roles to fill.
The Houston Texans are another team that could select Spiller. They possess the No. 20 overall pick, but if running back Ryan Mathews was still available they may be tempted to select the every down back.
Other possible destinations include New England at No. 22, San Diego at No. 28, and St. Louis at No. 33.
Still, a team would most likely trade up for Spiller if he would fall past San Diego.
Bruce Campbell: OT, Maryland
Bruce Campbell is one of the more intriguing players in this year's NFL draft. He should be dubbed "the combine freak."
Campbell is a very good player with unlimited potential, but without his amazing combine, he would probably be second or third round talent.
On tape Campbell is only average and often looks out of place on the line. Still, teams will be convinced that they can turn this workout guru into an All-Pro lineman.
Campbell's draft position is relatively unknown even to this day.
Al Davis and the Raiders realistically could be Campbell's No. 1 suitor. They are in love with workout warriors like Campbell, and mainly look at 40 times more than actual game tape.
So Campbell could land at No. 8.
Other teams that may include Campbell are San Francisco at No. 13 and 17, Pittsburgh at No. 18, Arizona at No. 26, and Indianapolis at No. 31.
If I had to make a prediction, I would guess that Campbell is going to be a faller. I do not see Oakland taking the Maryland product, and I think other teams will see past his amazing workout and realize this is a player with a lot of work.
Carlos Dunlap: DE, Florida
Dunlap is the classic example of potentially wasted talent.
He is one of the most physically gifted defensive ends in the draft—6'6" 290—and he was a dominant player when on the field in Gainesville.
If Dunlap had his act together he would probably be a lock as top 10 pick.
However, this is not the case.
Dunlap could still realistically be selected as high as No. 16 to Tennessee or No. 19 to Atlanta. But I see Dunlap more as a second round pick.
Dunlap could be a potential steal in the second round merely based on talent, but there is also a good chance that a team will waste a second round pick on him.
Look for a team like Oakland, Philadelphia, or Cincinnati to potentially take a chance on him in the second round.
Jermaine Gresham: TE, Oklahoma
Gresham missed the entire 2009 campaign after tearing his left ACL.
Since then, the certain first round draft pick has not quite been so certain anymore.
Gresham had a sub-par combine. He did not appear to be in full health, and he was not nearly as fast or strong as was expected.
Gresham also has huge issues with his blocking. He was almost always lined up in the slot in the Oklahoma spread offense, and he was exposed in college against good defensive ends.
This poor blocking in combination with his injury may scare teams away.
Other than Cincinnati at No. 21 and Baltimore at No. 25, there are not many teams that need a No. 1 tight end.
Also, this is one of the deepest classes of tight ends in NFL history, so teams may be reluctant in selecting one in the first round.
This means Gresham could fall.
Look for a team like St. Louis, Kansas City, or Cleveland to take a chance on Gresham in the early second round.