Apologies to DMX for jacking one of his lyrics, but plenty of players fell quite far from where they were most mocked to where they were selected.
Bryan Bulaga (No. 23) was thought to be a possible Top 10 pick, Dez Bryant (No. 24) was as high as No. 12 and Kyle Wilson (No. 29) went a half-dozen to a dozen picks later than he'd been rumored.
But for the “sure-fire” first-rounders who didn’t get selected, tonight’s sleep might be the worst they’ve had in ages.
Besides Clausen, USC safety Taylor Mays and Texas DE/LB Sergio Kindle were two big names thought to be first-rounders that will have to wait until Friday for their names to be called.
Mays isn’t as big of a surprise, as his stock has been dropping a bit lately.
But Kindle was thought to be the second-best 3-4 rush linebacker-type in the draft behind Brandon Graham, and when Graham went to the Eagles at No. 13 many thought Kindle would be a lock to either New England, Green Bay or even Baltimore in the mid-20s.
Instead, they went in different directions, Jerry Hughes went to the Colts and Kindle will have to settle for second-round money.
According to NFL Draft Scout’s big board, the other “first-round” quality players not to be selected were Nos. 30 and 31 respectively, USC DE Everson Griffen and Notre Dame WR Golden Tate.
All five of these men will likely be off the board within the first 10-12 picks of round two…but then again, who knows?