But with each rise, there must also be a fall. In ESPN's Chad Ford's recent mock drafts (which can be found in the Insider section of ESPN.com), several players have taken a dip into the second round.
One of the most notable to fall out of the first round is former Purdue forward JaJuan Johnson. Ford currently projects Johnson to land at No. 31 to the Miami Heat (either the best or worst situation for a rookie—it all depends on whether or not they win a title).
Johnson averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game during his senior season at Purdue. The 6'10" senior put up 16 points and 16 boards in Purdue's win over St. Peter's in the NCAA tournament and 20 points and 14 rebounds in the loss to Virginia Commonwealth. He's shown he can produce under pressure.
What people forget is that Purdue lost All-American candidate Robbie Hummel for the entire season, which might have cost them a No. 1 seed and who knows how many wins in the NCAA tournament. If the Boilermakers make the Elite Eight, Johnson and Hummel are both top-20 picks.
Ford says Johnson could go as high as No. 25 to the Boston Celtics, who would love to get a big shooter.
Johnson dropped six spots between drafts, but some players have fallen even further. Here are four players rumored to be out of the first round.