2013 NFL Draft: 4 Big Names That Will Drop out of Round 1
The NFL draft is an inexact science and at this point there are four players slated for the first round who will just not earn values with NFL teams in that first-round range: QB Landry Jones, DE William Gholston, LB Shayne Skov and CB Tyrann Mathieu. These players all show flaws in their game that will be exposed and hurt their stock this year.
Quarterback Landry Jones
Even though some are considering Landry Jones as a dark horse for the Heisman Trophy in the 2012 season, he lacks the abilities to be a top quarterback in the NFL. His overall throwing accuracy relies heavily on passes in a range where he doesn't have to make a throw of more than 10 yards.
He also relied heavily on Ryan Broyles, and when Broyles went down for the year, he only had more than 260 yards once and threw for just one touchdown. This led to a 2-2 record after the injury and inconsistent offensive play.
Defensive End William Gholston
William Gholston is the cousin of former all-time bust Vernon Gholston. While William has the prototypical size (6'7", 280 lbs.) and great instincts off the edge, he has a few things going against him: character and inconsistency.
Gholston is known for dirty plays, albeit against a rival in Michigan, and that kind of thing isn't going to be tolerated in the NFL. He started the season with four games of no sacks, then he had a stretch of 3.0 sacks in four games, then had another four-game stretch he disappeared, and finally recorded a two-sack game versus UGA to close out the season.
Unless he fixes his consistency issue, he will not be drafted in the first round.
Linebacker Shayne Skov
Shayne Skov has all-world potential as a middle linebacker in the college ranks and could end up as the next Ray Lewis in the NFL if he puts it all together. However, he has one big issue: effort. One thing Ethan Hammerman has noticed when watching Skov was that he doesn't fight against blocks.
Skov doesn't come off as the best linebacker on his own team. Chase Thomas is more likely to end up as the first-round pick of the two, especially since Thomas can end up as a 3-4 OLB, 3-4 ILB, 4-3 MLB or even 4-3 OLB.
Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu
They say "Honey Badger don't care." However, "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu is one of those dynamic return specialists who plays cornerback and sometimes even receiver in the college ranks. However, the NFL doesn't draft dynamic return men in the first round.
Devin Hester was a similar case in college. Much like Mathieu, he was the best return specialist in college but didn't have the best talent at his home position of cornerback and wasn't selected until the second round.
Mathieu isn't going to stick as top corner in the NFL and will be the best fit for nickel corner and return specialist in the NFL. However, as a role player he won't be worthy of the first-round selection most think he is worth now.