Every year we see prospects that are ranked high by the media plummet and prospects that are not talked about much somehow be selected very early. This year is no different so I decided to make a list of players that could potentially rise high or drop low on night 1 of the draft.
Players that could drop
Montez Sweat: Right after the combine, many people had Sweat locked in as a top 10 pick. Some had him going all the way up to the Buccaneers with the fifth pick. However, during the combine, doctors diagnosed Sweat with the same heart condition that plagued Maurice Hurst last draft.
Hurst was considered a potential first rounder but ultimately fell to the fifth round. While I do not expect Sweat to enter free fall as Hurst did, I would not be shocked if he ended up being taken very late in the first. In fact, some teams have already taken him off their boards completely.
Dwayne Haskins: For the majority of the time leading up to the draft, many felt confident saying Haskins was a lock at pick #6 to the Giants. Fast forward, and now Haskins is not even a lock to be the 3rd or 4th QB taken. While I believe Haskins is the second best QB in this draft (and it is not even close), some have Lock and Jones above him.
I am not sure why all of a sudden people are bailing on Haskins because he is the best pocket passer in this draft by far. He still needs improvement on his footwork in the pocket, learning to extend plays, and keeping calm while under pressure.
Greedy Williams: Yet another prospect that was once considered a top 10 pick. Williams has been placed all over, from the best CB to the third best CB. I believe he will go late first and would not be surprised if Byron Murphy and Deandre Baker go before him. Another sleeper CB is Rock Ya-Sin that could potentially go ahead of Williams.
Rashan Gary: Gary was once a top 5 pick, but the hype train has slowed down. Gary is an athletic freak, but the stat sheet did not correlate with that. In his senior year, he only managed 3.5 sacks and 6.5 tackle for losses. Gary worries me a lot going into the NFL. Sure he is athletically gifted, but that does always translate to a successful NFL career. I would not be surprised if he still a top 10 pick, but personally, I believe he is a mid to late first round talent.
Players that could rise
Ed Oliver: Oliver was initially said to go mid first round, but has a very high possibility going top 10. Oliver has drawn comparisons to that of Aaron Donald with his combination of quickness and strength. I believe Oliver is without a doubt a top 10 talent and some even speculate top 5 pick.
Daniel Jones: Jones seemed to be solidified as the fourth best QB in this draft. However, as we draw closer to draft night, his stock appears to be rising. There was even a report that one team has him as the top QB of this draft. I like Jones, but not nearly as much as I like Murray and Haskins. I believe he is a second round talent that could end up being an early to mid first round pick.
Quinnen Williams: Williams is without a doubt a top 5 or at worst a top 10 pick, so how can he rise even more. Well, I believe he could potentially go #1 if the Cardinals do not take Murray or #2 to the 49ers.
Many people including myself think Williams is the best player in the draft. Watching him play in Bama was like watching a grown man play against a JV football team. He was nearly unblockable and is deserving of the #1 overall pick.