The draft always features someone with a big name dropping to the second round. Terry Lambert and I go in depth on which players could be miss out on having their name called on April 30th.
Eddie Goldman DL, FSU
Goldman looks the part, but doesn't back it up on tape. He's 6'4, 336 pounds, but doesn't use that size at all. He's decent against the run, but offers little explosion out of his stance. He's a two down player at best because of his lack of pass rushing ability. He has nose tackle size, but doesn't show good enough anchoring ability to sustain that position. I think he lands in round two, drafted to play a five technique spot.
Ereck Flowers OT, Miami
Flowers is one prospect that I've never been on board with. Scouts and draftniks seem to be enamored with his size and strength despite the fact that he has virtually zero technique. I don't think his fast enough to play on either side in the NFL. His lack of foot speed creates a lack of balance, which nullifies any power that he has in his upper body. A move to guard may do him well. I just can't see an NFL team popping on his tape a declaring him a first round pick.
Trae Waynes CB, MSU
Waynes has been a mainstay in the top 20 of nearly every mock draft this season after running in the 4.3s at the combine. Sure, you can't teach speed, but the position is more than just speed. Waynes is stiff -- and it's apparent when he is asked to change directions. It takes him too long to plant and go in another direction, limiting him in zone schemes. One thing he can do is cover the deep routes, which likely keeps him in the top 25 selections. However, don't be surprised if Waynes is still there on day two. There are a lot of corners clustered together at the end of round one. Teams may prefer Kevin Johnson, Marcus Peters or Byron Jones.
Randy Gregory EDGE, Nebraska
For all the hype around Gregory two months ago, it is hard to find an analyst or media insider who think that he is a top-three guy now and some even have him out of their top-five. After being popped with a drug test after having his work ethic questioned, it is easy to see why teams are wary of drafting him highly in the draft (no pun intended).
Jalen Collins CB, LSU
I don't think that Collins should ever have been mentioned as a first round pick, but a few weeks ago it was hard to find a mock without him landing in the teens. Collins isn't a great player, but his physical frame and potential make him enticing to fans and likely to scouts. However, this guy was benched by his own team several times and that is something that people aren't really talking about. I don't see him on day one, and you may not even see him in the top-50 despite a weak CB class.
Melvin Gordon RB, Wisconsin
Everyone is talking about how this is the year of the running back and that is why Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley are going to go in the first round, but isn't that a case against them? If this is such a deep RB class, then why would you spend a first on a position where you could give similar talent in the third round? Melvin Gordon is a great prospect and I only question his hands, however with that being said he still plays the most undervalued position in the NFL. Everyone needs a running back but everyone thinks they can find one after day one, and I think Melvin Gordon will pay the price for that.