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10 NFL Draft Prospects You Can Expect to Slide

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Much of the talk surrounding the 2014 NFL Draft right now is regarding which underrated players may slip into the first round. What about the overhyped players who aren’t going to go as high as many expect? Every year, several players watch their names tumble down the rounds as their overvalued stock drops them past other higher-rated players.

This year will be no different – here’s a look at 10 players who will suffer draft-day slides.

Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

Calvin Pryor
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Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

Calvin Pryor
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Pryor is an exciting safety prospect who loves to fly around the field laying the wood. He’s an excellent run defender and brings the hard-hitting style of coverage that forces receivers to rethink going across the middle. However, his overall coverage abilities aren’t spectacular. The athleticism and tenacious playing style are there, but Pryor is too much of a liability to warrant the first-rounder so many think he deserves.

Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin
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Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin
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With so many talented receivers at the top of the draft this year, it’s safe to assume there are going to be at least a few that slide. While Benjamin is certainly a worthy prospect, several aspects of his game –route running, speed, reliability – have come under fire. His size and physicality are intriguing, but there are too many question marks to warrant as early of a pick as expected.

Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

Louis Nix III
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Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

Louis Nix III
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Heading into 2013, Nix was considered a legitimate Top 10 prospect. A poor season dragged down by injuries, however, left more questions than answers surrounding his NFL future. While his size and dominant tendencies are definitely worth note, Nix is considered a prospect who is heavily limited to a 3-4 nose tackle position. That lack of versatility could force him to drop into Day 2.

Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

Tre Mason
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Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

Tre Mason
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It’s safe to say that Mason had a huge 2013 campaign for Auburn – he did finish among the top Heisman vote-getters after all. That, however, doesn’t mean he’s destined to be a great NFL running back. While he’s quick and explosive, he doesn’t break too many tackles and struggles to create yards on his own – his offensive line did much of that last season. Mason simply won’t go as high as many think he will.

Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

Marcus Roberson
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Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

Marcus Roberson
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Personally, I find it hard to understand why so many folks have Roberson rated so high. He doesn’t make plays on the football, misses too many tackles and shies away from contact in general. While he’s a great athlete with plus speed, Roberson simply hasn’t translated his natural abilities to football talent. His athleticism isn’t enough to get him drafted as early as many expect.

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Taylor Lewan
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Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Taylor Lewan
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While there’s no denying that Lewan is a legitimate left tackle who can hold down the blindside at the next level, his character issues might be too much to warrant a Day 1 pick. The former Michigan stud has had several run-ins with the law, and struggles to concern his temper on the field as well. With so many issues surrounding poor-character NFL players as of late, teams are going to shy away from Lewan in the early rounds.

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

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Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Bradley Roby
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In terms of natural athleticism and ability, there aren’t many in the 2014 draft class better than Roby. However, a disappointing showing last season could see the Ohio State product slide much further than originally expected. Roby was routinely burned throughout the 2013 campaign, giving NFL teams more than enough reason to pass him up on Day 1 of the draft.

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

Jace Amaro
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Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

Jace Amaro
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If you’re going just off the numbers, there isn’t a better tight end in the 2014 draft class than Amaro. Unfortunately, those numbers were inflated tremendously by the Texas Tech offense, which has historically relied heavily on the passing game. Amaro is certainly going to be a playmaker at the next level, but his poor blocking and separation issues will lead to him falling out of the first round.

Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Anthony Barr
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Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Anthony Barr
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Barr is a superb athlete – that’s great. Unfortunately, athleticism doesn’t always equal NFL-caliber football ability. While I’m not saying that Barr can’t eventually develop into a playmaker at the next level, the hype isn’t warranted. He’s far too raw as a linebacker and pass rusher. Barr certainly is athletic and has excellent closing speed, but the polish isn’t there yet for him to be a Top 15 pick.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Teddy Bridgewater
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Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Teddy Bridgewater
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Once considered the best quarterback of the 2014 class by a landslide, Bridgewater has watched his stock plummet during the pre-draft process. A poor Pro Day followed by further film scrutiny suddenly has the lanky quarterback projected to land somewhere in the second round. The talent is certainly there, but Bridgewater has a lot of work to do to rehab his image. It likely won’t happen until after the draft.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.