4 Best Players That Could Drop Out of the First Round of the 2019 NFL Draft

Max Staley
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The NFL Draft is often one of the most unpredictable and exciting events in the sport. But few things are as captivating, or agonizing, as watching a player sit in the green room as he falls out of the first round. The most famous cases are probably Aaron Rodgers and Brady Quinn, though Laremy Tunsil's dramatic slide in 2016 definitely gave them a run for their money, albeit for an entirely different reason.

With that said, let's breakdown four first-round prospects who might not actually get drafted in the first round.

4. Rock Ya-Sin (CB, Temple)

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Rock Ya-Sin impressed in his lone season with the Temple Owls, but he was starring for Presbyterian College before last year. Ya-Sin's lack of experience on the big stage could scare some teams off, which means he could slip out of the first round.

3. Jeffery Simmons (DT, Mississippi State)

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Simmons might fall out of the first round through no fault of his own. Simmons was once viewed as a first-round lock, and a potential top-10 pick, but after tearing his ACL while working out this February, his stock has understandably taken a hit. Assuming Simmons can eventually get back to full strength, he's certainly a worthy gamble, but his injury may scare teams off in the first 32 picks.

2. Irv Smith Jr. (TE, Alabama)

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Irv Smith Jr. is one of the best tight ends in this class, but unfortunately for him, this year's NFL Draft is loaded at tight end. Smith is contending with players like Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson, and the Alabama product is currently being projected toward the end of the first round. If teams like the Green Bay Packers or New England Patriots decide to go in a different direction, it wouldn't be a shock to see Smith fall out of the first round.

1. Drew Lock (QB, Missouri)

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Drew Lock is generating a ton of buzz right now. He's mainly been linked to the Denver Broncos and New York Giants, but there's a chance he slips out of the first round entirely. Frankly, there aren't many teams in need of a quarterback that appears to need time to develop. If Lock isn't selected by a team near the top of the draft like the Broncos or the Giants, it's not hard to envision him falling out of the first round. That being said, someone could always trade up for Lock and he could be picked early in the draft. That's how wide his window is right now.


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