Kiper discusses fallers in the draft, like Da’Quan Bowers

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ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper began his media conference call Wednesday discussing prospects with “falling stock.” Kiper touched on a number of players he believes fit this description, including Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers.

Kiper rattled off about nine prospects that have a chance to be the No. 1 overall pick. Bowers was listed toward the back end because of January meniscus surgery.  Later in the conference call, Kiper speculated the 2010 NCAA sacks leader could fall to the Browns at No. 6.

Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn is another draft-eligible on the downslope, according to Kiper:

“Clayborn’s stock has dropped a bit … because of the arm situation (injury). I’ve got him in the late first (round) now.”

Texas cornerback Aaron Williams is also among Kiper’s fallers, due to “concerns about whether he’s a corner or safety.” Kiper alluded to Williams’ forty time in Indianapolis (4.56, officially), saying “his stock dropped a bit after the Combine.”

According to Kiper, Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers was another Combine faller. “He didn’t test out well. His stock is dropping.”

17 responses to “Kiper discusses fallers in the draft, like Da’Quan Bowers

  1. Mel Kiper is a faller, been one for a long time. There are so many other draft analyst out there who are more knowledgeable than this tool, and ESPN has the nerve to charge you if you want to share in his wonderful insights.

  2. I think Kiper puts more emphasis on the combine and pro days than the teams do. I don’t care how fast people are in shorts or how high their vertical is, just look at the game tape.

  3. Mock drafts are fun for sure – but guys like Kiper are a joke.

    His record of unsuccessful pick predictions has been well documented – attempting to pass of what he does as anything more involved than pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey is inane and dishonest.

    The only guy I really think knows his stuff is Rick Gosselin, who writes for the Dallas/Forth Worth sports section.

  4. Kiper is SLIGHTLY smarter than Todd Mcshay is that tells you anything. He was only considered a “draft Guru” because not alot of people weighed in on drafts like they do now. Mayock does his homework

  5. Between now and the draft we will hear daily updates on who is falling and who is rising on the draft board – even though none of the players is doing a thing. This will go right up to the draft with constant movement up and down the board.

    Talk about creating your own media events!

    And what are the results of all of that? Nothing!

  6. Mel, Man he’s up on his stuff. Go back about 4 years ago during the draft on ESPN and he’s states “Joe Montana won’t be a first rounder in this draft”. Hey Mel Joe went in the THIRD round in his own draft. What an idiot.

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