SEC-NFL Draft Stock Watch: Which players’ stock is rising ahead of Thursday’s draft?


Thursday night’s NFL Draft is always a fun and interesting watch getting into the minds of NFL owners, GMs and coaches.

Stock from players like Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews and Mike Evans have remained high and unchanged, and all are projected as top 10 picks.

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Here are five players whose stock is rising ahead of Thursday:

Odell Beckham, WR, LSU: Since the season ended, Odell Beckham has been one of the hottest rising receivers for the NFL Draft. Teams saw value and tremendous upside in Beckham’s combine and pro day receiving and returning kicks. Once considered a second-round pick, Beckham is projected as high as a top 15 pick. College football’s most versatile player could be a Percy Harvin-type in the right system.

Dominique Easley, DT, Florida: Prior to Easley tearing his ACL in 2013, he was quickly becoming a high first-round pick. But after his injury, teams held their breath – as with any injury – to see how he recovered, especially with his history of multiple knee injuries. Lately, aided by his quick recovery, scouts have been buzzing that Easley just may become a first-round pick.

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama: Following his NFL Combine and a number of questions surrounding his surgically repaired knee, Kouandjio’s stock has been rising as of late. He was a top-five lock entering 2013, but a lackluster season and mediocre combine caused his projection to fall totally out of the first round. However, after a nice pro day, and with doctors coming to his aid to voice no concerns over his knee, Kouandjio is now back in the first round and figured to be a low first-round pick. Kouandjio’s stock has been the most volatile leading into the draft.

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Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt: The SEC’s leading career receiver Jordan Matthews may be a first-round pick. He’s projected as a sure second-round pick, but his stock has been increasing lately, and some have projected him as high as the low 20s. Although there have been questions about Matthews creating separation against bigger physical cornerbacks, he could find his way into the first round Thursday.

Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: As with any player who’s suffered a knee injury, NFL personnel waited to see Murray’s recovery. But ever since Murray chose to attend the Senior Bowl despite being hurt, his stock has been rising. Then, he had a strong pro day and showed those in attendance he’ll be just fine. The SEC’s top career passer won’t be a first-round pick, but one team could sneak up and grab him higher than projected or anticipated.

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  • Obligatory Moncrief mention. Began the spring as a 5th round or later pick. Destroyed the combine. Now, projected 3rd round or better. However, I’ve never seen a draft so loaded with WR talent. He’d have been better staying one more year. He may have been #1 receiver going out next year.

    • Moncrief owned the combine. This article was meant to touch on players whose stock was rising in the last week or two. Moncrief shot up a couple months ago. But, yeah, Moncrief has really helped himself since season’s end.

  • What about Connor Shaw? Do you think he will be drafted? He is so good with the intangibles that I would take him over Aaron Murray.

    • I do think Connor Shaw will be drafted, and he should make an NFL roster. I love his mobility and accuracy and NFL coaches will, too. Aaron Murray will likely get drafted before Shaw.

    • I have all the respect for Connor as a Dawg fan, but there’s NO WAY he should be drafted ahead of Aaron!

    • This question about Shaw and Missouri’s James Franklin is an interesting one. Both are accurate and both can run with the ball, Franklin has full-back size, while Shaw has an interesting consecutive completion record. What NFL system to they work best in and will they get a chance to prove it. Murray and McCarron are different, I don’t know if they have the size to see what they need to see from a fixed pocket, I don’t see either on of them as mobile threats. So the question is what NFL team has the blocking and the receivers to utilize their strengths, which include patient examination of the secondary and calm game management.


  • Sturdy and athletic, if not big, TJ Moe comes back from his torn Achillies tendon and signs with the St. Louis Rams. James Franklin has now been healthy for the the longest period of his college days, his stats say he should get a look, but look at Chase Daniel, one of the best NCAA quarterbacks every and still hasn’t been handed a starting NFL job.

  • Henry Josey is what NFL teams desperately need, breakaway points, before the attacking space gets compressed into an easier to defend red zone. He ran the third fastest combine 40 among backs. Josey lead the Big 12 conference (1st team All-C) in 2011. Then in 2013 he shared touches with Hansborough and Murphy and still gained 1,180 yards, near the top of the Southeastern Conference. Game after game Henry Josey shocked defenses to their end zone before they could react and find a cut off angle. The SEC has a lot of good backs but Josey is the under-reported king of his speciality and the NFL team that puts him on the field will find out why he lead Missouri to the championship of arguably the NCAA’s toughest division immediately.

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