Risers & Fallers

Posted: November 12, 2012 in NFL Draft

Risers

Justin Hunter, WR (Tennessee)

It won’t be enough to save his coaches job, but Hunter has had a really good past four weeks. Hunter has 30 receptions for 482 yards and 4 touchdowns during this time frame and is being looked at by some as the No. 1 receiver in this year’s draft. With Robert Woods being inconsistent and Keenan Allen being sidelined with an injury, I’d expect to see Hunter’s name moving up on most people’s draft boards.

Kenjon Barner, RB (Oregon)

This year’s running back class is much weaker then last year’s but Kenjon Barner has been rising up draft boards recently. Barner is undersized and most likely won’t be a featured back at the next level but he has the ability to be a good change of pace type running back. Barner has rushed for 10 touchdowns in his last 4 games, but he was injured this week against California.
Fallers

Marquess Wilson, WR (Washington St.)

Wilson was a player that had already fallen quite a ways on most draft boards but this weekend’s happenings could have hurt him even more. Wilson, who was suspended at Washington State, released a letter Saturday stating that he has been abused by Mike Leach and is leaving the football program. People were already questioning his work ethic, so this could be another red flag for organizations.

Matt Barkley, QB (USC)

I’m not sure there is a player in college football that NFL Draft experts disagree more about then USC QB Matt Barkley.  If you ask one person, they will tell you he’s still a Top 10 pick, then ask another and you might hear that he’s a borderline 1st Round guy. Lately Barkley has struggled with interceptions. He has thrown 7 interceptions in the last 3 games and has thrown 13 for the season. A lot of scouts view Barkley as a quarterback that’s very accurate on short passes but struggles when forced to throw the ball deep. I want to watch more film of him before I make my final decision on him.

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