In an era of near-certainty when it comes to predicting the destinations of future NFL players on the eve of NFL Draft 2014, it’s usually pretty simple. In the case of the Utah State Aggies Football players, it’s anything but.
Cornerback Nevin Lawson was a virtual lock on most mock draft boards to go in the third or fourth rounds -- at least that’s how it looked a few weeks ago. Now, Lawson is sitting nowhere near that position -- and is being predicted by one mock draft to drop as far as the sixth round?
Hold the phone, Aggies fans. And perhaps hang on to something sturdy, because your former Big Blue stars are falling like dominoes from draft boards -- but they're not completely falling from grace just yet. Take for instance this Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report published on Wednesday, May 7 ranking defensive backs.
Though Lawson didn’t make the paper’s top 10 list at corner, one defensive player did. Defensive back Mo Alexander is ranked No. 8 overall at his position -- and that’s a long way from an aggravated assault charge several years ago that appeared to curtail his football career, according to an NFL scout.
He is really humbled by that whole thing," one scout said in an interview with the Journal-Sentinel. "Really like him. Big and really athletic. Tough guy." Most mocks have had Alexander going in the seventh round -- or as a free agent.
So, if the mocks are accurate -- and some usually are to a degree or another -- you have Lawson going in the mid-to-late rounds and Alexander going very late in the draft. But what about center Tyler Larsen? Leading up to the draft, you heard his name being mentioned alongside Kyle Van Noy and Trevor Reilly as a possible early-round pick -- and guaranteed contract earner.
Now, the best case scenario comes from the Website WalterFootball.com -- who else? They have Larsen going between the third and fifth rounds because of his size and height, while CBSSports.com has him being taken in the last round of the draft -- or as a free agent because he has short arms and a lack of speed.
Talk about a crap shoot if you’re an Aggie fan. But, undoubtedly you’ll tune in on Thursday, May 8 for NFL Draft 2014 to see where these Aggies will land -- if they land with any team at all.