Whether they are smokescreens or not, several mock drafts have made some major changes over the course of the past few days with some prospects shooting up draft boards all the way into the first round while others have seen their stock plummet.
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. joined Nathan Zegura, Matt Wilhelm and "Da Kid" on Friday's episode of Cleveland Browns Daily.
Here are some names Kiper Jr. said are rising:
• Georgia running back Todd Gurley – "He's in that top 12," Kiper Jr. said.
• Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett – "Middle to late first round, I would even shade the middle."
• UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks – "Undersized but for today's NFL, you've got to cover and you've got to go sideline to sideline. You've got to be a great athlete and he is."
• Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson – "If some of these wide receivers had his hands, they'd be half a round or a round higher than they're rated now."
• Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman
• Kentucky pass rusher Alvin "Bud" Dupree
And here are other names Kiper Jr. hears who might be slipping:
• Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray – "Because of the toe," Kiper Jr. said. "We'll have to see how a that impacts a guy that could have been the eighth pick to Atlanta."
• Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory – "The off-the-field issue and the fact he didn't play well this year and he doesn't play the run well and he's got to get his weight up."
• Washington cornerback Marcus Peters – "I think maybe 20-32. I'll probably shade 26 in a mock draft to Baltimore. He's not going to be the top-10 or top-15 pick that his talent indicates because he was dismissed from the football team."
• Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips – "He had that back injury a few years ago. Wore down late in games, wasn't really productive."
Check out the full interview at the top of the page.
ClevelandBrowns.com will have full coverage of the draft all next week on the home front in Berea and on the scene in Chicago.