As the 2013 NFL Draft approaches, the stock of draft prospects is leveling out. Each player is unique in their qualities as a player, person, and future draft pick for a team who probably knows more about them than their own family. For various reasons, some players come into the draft with red flags, including injuries, off the field problems, tweeners, poor production, bad workouts, and one-year wonders. These flags cause some prospects to quickly fall down the draft boards. In 2009, the Bengals grabbed an underachieving defensive end, Micheal Johnson, in the third round. In 2010, a DUI and inconsistant play pushed defensive end Carlos Dunlap into the second round.
Last year’s draft is hard to judge now, but it’s perceived that the team got good value from drafting players like defensive tackle Braden Thompson, a 3rd rounder who was a borderline 1st rounder at one point. Tight end Orlson Charles dropped to the 4th round after a poor combine and DUI, and wide receiver Marvin Jones made it to the 5th round before getting a call. In addition, UDFA Vontaze Burfict and his pre-draft experience/nightmare should serve as a reminder that value can be found in these professed April low stocks.