The NFL Draft is just over a week away, and teams are doing their final preparations before the big night in Nashville on Apr. 25. There are many prospects that have lived up to the hype in the draft process. There are some that are even exceeding their expectations.
Then, there are the ones that we all can't stand -- those who are getting overhyped by analysts, experts, and scouts. We're talking physical traits, but not too many stats to back them up. Combine darlings, to say the least.
Here are five of the most overrated 2019 NFL Draft prospects.
5. DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Dexter Lawrence will entice teams to select him due to his abilities as a run-stuffer. The thing is, his statistics aren't ideal. He had just 36 tackles and 1.5 sacks this past season. He's not going to get to the quarterback, and his play has proven to be inconsistent. Plus, he was suspended for the College Football Playoff for failing a drug test. While he's a good mid-round prospect, he's not a first-round talent like some are projecting him to be.
4. QB Drew Lock, Missouri
"The Next Patrick Mahomes." Those four words will doom any quarterback prospect. While yes, Lock possesses a cannon for an arm and rather good mobility outside of the pocket, his decision making is a huge red flag for teams. Lock has actually been deemed by some as the top quarterback in the class. We're not saying Lock is going to be a bust in the NFL, he just needs to adjust his game. Keeping him on the sidelines his rookie year would benefit him. He's not a start-now guy.
3. WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
D.K. Metcalf is a freak of nature, as he stunned scouts with his impressive 4.41 40-yard dash, causing the Ole Miss receiver to skyrocket up draft boards. The thing is, he dealt with numerous injuries during his time in college. Not to mention, he had a poor three-cone shuttle time, which was as bad as Tom Brady's at the 1999 Scouting Combine. Metcalf provides boom or bust potential at the NFL level. He's not a surefire first-round talent.
2. Rashan Gary, Michigan
Rashan Gary is the epitome of a traits guy. He has all the physical tools to be an elite player. However, he didn't produce the desired numbers at Michigan and didn't get to prove a whole lot his final year there due to injuries. Gary would respond at the Combine with great 4.58 40-yard dash time, which has some draft experts pegging him as a top-five pick. That's a bit high for a player who didn't exactly light it up at the college level.
1. QB Daniel Jones, Duke
There is perhaps no draft prospect more polarizing than Daniel Jones. The Duke quarterback has seen his stock rise exponentially, and we're not sure why. The main factor working in his favor is his coach, David Cutcliffe, who coached Peyton and Eli Manning. Despite having a coach like that, Jones is still a project, and doesn't possess great deep ball accuracy. Regardless, he's projected to be a top-10 pick, which is a bit high for someone who wasn't exactly the talk of college football.