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2016 NFL Draft: Players facing the longest Green Room wait

Last night, NFL Network released the list of former college


Last night, NFL Network released the list of former college stars that will get to sit in the Green Room in Chicago whilst they wait for Rodger Goodell announce their name. But, they can’t all be picked 1st overall, and there has to be someone to leave the room last. But who will that be? Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss Nkemdiches’s talent and athletic ability are unquestionably great, but his character? Not so much. Throughout his time at Ole Miss there have been questions surrounding his love for the game, maturity and his effort, and, despite his obvious talent, he failed to regularly make the impact he should’ve done. In actuality, he played more like an average player with flashes of brilliance rather than the reverse. Add to that his suspension for the Sugar Bowl stemming from his weird hotel room incident – he reportedly fell from the 4th floor of a hotel and was subsequently charged for marijuana possession – and he is left with a bad character grade and inconsistent play. That is not a good mix, especially as there is no shortage of talent at the DT position in this draft. Remember Randy Gregory? Nkemdiche might want to get some tips on how to pass the time. Keanu Neal, S, Florida When Keanu Neal announced he would enter the draft, a few people were surprised. Not because he isn’t talented, but because he was somewhat under the radar at Florida. With several big name safety’s in the NCAA, Neal was often in their shadow despite his explosive highlight reel. Like Matt Elam, the last safety to be drafted in the 1st round out of Florida, he is a big hitter who has shown some ball and coverage skills. He is probably good enough to be drafted in the 1st round, but there are 31 players – at least – that I think teams would prefer to have over him and at least 2/3 safety’s. Plus, Matt Elam’s pro career thus far may scare teams away from Neal. Vernon Butler, DT, La Tech Butler could find himself waiting in the Green Room purely because of the immense depth at the defensive tackle position. Butler is good enough to be a 1st round pick, but so are so many defensive lineman. If some teams pass on defensive tackles because they feel they can get a steal later in the draft, Butler could find himself sitting around for longer than he had hoped. Chris Jones, DT, Miss State Like Butler, Jones is certainly talented enough to go in the 1st round but could fall victim to the depth at the defensive tackle position. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU Like the rest of the players on this list, Doctson is talented enough to go in the 1st round and is projected to go in the first round. However, compared to some of the other players on this list, I think he is more likely to be passed up on for other receivers. For example, I think some teams may hold Corey Coleman, Laquon Treadwell, Michael Thomas and maybe even Will Fuller and Tyler Boyd ahead of him as far as their team is concerned. Furthermore, his wrist injury may scare a few teams – remember Jaelen Strong?

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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