One tag no longer applies to Robert Nkemdiche: “Can’t-miss.”
The Ole Miss defensive lineman began the year on several preseason All-American lists and at or near the top of most NFL mock drafts.
Now, he’s a young man that — some say — is no longer a priority for pro teams.
His lukewarm status was confirmed by Mel Kiper, Jr.’s first postseason mock draft on Thursday. The well-regarded ESPN analyst predicted Nkemdiche will land with Philadelphia at No. 13 overall.
This comes one month after the 21-year-old fell from a hotel window, was found in possession of marijuana and was subsequently called out as being “overrated by the media” and “living off his high school reputation.” (BleacherReport.com‘s Matt Miller)
Nkemdiche has not been faring too well in other mock drafts, either.
Prominent sites such as ProFootballFocus.com (No. 16 to Detroit), WalterFootball.com (No. 19 to Buffalo) and WashingtonPost.com (No. 21 to Washington) projected worse fates for the former No. 1 recruit.