NFL mock draft 2013: Who has fallen off the map?

Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Whose draft stock has fallen since November?

The earlier the mock draft, the crazier it looks by the end of the NFL Draft process.

November mock drafts are an exercise in futility most of the time, but that didn't stop us from trying. Plenty has changed since November. My mock draft is no exception. Between the late-season games, bowl games and the entire pre-draft process, players have fluctuated quite a bit.

In the interest of transparency, let's take a look back at the November mock draft to see what has changed and why. Here are six prospects in particular that have dropped off in the last four months.

Check out the November mock draft update here.

Check out the latest 2013 NFL Mock Draft here.

Sam Montgomery, Defensive End, LSU

November mock draft: No. 2 overall
March mock: Not in first round

Sam Montgomery was one of my biggest misses in pre-season evaluation. He was a favorite of mine based on his sophomore season. However, the more of his junior season I watched, it was clear that the weight he put on before the season was affecting his game. He was stiff in his movements and became a bit one dimensional as a pass rusher.

Montgomery also didn't help his cause at the NFL Combine. He admitted to giving less than a full effort in some games for LSU this season, and he also said he and Barkevious Mingo have been making bets throughout their college days. While he's certainly talented, Montgomery has far too many red flags associated with him to be considered a first round pick at this point. He and Mingo put $5,000 on who would be drafted first. I think Montgomery should start figuring out ways to come up with that cash.

Matt Elam, Safety, Florida

November mock draft: No. 15 overall
March mock: Not in first round

This safety class took me some time to figure out. Early on, Matt Elam stood out to me. He hits hard and covers a ton of ground in the secondary. As the season came to an end, he put a few bad games together. Elam tends to get lost in coverage and play himself out of position more often than he should. Also contributing to his drop down the board is the depth that has emerged in this safety class. Texas' Kenny Vaccaro and Florida International's John Cyprien stood out more than Elam throughout the season and pre-draft process, pushing the Gators' hard hitter to the second round.

Manti Te'o, Linebacker, Notre Dame

November mock draft: No. 10 overall
March mock: No. 32 overall

Manti Te'o experienced as much of a drop-off as anyone in this class. Between his late-season play and the whole fake girlfriend mess, the Notre Dame linebacker experienced quite the fall from grace. He's hanging on for dear life at the end of the first round in my latest mock, though. His thumping style of play will attract a 3-4 team toward the bottom of the first round or early on the draft's second day.

Matt Barkley, Quarterback, USC

November mock draft: No. 13 overall
March mock: Not in first round

Quarterbacks are tough to place in mock drafts. Matt Barkley's fall in mine is more a result of the landscape of the first round than it is an indictment on him as a player. However, his shoulder injury didn't do much to help his cause. While only one quarterback came off the board in my latest mock draft, it wouldn't shock me to see two or three drafted in the first round in April. If that's the case, Barkley should be among those drafted in the first round, but Geno Smith has clearly established himself as the top quarterback in this draft class.

Barrett Jones, Center, Alabama

November mock draft: No. 26 overall
March mock: Not in first round

Barrett Jones is without a doubt the most talented center prospect in this draft class and has the talent to land in the first round in April. The problem is that he was playing through a Lisfranc injury that required surgery at the end of the season. Thus, he was removed from the first round of most mock drafts. He may be a quality starter in the NFL, but the injury issues and positional value will keep him from being drafted on the first night of action.

Johnthan Banks, Cornerback, Mississippi State

November mock draft: No. 19 overall
March mock: Not in first round

The last few months have made one thing clear: the 2013 NFL Draft is deep at cornerback. As a result, Johnthan Banks has slipped a bit. Florida State's Xavier Rhodes and Rutgers' Logan Ryan have passed him on our board and he doesn't grade out as a first round pick for us.

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