2013 NFL draft buzz: Sanders Commings rising, Eddie Lacy falling


A few SEC players appear to be heading in opposite directions.

Draft stock may not exist in its truest form at this point in the process. Teams have put the finishing touches on their boards with a few tweaks being made here and there based on pre-draft visits.

Still, to the public eye, plenty of buzz will be made available in the next few weeks. In fact, the challenge will be sifting through the information and figuring out which of it is valid.

Here a few buzz-worthy players that seem to be heading in different directions this week.

Stock down: Eddie Lacy, running back, Alabama

Eddie Lacy has been delaying his pro day workout for some time, and for NFL scouts, it wasn't exactly worth the wait, according to Bucky Brooks. Lacy has been dealing with a hamstring injury and hasn't had a chance to showcase himself during the pre-draft process. During his pro day, Brooks noted that Lacy didn't finish some drills with the same intensity that he started with and appeared out of shape.

The former Alabama running back showed off his skills plenty during the season, running wild on the SEC competition on a weekly basis. He finished strong in the National Championship Game, rushing for 140 yards and totaling two touchdowns.

Once thought to be the top back in this class, the competition could be wide open now. In our latest mock draft, we had Lacy falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round. With the depth of this running back class, he could have a tough time finding a home in round one.

Stock up: Sanders Commings, cornerback, Georgia

On the flip side of the buzz is Sanders Commings, who seems to be working his way towards being a day two pick. Commings has been making a ton of visits lately, most recently with the Tennessee Titans. Commings is receiving quite a bit of interest from teams in need of secondary help, including the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers.

Commings has the size and press-coverage ability to be a starter in a man-to-man system. He actually is physical enough to be able to play a bit of safety, but the teams above will likely employ him at cornerback. At the very least, he's starting to look like a third round pick with the potential to go even higher.

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