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2013 NFL Draft rumors: Cordarrelle Patterson, Sam Montgomery falling

Names are still making big swings up and down NFL Draft boards, even with draft day roughly two weeks away. Find out why Cordarrelle Patterson and Sam Montgomery are dropping, along with plenty more rumored and confirmed visits.

Kevin C. Cox

NFL Draft workouts are largely over, outside of ongoing private sessions, but there are still rather larger movements being made up and down draft boards by relatively big names. Two players heading in the wrong direction appear to be Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery. Lance Zierlein of the reports that according to an NFL source, Patterson may fall out of the first round and Montgomery may fall past Day 2 altogether.

Patterson has at times been considered a top-10 pick and is currently projected to go No. 14 overall to the Carolina Panthers in SB Nation's latest mock draft. That said, it's well known that he isn't a perfect prospect. Matthew Fairburn points out in his scouting report that Patterson is still a raw prospect, with headway to be made in terms of strength, technique and focus.

Montgomery also seemed like a potential first-rounder at one point, but he has slipped after a shaky offseason. His performance at the NFL Combine was disappointing, and his honest but misguided admission that he took plays off while at LSU certainly didn't help his image. Montgomery is currently projected to go No. 80 overall to the Miami Dolphins (15 spots from dropping to the fourth round) by SB Nation.


- Zierlein also mentioned that LSU safety Eric Reid has seen his stock rise in recent weeks, to the point that he could now go in the first round.

- Zierlein's source also said that he expects Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson to be selected ahead of Florida DT Sharrif Floyd come April 25.

- West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin has been a darling to mock draft makers since the end of the college football season, but NFL scouts are still worried about his lack of size, according to's Bucky Brooks.

- Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner visited the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, according Tony Pauline of The visit is interesting because Milliner has generally been projected to go much sooner than the Colts' No. 24 overall pick. Are the Colts looking to trade up, or is Milliner less valuable than prevailing wisdom suggests?

- UCLA cornerback Sheldon Price will also visit the Colts, according to Pauline, showing where team's draft priorities lay.

- Kansas State middle linebacker Arthur Brown will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to's Ian Rapoport, along with Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings. Brown is considered a potential first-round pick, but Commings could potentially fall to Day 3.

- Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas has been a busy man. He has already made visits to the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons, and he plans stop in with the Buffalo Bills next, according to Rapoport. Thomas is a projected third-rounder, according to SB Nation.

- In fact, the Bills are going to be extremely busy in the coming days and weeks. On Wednesday, they announced upcoming visits with USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan, Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree and Tennessee Tech wide receiver (Tennessee castout) Da'Rick Rogers.

- The Chicago Bears are apparently still looking to stock up on linebackers. Missouri's Zaviar Gooden will visit Chicago soon, according to Vaugn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

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