Key draft risers and fallers

Tavon Austin has cemented himself as a first-round pick after the workout process. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

You'll hear over and over that nothing is more important than the tape. Well, that's true, but the evaluation process that begins when the college football season ends can help players jump two-plus rounds, and see others tumble. If the player NFL teams see in Under Armour doesn't match the guy on tape, put on a parachute.

You think the combine doesn't matter? Ask Damontre Moore of Texas A&M, who went from a first-round lock to a second-round question mark almost overnight.

You think the Senior Bowl is just a meet and greet with scouts? Ask Desmond Trufant of Washington, who saw his stock spike.

IMPORTANT: What you see below does not simply reflect recent shifts. This reflects trends borne of the entire evaluation process. This is about guys who have seen their grades shift the most since January. I'm not looking at players who went from a possible No. 15 overall to a possible No. 5 -- that move can happen on draft day based on board position and need alone. These are guys who have seen dramatic shifts in their perceived value.

Let's take a quick look at 10 players who have seen their stocks rise and 10 who have seen them fall.


Two-round mock draft | Big Board | Top 5 at each position Risers, fallers since January

Risers on offense

Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
He's not in the first-round discussion, but Jones has recovered some in the eyes of a number of teams who once might have seen him as a talented lost cause. When he's fundamentally sound, he shows off a ton of arm talent. Once a likely mid-to-late rounder, I wouldn't be shocked if someone took him in the late second round.