Players who go too high, too low

A dozen players who could be drafted earlier or later than they should be

Updated: May 8, 2014, 11:08 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Kelvin BenjaminAP Photo/John RaouxCould Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin go in Round 1 of the NFL draft?

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One of the things I always find humorous is when people claim I love or hate a player based on where I have him in a mock draft. Anybody who knows my history can go back and see numerous instances in which I've disagreed with my own mocks -- just look into where I stood on Jeff George. Mocks are, by definition, a projection of what I think teams could do. They aren't a recommendation based on my evaluations.

So in this case I wanted to offer a glimpse into where I could end up disagreeing with my own mocks. I'm looking at players who could be taken too high, or too low. In the cases where they are taken too high, I simply don't think the player is worth as much as the likely pick slot. In the case of a player taken too low, I just think he's underrated.

Let's take a look.

Overdrafted

On offense

WR Kelvin Benjamin goes too high if ...

He's taken in Round 1.

He offers intimidating size at 6-foot-5 and 240-plus pounds, not to mention an 83-inch wingspan, but Benjamin has rough edges as a receiver, with inconsistent hands and merely average ability as a route-runner. And while he's massive, he doesn't separate from defenders with his speed (he ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at the combine in Indianapolis). I think he needs development and is a better fit in Round 2.

QB Zach Mettenberger goes too high if ...

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