When Carlos Dunlap announced he was leaving Florida early to enter the NFL Draft, the feeling among many of the draft experts seemed to be that he likely would be a first-round pick. But Dunlap apparently has been slipping ever since.
On a teleconference Wednesday, NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock predicted Dunlap could fall all the way to the third round in next weekend’s draft.
Mayock said Dunlap’s plunging stock has less to do with his DUI arrest the Tuesday morning before the SEC Championship Game and more to do with his inconsistent work ethic, which he said is obvious when you watch tape of Dunlap.
“It’s a lot more about his body of work on his tape,” Mayock said. “In my opinion, he’s got a substantially below-average motor. He only plays a certain percentage of plays hard. When you’re doing that, you’re going to get dinged pretty badly by the NFL.
“Carlos Dunlap is a beautiful body with a tremendous physical skill set, but he doesn’t play every play hard. I think he’s going to fall midway to late in the second round, and maybe to the third. He’s definitely got ability, but how much money to you want to pay a guy who doesn’t play hard every play?”
Mayock compared Dunlap to former Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson, who had first-round talent but fell all the way to the third round in last year’s draft due to his inconsistent motor.
On the same teleconference Wednesday, Mayock predicted Tim Tebow will be a starting NFL quarterback within three years. He also predicted that former UF center Maurkice Pouncey could be drafted as high as No. 18 in the first round. He said Pouncey will have the chance to step in and be a starter at center as a rookie. Mayock also said tight end Aaron Hernandez likely will be a second-round pick, but could fall to the third round because of some off-the-field issues.