Perhaps that explains why Washington dropped to the first pick of Round 3, where he was tabbed by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Witten's agent, Jimmy Sexton, thought his client would go between picks 20 and 40 in the draft. Yet Witten plummetted to Round 3, as well. So, what happened?
''Witten does not play as quick as his times and isn't as solid a receiver as the Vols coaches suggested he might be,'' Pasquarelli writes.
Battle, blessed with safety size (6-3, 205) and cornerback speed (4.45), was considered a late first-round or early second-round pick, yet he lasted until late in Round 3. Pasquarelli cites ''character concerns'' as a reason for Battle's draft tumble.
Pasquarelli's article, entitled ''Prospects slip for a number of reasons,'' may be viewed at espn.com by going to Draft Central and clicking on ''Pasquarelli: Slippery Slope.''