Gareon Conley made headlines earlier this week after a report surfaced that a woman accused him of rape. Conley has denied the allegations and has not been charged by police, but a cloud hangs over him heading into the 2017 NFL Draft.
The cornerback was originally thought to be a surefire first-round pick, possibly going in the first 20 picks. But with the allegation surrounding him, NFL analysts expect him still to get drafted, but not until later.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, some executives think Conley could slip to the third round of this year’s draft.
After doing in-depth investigating into #OSU CB Gareon Conley’s situation, teams do believe he’ll be drafted now. 3 GMs predict third round.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 27, 2017
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that two dozen teams had contacted Conley since the report surfaced to ask him questions and let him tell his side of the story.
At least 24 teams personally have called OSU's Gareon Conley over the past 48 hours, per source. He has proclaimed his innocence to all.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2017
NFL.com grades Conley as the third-best cornerback in the draft behind his Ohio State teammate Marshon Lattimore and Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey. Some team will likely take a chance on Conley, it’s just a matter of when.