Defensive tackle Christian Barmore is less than two weeks away from hearing his name called in the NFL draft much sooner than expected.
Generally speaking, the reigning National Championship Game Defensive MVP is viewed as the top defensive tackle prospect. However, he's often projected as a late first-round option once all of the quarterbacks, top offensive tackles, multiple offensive weapons and even a few other defensive prospects are off the board.
To be fair, the idea of a single homogenous draft board dictating where a player will or will not be drafted is folly. Every single team board is different and everyone around the league is trying to figure out what others are doing.
"And you try to kind of get a feel for how the board is going to go around the league, kind of work through all the scenarios with potential trades," Broncos president of football operations John Elway told ESPN's Jeff Legwold. "Just make sure you're ready to adjust and move and feel good as an organization about your evaluations. And in the back of your mind you kind of know there is no predicting what everybody is going to do—the curveball is coming."
In this particular case, Barmore could be the living embodiment of a first-round curveball. Apparently, he's really well-liked among league circles and could become the second or third defender drafted, according to ESPN's Matt Miller.
A confluence of factors plays a role in Barmore's perceived ascension.