The question going into Thursday night was how the rape allegations against Gareon Conley would impact his draft stock.
Apparently Conley, who was projected as a first-round pick before the allegations went public, might not free-fall after all.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Conley passed a polygraph test at the request of a team with interest in him:
Source: A team that is interested in Gareon Conley in the 1st rd asked him to submit to a polygraph by a certified administrator. He passed
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2017
The former Ohio State cornerback was expected to interview with police on Monday. He released a statement through is agent on Wednesday that said that multiple witnesses would prove his innocence against the allegations.
On top of that, Conley submitted a DNA sample and a statement to Cleveland police.
Conley’s innocence might not be proven in a legal sense before the end of the NFL draft. But according to multiple insiders, there could be a team that rolls the dice on Conley in the first round:
Just heard from a team: Gareon Conley goes first round.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 27, 2017
A guy who was supposed to slide isn't going to. And that's all I can say right now.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 28, 2017