NBA Draft Rumors: Meyers Leonard, Tyler Zeller Are Tier 4 Prospects On ESPN Draft Rankings

Meyers Leonard, Tyler Zeller and John Henson have been locked in a battle to become the next big man prospect to come off the board after Anthony Davis and (likely) Andre Drummond get snatched up in the 2012 NBA Draft, so how have workouts and combine measurements affected their overall draft stock?

Chad Ford of ESPN has complied his NBA Draft Tier Rankings as a way to sort through the best available players in the draft, but Leonard, Zeller and Henson all land in the nebulous Tier 4 category. Anthony Davis is alone in Tier 1 (franchise players), and Drummond fits in with Damian Lillard and Dion Waiters in Tier 3 (consensus top-10 picks), but Tier 4 is where prospects that fail to create consensus fall. That essentially means Leonard, Zeller and Henson could go anywhere from the mid-lottery to the back half of the first-round.


Related: 2012 NBA Mock Draft Meta-Analysis, Vol. 3: Rumors Sully Sullinger

In SB Nation Chicago's comprehensive 2012 NBA Mock Draft Meta-Analysis, Vol. 3, Leonard is the No. 11 overall prospect on draft boards, while Henson falls in at No. 12 and Zeller is close behind at No. 13.

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