From another board:
According to Dan Pompei on Cold Pizza this morning, Branch's draft stock is slipping because he has stress fractures in his leg and teams are taking him off their boards completely because they are unsure if he can hold up through a whole season. I hadnt heard this before and thought I should share!
Could be draft week rumor. Could be truth. I know some people want us to draft him to eventually replace Fergie, so I thought I'd post it.