• Fins outlast Bucs 20-14 Fins outlast Bucs 20-14 It wasn't pretty at times, but the Fins manage a preseason win over the Bucs
  • QB Quinn finally a Fin QB Quinn finally a Fin Miami signs QB Brady Quinn and releases Pat Devlin
  • Fins lose in the end, 16-10 Fins lose in the end, 16-10 Miami started strong, but in the end the Falcons win the preseason game
  • Reshad Jones suspended 4 games Reshad Jones suspended 4 games S Reshad Jones is suspended the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

     

NFL Draft – Underrated Prospects and Deep Round Sleepers

902556 385980654849339 209882796 o NFL Draft   Underrated Prospects and Deep Round Sleepers

 

Every year there is an over-saturation of draft coverage focused on first round draft prospects. Also every year, as we all know, difference makers on the roster can be found throughout the draft’s seven rounds.

Evaluating round 1 premier prospects is a task I look forward too and enjoy during the off-season, but a lot of times I often find it even more gratifying to evaluate and grade lower round draft prospects. It’s particularly rewarding when you are able to find prospects that may have starter potential, but are being projected in the very late rounds of the draft.

Scouts probably pound the table harder for the late round prospects whom they believe in more so than they do for the premier players because of the lack of scrutiny associated with the higher round selections. This coming Saturday every NFL draft war room will be hoping to land the next Yeremiah Bell, Matt Birk, Marques Colston, Tom Brady, Robert Mathis, Terrell Davis, Shannon Sharpe, and Zach Thomas in the later rounds of the draft. There will certainly be no shortage oftablepoundingand fist pumps.The teams that win on draft day are the teams that can extract as much relative value out of each pick, some personnel managers do so better than others. Here is looking at you Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta.The following are two groups of draft prospects; the first is a list of my underrated players in the first 3 rounds and the second list compromises of late round prospects who are projected between rounds 4 and 7 that have starter potential. You may or may not have heard about some of them, but they are potential late round gems.

 

UNDERRATED

DE Tank Carradine was a TOP 10 pick before blowing out his ACL, but he is on track for a full recovery, and showed his progress at his recent Pro Day. WR Justin Hunter may just be the best traditional wide-out in the class, he had great hands before his injury but has had drops recently, he needs to get over the fear of getting re-injured. TE Travis Kelce is the best combo TE in the draft, his blocking is miles ahead of every pass catching Tight-End in the class. WR Markus Wheaton will make some CBs at the next level look foolish with his crisp route running, in his own words he will “eat you up” and he will! Dolphins fans will want to pay close attention to RB Christine Michael, he has everything you would want in pro level Running Back, and guess who recruited him at Texas A&M… Mike Sherman.

UNDERRATED PROSPECTS
PLAYER SCHOOL POS HEIGHT WEIGHT
Tank Carradine Florida State DE 6-04 276
Datone Jones UCLA DE 6-04 283
Justin Hunter Tennessee WR 6-04 196
David Amerson N.C. State CB 6-01 205
Brian Schwenke California OC 6-03 314
Christine Michael Texas A&M RB 5-10 220
Travis Kelce Cincinnati TE 6-05 255
Markus Wheaton Oregon State WR 5-11 189
Brandon Williams Missouri Southern NT 6-01 335
Corey Lemonier Auburn 34OLB 6-03 255
Aaron Dobson Marshall WR 6-03 210
Cornelius Washington Georgia DE 6-04 265
Sio Moore Connecticut SLB 6-01 245

 

 

SLEEPERS

Here you will find prospects like OT Quessenberry whom I believe can start at RT right away. Then there is the speedster WR Marquise Goodwin who can be a dangerous slot weapon in a system like the Patriots, he looked like the best receiver at the Senior Bowl. WR Da’Rick Rogers should really be a late first/early second rounder, but ran into some issues at Tennessee which is hurting his stock. A guy like TE Joseph Fauria is not an every down Tight-End because of his poor blocking, but he is probably the most dangerous Red-Zone player in the entire draft. DT Lawrence Okoye, a UK import, has freakish physical ability but has never played a signal snap of football before, he does have contact sport experience because he played Rugby, he can be a developmental diamond. If RB Knile Davis can stay healthy he can be the best RB in the class along with RB Christine Michael.

LATE ROUND SLEEPERS
PLAYER SCHOOL POS HEIGHT WEIGHT
David Quessenberry San Jose State OT 6-05 302
Knile Davis Arkansas RB 5-10 227
Marquise Goodwin Texas WR 5-09 183
Da’Rick Rogers Tennessee Tech WR 6-02 217
Vinston Painter Virginia Tech OT 6-04 306
Alvin Bailey Arkansas OG 6-03 312
Mike Catapano Princeton DE 6-04 271
Charles Johnson Grand Valley State WR 6-02 215
Latavius Murray Central Florida RB 6-03 223
Cody Davis Texas Tech FS 6-02 203
Joseph Fauria UCLA TE 6-07 259
T.J. McDonald USC FS/SS 6-03 219
Jeff Baca UCLA OG 6-03 302
Nick Williams Samford DT 6-04 309
Earl Watford James Madison OG 6-03 300
Lawrence Okoye United Kingdom DT 6-05 304
Luke Wilson Rice TE 6-05 251
Ray Polk Colorado FS 6-00 219

 

Join us on Twitter at @FinNation

Join us on our message board and share your thoughts at http://www.finnation.com/Forums/

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)
NFL Draft - Underrated Prospects and Deep Round Sleepers, 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
The following two tabs change content below.

One Response to NFL Draft – Underrated Prospects and Deep Round Sleepers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CAPTCHA Image

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

GO FINS!!
GO FINS!!
Recent Forum Topics
Dolphins vs Bucs Game Feed(19) in Aqua/Orange Chat by JLFINFAN on 17-Aug-14 2:06PM
New member here from Hawaii!(13) in Welcome aboard! by JLFINFAN on 17-Aug-14 1:15PM
Mando Sums it Up(7) in Aqua/Orange Chat by Finz4eva on 17-Aug-14 7:48AM
FinNation Fantasy Football 201...(42) in Aqua/Orange Chat by hypocritex on 16-Aug-14 8:04PM
TC - Day 13 Report(19) in Aqua/Orange Chat by JLFINFAN on 16-Aug-14 3:25AM
FinNation Poll

What grade would you give this year's Dolphin draft?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
Fins Media Tweets
Site Categories
Site Archives
  • Direct Snap August 24, 2014
    Join Joe Kleine of Phinphanatic.com and Tyler McMullen of RantSports.com for their weekly podcast covering the NFL. The Direct Snap crew will bring you in depth analysis of NFL games, news, draft-talk, and anything else. Please, don't hesitate to give them a call at 714-333-3302. "Like" Direct Snap on facebook by clicking here or follow them o
    Fins Radio
  • Direct Snap August 17, 2014
    Join Joe Kleine of Phinphanatic.com and Tyler McMullen of RantSports.com for their weekly podcast covering the NFL. The Direct Snap crew will bring you in depth analysis of NFL games, news, draft-talk, and anything else. Please, don't hesitate to give them a call at 714-333-3302. "Like" Direct Snap on facebook by clicking here or follow them o
    Fins Radio
  • On The FinSide August 13, 2014
    Join Brian "Cat" Catanzaro, Paul Picken and Brian Miller for all your up to the minute Miami Dolphins news! The 2014 NFL season is set to begin and we'll have all the coverage to catch you up, as well as any notable news stories, rumors and more. We'll be discussing the first preseason game against Atlanta, as well as the upcoming preseas
    Fins Radio