• CB Will Davis out for season CB Will Davis out for season Miami placed CB Will Davis on the IR, ending his season
  • Fins stay in playoff hunt Fins stay in playoff hunt Miami upends the Bills, 22-9, keep playoff hopes alive.
  • Fins dominate Chargers Fins dominate Chargers QB Tannehill threw 3 TDs as the Fins rout the Chargers 37-0
  • Fins beat Jags, 27-13 Fins beat Jags, 27-13 It wasn't pretty, but Miami put down the Jaguars, 27-13

     

NFL Draft – Underrated Prospects and Deep Round Sleepers

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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

 

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