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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.
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.
|Tank Carradine||Florida State||DE||6-04||276|
|David Amerson||N.C. State||CB||6-01||205|
|Christine Michael||Texas A&M||RB||5-10||220|
|Markus Wheaton||Oregon State||WR||5-11||189|
|Brandon Williams||Missouri Southern||NT||6-01||335|
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|
|David Quessenberry||San Jose State||OT||6-05||302|
|Da’Rick Rogers||Tennessee Tech||WR||6-02||217|
|Vinston Painter||Virginia Tech||OT||6-04||306|
|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|
|Earl Watford||James Madison||OG||6-03||300|
|Lawrence Okoye||United Kingdom||DT||6-05||304|
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