Draft Day "Sleepers"

Some of these players are well known and some of them aren’t. But the one thing they have in common is that they are more highly valued by the NFL than the national media leads on:


Aaron Webster 6’2", FS, 211 lbs, 4.48, 40, 21 reps @225, 4 picks his senior year third in tackles on team senior year.


Austen Lane 6’6" 276 DE , 4.84 40, 34.5" vert. Still growing and maturing with a basketball background. Very disruptive, lots of upside


Daniel Te’o-Nesheim 6’4" 263 DE, 4.63 40, 37 vert, great short shuttle, long 34" arms, production even better than Brandon Graham. Strong enough that he played lots of DT.


Tony Pike is a very similar player to Matt Ryan. Why wouldn’t he go higher than most people are projecting him(4th round)? (Need to read his scouting report, especially the analysis section)


Brian Price 6’1" 305 DT, great production and great burst & ability to disrupt.


Curtis Steele RB RsSr Memphis Quick player, willing blocker, heart of team, can be a great 3rd down back. CJ Spiller like abilities without the deep speed.


Derek Hardman OL rSR 6’5" 305 Mauler with good athleticism. Best at RT or guard, but needs practice at guard.


Dimitri Nance RB 5’10" 225 ASU Senior good size, ok speed, good vision and feet, bad line in front of him, gets low and hits with lots of power, good hands. Similar between tackles as Gartrell Johnson from last year’s draft.


AJ Jefferson CB Fresno State, 4.42 40 and that was his worst measurable unless you include the bench for CB’s)


MiQuale Lewis 5’6" RB Ball State Poor man’s MJD, he’s a little thicker though. Actually more like a short Le’Ron McClain. He needs to go north/south more. Not a whole lot of burst. Nice blocker. Good between the tackles. A little slow bouncing outside. Good hands. Don’t know if he’ll get drafted, but he should be a priority UDFA after the draft

Emmanual Sanders 5’11" 190, great measureables including 4o and short shuttle, vert broad jump, 3 cone. Very very productive. Not built like Hines Ward, but his play resembles his, except with more speed and agility. Very smart and savvy.


Carlton Mitchell 6’3" 215 WR He has measurables like Andre Johnson, and he even moves like him. He just needs lots and lots of refinement and practice, as he doesn’t have great hands yet either.


Jacoby Ford 5’10 185 WR Most people think his speed is his greatest asset because he ran the fastest 40 at the combine, and most people knock him because he doesn’t look as fast on film. But I think his greatest value is that of a playmaker. He makes bad passes look easy to catch with his great body control and good hands. No one has compared him to Desean Jackson and he isn’t, but he’s got a similar game. For that I think he will jump up draft boards.


Kevin Thomas 6’0" 192 CB Didn’t get a lot of Int’s but he knocked down a good amount of passes when healthy, and again he has great measurables, and he went to USC which means someone noticed him.


Dorian Brooks 6’2" 306 G/C May not get drafted considering he’s a guard and he’s a small school guy, but he’s got the tools to do it at the next level. He’s a very squatty player with really long arms, big hands, good feet, and fairly athletic.


Mike Neal DT Looks like he has potential. 6’4 302 lbs and strong. Good pass rusher and good athlete for his size.


We(I) may have exhausted the readers with CB Alterraun Verner, TE Logan Paulsen, Arizona LB Vuna Tuihalamaka, and DE/OLB Junior Gallette so I’m gonna avoid mentioning them this go around.

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