Draft Sleepers- Offense
- With only four picks left in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Saints selected a rangy WR
named Marques Colston from Hofstra, (Kyle Arrington’s school) which no longer
even fields a football team. In 2008 Denver selected Peyton Hillis in round 7.
In 2009, picks 230, 231, and 232 were all afterthoughts on draft boards, but
Moise Fokou, Jamarca Sanford, and Julian Edelman all have been key contributors
for their teams. Who can forget the story of the highly recruited #1 ranked
prep player who played four inglorious years at Notre Dame and was an
afterthought in the 2002 Draft until the seventh round, pick # 253 by your New
England Patriots. That would be David Givens. Lets not even talk about the
Brady 6 and the 199th selection in 2000. It happens every year, there are some
gems in that clutter at the end of the third day of the draft. Here are some
players that I think need to be looked at closer
Eastern Washington RB Taiwan Jones surprised almost everyone when he declared as
a junior for the draft, especially after missing time with injury this past
year. He surprised some others when he ran in the 4.2s and 4.3s at his pro day.
He has run for over 3000 yards the last two seasons. He also posted a 40”
Vertical and 11’ Broad Jump. He has a history of injuries and a rep for getting
in trouble. I have also learned that he fumbled 17 times, which is one thing
that Bill Belichick won’t tolerate.
USC Allen Bradford 5’ 11” 242 4.53 was the 2md leading rusher at USC last season
averging 7.2 YPC (794 yds 5 TDs). He ran for over 500 yds as a Junior as well
as a key participant on ST. He missed the first two games of the year with an
ankle injury and finished his career with 212 yds vs UCLA.
Charles Clay burst on the scene as a true freshman 4 years ago with 69 catches
for 1024 yards and 7 TD’s. He ran for another 304 yards and 1 TD. Nagging
injuries as a Soph, limited him to 38 catches and 464 yards, 1 TD. As a Junior
there were other options at Tulsa and Clay only had 39 catches and 530 yard with
5 TD’s. As a Sr he had 43 rec for 526 yds and 7 TDs as well as 34 rushes for
another 226 yards (6.6YPC). He is a hard runner and plays that hybrid of FB, TB
and TE. He stands 6’3 weighing in at 253 and ran a 4.69. He is a willing
blocker and was a standout Special Teams performer.
With the success of Indy’s Pierre Gacon, many scouts are looking more closely at
D3 level prospects. Most are concentrating on another Mount Union alum Cecil
Shorts III. I am going to highlight another D3 prospect from University of
Wisconsin Stevens Point, Jared Jenkins. Jenkins had 273 career receptions. He
has size at 6’ 2” 202 lbs. He ran a 4.6 at the Wisconsin Pro Day. He is also a
D3 all American punter with 37 punts for a 42.8 average. It doesn’t stop
there. He averaged 11 ppg for the UWSP D3 National Champion basketball team.
Aldrick Robinson WR SMU (5’ 10” 184 4.35 40, 40” Vert) can’t be overlooked
despite his slight frame. Anyone that has 1300 receiving yards in 2010, needs
to be looked at closer. His blazing speed is a huge factor.
Jamorris Warren WR Central Missouri (6’1 197 4.57 40) Blaine Gabbert is who
scouts came to see at the Missouri Pro Day, but it was Warren who they were
talking about when they left. Some scouts had him clocked at under 4.5. They
were impressed by his uptick in production from 2009 with 22 – 264- 4 to 109 –
1458 – 20 in 2010 …. Yes that’s not a misprint 20 TD’s in 2010.
Last WR I will highlight is Andre Holmes from Hillsale college, a big player at
6’ 4” 210. He showed his 4.5 speed at the combine (ran 4.45 at Pro Day) and put
up 104 -1368 -11 this past season.
Jah Reid is a monster at 6’7” 327. He was a combine invitee out of Central
Florida. A two time All Conference USA OT, he started 41 games at RT for UCF.
He started out as a 370 lb incoming freshman.
David Mims Virginia Union 6’ 8” 331 5.35 he has an 86.8” wingspan with 37” long
arms. He also hoisted 29 reps at 225#. The key here is that long armed players
usually have trouble with the weightlifting. He has played against weaker
competition but a few years with the Dante School for Porkers should provide
Willie Smith at East Carolina 6’5” 310 5.4 Starting LT for the last 27 games of
his career, Helped the Pirates set 20 new team offensive records (4,000+
Passing yards, 60% completion rate) while help setting a team record of 1.2
sacks a game and nationally ranked #7 in passing. All Conference USA starting
OT. Interesting that Bama and I both list Smith as a possible late round player
for the Pats.
Tulane’s Pete Hendrickson 6’ 8” 305 ran a 5.06 40, 4.62 SS and 7.28 3-cone
drill. These numbers from his Pro Day would have been top three at the
combine. He started 38 games for the Green Wave. A project, that needs to get
stronger, but has potential as a late round selection or UDFA.
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