Draft Sleepers - Defense
- Here are some defensive players you may not have heard of that will get a look
from the NFL this week.
Mining for late round talent takes a whole new meaning when you look at Colorado
School of Mines Marc Schiechl. He's got NFL size and athleticism (6’2” 252
4.65, 38 reps @ 225#), and is a relentless player who can get after the QB. He
was the D2 career leader with 46 sacks and 4th all time with 76 tackles for
loss. He'll need some coaching up to refine his technique, as he's been
successful as a result of his determination and athleticism thus far, but he's
got a lot of potential.
Gabe Miller from Oregon St is a multi talented player. He is a DE/LB/FB/ H
Back, just the kind of player Bill Bellichick likes. At 6’3” 250 and runs a
4.63. he converted from TE to DE during the 2009 season. Miller is something
of a medical miracle have come back from two Achilles tears.
Zane Parr is a prototypical 3-4 DE (6’4” 281 4.79) with length and a frame to
build on. He's a junior declaree that probably would have benefitted of staying
in school. He only had two sacks his junior season.
Southern Arkansas isn't a hotbed of football talent, but don't tell that to
Cedric Thornton (6’3”309 5.25). The Southern Arkansas FCS All-American performed
at a high level all four years and backed it up with a solid showing at the
Senior Bowl against the top FBS players. He's going to need to add some
functional strength to hold up against NFL linemen, but he's got some
explosiveness and can make plays behind the line.
Frank Kearse Alabama A& T stands 6’4” 315 5.30 and compiled 122 tackles over a
44 game career. He has the size and flexibility to play in the NFL.
Corbin Bryant DT Notrthwestern 6’ 3” 297 5.1 He blew people away during their
Pro Day. He is coming back from a knee injury that he played through during the
season. He had 22 career starts and is an Academic All American
Marshall’s Mario Harvey (5’ 11” 257 4.46) didn’t get an invite to the combine
partly because of his lack of height. However, this fiery fireplug is going to
make the NFL team that selects him very happy. He will immediately be an
excellent special team player. NFL Draft scout pointed out that the New England
Patriots were one of the teams that attended his Pro Day and had a private
workout with him.
Tennessee State's Sidney Tarver is a rangy 6’4” 236 and ran a 4.7 40. He is a
low level prospect that has flown under the radar. The one knock on him is that
he's never been able to settle into one role and will need some experience
before he can be counted on as a consistent contributor.
Stanford DE Thomas Keiser (6’3” 261 4.87) was a surprise when he announced he
was coming out as a Junior. He should have stayed in. He is a high motor guy
that could have used another year at Stanford.
Citadel’s Cortez Allen is a big corner at 6’1” 197 4.50 that has the ability to
play FS as well. Allen had a private workout with Patriots coaches immediately
after the all star games.
Buffalo’s Josh Thomas has a reputation as a sure tackler and big hitter at 5’10
191 4.46. Gil Brandt, NFL.com reported Sunday that Thomas has already had a
workout with the Patriots.
Stanford’s Richard Sherman is a very intriguing player. Sherman is 6’3” 195
4.54 and had 81 receptions for over 1300 yards in his 1st three seasons for the
cardinals. The 5th year senior converted to CB as a junior and has done well
over the last two years. He is a developmental player that could show big
There never seems to be a banner safety draft, and this year is no exception.
But there are some intriguing players to be had in the later rounds of the
draft. Despite playing in the shadow of the largest media market in the US in
New York, Wagner University's Frantz Placide is flying well below the radar. An
aggressive player with tremendous athleticism and physicality, Placide's biggest
initial contributions should come on special teams where he blocked 12 kicks
(NCAA record at all levels) and had a real nose for the endzone as a return
A team looking for an in-the-box thumper should invest a late pick on Wyoming's
Chris Prosinski (6’ 201 4.39). A smart player who has played in 49 games at
Wyoming, Prosinski was recruited by the likes of Harvard, Princeton, Air Force,
and Georgia Tech after a storied prep career where he carried a 4.0 GPA and
earned state championships in basketball and individual championships in track.
As a football player, he's physical and is a playmaker and will be a great
gunner on special teams.
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