Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 1/27/2014 10:44 AM EST
In response to PatsEng's comment:
I haven't been able to go over the senior bowl yet so I'm shooting blind a little but who are your top 5 sleepers in this draft?
Joe Don Duncan TE Dixie State - 6'4" 270 ~4.7 40
After I first saw the guy I saw an interesting pass catching option TE who has above average blocking ability. I haven't seen him with senior bowl tape yet so if you guys have let me know how he did. But, all in all he shattered passing records for TE while at Dixie. You can chalk that up to a smaller school but he has soft hands, catch at the point of attack, can take a hit while in the act of the catch, and seems to find the hole in the D to get open. For a big man he moves pretty we and gets good leverage in the blocking game. I don't think he's going to be a starter in the league but he'd be a great #3 TE with a high level of versatility. Basically Hooman with better catching ability. I think someone will take a chance on him early day 3
Anthony Exum CB/S Vir Tech - 6'1" 225 ~ 4.55 40
It's hard to call Exum a sleeper but because of injures I think many will overlook this kid. If not for injures he'd be in conversations as a potential late 1st early 2nd round pick. He has the size to play SS but the quickness to play CB. Not afraid to hit RB's he seems like the perfect combination to help in the box, cover RB/TE's, or even cover larger slot guys. To me he's only a sleeper because the injures will make him overlooked but in the back of the 3rd he's worth a late day 2 pick. He won't make it out of the 4th round if he makes it that far
Henry Jones RB Mis - 5'10" 190 ~ 4.5 40
Crowell is a shifty RB who can hit a hole and burst through. Though not a massive power back he has leg drive to keep the pile pushing. He averaged 6.6ypc with over 1000yrds this season proves he can run and makes people miss. He could have used another year in school and been pushed up to day 2 but as it stands he's a mid day 3 pick. The reason he is dropping is missing all of the 12' season but in 11' he was one of the best RB's in the SEC and again this year proved he was still one of the best. When healthy this kid could be one of the biggest sleepers in the darft.
Cody Hoffman WR BYU - 6'4" 215 ~4.6 40
Hoffman was one of the most productive WR's in 12' and would be on many radars if not for a one game suspension and lack of speed. But, he runs better than average routes, knows how to block out CB's with his massive body, and has excellent hands. He'd make for a excellent RZ threat overall but don't expect him to gain much seperation. In the pro's he's going to have to rely on his ability to create seperation using his big bulk and not garner many yac. He should be a mid day 3 pick.
Aaron Lynch DE S. Florida - 6'6" 262 ~4.7 40
He is an athletic specimen and was a beast for ND but left because he was homesick. To me that's a maturity issue and if he can stand the cold in NE he'd be a steal day 3. When at S. Florida he didn't show the same dominance as he did in ND but came on late in the season. Truthfully if he stayed in school and had another year like he did his freshman year he'd be a 1st round pick. Well worth a 4th on the kid to make sure they get him.
And because I can't keep to my own rules here's a bonus 6th and 7th person:
Alex Neutz WR Buf - 6'3" 205 ~4.55 40
Much like Hoffman he won't kill you with speed and might have issues gaining seperation in the pro's. He is very adept at compensating with quick CoD and using his big body though. For a bigger guy he has surprising CoD and flexibility to find the open spots. He had very impressive games against both Ohio and Baylor so he has ability to beat pro caliber CB's. He's someone to keep an eye on for day 3
Caraun Reid DT Princton - 6'2" 305 ~5.35 40
At princton he was dominant. So dominant he got an invite to the senior bowl (haven't seen him yet). He was very disruptive behind the line. I don't see starter from him but I see him similar to a Love type of player with spot starter upside late in day 3 to UDFA range.
Good topic, I also share an affinity for Exum and would classify him more as a potential steal/value pick than a sleeper.
Below are some kids that aren't discussed a ton that I think could be solid NFL players.
1. Brent Urban- DT/DE- Virginia- 6-6 295 kid that is a monster vs. the run, believe ESPN Scouts Inc. listed him as the best at setting the during SB week and he certainly has the size/lenth that BB values in his trench players. He's raw as a PR, but would provide a ton of value on 1st and 2nd down, or obvious running downs early on... something that they've had problems with this year. He's likely of the board between Rd's 3-5.
2. TJ Jones- WR- ND- He's not a gamebreaker and isn't somebody that's going to create down the field consistently, but he's a savvy kid, that runs excellent routes, can seperate in the s/hort/intermediate areas of the field and has excellent ball skills/hands. He was just a reliable go to kid for ND and has seen the field consistently since his freshman season... also has some return ability. In a draft as deep as this one at WR, he's a solid Day 3 kid that could bring value between Rd's 5-7.
3. Jason Hendricks- S- Pitt- Strong, wiry build (6-0 190)... good awarenes/read react... consistently around or making plays on the football in the air... takes good angles to the football, plays under control... is physical and one of the most secure tacklers that I've seen on tape this year... solid wrap technique. He also has a ton of quality experience having seen the field since he walked on campus.
4. Trey Millard- TE/HB/FB- Oklahoma- Very versatile and can line up at multiple spots on the field. Good succes and is proven vs. good comp, also effective at carrying the football... good power and RAC ability. BB loves versatility and this kid can do a lot on the offensive side of the ball. Another kid with some Day 3 value/upside.
5. Jason Ellis- DT- LTU- A big (6-2 340), strong 2-gap fatty with a rabid play temperment, the awarness to make plays down the LOS and better than you'd think movement ability and range. BB's kind of interior defender.
6. Tyler Gaffney- RB- Stanford- He's just a big (6-0 225), tough, athletic (also played minor league baseball) back that will grind you down between the tackles and catch the football... he also has relatively light treadwear on the tires, despite his 331 carries this season. Should be off the board at some point between Rds 5-7.
7. Chris Watt- OG/C- ND- Tough, physical, nasty, and experienced interior OL prospect with good power at the point (6-3 321), the ability to anchor and hammer at the 2nd level. He's been an OG during his days in SB, but I've recently seen a comment from a pro scout that said he'd make a very good C.
8. BJ Lowery- CB- Iowa- Solid late round/URFA type CB that's made a ton of plays on the football this year (16 PBU/3 INT)... also showed well vs. LSU's high powered WR corps (Beckham/Landry combined for 4/56 with 0 TD's).
I'd also like the idea of Alabama S Vinnie Sunseri and Iowa OLB Christian Kirksey.