Each year, a group of new, young football players try to get a spot on an NFL team. This year, we are yet to see who the sleepers, steals and underrated prospects will be. There are always those who come with a lot of hype around them, and then there are those who no one expects to become important players but they do. Just take a look at Phillip Lindsay and how much his career changed in a year.
When it comes to drafting a new player, teams look at a lot of different things. They look at the size and small-school background concerns, as well as poor combine performances and statistical production question marks. Even though each player goes through a lengthy evaluation period, there are still some very talented players that fall far down in the draft.
Here is a list of the players who left the most impression on the scouts this year:
- Quarterback: Brett Rypien, Boise State
- Running Back: Travis Homer, Miami
- Wide Receiver: KeeSean Johnson, Fresno State
- Tight End: Zach Gentry, Michigan
- Offensive Line: Tytus Howard, Alabama State
- Defensive Line: Anthony Nelson, Iowa
- Linebacker: Germaine Pratt, North Carolina State
- Cornerback: Jamel Dean, Auburn
- Safety: Lukas Denis, Boston College
These are all athletic young men that are expected to make it big in the NFL. They might not be the best there are, but they are good enough and if they are put among the right crowd, they will shine in no time.
Nearly two decades ago, the New England Patriots took a chance on such a player. Tom Brady had just an okay arm, he wasn’t that athletic and he didn’t show much promise. But hard work and dedication turned him into the greatest football player of all time. The same can happen with any of these young players, if they just get the chance to play on the big stage.