Ok, we get it. Eric Decker's a beast. McCluster is amazing. Brandon Graham might be the son of god.
But here are a handful of underrated players, IMO, that people should get to know a little bit better.
[B]DT D'Anthony Smith Louisiana Tech[/B]
-Dominates almost every week but no one notices because of the the school he goes to.
[B]DT Malcolm Sheppard Arkansas[/B]
-Everyone has hopped on the Dan Williams bandwagon but no one mentions Shep. One-gap teams should jump on him in the middle rounds.
[B]RB Anthony Dixon Mississippi State[/B]
-Everyone's gotten on Ben Tate's bandwagon, but Dixon is big, bruising, do-it-all back who people don't talk about that much do to his lack of exposure at Miss State. Honorable mention to Montario Hardesty, what he did this year behind a crap OL...wow...
[B]OLB Ryan Stamper Florida[/B]
Spikes might be the heart and soul of Florida's defense, but Stamper's the brains. Won't test well, but his intangibles are through the roof. And I hyped him before CBtNY
[B]MLB Darryl Sharpton Miami[/B]
Won Miami's Defensive MVP award. Production came around to match his athleticism this year and was in the middle of a very good defense.
[B]CB Rafael Priest TCU[/B]
Sure he's undersized, but he's super fast and is a big time playmaker.
[B]S Kendrick Lewis Ole Miss[/B]
Experienced, hard-hitting safety with the athleticism to match.
[B]DE Antonio Coleman Auburn[/B]
Was better than Quintin Groves last year; led the SEC in sacks this year despite playing through much of the season with a broken hand. Jermaine Cunningham out of Florida is another underrated safety.
[B]OT Selvish Capers West Virginia[/B]
Reminds me a lot of William Beatty out of UCONN last year. I think he could have a shot at the 1st round considering his athleticism...
[B]WR Antonio Brown Central Michigan[/B]
Will be a serious playmaker out of the slot and on special teams at the next level. His partner in crime Bryan Anderson is very good too
I'm torn on Antonio Coleman. Very good player but I don't know if he is a 3-4 outside LB. He seems to me a bit big and more of a 4-3 DE even though coaches at Auburn say he is more equipped to play standing up than Groves ever was. Might be funny if he lands with a 3-4 team even though both players might be better in the other system...
I think some of the short pass rushers are severely underrated, especially Brandon Graham and Eric Norwood. All they did was produce, produce and produce in big time conferences against big time competition. Now both of them are projected in the first in some mocks but then you see them falling way down. Graham is a monster, plain and simple, a football player through and through. People always get caught up so much in size and measurables when in the end the production on the field counts. Graham isn't 5-11 or something. He will make every team that takes him very very happy.
Good calls on Monterio Hardesty and Antonio Dixon. Big, physical SEC backs who should do very well on the next level. I would love to see the Jets give Hardesty a look, great one cut runner similar to Jones and he doesn't have a lot of tear on his wheels, something you always keep an eye on...
QB- Since Sean Canfield is popping up everywhere now -- Dan LeFevour Central Michigan
RB- Stafon Johnson USC
WR- Jacoby Ford Clemson -- this year's Mike Wallace. I also like Emmanuel Sanders from SMU (278rec for 3,667 33TDs career) as a late round flier.
TE- Dedrick Epps Miami -- a perfect fit as a #2 TE here.
OL- Adam Ulatoski Texas
DE- Brandon Deaderick Bama
OLB- Jermaine Cunningham Florida, George Selvie USF
ILB- Micah Johnson Kentucky
CB- Syd'Quan Thompson Cal
S- Myron Lewis Vandy
Love Von Miller if he comes out. He's my favorite right now for that 2nd round pick.
DE/OLB O'Brien Schofield- Accomplished edge rusher who can play in space
DE/DT Doug Worthington- Unsung hero along Ohio State's DL
DE/DT Tyson Alualu- Strong at the point and versatile
OLB Dekoda Watson- Could really thrive in an attacking 4-3 scheme(Eagles)
OLB Jamar Chaney- Would get more love if he wasn't inured so often.
WR Jacoby Ford- Playmaker out of the slot