Posted by: ewadd986 | 03/03/2011

The Unheralded Prospects

By now most draft fans are pretty familiar with the crop of players that will be drafted in the first round and more dedicated geeks like myself know the prospects in the 2nd and later rounds.  However, the average football fan who doesn’t really follow the draft may not know about some of the smaller unheralded players in the draft that could become starters and potentials stars down the line.  I always say that the 2nd and 3rd rounds is where your team is built.  Here are some of the lesser known guys who I think will make an impact in the future, and let’s pray that there is one with labor negotiations ongoing…

Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona

Reed played DE at Arizona but at the next level he projects to a 3-4 OLB.  He is one of my favorite prospects for the 2nd round.  He has underrated athleticism and really gets after the QB.  He has drawn comparisons to All-Pro OLB Clay Matthews and I tend to agree.  He is dominant off the edge and plays with a high motor.  I think he has a chance to come in right away and vie for playing time and will likely have a nice career in the NFL.

Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut

Todman led the NCAA in rushing yards last season and yet he is still somewhat of an underrated prospect as far as the draft.  One of the reasons why might be due to his 5’8″ height but that doesn’t really bother me.  The kid is built very solidly and flat out knows how to play the game.  He may not posses great quickness but he doesn’t lose speed in the long run which is important.  He had a pretty impressive combine and ran a 4.4 40 weighing in at 203 lbs.  Todman projects to the third round where I think he will be a steal looking for a 3rd down back that could eventually carry the entire load.

Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

The next great Miami CB?  Harris had a very impressive combine and looked like the most fluid cover corner in all the positional drills.  He has fluid hips and has great instincts on the ball.  The one big setback with Harris is that he came in at only 5’9″ and 191 lbs which is pretty small for a CB.  1o years ago that might have been ok, but in today’s NFL the corners are getting bigger every year because their counterparts, the WR’s are bigger than ever.  Harris is going to be at a huge size disadvantage when playing against guys like Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, and Andre Johnson and he is not the greatest in run support either.  However, Harris is an ideal #2 CB and for teams that move their CB’s around instead of locking them down on one side where teams would be able to take advantage of him, I think he will be a very intriguing 2nd round pick.

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