2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Sleeper Edition
Last year I kept an eye out for the under the radar prospects that might find their way on to a teams final 53 man roster. I came up with a few, most notably Robert Foster, the undrafted free agent who averaged 20 yards per catch for the Buffalo Bills. TE Chris Herndon and CB Parry Nickerson who got serious playing time with the NY Jets and were productive. Also, Brandon Parker who got a baptism by fire in 12 starts with the Raiders. No superstars but solid players with upside that a team can develop. This time around I found a few more players that will most likely fight their way onto an NFL roster:
DeAndre Thompkins 5’11 188 WR PSU
Thompkins shows speed and some route running potential as a WR, but his initial value will be on special teams as a kick and punt returner.
Tre Watson 6’2 235 LB Maryland
In a league where the Linebacker position is currently in flux, guys get overlooked due to a shift in priorities at the position.
On the other hand, guys like Watson are looked at for their newly en vogue skillset. Watson isn’t a big thumper, but he has good quickness and coverage ability (5 interceptions last season) that teams will covet in this pass-happy league.
Sheldrick Redwine 6’1 195 S Miami
The less popular of the Miami Safety duo, but by no means is Redwine, a lesser player. A former CB, Redwine has seamlessly transferred his man coverage skills to the Safety position. Red Redwine’s scheme versatility to cover big receivers out of the slot and TEs will force some defensive coordinator to make room for him.
Ty Johnson 5’10 208 RB Maryland
Johnson shows good burst and quickness as an RB. He’s best suited in an RB rotation as a change of pace.
Where Johnson will make his mark is on special teams, where that same burst and quickness are utilized most effectively as a kick returner.
Michael Dogbe 6’2 280 DE/DT Temple
Is he a DT? Is he a DE? It doesn’t matter. Put him out there and tell him to go blow stuff up. Dogbe won’t be a fit for every defensive scheme, but he’s skilled at using his quick first step to get penetration. He thrives in a defensive rotation as an interior rusher and part-time outside rusher.
Will Harris 6’2 210 S Boston College
The reason why Harris doesn’t get the recognition as a top Safety in this draft class is that he hasn’t made the highlight reel plays. But when you dig into his film, you see the consistent, steady, dependable play and superior athletic ability. He can play man coverage; he can play zone coverage, the grown man can step up in the box and support the run, he can cover the TE and slot WR. Harris isn’t flashy but well rounded and very talented.