A SIX PACK OF SLEEPERS IN THE 2014 NFL DRAFT

WR – Devin Street – Pitt – A big receiver (6’2) with a 37 inch vertical jump and a solid all-around athlete. He doesn’t wait on the ball, rather he attacks it at its peak. Left his mark in the Panthers record book as the school’s all-time leading receiver with 202 catches and was a captain as a senior. Best fit is as a slot receiver for now. Great value pick in the 5th or 6th round.

QB – Keith Wenning – Ball State – In 4 years as a starter for the Cardinals he threw for 11,187 yards and 91 touchdowns, both school records. Good size at 6’3 and 220 pounds.  Average arm, with good accuracy and a quick release. Has bigger hands (10 inches) than Johnny Manziel. Not a great athlete, but has a good football IQ to make up for it. Has played in bad weather and handled it well. Could go as early as 5th round, but more than likely in the 6th or 7th.

OG – Trai Turner, LSU – 6’2 and 310 pounds with good balance, strength and uses his hands well. Succeeded in the toughest conference (SEC) in America. A better run blocker than pass blocker right now, but should round into an all-around pro bowl caliber guard. As high as the  2nd round, no lower than the 4th round.

CB – Stanley Jean-Baptiste – Nebraska – If you want size and build (6’2.5 – 215) in a corner with decent speed (4.57) in the forty and an all-around great athlete (41.5 inch vertical), then this is your guy. He only started 19 games with the Cornhuskers, so he’s a bit inexperienced, raw, but has a ton of potential with great upside. Worst case scenario he ends up as a safety for you. Big corners are the envy of every G.M. and coach in the NFL. As high as the 4th round, no lower than the 6th.

CB – Aaron Colvin – Oklahoma – Tore his ACL at the Senior Bowl so he’s flying under the radar with all the hype other corners are getting in this draft and the fact that he may not be able to help you until the 2015 season. But if you have patience you could be rewarded with a cornerback who could be a good nickel-back for you. Has long arms, understands the game and his position very well. Can play man or zone, is physical and attacks the ball and the receiver with good timing. Probably a 5th or 6th round pick. If he falls to the 7th round someone will be getting a steal.

RB – Ka’Deem Carey – Arizona – A strong, powerful runner (5’10-210) who also has some nice spin moves and can be shifty at times. Has soft hands coming out of the backfield, so much so you can line him up in the slot. Also likes to deliver the blow as a runner and a blocker.  Racked up over 1,900 yards rushing last season and over 3,300 yards the last 2 seasons. Does have some off the field issues that are red flags and could affect his draft status. Look for him to go as early as the 3rd round or as late as the 5th.

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