Every year there are guys who get drafted in the mid-late rounds that make an impact at the NFL level. Some do it straight away, while others become quality starters or important rotational players down the road. In order to be successful, Ireland not only needs to nail our early round draft picks and free agents, but also needs to find those diamonds in the rough. With that in mind, lets take a look at seven prospects that nobody are talking about.
Ace Sanders, WR/KR, South Carolina, 5-8, 175 Ibs
Projected grade: 4-5th round
Like T.Y. Hilton, Sanders won't make his living on those deep balls at the NFL level, due to his height and small frame. But what you get with this guy is a home-run hitter in the slot. His shifty quickness and excellent acceleration gives him the ability to turn those short passes into long gains. Sure, his route running isn't crisp and he may be susceptible to injuries at the next level, but he can be dangerous with the right offensive coordinator to create plays specifically for him. He has great vision and good hands, displaying the ability to track the ball over his shoulder and pluck the ball away from his frame. Some will label him as a one-trick pony, but I believe he's very good at that trick and provides excellent value in the 4-5th round. Bearing in mind Ireland's pursuit of T.Y. Hilton in the Vontae Davis trade, don't discount Miami making a play for Sanders.
Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State, 6-1, 228 lbs
Projected grade: 4th round
Miami are in dire need of receivers, and so it shouldn't be a surprise that I've chosen back-to-back receivers. Chris Harper isn't a guy that will start from day one, but he reminds me so much of James Jones from Green Bay. He isn't explosive and is more of a one-speed player, but he is an excellent route runner and serviceable as a blocker for a wide receiver. Harper also has excellent hands, tracking the ball well to come down with the catch. This guy knows how to play football and is one guy who I think is one of the more underrated receivers in this draft. His best football is certainly ahead of him.
2013 Miami Dolphins Draft: Diamonds in the Rough?
The Phinsider | Feb 19