sometimes you have to dig deep, and you find gems in lower rounds, here is what someone else said on sleepers out of the article above;
I must also say that if a player was a 4 or 5 star prep recruit, played for a big-time D-1 program and is going to be picked from the late 3rd to middle 5th, I am not sure that player is truly a sleeper. Here's my list:
Big School Sleeper-QB
QB Sean Glennon of VPI possess prototypical size- 6'4.5" 224, a very strong arm, is 'sneaky' athletic, 4.87 40 in last Spring testing and bench pressed 350 pounds on the way to Iron Hokie honors during spring strength and conditioning tests. If not for the need to use the Pat White-esque Tyrod Taylor in a rotation and eventually Glennon giving way to the hyper physically talented underclassmen. But if you watch the game film of him outdueling Matt Ryan last year you can see he has what it takes to be at least a quality reserve QB and with time and coaching perhaps a starter.
Small School Sleeper-QB
Antonio Heffner is a transfer from South Carolina and this year Spurrier probably wished he had him back. Tennessee St. sent 2 players to this year’s combine but Heffner was clearly their MVP, though he has less than ideal size 6'0.3 198, he is mobile, has a very good arm and throws the ball with good touch, think Jeff Blake. His numbers 149-249, 2239 yards, 15 TDs and 12 Ints, are a bit deceptive 4 of the picks were on balls that should have been caught that his receivers bobbled and allowed to be caught be defenders and many of his incompletions were drops, he also ran for over 500 yards. If he gets into a camp he has a chance, the only thing Seneca Wallace has on him is top-end speed.
Big School Sleeper-RB
Devin Moore is a player I was shocked was not invited to the Combine, he has tremendous speed, [4.35, 4.37] at his pro day, but surprising power- 28 reps at 225, he plays to his speed, can break arm tackles, is improving as a receiver and has been durable despite his 5'9.5" 187 pound frame. He can be a 3rd down back and returner immediately and like Warrick Dunn he may prove he can handle more of the load than one might believe.
Small School Sleeper-RB
Herb Donaldson the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) Offensive Player of the Year, ranks first nationally in rushing (162.18 ypg) and scoring (12 ppg). He is the all-time leading rusher in both Western Illinois and MVFC history. He possess elite strength, the power in his thick legs allow him to drive through defenders. Though neither elusive or fast, [4.68 at his pro day] he is tough to bring down in the open field; rarely goes down on first contact and more often than not he must be gang tackled. His vision and ability to pick and slide are all above average. Despite lacking long speed he has enough quickness to hit holes with a decent initial acceleration.
The main problem with him is hands, to stick in the NFL he will need to improve in that area and become a much better blocker. That being said some coach may fall in love with his Marion Barberish ability to punish would be tacklers.
Big [well bigger than Winona] School Sleeper-FB
13 Catches, 148 yards, 11.4 average, with a longest gain of 36 yards would be okay numbers for many fullbacks, however Keadrin Seastrunk was lined up at Tight End for Northwestern State, he is considered a fullback prospect at the next level, in part due to his height, just over 6'3" and ability to lead block, his H-Back versatility is also a plus, negatives- has not carried the ball since 2005 and he will need to put on another 10-15 pounds.
Small School Sleeper-FB
Andrew Verboncouer 5'9.5", 240-pound FB runs in the high 4.6-mid 4.7range and, has put up 27 reps at 225, his other strength numbers- Squat: 510, Power Clean: 320 are all very solid, as well as put up 19 rushing TDs and a receiving TD in 2008. Those triangle numbers compare well with those of almost any FB in this draft he is an able lead blocker who made holes at Winona State for a 1,500 yard rusher, a powerful between the tackles runner and working on becoming a better receiver.
Big School Sleeper-WR Kevin Ogletree A 6’0 1/2“ 196 pound redshirt junior had one of the most impressive combines of any wide receiver-40 Yard Dash: 4.48, Vertical Jump: 36, Broad Jump: 10'02", Short Shuttle: 4.08, 3-Cone Drill: 6.67 As impressive as those numbers are they his production; 58 catches, 723 yards, a 12.5 yard average, 5 TDs, with a long catch and run of 51 yards, was not terribly impressive but UVA lost its top 2 QBs and Ogletree was clearly the best receiver on the team. Ogletree had 52 catches for 582 yards in 2006 and is seventh in Cavaliers history with 117 receptions, he missed 2007 with a fractured leg, he is a smooth vertical threat with the ability to go up and pluck the ball out of the air, he has some flaws he’ll need to learn beat press coverage and some of the little things like taking out the strong safety on a downfield play and make sharper cuts.
Small School Sleeper-WR Towson State is the only thing small about Tommy Breaux who is 6’6 7/8” 199 and played both football and basketball at Towson Tommy is an excellent basketball player who has also played collegiately at Towson. Following graduation from high school, Breaux attended Blinn (TX) Junior College where he as a two-sport performer. At Blinn he played wide receiver for the football team and caught two passes for 15 yards and one touchdown in 2005 season. He played for a team that had a run-oriented offense and his opportunities to develop as a receiver were quite limited. He also played two seasons of basketball and averaged 9.6 points per game with an 11.3 rebounding average. As a sophomore he earned all-conference honors.
At Randallstown (MD) H.S. Tommy was a three-sport standout who caught 32 passes for 632 yards and nine touchdowns during his high school career while also averaging 12 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the basketball team. Tommy also ran track and won two gold medals at the 2003 Maryland Class 3A state championship meet. He won state titles in the 200-dash and the triple jump. Tommy wowed the scouts at the Towson Pro Day, stealing the show and running 4.48/4.50 at nearly 6'7" with an 11'6" broad jump and 30+" vertical. He also managed 9 reps on the bench as well with very long arms.
He is raw but very tall and uses his size. Just working his body and mind into football shape and still has tremendous upside. He can go up over people and make the tough catch. He could become a real weapon in the red zone with some weight room time and a patient staff. In terms of functional strength he’s deceptively strong despite his Ht/Wt ratio. Athletic, and has the potential to really develop a fine pair of hands. Very young, football-wise, wants to get better, he’s a good citizen and coachable.
However he struggles from all the typical "big, skinny receiver" diseases, including potential problems breaking the jam, cutting smoothly, and getting open with consistency. Can only be used as a sidelines and end zone receiver at present, and may never develop into too much more. Breaux is very light, wiry even and should add 20-25 pounds of muscle to have a really good shot and to withstand the abuse at the next level.
Big School Sleeper-TE Rob Myers would likely not be on this list if not for injuries that have cut into his effectiveness the last 3 seasons, despite that he has put up impressive numbers when healthy, in 2007 he lead the nation's tight ends with 15.2 yards per reception. His strengths are athletic ability, hands, a good sense for openings against zone defenses, he is good at running after the catch and is still growing physically into his H-Back/”Move” TE role at 6’3” 243, up from 231 last year. He has been compared to Dallas Clark and Todd Christensen. The primary knocks on him are durability and though he is a willing blocker he’ll need more lower body strength to anchor against NFL Ends and OLBs.
Small School Sleeper-TE
Marcel Frost was actually the biggest name recruit on this list, Frost was one of the top players in Ohio and originally committed to Iowa, but decided to switch to OSU in January of 2003, despite signing as a TE many who saw him in high school thought he was an even better DE. But when after being named the preseason starter as a fourth-year junior, Frost was suspended for the year due to an unspecified violation of team rules and decided to transfer to Jackson State after being suspended. Despite his character and injury problems, a knee and broken leg, Frost is still an NFL prospect 6’3.5” and up around 260, he’s prototypical tight end, a solid blocker and exceptional pass catcher, a talented athlete with all the physical tools, it will remain to be seen if his leg injuries have affected his speed, but while at Ohio State they didn't have a player on the team that could cover him. He outran the LBs or gave them a quick move and he just outmuscled and out-jumped the CBs. He went one on one with Ashton Youboty 4 straight times with 4 straight receptions. He showed great hands along with good speed and athletic ability. Everyone at the practices was asking who he was and just raving about him. His pro day on the 25th will determine a great deal his combined career statistics: 30 catches, 438 yards and 3 TDs only hint at his potential.
Big School Sleeper-Offensive Line Chris Kemme is a three-time All-MAC selection, 6’5.2” 308 RT from Akron and though he also played LOT in a pinch he is projected to guard, his versatility will prove an asset as he can help save a roster spot. While he's a good pass protector, he's great for the running game and a good fit for a team like Tennesse or Carolina that really wants to ‘pound the rock.’ His strengths are: aggressiveness, hand punch power and placement, weakness: slow feet, he can be a bit late to see or react to twists and stunts.
Small School Sleeper- Offensive Line Roger Allen the powerful OG from Missouri Western is practically no longer a sleeper, a very fine small school OG who was invited to the Combine but did not participate other than to be measured. Despite that the fat that Allen was one of seven Division II players invited to Indianapolis and the only one who didn’t perform for the NFL’s coaches, general managers and scouts. The 6’2.6” 326 pound senior who suffered a sports hernia in the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game had impressed a few NFL teams the Chiefs were recently identified as a team interested, as well as the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys, who also interviewed the lineman in their team suites at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, KC has also arranged a private workout, some have compared him to a much rawer Larry Allen, high praise indeed.
Big School Sleeper-Defensive End Jamaal Westerman of Rutgers is the type of player that some have projected everywhere from a 3-4 OLB to Under Tackle, but I see him at the position he’s played Westerman played his final game as a Scarlet Knight Dec. 4 in the 63-14 victory over Louisville. The senior tore his bicep tendon in the win over Pittsburgh but showed real grit in finishing out the regular season before season-ending surgery following the Louisville game. Still he was selected All-BIG EAST Conference football Second Team, Westerman finished his Rutgers career tied for third in school history with 26 career sacks. In 2008, Westerman led the Scarlet Knights with six sacks. He is not the classic Julius Peppers-bodied DE at 6’1.5” 266 but other players like: Freeney, Dumervil and Mathis have showed players of that stature can be effective.
Small School Sleeper- Defensive End Everette Pedescleaux, selected All-Missouri Valley Football First Team Defensive End, Pedescleaux registered 62 total tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks. He was a prep 2 sport star, a first-team all-state hoops selection as a senior; he averaged 20.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a senior and was a finalist for the state of Minnesota's "Mr. Basketball" in 2004. He was a Minnesota signee but redshirted and transferred. Everette Pedescleaux is a guy who can be a 3-4 DE or a 4-3 DT, think Kendall Langford or Richard Seymour. He's got the size and wingspan and was a finalist for the Minnesota "Mr. Basketball" award when he was in high school.
His motor is solid, but due to a lack of weight room work he seems to lack consistent explosion. He's got above average speed for his [6’5 3/8 303] size, he is expected to run around 5 flat, or perhaps a bit less and a decent first step. He's been a special teams dynamo he has blocked punts and placekicks; Pedescleaux has blocked six kicks in his UNI career.
From his DT (I'm projecting him as a DE in the 3-4, at UNI he was a DT) spot he recorded 54 tackles, 11.5 tackle-for-loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks. His highlight reel is worth seeing- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GH9lJT3lK8
Big School Sleeper-Defensive Tackle Jervonte Jackson is not the kind of player that leaps of the film at you, but when you notice how often Frantz Joseph is able to flow cleanly to the ball you then back up the tape and notice, Jackson holding the point against double teams and made 1st Team All-Sun Belt after Jackson recorded 40 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, four pass break-ups and one fumble recovery. In contact with scouts he has shown physical tools and leadership qualities at Florida Atlantic Pro Day: DT Jervonte Jackson measured 6’3.2” 300 pounds, 9 1/4 inch hands and 35 inch arms. He ran the 40 twice at 5.07 with a 10-yard time of 1.68 and 20-yard time at 2.96, 21 bench reps, 23 1/2 vertical jump, 08'02" broad jump, 4.78 short shuttle and 7.57 3-cone.
His family background is complex his half-brother, Jamaal Jackson, is the starting center for the Philadelphia Eagles. His mother, Avonda Dowling was said by police to have been the leader of one of the most violent drug gangs in Miami, and accused of trafficking crack and powder cocaine, marijuana and heroin in Overtown and Liberty City, she is serving 20 years in federal prison.
Small School Sleeper- Defensive Tackle Entering his senior season he had recorded 116 tackles, 12.5 tackles for losses and eight sacks. Last season he had a career-best 4.5 tackles for losses he has now applied for a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury at Ohio State he’d played 40 snaps against the Buckeyes earning an 83 percent grade before suffering an injury in the third quarter. He is a very quick 6’2” 304 pounder if he does not return to YSU; he will be a real UDFA bargain.
Due to the chances that Savage returns to YSU a bonus Small School Sleeper- Defensive Tackle!
Louis Ellis, senior, from Shaw University, has been selected AP Little All-American Second Team and CIAA Defensive player of the year, Ellis represents the Shaw Bears, where he ranks as the CIAA's top in tackles for loss, 16 solo-8 assists, and Ellis comes in second in the conference for sacks with 8 and also tallied 60 total tackles. He has drawn attention largely because when he plays low he displays up-field quickness to collapse the pocket and disrupt running plays, he has shown he can split double-team blocks, which he faced often given his production, and rips off man-on-man blocks with fast and strong hands. Despite often being the superior athlete he displayed good motor and chased plays down. There are questions about his overall strength and instincts as he did have a tendency to get fooled and over pursue, think Booger McFarland.
Bonus Small School 3-4 OLB/DE/DT Desmond Bryant Harvard could be called the Jarron Gilbert of the Ivy League. At his pro day Desmond Bryant measured in at 6-foot-5 5/8, 288 pounds with 11.5-inch hands and 35.5-inch arms. He posted a 4.92 and 4.93 in the 40-yard dash and a 31-inch vertical. Bryant also recorded a 9-foot-10-inch broad jump, 4.45 short shuttle, 7.44 three-cone drill and 35 bench press lifts, he is much like Greg Ellis and is most natural as a 4-3 DE, but will get looks at 3-4 DE and 3-4 OLB, he is not just book smart, his football IQ is considerable and he is just beginning to scratch the surface of his talent. This year he was selected All-Ivy League Football Second Team for the 2008 college football season as voted on by the league head coaches. Bryant put considerable pressure on opposing quarterbacks with 20 tackles (12 solo), 4.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and a team-best eight QB hurries.
Big School Sleeper-LB
Mike Tauiliili [pronounced Too-ah-ee-lee] is the classic “Mini-Backer” in the Sam Mills, London Fletcher, Zach Thomas mold with a million tackles. At 5'10.1” and 234 lbs., he managed 140 tackles in 2008. He has great instincts, plays bigger than he measures and faster than he times. Tauiliili proved his worth during the East vs. West Shrine game in which he won defensive MVP. I have no idea where he will fall, but a team is likely to take a chance on him on the first day. He will of course have to answer questions about his size and a 2007 run in with the law stemming from an assault that included: pointing a gun, carrying a concealed weapon, driving while impaired, failing to stop after an accident and simple assault. He pled guilty to simple assault and driving while impaired and received a suspended sentence.
Small School Sleeper-LB Ataefiok Etukeren comes from Georgetown where the previous best known football prospect, Allen Iverson is actually associated with another sport. Etukeren was a DE in college but needs to prove to NFL scouts that he is capable of playing outside linebacker in the pros after finishing second in the Patriot League in tackles for loss (13), tying for fifth in sacks (4.5) and fourth on the Hoyas with 61 tackles. At 6’2 ¾” 239 his strength was a revelation as he was able to stalemate tackles on the line of scrimmage and hold gaps at Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge practices and in the game. If he runs as expected, around 4.72, and looks good in pass drop and other LB drills he will be a priority UDFA for 4-3 teams looking for a ‘SAM’ and 3-4 teams looking for OLBs.
Small School Sleeper LB?SS? Andy Romans is another SS/WLB tweener, a 5’101/8” 218 LB Andy Romans of Lafayette, was been selected All-Patriot League Football First Team Linebacker for the 2008 college football season as voted on by the league head coaches. A finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award given to the Top Defensive Player in the FCS, Romans made 96 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick for the Leopards. However he is getting some attention by those who think he may be able to be an ‘in the box’ SS is he can run in the low 4.6s or less he will be tried there, if he lacks the feet and hips to play safety he may stick as a special teams player.
Big School Sleeper SS Trimane Goddard was not invited to the combine, but I believe he’s a future NFL starter, the question is where? FS/SS, Cover-2 CB perhaps? Goddard has elite ball skills, tied for the national lead with seven interceptions, which equals the third-best single-season effort by a Tar Heel. Goddard also has 48 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, he has a nose for the ball and tracks it in the air about as well as Nicks or Tate, and is a bit better that Foster, his instinct and hands are top notch. The concerns about him are his ability to avoid injury, he has thrown his body around like a rental and in years prior it has cost him: He fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during a drill in February 2006, broke it again in fall practice, then spent four weeks in the hospital with an emergency appendectomy, all of which caused him to redshirt the season. Also tore cartilage in his left wrist early in the 2007 season, though he played through it. At 5’11 1/8 196 he is not small but not the physical presence some like on the strong side, he will perhaps project to FS where the skills he developed as a prep CB can be best used.
Small School Sleeper SS Northeastern State University senior safety Broderick Mondy was named a Pre-Season All-American by the website Consensus Draft Services, [shameless plug!] the three-time 1st Team All-LSC North selection also earned All-Region accolades, the Plano TX native is 6’1” 206 and runs in the mid-low 4.6s, but in an age of drag down and shoulder block tacklers it is refreshing to see Mondy tackle, he is a solid and often punishing tackler he customarily wraps up, he will need to impress on special teams and earn a spot as a reserve safety.
Big School Sleeper FS Daniel Charbonnet came to TTU from Duke, getting a Duke transfer is very exciting… if you’re a basketball coach. But Charbonnet turned out to be a real boost to a previously subpar Red Raider’s defense. The 5’11 203 pound Academic All Big 12 selection also showed he was a football player totaling: 35 solo, 19assists, 54 total tackles 3 TFL, 5 Picks, 6 PBUs and 3 Fumbles recovered and making All-Big 12 Conference Second Team. He is a solid if unspectacular hitter, good in coverage and rarely makes mistakes; he’s the type that coaches come to love.
Small School Sleeper FS Valdosta State senior safety Sherard Reynolds 5’9.5” 184 was on the Daktronics, Inc. NCAA Division II All-America team. Reynolds, who was named to the squad's first team selections, was second on the Blazer squad with 71 tackles during the 2008 season while leading the team with four interceptions. He returned four interceptions 132 total yards, including a 94 yard return for a touchdown against Fort Valley State that set a VSU school record for longest interception return. Reynolds also recovered three fumbles on the year and returned 13 punts for 123 yards. His 243 career tackles, tied for the 10th most in school history despite playing just three seasons on the defensive side of the ball. He also picked off 14 career passes, the second-highest total in the school record books. He played wide receiver as a freshman and caught 38 passes. His 650 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns were both team-highs during the 2005 season. Concerns include his lack of size and top end speed, [about 4.62], but with his ball skills and special teams value he has a chance.
Small School Sleeper FS/SS Jabir Perkins transferred to Texas A&M-Kingsville, from another Lone Star Conference school, Southeastern (Okla.) State. The Javelinas gain has been the Savage Storm’s loss, in 2008 he posted: 33 solo, 28 assists, for 61 total tackles, 5 TFL, 1 Sack, 5 INTs- 105, 2PBUs 7 Passed Defended, 2 Fumbles Recovered and 1 Forced. He made a good impression at the Cactus Bowl all-star game and is strong at 5’11.6” 200 but showed good coverage skills and could play at either safety spot and times in the high 4.5s.
Big School Sleeper CB This might be the hardest because CBs who can play at all at big school are rarely sleepers, but… Ryan Mouton is a guy who will sometimes look bad; he can get muscled, he gambles he’s small: 5’9”187, fast but not blinding- in the Combine 40 Yard Dash: 4.51* he popped" his left hamstring today while running the 40-yard dash at the National Football League Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He suffered the injury at about the 30-yard mark, and limped the rest of the way. He was credited with a 4.51 time. His vertical jump of 39.5 inches was tied for third among cornerbacks. He was also third in the broad jump at 10 feet, 9 inches. He plays bigger thanks to his leaping ability and aggressiveness, he has hands like the wide receiver he still is [part-time], he is tough and confident. However he is not effective in press man, he is not a great wrap up tackler, he can get too high and impatient in his back pedal. His ability to cover the slot, perhaps even play slot receiver, return kicks and ball skills may get him drafted on day 2, if not he’ll be a priority UDFA.
Small School Sleeper-