FootballsFuture:NFL Draft Sleepers

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    By: Robert Davis
    The 2011 college football season is winding down, and players are finishing up their playing careers. Players like Andrew Luck and Justin Blackmon have had their talents and abilities discussed for years, and everyone knows all about them. Here is a list of a few players that may not receive the amount of hype they deserve, or are simply just underrated by scouts.
    Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
    Electric is the best way to describe Joe Adams when he has the football in his hands. He can score from anywhere on the field, and must be accounted for whenever he is on the field. He has tremendous speed, quickness, and elusiveness and those skills will translate to the next level. He only has average size and needs work on his skills as a receiver, but his upside because of his playmaking ability is tremendous. His biggest attribute may come on special teams, as he is arguably the best punt returner in the country. He has returned three punts for scores his year, and can change the course of a game with one play. Adams is not even considered the best wideout in the Razorback program, as Jarius Wright is a better pure receiver and draft prospect but Adams could find a lot of success in the NFL because of his playmaking skills. One key thing of note on Adams: he suffered a stroke two years ago, and that is something that will definitely be checked out extensively by teams leading up to the draft. That could play a big role in his ultimate draft stock, but as long as he is cleared to get on the field, Adams is a playmaker.

    Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada
    Matthews originally signed with Oregon, but ended up at Bakersfield(CA) College before landing at Nevada. He had an immediate impact last year as a receiver and return man, and has continued that this season as well. He has good overall size, and is built very well for a receiver. Matthews is a very good athlete, with quick feet and a nice burst to be able to get open and make plays with the ball in his hands. He lacks true breakaway speed and will need to work on refining his overall receiving skills because he only has two seasons as the college level. Good workouts could push him up draft boards and help him create a name for himself, but right now, he only carries a day three grade on most boards, but he definitely has a future n the NFL.

    George Iloka, S, Boise State
    Size and size potential are the first things that stand out with Iloka. He has a tall, athletic frame now, but still has room for more weight. He's already 6'3 210, if he gets up to 220, he could really blossom as an all around safety. He is a good athlete and has the speed to match up and cover ground in deep coverage. He is not the type of safety that you would ask to play man coverage, but he does have the speed to get down the field, and the athleticism to match up with the receiver while going up to make a play on the ball. He is physical and a willing tackler, but if asked to be around the line of scrimmage a lot, he will need to add that extra weight. Iloka has the skills to play free safety for some teams, but the addition of a few extra pounds could make him a standout strong safety in the NFL.

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