In a few short hours, the main event will commence: The 2012 NFL Draft. Excitement, suspense, and anxiety; all fill the air. The early rounds of the draft have been both pondered, and picked apart. It is fairly certain which prospects will go off the board early. With good reason; the first day of the draft brings the most anticipation. The majority of those prospects are well known to the general audiece.
With this post, I would like to highlight prospects that may be late round selections, or become UDFA's. The TST family has done a tremendous job over the last six months or so; identifying lesser known talent. After the jump, I will list some of these prospects.
Thanks to the entire TST family for doing a great job at pointing out talent that might have gone ignored!
1. FS Janzen Jackson, McNeese St 6'1 190.
The former Tennessee Volunteer boast excellent coverage skills.In limited action for McNeese St, Jackson proved to be an impactful player: 31 Tkl's, 3 Int's with one returned for a TD, 5 PBU, 1 FF.
During the 2010 season with Tennessee, Jackson compiled: 59 Tackles, 5 Int's, and 6 PBU.
His off the field actions will likely push him down to rounds 4-5.
2. DT Akiem Hicks, Regina(Canada) 6'4 324.
An athletic big man with long 35" inch arms. The former LSU Tiger displayed his talents during The Eas-West Shrine Game week. Hicks is a versatile player that has the ability to; occupy multiple blockers, stop the run, create pocket pressure, and set the edge as a DE in certain situations. Questions about the level of competition Hicks faced, could have him come off the boards in rounds 4-6.
3. CB Chris Greenwood, Albion 6'1 193.
The Div III All-American CB, has opened a few eyes. A few teams including The Pittsburgh Steelers have displayed more than a curious interest. Greenwood has size, speed(4.34), ball skills, and tight man cover skills that teams covet. Greenwood may become an UDFA. I think he could go as early as round four.
4.DT Damon Harrison, William Penn(Iowa) 6'3 340.
A powerful run stopper who often commands multilpe blockers, due to his disruptive play. Harrison displays excellent lateral agility and powerful hands. He does not rely soley on power; he uses his hands effectivelty to beat blocks. An interesting note: Green Bay G.M. ; went to the Iowa St Pro day because of Harrison. Ted Thompson went to Harrison's pro-day rather than staying in Green Bay for C Jeff Saturday's initial visit.
5. DT Chigbo Anunoby, Morehouse 6'4 324.
A powerful run defender. Has decent lateral agility for a man his size.
6. WR/KR Cody Pearcy, Huntingdon(Ala) 5'11 175.
This Div III prospect boast 4.31 speed and a 44" vertical. A potential weapon in the slot and returning kicks. In 2011 Pearcy garnered:
44 Rec's, 766 Yards, and 8 TD's.
If Pearcy goes undrafted, some team may get a major steal.
7. WR Derek Carrier, Beloit(Wisc) 6'3 240.
Productive WR with solid production. Carrier has great speed for a big man: 4.49 Forty. During 2011 he recorded:
75 Rec's, 1,100 Yards, and 12 TD's. Carrier could be a late round or UDFA steal.
8. TE Cory Harkey, UCLA 6'4 270
One of the best blocking TE's in the draft. Physical and adept at reconizing and picking up the blitz. Harkey could prove valuable in The Rams new offense.
9. WR Dale Moss, South Dakota St 6'3 212
41.5 in vert, 10-feet-10 broad jump, 4.45 40, 6.32 3-cone drill
Other late round /UDFA prospects:
RB Jewell Hampton, SIU-Carbondale 5'9 210.
OLB Jerrell Harris, Alabama 6'3 231
OLB Tahir Whitehead, Temple 6'2 228
DT Nicolas Jean Baptiste, Baylor 6'2 335