28 February 2008

NFL Draft Sleepers

Less than two months remains until the NFL Draft! Let the frenzy begin!

Here are a couple of guys that casual fans probably won't be familiar with, but who should be drafted somewhat high in the first round. This is a rewrite of a post that Blogger swallowed a few minutes ago, so pardon my lack of rhetorical flourishes.

Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
While most fans are familiar with Kansas' Aqib Talib and USF's Mike Jenkins, McKelvin could very well be drafted before either one of them, especially now that he's solidified his status with a 4.38 second 40-yard dash at the combine. Some pundits have McKelvin going at #8 overall to Baltimore; while that's a bit early to me, I'd be shocked if he fell beyond Arizona's pick, the 16th of the 1st round.

Ryan Clady, OT, Boise St.
Behind The Infallible Jake Long dwell a cluster of other offensive tackles vying to be the second player selected at their position. Clady, a 6'6", 317 lb. giant, separates himself from the others with superior quickness; if he can refine his technique, it's possible that in the long term he could actually become a better professional than Long. I've seen Clady projected to be drafted as high as the Chiefs' pick at #5. If he lasts past Carolina at #13, it'll be a surprise to me.

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