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RealityCheck
05-30-2010, 02:27 PM
Almost every year there's one or two guys from underlooked schools who catch scouts and draftnik's eyes with impressive performances during the season and even more impressive workouts in the post-season and eventually get picked early, even in the 1st round (such as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Joe Flacco in 2008 and Mike Iupati in 2010).
So, let's take a look at our top sleeper candidates in the 2011 class.

Dwight Dasher, QB, Middle Tennessee State
http://media.al.com/press-register-sports/photo/dasher-bowljpg-ad7b5c378a907d75_large.jpg

Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00Sv4v4eU7aM4/340x.jpg

Frantrell Forrest, WR, Alabama-Birmingham
http://blog.al.com/offthevine/2009/04/large_Frantrell%20Forrest%20UAB.jpg

Cecil Shorts III, WR, Mount Union
http://media.cleveland.com/plutoblog_impact/photo/shortsactionjpg-9c0f91a9cdb31eb2_large.jpg

Matt Szczur, WR, Villanova
http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/pressofatlanticcity.com/content/tncms/assets/editorial/0/d5/d63/0d5d6378-e6e8-11de-a324-001cc4c03286.image.jpg

Jeffrey Anderson, TE, Alabama-Birmingham
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/.a/6a00d83451c3cb69e20120a6cace21970b-320wi

Christian Anthony, DE, Grambling State
http://www.darryldsmith.com/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/christian-anthony.JPG

Cedric Thronton, DE, Southern Arkansas
http://muleriderathletics.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Cedric-Thornton1.jpg

Adrian Robinson, DE/OLB, Temple
http://media.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/photo/robinsonjpg-35d129d3d0c4246c_large.jpg

Mario Addison, DE/OLB, Troy
http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/41/418851m.jpg

Carmen Messina, ILB, New Mexico
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/02JbcXtgeb3Pg/610x.jpg

Korey Lindsey, CB, Southern Illinois
http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2009/1119/chi_korey_lindsey2_200.jpg

Eugene Clifford, S, Tennessee State
http://media.kickstatic.com/kickapps/images/10483/photos/PHOTO_5512386_10483_13090443_main.jpg

Thumper
05-30-2010, 02:36 PM
Benjamin Ijalana OL Villanova

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_ZEX7oRr7a1c/SwC1iLalkJI/AAAAAAAALy8/ljHhrUjS4W0/s576/Cbarner033.jpg

I’m not going to lie, I’ve never seen him play but I know that he has never missed a game at Villanova and that he is overwhelmingly powerful at his level. His size, power and short area quickness make him an ideal guard candidate. He is a poor man's Andre Smith or Shawn Andrews.

Sniper
05-30-2010, 02:41 PM
I’ve never seen him play

His size, power and short area quickness make him an ideal guard candidate. He is a poor man's Andre Smith or Shawn Andrews.

So how would you know this?

Thumper
05-30-2010, 02:44 PM
So how would you know this?

Reading, plus it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that a guy that huge and athletic dominates his level.

Hines
05-30-2010, 02:45 PM
I love Adrian Robinson. I think he's going to be a very solid pass rusher at the next level. I'm not sure on Szczur, though. If he gets drafted high enough in next week's MLB Draft, he might chose baseball instead.

princefielder28
05-30-2010, 03:46 PM
Enderle <3

I love me some Cecil Shorts too...what a great name!

I would add Richmond CB Justin Rogers to the list

TitanHope
05-30-2010, 04:27 PM
TitansCJftw converted me.

http://www.dailymail.com/mediafiles/thumbs/275/412.91291291291/HarrisDwayne_I091001195622.jpg

Dwayne Harris, Mr. Everything, East Carolina


I like Sczcur too!

Aloysius
05-30-2010, 04:27 PM
Adrian Robinson's only a junior, but I could see declaring early if he replicates his '09 production (12 sacks, 14 TFL). He's got a quick first step and good flexibility rushing off the edge - he reminds me a bit of Jermaine Cunningham.

Adrian Robinson vs. UCLA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3_i3PhsGz4)

Ozzy
05-31-2010, 08:24 AM
Here is a few that come to mind, granted I do not get to see that many small schools play, as for Dasher, never been a real big fan of his, he seems pretty average at best. And Clifford is a Ohio State transfer correct? If we are going transfers Marcus Ball, the former FSU transfer on Memphis is ok but still has a lot of work to do to become a great safety.


Charles Clay, Tulsa
http://www.fantasycollegeblitz.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Clay.jpg



Randall Cobb, Kentucky
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_c3v0yIrAxb8/SSJc3aYSg4I/AAAAAAAAA3s/jWPUpTwBkoo/s400/Randall+Cobb.jpg



Jerrel Jernigan, Troy
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/04qu23ocS35pb/340x.jpg



Virgil Green, Nevada
http://pictopia.com/perl/get_image?provider_id=554&size=550x550_mb&ptp_photo_id=8579039



Nick Bellore, Central Michigan
http://www.lindyssports.com/tyfoon/site/pages/images/32b3d6c351c4257.jpg



James Dockery, Oregon State
http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/gazettetimes.com/content/tncms/assets/editorial/3/5d/3ae/35d3aeac-abe2-11de-b2d6-001cc4c002e0.image.jpg



James Michael Johnson, Nevada
http://pictopia.com/perl/get_image?provider_id=554&size=550x550_mb&ptp_photo_id=5997243



Cudahy Harmon, La Tech
http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/latc/sports/m-footbl/auto_headshot/3170346.jpeg

JFLO
05-31-2010, 08:46 AM
I agree with some of the players previously mentioned like Ijalana who IMO is somewhat comparable to last year's Vladimir Ducasse. He's not as strong at the POA that Vlad was but he has better feet.

I'm also a Jeffery Anderson fan as well. I would also watch out for Louisville TE Cameron Graham. He missed a lot of last year with injury but he is super athletic and it will be interesting to see how Charlie STrong uses him this season. If he can prove to stay healthy and put up some decent numbers then he's going to be a mid round pick.

Some others that I like:

Jason Teague CB Texas Christian

Deonte' Jackson RB Idaho

Aldrick Robinson WR Southern Methodist

J'Courtney Williams LB Liberty

marshallb
05-31-2010, 12:06 PM
Jeffrey Anderson, TE, Alabama-Birmingham
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/.a/6a00d83451c3cb69e20120a6cace21970b-320wi


Sorry, but that's a picture of Joe Webb.

OneToughGame
05-31-2010, 02:14 PM
Dwight Dasher confuses me, He's a play maker but what is he at the next level? WR or HB?

RealityCheck
05-31-2010, 02:16 PM
Sorry, but that's a picture of Joe Webb.
I knew that something was going wrong, lol.

Dwight Dasher confuses me, He's a play maker but what is he at the next level? WR or HB?
Neither. I could see Dasher as a Pat White kind of guy.

Sniper
05-31-2010, 02:27 PM
Reading, plus it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that a guy that huge and athletic dominates his level.

So if you read all the tales of Carlos Dunlap's physical attributes, would you also assume that he dominates his level?

draftguru151
05-31-2010, 02:36 PM
Kendrick Ellis, NT from Hampton is super beastly.

Thumper
05-31-2010, 10:01 PM
So if you read all the tales of Carlos Dunlap's physical attributes, would you also assume that he dominates his level?

No, because Carlos Dunlap sucked donkey nuts and Benjamin Ijalana by all accounts, does not.

Bob Sanders Dreadlock
06-01-2010, 11:29 AM
So if you read all the tales of Carlos Dunlap's physical attributes, would you also assume that he dominates his level?

So you've watched every single prospect you've mocked or predicted to do well?

Nard_Dog
06-01-2010, 02:26 PM
Not sure if he's really a sleeper. But Shareece Wright has talent, but has serious character concerns.

tjsunstein
06-01-2010, 02:59 PM
Stephen Skelton, TE Fordham
O.J. Murdock, WR Fort Hays State
Mark LeGree, S Appalachian State
Cortez Allen, CB The Citadel
Johnny Culbreath, OL South Carolina State
Eric McBride, OLB Richmond
Alex DiMichele, ILB Robert Morris
Schuylar Oordt, TE Northern Iowa
Will Rackley, OL Lehigh
Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple
Davonte Shannon, Buffalo

I tried to list some that weren't mentioned although admittedly there may be a duplicate.

K Train
06-03-2010, 01:47 PM
i love me some kendrick ellis and phil taylor next year

CashmoneyDrew
06-03-2010, 02:09 PM
Dwight Dasher is 5'10" on a good day. If he plays at the next level I can't see him being anything more than a slot receiver.

Hines
06-03-2010, 02:10 PM
He's not a "small school prospect", but I believe Darren Evans is a huge sleeper for next year's draft if he were to declare.

Paranoidmoonduck
06-03-2010, 06:49 PM
Jerrel Jernigan, Troy
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/04qu23ocS35pb/340x.jpg

I'm a big fan of Jernigan. All he done is post 3,482 total yards over the past two years and made some brilliant plays in the toughest games he played last year.

So you've watched every single prospect you've mocked or predicted to do well?

I've certainly watched every single prospect I've predicted to do well. What would I have to go off of otherwise?

JFLO
06-04-2010, 07:08 PM
I don't think he's been mentioned yet but Jeremy Kellem, DB, MTSU is a beast!!!

tjsunstein pointed it out, there are a lot of sleeper DBs this year. I don't think there is one of DRC status (at least yet) but Jeremy Kellem and Mark LeGree are the closest to achieving that status. LeGree has crazy ball skills and Kellem is about as athletic and consistent as it gets...

JFLO
06-06-2010, 01:40 PM
I have one more sleeper for everyone...

Chris Harris, CB from Kansas has a lot of sleeper potential. Solid overall skill set with pretty consistent production to back it up.

thenewfeature06
06-06-2010, 02:14 PM
He's not a "small school prospect", but I believe Darren Evans is a huge sleeper for next year's draft if he were to declare.

V tech? Love him obvz doesn't get the attention RW had but I am pretty sure he tour it up in 08 before he tour himself up early last year.

Sniper
06-06-2010, 02:18 PM
V tech? Love him obvz doesn't get the attention RW had but I am pretty sure he tour it up in 08 before he tour himself up early last year.

Tore, not tour. Also, Evans is ******* terrible. No speed. No explosiveness. Zero big plays. All of that gets worse because of the ACL tear. He can run into a pile and get four yards. Big whoop.

thenewfeature06
06-06-2010, 02:24 PM
Tore, not tour. Also, Evans is ******* terrible. No speed. No explosiveness. Zero big plays. All of that gets worse because of the ACL tear. He can run into a pile and get four yards. Big whoop.

Yeah terrible spelling but ******* terrible? No, freshmen year in the ACC dude had 1200 + yards 11 TDs in an improved/competive ACC with a decent O line... Tech usually has good backs, and yeah with the tear he will lose some explosivness but I wouldn't mind taking him in the late rounds..

Sniper
06-06-2010, 02:46 PM
Yeah terrible spelling but ******* terrible? No, freshmen year in the ACC dude had 1200 + yards 11 TDs in an improved/competive ACC with a decent O line... Tech usually has good backs, and yeah with the tear he will lose some explosivness but I wouldn't mind taking him in the late rounds..

He averaged 4.41 yards per carry. For a college back, that's really not good. It was the second-worst per carry average among the top 50 rushers (in yardage) behind only Javon Ringer of Michigan State, a back who was driven into the ground by Dantonio's vanilla offense and predictable playcalling. It's not that hard to get 1,200 yards when you run the ball 300 times.

As for the 11 touchdowns,

3-yard run
3-yard run (Furman)
8-yard run
10-yard run
1-yard run
19-yard run
1-yard run (Western Kentucky)
2-yard run (Western Kentucky)
1-yard run
10-yard run
6-yard run

One touchdown run of over 10 yards. Again, zero explosiveness. Three of his TDs came against Western Kentucky and Furman. Not exactly Florida and Alabama.

TACKLE
06-06-2010, 03:04 PM
Tyron Smith.

This OT is going be very weak and lacks physical talent and upside. Tyron Smith is an awesome athlete and a very talented pass protector. He was more impressive than Charles Brown in pass pro. He has the build of a DE and the athleticism of one. He reminds me of a young D'Brickashaw. He'll have to bulk up so he can anchor better against bull rushers and so he can be more powerful in the run game. But he has the potential to be a great pure LT prospect whether that in this draft or in 2012.

LickaMahfeetz
06-07-2010, 12:00 AM
So you've watched every single prospect you've mocked or predicted to do well?
It's unintelligent to talk specifics about a player without having ever saw that guy play. It's the perfect example of what's wrong with draft talk on the internet.

trojanbrutha
08-18-2010, 10:54 AM
SUPER MARIO: Senior Addison strives to continue Trojans' tradition in DE success (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20108170335)

By Tim Gayle • August 17, 2010

http://cmsimg.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=DS&Date=20100817&Category=SPORTS0404&ArtNo=8170335&Ref=AR&Profile=1181&MaxW=550&MaxH=650&title=0
Troy's Mario Addison, who played quarterback and tailback in high school, will start at defensive end
this season. (Amanda Sowards)

TROY -- Maybe it's just the offensive nature of Mario Addison, but if there's a loose ball on the ground in front of him, Troy's defensive end believes instincts will take over.

"I'm taking it to the house, no questions asked," Addison said. "I'll be mad if I don't."

Addison may be the latest in a growing list of players that the Troy coaching staff has taken and developed into quality defensive ends that can play in the National Football League.
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Bengals78
08-18-2010, 11:00 AM
Eugene Clifford. Wow. Name I havent heard in ages.
Asshole in HS was one in college.

He will find a way to get in trouble in the NFL.

mellojello
08-29-2010, 07:28 PM
Cal has 2 sleepers on their roster:

1) Shane Vereen - not sure if he's a sleeper, but I've seen him ranked as high as the #3 RB in the country to not even being in the top 20. This guys has NFL written all over him.

2) Keenan Allen - won the starting WR job as a true freshman. First guy to do that since Desean Jackson. Not sure what it means, but Tedford called him as “ready-made” as any receiver he’s ever coached. He called Desean the most "polished" WR he'd ever coached when Djax won the starting job as a freshman. Not sure what the difference is or what it even means, but Tedford is not one to embelish.

M.O.T.H.
08-29-2010, 09:45 PM
Kendrick Ellis, NT from Hampton is super beastly.

Sure wish things would have worked out with SCAR.

Speaking of, a SCAR "sleeper" of sorts...

http://secsportshub.com/images/stories/ladiajiboye.jpg

mellojello
09-04-2010, 10:02 PM
2) Keenan Allen - won the starting WR job as a true freshman. First guy to do that since Desean Jackson. Not sure what it means, but Tedford called him as “ready-made” as any receiver he’s ever coached. He called Desean the most "polished" WR he'd ever coached when Djax won the starting job as a freshman. Not sure what the difference is or what it even means, but Tedford is not one to embelish.

Nice start to his college career for this kid: http://cal.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1122010

SenorGato
09-05-2010, 02:33 AM
Matt Szczur is not to be drafted. The Cubs need him more.

SeanTaylorRIP
09-05-2010, 10:28 AM
I'm obviously bias towards UVA but here's a name to keep an eye out for Keith Payne. I hyped him up coming in as a freshman and while coming into this season he only had 200 yards career rushing, he looks to be back on the map. He's a RS Senior. He actually quit football last year and just focused on getting his degree but with Groh being fired and London coming back he has come back for one more year. He's a monster at 6-3" 255 pounds and while he can be bruising he is actually extremely athletic and nimble and has lots of jukes in the open field and is notorious for jumping over defenders although that won't fly against elite competition. Yesterday his first game back in like 2 years he had 16 carries for 114 yards and 4 touchdowns. Watch for him next week when UVA faces USC. If he keeps this up he could be a sleeper draft prospect. The thing is he's a pure HB and really not a FB candidate. I think he could improve his body maybe drop 10 pounds or work a little harder in the weight room but he has Brandon Jacobs sleeper type potential. UVA fans might have put too much hype on him coming in but I'll tell you there aren't too many 6-3" 250+ guys out there who are legitimate HB's and are as nimble. I was an assistant high school coach at a rival school in the same district as him and we saw him and Evan Royster in district play every year, and I can say he showed every bit as much talent as Royster but with greater physical gifts. Crossing my fingers he can keep it up.

Babylon
09-05-2010, 11:57 AM
Baker Steinkuhler is going to flourish next to Jared Crick for the Cornhuskers just as Crick did next to Suh.

mellojello
09-05-2010, 07:03 PM
Someone posted the highlights of Keenan Allen's first game as a true freshman. At least on this day, he showed he has great vision. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0PyQB7Blxc

phlysac
09-06-2010, 09:10 PM
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/8387/henryhynoski.jpg

Far from a glamorous "sleeper" but Henry Hynoski has a chance at being the #1 FB in the draft come next April.

trojanbrutha
09-12-2010, 06:07 PM
#7 "Super" Mario Addison
http://www.topix.com/bigpic/mini-cd30d71161de1181773a37dd19976649

5 tkls, 2 tfl, 1 ff, 1 sack