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  • Sleepers at Runningback & Rankings.

    Considering that teams are now well aware of James Starks, and Jouiqe Bell, who is everyones favorite sleepers? BTW, I did rankings/ predicted round.
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    CJ Spiller (1st round)
    Jonathan Dwyer (2nd round)
    Dexter McCluster (2nd round)
    Ryan Matthews (2nd round)
    Jahvid Best (2nd round)
    Anthony Dixon (3rd round)
    Montario Hardesty (3rd round)
    Joe McKnight (3rd round)
    Toby Gerhart (3rd round)
    Keith Toston (3rd round)
    LaGarrette Blount (4th round)
    James Starks (5th round)
    Ben Tate (5th round)
    Andre Dixon (5th round)
    Stafon Johnson (5th round)
    Jouiqe Bell (6th round)
    Charles Scott (6th round)
    Keiland Williams (6th round)
    Deji Karim (6th round)
    Damion Fletcher (7th round)
    Lamarcus Coker (7th round)
    Curtis Steele (7th round)
    Javarris James (7th round)
    MiQuale Lewis (7th round)
    Brandon Minor (7th round)
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    TOP 5 SLEEPERS

    Damion Fletcher: consistent, consistent, consistent. Fletcher has great patience, suburb vision, and is surprisingly tough for his 185 pound frame. He might be the biggest sleeper in the draft, but still manages to get forgotten by most scouts. For some reason I see him working well in New England.
    Lamarcus Coker: My personal favorite, Coker still has fantastic potential.. Character concerns have set Coker back his whole life, but it's good to know the man likes to get baked + REP TO HIM.. He's Eerily similar to Bernard Scott, (who got drafted last year with the biggest character concerns out of any other prospect) Coker can make plays, and is gifted with an awesome burst, and exceptional quickness. I’m rooting for him, also worth a late round pick.

    Deji Karim: He’s like the Flash, don’t be surprised if Karim cracks a low 4.3 (4.38-4.42) Probably the most talented out of all my sleepers, Karim could get drafted as high as round 5. His game is well developed, and I think he’ll see a ton of action as a rookie.
    MiQuale Lewis: A real short, squatty runner than always manages to break tackles, Lewis is a really poor mans MJD.
    Pat Paschall: I like Paschalls game a lot. He’s so smooth, and explosive, and has the power to wear down a defense. He made a name for himself at North Dakota Sate, and some scouts expect him to run a 4.40 flat.
    GO RAVENS

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    Listing schools would be a help.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GoRavens View Post
      Toby Gerhart (3rd round)
      Why is Gerhart still projected to go in the 3rd ?? Wasn't he like Heisman runner up ?? first in rushing yards ??


      Mike Will & V-Jax

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      • #4
        Originally posted by V-I-P View Post
        Why is Gerhart still projected to go in the 3rd ?? Wasn't he like Heisman runner up ?? first in rushing yards ??
        And that has nothing to do with how he will translate into the NFL. It does absolutely nothing for his draft stock.

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        • #5
          Matthews, will go in the first. Bell I believe will go in the 5th.

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          • #6
            Montario Hardesty will be a solid starter in the NFL. Love the way he runs.

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            • #7
              I think Joe McKnight busts in the NFL,; similar physique, but not a quarter as tough as Jamaal Charles.

              Wish I'd seen Anthony Dixon play, I have NO idea what he brings to the football field.

              Looking at this list, which RBs most favorably compare to Gerhart??

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FUNBUNCHER View Post
                I think Joe McKnight busts in the NFL,; similar physique, but not a quarter as tough as Jamaal Charles.

                Wish I'd seen Anthony Dixon play, I have NO idea what he brings to the football field.

                Looking at this list, which RBs most favorably compare to Gerhart??
                Joe McKnight is a complete and utter bust. Completely agree with you 100%!

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                • #9
                  I can see Ben Tate being drafted in the 4th ;)

                  Twitter @mario_clp

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                  • #10
                    Curtis Steele of Memphis is probably my favorite sleeper at RB. Hardesty is probably the most underrated.

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                    • #11
                      I love Fletcher, but Tory Harrison might be better and no one is talking about him at all.

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                      • #12
                        Gerhart is a 2nd round back I think. I'd move him in front of Dixon and behind Best. The guy is a workhorse and he is a damn good back. I guess it will depend on what he runs and how he tests out at the combine.

                        I like Coker, and it is funny with him because the kid was a complete straight edge when he got to Tenessee and then the wheels fell off and the bong and pipe where all that mattered. I think he failed 4 test in year....that is brutal. Had a real good true freshman season and showed real potential.

                        James Starks reminds me a lot of Ryan Grant, from size, to running style. I think he could be pretty good in a ZBS, seems to be a good one cut back.

                        Joe McKnight ..... with him you are drafting the high school hype and prying eventually he can live up to it. He did nothing at USC to earn the title of heir apparent to Reggie Bush like he was suppose to. He will test good and some team will reach on pontential.

                        Ryan Matthews is imo the best back after Spiller.

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                        • #13
                          Joe McKnight goes in the 6 round, maybe 5th if he runs well.

                          I think JJ ends up going a bit higher and becomes a late round steal.

                          Dwyer will go in the first.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by FUNBUNCHER View Post
                            Wish I'd seen Anthony Dixon play, I have NO idea what he brings to the football field.
                            Here you go buddy...

                            Anthony Dixon – RB – Mississippi State
                            6’0 3/4 - 245 - 4.57 est. - 32 1/4" arm - 10" hand
                            #4 RB - #49 Overall

                            - Anthony Dixon is a Senior RB prospect, from a major conference, with big-time production, and underrated physical tools. In four years as Mississippi State’s starting tailback, Dixon accumulated for almost 4,000 yards on the ground. He’s a big, strong, back who likes to finish his runs and likes to get the bulk of his yards between the tackles. Still, some people don’t notice the occasional speed, burst, and agility Dixon possesses as well as vision, and a bit of elusiveness in the open field. He’s a patient, north-south, cutback runner who always falls forward. He has great balance as a runner and some background as a receiver out of the backfield with 56 career receptions.

                            Dixon played at a high level of competition in the SEC for four years, and capped off an impressive career with a tremendous Senior season. At 6’1 245, he likely won’t be seen as a speed back in the NFL. Though Dixon has shown a surprising knack for the big play, five runs of 40+ this year, his speed and burst will not be elite at the next level and compare to a Shonn Greene level (which evidently seems good enough.) He’ll show spurts of surprising athleticism at times and plays his best football in the second half. I think versatility as a crushing lead blocker and receiver out of the backfield really help his cause.

                            I think Anthony Dixon projects as a Second-Third Round pick for a team looking to add a tough, north-south runner that can do a bit of everything. I have him graded a bit higher than he's likely to go (Mid Second Round Grade), though he's one of those guys that just has 'it' for me. His NFL role most likely will be as a part of a two or three back rotation, though I think he’s a sleeper to become an every-down feature back at the next level. A personal favorite of mine since the very first game he played in college, opening night against South Carolina.

                            Positives
                            o + Production at an elite level of competition
                            o + Size and strong build at 6'0 3/4 245 with long arms and big hands
                            o + Balance, very strong in his lower and upper body
                            o + Power, runs with authority, finishes runs and falls forward
                            o + Vision, works as a one cut runner and finds small creases well
                            o + Experience, 4 year starter in the SEC
                            o + Runs with patience and reads his blocks well
                            o + Accelerates out of cuts and contact at a good level for 6'1 245
                            o + Surprisingly nimble feet and elusiveness
                            o + Is a surprisingly natural receiver
                            o + Shows tremendous drive and power as a lead blocker

                            Negatives
                            o – Lack of elite NFL speed
                            o – Lacks elite acceleration and burst
                            o – Wear and Tear questions?
                            o – Will often run high
                            o – Minor attitude/work ethic questions

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                            • #15
                              Pudge let me get a report on Dwyer and Matthews

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